The first garden waste collections of 2019

The first garden waste collections of 2019 will take place in Biddenham on Wednesday 13th March 2019. As there has been no collection during the last 3 months the green waste may have hardened during this period. There is no excuse for the collection not to take place on this basis as the operators should make the effort to release all waste. If you experience issues please contact the Borough Council direct.

For all details regarding the collection service, please click Bin collections then enter your post code details.

Drivers reminded to find alternative routes ahead of Network Rail’s Bromham Road Bridge Closure

With Network Rail’s major works on Bromham Road Bridge commencing on Monday 4 March 2019, Bedford Borough Council is reminding residents to find alternative transport routes.

Network Rail is closing the bridge to allow utilities running through the bridge to be removed and relocated ahead of the structure being demolished and reconstructed. The work is part of the Midland Main Line Upgrade, which will see the line electrified from London to Kettering and Corby via Bedford.

As part of this, as of Monday 4 March 2019, there will be a partial closure of the A4280 over the bridge (supported by a vehicle diversion via Clapham Road). Pedestrian access will be maintained throughout the work, but drivers will be affected.

A Bedford Borough Council Spokesperson said; “Bromham Road Bridge is a busy thoroughfare and one of the main access routes in and out of Bedford. We would urge drivers to seek alternative routes wherever possible and to allow more time for your journey in order to help minimise any disruption and delay.”

You can find out more about the planned work on Bromham Road Bridge by visiting the Network Rail website,  or calling the Network Rail National Helpline on 03457 11 41 41.


Network Rail – Improvements to the Bromham Road Bridge (railway)

From Monday 4 March, Network Rail teams will begin work to upgrade Bromham Road bridge in Bedford, just north of Bedford Central station. Ahead of the full replacement of the bridge, underground utilities services running through the bridge need to be removed and relocated. This work will require a partial closure of the A4280 over the bridge.

By 2020 the bridge will have been demolished and reconstructed in order to allow for the safe clearance of the overhead line equipment underneath the bridge, ahead of the railway line being fully electrified from London to Bedford via Kettering and Corby.

In advance of work commencing, Network Rail is holding a public information event where residents and businesses can find out more about the work, and Network Rail representatives will be on hand to answer any questions. This will take place this Friday 22 February between 15:00 and 19:00 at the Park Inn Bedford, 2 St Mary’s St, Bedford, MK42 0AR, and you or your representative would be very welcome to attend.

If you are unable to attend but would like more information please do contact me and I would happy to arrange a face to face meeting with your parish members.

For more information about the work taking place please visit

I hope this information on the planned partial closure of Bromham Road bridge is helpful, but please do not hesitate to get in touch should you require any further information.

Kind regards,

Mary Afonja

Communications Consultant (MML)

Mob: 07809376507

Network Rail Route and Project Communications
Room 119 Trent House
R T C Business Park
London Road
DE24 8UP

Emergency Temporary One-Way Prohibition – Biddenham Turn


Road: Biddenham Turn, Biddenham.

Length Affected: Prohibits vehicles from proceeding in a south-westerly direction along that length of Biddenham Turn, Biddenham, which extends from Bromham Road, Bedford, to a point approximately 25 metres southwest of Bromham Road, Bedford.

Contact/Applicant: For further information please contact Kim Hamer of Anglian Water Services, Tel: 03457 145 145.

Reason for Closure: To facilitate urgent sewer repair work.

Dates: This emergency temporary one-way prohibition is anticipated to be in operation between 9:30am and 3:30pm on up to 5 days from Monday 28th January 2019 to Friday 1st February 2019 inclusive.

Signed Alternative Routes: Proceed in a westerly direction along Bromham Road to the roundabout adjoining Deep Spinney, Biddenham. Take the 1st exit and continue along Deep Spinney to Gold Lane. Turn right and continue along Gold Lane, then Main Road, and then Biddenham Turn to site.

Kind Regards,
Jason Holdsworth.
Highways Technician (Temporary Traffic Management).

Street Works,
Bedford Borough Council,
Borough Hall,
Cauldwell Street,
MK42 9AP.


Bedford Borough Local Plan 2030 – Examination


Bedford Borough Council has submitted the above local plan to the Secretary of State for examination.

The Bedford Borough Local 2030 sets out borough wide planning policies and makes specific site allocations and land designations in the borough.  It provides detailed proposals to meet the borough’s development requirements up to 2030.  The Bedford Borough Local Plan 2030 covers the whole of the Bedford borough administrative area.

Paper copies of the Local Plan 2030: Plan for Submission and supporting documents are available to view at the Council’s Customer Service Centre in Horne Lane, Bedford and at the following libraries during normal opening hours:

  • Bedford Central Library, Harpur Street, Bedford
  • Bromham Library, Springfield Drive, Bromham
  • Kempston Library, Halsey Road, Kempston
  • Putnoe Library, Putnoe Street, Bedford
  • Wootton Library, Lorraine Road, Wootton

Paper copies of the Plan for Submission only are available to view at the following libraries during normal opening hours.

  • Bedford Mobile Library
  • Biggleswade Library, Chestnut Avenue, Biggleswade
  • Flitwick Library, Coniston Road, Flitwick
  • Rushden Library, Newton Road, Rushden
  • St. Neots Library, Priory Lane, St Neots

The Plan for Submission, supporting documents and representations received can be viewed on the Council’s website at

Planning Policy Team

Bedford Borough Council

* 4th Floor, Borough Hall, Cauldwell Street, Bedford, MK42 9AP

‘ 01234 718070

All general planning information is available on our website:  

 However, if the information is not available online, you will need to complete a request for advice on our pre-application enquiry form and pay the appropriate fee. Full information of this service and the online enquiry form can be found via this link

Recycle Your Christmas Tree

After the Christmas celebrations are over and all the decorations are down don’t forget to recycle your real Christmas tree.

25 tonnes of real Christmas trees were collected from the Council’s collection points across Bedford Borough last year; make sure yours is one of the lucky ones sent for composting.

Real Christmas trees can be dropped off at one our Christmas tree recycling sites between Friday 28th December and Friday 11th January. Sites include:

  • Hillgrounds Road, Kempston – Opposite the shops near Hartwell Drive
  • Jubilee Park, Bedford – Opposite North Lodge, Canvin Way
  • Milton Ernest Garden Centre – Radwell Road
  • Mowsbury Park car park – off Kimbolton Road
  • Podington Garden Centre – High Street, Podington
  • Roxton Garden Centre – Bedford Road, Roxton near A1 Black Cat roundabout
  • Seasons Garden Centre, Wilstead – Bedford Road, Wilstead
  • Household Waste Recycling Centre – Barkers Lane, Bedford.

Cllr Charles Royden, Portfolio Holder for Environment and Transport said “Our Christmas tree recycling sites are open for two weeks after Christmas, ready for Christmas trees to be dropped off for free. Real Christmas trees are biodegradable, and getting it composted is a great and green way to deal with your tree after Christmas.”

Please make sure all decorations and containers are removed before you drop your tree off.

To get alerts about bin collections, and tips for Christmas recycling sign up to the Council’s email bulletins at


Peter’s Picturehouse: New Year’s Day ‘feel good’ event!

After our fabulous launch party in December, we would like to invite you to join us at our second event on New Year’s Day, 1 st January 2019. We have booked to show the 2018 smash hit film ‘Mama Mia! Here we go again’ (Certificate PG). Doors open at 5.30pm and the film show starts at 6.00pm. The cast includes Pierce Brosnan, Julie Walters, Colin Firth, Amanda Seyfried and Meryl Streep and has been praised for its musical numbers.

Tickets, available on the door, are priced at £5. Before the performance and in the interval there will be the chance to buy a cup of coffee or tea or a glass or more of wine. We will also be selling tubs of ice cream.

We are very grateful to the generous contributions we have received from both Peter Culverwell and the Biddenham Show committee, which have allowed us to set up this village event. We hope to show a film on every first Tuesday of the month. We do need your support though! We are planning our February film, which will be shown on Tuesday 5th February. During the year we would like to include something to suit a wide range of tastes, so watch for posters on the village notice boards so that you don’t miss out!

At our December showing of The Theory of Everything, the village hall was packed out and the event was very sociable. Do come along on Tuesday 1 st January 2019 to enjoy the film, refreshments and company, everyone is welcome. If you have any questions or suggestions please email:

Biddenham Crime statistics – November 2018

For the month of November 2018, please find below a link containing crime stats from Bedfordshire Police.  As usual they have been sanitised so that people or houses cannot be identified.

The database does not record ASB’s (Anti – Social Behaviour)

Please click link below for crime related to Biddenham and Great Denham. The data has been filtered appropriately:-

Crime stats new Nov 2018

Dave Girling

Thank you

The last Green bin collections of  2018

The last Green bin collections of  2018  will take place on Wednesday 21st November 2018 in Biddenham. Please ensure you fill the bin as much as possible as no further green waste will be collected until March 2019.

Green collections will resume from March 2019. Exact dates will be published nearer the time.

For reference you can check your bin collection day and type in the Bedford Council web page online bin collection day finder