Wilstead’s Rural Nature under Threat!
You should have received a leaflet from Bedford Borough Council by post summarising the proposals for new housing in the Borough up until 2040.
This shows an additional 2100 houses for a “Wixams Extension”.
In fact all these, if built, would be within Wilstead Parish – thus trebling the size of the village.
If this troubles you, if you want to learn more or would like to learn how and what to comment, the Parish Council will be holding a drop-in session at the Village Hall on Sunday morning 10th July from 10.00 until 1.00.
Responses have to be in by July 29th so there is little time.
Find details of the proposals and how to comment at:
Bedford Borough Planning
Bulky Waste Collection 2nd July
Details may be found here and here.
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.
Police Priority Setting
Information on the latet Police priorities for the period May to July can be found here.
Please see latest information here.
Next Parish Council Meeting
The next Parish Council meeting is now Monday 25th July and will take place in the village hall at 7pm. The agenda can be viewed here once available.
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.
Look out for the new notice boards which have been put up in the village. You'll find official notices as well as space for local information to be displayed. If you're posting notices please keep the boards tidy and limit the size of yours to A5. If you'd like to see the before and after photo's they can be found on the Wilstead Community Facebook Group page.
The Parish Council are extremely grateful for the ongoing support from the Wilstead community with the plans to make this year's Christmas decorations even bigger and better. It has been great to see the continued support, and the Parish Council would like to thank the following companies who have very kindly donated money to build on the success of last year's event, enabling there to be an extension of the scheme around the village.
A special thanks goes to:
123floor - Marc and Lorraine Frost
DGM Vehicle Services - Darren McKenna
Driveway Rejuvenation - Raf and Max Contessa
Nigel and Julia Drummond
Liftright Access - Gary Fleckney
Kevin and Anita Moroney
Jerry and Karen Parker
Phil Woskett Landscapes - Phil Woskett
Peter and June Pool
R Maskell Plant Hire - Richard Maskell
South East Security - Chris and Jan Purcell
Stonegates Estate Agents - James and Becky Beard
Wilstead Haulage - Darryl Tutt
Whites Construction - Howard and Marlene White
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.
Mobile Library in Wilstead
For latest information on the mobile library please see here.
Speed Feedback Signs
The Council has recently negotiated the provision of speed indication signs for the village. These will provide a visual deterrent to encourage safer driving and collect data on average speeds which can be used to support our case for additional speed cameras covering Cotton End Road. We are currently waiting for the various licences and poles to be provided by the Borough Council before these can be displayed.
Message from Bedford Borough Council
Bedford Borough Council is Consulting on extending our Public Spaces Protection Orders. Details are as follows:
Public Spaces Protection Orders (PSPO) are intended to deal with a particular nuisance or problem in a particular area that is detrimental to the local community’s quality of life, by imposing conditions on the use of that area which apply to everyone. Bedford Borough Council introduced a PSPO in June 2019 restricting cycling in the town centre of Bedford between 9am and 6pm. The order lasts for a period of three years. This PSPO is due to expire in June 2022 and the Council is considering introducing a new PSPO for a further three years to include the existing cycling restrictions and additional restrictions on e-scooter use (not including mobility scooters) and skateboarding.
What we are consulting on
By introducing the PSPO the Council will be able to continue to take action against individuals that commit this anti-social behaviour and ensure Bedford Borough is a safe and enjoyable place to live, work and visit.
As a result of the increase in use and sale of e-scooters and their well-documented safety concerns for users, fellow road users and pedestrians, the Council has received increasing complaints and concerns from residents about their use in the pedestrianised area of Bedford town centre and our parks and open spaces.
We have also received complaints and concerns from residents about irresponsible skateboarding in Bedford town centre, the associated noise from skateboarding, and the damage to the built environment from skateboarding.
In response to these complaints we are considering introducing a new PSPO with the following restrictions:
Prohibit cycling in the main pedestrian area of Bedford Town Centre from 9am to 6pm.
Prohibit skateboarding in the main pedestrian area of Bedford Town Centre at all times.
Prohibit the riding of an e-scooter in the main pedestrian area of Bedford Town Centre at all times.
Prohibit the riding of an e-scooter in some of our parks and open spaces at all times.
To view the locations where restriction are being considered please visit https://www.bedford.gov.uk/pspoconsultation
How to have your say
Complete an online feedback form here
Write to: Consulting Bedford, Borough Hall, Cauldwell Street, Bedford MK42 9AP
Hard copies are available at all Bedford borough libraries or on request.
We are particularly interested to hear whether you support or oppose our the PSPO and any comments, ideas or alternative suggestions you may have.
Comments should be received by Tuesday 4 January 2022 and may be published.
What happens next
Responses to the consultation will be considered by the Council and a report will be provided to the Executive for a decision in March 2022. Once a decision has been made the website will be updated accordingly, and if the decision is to proceed with extending the orders then the notices will be published.
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.
Planning for the Telecoms Mast
This application has been refused following strong representations from the Parish Council and others, details here.
Local Plan 2040 Consultation
Thanks to everyone who attended the recent open day at the Village Hall. The Parish Council have submitted a robust response to this strategic growth option paper which may be found here.
Audit Notice 2021
The latest Audit Notice may be found here. The audit has been satisfactorily concluded and the statement of accounts is published here. Residents have rights of inspection of these documents. Please get in touch with the Clerk to organise. The office is open every Monday morning to the rear of the village hall from 9am to noon.
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.
Land on Bedford Road
The Parish Council has the opportunity to adopt the piece of land on Bedford Road, next to the balancing pond. It's on the left hand side as you exit the village, where travellers have previously encamped.
The site could potentially be deveoped for recreational activities for the residents of Wilstead and Wixams.
Graeme Coombes, our local Borough Councillor, is investigating funding for development.
The site is large enough for covered seating, perhaps a skate board area, an outdoor gym, a BMX track, a running track etc. Or a combination of some of these. Alternatively it could be planted with trees.
Discussions are currently taking place so this is a real possibility.
We're consulting with residents and potential user groups of all ages as to what could be sourced and installed, funding permitted.
If you have any comments please get in touch here.
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.