Transporting Bedford 2020 project

From Bedford Borough Council:-

Please find a link of an information leaflet about the ‘Transporting Bedford 2020’ project. I’d be grateful if you could circulate the leaflet to members of your Council and via any Parish mailing lists you may hold.

A paper copy of the leaflet will be delivered to households across the Borough in the coming weeks.

If you are able to display copies on noticeboards in the Parish then please let me know and I’ll send you some paper copies.

More information on the scheme can be found on the Borough Council website at

Brian Hayward
Project Manager
Bedford Town Centre Transport Strategy

Borough Hall
Cauldwell Street
Bedford MK42 9AP

mobile  07823 363 133

Bedford Borough Council Rights of Way Improvement Plan 2018 – 2023 public consultation Have your say on Rights of Way

From The Bedford Borough Council:-

If you are planning to enjoy the countryside on public rights of way over the Christmas and New Year holidays why not sit down with a mince pie and a nice cup of tea after your walks and rides and  ‘Have your say on Rights of Way’ – the Bedford Borough Rights of Way Improvement Plan 2018 – 2023 public consultation.

The new five year programme to improve the public rights of way network in Bedford Borough is now open to a public consultation which ends on the 5th February 2018. Bedford Borough Council is responsible for nearly one thousand kilometres of footpaths; bridleways and byways open to all traffic across the Borough and are asking local residents to share their thoughts on how to improve these routes, as well as how to encourage more people to enjoy and make use of them.

The Rights of Way Improvement Plan (RoWIP) sets out Bedford Borough Council’s proposed aims, objectives and practical actions for increasing  ublic use and enjoyment of the Borough’s public rights of way network over the next five years, 2018 – 2023 (which can be viewed on the website link below). You can respond to the consultation in the following ways:

Post: Consulting Bedford, Bedford Borough Council, Borough Hall, Cauldwell Street, Bedford, MK42 9AP
In person:

Copies of the RoWIP can also be read at the Bedford Borough libraries, Borough Hall reception and the Customer Service Centre (Horne Lane).

Hope you all enjoy access to the countryside with family and friends over the holidays and continue to do so for 2018.

Many thanks

Phill Fox
Team Leader Rights of Way
Bedford Borough Council
Room 436, 4th Floor Borough Hall
Cauldwell Street
Bedford MK42 9AP

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Christmas Activities at Bromham Library

Bromham Library have organised a number of Christmas activities throughout December. See details below:-

Christmas Colouring

Drop in for some festive colouring fun!  On 20/12/17 from 10:00 to 11:30

Christmas Cards

Create and design Christmas cards to send to your friends. On 21/12/17 from 14:30 to 16:30

Christmas Colouring

Drop in for some festive colouring fun! On 22/12/17 from 10:00 to 11:30

Christmas Decorations

Drop in to make Christmas decorations to add to your tree at home. On 23/12/17 from 10:00 to 12:30

Christmas Colouring

Drop in for some festive colouring fun! On 27/12/17 from 10:00 to 11:30

Make a Bookmark

Make a bookmark for your new Christmas gift books. On 28/12/17 from 14:30 to 16:30

Christmas Colouring

Drop in for some festive colouring fun! On 29/12/17 from 10:30 to 11:30

Calendar Making

Make a 2018 calendar to take home – will you keep it or give it to someone you love? On 30/12/17 from 10:00 to 12:30

Police.UK – New data for your area has been published for 2 months ending October 2017

This is reformatted data issued by Police.UK. Click on the map to drill into the area of Biddenham.

Please find below a brief summary of the crime information for the past two months within the blue bordered map:


September 2017 October 2017
All crime 48 53
Anti-social behaviour 11 22
Bicycle theft 0 1
Burglary 11 11
Criminal damage and arson 1 2
Drugs 1 0
Other crime 0 0
Other theft 2 2
Possession of weapons 2 0
Public order 0 0
Robbery 1 1
Shoplifting 1 2
Theft from the person 0 0
Vehicle crime 12 2
Violence and sexual offences 6 10

Please visit for more information including outcomes for these crimes and contact information for your local policing team.

Biddenham Loop subscriptions for 2018


“The Loop”, is St James’s parish magazine, it will help keep you informed about church and village matters. Each issue of 16-20 pages carries reports of events past and news of events to come from our schools, church and village organisations plus regular reports from the Parish Council. There’s a comprehensive ‘What’s On’ diary and lots of useful contacts.

If you don’t already have a subscription or wish to renew  for the 10 issues of 2018, simply fill the form in this link and deliver it with £10 to Richard Harris, 6 Nodders Way or Jacqui Piper, 27 St Mellion Drive. Cheques should be made payable to Biddenham PCC.



Greyfriars Police Station Enquiry Office Ready To Relocate To Lime Street

Bedfordshire Police’s Bedford enquiry office, currently located at Greyfriars Police Station, will close on Tuesday (12 December) ahead of its relocation to a new site at Lime Street in the town centre.

 The Greyfriars office will close to the public at 5pm ahead of reopening at Lime Street on Monday 18 December at 9am. The new office will be open MondayFriday between 9am and 5pm.

 During the interim period, people wishing to contact the police are asked to use the online services by visiting the force’s website at, or in an emergency dial 999.

The nearest open enquiry office during the interim period will be at Bedfordshire Police HQ, Kempston, Woburn Road, MK43 9AX.

 Jay Khan, enquiry office manager, said: “The move to Lime Street is another step in our drive to increase accessibility and we continue to invest to ensure we provide the most effective service.”

 “Building relationships with the public we serve is crucial to both improving the way we protect people and fighting crime, and we look forward to welcoming people to the new office.”

BBC-1760-OT-JH – Temp Prohibition Bromham Rd in Biddenham – 3 Jan 18

Dear all.

Proposed Temporary Left Turn Prohibition – Bromham Road, Biddenham.

I have received a request for a temporary left turn prohibition at the above location to facilitate the repair of a collapsed culvert. Having assessed the application I am satisfied the request is justified, so the details are listed below:-

Details: Road: Bromham  Road, Biddenham.

Prohibition: Prohibits vehicles turning left from Bromham Road, Biddenham, into Biddenham Turn, Biddenham.

Applicant/Contact: For further information please contact Gary Parsons of Barhale PLC (on behalf of Anglian Water Services), Tel: 07947 961642.

Reason: To facilitate the repair of a collapsed culvert.

Dates: This temporary left turn prohibition is anticipated to be in operation 24 hours a day from Wednesday 3rd January 2018 to Sunday 14th January 2018 inclusive – Specific dates will be advertised locally closer to the time.

Signed Alternative Route: Proceed in a westerly direction along Bromham Road to the roundabout adjoining Deep Spinney. Take the 1st exit and continue along Deep Spinney to Gold Lane. Turn right and continue along Gold Lane,
then Main Road, and then Biddenham Turn to site. See plan below:-
Note: Please also refer to the attached plan supplied by the prohibition applicant which shows the location of the left turn prohibition and the alternative route.

Kind Regards,
Jason Holdsworth.
Highways Technician (Temporary Traffic Management).
Highways & Direct Works,
Bedford Borough Council,
Borough Hall,
Cauldwell Street,
Bedford, MK42 9AP.
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