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

Farmland West of Gold Lane

The Parish Council, Biddenham Society and a representative from the Village Pond met with the developers for the farmland West of Gold Lane on Tuesday 31st October 2017.

The prime issue under discussion was the number of houses to be built. Previously the Bedford Borough Council suggested a figure of 150 houses allowing space around the heritage sites e.g. The Church, Coffin Path and village pond. The developers presented a suggested figure of 300 houses.  Further details about the discussion can be viewed in the Biddenham Blog

The developers will shortly hold some displays on the development in one of the villages halls. This will be an opportunity for the public to input into the process. Dates will be posted on this website when available.

Crime statistics for Biddenham October 2017

Please click here for crime stats in October 2017. It is in an Excel format and filtered for Biddenham and Great Denham. With the recent burglaries in Darlow Drive some basic validation checks have been performed on the data set. There are some inconsistencies and interesting observations with the data.

  • There were at least 6 instances of criminal activities that occurred in Darlow Drive on the 28th October 2017 yet only 2 recorded in the police data set. The Police have been asked for an explanation on this.
  • There was a burglary recorded on the 25th October 2017 in Darlow Drive but unfortunately this event was not communicated until after the multiple break-ins on the 28th October 2017.
  • The attached data set refers to October 2017. The Parish Council last received data in July 2017. Two months of data is missing from the police. In fact the whole process throughout the last 12 months has been hit and miss.
  • The Police state that the data set is sanitised. Again the Police will be asked what this means exactly.

The whole process of communicating and understanding crime figures can easily be improved by getting better understanding of the data and more consistent flow of data.  The Parish Council will try to do this.

Please report any crime to the Police directly and get a crime number. Also please feedback via info@biddenham.org.uk so that we can report to the village on the website. This will ensure that correct data is available for statistical analysis and that necessary alerts can be made if there are spikes in activity.