August started with the grand opening of the long awaited Tesco store in Sandy. Mayor Susan Sutton cut the ribbon.
She said: “We stand here today with a dream realised. This new store will increase the viability of our town.”
Work began on the new wind farm in Langford. The ten turbines have now been up and running for several months and they can be seen from the surrounding towns and villages.
The Highways Agency approved a £6.5m improvement scheme at the Black Cat Roundabout on the A1. Delays caused by the roundabout are a nightmare in rush hour. Central Beds Councillor Doreen Gurney, who campaigned for the improvements, was delighted that the plan will become reality.
Keep Britain Tidy gave Stotfold Mill Nature Reserve the Green Flag Award for the second year running. This recognises and rewards the best parks and green spaces in the country.
Malcolm and Valerie Abrey of Beeston won the Best Small Front Garden and Best Large Back Garden categories in Garden of Year. The competition is sponsored by the Biggleswade Chronicle, the Bedfordshire Times and Citizen and Frosts in Willington. The pair were later awarded the overall Garden of the Year category – for the second year running.
The month ended tragically when teenager, William Stringer, was drowned in the River Ivel in Biggleswade. The Stratton Upper School student was out with friends. The 15-year-old’s friends left flowers by the river to remember him. A coroner later recorded William’s death as accidental.