Full Parish Council Meeting
Tuesday 16th June 2020, 7.30pm
Please contact the Parish Clerks for details on how to join the meeting
Wednesday July 1st, 2020
Play Areas in Bedford Borough To Remain Closed
With ongoing concerns about the high infection rate in Bedford Borough, Bedford Borough Council has decided that children’s play areas will not be opening on Saturday 4 July.
Play areas are a risk area for infection to be spread, and with a high rate of infection locally, this decision has been taken to help slow the spread of the virus and keep people safe.
Updated signage will be placed on parks this week, and where possible the Council will continue to keep play areas locked and secured.
Cllr Charles Royden, Portfolio Holder for Environment said “We know this will be disappointing for many families, and it is not a decision we have taken lightly. Our top priority is to keep people safe and help slow the spread of the virus and we are asking people to work with us, and respect this ongoing closure.
“When we have the outcome of the deep dive investigation with Public Health England and the Joint Biosecurity Centre, investigating why rates here are not falling as quickly as other areas, we will look again at this decision and see if it is safe to open our parks.
“Until then, we are continuing to ask people to stay at home as much as possible, keep 2m apart from others, and wash their hands regularly to help slow the virus, and enable us to ease restrictions.” ... See MoreSee Less
Beds Fire and Rescue Service is concerned that lock down boredom and the very warm weather may encourage some people to go swimming or diving into lakes, rivers and quarries. It is of the utmost importance that they do not.
There are very few locations of water that are lifeguarded in Bedfordshire and the danger to an individual who dives or even ventures into a body of water is significant. Even the strongest swimmers can get into danger.
If you are near a body of water, do not jump into the water from a height, The depth of the water changes and will be particularly low during periods of warm and dry weather. The depth of water can be difficult to judge and may contain hidden rubbish and debris which can cause injuries and drowning.
Cold water shock is another danger associated with jumping into water. Cold water shock can kill. The temperatures of open water, such as rivers and lakes, can be much colder than anticipated, especially in fast flowing sections. Cold water removes heat from the body 32 times faster than cold air causing cold shock – gasping, cramps, and inhalation of water, heart attack, stroke and rapid drowning.
Please do not swim in open waters unless it is part of an organised event for your own safety.
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Tuesday June 23rd, 2020
PROPOSED PARKING RESTRICTIONS ON NEW ROAD, GREAT BARFORD - CLARIFICATION
The proposal is to introduce double yellow lines on one side of New Road only. The double yellow lines would cover a section alongside the village green and some residential properties on New Road. This would stop the footways to the village green and access to residential properties being blocked. Please see the Bedford Borough Council plan for full details.
The proposal is in response to concerns raised over inconsiderate parking, and it aims to improve visibility and provide a safer road network for all highway users.
Please take the time to visit the Bedford Borough Council website for full information – the link is below. A copy of the Notice, the proposed Order, a plan and a statement of reasons for proposing to make the Order may be examined during normal office hours at Borough Hall, Cauldwell Street, Bedford, MK42 9AP. These documents can also be viewed on the Bedford Borough Council website at
The Parish Council cannot submit comments on behalf of residents. ... See MoreSee Less