Emergency Temporary One-Way Prohibition – Biddenham Turn


Road: Biddenham Turn, Biddenham.

Length Affected: Prohibits vehicles from proceeding in a south-westerly direction along that length of Biddenham Turn, Biddenham, which extends from Bromham Road, Bedford, to a point approximately 25 metres southwest of Bromham Road, Bedford.

Contact/Applicant: For further information please contact Kim Hamer of Anglian Water Services, Tel: 03457 145 145.

Reason for Closure: To facilitate urgent sewer repair work.

Dates: This emergency temporary one-way prohibition is anticipated to be in operation between 9:30am and 3:30pm on up to 5 days from Monday 28th January 2019 to Friday 1st February 2019 inclusive.

Signed Alternative Routes: Proceed in a westerly direction along Bromham Road to the roundabout adjoining Deep Spinney, Biddenham. 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.

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

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


barn@2 – Your Life’s Story; A Precious Legacy

Marilyn Freeman and her husband Barry run a company called Spellbrooktales and she came to talk to us on 8th January 2019 about how their company can create books from your pictures, memories, poems etc. to pass on to family members.

It all began with Marilyn editing and proof-reading the books which Barry wrote when he retired. I discovered this incredible service on finding a very mouse-munched photograph album in a box in our barn and, wondering what I could do to rescue it, found their advert in a local magazine.

Marilyn had been brought up in a shop in Hollinwood, on a busy Manchester main road. It was when her mother died in 2010 that she began setting down her childhood memories, partly in tribute to her parents and also as a way to help deal with her grief. She wanted her children and grandchildren to know something of her life growing up among the red-brick terraces and smoky cotton mills. She also described in wonderful detail the annual trip the family made, by coach or train, to the coast at Blackpool or resorts on the north coast of Wales. Her poems, included in her book, were so poignant and got us all thinking of our past lives and how different they were from the lives of children today.

A good place to start, perhaps, if you want to leave a written legacy for your own family? There are self-publishing sites online but they require a certain level of skill and an ability to proof-read, not to mention the time and effort it
might take to perfect those skills.

Marylin gave us many good suggestions for ideas of what to include and various themes to work towards, remembering to include thoughts, feelings and references to all five senses. She has produced a small booklet for anyone wishing to embark upon their own ‘book of memories’. Further information can be found at www.spellbrooktales.com

This was our first meeting as barn@2, our all-inclusive group but……..where were you all? We did have a couple of newcomers but the audience remained gender specific!

Our new programmes are available with a membership fee of £5. Members fees for meetings are £3 and for non-members it’s £5 for which you get a talk, refreshments and a chance to win a prize in the raffle. Our talks are advertised so if you see something which appeals, do come along and join us. You will be most welcome and if you have a talk you can give, or know someone who could contribute to our programme for 2020, do get in touch.

Many thanks and a Happy Friendly New Year!

Val Fitzhugh

Update – Outline planning application for up to 160 dwellings including vehicular access

To date over 242 objection letters have been received by the Bedford Borough Council. In some cases the Council have consolidated household signatures as one entry on the portal. Do not worry about this as the Borough Council have assured us that household signatures will be counted separately when they make their final count.

Please continue to engage with neighbours, friends and families using the door step challenge.  65 separate letters have been received from the door step challenge plus 13 letters from the 1st Friday Lunch club. This is in addition to the 242 signatures above, the Borough council will update these in the portal shortly.

Please reach out to people living outside Biddenham by encouraging them to use the link: www.have-a-say.co.uk/goldlane,this is the simplest way to get signatures. There has been some concern that registration has not occurred via this method as delays have occurred. Again rest assured the objections will get counted as the Borough Council is performing governance checks on these.

Many thanks to all the volunteers who have engaged with their communities.

We still need many more. All objections count so make yours count!

Reminder – Door Step Challenge 10 – Gold Lane Development – Part 2

We are now in the middle of the seasonal holidays and this is a perfect opportunity to engage with neighbours, friends and families using the door step challenge.  I have already received template letters back but we need many more. To date over 100 objections have been received by the Bedford Borough Council but we need many more. All objections count so make yours count!

Bedford Borough Local Plan 2030 – Examination


Bedford Borough Council has submitted the above local plan to the Secretary of State for examination.

The Bedford Borough Local 2030 sets out borough wide planning policies and makes specific site allocations and land designations in the borough.  It provides detailed proposals to meet the borough’s development requirements up to 2030.  The Bedford Borough Local Plan 2030 covers the whole of the Bedford borough administrative area.

Paper copies of the Local Plan 2030: Plan for Submission and supporting documents are available to view at the Council’s Customer Service Centre in Horne Lane, Bedford and at the following libraries during normal opening hours:

  • Bedford Central Library, Harpur Street, Bedford
  • Bromham Library, Springfield Drive, Bromham
  • Kempston Library, Halsey Road, Kempston
  • Putnoe Library, Putnoe Street, Bedford
  • Wootton Library, Lorraine Road, Wootton

Paper copies of the Plan for Submission only are available to view at the following libraries during normal opening hours.

  • Bedford Mobile Library
  • Biggleswade Library, Chestnut Avenue, Biggleswade
  • Flitwick Library, Coniston Road, Flitwick
  • Rushden Library, Newton Road, Rushden
  • St. Neots Library, Priory Lane, St Neots

The Plan for Submission, supporting documents and representations received can be viewed on the Council’s website at www.bedford.gov.uk/localplan2030

Planning Policy Team

Bedford Borough Council

* 4th Floor, Borough Hall, Cauldwell Street, Bedford, MK42 9AP

‘ 01234 718070


All general planning information is available on our website: www.bedford.gov.uk/planning  

 However, if the information is not available online, you will need to complete a request for advice on our pre-application enquiry form and pay the appropriate fee. Full information of this service and the online enquiry form can be found via this link www.bedford.gov.uk/planningenquiries

Recycle Your Christmas Tree

After the Christmas celebrations are over and all the decorations are down don’t forget to recycle your real Christmas tree.

25 tonnes of real Christmas trees were collected from the Council’s collection points across Bedford Borough last year; make sure yours is one of the lucky ones sent for composting.

Real Christmas trees can be dropped off at one our Christmas tree recycling sites between Friday 28th December and Friday 11th January. Sites include:

  • Hillgrounds Road, Kempston – Opposite the shops near Hartwell Drive
  • Jubilee Park, Bedford – Opposite North Lodge, Canvin Way
  • Milton Ernest Garden Centre – Radwell Road
  • Mowsbury Park car park – off Kimbolton Road
  • Podington Garden Centre – High Street, Podington
  • Roxton Garden Centre – Bedford Road, Roxton near A1 Black Cat roundabout
  • Seasons Garden Centre, Wilstead – Bedford Road, Wilstead
  • Household Waste Recycling Centre – Barkers Lane, Bedford.

Cllr Charles Royden, Portfolio Holder for Environment and Transport said “Our Christmas tree recycling sites are open for two weeks after Christmas, ready for Christmas trees to be dropped off for free. Real Christmas trees are biodegradable, and getting it composted is a great and green way to deal with your tree after Christmas.”

Please make sure all decorations and containers are removed before you drop your tree off.

To get alerts about bin collections, and tips for Christmas recycling sign up to the Council’s email bulletins at www.bedford.gov.uk/stayconnected