Bedford Shopmobility and the Mobility Hub

Bedford Shopmobility is a registered charity that hires out mobility scooters and wheelchairs for visitors to Bedford town centre.  Anybody who has limited mobility can use the Shopmobility service.  This could be through physical impairment, ilness, accident or age and could be permanent or temporary. Wheelchairs and powered scooters can be booked in advance by calling in to the Shopmobility office or by telephone on 01234 348000.  Some equipment may be available at short notice.

Equipment can currently be borrowed between 10:30am and 2:30pm,  Monday to Friday. Regular users can join the scheme and benefit from a reduced hire rate.  Visitors hire is also available for occasional or one off users.

Annual membership costs £24 for a full year and expires on 31st December each year.   (Membership is pro-rata so for example members joining in April pay £18).  Members pay £2 to hire a scooter or £1 for a wheelchair.

For visitors, there is  a charge of £5 for a scooter and £2 for a wheelchair. All hirers pay a deposit of £10 for scooter and £5 for a wheelchair.  The deposit is returned once the loaned item is received back.

More information on the scheme can be obtained by either phoning Shopmobility on 01234 348000 or by calling in to the Mobility Hub. Click here to view a flyer about the service.

Jonathan Farr
Volunteer
Bedford Shopmobility

 

The first green waste collections of 2018

The first garden waste collections of 2018 will take place in Biddenham on Wednesday 14th March 2018. As there has been no collection during the last 3 months the green waste may have hardened during this period. There is no excuse for the collection not to take place on this basis as the operators should make the effort to release all waste. If you experience issues please contact the Borough Council direct.

For all details regarding the collection service, please click Bin collections then enter your post code details.

Final push on Planning Application 18/000140/MAO – Land West of Gold Lane

The planning application deadline, reference 18/000140/MAO, which relates to the proposed 250 houses to be built West of Gold Lane is fast approaching  9th March 2018.  So far the Borough Council have received in the region of  570 objections.

The simplest way to object via the internet at www.have-a-say.co.uk/1800140MAO or a letter drop  via the door step receivers at the following link Door Step Challenge 10

Please refer the links to friends or neighbours that haven’t taken action. Biddenham still has a sizeable population of people who haven’t objected. All objections count as they add to the weight for the opposing view.

The deadline for Policy 19 and 23 is on the 29th March 2018 by 5pm, but don’t delay as time is marching on.

The Parish Council are grateful for the objections received so far. Do not hesitate in contacting us if you require help in completing an objection. The Parish Council can be contacted at info@biddenham.org.uk

*******ACT NOW DON’T LEAVE IT TOO LATE*******

Biddenham Cafe and Gardeners Association Object to Gold Lane Development

A visit was made to the above clubs for more signatures, most people at these clubs had already objected via one of the available objection channels. This is great but also means that the clubs have been saturated and there are no more people available to object within them.

The Cafe Club produced 6 and the Gardeners Club produced 5 of each objection category.  Despite this low number a large number of templates letters were taken away for friends and family to fill in which made the exercise worth it.

There continues to be a misunderstanding about who can sign the letters :-

*A Mr and Mrs application needs to be signed separately to count as two separate objections.
*Anyone over 18 years living in the same household can sign the letters.
*Each person should fill in 3 forms – 18/000140/MAO, Policy 19 and Policy 23, not just one form.
*Anyone living outside of Biddenham including people living in foreign countries can sign the letters.

There is also a lack of understanding about the impact of the planning application despite the considerable amount of material available on the internet and the letter drops. Some people especially people living outside Biddenham are apprehensive about signing something they don’t understand. But once understood they are happy to sign. The human interaction element is very important for the undecided element of the population.

There are 1700  adults in Biddenham that are eligible to make an objection and this number has not been totally reflected in the 500 objections received so far, The 500 includes a lot of people living outside Biddenham!

Going forward  if 1000 objections are to be achieved the best way to do this is via the following simple internet links:-

18/000140/ MAO
Policy 19 (click here for direct internet objection link)
Policy 23 (click here for direct objection internet link)

This should be done in conjunction with the Door Step Challenge 10. Proactive people need to go out to neighbours houses especially the ones unknown to them.   Also another useful avenue is to get all friends visiting households to sign the objection letters. Bundles of template letters are available from 10 Darlow Drive if you don’t have access to printers. 

*******ACT NOW DON’T LEAVE IT TOO LATE*******

Third and Final Letter drop – Gold Lane Development

The third and final letter drop will occur within the next couple of days in Biddenham. If you haven’t objected please act and do so now. A copy of the letter can be viewed in advance by clicking here.This is the last opportunity to stop the bulldozers moving in.

The planning application for 18/000140/ MAO, which relates to the proposed 250 houses to be built West of Gold Lane, has now been extended from 16th February 2018 to the 9th March 2018. 

The simplest way is to object via the internet at www.have-a-say.co.uk/1800140MAO or a letter drop  via the door step receivers at the following link Door Step Challenge 10.

Copies of the template letters can be accessed via the links below:-

Template Letter Gold Lane Development 18/000140/ MAO
Template Letter – Policy 19
Template Letter – Policy 23

The deadline for Policy 19 (click here for direct internet objection link) and Policy 23 (click here for direct objection internet link) has been extended to the 29th March 2018 by 5pm, but don’t delay as time is marching on.

The Parish Council are grateful for the objections received so far which are now very close to 500 with pending letters still to be processed by the Borough Council.

*******ACT NOW DON’T LEAVE IT TOO LATE*******

Inaugural Parkrun run at Great Denham

There has been a lot of excitement about the first Great Denham parkrun over the last 6 months and it has been eagerly anticipated by people in Great Denham and indeed Bedford. In the local community a lot of people have been training and talking about this event for ages. Great Denham is a new village to the West of Bedford and is fortunate in having a very large country park built with the new housing development on one side and the meadows of the River Great Ouse on the other, making it a unique outlook for the parkrunner.

On this first day 17th February 2018, the weather was typically British with grey clouds at the start but finished with the sun blazing out despite the 3 degree temperature and hard frosty areas covering the park.

The local area which probably is quite sleepy on a Saturday morning woke up to many runners streaming to the start line. People gathered around the play park before Toby Chinn, the race director began his briefing. He talked about making history in small ways, and that all the runners present would be able to share their times and positions with future grandchildren etc etc! He described the course as a circular double lap route.  Emma Murphy and Sylvia Jones (a prominent member of the running community) were busy taking lots of official photos. Many other well-known local runners were present from the local clubs.

The race started with 240 runners just after 9am and surprisingly for a change it didn’t feel like a cattle grid at the start as runners showed a lot of consideration and gave each other space. The runners started to thin out at the first sharp-left corner. The first half of the course was on compacted sand which was hard and frosty. The second half of the course was on pavement tarmac. It was a good combination for the runner.

At the finish line, there was a lot of support and cheering from the marshals and the local community which is quite refreshing. The first runner, Ian Halpin came in at 17:01 which is a fantastic time and excellent benchmark for this first event. The volunteers were friendly and did a fantastic job in organising the event. As the runners were leaving they were busily chatting, pleased and excited by the event and course and were making plans for future events.

With all inaugural parkrun events, it is always difficult to envisage how the morning would unfold and whether there would be any teething problems but with this event I have no hesitation in stating that it was a complete success and a credit to the core team of volunteers.

The event will now take place every Saturday morning at 9am. All welcome to come but please register at Parkrun Registration and print a copy of your unique bar code so that it can be scanned at the event to show your run times.

Please find below some pictures of the event:-

Update – West of Gold Lane Development

The planning application for 18/000140/ MAO, which relates to the proposed 250 houses to be built West of Gold Lane, has been extended from 16th February 2018 to the 9th March 2018

The simplest way is to object via the internet at www.have-a-say.co.uk/1800140MAO or a letter drop  via the door step receivers at the following link Door Step Challenge 10

The deadline for Policy 19 and 23 has been extended to the 29th March 2018 by 5pm, but don’t delay as time is marching on.

A third and final letter will be sent out to all residents in Biddenham shortly, please act on it if you haven’t objected so far. A copy will be published on this website shortly.

The Parish Council are grateful for the objections received so far which are now very close to 500 with pending letters still to be processed by the Borough Council.

*******ACT NOW DON’T LEAVE IT TOO LATE*******

Biddenham Women’s Group Objects to Gold Lane Development

On Tuesday 13th February 2018, The Biddenham Women’s Group were asked to object to the new planning application West of Gold Lane. The event took place at the the Church Barn where Francia Slade and Val Fitzbugh facilitated the signing and collection of the objection letters. 

Again as with other workshops the response was enthusiastic and multiple letters were busily filled in. A number of people present had already objected via the internet channels to the development which was great. There were however a good many that hadn’t. 

The final counts were:-

The planning application 18/00140/MAO (16 signatures)
Policy 19, (16 signatures) 
Policy 23, (16 signatures)

There is still some distance to go in order to get more signatures in place. The Parish Council would urge all people who are concerned about the preservation of the village to take immediate action and make their objections count.

If you do not wish to use the internet to object to the application, copy Template  letters are available below:-
(Download and manually fill in your address and name details and send to the Borough Council, note there are two copy letters per single page. Please only fill in one name per objection)

Template Letter Gold Lane Development 18/000140/ MAO
Template Letter – Policy 19
Template Letter – Policy 23

Door Step Challenge 10 – Gold Lane Development

At the Parish Council meeting held on the 7th February 2018 it was discussed about what we should do to encourage people who are uncomfortable about objecting on the internet or sending a simple letter to the Council. There are around 2000 resident adults who are eligible to object in the village. This high number is not reflected in the objections received so far.  There is some concern that we are not tapping into the non-internet community. 

The proposal is the Door Step Challenge 10. For this we urge people to print copies of the letters below and approach 2 neighbours to the right, left and in front of them. If 30 willing people can do this then that would equate to 300 signatures. In the past a number of people have have stated they wish to do more. The challenge is on as there is an opportunity to make a real practical difference. The task should take no more than an hour. If you succeed in the task please comment below:-

The deadlines are fast approaching for Planning application 18/000140/MAO, Friday 16th February 2018. For Policy 19 & 23  there is a deadline of 5th March 2018. ACT NOW DON’T LEAVE IT TOO LATE.

If  you manage to get a bundle of completed letters together, can you please forward to the following receiving houses, the letters will be batched and sent to the Borough Council directly:-

Joe Warren, 10 Darlow Drive (Hard copy template letters available at this address)
Jon Gambold 22 Days Lane
Peter Applewhite 1 Nevern Gardens, Deep Spinney
Peter Leverkus 61A Church End

Template Letter Gold Lane Development 18/000140/ MAO
Template Letter – Policy 19
Template Letter – Policy 23

Hints and tips
Be nice to your neighbours
Explain fully what the letters and objection is about
Check that both the name and address is completed properly and that it is legible
Make sure they complete the letters at the door and hand them back to you.
Friends and relatives outside the village can complete the letters
Ensure that a Mr & Mrs application is completed separately
Adults 18 and over living in the same household can sign the letters