Review of the year 2013: March

Protestors at a Gypsy and Traveller site meeting least year

Protestors at a Gypsy and Traveller site meeting least year

Gypsy and Traveller sites were back on the agenda at a charged public meeting in March.

Hundreds of protesters descended on Central Beds Council’s Chicksands headquarters as one of its committees was due to discuss potential new sites.

Decisions on sites are currently on hold.

Bus passengers were left high and dry after afternoon services were axed.

Herberts Travel decided to cut all services after 2.30pm from Biggleswade’s bus station, saying they were no longer financially viable.

A family was forced to flee their home after flames engulfed the first floor of the house. Louise Demetriou was at home with her toddler son and mother in law when the fire broke out.

Neighbours were also evacuated during the blaze, which saw firefighters spending hours bringing the fire under control.

The fire was estimated to have caused around £10,000 of damage. Fortunately no one was harmed.

March also saw some big retail news – with M&S and Next confirming they were planning to move in to the new Biggleswade retail park.

Developers LXB, who are revamping the London Road Retail Park, exchanged contracts with the two companies – quashing rumours that interest from M&S has cooled. They also indicated that more houshold name retailers were showing an interest in coming to the town.

Matalan also confirmed that they would continue trading at the retail park.




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