Fears that alleyways in the town may lose public status

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Central Bedfordshire Council is consulting with residents of Biggleswade to include the town centre on the Council’s Definitive Map and Statement of public rights of way.

The Council is inviting residents to three drop in sessions in Biggleswade and has recently written to over 400 residents who live next to alleyways in central Biggleswade to inform them of its plans.

The three drop in sessions will be held at:

>Biggleswade Library on Saturday 7 November between 9:30 – 12

>Biggleswade Town Council on Tuesday 10 November between 12 and 2pm

>Biggleswade Library on Saturday 14 November between 2pm and 4pm

The timing of the consultation ties in with the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000 and more recent Deregulation Act 2015.

An unforeseen consequence of this law is that many urban alleyways, if not already recorded, may lose their public status in 2026. Central Bedfordshire Council is consequently looking ahead to protect public access in central Biggleswade.

Cllr Brian Spurr, Executive Member for Community Services said: “We would like to hear from residents who feel they have routes next to them which are either public right of way or not..”

Contact Adam Maciejewski, the Senior Definitive Map Officer by e-mail at adam.maciejewski@centralbedfordshire.gov.uk or on 0300 300 6530 or by writing to the Rights of Way Team at Priory House, Chicksands. A user evidence form is available from the Council’s website under Definitive Maps.