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Collection of Bulky Waste

April 4, 2018 in Uncategorized

Collection of Bulky Waste

Great Barford

Please take your domestic waste to the following locations:

Saturday 28th April 2018

Pyms Close                                     8.30am until 12.30pm

Village Hall Car Park                    12.30pm until 4.30pm


Sunday 29th April 2018

Brook Lane near garage block     8.30am until 10.30am

Times are approximate to allow travel between sites.  Please do not leave rubbish at the site if the collection vehicles are not there.

Further information on what can or cannot be disposed of can be found on Borough Council website:,_recycling_and_waste/rural_bulky_waste_services.aspx


Bedford Borough Council – Local Plan 2035: Plan for Submission

March 26, 2018 in Uncategorized

There is still time to comment on the Local Plan 2035: Plan for Submission

Representations should be made by 5pm on the 29th March 2018.  Information on how to respond, the response form and all of the Local Plan 2035 documentation can be found here on the Borough Council website.

The Parish Council response can be found here

Did you know that you can view and comment on planning applications online?

January 11, 2018 in Uncategorized

Did you know that you can view and comment on planning applications online?

This note explains how you can do this. It also explains how regular users can set up alerts when the status of applications changes and filter their searches to areas of particular interest such as wards or villages or if you have breach of planning enquiry. For assistance you can ring 01234 718068, email or refer to HOW TO GUIDES at

• go to

There are two ways of searching for Records from 1995: Please use option 2 if you have the application number

Option 1. on the map by address
• Please click on the map
• Click on the magnifying glass and type in the address click on the search button
• Click on the map on the site you are looking at
• A box will appear click on the arrow and all the History and some of the constraints will automatically appear for you to scroll through. Click on the LEGEND icon to identify those constraints that show automatically
• You can see all constraints by clicking on the LAYER LIST icon (3 squares on top of one another) and you can select or deselect any of the planning constraints.
• Click on For more information click here to be taken into the database for all the application details
• Click on the Down arrow to be returned to the map

Option 2. or by using the database directly as follows

• Use the following:
• Select Applications (planning), Appeals or Enforcement cases.
• ADVANCED SEARCH to locate applications by, for example: App No / Address / postcode / Ward / Parish / Decision / Application type or any combination of the criteria shown.
• SIMPLE SEARCH for application number or the first line of the address.
• PROPERTY SEARCH followed by the ADDRESS SEARCH to search on the address (please use the help with this page before conducting a search) this will then reveal all records on the site
• WEEKLY / MONTHLY LISTS to see those applications determined or registered
• You can also track applications and be sent automated emails when the status changes.
• FILE CORRESPONDENCE: is held in electronic format from 1995 – To Date at the Customer Services Centre only.

For whether or not something requires planning permission or for planning advice please refer to the interactive house provides a lot of information.

How to make comments on an application
• Online:- Go to Click on To VIEW AND COMMENT ON PLANNING APPLICATIONS link. Type in the application number and click on search then click on make a comment.

• By email to:- Please submit your comments as an attachment to the email (which does not contain your personal email address, phone number or signature) and quote the application reference number in the title and the word Object, Support or Comment so this can be recorded accurately (an automated email will confirm we have received this email). A paper acknowledgement with additional application specific information will be sent to the Customer’s home address once entered onto our planning database (this currently cannot be done by email))

• By Writing a letter:- to Planning, 4th Floor, Borough Hall, Cauldwell Street, Bedford,

Central Bedfordshire Pre-Submission Local Plan Consultation

January 11, 2018 in Uncategorized

Central Bedfordshire Pre-Submission Local Plan Consultation

In accordance with Regulation 19 of The Town and Country Planning (Local Planning) (England) Act 2012, Central Bedfordshire Council is publishing its Pre-submission Local Plan, and is inviting members of the public to express their views by taking part in the consultation.

The consultation will begin at 10am on Thursday 11th January 2018 for a period of six weeks until 5pm on Thursday 22nd February.

What is the Pre-submission Local Plan?
The Local Plan plans positively to shape Central Bedfordshire up to 2035. It identifies how many homes and jobs will be provided, outlines the strategy for growth and also sets out more detailed policies which will be used to determine planning applications. A number of supporting documents including the Sustainability Appraisal are being published alongside the Local Plan as technical documents.

How you can view the Pre-submission Local Plan and supporting documents
All of the documents will be available to view on the Central Bedfordshire Council website
( from 10am on Thursday 11th January, and at the Council Offices in Chicksands (opening times from 8:30 to 17:00 Mon -Thurs and 8:30 – 16:00 on Friday). In addition, the Local Plan will be available to view at the Customer Service Centres in Biggleswade and Leighton Buzzard, and the main libraries across Central Bedfordshire (opening times vary).

Have Your Say
Only the comments (representations) submitted during this consultation will go forward to the independent Planning Inspector to review before the Public Examination on the Local Plan. In addition, only those who have made a comment can speak at the Public Examination sessions.

During the consultation, you’ll be able to submit feedback online by following the links on the website at or in writing to:

Local Plan
Central Bedfordshire Council
Priory House
Monks Walk
SG17 5TQ

Opportunities to talk to Council Officers about the Pre-submission Local Plan
It is appreciated that the Local Plan may raise lots of questions, so there will be a number of drop-in-sessions for members of the public and other interested parties to talk to Council Officers and ask questions; there’s no need to book, just come along.
Public drop in sessions will be held at the following locations (3pm – 7:30pm):

• Thursday 18 January – Barton Rovers Football Club
• Thursday 25th January – Lidlington Village Hall
• Tuesday 30th January – Arlesey Village Hall
• Thursday 8th February – Biggleswade Orchard Centre

What happens next?
Following the consultation, the Council will collate all of the comments received and these will be forwarded to the independent Planning Inspector alongside the Local Plan in accordance with regulation 22 of The Town and Country Planning (Local Planning) (England) Act 2012.

Great Barford in Bloom

November 30, 2017 in Uncategorized

On Sunday morning 26th November 2017, volunteers and our local Borough Councillors Stephen Moon and Sheryl Corp, gathered at the Village Hall to start the process to create ‘Great Barford in Bloom’! The project was instigated by the Parish Council with a plan to plant 1,600 King Alfred Daffodil bulbs throughout the main access points to the village in year one and a further 1,000 bulbs each year over the next 5-10 years.

The project was sponsored by Bedford Borough Council and Roxton Garden Centre. Funding was sourced through the Borough Council Ward Fund to purchase bulbs and trowels.

On arrival the volunteers were issued with hi-vis jackets, spades, trowels and a bag of bulbs, directing them to planting areas. The sun shone making it a fun morning for the families who got involved. Squeals of laughter from the children made it all worthwhile. Bulbs planted, the volunteers were invited back to the Village Hall for a ‘thankyou’ coffee/hot chocolate with marshmallows and cakes, which went down extremely well.

A big THANKYOU from the Parish Council to all who volunteered, now we wait patiently until Spring when our village should have a wonderful show of daffodils and the volunteers can say with pride ‘we planted those bulbs’!

Not forgetting a big THANKYOU to the group who planted many young trees (whips) around the Jubilee Play area.

We look forward to seeing you again next year for phase two! Bring your friends, it’s fun!

Great Barford Remembrance Day Parade and Service

November 7, 2017 in Uncategorized

The annual Remembrance Day Parade and Service will be held on Sunday 12th November 2017. All are welcome to attend.

The Parade will start at 14:45 from the High Street, opposite the Post Office and will proceed to the War Memorial for the Act of Remembrance and then to All Saints Church for the remainder of the Service.

Refreshments will be served at the Church after the service.

If you would like any further information please contact the Parish Clerk at

Road Closure – Bedford Road – 09th November 2017

November 2, 2017 in Uncategorized

Bedford Road will be closed between Silver Street and the High Street on the 09th November between 09:00-15:30 to facilitate remedial carriageway work. On this occasion the engineering team will allow the X5 services through in both directions up to 09:30.

Where possible access will be maintained to property and premises but may be restricted from time to time according to local signing.

Signed Alternative Routes – Proceed in a south-easterly and then north-easterly direction along Silver Street to High Street. Turn left and continue to site, and vice versa.


November 2, 2017 in Uncategorized

Bedford Borough Council is due to carry out carriageway resurfacing works on the High Street. The area to be treated is from Bedford Road to New Road. In order to allow the work to be carried out quickly and safely it will be necessary to close the High Street to traffic.

The surfacing works will commence on 10th November 2017 and will be completed on 27th November 2017 with an expected duration of 12 days.

The road closure will be in place between 9:00am and 3:30pm. In order to access all areas to be resurfaced the Borough Council must insists that no vehicles are parked on the highway during the road closure period on the days mentioned above. Please note that should there be obstructive vehicles left on the highway, whilst every attempt will be made to contact the owner, they will be moved to ensure the work can be carried out efficiently. The Borough Council can recharge the cost of moving an obstructive vehicle to the owner.

The closure will affect the school and public transport services in Great Barford, therefore the works have been restricted to between 09:00 – 15:30 to reduce the impact on the schools and the 27 public transport service. During these hours the 27 service will be diverted along New Road > Roxton Road before continuing on with its normal route. It has been requested that a temporary stop be served by The Anchor in both directions so that people can board and alight the transport at either end of the closure. Grant Palmer will publicise this temporary change to service on their vehicles and locally

Further information will be delivered directly to residents and local businesses affected by the works.

Further information about any current or planned roadworks in Bedford Borough can be found on the website

Bedford Town Centre South Master Plan Consultation

October 5, 2017 in Uncategorized

Bedford Town Centre South Master Plan Consultation

Under the One Public Estate (OPE) programme Bedford Borough Council is developing a master plan for the Town Centre South area of Bedford. The master plan will help the Borough Council shape the growth of the town including new homes, workspaces and shops.

The OPE programme’s main aim is for the owners of public sector assets to work together to make better use of their combined assets. The master plan will provide options for housing development on sites with one or more public sector owners.

In this process the Borough Council has assessed the capacity and land use mix of development sites to help inform the emerging Bedford Local Plan 2035 and the delivery of brownfield sites within the urban area of Bedford.

The Borough Council is currently consulting on the master plan and would welcome your views.

The Consultation Process

More detail about these proposals can be found in the Bedford Master Plan Emerging Spatial Options summary document which can be downloaded from<>, copies are also available at Bedford Borough Libraries, Borough Hall and the Customer Service Centre or are available on request on (01234) 718325.

You can have your say in one of the following ways:

By post: Write to: Consulting Bedford, Borough Hall, Cauldwell Street, Bedford, MK42 9AP By email:<>
By phone: (01234) 718325.

Staffed Exhibition to discuss ideas and answer questions:
Wednesday 18th October ’17 at Church Square (Near Superdrug) 11am – 3pm, and Saturday 28th October ’17 at Midland Road (Near Primark) 11am – 3pm.

The consultation will run between 4th October 2017 and 31st October 2017.

If you would like to receive regular updates on local consultations CLICK HERE<…/UKBEDFORD/subscriber/new> and subscribe to our ‘Your Voice, Your Views’ email bulletin.

Consultation on Great Barford Primary Academy gaining a Faith Designation

October 5, 2017 in Uncategorized

A consultation is underway regarding Great Barford Primary Academy gaining a Faith Designation.  The Consultation started on the 03rd October 2017 and will finish at noon on the 14th November 2017.

Further information and details of how to respond can be found here:  Consultation Regarding Gaining a Faith Designation

There will be an opportunity to attend a consultation event on Wednesday 01st November at 2.45pm at the Primary Academy school hall. Please direct any questions or queries to the Unity Church of England Multi Academy Trust (details on the Consultation document). The Parish Council is unable to answer queries on this matter