Resident’s cat run over this morning

A letter from a resident:-

At 7.20 this morning I left for work (I live at Deep Spinney) and found a cat lying in the road (run over and killed) at beginning of Deep Spinney, just past Gold Lane close to the bus stop. The cat was a Tortoiseshell and white female with a pink collar. I stopped and picked her up and left her at the side of the road in a duvet cover that was in the boot of my car. I know it’s a long shot but if you happen to know anyone that lives in Gold lane or Lavenham Drive area maybe you can ask if they know who the cat belongs to. Her head I’m afraid was badly damaged. She may have had her address details on her collar but I was too upset to look. My husband left at 6.30 for work and did not see the cat then so I think she had died between 6.30 and 7.20am, she was still warm and I gave her a cuddle and said a prayer. I lost my cat 3 years ago along Bromham road and know how upsetting it can be for the owners. Anyway, thank you for your help

White squirrel in Biddenham

A white Albino squirrel was spotted in Biddenham on Saturday. These are incredibly rare and the condition affects around one in a million grey squirrels, with about 50 thought to live in the UK.   Keep a lookout and forward any pictures so the website can be updated.

Temporary Closure Bromham Road Biddenham BBC 2227 EC DM

Message from the Bedford Borough Council – Road Closures Department:-

Emergency Temporary Road Closure – I’ve received a request for an emergency closure at the above location.

Reason for Closure Burst Water Main under the bridge

This temporary road closure is anticipated to be in operation initially until the 13th September or until the works are completed

1. Head west on Bridge End towards Millfield 0.1 km

2. Slight right to stay on Bridge End 55 m

3. Turn left to stay on Bridge End 31 m

4. Continue straight onto Box End Rd 0.2 km

5. Turn right 0.2 km

6. Turn left onto A428 0.5 km

7. At the roundabout, take the 1st exit onto Bromham Rd/A4280 0.5 km

8. Turn left onto Bromham Rd The reverse route applies

For further information please contact : Anglian Water Help Desk 08457 145145 

Deborah Mosetti

Deborah Mosetti 

Biddenham Show this Sunday

The Biddenham Show is on Sunday 8th September between 12-4 at St James’ School field and the village hall. If possible can you make a donation to the bottle stall. Please see details below:-

Dear Fellow Resident – A popular request the bottle stall, is returning to this year’s Biddenham Show, but to be successful, we need lots more bottles. They don’t have to be alcohol but they must be within the use by date if stated.

If you feel able to donate please email me at or call me on 07748 305050 and I will collect. Alternatively you may deliver to 59A Day’s Lane, but please call in advance to ensure that someone is at home. Please let me have any donations by Friday 6th September 2019

Thank you

Roadworks within the Borough

Below is a list of the major roadworks currently ongoing or planned in the Borough : 

Ongoing to 18 June – Hurst Grove, Bedford – full closure for resurfacing works – Bedford Borough Council

Ongoing to 24 June – A421 lane closure – bridge repairs at Renhold – Highways England

24 June to Spring 2020 – Bromham Road, Bedford – full closure of bridge for demolition – Network Rail

Ongoing to 20 December 2019 – Manton Lane, Bedford – temporary traffic lights for road improvement scheme (Bedford 2020) off peak only (9am until 3:30pm)– Bedford Borough Council

Ongoing to 8 July 2019 – Bedford Road, Kempston – temporary traffic lights for gas main renewals – Triio 20 July – January 2020 – Britannia Road, Bedford – one way closure for road improvement scheme (Bedford 2020) – Bedford Borough Council

Mid July – December 2020 (provisional) – A6 Wilstead Bypass – full closure for reconstruction works – Bedford Borough Council

27 July – 6 August – Marsh Leys Roundabout, Kempston – lane closures for resurfacing – ECL (for Bedford Borough Council)

New Speed Watch Group

Following the many discussions about traffic safety at Gold Lane in Biddenham, it has finally been decided to form a new speed watch Group.

The Parish Council has, as a first step agreed to the purchase of a Speed Indication Device which will be deployed in Gold Lane. Depending upon the outcome, more could be obtained for other parts of the village. As a further step, the setting up of a Speed Watch group is being considered. Guidelines and a flyer are attached below.  The group would be volunteers who would require formal training and authorisation by the Police and then conduct speed checks in parts of the village agreed with the BPC and/or the Police. The Speed Watch group would be involved in analysing all of the relevant information from these activities along with the Biddenham Parish Council and if necessary, the Police.   

Anyone interested in joining the Speed Watch group for the village should forward their interest to  Once a level of interest has been established contact can be made with the  Police Community Speed Watch so that the necessary training can take place. This will probably start in the autumn.

Network Rail Bromham Road Bridge Closure Starts Monday 24th June 2019

Network Rail’s Bromham Road Bridge closures starts on Monday 24th June and will run until Spring 2020. This is to allow them to safely demolish and raise the bridge as part of their Midland Main Line upgrade. A diversion via the A6 and Clapham Road will be clearly signposted. This full closure follows earlier partial and overnight closures to allow for preparation ahead of this demolition. Pedestrian access will be maintained throughout the closure, with a temporary footbridge in place when required. A Borough Council spokesperson said, “Bromham Road Bridge is a busy route in and out of Bedford. We would encourage road users to find alternative routes where possible and allow more time for your journey. “We have worked with Network Rail to minimise disruption, including delaying our Transporting Bedford 2020 works on Clapham Road so that there aren’t road closures on this main thoroughfare at the same time. “The works on Manton Lane are not directly on the diversion route, but we appreciate could have an impact so we have worked to keep the road moving, with no temporary traffic lights in use on the road until after 9.30am and removed by 3pm during the school term so they do not impact during peak time. “Thanks to technology already installed through the Transporting Bedford 2020 project, we are able to monitor journey times on key routes. We will keep a close eye on this, especially in the early days of Network Rail’s closure and if necessary look at options to help further alleviate traffic pressure.” You can find out more about the planned work on Bromham Road Bridge by visiting the Network Rail website at, or calling the Network Rail National Helpline on 03457 11 41 41.

As a result of Network Rail’s work Stagecoach and Grant Palmer have made the following changes to bus services. · Stagecoach service 41 will not be serving Bedford Railway Station and Chaucer Road stops. It will rejoin Bromham Road to serve the Cutcliffe Grove stop. · Stagecoach X5 will not be serving the Chaucer Road bus stops. It will rejoin the route on Bromham Road at the Deep Spinney/Biddenham roundabout. · Grant Palmer service 11 will not be serving Chaucer Rd, Cutcliffe Grove, Biddenham Turn, Day’s Lane, and Deep Spinney stops. It will rejoin Bromham Rd at the Biddenham roundabout.

BedfordIndependent – 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