Wilstead Neighbourhood Plan
Wilstead Neighbourhood Plan is now to be put to a vote on Thursday 24th November. Voting will take place at Wilstead Village Hall.
Voters will be asked if the Neighbourhood Plan should be used to determine planning applications in the Parish. If the majority of votes are YES then the Plan will be 'made' by the Borough Council and will hold as much weight in decision making as the Bedford Borogh Local Plan. This means that future planning will be influenced by the views of residents collected over the last couple of years which form the basis of our plan. If the result is No, then the Borough will determine what happens.
Please vote to ensure that your say counts.
What is a Neighbourhood Plan?
Quite simply a way for communities to have a say in the future of the places they live and work. A copy of our plan can be found on the Neighbourhood Page of this website.
Next Parish Council Meeting
The next meeting will take place at 7pm on Monday 7th November in the small village hall. The agenda is posted here.
The Parish Council is very pleased to be able to confirm that the external audit has been satisfactorily completed, with no issues found. Documentation can be found here for the completion notice, here for the annual governance return and here for the external completion letter.
Access to Wilstead Woods
Residents of Wilstead have Permissive Access to Wilstead Woods and this is being endangered by off road and quad bikes being ridden through the woods and along the Carriage Drive.
If you know who is doing this please ask them to stop.
If they don't there is a real possibility that public access to the woods will be stopped. The current permission is for pedestrian access only.
If you see anyone riding a motorbike or quad bike (anything with a noisey engine) going into the woods please report it to the Police by phoning 101 and let the Parish Council know.
Updated Planning Portal
BBC have amended the planning portal and guidance notes may be found here.
Wilstead Neighbourhood Plan - Examiner's Report
The proposed plan has been reviewed by the independent examiner and his comments can be seen here.
Have you ever considered building your own home? If so you might want to check out this document where Bedford Borough Council invite you to join their property register.
Following consultation with residents you can view the Parish Council's response to the 2040 Local Plan here.
The current Police priorities for July to September can be found here.
Audit Notice 2022
The latest Audit Notice may be found here. The audit has been satisfactorily concluded and the statement of accounts is published here. The Annual Governance and Accountability return is here and the Audit Report is here. Residents have rights of inspection of these documents. Please get in touch with the Clerk to organise. The Parish Office is open every Monday from 9am to Noon and is to the rear of the Village Hall.
Wanted: Parish Councillors
Please come and help shape your village. Are you interested in the life of Wilstead, your local environment, recreational facilities, local transport, planning and housing issues, just a few of the areas where we get involved to help make a difference to our community.
We currently have one vacancy, will you come and join us?
If you'd like more details please get in touch with Lizzie and see this notice. An application form can be found here.
Next Parish Council Meeting
The next Parish Council meeting has been postponed until Monday 26th September. The agenda can be viewed here.
PCSO 7013 Stephen Tarabella has joined the team working alongside PC Craig Bond covering Group 6 Villages. These are Cardington, Cople, Eastcotts, Elstow, Kempston Hardwick, Ravensden, Renhold, Stewartby, Willington, Wilstead and Wixams.
Register of Interests
The Register of interests may be found here.
External Web Links
Throughout our site you will find links to external websites. Although we make every effort to ensure these links are accurate, up to date and relevant we cannot take responsibility for pages maintained by external providers. We take no responsibility for information contained on external links from this website and and views expressed are not necessarily those of the Council itself.
Reporting Incidents to the Police
There are a few ways to report incidents and information to the Police:
The first is 999 or 101 depending on the immediacy of the situation.
The police have an online reporting function.
There is also CrimeStoppers for anyone who wants to give information without providing their details.
The local community team can be contacted by email. Please can this only be used to get in touch with the team or to let them know of any events taking place, as this isn't to be used for reporting of crime or intelligence.
Click here for Bedford Rutal CPT Facebook page.
And finally, click here for North Bedfordshire's Police Twitter page.
Bedford Borough Council will no longer provide a bin collection schedule. You can download you calendar here. Please remember that orange sacks are also no longer provided, full updates are on the council website.
If your run a not for profit organisation within the village then you may be able to apply for a grant from the Parish Council, application forms are available here.
Other funding streams can be found here.
Welcome to the village, there's lot going on to get involved with. For further information please see our village website which can be found here.