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Keypad and code entry system has been fitted to the Windmill by Bedford Borough Council. At the time of writing the system for gaining access to the Windmill via the code is unknown. Please be patient while this is established.
See the minutes of Stevington Parish Council 11th September 2019 for details of the visit of M Birtles, Bedford Borough Council to the meeting
The reason for fitting a more secure access system is for Health and Safety and to protect the Windmill while it is undergoing renovation.
Further work is needed on the sails before the Windmill can be turned. The planned maintenance and operation training for the newly formed group 'Friends of Stevington Windmill' has therefore been postponed.
LOCAL PLAN 2030
Bedford Borough Council have submitted Local Plan 2030 for government inspection. They hope that the plan will be 'made' later in 2019. Work on the plan for 2030+ is also underway. Residents should be aware that pressure to build in North Bedfordshire villages continues.
You may remember that a previous plan included a much larger development in 'Colworth' which has been withdrawn. The current plan meets government housing targets by including smaller developments in villages. Bromham, Clapham, Great Barford and Sharnbrook will have 500 new homes each by 2030. Carlton, Harrold, Milton Ernest, Oakley, Roxton, Turvey and Willington will have 25-50 new homes each by 2030.
Residents should be aware of the context in which the Local Plan has been developed. Click here to link to a BBC report on National housing policy.
New Stevington Parish Council policy documents have been published in the Policies section of this website. Please click on the left hand menu to see them.
The Priority Services Register provides, free, extra support to those who need it during a power cut. If you think you, or someone you know needs extra support follow the link below to see if you qualify.
NEW NATIONAL POWER CUT NUMBER - 105
A new national power cut number (105) has been launched to help people contact the company that looks after their electricity network. This would be UK Power Networks for London, the East and South East of England.
The number, which is available to electricity customers in England, Scotland and Wales, will enable people to report or get information about power cuts as well as report damage to electricity power lines and substations that could put themselves, or someone else, in danger. 105 is funded and delivered by the electricity network operators, and is a first for the UK’s energy industry. As well as calling 105, people can find more information on the website: http://www.powercut105.com/
ALDERMAN NEWTON'S EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATION - GRANTS AVAILABLE
You, or someone you know, may be interested in the above Charity which seeks to assist young people, normally in the age range of 13 - 25 years old, who live in the Borough of Bedford, with grants for educational purposes such as the purchase of text books, equipment or special clothing needed in connection with a course. There is no deadline for applications as the programme runs throughout the year.
Full details and an application form are available on the Bedford Borough Council website.
Renovation and repair work was completed in 2018 by Dorothea Restoration: Architectural Ironwork specialist, paid for by a grant from the Mayor of Bedford. Dorothea Managing Director, John Wallis, will be returning to Stevington in the summer of 2019 to carry out a handover to Bedford Borough Council and to train a newly formed group of Friends of Stevington Windmill in maintenance and operation of the Windmill.
The Mill will be open for viewing during the Heritage Open Days period of 13th-22nd September 2019 and will celebrate its 250th Anniversary in 2020. If you are interested in being involved in the future of Stevington Windmill in any way, please get in touch.
LORRIES USING SILVER STREET
Large vehicles are still accessing Stevington via Silver Street from the A428. The Parish Council is working on preventing this and would like your help. If you see an unsuitable vehicle using this route please take it's registration number and report it to us along with the date and time you saw it. If there is a company name on the vehicle that would also be helpful as we could contact them direct. You could take a photograph if you have a mobile phone with you. Please contact us at email@example.com
Bottle Bank Please note that the bottle bank is sited in the farm entrance halfway up Court Lane. Our thanks go to Tony Kinns for making this site available. Please ensure that the bottle bank site is kept tidy. Please take away your bags, boxes and lids after depositing your bottles.
If the bottle bank is full, please check both sides first, then if you still can't use it, please take your bottles home and advise the clerk on at firstname.lastname@example.org She will arrange replacement which normally happens within 48 hours. Please do NOT leave bags or boxes of empty bottle beside the bottlle bank.
The Stevington Village website, is run by Robert Eadie, on www.stevington.org.uk. Robert's intention is for this site to develop into a central point for village information linking to the other various village organisation websites and other sites of interest. This Parish Council website will remain the port of call for specific Parish Council information.
This News page is for the Parish Council to tell you about specific items of interest, and for you to add your own items of news.
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