Kerbside collection of household garden waste will be suspended across Central Bedfordshire over the winter months.

The collections will be suspended from Monday, 4 December 2017 until Friday 2, March 2018 inclusive. Residents are encouraged to check their last garden waste collection date for their area, which will be either the week commencing Monday 20 or Monday 27 November.

The decision to stop the kerbside collection service during the quietest time of the year for garden waste was made as part of the council’s financial planning process, and comes as a result of Government funding cuts. Council Tax alone doesn’t raise enough to cover all the services the council provides, and so the council focuses on delivering services that meet the periods of high demand, in this case restricting garden waste collections to during the growing season. 

Residents can use our tidy tips or compost at home over the winter

During the suspension, garden waste can still be recycled at the council’s recently improved Household Waste Recycling Centres (tidy tips).

Alternatively, residents with enough space in their gardens are encouraged to compost at home. All Central Bedfordshire residents are eligible for a discount on compost bins and accessories under a council scheme to encourage composting.

16:13, 24 Oct 2017 by James Stirling

Posted on 13 September 2017


 Annual Return for the year ended 31st March 2017

Sections 20(2) and 25 of the Local Audit and Accountability Act 2014

The Accounts and Audit (England) Regulations 2015 (SI 2015/234)

The audit of accounts for the Stondon Parish Council for the year ended 31 March 2017 has been completed and the accounts have been published.

The Annual Return is available for inspection by any local government elector of the area of Clophill Parish Council on application to:


Mr James Stirling, Clerk and Resonsible Finicial Officer

17:41, 13 Sep 2017 by James Stirling

Study Shows Henlow/Stondon is the Safest Post Town in the East of England


Stondon and Henlow (as part of the SG16 postcode) is the safest post town in the East of England, according to a recent study by consumer-research group ValuePenguin. Those living in the SG16 postcode district (which includes Lower Stondon, Upper Stondon, Henlow and Henlow Camp) can take comfort knowing they’re less likely to be the victim of a crime, according to data collected between March 2016 and March 2017.

Under the protection of the Bedfordshire Police, the Henlow post town came in 1st with the lowest overall crime score out of the 122 East of England post towns included in the study, which considered post towns with 3,000 residents or more. Henlow’s overall crime score of 798 is 61% lower than the East of England’s average crime score of 2,043.

The overall crime score is composed of a violent crime factor and a property crime factor. Henlow ranked a solid 1st in violent crime safety with an effective rate of 624 violent crimes per 100k residents, boasting a score 66% lower than the East of England average. In terms of property crime, Henlow came in 7th out of the 122 post towns included in the study, with a property crime rate equivalent to 1,494 incidents per 100k residents.

In the full study you can see how other post towns in the East of England rank and learn about the methodology used to determine the crime scores.

The safest places in the East of England behind Henlow are Knebworth, Melton Constable, Welwyn and Hockley – all small to medium post towns. Among large post towns with populations greater than 50,000, Ely ranked 1st as the safest place with a crime score of 1,368, followed by Hitchin, Bishop’s Stortford, Leighton Buzzard and Huntingdon.



10:08, 04 Aug 2017 by James Stirling


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