December Road Closures in Leighton Buzzard

North Street, High Street, West Street, Church Square, Leighton Buzzard - for a period of 4 days from Thursday 1st December, 7.30pm – Sunday 4th December 2016, 7pm.

High Street, Leighton Buzzard - for a period of 1 day on Saturday 24th December from 5pm-9pm.


 YOUR Village Needed YOU and you didn't disappoint .....

  Before1     Before2         Tidy2

A Big THANK YOU to all those that turned up on Saturday 15th October, Wednesday 19th October and Wednesday 2nd November to help with a village tidy. Most said they had fun and a sense of achievement after the event and the work has been greatly appreciated by many.  See the Photo Album for more photos of the three days

Hedges along the back of the green were given a significant cut and have opened up the area. The rest of the hedge will be planned for a later date in the not too distant future we hope. The grass edge along the front of the green was cut back to reveal a full width of pavement. We are talking to CBC about Station Road being done as the verge along there is their responsibility. Weeds were cut back along Station Road and corner of Peddars Lane to assist with visibility for drivers. Overhanging bushes were also cut back along Peddars Lane.

The work to date not only ensures our village looks good but will assist in safe walking as the nights draw in.

IF there are areas you would like us to consider please let us know. We are always looking for more volunteers so if you would like to help next time then please contact us via the clerk. 


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Court email scam warning   

Message sent by Victoria Bull (Police, Communications, Bedfordshire)

We’re warning the public about a court email scam which could, if opened, allow ‘malware’ to enter your computer.
The scam emails purport to be from the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) and claim that you have to appear in court. The email entices people to click on a link to view their start time or case details. This link is likely to lead to malware.
This email has no connection to the CPS, which has confirmed that it will never email witnesses in order to summons them to court.
Anyone receiving the email should not download any attachments or click any links, and should report it to Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040.

Online Shopping - algorithm warning

Message sent by Lara Curtayne (Crime Reduction Officer, Community Safety, Bedfordshire Police

If you use online shopping, you may be aware of the little adverts at the edge of the page you are looking at. Quite often, these adverts are tailored to your shopping choices by using an algorithm that tracks past online purchases.  However, some algorithms use your computer's IP address to target adverts that appear to be relevant to your local area.

Bedfordshire Police have been made aware of such advert on Ebay that claims police in your local area advise you buy a particular torch. We would like to reassure residents that Bedfordshire Police (nor any other UK police force) do not promote or endorse any product, service or company over any other, unless that product has "Secured By Design" or "Sold Secure" accreditation (which will be evident by the display of either logo).

Whilst considered a rather unethical marketing ploy using scare tactics and implying the product is police approved, this advert is not part of a criminal offence and should just be ignored.

Commercial Vehicles Tool Thefts - South Bedfordshire

Message sent by Lesley Johnson (Bedfordshire   Police, Crime Reduction Officer, Community Safety Dept)

General warning to all  Van, Commercial vehicle users and Fleet managers.  Overnight  16/11/16 to 17/11/16 there have been a further 4 crime reports received concerning criminal damage to and theft from of Panel vans across the county. These thefts occurred across South Bedfordshire, (Luton, Dunstable, Toddington and Biggleswade).

In all cases tools contained within these vehicles were removed.

The purpose of this message is to ask all business users/ van drivers to review their current security measures.  In some cases it is not always practicable to remove the tools from your vehicle each night however it may be prudent to fit additional security locks to all access doors and ensure your vehicle is alarmed.

For specific information regarding target hardening your vehicle whether it be fleet, self employed or as a private owner please contact the crime reduction team via our email address of-

Click HERE to see previous BedsAlert update.


Central Bedfordshire Council Local Plan

The Local Plan is about to start the next phase which involves publicity and consultation prior to the Draft Local Plan being published at the end of December.  The process is the same as before but the key difference this time round is the amount of involvement local people will have.

• Publicity and awareness raising – Leaflets which cover the content and process of the whole Local Plan timescale have been produced and will be appearing in pop up stands in libraries and leisure centres (and reception of Priory and Watling House) from this week.  These leaflets will be used over the next 18 months and handed out at further displays, exhibitions and events.  CBC's website is shortly being updated to include this information at

•  The first Consultation is called ‘Shaping Central Bedfordshire’ and will run from 13 September to early November. The consultation will inform the first draft of the new Local Plan, which will be published for consultation at the end of 2016.

•  Running alongside these activities is Community Planning.  Events will be held in communities from late October to June 2017.

The ‘Shaping Central Bedfordshire’ Consultation will be available on line at and leaflets with questionnaires will also be available in all of the Council's libraries, Watling House and Priory House reception areas.  CBC will be promoting the consultation to residents and stakeholders as well as Town and Parish Councils.


Ditch Maintenance

We would like to bring it to your attention that Central Bedfordshire Council do not own any land drainage ditches, unless they are adjacent to or abut Council owned land. (This does not include highways)

Therefore if you own land adjoining, above, or with a watercourse running through it, you have certain rights and responsibilities and in legal terms you are a ‘riparian owner’. If you rent the land, you should agree with the owner who will manage these rights and responsibilities.

The riparian owner of a ditch running between the public highway (including pavements) and a field is the owner of the field. They are required to maintain the whole ditch and ensure they meet their riparian responsibilities.

Flooding could occur if a Riparian owner fails to maintain their section of a ditch/culvert. It can have devastating consequences up stream by causing flooding to homes, transport infrastructure and increase the risk of injury. This could result in prosecution or costs as the riparian owner would be liable if they have not met their responsibilities and maintained the ditch/culvert. 

Please ensure that if you are responsible for a ditch, that it is kept clear and maintained on a regular basis.

In view of the recent weather and flooding in the village we would ask that you ensure a check is carried out as quickly as possible and remedial work undertaken where necessary.

If you require any further clarification then please let us know ( 


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 recent 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:

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:  or see his Councillor page:

Andrew Selous, MP also has regular Surgeries, see link for details:


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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 More information is also available at:  


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