Crime Statistics for Biddenham – March 2018

For the month of February 2018, please find below an Excel file containing crime stats from Bedfordshire Police.  As usual they have been sanitised so that people or houses cannot be identified. Due to administration issues the data set relates to the period 28th February to 27 March 2018.

The database does not record ASB’s (Anti – Social Behaviour)

Crime related to Biddenham and Great Denham is highlighted in yellow:-Crime stats Sanitised March 2018

New Deadline 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 has been extended to  2nd April 2018.  The Borough Council have inserted more documentation  for review (V23 26 27 28 29). If you have already objected no further action is required as this will still count. If however you feel you need to make an amended objection based on the new information, please feel free to do so. In total the Borough Council have received in the region of  584 objections. We still need a lot more.

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

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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

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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. 

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