Update – Public Consultation Meeting – Farmland West of Gold Lane, Biddenham

With reference to the Development Consultation  on the 21st November 2017, the Parish Council would like to make the following statement in response to many comments received:

The Parish Council have not failed to keep the village informed.  This whole matter only came to our attention following initial contact from Lioncourt on 12th October 2017 and was discussed at our next meeting on November 8th.  Between these dates a closed meeting with Lioncourt occurred, which was the first time we had any inkling that they were proposing such a large development.  We agree with you their plans and formative application should be rejected, amongst many reasons, for contravening the Borough’s stated AD42 policy which protects the land separating Bromham and Biddenham.

Our chairman’s write up for the Biddenham Loop of our last council meeting will contain a significant section on this matter.  His articles are also available on this website under Parish Council / Council Documents / Chairman’s Report.

Note also at this stage no formal planning application has been submitted by Lioncourt to the Bedford Borough Council. 

Biddenham Parish Council

 

Last Green bin collections of 2017

The last Green bin collections of  2017  will take place on Wednesday 22nd November 2017 in Biddenham. Please ensure you fill the bin as much as possible as no further green waste will be collected until March 2018.

Green collections will resume from March 2018. 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

Biddenham website 1 Year on

The Biddenham village website has had a very successful year since its re-launch back in November 2016. The monthly hits have steadily increased from 728 in November 2016 to 3408 in October 2017 this year. There have been a  total of 18,201 visits. Well above expectations

There has been excellent engagement from societies, clubs as well as residents. The History Society now has a dedicated space which has increased their presence in the village and the web.

Further metrics on usage can be viewed in this link:

 

Farmland West of Gold Lane

The Parish Council, Biddenham Society and a representative from the Village Pond met with the developers for the farmland West of Gold Lane on Tuesday 31st October 2017.

The prime issue under discussion was the number of houses to be built. Previously the Bedford Borough Council suggested a figure of 150 houses allowing space around the heritage sites e.g. The Church, Coffin Path and village pond. The developers presented a suggested figure of 300 houses.  Further details about the discussion can be viewed in the Biddenham Blog

The developers will shortly hold some displays on the development in one of the villages halls. This will be an opportunity for the public to input into the process. Dates will be posted on this website when available.

New Biddenham Country Park Sports Centre

Kempston Town will be playing at their new ground Kings Field

After months of negotiation, we can now reveal that Kings Field will be the permanent home of AFC Kempston Town & Bedford College. Along with our partners at Bedford Tigers RLFC, with whom we will share the facility, we have negotiated a very long term lease with Linden Homes & Bovis Homes, that will allow both clubs to flourish.

The development sits just on the edge of Biddenham, off the new bypass and alongside a lovely country park. The £2.8million complex boasts 6 changing rooms, 4 officials rooms, 2 locker rooms, kitchen, meeting room and a very spacious hall. Outside the building it boasts a large well lit car park with 148 spaces, a large cycle shelter plus 3 adult pitches and 2 junior pitches.

The facility will be run by a committee made up of members of both clubs, plus other members of the local community and the developers. This will allow the club to be run with transparency and integrity, and to help engage the local community and for them to feel a part of this great complex.

This will be the first time that Kempston Town has had its own home, and the club are relishing the opportunity to drive forward and achieve it’s goals. The players have been excited and eager, and it was fantastic to be able to play our first two games last weekend. We have lots of ambitions and targets for the coming years, and this will give us the opportunity to achieve those, and not be in the hands of other people.

We are currently in negotiations with several breweries who are very keen to be involved, and the proposal is that we will have a licensed bar in as soon as possible. We believe that this will be a fantastic venue for parties etc, and can’t wait to welcome you all into our new home.

We do have several sponsorship opportunities available, so if you are a local company, and would like to get involved, please drop me a line on the details below.

Regards

Gary Ingerson

Email: garyingerson627@virginmedia.com
Tel: 07800 864040

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)
www.bedford.gov.uk