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Bedfordshire Police – Have your Say!

April 26, 2017 in Uncategorized

Bedfordshire Police – Have your Say!
Please follow the link below and have a voice as to how your local community policing team address the concerns of the community. Complete the very quick survey and tell Bedfordshire Police your main concerns and issues about where you live, work or frequent. This will help them set local priorities and target the issue that really matter to you.

The Bedfordshire North Rural team have completed their initial forums with local councillors for each areas, this included Great Barford Parish Council.  Bedfordshire Police will be using the feedback from this survey to help set the very first community led priorities. Have your Say!

Mobile Library Consultation

April 26, 2017 in Uncategorized

Mobile Library Consultation

The Borough Council has already carried out two consultations on the future of the Library Service, with a view to modernising services and delivering savings, following ongoing cuts from central government.
The Borough Council is now asking for residents views on how the Mobile Library and Library Link services can deliver a more efficient service through optimisation of their routes and timetables.

The Mobile Library service operates five days a week, visiting 40 communities and making a total of 182 stops per month. The Library Link service serves residents who are unable to reach their local library operates 20 routes around the Borough per month, making regular visits to individual housebound users, residential homes, and sheltered housing schemes.

Having reviewed the locations, proposed changes to the timetable would mean some stops will be more frequent and some less frequent. However no village or care home will lose its service.

More information and the response form can be found here

Local Plan 2035 – Consultation

April 25, 2017 in Uncategorized

‘Planning for the Future’

Residents to Give Their Views on Development in Bedford Borough – Local Plan 2035 Consultation

24th April – 9th June 2017 

Bedford Borough Council is asking residents for their views on where growth and housing development should take place in the borough over the coming years as part of the Local Plan 2035. 

The Local Plan 2035 will set out how much growth and development there will be in Bedford Borough until 2035. As well as building houses and flats, this also includes providing jobs and the development of facilities such as schools, transport and shops to support new communities.

Central government expects councils to produce Local Plans to demonstrate how the need for housing will be met.  The consultation is therefore not about the scale of development, but on how and where it will take place.

Three consultations have already taken place to establish the scope of the plan and collect evidence on options for where future sustainable growth should be located. This fourth stage of the Local Plan 2035 consultation primarily focuses on the development of housing across Bedford Borough.

The calculation of Bedford Borough’s future housing needs is set in the Strategic Housing Market Assessment. This document shows that as a local area we will need an additional 19,000 homes in the borough by 2035. Over half of the housing need can already be met by existing planning permissions or allocations, meaning that the Local Plan 2035 needs to allocate land for around an additional 8,000 new homes.

The consultation offers an opportunity for residents to comment on a preferred development strategy that includes one or more new settlements; development of the former Stewartby Brickworks site and expansion of selected villages.  Great Barford has been categorised as a Group 1, Key Service Centre village.  It has been proposed that Great Barford develops to accommodate a further 500 homes.

Comments will also be invited on a range of new and updated technical documents following the release of new national population and household projections in 2016.

Further information as well as questions about key issues the Borough Council would like your views on can be found on the Bedford Borough Council website. Please be aware that it is not necessary to answer all questions.

You can also visit the Borough Council information point in Bedford Town Centre on –

Weds 26th April Harpur Centre (spiral) 9am – 4pm

Sunday 30th April  Harpur Centre (spiral) 10am – 3pm

Sat 20th May Howard Centre (indoor entrance) 10am -3pm

The consultation will run from 24th April – 9th June 2017.  The easiest way to complete these questions is by using the on-line consultation page

You will be able to save a copy of your response for your own records and you will receive an acknowledgement so you know that your submission has been received.

Alternatively, comments can be made by filling in the Word format questionnaire available on the website.  If you prefer this method, please attach the completed Word document and send it to

If you cannot do this you can print and post your completed questionnaire or write a letter.  Please attach a stamp and post it to:

Local Plan 2035 Consultation

Planning Policy Team

Borough Hall


MK42 9AP

Or call the Local Plan phone number on 01234 718300; leave a message and they will return your call.

All comments should be received by 5pm on 9th June 2017.  Responses will be acknowledged and published.

Orange recycling sacks

April 25, 2017 in Uncategorized

Residents no longer need to order orange sacks online or by phone from Bedford Borough Council; they can be collected free of charge from the following locations.
Great Barford Parish Council,
Bedford Central Library,
Putnoe Library,
Wootton Library,
Bromham Library,
Kempston Town Library,
The Customer Service Centre (Horne Lane, Bedford),
Borough Hall reception, Bedford.

If you would like to collect orange sacks from the Parish Council please e-mail the parish clerk at or call 01234 870245

Bedford Borough Council – Collection of Bulky Waste 29th & 30th April

April 14, 2017 in Uncategorized

Bedford Borough Council – Collection of Bulky Waste

Please take your domestic waste to the following locations:

Saturday 29th April 2017

Pyms Close – 08.30 to 12.30

Village Hall car park – 12.30 to 16.30

Sunday 30th April 2017

Brook Lane (by the garages) 08.30 to 10.30

Times are approximate to allow for travel between sites.

Please do not leave rubbish at the sites if the collection vehicles are not there

The brook – Rights and responsibilities of living by a watercourse

April 14, 2017 in Uncategorized

It has been noted that garden waste is being dumped on the bank of the brook in some areas of the village.  If your land boundary is next to a watercourse it is assumed you own the land up to the centre of the watercourse, unless it is owned by someone else.  You should keep the banks clear of anything that could cause an obstruction and increase flood risk, either on your land or downstream if it is washed away.  Please dispose of green waste in your green wheelie bin and not on the bank of the brook where it may end up in the water and cause an issue when we have heavy rain.  The guide below ‘Living on the edge’ explains your rights and responsibilities of riverside ownership.

Living on the Edge


School transport entitlement

April 6, 2017 in Uncategorized

Bedford Borough Council has issued a letter regarding school transport entitlement.  To view the letter please click here.  Any questions or comments should be raised directly with Bedford Borough Council by contacting Customer Services on 01234 718004 or by e-mailing