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29 July 2020Re-opening Playing Field

The play equipment has now been cleaned and so the Palying Field will be re-opened from Thursday 30th July.  If you are using the play equipment please follow these rules to keep safe.


24 July 2020Re-opening Playing Field

Before re-opening the Playing Field, we need to have the equipment cleaned and signs put up.  Our insurance company advised that we should follow Bedford BC but unfortunately the Borough Council only gave a day's notice that they were re-opening some of their playgrounds so we were unable to open at the same time.  We are working to get the play area ready and the Playing Field will be opened as soon as it is safe to do so.  

08 July 2020Summer Village News

Due to the continuing high incidence of coronavirus in this area, the Summer Village News has been issued online only.  The magazine can be viewed at https://drive.google.com/file/d/1-0MwqhS39mHcuZZT2wHDiRVqe13Knw8g/view?usp=sharing

29 June 2020Coronavirus - message from Bedford Borough Council

Message from Bedford Borough Council

The latest data from Public Health England shows that Bedford Borough has the highest levels of Coronavirus infections in the East of England. Due to the high infection rate, Bedford Borough Council and local NHS organisations are working with Public Health England and the Joint Biosecurity Centre to investigate why rates of infection here aren’t falling as quickly as other areas.

These organisations are closely examining the data from Bedford, so that steps can be taken to bring infection rates down in the borough. Work is also underway with other partner organisations including the emergency services to raise awareness of this local situation. 

While the infection rates remain high we’re asking everyone to continue to stay home where possible and when you do need to go out make sure you’re appropriately social distancing. Keep two metres apart, wear a face covering when out (particularly on public transport), and regularly wash your hands with soap and water, or use a hand sanitiser when that’s not available. These are things that we can all do to help slow the spread of the virus and save lives.

18 June 2020Closure of Oakley Road Bridge

Bedford Borough Council has advised that their contractor has managed to combine resources and shorten the period of road closure for these works.  Consequently the closures have now been programmed from 24th June until the original end date of the beginning of August.

02 June 2020Closure of Oakley Road Bridge

Repair works to Oakley Road Overbridge are included within Bedford Borough's annual programme.  The extent of the scheme is to complete heat straightening repairs to the steel beams previously damaged as a result of vehicular impact from the A6.  Unfortunately these works will necessitate a road closure of the bridge throughout the period of the works as it will not be able to sustain vehicular loading during the operations.  Overnight closures of the dual carriageway A6 southbound will also be required throughout most of this period due to access requirements for the works.  The footway between Oakley and Clapham will remain open throughout, but emergency vehicles will not be permitted to travel along either route during the closures.  Opportunity has been taken to complete these works during the ongoing period of reduced traffic flows and to complete other lighting and gulley cleaning works during the road closures.

The site location and diversion routes are below.

The contractor has programmed these works from 18th June for up to seven weeks and notices will be erected on site which will provide the most up to date information.

20 May 2020Please dispose of PPE correctly

Many of us are using items of PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) such as disposable gloves and face masks when we go out and it is important that these are disposed of correctly. 

Used PPE must be double bagged, securely tied and stored for a minimum of 72 hours before being placed into the black general waste bin. Used items of PPE are not recyclable and must not be placed into the orange lidded recycling bin. 


20 May 2020Further materials to be accepted at the Barker's Lane Tidy Tip

From Thursday 21 May, you will be able to dispose of more types of waste at the Household Waste Recycling Centre (HWRC) on Barkers Lane.

With more onward disposal sites for waste collected at the HWRC starting to open and the success of the new system at the Barkers Lane site to facilitate social distancing, we are now able to allow more types of waste to be disposed of.

From Thursday 21 May, the following can be disposed of at the tip:

  • Hardcore and rubble - up to 3 items including broken ceramic tiles, bricks, ceramic sanitary ware e.g. sinks/toilets. Soil will not be accepted.
  • Plasterboard - up to 3 sheets
  • Paint

This is for household waste only. Commercial waste is not being accepted at this time. This is in addition to the material already being accepted at the HWRC below:

  • general rubbish (e.g. black lidded bin types of waste)
  • small items of furniture
  • garden waste (e.g green lidded bin types of green waste)
  • recycling (e.g. orange lidded bin types of recycling)
  • small electrical appliances (e.g. microwaves, kettles, and toasters)

Skips for large pieces of cardboard have also been added, to make it easier for these to be recycled. Please make sure any polystyrene or other packaging is completely removed before recycling cardboard items.

The HWRC is still operating under a mandatory booking system and you will be asked what you are disposing of when you call for a slot so that you can be directed to the right area on site.

To book a slot please call 01234 718013. You will be able to book a slot up to 14 days in advance (subject to availability) and the site will be open between 9am and 5pm, 7 days a week.

For more information about visiting the site or how to book a slot, please visit www.bedford.gov.uk/hwrc or call 01234 718013.


18 May 2020Green Waste Drop Off at Oasis Extended

Bedford BC has extended the temporary site in Oasis Swimming Pool car park for people to drop off their green waste. This site has been extended until Sunday 24 May.

This site is for Bedford Borough residents only, no booking is needed but proof of address is required.

Residents can to bring their garden waste, without appointment, to the Oasis site and empty any bags or containers of garden waste into large bins. This facility will be open from 9am-5pm until Sunday 24 May. Only cars, 4x4s, and small vans up to 1500kg payload will be able to use this service.

The Oasis site is purely for garden waste, no other waste will be accepted. The same types of green waste will be accepted as can currently go in the green bin e.g. grass cutting, plants and weeds, flowers, prunings, hedge clippings, leaves and bark.

Find out more about disposing of waste during this time, including the opening of the Household Waste Recycling Centre on the website - www.bedford.gov.uk


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