Start of Public Consultation for the Bedford Borough Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment

Have your say on local pharmaceutical services

Residents of Bedford Borough, Central Bedfordshire and Milton Keynes have the chance to give their views on pharmaceutical services in their local areas.

It is part of the Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment (PNA), which runs from 16 October 2017 to 15 December 2017.

A PNA looks at what pharmaceutical services are currently in an area, whether this meets local needs and if there are any gaps.

So, residents are being asked to give feedback on the services offered by local pharmacies, which could include offering health advice and information such as stop-smoking services, sexual health and drug support services as well as providing over-the-counter medicines, and whether this meets local needs.

All local authorities are required to keep an updated PNA document, so feedback is also sought on each of the documents to help identify any issues that affect the commissioning of pharmaceutical services and the ability to meet local health needs and priorities.

People can take part in one or both sections of the consultation. All feedback will be considered by the health and well-being boards from the three local authorities and help them to identify any current and future services that may need to be commissioned.

Central Bedfordshire Council – Councillor Brian Spurr, Executive Member for Health at Central Bedfordshire Council, said: “The Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment affects most residents, as many of us will use a pharmacy at some point or another to get medicine or health advice and information for themselves or family members. That’s why I’d encourage as many people as possible to have their say.

“Your feedback will be vital in ensuring that what’s out there already meets local needs – and if there are any gaps then we need to know about them so that we can inform those that commission and provide services.

To have your say, visit or you can pick up a paper copy from your local library.

Press Release- Network Rail information

While electric overhead wires already pass beneath a number of the spans of Ford End Road bridge, which crosses the Midland Main Line to the south of the station, work is needed to lift one of the unwired sections so that all the lines through Bedford can be electrified.

The work will be split into two distinct phases. The first will see a single lane closure of Ford End Road between Monday 16 October and Thursday 30 November while utilities running through the bridge are diverted.

During phase one, a one-way system from Queens Park going into Bedford will be in operation, supported by an outbound diversion via Ashburnham Road and Bromham Road.

The second phase, due to start in early 2018, will see the road closed fully to allow for the bridge to be rebuilt. Further details regarding phase two will be announced in due course.

Spencer Gibbens, principal programme sponsor for the Midland Main Line Upgrade, said: “Once complete the Midland Main Line Upgrade will result in a better railway for the millions of people who use it every year. We’ve planned the upgrade of Ford End Road to keep disruption to a minimum, though we do apologise for any inconvenience caused as a result.”


Those who wish to learn more about the work at Ford End Road but cannot attend the drop-in can call Network Rail on 0345 7 11 41 41 or visit and search ‘Ford End Road’

Cygnet’ Bus Smartcard Launches on 1st October 2017

On 1st October 2017 the new ‘Cygnet’ smartcard will be launched, enabling bus users to switch freely between two local bus operators without the need to buy multiple tickets.

Bus operators Stagecoach and Grant Palmer have been working with Bedford Borough Council to launch this new smartcard, which will allow for unlimited travel on any bus within the designated area, across a day or a week.

The Cygnet travel zone equates to the area currently covered by the Stagecoach Megarider and includes the whole of Bedford and Kempston, as well as surrounding villages such as Bromham, Clapham, Cople and Elstow.

Cllr Charles Royden, Portfolio Holder for Transport at Bedford Borough Council said: “This will make local bus travel easier and more convenient, so it’s good news for bus users.  Enabling people to change from one operator to another on the same smartcard ticket removes a barrier to bus usage, and is a real step forward for local public transport.”

Zoe Paget, Operations Director at Stagecoach East, commented: “We’re always looking for ways to make life simpler for our customers, and this smartcard will enable passengers to make best use of the local bus network.”

Dave Shelley, Director of Grant Palmer said: “”The launch of this ticket is fantastic news for bus users in Bedford, allowing them to buy a ticket to use on the buses of both local operators for the first time.  The added convenience and value for money will, we hope, encourage more local people to use the bus to get around town.”

The ‘Cygnet’ smartcard will be £5 for a day ticket, with the weekly ticket priced at £17. You can buy your smartcard on Stagecoach and Grant Palmer buses. Ask your driver for a new card which costs 50p, which you can keep and re-use. Your ticket products can be loaded onto your smartcard on the bus when you purchase.



Apple Day 2017

Bromham Mill and Gallery hosts their hugely popular annual Apple Day, on Sunday 15th October, from 11am – 4pm.

Thousands of people attended this event last year, celebrating all things apple! There will be lots of stalls to browse, including crafts, jewellery and artwork, as well as a handmade market, and local wildlife stalls including the Bedfordshire Beekeepers and the Raptor Foundation.

This is all alongside an array of food stalls with lots of choice from hog roast, cheese and chutney, donuts, homemade burgers, and of course apples and a cider bar.

There will be plenty of entertainment with an owl display, a petting zoo, giant games arena, sheepdog demonstration, ridgeside lurcher & terrier display and live music.

Cllr Sarah-Jayne Holland, Portfolio Holder for Leisure and Culture said: ‘Apple Day is always a popular event and with so much on offer this year it’s once again set to be a fantastic day out for the whole family!’

Entry into Apple Day is £5 for adults and £3 for children. Bromham Park is managing and operating a car park at the rear of the meadow with a small fee per car.


Recycle Week is Nearly Here!

25th September- 1st October will see the UK’s 14th Recycle Week.  Recycling brings so many benefits, reducing the amount of waste we produce by creating something completely new!

Across the country, around two-thirds of households are unsure about exactly what can go in their recycling bin and it’s easy to forget that recycling doesn’t stop at the kitchen. Plenty of items from around the home can be recycled and recycling just a few more items like your empty shampoo bottle, deodorant aerosol and toilet paper tube can make a big difference.

Cllr Charles Royden, Portfolio Holder for Environment said: “Recycle Week is a great chance to find out how easy it is to recycle, have some of your questions answered about what can go in your orange bin, and to start thinking more about things that can be recycled from all over the home.”

You can follow Recycle for Bedford Borough on Facebook, where we’ll be posting plenty of information, graphics and videos throughout Recycle Week. You can also follow Bedford Borough Council on Facebook and Twitter for news and updates from your local Council.

You can also sign up to email bulletins about your bin collection as well as recycling and waste services to get service updates and all the latest on recycling. Just visit


Programmed Drainage Works: Church End, Biddenham

From the Bedford Borough Council:-

Drainage works at Church End, Biddenham are included within this year’s annual programme.

From our site assessments I can confirm that the intended scope of the scheme is to install two new gullies, repair a section of pipe, and install a new soakaway. Some investigative works will be required to determine the position of the soakaway.

The drainage works have now been programmed by our contractor Colas Ltd, the works are programmed to start as detailed in this linkLocation details are also available by clicking this link.

This letter will be sent out to the local residents that the works will have a bearing upon shortly.

Please do not hesitate to contact me if you require any further details relating to this project.

Kind regards

Adam Caruana BEng (Hons)
Project Engineer
Engineering Services

4th Floor Borough Hall, Cauldwell Street, Bedford, MK42 9AP
Telephone: 01234 276849 (ex.44849)

Alert – Burglars Are Looking For An Open Window – Make Sure It Is Not Yours

Bedfordshire Police is issuing advice to residents in Great Denham, Queen’s Park and surrounding areas, after a number of recent burglaries.

Detective Chief Inspector Duncan Young said: “Burglars aren’t afraid of taking advantage of homes that are left insecure. Therefore it’s vital that the public ensure their homes are as secure as possible. I would urge residents to ensure that windows are closed and locked when they are not at home, and if you are going out please make sure you use timers on your lights so that your house doesn’t look empty.

“Burglary continues to be a priority for the force, and we remain dedicated to taking action against those responsible for these offences.”

Top tips to minimise your chances of becoming a victim of crime:
•Lock your doors and windows every time you leave the house
•Before you go out, is there anything outside your house that could be used to break in? Lock tools and ladders away in a shed
•Ensure your side gate is locked and that any fences surrounding your garden are in good condition
•Ensure your car keys are hidden out of sight and away from your letterbox
•If you’re heading away for the weekend, ask a trusted neighbour to keep an eye on your home and report any suspicious activity via 101
•Activate tracking devices on any new phones
•Mark any new equipment with UV property marking pens – property marking can’t prevent things being stolen, but can act as a deterrent and if found, can be returned to its rightful owner more quickly