Press release – Bromham Road bridge to close completely for almost a year

Bromham Road bridge
Bromham Road bridge will be closed from 24 June and won’t reopen for almost a year.

Network Rail have just announced that Bromham Road bridge will close to all traffic on 24 June, so they can prepare for its demolition and reconstruction.

For this work to take place safely, the bridge needs to be closed to all vehicles until Spring 2020.

Traffic will be diverted via the A6 and Clapham Road, which Network Rail say will be marked clearly. Pedestrians and cyclist will still be able to make use of a temporary bridge.

The work is part of the electrification of the Midland Main Line between Bedford, Kettering and Corby.

Gavin Crook, Principal Programme Sponsor for Network Rail, said: “Next month, Network Rail will continue with work to Bromham Road bridge as part of the Midland Main Line Upgrade.

“To allow this work to take place safely, a full road closure will be in place, as well as a clearly signposted diversionary route.

“We do understand that this will impact on motorists and we would like to thank all those affected for their patience whilst this takes place.”

Source Bedford Independent

Biddenham Crime Statistics January to May 2019

For the months of January to May 2019, 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:-

Dave Girling

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Thank you for your patience.

Biddenham Parish Council

Peter’s Picturehouse – Review and Preview – Phantom Thread

To make an omelette…

…. you have to break a few eggs. And Phantom Thread put a new spin on omelette making! Set in the glamour of 1950’s post-war London, renowned dressmaker Reynolds Woodcock (Daniel Day-Lewis) and his sister Cyril (Lesley Manville) are at the centre of British fashion, dressing royalty, movie stars, heiresses, and socialites in the distinct style of The House of Woodcock. Women come and go through Woodcock’s life, providing the confirmed bachelor with inspiration and companionship, until he comes across a young, strong-willed woman, Alma (Vicky Krieps), who soon becomes a fixture in his life as his muse and lover. Once controlled and planned, he finds his carefully tailored life disrupted by love.

Having hooked her man partly by serving one of the thinnest actors in the world one of the largest breakfasts ever seen, we find Reynolds reverting to old habits and beginning to drift away from his newly acquired muse.

In order to keep him firmly at her side, Alma occasionally poisons him by fixing an omelette with poisoned mushrooms and then nursing him back to health. (This makes a bit more sense when you watch the film!)

Many of us were perplexed by this complicated film, but it definitely stays in the mind, and, without doubt, will cause a slight hesitation in all those who saw it the next time they are offered a mushroom omelette!

On June 4 th Peter’s Picturehouse will be showing Woman in Gold – Helen Mirren plays Maria Altmann, an octogenarian Jewish refugee who takes on the Austrian government to recover artwork she believes rightfully belongs to her family. Doors open: 7.00 pm for a 7.30 start.

Press Release – Battle of Biddenham postponed by Bedford planners

The borough’s planning committee had been due to consider Lioncourt Strategic Land’s proposals for land off Gold Lane and Deep Spinney, in Biddenham, on Monday.
But a borough spokesperson said it will now be heard at the next meeting of the Planning Committee on May 20.

Land between Biddenham and Bromham

Land between Biddenham and Bromham

They said: “Due to an IT issue, consultation letters relating to an additional report prepared by the developers were sent out late, which resulted in the consultation period expiring after the committee meeting scheduled for April 29.

 “To ensure that all interested parties are able to have time to consider the additional information, the decision has been taken to defer this item which will now be heard at the next meeting of the Planning Committee on May 20 May.”
 The decision has delighted campaigners in Biddenham.

Peter Chase, who chairs Biddenham Parish Council, said: “Obviously, we are pleased the borough have seen sense, in terms of the meeting on Monday.

“The most sensible thing to happen at the May meeting will be for the committee to decide on a site visit.

“I understand that due to the elections happening next Thursday, a majority of those who sit on the committee will be changing. I’ve heard six councillors are standing down.

Source : Bedford Today

Update on the proposal to build 160 houses west of Gold Lane

If you responded to the latest planning application for building on the land west of Gold Lane, you ill have had a letter from the Borough telling you that the application is due to be heard at the Planning Committee meeting on Monday 29th April and that the Planning Officers are recommending approval. What that letter does not tell you is that there has been an extension to the consultation period because the applicants have now provided a traffic assessment. The consultation period now ends on Tuesday 30th April. Even if you have already commented on the overall application you may wish to respond specifically to the traffic analysis. Experts who have looked at the traffic report tell us that it is technically inadequate for the purpose and open to challenge on many levels, both in the construction of the survey and the conclusions reached. They will be making detailed comments about this and it would be unrealistic for a layman to attempt to make those arguments.

However, one of the key factors is that the analysis looks at the impact of the proposed development on the traffic flows on the Deep Spinney roundabout but does not address the fundamental problem that access to the new estate would not be directly off the roundabout but from Gold Lane. As everyone in the village knows, Gold Lane is already a busy road and can be dangerous. An additional junction and increase in traffic to accommodate the residents of 160 houses can only make it worse, but there is no assessment of this danger in the report.

So, if you would like to make a further objection to the application, please say that you have already made an objection to the overall application but now wish to address the traffic assessment specifically. You might then state that you believe the traffic survey is unreliable and that it is not fit for purpose in that it ignores the impact on Gold Lane, already a busy, hazardous road (you could add your own experience here).

If you would like to make a further comment about the application reference 18/03100/MAO you must do so by Tuesday 30th April.

You can object by email to and cc You must include your name and full postal address in your email. Do not be tempted to write from ‘the household’; write separately, and ideally a day apart, to maximise the chance of having your views noticed.

Biddenham Parish Council