In June plans were revealed to build a multi-storey car park in Bonds Lane, Biggleswade.
The car park would have 220 spaces and it would sit above a new superstore. Biggleswade Chamber of Trade chaairman Martin Thomas said it could go a long way towards solving the town’s ongoing parking problems. It is not yet known whether the development will go ahead.
The communities of Biggleswade and Sandy turned out in force to support their summer carnivals. Biggleswade’s theme was books and Sandy’s was Hollywood.
Central Beds Council gave planning permission for 150 homes and a community hall off Biggleswade Road in Potton. The need for a hall has been the subject of much controversy within the town. Potton will gain around £719,000 Section 106 money.
Statistics released by Public Health England’s Longer Lives website revealed that you are more likely to die prematurely in Central Beds and Bedford Borough than in most similar authorities. The data showed how deaths from major killers such as cancer and heart disease vary across England. Central Beds ranked 14th out of 15 similar local authorities in the ‘least deprived’ category and Bedford Borough came 14th out of 15 authorities in the ‘less deprived’ category. But Cambridgeshire did much better, coming third out of the 15 ‘least deprived’ local authorities.
Gloria Crossley of Potton was awarded a British Empire Medal in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List for her tireless work at St John the Baptist Church in Cockayne Hatley. She has devoted more than 20 years to conserving and refurbishing the church.
A Bingo player won a huge national win at Flutters Bingo hall in Biggleswade. The Arlesey woman, who plays regularly, went home £29,000 richer.