CBC Draft Local Plan

Central Bedfordshire Council are currently consulting on the Draft Local Plan which sets out how Central Bedfordshire will develop over the next 20 years. It outlines the strategy to ensure growth is delivered in the right place and is of the right character and quality. It also ensures that growth is delivered with the supporting roads, schools and services such as health, as well as retail, leisure and community facilities.

Consultation is open for feedback from 4th July to 29th August 2017.

You can read and make comments by visiting their website http://www.centralbedfordshire.gov.uk/planning/policy/local-plan/local-plan.aspx


Residents are also encouraged to attend drop-in-sessions. The nearest to Stanbridge is on 9th August at Caddington Sports and Social Club 2pm – 8pm.


Central Bedfordshire Council will consider comments received and publish the next iteration of the Local Plan for comment in spring 2018. From late 2017 to early 2018, they will run another series of Community Planning events across Central Bedfordshire. Details to be published nearer the time.

Whilst the Parish council can and will reply it would only count as one comment for the whole village. Therefore we strongly recommend that all residents make comment on the local plan so that the inspectorate can read and see what peoples views are. If your concerns are that it does not give enough information to make comment then this should be stated in your correspondence either online or by letter.


Central Bedfordshire Library Opening Hours Changes

Please see Library Opening Hours for changes to Central Bedfordshire Library opening hours. If you have any queries, please contact Nicola Avery, Library Services Manager at nicola.avery@centralbedfordshire.gov.uk.


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Message sent by: Benjamin Oxley (Police, PCSO, Luton)

OPERATION METEOR is a dedicated iniative to tackle nuisance and off-road bikes throughout the county of Bedfordshire. Some of you may know that we used to have a dedicated email for members of public to email information. However this is no longer in use, if you have any information about nuisance bikes, who is riding them, where they live etc. we want to know. This information needs to be reported via 101 or online via www.contactbedspolice.uk.


Parish Council Meetings

Stanbridge Parish Council meetings are normally held at 7:30 pm on the second Tuesday of the month, in the Stanbridge and Tilsworth Community Hall. See Events Calendar for details. 


Central Bedfordshire Council Highways Department

In view of the issues highlighted by several concerned residents, regarding the installation of the speed humps in Tilsworth Road, please note you can raise any concerns or complaints on this matter, other speeding or highways issues including pavements, on the following number and email:

Central Bedfordshire Council Highways Department, tel: 0300 300 8049 or click on the following link to their website: http://www.centralbedfordshire.gov.uk/travelling/roads-safety-and-highways/report-highways-fault/default.aspx

The Parish Council are also in communication with CBC regarding this issue and other speeding problems. You can also raise any Central Beds Council issues with our Ward Councillor Mark Versallion, tel: 0300 300 8555 or email: mark.versallion@centralbedfordshire.gov.uk  or see his Councillor page: http://www.centralbedfordshire.gov.uk/modgov/mgUserInfo.aspx?UID=5231

Andrew Selous, MP also has regular Surgeries, see link for details: http://www.andrewselous.org.uk/surgery-dates


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Would You Like To Volunteer For Street Watch?

Bedfordshire Police is keen to hear from residents concerned about anti-social behaviour and crime in their area and would like to join forces to tackle these issues. Street Watch enables residents to promote good citizenship by patrolling their own streets. Members liaise with the force to encourage positive information sharing and partnership working. Juliet Wright, the force’s Watch Scheme Development Coordinator, said: “Our Street Watch volunteers provide visible reassurance and appropriately engage in local issues that matter most to their communities. They commit two hours every month to patrol in small groups, providing that vital link between their communities and the force. “We are looking for volunteers who either want to join a scheme that’s already set up in their area, or anyone who would like to start one.” Bedfordshire has Street Watch schemes in: Ampthill, Barton-Le-Clay, Biggleswade, Caddington, Clifton, Marston Moretaine, Harlington, Houghton Regis, Maulden, Shefford and Wootton, but schemes can be set up in any area. Volunteers are vetted at the same level as police volunteers, and Bedfordshire Police will provide training for any new members or groups. To find out more about becoming a volunteer, please email Juliet.Wright@Bedfordshire.pnn.Police.uk More information is also available at: www.street-watch.org


Bedfordshire Police is on the hunt for more Speedwatch volunteers.
Community Speedwatch allows members of the public to get actively involved in monitoring the speed of vehicles travelling through their neighbourhoods.
It is used in areas where residents have identified speeding as a priority and aims to educate motorists about the dangers of speeding, rather than enforcing as a first option.
Last year the police’s Speedwatch volunteers sent out 7,613 letters for speeding in the county.
Chief Inspector for Community Safety Neill Waring hopes more volunteers will come forward across the county.
He said: "The mere presence of a team of volunteers in a village has an immediate effect on the behaviour of drivers and our teams report a notable change in driver attitude to speed limits where they operate.
"Most drivers will understand the objectives of the scheme is to slow drivers to or below the posted speed limit and for those that don't respond accordingly, the registered owner of any vehicle seen exceeding the speed limit is sent an advisory letter by the police, explaining that speeding is unacceptable to the local community.
"Any driver who accumulates more than two warnings will have a personal visit by a police officer asking them to respect the quality of life for the communities they drive through.
"These visits send a clear message to those that think it is OK to speed."
Anyone can participate, volunteers must be 18 or over and full training will be given.
To find out more about becoming a volunteer, email