Bedfordshire Police are carrying out a brief survey into the priorities of residents regarding policing in their area.

It's a one page survey which will take about 5 minutes to do but must be completed by 10 November.  Click here

Take the time to put them in the picture on YOUR views.

Any information provided in this survey will be used sensitively and confidentially. The information provided will help local community teams set local priorities and have a better understanding of the issues effecting the public.

06:25, 03 Nov 2017 by Ronald Grasmeder


Bedford Borough Council ispreparing a Local Plan that will decide on housing growth in the period to 2035.

The Mayor is considering proposals for New Towns at:

Twinwoods (Nr. Clapham)– 6,000 houses

Thurleigh Airfield – 5,250 houses

Lee Farm in Sharnbrook – 4,500 houses  

     The smallest of these is larger than Ampthill (3,800 homes)

Consultants calculate that each new Town will generate between 16,000 and 20,000 extra vehicle trips per day by 2035, of which around 50% will be coming along the A6 to Bedford and through our villages.

A further 600 homes are proposed in Sharnbrook and 500 homes in each of the villages of Bromham, Clapham, Renhold, Great Barford and Wilstead. In addition, 2,000 more homes are planned in Rushden and a new large Aldi is being built at the Clapham roundabout, impacting further on capacity.

It will be the Mayor and his Executive Committee that make this decision.  Lobby them now and persuade them to think again about the best strategic location! E-mail the Mayor at 

20:18, 25 Sep 2017 by Ronald Grasmeder

A vacancy exists for a Councillor for the Lower Dean Ward of the Parish of Dean and Shelton.

The Parish Council is currently looking to co-opt a resident for this position.

The work of the Parish Council is vital to give our community a voice, to deliver services and in aspiring to make the lives of people in the Parish better.

The responsibilities of a Parish Councillor are not onerous but do require attendance at the Parish Council meetings (about ten per year) usually held at the Dalton Hall.  Background reading and occasional assistance in community projects also features.  Full training is, of course, available for this important role.

Are you interested in the needs of the community; willing to take part in debates and comment on proposals and prepared to spare a small amount of your time each month on behalf of yourself, your neighbours and the Parish?

To find out more about the Duties & Responsibilities of a Parish Councillor see the Parish Council website.

To apply for co-option or for other information please contact the Clerk, Ron Grasmeder: E-mail: Tel. : 07778 554504.

Applicants must be 18 or over and meet other criteria.

Closing date for applications is midnight 29 October 2017

17:22, 25 Sep 2017 by Ronald Grasmeder