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13 February 2020East West Rail Route Presentations

In January, the Preferred Route Option for the section of East West Rail between Bedford and Cambridge was announced by the Secretary of State for Transport, the Rt. Hon. Grant Shapps MP.  The northern route is the preferred option and will pass between Clapham and Bedford.   Events to discuss the route are being held over six weeks in fourteen locations across the area as below with the Clapham event on 19th March:-

  1. 19 February: The Hub, Cambourne, CB23 6GW, 11:30am - 3:00pm  
  2. 25 February: Shelford Rugby Club, CB22 5JJ, 1:30pm - 5:00pm
  3. 29 February: Little Gransden Village Hall, SG19 3DP, 11:30am - 5:00pm
  4. 6 March: The Priory Centre, St Neots, PE19 2BH, 2:30pm - 7:00pm
  5. 7 March: Great Barford Village Hall, MK44 3HA , 11:30am - 3:00pm
  6. 10 March: Ravensden Village Hall, MK44 2RL, 1:30pm - 5:00pm
  7. 13 March: Sandy Village Hall, SG19 1BN, 12:30pm - 4:00pm
  8. 16 March: Scott Hall, Bedford, MK42 0DS, 2:30pm - 7:00pm
  9. 19 March: Clapham Village Hall, MK41 6BP, 4:00pm - 8:30pm
  10. 20 March: Ross Street Community Centre, Cambridge, CB1 3UZ, 2:30pm - 6:00pm
  11. 24 March: Bedford Blues Rugby, MK40 3NF, 4:00pm - 9:00pm
  12. 28 March: Comberton Village Hall, CB23 7DY, 3:30pm - 7:00pm
  13. 30 March: Webb Library, Cambridge, CB5 8BJ, 11:30am - 5:00pm
  14. 31 March: Barrington Village Hall, CB22 7QX, 11:00am - 3:00pm 

30 January 2020POLICE SURGERY IN CLAPHAM 08.02.20.

Bedfordshire Police will be holding a surgery in Clapham on Saturday 8th February at the Shoppping Parade.  The surgery will run from 10.00am - 11.00am.

28 January 2020Beds Youth Council

Focus Group Influencer – Beds Youth Council (BYC) (13 – 17 year olds)
Bedfordshire Police and the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner are delighted to offer an exciting opportunity to young people living within Bedfordshire between the ages of 13 and 17 years old to establish a Beds Youth Council (BYC) and become a focus group influencer.

About the Beds Youth Council (BYC)
The aim of the BYC is to encourage local young people to have their say on how we can improve the quality of policing and to improve trust and reassurance within our community. The group will give Bedfordshire Police advice on issues that affect young people, for example, after a serious crime or incident. They will also consult with us on plans and policies that might impact on youth culture, offering a new way in which to make a difference to how young communities are policed.

The BYC members, will initially be between the ages of 13 and 17 years old and drawn from a broad range of backgrounds. It will include those who may be at risk of entering the criminal justice system, ex-offenders and victims of crime or come from areas where youth violence is part of their everyday lives. This offers a continual perspective from those who may be most affected and it allows the Bedfordshire Police and Crime Commissioner and the Force to fully hear the voices of young people across Bedfordshire.

The vision of the BYC is to allow young people to have the chance to:
 Speak directly with police officers and decision makers to “youth proof” policies, protocols and strategies.
 Provide advice to Bedfordshire Police to help monitor and improve the quality of the policing service being delivered and help them understand issues that affect youth.
 Build relationships between police, young people and the community
 Have their voice heard and express views openly and honestly in a constructive way.
 Considerown biases.
 Raise the profile of young people within the community.
 Improve leadership skills.
Initial Focus groups will allow influencers the opportunity to build the shape of
the BYC by making decisions about:
 Meeting dates
 Meeting times
 Meeting locations
 Agenda items
 Incentives
 Develop other methods of engagement i.e. online platforms etc.

Initially, three focus groups will be held. These will be in Luton, Central Bedfordshire
and Bedford.
Successful applicants must be available to attend the first Focus Group Meeting
which will be held at 6:00pm on Tuesday 25th February 2020 at Central
Bedfordshire College, Dunstable Campus (Main Campus), Dunstable,
Bedfordshire, LU5 4HG.

To apply, please complete the equal opportunities form and the short expression of
interest form below and send them to byc@bedfordshire.pnn.police.uk.
Closing date for applications is Tuesday 18th February 2020.

Equal Opportunities Form


We are committed to ensuring that all applicants are treated fairly regardless of age, disability,

ethnicity, gender, marital status, sexual orientation, religion or belief. We therefore welcome

applications from all sections of the community.


To help us monitor our performance, we ask you to complete all relevant parts of this page.

This information is confidential and used solely for monitoring purposes.


We separate this page on receipt of your application form before we consider your



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Role applied for:

Focus Group Influencer for Beds Youth Council (BYC)


Ethnic Origin:


I describe my ethnic origin as: (please tick relevant box)



  • British
  • Irish
  • Irish Travelling Community
  • Other White


Black or Black British

  • Black Caribbean
  • Black African
  • Other Black


Chinese or other Ethnic Group

  • Chinese
  • Other Ethnic Group



  • White and Black Caribbean
  • White and Black African
  • White and Asian
  • Other Mixed


Asian or Asian British

  • Indian
  • Pakistani
  • Bangladeshi
  • Other Asian






  • Male
  • Female



Age: (this role is for 13 to 17 year olds only)


  • 13 years old
  • 14 years old
  • 15 years old
  • 16 years old
  • 17 years old




Do you have a disability as defined by the Disability Discrimination Act 1995?


  • Yes
  • No


If ‘yes’, please give brief details of the effects of your disability on your day-to-day activities, and any other information that you feel would help us to accommodate your needs and thus meet our obligations under the Disability Discrimination Act 1995. A disability in no way precludes you from consideration for a position and the School wishes to assist and support applicants with a disability through the recruitment process.

Additional information:



Expression of Interest Form


Name ...........................................................


Date of Birth .................................


Contact Telephone Number ........................................


Email address .............................................................


Post Code .............................


Please tell us why you would be interested in joining Beds Youth Council






27 January 2020Over 70s exercise classes


22 January 2020Do You Have a Watercourse adjacent to Your Property? 

Do You Have a Watercourse adjacent to Your Property?  If so you may be a riparian owner.

What is a riparian owner?

A riparian owner is someone who owns property which is next to a watercourse or has a watercourse running through it. Under common law, riparian owners have certain rights and responsibilities relating to the stretch of watercourse that flows through, or alongside, their land. Some riparian owners may not realise that they are responsible for maintaining the ditch at the bottom of their garden. Riparian owners have certain rights, but are also legally obliged to fulfil certain responsibilities under laws enacted to help manage flood risk and protect the environment.

Riparian owner rights

1. Riparian owners have the right to receive a flow of water in its natural state, without interference in quantity or quality. If you think that landowners upstream or downstream have altered or redirected the watercourse you share, and that this is affecting the flow of water through your land, you may wish to contact Bedford Borough Council’s Flood Risk Officer on 01234 718523 for advice.

2. Riparian owners have the right to protect their property from flooding from the watercourse and to prevent erosion of the watercourse banks. For most works within 8 metres of a watercourse you must apply for formal consent from the Environment Agency. An ‘ordinary watercourse’ is any channel through which water flows (such as a river, stream, brook, beck or a ditch) and which is not defined as a ‘main river’ by the Environment Agency. The Environment Agency manages the maintenance of ‘main rivers’.

Riparian Owner Responsibilities

1. To maintain the watercourse and to clear any obstructions (natural or otherwise) so the normal flow of water is not impeded. It is the responsibility of the riparian owner to clear any debris from their stretch of the watercourse.

2. To maintain any approved structures on your stretch of the watercourse. These may include culverts and weirs. If a riparian owner wishes to build a new structure (for example, a boardwalk) that goes across the watercourse or alters the flow of water, then permission should be received from Bedford Borough Council and/or the Environment Agency.

3. To maintain the banks and bed of the watercourse (including any trees and shrubs growing on the banks). Riparian owners must not alter or divert the water flow without permission as this might affect properties downstream.

4. To accept the natural flow from upstream neighbours and transfer it downstream without obstruction, pollution or diversion. A riparian owner must accept flood water through their land, even if high water levels are caused by inadequate capacity downstream.

16 December 2019Bin Collections & Recycling over Christmas

Bin Collections

The new bin collection day calendars are now available online for the festive period and next year. To check your bin collection day and find out how these will change over Christmas, please use the Borough's online collection day finder at https://www.bedford.gov.uk/rubbish-recycling-and-waste/household-bins-and-recycling/check-bin-collection-day/


The list below will help to ensure the right items are put in the right bin.

In the orange bin:

  • Plain paper, gift wrap and cards
  • Cardboard packaging from deliveries and gifts
  • Plastic bottles and tubs
  • Plastic packaging around toys
  • Plastic bags eg bread bags or those vegetables are packaged in
  • Empty metal tins and cans

In the black bin:

  • Glittery wrapping paper, gift bags and cards. Or you could save them to reuse next year.
  • Foil or shiny wrapping paper and gift bags
  • Bows and ribbons
  • Plastic or glass baubles. Or save them for next year’s Christmas tree
  • Polystyrene packaging or plastic strapping around larger parcels
  • Food waste, unless you have a home composter

Don’t forget …

You can recycle your used batteries! Please remove them from any toys or games and put them in a small, clear plastic bag. Leave this on top of your black bin lid on your next collection day.

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