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New Public Realm Depot for Biggleswade Town Council

Friday 23rd April 2021 marks a special day for Biggleswade Town Council (BTC) with the handover ceremony for our new Public Realm Depot. The event will take place between 13:00 and 14:00 and a small number of press and local government representatives have been invited to attend.

Located at 11 Eldon Way, the industrial unit will become the new home of the Council’s Public Realm Team. Comprising a large secure storage area for all our equipment, there is also an office, workshop area and vastly improved mess facilities for the team. The office will handle all requests from the public, stakeholders and councillors.

Serving as a permanent base for at least the next 15 years, the new depot is key to the further modernisation and expansion of the Public Realm Team.

The event has been carefully planned to ensure compliance with the government’s COVID-19 restrictions. At 12:00, Jonathan Woolley, Deputy Public Realm Manager, and Peter Tarrant, Town Clerk and Chief Executive, will meet will representatives of the landlord to formally take possession of the keys. Once the handover is complete, at 13:00, there will be a photo opportunity as Peter Tarrant hands over the keys to Madeline Russell, Mayor of Biggleswade.

Media representatives are invited to bring a professional photographer to the event to capture the perfect shot of this landmark moment for BTC. Please arrive just before 13:00 as we will be handed the keys and take over the lease of the building at this time.

Please note, attendees are asked to be mindful of the current government COVID-19 regulations at all times. Therefore, please bring a face mask as they will be required unless you have a pre-existing medical condition that prevents you from wearing one.

The opening of the new depot is in addition to the ongoing investment in our parks and open spaces as we strive to improve the quality of life of our residents. This has gained added importance during the COVID-19 pandemic as the health benefits of getting some fresh air have again come into focus.


Service of Thanksgiving for HRH, Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh

Please find a link to view the Youtube streaming of the Bedfordshire Service of Thanksgiving for His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh. 


Greensand Country 2021 Booklet 

Please find a link to view the Greensand Country 2021 Booklet and poster.

Service of Thanksgiving for HRH, Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh

Please find a link to view details of the Service of Thanksgiving for HRH, Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh.


Biggleswade Town Council Meeting - Tuesday 13th April 2021 - Cancelled

The Biggleswade Town Council meeting of Tuesday 13th April 2021 will be cancelled due to a period of National Mourning following the passing of His Royal Highness, Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh. 


HRH Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh

It was with great sorrow that the Town Council heard of the death of His Royal Highness Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. 

His service to our country has been greatly valued over so many years, both for his support to Her Majesty the Queen and for his work as a senior member of the Royal Family. He served in so many ways, quietly and with dignity.

Councillors and Staff at Biggleswade Town Council wish to offer their deepest sympathy to Her Majesty the Queen and the Royal Family at this sad time.

May he rest in peace.

Councillor Madeline Russell
Mayor of Biggleswade 


HRH Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh

An online Bedfordshire book of condolence for HRH The Duke of Edinburgh is now available for those who wish to send a personal message of condolence.


Have your say on the future of Biggleswade

Biggleswade Neighbourhood Plan Public Engagement

Friday 26 March to Monday 3 May 2021

Biggleswade Town Council (BTC) is in the process of producing a Neighbourhood Plan for the parish area. A Neighbourhood Plan allows a community to play a more prominent role in its future, giving it the power to create a shared vision and policies that will shape the development and growth of the area.

The Neighbourhood Plan, once adopted, will sit alongside the Local Plan prepared by Central Bedfordshire Council. Its role is to expand, extend or amplify the policies in the Local Plan but not to oppose or contradict them. An adopted Neighbourhood Plan carries significant weight in determining future planning applications located in, or affecting, the parish.

BTC first held a public engagement for the Biggleswade Neighbourhood Plan in March 2019. A questionnaire accompanied this public engagement as well as BTC hosting two public open sessions at the Town Council offices and the Orchard Community Centre.

BTC are now undertaking a second public engagement which will run from Friday 26 March to Monday 3 May 2021. The public engagement will take place for an extended period as it coincides with Easter and the school holidays.

The questionnaire for the second public engagement has been produced following analysis of the first public engagement questionnaire responses. The comments that you made have helped us to produce a draft vision, aims and a series of themes for the Neighbourhood Plan. BTC are keen to receive your feedback on these. Your input will be used to formulate the policies in the Biggleswade Neighbourhood Plan.

The questionnaire can be completed online by using the following questionnaire link: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/biggleswadenp or by using the quick response (QR) code.

Alternatively, a paper copy of the questionnaire can be posted out to your address.
Please email Lisa King, Biggleswade Community Agent, at
biggleswadeagent@bedsrcc.org.uk or call 07534 484750 if you wish to receive a paper copy of the questionnaire . The completed questionnaire can then be returned using the freepost envelope provided.

If you wish to learn more about the work undertaken so far on the Biggleswade Neighbourhood Plan, please visit the Biggleswade Town Council website. To find out more about the Neighbourhood Planning process, please visit the Locality website.

Should you require any further information about the Biggleswade Neighbourhood Plan or would like some assistance completing this questionnaire, please contact Jemma McLean, Bedfordshire Rural Communities Charity at jemmam@bedsrcc.org.uk or on 01234 834932.


A Boards, Tables & Chairs and other Temporary Street Furniture

Biggleswade Town Council has been delegated authority to act on behalf of Central Bedfordshire Council (Highway Authority) to grant permission for the placement of street furniture, advertising equipment or retail display equipment on the highway under powers contained within the ‘Highways Act 1980’.

Temporary Street Furniture such as A-Boards, Advertising Structures, Tables and Chairs can help to encourage vitality and vibrancy within town centre and shopping streets by adding interest and colour to the street scene. When they are not properly managed, these items can have an adverse effect on the street scene with furniture causing obstructions to the pavements, adding unnecessary clutter to the streets and restricting the view of road users.

A-Boards and other advertising structures are used on the highway throughout our town by businesses to promote their presence. These can help to provide support to businesses and to add colour and life to our shopping streets. However, these promotional boards can cause several problems for pedestrians, those that are visually impaired, and for wheelchair & pushchair users. They can also have an adverse effect on the street scene if their appearance and location is not properly managed.

Biggleswade Town Council have received several complaints relating to access and trip hazards caused by temporary street furniture items, in particular on the High Street, Market Place & Hitchin Street.

These areas can have a high number of A-Boards and Tables & Chairs in relation to the number of shopping units, with a high pedestrian footfall. Therefore, it has been chosen as an area for the licensing scheme.

To apply for either of these licences, please download the application form, along with the Policy document, both adopted by Council in December 2019. 


New parking regulations to apply from Thursday April 1, 2021

Biggleswade Town Council (BTC) wishes to announce that parking regulations will again be enforced at our six Council-operated car parks from Thursday April 1, 2021.

With the news that the government’s COVID-19 restrictions are to be gradually lifted, it is vital that BTC takes measures to attract commerce to the area to support local businesses. Therefore, residents and visitors to Biggleswade will benefit from the cancellation of Saturday charges that were in place prior to the start of lockdown. BTC will also be offering extended periods of free parking to stimulate commerce over the coming months.

Please click here to view the car parking schedule. 


BTC-Operated Car Parks - Car Parking Permit Update

The Town Centre Management Committee has made the following resolutions about Parking Permit renewals within the town centre:

It was RESOLVED to grant residential and worker parking permit holders a further extension in lieu of the period where car park enforcement was suspended with all holders of original, renewed or extension permits that were valid on 10th November 2020 to now be granted an additional 5-month extension.

It was also RESOLVED to temporarily remove the price-premium for purchasing short-term worker permits. Monthly permits that commence between 1st April 2021 and 30th June 2021 will charged at the annual rate divided by 12. Quarterly permits that commence between 1st April 2021 and 31st March 2022 will be charged at the annual rate divided by 4. Half-yearly permits that commence between 1st April 2021 and 31st March 2022 will be charged at the annual rate divided by 2. There is no change to the price for an annual worker permit. All promotional materials and communication shall clearly state that this is a temporary reduction in charges for short-term worker permits.

Please note that all parking permit holders have been notified of this, and the procedures to receive an extended permit or purchase a new permit, by email or by letter.

New parking permits:

The costings for new permit or permit renewals are as follows:

Rose Lane and St. Andrew's Car Parks – Residents’ Permits

     
 

Previous Price

Price between 1st April 2021 & 31 March 2022

12 months

£120.00

£120.00

6 months

£60.00

£60.00

3 months

£30.00

£30.00

1 month

£10.00

£10.00

 

Rose Lane and Dan Albone Car Parks – Workers’ Permits

 
       
 

Previous Price

Price between 1st April 2021 & 30 June 2021

Price between 1 July 2021 & 31 March 2022

12 months

£225.00

£225.00

£225.00

6 months

£120.00

£112.50

£112.50

3 months

£75.00

£56.25

£56.25

1 month (up to 30 June 2021)

£40.00

£18.75

-

1 month (after 1 July 2021)

£40.00

-

£40.00

Any person who has paid for a permit before this communication will receive a refund for the amount they have now overpaid and a permit will be sent out first class signed for delivery.


COVID-19 UPDATE - SPRING 2021

Following the Government's COVID-19 response to provide a roadmap out of lockdown, the Town Council has made the following decisions concerning our facilities:

Council Offices

The Council offices will continue to be closed to members of the public until further notice.

Charter Markets – Tuesdays & Saturdays

It is likely that from Monday 12th April 2021 the Charter Markets will also include non-essential stalls as well as essential stalls. Please note that measures will continue to be in place to ensure appropriate social distancing and hand sanitiser stations will continue to be present throughout the market. It is the Council’s expectation that all traders will wear facemasks at all times.

Public Conveniences at Century House

The Public Conveniences at Century House will continue to remain open at the usual times and will continue to be cleaned on a regular basis.

Biggleswade Town Council Operated Car Parks

Please note that from April 1, 2021, parking restrictions will again come into force in our BTC-operated car parks.

All existing car parking permit holders have been informed of this via email or by post and detailed instructions on how to re-apply were included within these communications. Additionally, BTC have notified the public of these restrictions through our social media channels.

Due to COVID-19, all permits will be posted out to permit holders’ addresses once electronic payment has been received.

If you wish to apply for a car parking permit for one of our BTC-operated car parks, and haven’t applied for a permit before, please find instructions on how to do so below:

1. Complete our car parking permit application form.

2. Email through your completed application form to our Enquiries inbox: enquiries@biggleswadetowncouncil.gov.uk along with the following documentation:

  • All applications: copy of Vehicle Logbook (V5C).
  • Resident Permit: proof of residency, e.g. Council Tax bill or Tenancy Agreement
  • Worker Permit: proof of employment, e.g. letter from employer

We will endeavour to respond to your email within two working days to inform you if your car parking permit application has been approved.

3. Once you have received approval of your car parking permit application, you will be given details as to how to pay for your car parking permit by BACS. Please note, you will need to put your name as the reference when making payment so that BTC can check the payment has been received.

4. Email enquiries@biggleswadetowncouncil.gov.uk to advise BTC of payment and to confirm when you wish your permit to start from.

5. Your parking permit will be posted out to your home address by signed for delivery.

Parks and Play Areas

These will continue to remain open.

Sports & Changing Rooms

Please note that two of the Tennis courts at Drove Road Recreation Ground will reopen on Monday 29th March 2021. Please note that the middle tennis court will remain closed until further notice.

The football pitches at Stratton Way, Eagle Farm Road and The Lakes will re-open on Monday 29th March 2021.

The changing rooms at our football pitches will continue to be closed until further notice.

The Orchard Centre

The Orchard Community Centre is likely to re-open on Monday 12th April 2021.

If you have any further questions regarding the Orchard Community Centre please contact Angela Thomas on Email: angela.thomas@biggleswadetowncouncil.gov.uk or the Assistant Town Clerk on Email: philip.truppin@biggleswadetowncouncil.gov.uk

Allotments

The allotment site at Kennel Farm road will continue to remain open. The Town Council ask that social distancing is observed at all times.

Public Realm

The Public Realm Team will continue to provide community services during the lockdown period.

COVID-19 ROADMAP OUT OF LOCKDOWN AND ACCESS TO SERVICES

We apologise for any inconvenience that these closures may cause. We will continue to keep members of the public updated through our website and social media channels.

In the meantime, if you have any concerns regarding these closures please contact our Town Clerk and Chief Executive, Peter Tarrant: peter.tarrant@biggleswadetowncouncil.gov.uk 07940389085

If you have a query regarding burials interments or memorials at our Stratton Way or Drove Road cemeteries please contact Helen Calvert: helen.calvert@biggleswadetowncouncil.gov.uk

If you have a query regarding the Orchard Community Centre please contact Angela Thomas: angela.thomas@biggleswadetowncouncil.gov.uk

If you have a query regarding our allotment site at Kennel Farm Road please contact Sian van der Merwe: sian.vandermerwe@biggleswadetowncouncil.gov.uk

If you have a query regarding football pitch bookings please contact Alison Dennis: alison.dennis@biggleswadetowncouncil.gov.uk

If you have a query regarding our Town Centre facilities or Market please contact Simon Newton: simon.newton@biggleswadetowncouncil.gov.uk 07494075022

For all other enquiries please contact our enquiries email address: enquiries@biggleswadetowncouncil.gov.uk

Biggleswade Town Council


BTC-OPERATED CAR PARKS - UPDATE

Please note that from April 1, 2021, parking restrictions will again come into force in our BTC-operated car parks.

All existing car parking permit holders have been informed of this via email or by post and detailed instructions on how to re-apply were included within these communications. Additionally, BTC have notified the public of these restrictions through our social media channels.

Due to COVID-19, all permits will be posted out to permit holders’ addresses once electronic payment has been received.

If you wish to apply for a car parking permit for one of our BTC-operated car parks, and haven’t applied for a permit before, please find instructions on how to do so below:

1. Complete our car parking permit application form. 

2. Email through your completed application form to our Enquiries inbox: enquiries@biggleswadetowncouncil.gov.uk along with the following documentation:

  • All applications: copy of Vehicle Logbook (V5C).
  • Resident Permit: proof of residency, e.g. Council Tax bill or Tenancy Agreement
  • Worker Permit: proof of employment, e.g. letter from employer

We will endeavour to respond to your email within two working days to inform you if your car parking permit application has been approved.

3. Once you have received approval of your car parking permit application, you will be given details as to how to pay for your car parking permit by BACS. Please note, you will need to put your name as the reference when making payment so that BTC can check the payment has been received.

4. Email enquiries@biggleswadetowncouncil.gov.uk to advise BTC of payment and to confirm when you wish your permit to start from.

5. Your parking permit will be posted out to your home address by signed for delivery.


Precept 2021-22

Dear Local Resident,

In these challenging times, being open and transparent has added importance. Councils across the country are seeking to deliver their services in the face of the financial impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Institute of Fiscal Studies (IFS) estimates that councils face cost pressures of over £5 billion in 2021/22.

We want to take this opportunity to outline our precept decision, its impact, and our strategic aspirations.

What will the increases be?

A precept increase of 9.5% has been agreed and a precept budget of £1,289m approved. In real terms, this equates to an additional sum of £14.61 per annum or 28.02p per week for a Band D property.

Why are these increases necessary?

The precept adjustment is financially prudent for the following reasons:

1. To mitigate the impact of COVID-19 and the accompanying reduction in income.

2. To allow us to invest in the town through 2021/22 and beyond. This includes the development of the Neighbourhood Plan; proposed conservation work to the Drove Road Cemetery and Chapel; acquisition of a new depot and modern equipment to support the work of the Public Realm team; Town Centre refurbishment; expansion of our market offer; promotion of community events and the launch of a new website featuring more self-service functions. The Public Realm team is responsible for managing and maintaining a number of the green spaces and areas within Biggleswade.

3. To continue to support through Council grants community organisations, such as Carers in Bedfordshire, the Ivel Sprinter Community Bus, Keech Hospice Care, the Magpas Air Ambulance, and Biggleswade ATC Squadron and Biggleswade Sea Cadets. All have been hit hard by COVID.

Strategic intentions

Biggleswade aspires to be one of the best Town Councils in the United Kingdom for the betterment of our community and residents. This is a significant aspiration and needs to be properly resourced. The proposed budget and precept figures will allow for much-needed investment at a time when the Council is attempting to respond to a projected 40% population increase over the current 21,000. The increased investment in the community will help deliver the infrastructure Biggleswade needs.

A Community Engagement Group has been established as integral to our commitment to listening to the issues raised by local residents who make Biggleswade what it is. This will complement the voice of our Members; for example, the newly formed Group will be gathering community views on our emerging Neighbourhood Plan and the new Town Council website.

The Neighbourhood Plan

Biggleswade Town Council (BTC) is in the process of producing a Neighbourhood Plan for the parish area. A Neighbourhood Plan allows a community to play a more prominent role in its future, giving it the power to create a shared vision and policies that will shape the development and growth of the area.

The Neighbourhood Plan, once adopted, will sit alongside the Local Plan prepared by Central Bedfordshire Council. An adopted Neighbourhood Plan carries significant weight in determining future planning applications located in or affecting the parish.

The launch of the new BTC website

The Council is currently working on its new website, which will be more user-friendly, accessible, and informative in order to offer maximum value to our residents. It will be accessible on all electronic devices and will allow users to book and pay for a number of our services online.

Our services

Parks and open spaces

BTC owns and manages a number of parks, open spaces and play areas, providing sports facilities, walks by the River Ivel and play areas to suit all ages and spread across the town. There is never a shortage of outdoor activities in the area.

Markets

BTC runs and manages markets on a Tuesday and Saturday. At present this is limited to essential traders but we are currently determining how we can transform this offer so as to attract a greater footfall and maximise the commercial benefits to the Town Centre and complement the retail park.

Community centres

The Orchard Community Centre in the new housing development off Baden Powell Way is a popular modern venue offering the choice of a Main Hall or a smaller Training Room to suit all requirements.

Car parks

BTC operates six car parks around Biggleswade, mainly within the town centre.

Cemeteries

The Town Council owns and maintains the two cemetery sites in Drove Road and Stratton Way. The Chapel in Drove Road is a Grade II-listed building.

Allotments

BTC manages an allotment site at Kennel Farm Road. The site has 97 full allotment plots and 104 half allotment plots, all of which are available exclusively to Biggleswade residents.

A modern and progressive Council

Great emphasis has been placed on modernising the Council to make it more effective and to ensure that services are more accessible to residents.

In summary, the Council remains fully committed to delivering on our Community Promise, namely, to be open, trustworthy, and honest; providing value for money whilst empowering and working with the community to achieve success for all.

Yours sincerely,

Peter Tarrant

Town Clerk & Chief Executive


TOWN MAYOR'S CIVIC SERVICE CANCELLED

Thank you for keeping 7th March 2021 in the diary for Biggleswade's Civic Service. The pandemic has not improved in the way that we hoped it would and it is now apparent that the Service cannot go ahead.

It was to be a chance to focus on the community of Biggleswade and to recognise and thank the many people who do so much for our town in so many ways.

There will be future opportunities to celebrate and, meanwhile, I thank you all and wish you a peaceful and healthy 2021.

Madeline Russell

Mayor of Biggleswade 


BIGGLESWADE'S COMMUNITY EMERGENCY SUPPORT PLAN

Biggleswade Town Council (BTC) have recently updated their Community Emergency Support Plan for Biggleswade. This plan will help to support Biggleswade residents during a variety of emergency situations and sets out BTC’s response to such an event.

If you are involved, or are a witness to, an emergency in Biggleswade, please call 07964 111942 and ask to speak to the Emergency Duty Officer for Central Bedfordshire Council. This telephone number is manned 24/7, 365 days a year. On calling this number to alert Central Bedfordshire Council to an emergency, you will also action the response of BTC. The Town Council will work alongside Central Bedfordshire Council in responding to the emergency.


TOWN CENTRE BENCHES

The Town Centre Bench Refurbishment Programme is starting this week. Nine benches will be removed from Market Square on Tuesday January 19, 2021 in what will be an ongoing process until all the benches have been refurbished. This will be completed in batches of nine. It is an ideal time to undertake this project as, due to the current COVID-19 lockdown in force, the benches should not be used for socialising at this time.


RECYCLING BAGS AND FOOD WASTE BAGS 

Biggleswade Town Council wish to make residents aware that orange recycling bags and green food waste bags will be available for collection outside the Town Council offices between the hours of 10am-12noon on Wednesday’s and Saturday’s.


COVID-19 NATIONAL LOCKDOWN UPDATE

Following the Government decision to place England into a national lockdown, the Town Council has made the following decisions concerning our facilities which will be effective from Tuesday 5th January 2021:

Council Offices

The Council offices will be closed to the public until further notice.

Charter Markets – Tuesdays & Saturdays

The Charter Markets will continue to take place but only for essential stalls. Please note that measures will be in place to ensure appropriate social distancing. There will also be hand sanitiser stations present throughout the market. It is the Council’s expectation that all traders will wear facemasks at all times.

Public Conveniences at Century House

The Public Conveniences at Century House will remain open at the usual times and will continue to be cleaned on a regular basis.

Biggleswade Town Council Operated Car Parks

The BTC-Operated car parks will remain open during the lockdown period and charges will not be enforced from the 5th January 2021, up to and including 31st March 2021.

The new Parking Orders regulations will now not come into effect on 1st February 2021. The Council anticipate that the regulations will be implemented on the 1st April 2021, however, this will be reviewed nearer the time.

The parking permits for the BTC-Operated car parks will not need to be obtained or renewed until the parking charges are reinstated. The Council will be writing to each permit holder to advise them of this course of action.

The Council will amend signage in all of the BTC-Operated car parks to reflect these changes.

Parks and Play Areas

These will remain open.

Sports & Changing Rooms

The Tennis courts will be closed from 5th January 2021 until further notice.

The football pitches cannot be used for football games from the 5th January 2021 until further notice.

The changing rooms at our football pitches will be closed for changing and showering from the 5th January 2021 until further notice.

The Orchard Centre

The Orchard Community Centre remains closed and all activities are suspended.

In the meantime, if you have any concerns regarding the closure please contact Angela Thomas on Email: angela.thomas@biggleswadetowncouncil.gov.uk or the Assistant Town Clerk on Email: philip.truppin@biggleswadetowncouncil.gov.uk

Allotments

The allotment site at Kennel Farm road will continue to remain open. The Town Council ask that social distancing is observed at all times.

Public Realm

The Public Realm Team will continue to provide community services during the lockdown period.

COVID-19 NATIONAL LOCKDOWN AND ACCESS TO SERVICES

We apologise for any inconvenience that these closures may cause. We will continue to keep members of the public updated through our website and social media channels.

In the meantime, if you have any concerns regarding these closures please contact our Town Clerk and Chief Executive, Peter Tarrant: peter.tarrant@biggleswadetowncouncil.gov.uk 07940389085

If you have a query regarding burials interments or memorials at our Stratton Way or Drove Road cemeteries please contact Helen Calvert: helen.calvert@biggleswadetowncouncil.gov.uk

If you have a query regarding the Orchard Community Centre please contact Angela Thomas: angela.thomas@biggleswadetowncouncil.gov.uk

If you have a query regarding our allotment site at Kennel Farm Road please contact Sian van der Merwe: sian.vandermerwe@biggleswadetowncouncil.gov.uk

If you have a query regarding football pitch bookings please contact Alison Dennis: alison.dennis@biggleswadetowncouncil.gov.uk

If you have a query regarding our Town Centre facilities or Market please contact Simon Newton: simon.newton@biggleswadetowncouncil.gov.uk 07494075022

For all other enquiries please contact our enquiries email address: enquiries@biggleswadetowncouncil.gov.uk

Biggleswade Town Council


Grants 2021

Please note that the deadline for receiving grant applications for 2021 has been extended to Monday 4th January 2021, 5pm. This deadline has been extended as a result of the Tier 4 restrictions and the added difficulties that may have resulted in community clubs and organisations completing their grant application forms.

The Town Council acknowledges the important contribution that community clubs and
organisations make to enrich and improve the quality of life for so many residents in Biggleswade.

In order to support the operation and development of these valuable services, the Town Council has limited funds available to support those clubs and organisations in their work.

In this respect, the Town Council would be pleased to receive applications for financial assistance from community clubs and organisations in Biggleswade.

To apply for 2021 your completed forms should be sent to our office at the address below:

Biggleswade Town Council
The Old Court House
4 Saffron Road
Biggleswade
SG18 8DL

Or by email: enquiries@biggleswadetowncouncil.gov.uk

You can get an application form via the following:

Telephone: 01767 313134
Email: enquiries@biggleswadetowncouncil.gov.uk
Click here:
Application Form

Please note your completed application form for 2021 should be returned to the Council Offices no later than Monday 4th January 2021 at 5pm. We will not be able to consider your application after this date.


COVID-19 STATEMENT AND PUBLIC HEALTH ENGLAND UPDATE

Please click here to view the Town Council's statement and the latest Public Health England update on COVID-19.

COVID-19 TIER 4 GUIDANCE

Following the Government decision to place Central Bedfordshire in Tier 4 effective from 00.01 on 20th December 2020 the Town Council has made the following decisions concerning our facilities:

Council Offices

The Council offices will be closed to the public until further notice.

Christmas Light Show

The Light Show performances on Market Place will continue to happen on Wednesday 23rd and Thursday 24th December 2020 but with no accompanying music. Please can those members of the public who are planning to attend maintain proper social distancing.

Charter Markets – Tuesdays & Saturdays

As a result of the Tier 4 decision only essential stalls will remain open. The market traders have decided independent of the Council not to open on Saturday 26th December 2020 (Boxing Day) or 2nd January 2021. The next market of essential stalls will be Saturday 9th January.

Public Conveniences at Century House

These will remain open at the usual times. Christmas opening hours will be promulgated separately on each of the Public Convenience doors.

Biggleswade Town Council Operated Car Parks

These remain open and are free until the new Parking Orders come into force on 1st February 2021.

Parks and Play Areas

These will remain open.

Sports & Changing Rooms

Outdoor Leisure and sports facilities may continue. Tennis courts will also remain open however, the changing rooms at our football pitches will be closed for changing and showering.

The Orchard Centre

Following the Government announcement that Tier 4 restrictions are in place from midnight 19th December 2020, the centre is now closed and all activities are suspended. We apologise for any inconvenience that these closures may cause. We will continue to keep members of the public updated through our website and social media channels.

In the meantime, if you have any concerns regarding the closure please contact Angela Thomas on Email: angela.thomas@biggleswadetowncouncil.gov.uk or the Assistant Town Clerk on Email: philip.truppin@biggleswadetowncouncil.gov.uk


COVID-19 TIER 3 GUIDANCE

Following the Government decision to place Central Bedfordshire in Tier 3 the Town Council has made the following decisions concerning our facilities: 

Santa’s Grotto

Please be advised that the decision has been made to continue with Santa’s grotto tomorrow, 19th December, as all COVID-19 measures remain in place and is by appointment only. We understand if you feel that this is not an option for you and your child/ward and will offer a home delivery service from one of Santa’s elves with your child’s gift. Please could you confirm your preference via email and/or telephone conversation.

Please email: enquiries@biggleswadetowncouncil.gov.uk or telephone: 01767 313134.

Thank you for your understanding.

Best wishes from Biggleswade Town Council, Santa and Elves.

Christmas Light Show

The Light Show performances on Market Place will continue to happen, however music will only accompany the light show on Friday 18th December 2020.

All other performances will be light show only on Saturday 19th, Wednesday 23rd and Thursday 24th December 2020. A reminder for those coming to see the light show maintain social distancing and groups are to be from the same household/social bubble.

If large groups of people start to gather, the light show will be stopped.

Charter Markets – Tuesdays & Saturdays

Both markets will continue to run as normal on both days except Saturday 26th December 2020 (Boxing Day). All COVID-19 measures remain in place and ask that all patrons maintain social distancing whilst within the markets.

Public Conveniences at Century House

These will remain open at the usual times. Christmas opening hours will be promulgated separately on each of the Public Convenience doors.

Biggleswade Town Council Operated Car Parks

These remain open and are free until the new Parking Orders come into force on 1st February 2021.

Parks and Play Areas

These will remain open.

Sports & Changing Rooms

Outdoor Leisure and sports facilities may continue. Tennis courts will also remain open

However, the changing rooms at our football pitches will be closed for changing and showering.

The Orchard Centre

The Centre is allowed to remain open, but group exercise classes (including fitness and dance) should not go ahead. Most sessions will not be able to continue.

Supervised activities provided for children, groups and activities for under 18s, and children’s playgroups may continue but it will be up to the relevant hirers to make a decision.

We apologise for any inconvenience that these measures may cause. We will continue to keep members of the public with further updates through our website and BTC social media channels.


REFURBISHMENT OF TOWN CENTRE BENCHES

The benches situated within the Town Centre will be undergoing refurbishment. They will be temporarily removed from the Town Centre in order to complete these refurbishment works. Please note that not all benches will be removed at the same time so as to still provide seating in the Town Centre.


TOWN COUNCIL OFFICES CHRISTMAS OPENING HOURS

The Town Council offices will be closed on Friday December 25, 2020, Monday December 28, 2020 and Friday January 1, 2021. They will remain open on weekdays throughout the remainder of the festive season.

PUBLIC REALM

The Public Realm Team will continue to work during the lockdown period.

TENNIS COURTS

Please note that our our Tennis Courts are now closed.

TOWN CENTRE MARKET

The majority of the Market will continue to stay open in line with the Government’s essential traders advice.

MARKET TOILETS

The Market toilets will also remain open.

PLAY AREAS

The Play Areas will continue to stay open.

CHANGING ROOMS

The changing rooms will be locked as of Thursday 5th November 2020.

We apologise for any inconvenience that these closures may cause. We will continue to keep members of the public updated through our website and social media channels.

In the meantime, if you have any concerns regarding these closures please contact our Town Clerk and Chief Executive, Peter Tarrant: peter.tarrant@biggleswadetowncouncil.gov.uk 07940389085

If you have a query regarding burials interments or memorials at our Stratton Way or Drove Road cemeteries please contact Helen Calvert: helen.calvert@biggleswadetowncouncil.gov.uk

If you have a query regarding the Orchard Community Centre please contact Karen Saunders: karen.saunders@biggleswadetowncouncil.gov.uk

If you have a query regarding our allotment site at Kennel Farm Road please contact Sian van der Merwe: sian.vandermerwe@biggleswadetowncouncil.gov.uk

If you have a query regarding football pitch bookings please contact Alison Dennis: alison.dennis@biggleswadetowncouncil.gov.uk

If you have a query regarding our Town Centre facilities or Market, the A-Boards and temporary street furniture policy, or our Remembrance Day Service or Christmas offerings, please contact Simon Newton: simon.newton@biggleswadetowncouncil.gov.uk 07494075022

For all other enquiries please contact our enquiries email address: enquiries@biggleswadetowncouncil.gov.uk


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Coronavirus (COVID-19): What has changed - 22 September 2020

The government has today announced further national measures to address rising cases of coronavirus in England. 

For further information open the hyperlink https://www.gov.uk/government/news/coronavirus-covid-19-what-has-changed-22-september


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Buy Biggleswade


With the national decline on the High Street, and the subsequent adverse effects upon local businesses and Town Centres from the Coronavirus Pandemic, it is imperative that we do our bit to ensure the survival of the many independent businesses that are in Biggleswade.

 

Biggleswade Town Council are promoting a campaign to support these local businesses, which in turn supports the local economy.

Please join us in showing support to our local businesses and ‘Buy Biggleswade’

#buylocal #buybiggleswade #localeconomy #supportlocalbusiness


The latest Statement from Biggleswade Town Council on Coronavirus 

Biggleswade Town Council understands the difficulties that this pandemic has brought to all of us.

In these unprecedented times Biggleswade Town Council is working on a response to both the national and local effort to combat the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19).

While we strongly urge that all residents and businesses take heed of Government advice on social distancing and self-isolation, we wish to make you aware of the following actions by Biggleswade Town Council:

  1. The Town Council will continue cemetery and funeral management.
  2. The Town Council's managed open spaces will remain open for the public to exercise in.
  3. The Tuesday and Saturday markets are now open and measures are in place to ensure appropriate social distancing.
  4. Our car parks are now open. Those permit holders that had a valid permit whilst the car parks were closed will be issued with an extended permit.
  5. Allotment holders may still access their plots but must observe social distancing advice.

If you have any further questions, please email us at:

enquiries@biggleswadetowncouncil.gov.uk .

Most of all we urge all to keep safe and to observe the restrictions that have been put in place to protect the public from the virus.


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Opening Hours

Please note, that our office is open from 9:00 am - 5:00 pm (Monday - Thursday) and 9.00 am - 4.30 pm on Friday. During this period you are able to pick up items from the lobby, as follows:

  • large brown bins
  • small brown bins
  • food waste bags
  • orange recycling bags
  • green gardening bags
If you are unable to visit the office please ring 01767 313134 and leave a message.



Thank you
Biggleswade Town Council

Biggleswade Town Council welcomes new Town Clerk & Chief Executive

Biggleswade Town Council has appointed Peter Tarrant as its new Town Clerk and Chief Executive. Peter, who joins the Town Council towards the end of August, brings a wealth of management experience in Local Government, from Parish level to Unitary Authorities around the UK, as well as a recent background in consultancy. Peter also holds a PhD in Strategic Management.

Peter Tarrant says ‘I am delighted to be joining Biggleswade Town Council at this exciting time for the town. Biggleswade is a growing and developing town and the Town Council plays a front and centre role in providing services to the public. I look forward to building strong relationships with key partners such as Central Bedfordshire Council, Homes England, Network Rail and the NHS as well as the myriad of local voluntary and community groups that make Biggleswade such a special place.’

Cllr Madeline Russell, Mayor of Biggleswade, added: ‘I am very pleased Peter is able to join the Council at this time of great change. There is a lot happening in the next few years - not least the new housing developments but the development of a transport interchange, a new health hub and the ongoing challenges of the town centre in a post Covid world. Peter’s extensive experience of local government will help the Council to meet these challenges in the years ahead.’

Notes

Peter Tarrant joins Biggleswade Town Council on 24 August 2020 as Town Clerk & Chief Executive. He has held senior roles in a number of local authorities including at Cornwall Council, London Borough of Islington and the London Borough of Barnet. He holds Masters and PhD qualifications in Strategic Management. For further questions please contact Cllr Jonathan Woodhead, Chair of the Personnel Committee on: 07719 888476 or Jonathan.Woodhead@biggleswadetowncouncil.gov.uk 


Tennis Court Update

Biggleswade Tennis Court in Drove Road will re-open on Tuesday 14th July 2020 from 
10:30 am to 8:00 pm (Monday-Sunday) and access from Glebe Road only.

Due to Covid-19 restrictions the following guidelines must be adhered to:

  • only one court available currently
  • please bring your own hand sanitiser and use regularly before and after touching gates and/or equipment
  • please observe current social distancing etiquette of a minimum of 1 metre and no more than 4 people on the court
  • please note if other people are waiting to use the court then a maximum of 1.5 hours is allowed only  

Thank you.

Play Area Update

Please note all Play Areas are now open, apart from Fairfield Road. Guidelines have been put in place in line with Covid-19.   Please click here for further information: Poster 

Thank You. 

 


Saturday Market Update - 1st July 

WELCOME BACK….

Biggleswade Charter Market, which has stood in the Town since 1227, is restarting following the Government’s announcement that Outdoor Markets can re-open from 1st June 2020, as long as they are COVID-19 Secure.

Throughout Lockdown, we have had a couple of stalwart traders who were in the ‘essential’ list of exemptions under Government guidance.

A lot of work has been done to ensure that our Charter Market meets all the Government requirements, culminating in the joyous news that we will be opening Saturday 4th July 2020.  With reduced hours of 9:00 am – 3:00 pm, along with a different look to the market, we have introduced social distancing measures, as well as hand sanitisers at each of the entrances to the market. This is to ensure the health, safety & welfare of traders and customers alike.

The historical Road Closure of Market Place will run from 6:00 am – 6:00 pm each Saturday.

We look forward to welcoming back our regular traders, customers, along with the many new customers.

Pop down to see the fantastic produce and items on sale and ‘Support Local Business’.

Please click below for further information. 


Parking Enforcement Order as from 1st August 2020 

Thank you

 


Saturday Charter Market Update - 3rd June 2020 

Following the Governments statement that from Monday 1st June 2020, all Outdoor Markets can resume trading fully, as long as they meet current Government guidelines regarding COVID-19. On Saturdays we have been running a few essential stalls throughout the lockdown period and will continue to do so. We hope to be able to welcome back all other stall holders in the near future.

  • If you are considering attending the market, we ask you to:
  • Stay Alert to Save Lives
  • Maintain social distancing of 2 metres
  • Wash your hands before you leave home and when you return home
  • Do not leave home if you or a member of your household has symptoms of a high temperature; a new, continuous cough or a loss of, or change to, your sense of smell or taste.

Our mid-week on a Tuesday remains suspended until further notice.

This said, we are in the process of completing the necessary Risk Assessments and updated policies & procedures to ensure Social Distancing is maintained and our Markets run safely for our valued Traders, Staff & Patrons. Once this is completed, a date for the Market to be fully re-opened will be set.


Please check here on this website regularly for further updates on the market
 


Playground Areas - Kings Reach 

Closed until further notice

We have received a report that the multi-use games area next to Venus Avenue is damaged to allow access in and has exposed some sharp edges to the damaged fixings. 

Also there has been damage to the fence down at the MUGA which will remain closed until further notice.  If residents see it being used, please notify the police.

Please click: Photos  

As soon as it is safe to do so and ultimately on the governments guidance we will get these areas open (including the basket ball court area).

Thank you 


Fees - 2020/2021 


For access please click: Fees


Tidy Tip, Biggleswade Update

Now open - bookings only 

Central Bedfordshire Council  have put all the information about booking on the Tidy Tip webpages www.centralbedfordshire.gov.uk/tidytips). On Thursday they released the first week’s slots, and from today they will be releasing a day at a time for the following week i.e. Today release next Monday’s, tomorrow release next Tuesday’s etc.

CBC will review this process and update, as required. 

Monday, 11th May 2020 


Council/Committee Meetings Update

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, we need to inform you that only Council meetings will take place until further notice. Please click: Council Meetings

Please Click: Citizen Advice: Update April 2020


CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)

Please find a link to view the UK government response to Coronavirus (COVID-19).


 PARKING

Update on parking in BTC-operated car parks only.  Please click here: Notification


 Social Media Policy 


   

BIGGLESWADE TOWN COUNCIL

Biggleswade Town Council is the Local Council serving the town of Biggleswade in Bedfordshire.

Biggleswade Town Council is responsible for several aspects of the town, including markets, cemeteries and many of the town's parks and recreation grounds. Biggleswade Town Council also provides allotments for residents and issues annual community grants to worthwhile causes. For further information on each of these services please follow the appropriate links on our website.

Please follow this link for Services and Responsibilities.

Biggleswade Town Council holds two full Council meetings on the 2nd and last Tuesday every month at 7:00 pm, as well as several Committee meetings throughout the year. For further information regarding meeting dates, agendas and minutes, as well as information about your local Councillors, please follow this link: COUNCIL.

The Unitary Authority for Biggleswade is Central Bedfordshire Council.  Central Bedfordshire Council is responsible for services such as: waste services; street lighting; highways; and planning applications. For further information on each of these services (and more) please follow the appropriate links on our website or click here: Central Bedfordshire Council.

Biggleswade Town Council are looking to the future in a positive manner and are eagerly anticipating the challenges to be faced when providing a comprehensive and equitable service to the residents of the town. We have now taken over The Orchard Community Centre, Kings Reach. For further information please click: The Orchard.


Finance 

Biggleswade Town Council: Internal Audit 2018/2019 Completion