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East Herts Council


East Hertfordshire has a very special character, with lots to offer visitors and locals alike.

Set in attractive rolling countryside, the district boasts a unique mix of rural villages and bustling market towns.

As the largest district in Hertfordshire and the most rural, the five main towns… Buntingford…Ware… Hertford… Bishop’s Stortford… and Sawbridgeworth… all have something different to offer.

East Herts is ideally situated between Cambridge and North London…… easy M11 and A1 access…and fast commuter links which join London Liverpool Street and Kings Cross from Hertford within one hour, the midlands, East Anglia and the north……and with Stansted and Luton airports on our doorstep we’re well served for international travel.

With over 130,000 people living in the district, East Herts is largely prosperous, with low figures of deprivation, great educational facilities and high standards of living for its residents.

We, at East Herts Council, aim to improve the quality of people’s lives and preserve all that’s best in East Herts… at home… at work… and in the community. East Herts Council has two main offices in Bishop’s Stortford and Hertford.

Business rates, council tax, revenue support grants from the government and fees and charges for some of our services, together pay for all the services within the district. While we’re responsible for the collection of Council tax, a proportion goes to Hertfordshire County Council, the police and to town and parish councils too, to pay for key services. In addition, working in partnership, we can provide many quality services by the most efficient means.

The district itself is split into 30 wards … and the council is made up of 50 councillors, elected once every four years by the community to represent their interests.

Responsible for steering the council’s direction, our Executive oversees the policy decisions, leaving the day-to-day operation of the council to the chief executive and her 360 members of staff.
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