BIGGLESWADE CHRISTMAS OFFERING
Whilst we come out of the 2nd National Lockdown
and into Tier 2, Biggleswade Town Council have worked hard behind the scenes to
put on a range of attractions for everyone to enjoy, and get into the festive
The annual Christmas lights will be switched on this coming Friday, 4th of December. This will coincide with the first Laser Light Show on Market Square. Please ensure that if you come down to Market Square, you adhere to the ‘Rule of six’, are socially distanced and away from other groups. There will be 8 showings spaced out between 5th December and Christmas Eve.
Other attractions are advertised in the image above and have been organised to bring festive cheer and enjoyment in what has been a tough year so far.
Watch for further updates on our social media accounts as well as the Town Council website.
Please click here for our Christmas offering poster.
BTC-OPERATED CAR PARKS - FREE PARKING UNTIL JANUARY 4, 2021
The Town Council wish to inform residents that BTC-Operated car parks will remain free-of-charge until January 4, 2021. This decision has been taken in order to support local businesses and Biggleswade residents throughout the Christmas and New Year period.
ORCHARD COMMUNITY CENTRE RE-OPENING ON WEDNESDAY DECEMBER 2, 2020
The Town Council is pleased to announce the complete re-opening of the Orchard Community Centre on Wednesday December 2, 2020 following the latest government guidelines. The Town Council wish to assure residents that the Orchard Community Centre will adhere to the relevant social contact rules and politely requests that all visitors read these in advance to their visit.
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.
BIGGLESWADE TOWN COUNCIL OFFICES RE-OPENING ON MONDAY 16TH NOVEMBER 2020
Please note that our Town Council offices will re-open on Monday 16th November 2020. The office will be open for all usual enquiries and to support members of the public during this lockdown period.
ORCHARD COMMUNITY CENTRE CLOSED FROM 5TH NOVEMBER 2020 UNTIL 2ND DECEMBER 2020
Please be advised that the Orchard Community Centre will remain open on Tuesday 3rd November and Wednesday 4th November. The Orchard Community Centre will be closed from Thursday 5th November until Wednesday 2nd December following Government guidelines. The Orchard Community Centre will open only for the blood donor clinic.
The Public Realm Team will continue to work during the lockdown period.
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.
The Market toilets will also remain open.
The Play Areas will continue to stay open.
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: email@example.com 07940389085
If you have a query regarding burials interments or memorials at our Stratton Way or Drove Road cemeteries please contact Helen Calvert: firstname.lastname@example.org
If you have a query regarding the Orchard Community Centre please contact Karen Saunders: email@example.com
If you have a query regarding our allotment site at Kennel Farm Road please contact Sian van der Merwe: firstname.lastname@example.org
If you have a query regarding football pitch bookings please contact Alison Dennis: email@example.com
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: firstname.lastname@example.org 07494075022
For all other enquiries please contact our enquiries email address: email@example.com
Biggleswade Town Council
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.
Biggleswade Town Council
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:
- The Town Council will continue cemetery and funeral management.
- The Town Council's managed open spaces will remain open for the public to exercise in.
- The Tuesday and Saturday markets are now open and measures are in place to ensure appropriate social distancing.
- 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.
- Allotment holders may still access their plots but must observe social distancing advice.
If you have any further questions, please email us at:
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.
Biggleswade Town Council
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.
Biggleswade Town Council
Biggleswade Town Council welcomes new Town Clerk &
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.’
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
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
Saturday Market Update - 1st July
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’.BannerParking Enforcement Order as from 1st August 2020
Please click below for further information.
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
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).
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
Please find a link to view the UK government response to Coronavirus (COVID-19).
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.
Biggleswade Town Council: Internal Audit 2018/2019 Completion