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. 

New Biddenham Website

The Biddenham Parish Council Website will undergo a relaunch in the autumn of 2016. The new website will be modernised and have improved functionality. It will be simple to navigate and contain up to date information.

The Parish Council hope to make the new website more dynamic,interactive and relevant to the village life of Biddenham. Initially the launch will show Parish Council activities but over time we hope the site evolves and becomes much bigger and the first point of call for all Biddenham residents.

In order to achieve this goal we are actively looking for contributors and helpers. In particular we our looking for contributions in the following areas:-

Biddenham History
Youth
Schools – Biddenham Upper, St Gregory’s and St James
Clubs & Societies
Sports
Security and safety
The Church
News that directly affects the village
Photograph Archive

We do not wish to replace existing community websites as these are important to their own audiences. In fact we want to see all community website links within the new website so that it becomes the single place to find or be directed to information about Biddenham.

We are looking to publish articles that may be of interest for the whole village. For example major events, achievements or news that may impact the wider community outside the societies.

Please feel free to write feedback and comments on the new website at info@biddenham.org.uk . Updates will be issued periodically regarding the launch date and progress.