Deep Spinney Roundabout

The Parish Council has for some time been considering possible features on the Roundabout  to commemorate the lost Dovecote.   An informal survey was carried out at the Biddenham Show, the Chairman of the Parish Council, Peter Chase, made a presentation to the Biddenham Society at their annual meeting, and there has been a number of references to the idea in “The Loop”.   As a result of one of those references there has been a request for further consultation and publicity.

The idea which has received most support is that there should be two pillars, each about 3.5 metres above ground, featuring a representation of the Dovecote and the name of the village.   An impression of what the pillars might look like can be viewed on the link  Biddenham Roundabout Feature

The Parish Council is anxious that everyone should have an opportunity to comment on this project.   More comprehensive details will follow shortly on this website.

Please provide comments on the feature by 13th March 2017, using the comments link below or writing directly to info@biddenham.org.uk.

Biddenham Country Park Sports Centre

The Bedford Borough Council have formally confirmed that a brand new Sports Centre is planned to be built just off The Great Ouse Way on a new road to be known as Great Spur. There are no properties yet on The Great Ouse Way or on Great Spur, the area is just about to be developed. The centre on the brand new road to be known as Great Spur as shown on the plan:- biddenham-country-park-sports-centre

The address will be:
Biddenham Country Park Sports Centre
1 Great Spur
Biddenham
BEDFORD
MK40 4WG

Biddenham Website – Subscription service

We now have a subscription service on the website. The service is free and allows subscribers to be alerted every time a new news article appears on the website.

In order to receive this service you will need to register on a new widget which is located in the middle left side of the Home page.  See red highlighted image below:-

It would be great to see people actively use this website to obtain information about their community.
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Land North of Bromham Road, Biddenham

With the on going development of land North of Bromham Road, Biddenham,  the Borough Council have created a central portal showing all the paper work relating to this huge development. The link is not easy to find so you can access it directly by clicking the following link :- Biddenham Development

There is a lot of documentation on this site so if readers can point out some interesting links and documentation on it we can insert them on this page. Please forward feedback to info@biddenham.org.uk.

As this is a news article I have inserted the above link into the website menu structure for future ease of access. It can be found by clicking Biddenham website Link

 

Bin collections over the Christmas period

Bedford Borough Council have created a link to show all collections over the festive period. Please click Christmas Bin Collections to find further details:-

  • Check your bin collection days over the festive period.
  • From 22nd December 2016 you can pick up extra orange recycling sacks
  • Check your nearest glass recycling point.
  • Find out where to recycle your Christmas tree once the festivities are over.
  • Tips on reducing waste and recycling more over Christmas & the New Year.

Latest Parish Council Chairman’s Biddenham Loop article published

In this edition: [New Village Web Site] / [Dovecote Roundabout] / [Coffin Path]

Biddenham Parish Council met on Wednesday 10th November 2016 in the upstairs room of the Pavilion.  Present were Parish Councillors Graham Bates, Peter Chase (chairman), Jon Gambold (also a Borough Councillor), Chris Gee, Krzys Osuch, Terry Platt, Francia Slade and Joe Warren.  Councillor Alan Jacobs sent his apologies.  Clerk Alison Southern and half a dozen or so members of the public were also present.

NEW VILLAGE WEB SITE

The new website has launched!  As I mentioned last month, this is far more than just a revamp of the Parish Council’s own site.  It is also a new resource for any group in the village to use if they don’t want to go to the effort and cost of doing their own site.  Interest has already been shown by a number of groups in the village.  Contact us if you think we could help you too.

DOVECOTE ROUNDABOUT

The favoured design of two tall pillars has been out with our preferred stonemason for costing.  They’re finding it hard to source two lengths of stone long enough (3 metres by 450mm square), so we are negotiating over whether to make the main part of each pillar out of two bits.

I mentioned this subject at the Biddenham Society AGM on November 6th.  Whilst it was good to see a good number of people welcoming the idea, I have since asked the society’s chairman Tony Wood to get an official view from his committee of whether they support the Parish Council’s ideas for the roundabout.  Our straw poll at the Biddenham Show showed significant support, and some helpful thoughts.  See past Biddenham Loops for more details.  If you would like to offer your opinion or input please send your views to the clerk.  As this project firms up, we are nearing the point when serious money is going to get spent – although our firm commitment is to do so without any impact on council tax in the future.  Do you support this?

THE COFFIN PATH

Our meeting came only a few days after the Borough Council met to decide on extensions to the Biddenham Conservation Area.  Three extensions were proposed, one at Duck Mill Lane, one near Kings Corner and the other to incorporate the village pond.  Originally, this last extension was supposed to also include the field containing the coffin path, next to the pond area.  Objections led the Borough officers to withdraw this suggestion.  However, thanks to letters sent by both ourselves and the Biddenham Society, and strenuous lobbying by our Borough Councillor Roger Rigby, the portfolio holder at Borough, Councillor Colleen Atkins, decide to recommend after all that the coffin path field be included in the Conservation Area (although as a compromise only the path and the land to its south).  This recommendation was accepted.

I am delighted the Borough Council, including the Mayor, chose to take this decision.  It shows that they, like us, value our heritage.  It also shows that if we make our points in the right sort of way, we are listened to.

DATE OF THE NEXT MEETING

The next meeting will be on Wednesday 11th January 2017.  Do please come along if you have anything you’d like to raise.

In the meantime, all your Parish Councillors would like to thank you for your support in 2016, and wish you a very happy and joyous festive season.

Peter Chase

Bin Collection Changes start week beginning 31st October 2016

From Monday 31st October 2016 your black lidded rubbish bin will be collected every other week. 

 This means all bins will be collected on an alternate weekly basis: one week we’ll collect your black lidded rubbish bin, and the following week the orange lidded recycling and green lidded garden waste bins will be collected. Your bin collection day may change.

Click here to check your new bin collection day and for lots of tips on how you can recycle more and reduce waste.