North Rural Villages And A1 Corridor – Burglary Warning

Message sent by
Lara Curtayne (Crime Reduction Officer, Community Safety, Bedfordshire Police)

Bedfordshire Police would like to raise awareness of a spate of burglaries in the north of the county and along the A1 corridor where crime is being committed not only to remove items of value but also car keys in order to steal vehicles.

Whilst investigations are being conducted, we would ask residents to take 5 minutes to review their home security using the assessment form. Your vehicle can also be made less easy to remove by implementing the following measures:

  • If you have a garage, clear it out and park the car in it – this will help prevent your car being specifically targeted if it is a desirable make and model. You can reinforce the security of the garage door by fitting a “garage defender” – this prevents the up-and-over door from being raised. Garage windows can be obscured with frosted adhesive vinyl – if a burglar can’t see in, it reduces the temptation to break in.
  • If you park on a driveway, consider fitting a fold-down or telescopic post.
  • Make sure the area where you park your car is well-lit. If the parking area is on private property, you can use a domestic CCTV system to cover the area.
  • If you have a steering wheel lock, then use it. There are many types on the market; the most popular are the “thread through” style and the steering wheel shields.  Make sure any product bought has the “Sold Secure” brand of approval.
  • Most new cars are fitted with an alarm and immobiliser as standard. However, it is possible to install a higher specification alarm if necessary. Please check the alarm you buy has the “Sold Secure” seal of approval.
  • When at home, keep your keys out of the line of vision from doors, letter boxes and windows.  Don’t store them in an obvious place, like a drawer in the hallway table or kitchen, or a hook on the back of the door.

If you see a crime being committed or a suspicious person/vehicle, please call 999 immediately and report it, giving as much detail as possible.  If you have any information or discover a crime has already been committed, please dial 101.

Please consider joining your local Watch scheme or even setting one up in your area – contact watchschemes@bedfordshire.pnn.police.uk for more information.

Kind regards

2484 Lara Curtayne
Crime Reduction Officer – North

Proposed Temporary One Way Prohibition and Proposed Temporary Road Closures – Paula Radcliffe Way, Clapham (the A6)

Dear all.

Please find links to the circular letter and plan for a proposed temporary one way prohibition and proposed temporary road closures on Paula Radcliffe Way, Clapham (the A6).

Map

Letter

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

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

01234-276691.

Open Farm at Stagsden

Open Farm Sunday is the farming industry’s national open day. Visit your local Manor Farm in Stagsden on Sunday 11th June 2017 and discover the world of farming. 

Open Farm is one of the farming industry’s biggest success stories. Since the first Open Farm Sunday in 2006, over 1000 farmers across the UK have opened their gates and welcomed people onto their farm for one Sunday each year. It is a fantastic opportunity for everyone, young and old, to discover at first hand what it means to be a farmer and the fabulous work they do producing our food and managing the countryside.

Biddenham Village Pond – Bedford Local Plan 2035

Bedford Borough Council is preparing a local plan that will set out how much growth there should be in the borough in coming years (housing, jobs and associated infrastructure) and where it should take place. Current planning policy documents look up to 2021 and the new local plan will extend that period up to 2035. It will also include policies that will be used to make decisions on planning applications.

The Council has asked for comments on the consultation paper it has issued about the new plan, together with a number of supporting evidence documents. The consultation period ends on 9 June 2017.

In the Borough Council’s consultation paper an area of land off Gold Lane, Biddenham, and within sites numbered 29 and 691 in the documentation is shown as a potential development area at this stage: that area of land is not immediately adjacent to the village pond. But in a supporting document, the current draft Strategic Housing and Employment Land Availability Assessment (SHELAA), the whole of the land in sites 29 and 691 is shown as being suitable, available and achievable for development.

Our village pond is not served by streams or springs and relies on precipitation and run off from adjacent fields for its water, and importantly the entire area surrounding the pond is currently wildlife friendly. Developing all the land in sites 29 and 691, particularly the field to the north of and by the side of the village pond, between the pond and Duck End Lane, would have a significant and substantial practical and aesthetic impact on the pond.

It would threaten the pond’s very survival and the survival of the wide range of wildlife it supports, including rare and protected species, by adversely impacting both run off water to the pond and also the pond’s setting in the presently attractive open and wildlife friendly landscape around it, thereby reducing the scope for and ability of wildlife to migrate to and from the pond and thus the opportunity for sustainable healthy breeding through genetic diversity with other populations.

The Friends has submitted comments, in a letter to the Borough Councill, concluding that given the need to protect and conserve our natural environment, not least species protected by the law, wildlife corridors, and sites of local importance, and to safeguard the future of the village pond, its wildlife and the open wildlife friendly landscape in which the pond sits, it is seeking:

  • At the very minimum, the removal from the threat of development of the field by the side of and to the north of the pond and its retention as open space, that is to its reassessment and recategorisation as land not suitable, available and achievable for development (as was categorised land to the west of that field at Stage 2 of the availability assessment)
  • More substantially, the removal from the threat of development of the whole of the land in sites 29 and 691, south of the A4280, and its retention as open space, and similarly therefore its reassessment and recategorisation as land not suitable, available and achievable for development.

Please do support your village pond by writing to the Borough Council’s Planning Department with your comments. You can send your comments by email to planningforthefuture@bedford.gov.uk or by post to:

Local Plan 2035 consultation
Planning Policy Team
Bedford Borough Council
Borough Hall
Bedford
MK42 9AP

Thank you.

Temporary Closure Bridge End – 29 May 2017

Dear all.

Please find attached a circular letter and plan for a proposed temporary road closure of Bridge End, Bromham Road, Biddenham, for safety during the Bromham Duck Race:-

Letter – Proposed Temporary Road

Bridge End Map

Kind Regards,

Jason Holdsworth.

Highways Technician (Temporary Traffic Management).
Highways & Direct Works,
Bedford Borough Council,
Borough Hall,
Cauldwell Street,
Bedford,
MK42 9AP.
01234-276691.