Update – Public Consultation Meeting – Farmland West of Gold Lane, Biddenham

With reference to the Development Consultation  on the 21st November 2017, the Parish Council would like to make the following statement in response to many comments received:

The Parish Council have not failed to keep the village informed.  This whole matter only came to our attention following initial contact from Lioncourt on 12th October 2017 and was discussed at our next meeting on November 8th.  Between these dates a closed meeting with Lioncourt occurred, which was the first time we had any inkling that they were proposing such a large development.  We agree with you their plans and formative application should be rejected, amongst many reasons, for contravening the Borough’s stated AD42 policy which protects the land separating Bromham and Biddenham.

Our chairman’s write up for the Biddenham Loop of our last council meeting will contain a significant section on this matter.  His articles are also available on this website under Parish Council / Council Documents / Chairman’s Report.

Note also at this stage no formal planning application has been submitted by Lioncourt to the Bedford Borough Council. 

Biddenham Parish Council


Budget Consultation 2018

Bedford Borough Council’s Budget consultation for 2018/19 is now open.

 The Council has already made savings of £94million, and needs to find a further £23.5 million by 2021.

 Last year, the Council invested an additional £4.4 million into social care to support our vulnerable adults. We anticipate that we will need to invest a further £4.0 million during 2018/19, as more people need care and cases get more complex.

 The government has said that in order to help fund the growing care needs, councils can levy a further 6% Council Tax increase over 2 or 3 years. This is on top of the up to 1.99% we can otherwise increase Council Tax by.

 Before taking decisions around how the Council will meet the care needs of local residents and the increase in Council Tax to fund it, we want to hear the views of Bedford Borough residents. We are consulting on increasing the adult social care Council Tax precept to help us meet rising care needs.

 Cllr Michael Headley, Portfolio Holder for Finance said “In 2015 the grant we received from Central Government was £30.1 million. This is estimated to fall to just £0.9 million by 2021 even as more vulnerable adults require social care, and their needs become more complex. Please respond to the consultation, and give us your thoughts and views.”

 Visit www.bedford.gov.uk/budget2018 for more information. There will also be hard copies available at the Customer Contact Centre and in our Libraries.

 The deadline for responses is Friday 15th December and you can respond on our website, by emailing consultingbedford@bedford.gov.uk, or by writing to: Consulting Bedford, Borough Hall, Cauldwell Street, Bedford, MK42 9AP




The Nativity without Parental Stress

Performance: Sunday 10th December during the 9am servicenativity2

Rehearsal: 1030am-1130am on Saturday 9th December – and if that’s a problem, talk to Kate

Costumes: Whatever comes to hand!

We shall be making huge angels, kings and possibly a shepherd in Explorers. Script will be written to fit the children. Let me know who is confident talking and who would like a quieter part.

The aim is for everyone to have fun. The play will last c10 mins.

Can you email katesmith278@btinternet.com to let me know if your child/children would like to take part.

Last Green bin collections of 2017

The last Green bin collections of  2017  will take place on Wednesday 22nd November 2017 in Biddenham. Please ensure you fill the bin as much as possible as no further green waste will be collected until March 2018.

Green collections will resume from March 2018. Exact dates will be published nearer the time.

For reference you can check your bin collection day and type in the Bedford Council web page online bin collection day finder

Bedford Sports Awards 2017

A message sent on behalf of the Sports Development Team:

Dear All,

We need your help to ensure that we try and get as many nominees from the local community as possible for the Bedford Sports Awards.

These awards really are for everyone and we want to get a wide range of groups, schools, clubs, coaches, volunteers recognised. Plesae can you help by passing on this information to your many networks and contacts and of course, making nominations yourself. We can provide any hard copy posters / forms you need on request if that helps.

Bedford Sports Awards 2017 – Who is your local sporting hero?

It is time to start making your nominations for the 2017 awards….and it only takes 10 minutes to complete an online form! We want nominations from a wide range of individuals, schools, teams, groups and coaches who have made a contribution to local sport during the last year and deserve to be recognised. Awards are made for dedication, hard work and helping others as well as individual achievement and inspiration.

Full details about the awards and all 11 categories along with the online nomination form are available HERE or by visiting www.bedford.gov.uk/sportsawards.

The event will take place on the evening of Monday 11 December at the Bedford Corn Exchange and the deadline for nominations is Wednesday 22 November.

Please make sure your coach, club, school or sport is on the list of those being recognised by completing the quick and easy nomination form. Everyone nominated is invited to the high profile ceremony and we want to make sure that as many people as possible are nominated to help celebrate all the hard work and dedication within local sport. Please help promote the awards by circulating this information/email as widely as possible.

Thank you for your support and please contact us if you need any further information or require anything else to help you promote these awards. We look forward to receiving your nominations.


Sports Development Team

Biddenham website 1 Year on

The Biddenham village website has had a very successful year since its re-launch back in November 2016. The monthly hits have steadily increased from 728 in November 2016 to 3408 in October 2017 this year. There have been a  total of 18,201 visits. Well above expectations

There has been excellent engagement from societies, clubs as well as residents. The History Society now has a dedicated space which has increased their presence in the village and the web.

Further metrics on usage can be viewed in this link:


Public consultation meeting – Farmland West of Gold Lane, Biddenham

The Developers  will be holding an exhibition for the new housing development on the Farmland West of Gold Lane on Tuesday 21st November at the Church Barn from 1.30-7pm.

The developers have set up a website Gold Lane Biddenham, which at this stage is just advertising the event, with an opportunity to provide feedback. After the exhibition day all material that has been on display will be available on the website. All subsequent updates about the development will be published on their website.

Although this is short notice this a perfect opportunity for all residents of Biddenham village to have their say on this development whether by attending the event directly or providing feedback via their website