2015 Press Releases

  • 29 Dec 2015
    Recycle your unwanted Christmas presents in Stevenage
    Stevenage Borough Council is inviting residents to recycle even more at the start of next year by bringing their unwanted Christmas presents along to a recycling and reuse event on Wednesday 6 January.
  • 21 Dec 2015
    Council takes back keys in succession case
    Stevenage Borough Council has today taken back a council house after a resident falsely claimed to be living at the property.
  • 18 Dec 2015
    Christmas parties in full swing at sheltered schemes
    Stevenage has swung into the festive spirit this week by holding a number of Christmas parties for residents at sheltered housing schemes.
  • 18 Dec 2015
    Council grants Christmas wishes
    Stevenage groups will be having special Christmas celebrations this festive season thanks to funding from Stevenage councillors’ Local Community Budgets.
  • 17 Dec 2015
    Healthy Hub launched in Stevenage
    Stevenage Borough Council celebrated the launch of Healthy Hub Stevenage on Monday 14 December. The Hub is a one-stop shop that provides information, advice and support to improve the health and wellbeing of the community and is based at the Stevenage Arts and Leisure Centre.
  • 14 Dec 2015
    Winners of Good Neighbour Awards announced
    Stevenage Borough Council recognised the achievements of people who have transformed their lives for the better at The Good Neighbour Awards ceremony on Friday 11 December.
  • 11 Dec 2015
    Festive fun and games in Stevenage this Christmas
    Christmas is fast approaching and Stevenage Borough Council has a range of festive activities for young people to take part in this holiday season.
  • 11 Dec 2015
    Get crafty this Christmas in the Town Centre Gardens
    Get crafty and play games in Stevenage this festive season when the Town Centre Gardens hosts a Christmas event on Wednesday 23 December from 11am to 3pm.
  • 27 Nov 2015
    Stevenage is supporting Small Business Saturday
    Stevenage Borough Council is encouraging residents to support local businesses in the town by visiting the Small Business Saturday event taking place in the Town Square on Saturday 5 December.
  • 23 Nov 2015
    Stevenage invites local people to find out more about plans to welcome Syrian refugees
    Stevenage Borough Council and several of its partner organisations are inviting local people and organisations to a public event where we will share plans to support some of those people currently in refugee camps in Syria, Lebanon, Iraq and Turkey after they were forced to flee their homes to avoid conflict in Syria.
  • 16 Nov 2015
    Stevenage to celebrate local government by taking part in OurDay
    From planning and play schemes to refuse and recycling, the hundreds of vital local services of a council will be brought to life in 140 characters when Stevenage Borough Council takes part in a tweetathon on Wednesday 18 November.
  • 13 Nov 2015
    Couple prosecuted for tenancy fraud
    Stevenage Borough Council has today prosecuted a couple for tenancy fraud after they provided false information on their housing application which led to them being unfairly allocated a large council house.
  • 13 Nov 2015
    Check out food hygiene ratings in Stevenage this Christmas
    Planning a Christmas meal out with family, friends or work colleagues can be a challenge but before you book one of our local restaurants or order your takeaway, visit Stevenage Borough Council’s website to check the food hygiene rating.
  • 09 Nov 2015
    Stevenage Residents’ Survey findings revealed
    More than three quarters of Stevenage residents are happy living in the local area, the findings of Stevenage Borough Council’s Residents’ Survey have revealed.
  • 30 Oct 2015
    Youth Mayor set to launch Souls of Stevenage photo campaign
    Stevenage Youth Mayor Yvan Tiako is urging the town to snap and share with the launch of the Souls of Stevenage photographic campaign.
  • 30 Oct 2015
    Stevenage remembers
    On Sunday 8 November, Stevenage Mayor Cllr Howard Burrell, Stephen McPartland MP, council members, representatives from the Royal British Legion and other dignitaries will gather at the Bowling Green, in the High Street for the Remembrance Sunday Parade and Service.
  • 27 Oct 2015
    Stevenage Freeman and former councillor dies
    Stevenage Borough Council is sad to learn of the death of Freeman and former Councillor Hilda Lawrence on Friday 23 October at the age of 86.
  • 16 Oct 2015
    Action-packed activities this half term
    Half-term holidays are on the horizon and Stevenage Borough Council has a range of exciting activities for young people to take part in this autumn.
  • 08 Oct 2015
    Stevenage youngsters call for more work experience
    Young people in Stevenage would like more opportunities to take part in work experience placements, the findings of the Stevenage Youth Council WE4YOU work experience campaign have revealed.
  • 30 Sep 2015
    Former Stevenage Borough Councillor dies
    Stevenage Borough Council is sad to learn of the death of former Councillor Robert (Bob) A Clark on Friday 25 September at the age of 85.
  • 28 Sep 2015
    Council tenant evicted in fraud case
    Stevenage Borough Council has evicted a tenant after discovering evidence a council home was being sublet fraudulently.
  • 28 Sep 2015
    Youth Council to reveal WE4YOU findings
    Stevenage Youth Council is encouraging young people in the town to come to a council meeting on 7 October when the findings of the WE4YOU work experience campaign will be announced.
  • 28 Sep 2015
    Celebrate Older People’s Day in Stevenage
    Music and dance will descend on the Town Square when Stevenage Borough Council, together with the Older People’s Network, celebrate National Older People’s Day on Wednesday 7 October.
  • 17 Sep 2015
    Senior appointments at Stevenage Borough Council
    Stevenage Borough council has appointed Ash Ahmed as Assistant Director for Housing Development and Zayd Al-Jawad as Head of Planning and Engineering.
  • 16 Sep 2015
    Charter Fair fun returns to Stevenage
    Stevenage’s annual Charter Fair returns to the town for a two-day visit on Tuesday 22 September.
  • 09 Sep 2015
    Heritage Open Weekend in Stevenage
    Come and find out more about how people used to live in Stevenage during Heritage Open Weekend this month.
  • 08 Sep 2015
    Seal of approval for council’s ASB service
    Stevenage Borough Council’s Anti-Social Behaviour (ASB) team has been accredited by HouseMark for the service that it provides to the residents of Stevenage.
  • 17 Aug 2015
    Stevenage marks VJ Day with commemorative service
  • 03 Aug 2015
    Stevenage’s new skatepark opens this weekend
    Professional and amateur skaters will take to their wheels at Hampson Park this Saturday after the Mayor of Stevenage officially opens the new skatepark.
  • 28 Jul 2015
    Stevenage parks among Britain’s best
    Three of Stevenage’s glorious green spaces have this year won Green Flag Awards, the national standard for quality parks.
  • 23 Jul 2015
    David Kissane honoured for his service to Stevenage
    Yesterday evening (22 July), Stevenage Council voted to give former councillor David Kissane the title of Honorary Alderman.
  • 15 Jul 2015
    Fantastic new play area opens for business
    Delighted youngsters joined Stevenage’s Deputy Mayor Cllr John Lloyd and Mayoress, Cllr Joan Lloyd, to open a new play area at Ridlins Playing Fields last week, just in time for the summer holidays.
  • 13 Jul 2015
    Work gets underway on new Stevenage council houses
    Cllr Ann Webb, Stevenage Borough Council’s Executive Member for Housing, today kickstarted construction work on 30 new council homes, the first to be built in the town since the 1980s.
  • 08 Jul 2015
    Council proposes plans to beat hospital parking headaches
    Stevenage Borough Council is asking people who live close to the Lister Hospital for their opinions on proposals to address dangerous and inconsiderate parking in the area.
  • 29 Jun 2015
    Family Fun Day at Town Centre Gardens
    Come along to the Town Centre Gardens on Sunday 5 July for a fun filled day out for the whole family. From 12noon to 4pm, you can enjoy the park and take part in a host of activities, a dog show, meeting local community organisations and train rides through the park.
  • 22 Jun 2015
    Stevenage flies the flag for Armed Forces Day
    On Friday 26 June the Mayor of Stevenage, Cllr Howard Burrell will be joining representatives of the Royal British Legion and local ex-service personnel to raise the Armed Forces Day flag at Daneshill House.
  • 20 Jun 2015
    Successful Women’s Tour finish in Stevenage
    Thousands of people lined the streets of Stevenage today to watch some of the best female cyclists in the world compete to finish the fourth stage of the Aviva Women’s Tour 2015.
  • 19 Jun 2015
    Family Fun at Fairlands Valley Park Open Day
    Now in its fifth year, the Fairlands Valley Park Open Day is back on Sunday 28 June giving Stevenage residents a taste of some of the wide range of activities the park has to offer, including sailing, model boating and fishing.
  • 16 Jun 2015
    Hate crime awareness week
    Members of the police, local community and voluntary groups joined council staff for a hate crime seminar today, as part of Hate Crime Awareness Week. Attendees had a chance to learn more about different types of hate crime and how they affect individuals and groups, including disability and transphobic, while also learning the difference between hate crime and anti-social behaviour.
  • 16 Jun 2015
    Stevenage schoolboy wins Women’s Tour design competition
    Almond Hill Primary School pupil, Theo Thompson, will this Saturday present his personally designed jersey to the Stage 4 winner of the Aviva Women’s Tour in Stevenage.
  • 15 Jun 2015
    Have your say on housing numbers in Stevenage
    Stevenage Borough Council is asking local residents for their views on the number of houses built in the town in the future.
  • 15 Jun 2015
    Women’s Tour countdown
    With only a few days to go until the stage four finish of the Aviva Women’s Tour in Stevenage make a date to visit the Old Town on Saturday 20 June for a fun filled family day out.
  • 15 Jun 2015
    Another successful Stevenage Day
    Thousands of people visited King George V Playing Fields on Sunday for the 56th Stevenage Day. It’s one of the county’s biggest free events and this year families were entertained by local talent on the music stages, dancers and drummers in the main arena and got to enjoy a host of games and rides throughout the park.
  • 15 Jun 2015
    Help us celebrate our local heroes
    Nominations for the Pride of Stevenage Awards 2015, promoted by SoStevenage, are now open.
  • 05 Jun 2015
    Stevenage Mayor welcomes Women’s Tour cyclist
    Stevenage Mayor Cllr Howard Burrell today joined some young enthusiasts to welcome professional cyclist Katie Archibald to the town ahead of the Women’s Tour stage finish in the High Street on Saturday 20 June.
  • 04 Jun 2015
    Don’t miss Stevenage Day on Sunday 14 June
    Sunday 14 June is Stevenage Day. Come along to meet hundreds of local community groups, businesses and charities, watch live music across two stages and be entertained by the acts in the main arena.
  • 02 Jun 2015
    Work begins on new skate park at Hampson Park
    Stevenage Borough Council Leader, Cllr Sharon Taylor, and Cllr Richard Henry, Executive Member for Children, Young People and Leisure, today visited Hampson Park to watch building work start on the new skate park.
  • 02 Jun 2015
    Mayor raises £13,200 for local charities
    Councillor Sherma Batson MBE, the Mayor of Stevenage for 2014/15, raised more than £13,200 for local charities during her year in office.
  • 01 Jun 2015
    Spruce up Shephalbury Park
    Come and lend a hand to shape up Shephalbury Park and enjoy an afternoon of face painting and giant games at the BIG Shephalbury Park Day on Sunday 7 June.
  • 28 May 2015
    New Mayor of Stevenage
    The Mayor of Stevenage for 2015/16, Councillor Howard Burrell has taken office.
  • 27 May 2015
    Stevenage Youth Mayor announced
    The fourth Youth Mayor for Stevenage was inaugurated at last night’s Annual Council. Nineteen-year-old Yvan Tiako has been elected by the young people of Stevenage to represent them for the next 12 months.
  • 27 May 2015
    Stevenage Borough Council names new Executive
    At Annual Council last night, the appointment of Leader of Stevenage Borough Council, the Deputy Leader and Executive Members were announced.
  • 22 May 2015
    Council evicts tenants for anti-social behaviour
    Stevenage Borough Council has evicted two tenants for persistent anti-social behaviour and complaints of drug use, after both homes had Closure Orders granted on them following complaints from neighbours and an investigation by the Police.
  • 19 May 2015
    Half term activities in Stevenage
    This half term Stevenage Borough Council is offering children lots of fun activities to keep them entertained, including Picasso inspired art sessions, nature events in our parks and games at our play centres.
  • 18 May 2015
    Acts confirmed for Stevenage Day
    With less than a month to go until Stevenage Day 2015, the line-up is taking shape and it promises to be another fun filled day out for the whole family. There are dancers and drummers in the main arena, live music across two stages and stalls throughout the site so the crowds are in for a treat this year.
  • 12 May 2015
    Wild Woods Day in Stevenage
    Stevenage Borough Council is offering families the chance to learn more about the local woodland, take part in pond dipping and den building and join in nature walks and treasure hunts in a fun filled day out on Saturday 16 May.
  • 06 May 2015
    Women’s Tour competition
    To celebrate the Stage 4 finish of the Women’s Tour in the town, Stevenage Borough Council is offering school children the chance to get creative and design the stage winner’s jersey.
  • 01 May 2015
    Stevenage is celebrating VE Day
    The Mayor of Stevenage, Councillor Sherma Batson MBE, will be joining representatives of the Royal British Legion, fellow councillors and local community groups on Friday 8 May to mark the 70th anniversary of VE Day with a two minute silence.
  • 29 Apr 2015
    BBC One daytime show, The Housing Enforcers, heads back to Stevenage
    Stevenage Borough Council staff and their customers are back on BBC daytime TV next week when The Housing Enforcers, featuring Matt Allwright, returns for a second series.
  • 27 Apr 2015
    Stevenage Walking Festival
    Stevenage Walking Festival is back for the third year running. The festival, which is supported by Stevenage Borough Council, is giving local walkers the chance to don their boots and take advantage of more than 30 walks that are happening in the area from 2 to 10 May.
  • 27 Apr 2015
    Compost Day for Stevenage residents
    Stevenage Borough Council is offering you the opportunity to get your hands dirty planting sunflowers, making ‘rot pots’ and collecting free compost at our Compost Day event on Saturday 9 May.
  • 21 Apr 2015
    Stevenage springs into nature
    Around 300 people took part in our ‘Spring into Nature’ event in Fairlands Valley Park, which offered people the chance to learn more about bees, butterflies and nature in Stevenage, and take part in art and craft activities.
  • 20 Apr 2015
    Council prosecutes residents for benefit fraud
    Stevenage Borough Council has successfully prosecuted Alexandra Satchell of Sloan Court and Scott Turner of Bandley Rise for benefit fraud.
  • 13 Apr 2015
    ‘Egg-cellent’ fun in the Town Centre Gardens
    More than 500 children and their families took part in the ‘egg-stremely’ popular Easter ‘egg-stravaganza’ in the Town Centre Gardens on Wednesday 8 April.
  • 13 Apr 2015
    Women’s Tour route through Stevenage finalised
    World class cyclists on the Women’s Tour will pass houses, parks, shops and some of Stevenage’s historical landmarks before their stage finish in the High Street on Saturday 20 June.
  • 26 Mar 2015
    ‘Egg-cellent’ family fun in Stevenage for the Easter Holidays
    Stevenage Borough Council’s Easter ‘egg-stravaganza’ offers children and young people in the town a host of fun activities in our parks, play centres and local museum.
  • 20 Mar 2015
    Volunteers give makeover to council’s allotment
    A group of 16 to 25 year old volunteers have been rolling up their sleeves, getting their hands dirty and developing their green finger skills at one of Stevenage Borough Council’s allotment plots.
  • 20 Mar 2015
    Stevenage Borough Council welcomes new tenants
    As part of Stevenage Borough Council’s commitment to providing affordable housing for the town’s residents, the council is in the process of buying 14 properties in Fresson Road from Moat, a housing association operating across the South East
  • 17 Mar 2015
    Stevenage bin lorry gets a redesign
    One of Stevenage Borough Council’s bin lorries is looking a little different thanks to Martins Wood Primary School pupil, Ryan and his winning design for a poster encouraging people to pick up after their dogs.
  • 11 Mar 2015
    Hampson Park skate park designs unveiled
    Following consultation with the town’s young residents and skate users, Stevenage Borough Council is pleased to unveil plans for the new skate park at Hampson Park.
  • 10 Mar 2015
    National Apprentice Week
    Since Stevenage Borough Council launched its apprenticeship scheme three years ago, 18 apprentices have joined the Housing Management and Property Repairs, Business Improvement, Sports and Leisure, Customer Service and Environmental Services teams.
  • 09 Mar 2015
    Celebrate your Manor this St George’s Day
    Councillor Sherma Batson MBE, Mayor of Stevenage and the Coptic Orthodox Church Centre are inviting residents to a special open day on Sunday 26 April to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Shephalbury Manor.
  • 09 Mar 2015
    Stevenage flies the flag for Commonwealth Day
    Stevenage Mayor, Councillor Sherma Batson MBE, was joined by fellow councillors, including Stevenage Borough Council leader, Councillor Sharon Taylor, representatives from the Royal British Legion, Stephen McPartland MP and local community groups to raise the Commonwealth flag at Daneshill House today.
  • 04 Mar 2015
    Still time to get So Active in Bedwell
    Following the launch of So Active in October last year more than 250 people have taken advantage of the free activities in Bedwell, which have been put on by Stevenage Borough Council and its sporting partners.
  • 26 Feb 2015
    Stevenage Borough Council appoints new Chief Executive
    Stevenage Borough Councillors this evening confirmed the appointment of Scott Crudgington as the council’s new Chief Executive. He will take up the post on 1 June 2015 following the retirement of the current Chief Executive, Nick Parry.
  • 26 Feb 2015
    Stevenage councillors agree council tax freeze
    Stevenage Borough Council has this evening announced a freeze in its portion of the council tax. This is the sixth consecutive year that the Stevenage element of the council tax has been frozen.
  • 19 Feb 2015
    Councillors recommend council tax freeze for Stevenage
    Councillors on Stevenage Borough Council’s Executive are recommending a freeze in the Stevenage Borough Council portion of the council tax for the sixth year running.
  • 13 Feb 2015
    Be a Green Space Volunteer
    If you enjoy the outdoors and want to help improve your town’s green spaces and parks, then come along to the council offices on Saturday 28 February to hear how you can become a Green Space Volunteer.
  • 10 Feb 2015
    Stevenage Day 2015 announced
    Today Stevenage Mayor Councillor Sherma Batson donned her wellies and joined animals from Courtlands Riding Stables in Todds Green to announce that this year’s Stevenage Day is on Sunday 14 June
  • 09 Feb 2015
    Entertain the children this half-term
    This half term, Stevenage Borough Council has a range of activities on offer for children. From Georgian themed fun at Stevenage Museum to birds nest making in St Nicholas Park, there is something for everyone.
  • 09 Feb 2015
    Love Stevenage this Valentine’s Day
    Pupils from Martins Wood Primary School are spreading the Love Stevenage message for Valentine’s Day.
  • 04 Feb 2015
    Stevenage Youth Mayor information session
    Stevenage Borough Council is inviting budding young leaders to find out how to have their say on local issues at an information event taking place on Wednesday 11 February between 5 and 7pm
  • 04 Feb 2015
    Stevenage Borough Council invests in its Revenues and Benefits service
    Stevenage Borough Council is investing more than £440,000 over the next two financial years in its Revenues and Benefits service, which is shared with East Herts Council.
  • 02 Feb 2015
    Register to vote today
    Stevenage and North Herts councils are encouraging local residents not yet registered to vote to take advantage of National Voter Registration Day on 5 February and go online now to register.
  • 29 Jan 2015
    Councillors vote on lowest rent rise for five years
    Stevenage councillors voted to keep council house rent increase to a minimum at last night’s full council meeting (Wednesday 28 January).
  • 28 Jan 2015
    Stevenage shines a light on Holocaust Memorial Day
    People from across Stevenage joined Stevenage Mayor, Cllr Sherma Batson, at a special ceremony to mark Holocaust Memorial Day yesterday.
  • 23 Jan 2015
    Famous Stevenage faces unveiled
    A host of famous faces from the worlds of theatre, film, art and literature past and present are gracing the walkway through Stevenage Arts and Leisure Centre, complementing their sporting counterparts whose pictures were unveiled in November.
  • 23 Jan 2015
    Arts and crafts classes at Stevenage Museum
    Stevenage Museum is offering arts and crafts enthusiasts a chance to develop their skills with a series of classes for children and young adults.
  • 20 Jan 2015
    Broxbourne and Stevenage to host penultimate stage of Friends Life Women’s Tour
    The Friends Life Women’s Tour will return to Hertfordshire this summer, for the penultimate day of action as Stage Four heads from Waltham Cross to Stevenage on Saturday 20 June.
  • 15 Jan 2015
    New rates arrangement creates further investment in Stevenage
    Stevenage Borough Council has joined other Hertfordshire councils to form a Business Rates Pool, which will provide additional funds to invest in the town.
  • 14 Jan 2015
    New scheme for council housing in Stevenage
    Stevenage Borough Council is changing the way it allocates council housing, and will now give priority to people who have lived or worked in Stevenage for at least five years.
  • 09 Jan 2015
    Stevenage Borough Council in numbers
    2014 was an eventful year for Stevenage Borough Council. From sowing millions of poppy seeds in the town to celebrating 30 sporting heroes, council staff provided many services and activities for residents, businesses and visitors to Stevenage.