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Council Tax 2018/19

“The challenge of providing public services remains a challenge and they are widely reported in the media daily. As a Parish Council we are not immune and continue to provide the best possible services to the local community at the best possible price, we believe that we have done this very well over the past few years.  In that regard we have not increased our precept in the Council Tax for over 3 years, in fact last year we reduced it by 26% as we felt that we could manage accordingly.

You will find below a summary of the charges over the past 3 years and see how the contribution has been reduced.  An increase of 7.6% can be seen for this year however due to the increased housing occupation in real terms this is reduced.


Band A 2016/2017 householder pays £160.58

Band A 2017/18 householder pays £117.89

Band A 2018/19 householder pays £84.81.

We now have many challenges ahead with maintaining the community Village Hall, increased green areas, improving street lighting and the general up keep of Stewartby & Kempston Hardwick with an increased population. We understand that increases are unwelcome but with the past freeze on increases we now need an increase of 7.6% per house per year to allow us to manage our Parish to the standards people expect.”








Holiday Activities this February at The Higgins, Bedford

Holiday Activities this February at The Higgins Bedford

There is plenty happening at The Higgins Bedford this February half-term.

Holiday activities are taking inspiration from ‘A Walk in the Woods’ exhibition at the art gallery and museum with a woodland themed creature feature, sponsored by Polam School.  These will include a visit from real woodland creatures to the museum, some Valentines arts and crafts, and a workshop to create a stunning mosaic tile.

There will also be free identification walks and craft activities with Jo Roberts from the Forest of Marston Vale, sponsored by Oxford Brookes University.

Cllr Sarah-Jayne Holland, Portfolio Holder for Leisure and Culture said “Get involved with all the woodland activities at The Higgins Bedford during half term and take the opportunity to visit the ‘A Walk in the Woods’ exhibition before it finishes on 25th February.”

There is plenty to keep children entertained during the half-term, and they can also eat free at The Higgins Pantry. Children eat free from the kids menu, with one paying adult ordering a main course or light lunch per child.

Half Term Events:

Tuesday 13th February- Teaching Talons will be at the museum with some real woodland creatures for families to meet and discover more about. Sessions start at 11am, noon and 2pm. Cost- £2.70 per child

Wednesday 14th February- Local artist Damon Poulton will be helping children create a woodland themed valentines card. Sessions start at 11am, noon and 2pm. Cost- £2.70 per child

Thursday 15th February- Tree identification walks and craft activities with walks starting at 11am, 12noon, 2 and 3pm. Cost- free.

Friday 16th February it will be time to create a stunning mosaic tile with Qemamu Mosaics. Sessions start at 11am, noon and 2pm. Cost- £2.70 per child

There is no need to book and all children must be accompanied by an adult.

Covanta – EA grant permit

The Environment Agency have published their decision to grant Covanta its permit to operate.  This is very sad news for the local community who have campaigned hard to object to the permit being granted.  Full details of the permit can be found here