2016 Press Releases

  • 13 Dec 2016
    Festive fun in Stevenage this Christmas
    Christmas is fast approaching and Stevenage Borough Council has a range of festive activities for people of all ages to enjoy this holiday season.
  • 07 Dec 2016
    Council prosecutes landlord without HMO license
    Stevenage Borough Council has prosecuted a landlord for failing to have a license for two houses in multiple occupation (HMO).
  • 05 Dec 2016
    Compete for Business Support Grants in Stevenage
    Stevenage Borough Council is supporting start-up or established businesses in the town by offering them the chance to compete for a grant worth £2,500.
  • 28 Nov 2016
    Stevenage supports Small Business Saturday
    Stevenage Borough Council is encouraging residents to support local businesses and take advantage of discounts, offers and giveaways at shops across the town at Small Business Saturday on Saturday 3 December.
  • 21 Nov 2016
    Council prosecutes noisy Stevenage neighbour
    Stevenage Borough Council has prosecuted a noisy neighbour who disturbed her street with loud music.
  • 21 Nov 2016
    Stevenage announces Pride Awards winners
    The winners of the 2016 Pride of Stevenage Awards were announced this evening at the Mayor’s Celebration of Stevenage event, held at the Forum Banqueting Suite. Nine winners were honoured and presented with trophies and prizes.
  • 11 Nov 2016
    Don’t miss Stevenage’s Christmas Lights Switch On
    Get into the Christmas spirit at Stevenage Borough Council’s Christmas Lights Switch On in the town centre on Thursday 24 November.
  • 09 Nov 2016
    Council grants Park Place application
    Stevenage Borough Council’s Planning and Development Committee yesterday approved plans for new housing and shops at Park Place as the town centre begins its modern transformation.
  • 08 Nov 2016
    Celebrate #OurDay in Stevenage
    Take a behind the scenes look at the hundreds of vital local services Stevenage Borough Council provides by following the #OurDay tweetathon on Tuesday 15 November.
  • 04 Nov 2016
    Children add the sparkle to Lights Switch On
    Children from play centres across Stevenage will make the town centre sparkle on Thursday 24 November at Stevenage Borough Council’s Christmas Lights Switch On.
  • 04 Nov 2016
    Stevenage remembers
    On Sunday 13 November, Deputy Lieutenant of Hertfordshire Sally Burton, Stevenage Mayor Cllr John Lloyd CC, 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.
  • 02 Nov 2016
    Cllr Taylor wins Leader of the Year Award
    Stevenage Borough Council Leader Councillor Sharon Taylor has won the LGiU and CCLA C’llr Achievement Award for Leader of the Year.
  • 24 Oct 2016
    Feel ‘Proud’ at Christmas Lights Switch On
    Stevenage Borough Council is ‘Moving on Up’ this year as iconic singer Heather Small will make you ‘Proud’ to be from Stevenage on Thursday 24 November at the town centre Christmas Lights Switch On.
  • 18 Oct 2016
    Take a tour of 21st century Stevenage plans
    Stevenage residents and visitors can get a feel for the town’s vibrant future when Stevenage Borough Council shows off exciting town centre regeneration projects at a series of public exhibitions later this month.
  • 17 Oct 2016
    Find your perfect park with ParksHerts
    Stevenage Borough Council and eight other local authorities in Hertfordshire want people to have their say on the perfect park before launching a new web app called ParksHerts.
  • 17 Oct 2016
    Acts confirmed to Celebrate!!! 70 years of Stevenage
    Stevenage stars Gabrielle ‘Gabz’ Gardiner and Nathan Watson headline this year’s Celebrate!!! as the town marks 70 years of cultural diversity at The Gordon Craig Theatre on Saturday 29 October.
  • 14 Oct 2016
    Reach for the stars this half term
    Young people in Stevenage can take a trip back in time or reach for the stars as Stevenage Borough Council has a range of exciting activities on offer this half term.
  • 26 Sep 2016
    Fun Palaces to pop up in Stevenage
    Stevenage residents are invited to get arty and scientific when Stevenage Museum and play centres across the town transform into ‘Fun Palaces’ on Saturday 1 October.
  • 12 Sep 2016
    All the fun of the Charter Fair
    Traditional fairground stalls and rides will line the streets of the Old Town when Stevenage’s annual Charter Fair returns for a two-day visit on Thursday 22 September.
  • 09 Sep 2016
    More quality council homes on the way
    Stevenage Borough Council has commissioned four homes currently being built at Vincent Court, Fishers Green Road as part of its aim to provide high quality, affordable housing for Stevenage people.
  • 05 Sep 2016
    Heritage Open Weekend in Stevenage
    Discover more about Stevenage’s history and how people used to live in the town by coming along to Heritage Open Weekend.
  • 01 Sep 2016
    Summer success in Stevenage town centre
    Stevenage residents and visitors have enjoyed an eventful summer in the town centre as it hosted a wide range of popular and well-attended events and things show no signs of slowing down.
  • 30 Aug 2016
    Hospital parking headaches to ease
    New measures to address parking problems around Lister Hospital will come into effect from Monday 5 September. Stevenage Borough Council has introduced the measures in response to concerns from local residents and East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust.
  • 23 Aug 2016
    Stevenage Together launches Five Ways to Wellbeing
    Stevenage Together is hosting an event in the town centre on Thursday 8 September for residents to find out more about the Five Ways to Wellbeing, which are social, community, financial, mental, and physical factors.
  • 23 Aug 2016
    Day of Community Safety and Crime Prevention in Stevenage
    SoSafe, Stevenage’s Community Partnership, will be on hand in the town centre on Wednesday 31 August to talk about crime prevention methods including the introduction of the Public Space Protection Order (PSPO).
  • 18 Aug 2016
    Get your Pride of Stevenage nominations in now
    You have until Friday 26 August to nominate people who make a difference in our town for a Pride of Stevenage 2016 Award.
  • 12 Aug 2016
    Tenants move into first council-built homes since 1980s
    Stevenage people have today moved into the first new homes built by Stevenage Borough Council since the 1980s.
  • 04 Aug 2016
    Celebrations begin to mark 50 years of playwork in Stevenage
    Stevenage Borough Council has kicked off celebrations to mark 50 years of providing free play services in the town and is on the hunt for some of the play centres’ stars of the past.
  • 26 Jul 2016
    Residents go behind the scenes at Depot Day
    Stevenage Borough Council gave people a behind the scenes tour of its environmental services depot on Saturday so residents could see what happens to their recycling after it is collected.
  • 25 Jul 2016
    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.
  • 25 Jul 2016
    Celebrate!!! returns to Stevenage this October
    Celebrate!!! returns to The Gordon Craig Theatre on Saturday 29 October to mark 70 years of cultural diversity in Stevenage
  • 19 Jul 2016
    Summer fun for Stevenage youngsters
    Stevenage Borough Council has a range of fun activities to keep young people in the town entertained during the summer holidays.
  • 01 Jul 2016
    Stevenage Borough Council appoints new Strategic Director
    Stevenage Borough Council has appointed Thomas Pike as their new Strategic Director.
  • 27 Jun 2016
    Stevenage to mark Battle of the Somme centenary
    Stevenage Mayor, Councillor John Lloyd CC, will be joined by fellow councillors, representatives of the Royal British Legion and Stephen McPartland MP on Friday 1 July to remember those service people who lost their lives in the Battle of the Somme 100 years ago.
  • 22 Jun 2016
    Future fun and games for King George V Playing Fields
    Stevenage Borough Council is working in partnership with local sports groups to promote sport and leisure opportunities for residents in one of the town’s most popular parks.
  • 21 Jun 2016
    Family Fun at Fairlands Valley Park Open Day
    Families from across Stevenage enjoyed a wide range of activities, including sailing, model boating and fishing at this year’s Fairlands Valley Park Open Day on Saturday.
  • 14 Jun 2016
    Rain doesn’t dampen Stevenage Day 2016
    Thousands of people braved the rain showers on Sunday to enjoy a bumper line up of music, dance, entertainment and attractions at the 57th Stevenage Day.
  • 14 Jun 2016
    Armed Forces Day flag to fly in Stevenage
    Stevenage Mayor, Councillor John Lloyd CC, will be joined by fellow councillors, representatives of the Royal British Legion and local ex-service personnel to raise the Armed Forces Day flag at Daneshill House on Monday 20 June.
  • 07 Jun 2016
    Pearl Izumi Tour success in Stevenage
    Thousands of people lined the streets of Stevenage Old Town yesterday to watch some of the world’s best male and female cyclists compete in the Pearl Izumi Tour Series.
  • 06 Jun 2016
    Don’t miss Stevenage Day on Sunday
    Come along to Stevenage Day on Sunday 12 June for an extravaganza of music, dance, entertainment and attractions at the biggest event of its kind in Hertfordshire.
  • 06 Jun 2016
    Celebrate local heroes in Stevenage
    Nominations for the Pride of Stevenage Awards 2016 are now open for you to celebrate the achievements of Stevenage people who go the extra mile.
  • 01 Jun 2016
    Get set for the Pearl Izumi Tour
    As the men and women’s riders gear up for the Stevenage stage of the Pearl Izumi Tour, make sure you’re in the Old Town on Monday 6 June for an action-packed evening of entertainment.
  • 25 May 2016
    Stevenage’s youngest ever Youth Mayor announced
    Stevenage boasts one of the country’s youngest Mayors after 11-year-old Emma Chapman became the town’s new Youth Mayor yesterday evening.
  • 25 May 2016
    New Mayor of Stevenage
    The Mayor of Stevenage for 2016/17, Cllr John Lloyd, has taken office.
  • 23 May 2016
    Stevenage school children win Pearl Izumi design competition
    Amber Harris and George Francis from Peartree Spring Primary School will present their personally designed jerseys to the men and women’s winners of the Stevenage Pearl Izumi Tour stage.
  • 23 May 2016
    Half Term activities in Stevenage
    An African adventure and Ancient Egypt come to Stevenage this half term as Stevenage Borough Council puts on a range of cultural activities for young people to enjoy.
  • 20 May 2016
    Specialist Cars to support Stevenage Day
    With less than a month to go until Stevenage Day, Stevenage Mayor, Councillor Professor Howard Burrell MA, B.Mus. FRSA, Hon.FUH got behind the wheel to announce that Specialist Cars will support this year’s event.
  • 11 May 2016
    Pearl Izumi Tour circuit in Stevenage finalised
    World class cyclists will be whizzing around a circuit in the Old Town on Monday 6 June when Stevenage hosts a stage of the men and women’s Pearl Izumi Tour Series. This will be one of the last events for top cyclists ahead of this year’s Olympic Games in Rio.
  • 10 May 2016
    Book your spot for Stevenage Day
    Stevenage Day 2016 promises to be bigger and better than ever with more than 200 stalls and attractions on offer but there is still time for you to book your spot and be part of the 57th annual family fun day.
  • 06 May 2016
    Stevenage Borough Council Local Election Results
    The results of the Elections to Stevenage Borough Council held on Thursday 5 May are listed below. The overall turnout was 34.65%.
  • 27 Apr 2016
    Compost Day for Stevenage residents
    Stevenage families can get their hands dirty and collect some of the 10 tonnes of free compost Stevenage Borough Council and its partners are giving away at a Compost Day event on Saturday 7 May.
  • 27 Apr 2016
    Stevenage Walking Festival
    Stevenage Walking Festival, supported by Stevenage Borough Council, is giving local walkers the chance to get active and take advantage of more than 30 walks that are happening in the area from 7 to 15 May.
  • 15 Apr 2016
    One week to go before Queen’s birthday celebrations
    With only a week to go before Stevenage celebrates Her Majesty The Queen's 90th Birthday, people from the town are invited to attend a beacon lighting ceremony in the town square on Thursday 21 April.
  • 12 Apr 2016
    Design the Pearl Izumi stage winner’s jersey
    Creative young people in Stevenage can make their mark on the Pearl Izumi Tour series coming to town on Monday 6 June by designing the men and women’s stage winner’s jersey.
  • 05 Apr 2016
    Queen’s birthday beacon celebrations in Stevenage
    Stevenage people are invited to celebrate Her Majesty The Queen's 90th Birthday on Thursday 21 April by joining a beacon lighting ceremony in the Town Square.
  • 24 Mar 2016
    Easter excitement for young people in Stevenage
    A host of Easter treats is on offer for children and young people in the town as Stevenage Borough Council puts on a range of activities at our play centres, parks, and museum over the school holidays.
  • 14 Mar 2016
    Stevenage Day 2016 to ignite 70th anniversary celebrations
    Stevenage Mayor, Councillor Howard Burrell, sparked Stevenage Day 2016 into life alongside an African fire eater by announcing that this year’s event will take place on Sunday 12 June at King George V Pavilion.
  • 14 Mar 2016
    Stevenage flies the flag for Commonwealth Day
    Stevenage Mayor, Councillor Howard Burrell, 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.
  • 14 Mar 2016
    National Apprentice Week
    Stevenage Borough Council is celebrating the success of 10 candidates who completed their apprenticeship in 2015 as part of National Apprentice Week.
  • 10 Mar 2016
    Stevenage Borough Council adds to housing stock
    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 five new properties in Kilner Close from Paradigm Housing Association.
  • 07 Mar 2016
    Council’s Play team win annual award
    Stevenage Borough Council’s Play team were crowned Development and Support winners at the Annual Playwork Awards on Tuesday 1 March.
  • 07 Mar 2016
    Stevenage cleans for The Queen
    School children from The Thomas Alleyne Academy joined forces with Stevenage Borough Council on Friday 4 March as part of the national Clean for The Queen tidy-up event to celebrate Her Majesty The Queen’s 90th birthday.
  • 04 Mar 2016
    Council crowns Business Support Grant winner
    Stevenage Borough Council has named Daymedia as the winner of its £2,500 Business Support Grant.
  • 29 Feb 2016
    Stevenage Museum to reopen in March
    Stevenage Museum will celebrate reopening its doors on Saturday 12 March after the repair work to the floor in the main lecture room was completed following the flood caused by heavy rain in July last year.
  • 26 Feb 2016
    Design a birthday card for The Queen
    The Mayor of Stevenage is inviting creative young people from the town to design a birthday card to wish Her Majesty The Queen a happy 90th birthday on Thursday 21 April.
  • 25 Feb 2016
    Stevenage councillors agree council tax for 2017
    Due to further Government funding cuts, Stevenage Borough Council has this evening announced an increase to its portion of the council tax for the first time since 2009.
  • 23 Feb 2016
    Council seeking reassurance over policing levels in Stevenage
    Stevenage Borough Council is looking for reassurance from the Hertfordshire Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) that the town will have the right policing levels despite a decrease in the policing precept.
  • 15 Feb 2016
    Be a Green Space Volunteer
    If you have a passion for the outdoors and want to help improve Stevenage’s green spaces and parks, then come along to the council offices on Saturday 5 March to hear how you can become a Green Space Volunteer.
  • 11 Feb 2016
    Love Stevenage this Valentine’s Day
    Stevenage Borough Council is spreading some love and affection for the town by promoting the anti-littering message in the Town Square this Valentine’s Day.
  • 09 Feb 2016
    Stevenage supported housing tenants will benefit from rent reduction
    Stevenage Borough Council is reassuring its supported housing tenants that they will benefit from the 1% rent reduction along with other tenants, in the face of the Government’s decision to exempt supported housing from the reduction.
  • 05 Feb 2016
    Be at one with nature in Stevenage this half term
    Nature-themed activities are on the agenda this February half term as Stevenage Borough Council puts on a range of exciting activities for young people to take part in.
  • 01 Feb 2016
    Compete for Business Support Grants in Stevenage
    Stevenage Borough Council is offering start-up or established businesses in the town the chance to compete for a grant worth £2,500.
  • 01 Feb 2016
    Register to vote
    Stevenage Borough Council is urging local residents not yet registered to vote, to take advantage of National Voter Registration Drive this week and go online now to register.
  • 29 Jan 2016
    Councillors agree Stevenage council house rent levels
    Stevenage councillors this week (Tuesday 26 January) agreed council house rents and service charges for the next 12 months.
  • 25 Jan 2016
    Are you the next Stevenage Youth Mayor?
    Stevenage Borough Council is calling on young leaders to attend a Youth Mayor information event on Wednesday 3 February to find out how they can have their say on local issues in the town.
  • 21 Jan 2016
    The Housing Enforcers returns to Stevenage
    BBC One daytime show, The Housing Enforcers, featuring Matt Allwright, has been back in Stevenage working alongside the council’s housing officers. The new series starts on BBC One next Monday 25 January.
  • 15 Jan 2016
    Mayor invites you to Holocaust Memorial Day event
    Stevenage Mayor, Councillor Professor Howard Burrell MA, B.Mus. FRSA, Hon.FUH is inviting people from across the town to attend a special ceremony to mark Holocaust Memorial Day on Wednesday 27 January.
  • 08 Jan 2016
    Stevenage Borough Council in numbers
    Another busy 12 months at Stevenage Borough Council has come and gone, with council staff providing many hundreds of services and activities for residents, businesses and visitors to Stevenage.
  • 06 Jan 2016
    Have your say on local plan for Stevenage
    Stevenage Borough Council has begun a six-week public consultation process on proposals for the town’s future as part of Stevenage’s local plan.
  • 04 Jan 2016
    Refurbished play area opens in Town Centre
    Stevenage Borough Council got into the swing of the New Year by opening a newly refurbished play area in the Town Centre on Monday 4 January.