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Petitions

Bedford Borough Council's e-petitions facility enables members of the public to sign or submit petitions online.

If sufficient signatures are received, these petitions may go forward to be considered by the full Council.

Petitions Register

The Petitions Register and link to Questions Template have been produced to provide information about the petitions that have been formally presented to the Council and their outcomes, and the option to provide notice of questions which residents may wish to put at Council meetings.

Further information about the Council's procedures for dealing with petitions and putting questions is available online.   

Members of the public can also:

You can also refer your question direct to the relevant Department, such as a question concerning a current planning application.

Further information

Please contact the Democratic and Members Team if you need further assistance.

Summary of
Purpose
of Petition

Number of
Signatories
Name of Organiser
Date of
Presentation and presenter's name (if different)
Relevant Council
Ward(s)/
Ward Councillors

Responsible Head(s) of Service

Report to Petitioner(or reason if rejected)

To request the Council to install double yellow lines at the junction of Bunyans Mead and High Street, Elstow.

38

E White

10/10/18
Cllr Hill

Elstow and Stewartby: Cllr Hill

Director of Environment and Chief Officer for Planning and Highways
Request the Council to stop the damaging proposed restructure of the three schools (Cauldwell, Shackleton, Shortstown) which proposes... *To scrap local governing bodies * To abolish the current position of Headteacher in each of the primary schools. We believe that proposal will put educational standards and the safeguarding of children at risk. We call on Bedford Borough Council to take this petition forward to the Heart Mat Trustees and object to the proposals.

Deirdre Murphy

03/10/18

Cauldwell and Eastcotts:

Cllrs Charles, Oliver and Gallagher

Chief Officer for Education, SEND and Schools Infrastructure
Safety of older residents and problematic parking in and around Gordon Collins House, Bamford Road, Bedford.

George Sydney Duck

Kingsbrook:

Cllr Gerard and Cllr Saunders

Andrew Prigmore
The 37% total increase of bus fare for 2018/19 for out-of-catchment students attending Holywell Middle School, Cranfield. Herberts Travel increased total fares from 388 to £807.50 per student per academic year.y

71

Jade Gaynor

26/08/18

Elstow, Kempston and Kempston Rural:

Cllr Royden

Chris Pettifer
To lower the speed limit from 30mph to 20mph on The Highway

110

Shortstown Primary School Council and Gail Whitehouse

27/07/18

Eastcotts:

Cllr Sarah-Jayne Holland

Director of Environment
To request that a full consultation be conducted for a one-way system in the Park Road, Thornton Street, and Littledale Street, Kempston area

143

Mr Avatir Singh

26/07/18

Kempston Central and East:Councillors Boutall and Nawaz

Councillors Royden and Rider

Director of Environment
To request speed ramps on Park Road, Kempston, Bedford

36

24/07/18

Kempston Central & East:

Councillors Boutall and Nawaz

Director of Environment
To request a safe crossing point to enable pupils attending Brickhill Primary School, St Thomas Moore Upper School and Mark Rutherford Upper School to cross Kimbolton Road safely at peak travel time.

253

Tolu Osula

20/06/18

Brickhill:

Councillors Royden and Rider

Director of Environment Chief Officer for Transport

1. That the petition be noted and accepted, and in response, that the Governing Body of Brickhill Primary School be encouraged to reconvene a meeting with the Portfolio Holder, Council Officers and the local Ward Councillors, which they cancelled, to help the Council to deliver a speedy solution to the road safety issue on Kimbolton Road.

2. That the Governing Body be asked to ensure that all the individuals who had signed the petitions were written to by the school to advise them of why the meeting had been cancelled.

To request the removal of a hazardous Cockspur Thorn Tree on Southville Road, Bedford

35

Kuldeep Klaire 

10/04/18

Cauldwell:

Councillors Charles and Oliver

Chief Officer  Environment

The Council recognises the good work undertaken by the Council’s arboricultural team to look after and increase the number of trees in the Borough and specifically with regard to the tree outside 43 Southville Road, that this tree should be subject to ongoing regular inspections in line with the Council’s three yearly scheduled programme, as well as regular clearing up and removal of the berries which fall underneath the tree.

To request support of Grant Palmer Number 20/21 Bus Service on Woodlands Park

Chris Bailes

16/02/18

Great Barford: Councillors Corp and Moon

Director of Environment / Chief Officer Transport Council debate 28.02.18
To request that the planning permission for Colworth Garden Village (Local Plan 2035) is refused due to numerous issues

Ryan Hammersley

13/02/18

n/a

Chief Officer Planning and Highways No further action in respect of the Council's Petition Scheme.  Referred petitioner to the Local Plan Consultation period and link to the consultation document.
To request speed calming measures on Avon Drive, Waveney Avenue and Brickhill Drive, Bedford

77

Cherelle Murden

10/01/18

Brickhill:

Councillors Royden and Rider

Director of Environment Council debate 07.02.18

To request the installation or relocation of lighting in Play areas around Bedford

0

Matt Faraday

24/11/17

n/a

Director of Environment

No further action - however the Director of Environment is aware of the request

To request a review of all aspects of Highway safety relating to the A6 Highway from Paula Radcliffe Way to the County boundary with Northamptonshire.

72

Cllr McMurdo

23/11/17

Sharnbrook:

Cllr McMurdo and Riseley: Cllr Towler

Chief Officer Planning and Highways

Council debate 17.1.18

To request the petition to be considered by the Planning Committee re. application 16/03265/FUL and to seek support for the deferral or withdrawal of the application until a full consultation with residents is undertaken about the long term future of the site.

89

14/11/17

Queens Park:

Cllrs Masud & Yasin

Chief Officer Planning and Highways

To Directorate to respond as part of the planning process.

To request, in response to consultation regarding possible controlled parking zones A&B, one side of street to be reserved for residents and to be provided free of charge.

198

25/10/17

Cllr Fletcher

Castle:

Cllrs Fletcher & Reale

Director of Environment

To Directorate to respond as part of the consultation.

To request increase in brightness of new LED lights in Riverfield Drive area, Bedford.

39

Saverio Bongo

11/10/17

Newnham:

Cllrs Carofano and Mingay

Director of Environment

Council debate 6.12.17 resolved:

That the Portfolio Holder be recommended to review the provision of LED street lamps in the Riverfield Drive area to determine whether any improvements could be made

To request action to stop litter in/around Aspects Leisure Centre and river bank.

38

Saverio Bongo

11/10/17

Newnham:

Cllrs Carofano and Mingay

Director of Environment

Council debate 6.12.17 resolved:

That the Council supported a zero tolerance approach to littering, that increased enforcement was to be encouraged and that the Portfolio Holder be recommended to give specific attention to the area near to the Aspects Leisure Centre, in terms of enforcement and litter collection. 

To request that the Council does not close Southway Nursery

221 website

75

Linda Littler

11/10/17

Cauldwell:

Cllrs Charles and Oliver

Director of Children's Services

To Directorate to respond as part of the consultation.

To introduce a CPZ in Great Denham and have it properly patrolled and enforced.

72

Joanne Ruskin

e-petition to

27 November 2017

Kempston Rural:

Cllr Smith

Director of Environment

Petition withdrawn by organiser as content with current draft proposals to improve parking situation in Great Denham.

To request the Council's assistance in approaching the owner of trees in Molly Moore Ave gardens, Kempston to make them safe.

25

Cllr W Hunt

28/09/17

Kempston West:

Cllr W Hunt

Director of Environment

To Directorate to respond:

They will write to landowner and advise them to carry out periodic inspections of trees using a qualified contractor and to act on any of their recommendations.

To request zone parking in (Lower) Salisbury Street.

23

Cass Knight

19/09/17

Harpur:

Cllrs Atkins & Jackson

Director of Environment

To Directorate to respond

To request a RPZ in Castle Ward.

106

Graeme Molloy

e-petition to

27 October 2017

Castle:

Cllrs Fletcher & Reale

Director of Environment

Council debate 6.12.17 resolved:

That the Portfolio Holder be recommended to request the Highways Team to produce a survey of the parking issues in the Castle Road area and to prepare a briefing note to the Portfolio Holder which he could consider, and then discuss with Ward Councillors, with a view to bringing forward a proposal, noting the limited resources which were available.

To request that the Mayor arranges a public meeting concerning the social care needs of older people.

49

Ian Pettit

13/09/17

n/a

n/a

Council debate 11.10.17 Resolved: That the call for outside public meetings and discussion, in addition to those already frequently held inside the Council be welcomed and that the Council and Councillors alike, express support to ensure the continuing protection of the elderly, who are among the most vulnerable members of society.

To request that planning application no. 17/02101/FUL is rejected and re-considered under a new planning policy when the Local Plan 2035 is implemented

132

Organiser unknown

21/08/17

Wyboston:

Cllr Wootton

Assistant Director of Planning

Will be considered as part of the Planning process.

Request to stop 93 houses being built on Lower Farm Road, Bromham, Green Field Land

0

Richard Orrell

e-petition to

1 October 2017

Bromham and Biddenham:

Cllrs Gambold and Rigby

Assistant Director of Planning

To be considered as part of the Planning process.  No further action as petition not supported.

Request to reverse the decision to reduce the subsidy for post 16 age school transport

136

Martyn Wady

08/08/17

n/a

Director of Children's Services

Council debate 11.10.17. Resolved:

(1)          That the petition regarding post-16 school transport be noted.

(2)          That the Government’s actions in cutting the Council’s Revenue Support Grant from over £30 million in 2015 to just £5.8 million in 2019 has made this unwanted change in policy unavoidable.  

(3)          That it be noted that the Council was continuing to provide a bus service for all eligible post-16 students to attend school, in contrast to nearby Councils which provided no standard post-16 transport and thereby forced students into making their own travel arrangements.

(4)          That the Mayor be requested to write, with any local MPs who wished to add their name, to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government seeking the reversal of devastating cuts which were impacting on families right now and that the responses be shared with petition respondents.

Protest at unacceptable impact on existing inadequate infrastructure and inappropriate location for growth

52

Sharnbrook Farm Shop

06/07/17

Cllr Foster

Various Wards:

Clapham, Riseley, Sharnbrook and Wyboston

Assistant Director of Planning

Will be considered as part of the Local Plan 2035 process.

Objection to Appendix 5 of Local Plan 2035 - oppose sites which are rural/agricultural

121

Sarah Fogarty

12/06/17

Kempston Rural:

Cllr Smith

Assistant Director of Planning

Will be considered as part of the Local Plan 2035 process.

Objection to some specific provisions of Local Plan 2035 around Cleat Hill nos. 189 and 491

82

Dr T Kamyar

14/06/17

Great Barford:

Cllrs Corp and Moon

Assistant Director of Planning

Will be considered as part of the Local Plan 2035 process.

Objection to some specific provisions of Local Plan 2035 nos. 29 and 691

40

Prof. S Ackroyd

14/06/17

Bromham and Biddenham:

Cllrs Gambold and Rigby

Assistant Director of Planning

Will be considered as part of the Local Plan 2035 process.

Request to address lack of free transport for children of  Cople and Willington, to Mark Rutherford Upper School

210

Joyce Tucker

12/06/17

Great Barford:

Cllrs Corp and Moon

Director of Children's Services

Cople and Willington to be added to the policy as exceptions to allow free school transport to Mark Rutherford Upper School

Request to re-direct traffic from Cambridge Road, Bedford to Wallis Way

33

Damian Warburton

25/07/17

Kingsbrook:

Cllrs Gerard and Saunders

Eastcotts:

Cllr Holland

Director of Environment

Council debate 11.10.17

Resolved:

(1)          That a further speed survey be carried out along Cambridge Road within 12 months of the installation of the 30mph extension.

(2)          That the re-designation of Wallis Way as the A5134 and downgrade the status of Cambridge Road be investigated which will reduce the number of ‘sat-nav’ related journeys being directed onto Cambridge Road.

(3)          That the signing on the approach to Cambridge Road be reviewed to discourage through traffic.

(4)          That once the above actions have been completed the Council will re-evaluate their effect and determine whether there is a need for further consideration.

Request for CPZ in Eastville Rd area of Bedford

53

Ros Hawkins

12/07/17

Cllr Oliver

Cauldwell:

Cllrs Charles and Oliver

Director of Environment

Council debate 11.10.17

Resolved:

That it be acknowledged that the request for the introduction of a CPZ in Churchville Road, Maryville Road, Eastville Road and Southville Road, Bedford, had already been placed on the Council’s list of roads that will be considered for a CPZ and it will be considered for funding as and when monies become available for parking schemes.

Request to review the planning proposals for Marston Vale Innovation Park

166

Michelle Dyson

21/04/17

Wootton:

Cllr Wheeler

Asst Director (Planning)

Will be considered as part of the Planning process.

Request that the charge for maintenance of open space is deferred until debated by the Council and all facilities in the country park are open

96

e-petition

to 14.5.17

03/04/17

Mark Weeden

Kempston Rural:

Cllr Smith

Asst Chief Finance Officer

Considered with petition below.

Request that the charge for maintenance of open space be re-considered.

136

Mr G Insogna

Mr M Salisbury

22/03/17

Cllr Smith

Kempston Rural:

Cllr Smith

Asst Chief Finance Officer

Council debate 12.7.17 RESOLVED:

That Council notes the ongoing communication between the Council and the community on this matter, and thanks the Parish Council and local residents for their engagement with the Council.   Council expresses its disappointment that many residents were unaware of their liability for this charge, which is included in the Title Deeds for each property and which should have been explained to them at the time they purchased their property.  Council further notes that over 75% of residents have paid, or are paying the charge, and thanks those who have done so.  Council undertakes to provide maximum possible transparency to residents in respect of the use of the funds raised via the charge, including accounts displaying income and expenditure.  Council undertakes to continue to engage with the Town and Parish Councils and Residents' Groups, with Ward Councillors and with residents directly on this matter.

Request urgent repairs to pavement and road surfaces Pollards Close Wilstead

31

22/02/17

Cllr Coombes

Wilshamstead;

Cllr Coombes

Exec Director for Environment & Sustainable Communities

Council 22.3.17 RESOLVED:

That this Council acknowledges the need to resurface the pavement and road surface in Pollards Close, Wilstead.  There are several areas where the road is failing, at the junction and on the inside of the bend.  The Council is arranging for these areas to be repaired in order to keep the road safe.  This work will be carried out in the next 6 weeks.  In accordance with the Council’s Transport Asset Management Plan the long term programme of Highways Maintenance work is currently under review and Members will shortly be consulted on schemes to be included in that programme.

The request of the Ward Member to the Council to include works to Pollard Close in the next long term Highways Maintenance Programme (which commences in 2018/19) is noted.

Request further CPZ's in Prime Minister's area (zone K)

47

e-petition to 22.5.17

22/02/17

Eleanor Ibbott

Harpur:

Cllrs Atkins & Jackson

Exec Director for Environment & Sustainable Communities

Council 12 July 2017 RESOLVED: That the request for a CPZ in the Prime Ministers’ area be added to the list of other requests for parking schemes until such time as funding became available. 

Request extension to alcohol free zone into Queen's Park and for local authority to monitor situation

173

Eric Masih

07/12/16

Queen's Park:

Cllrs Masud & Yasin

Head of Democratic & Registration Services

There are on-going discussions concerning this matter and further meetings are to be arranged.  However an extension to the Alcohol Zone would not seem to be a practical suggestion bearing in mind it is unlikely to be enforced.

To express concerns on the proposed digital operating model for libraries

351

Project 229

21.10.16

Kempston Central & East:

Cllrs Boutall & Nawaz

Exec Director for Environment & Sustainable Communities

Executive 2 November 2016 RESOLVED:

1. That, having considered the result of the consultation, the following be approved:

2. That the Council, in order to meet the challenges of reduced budget provision, believes that a “no change option” for library services is not viable.

3. Models 1 (A commissioned service) and 2 (A community supported service) are not considered appropriate for implementation at this point in time.

4. That Model 4 is renamed the ‘Library Plus’ Model and that this model is trialled at Bedford Central Library, Bromham Library and Wootton Library.

5. That Model 3 (A reduction in opening hours by 9.5hrs/library/week) is introduced at Putnoe and Kempston libraries.

6. That the Mobile Library and Library link service be reconfigured to deliver a more efficient service.

7. That the reference from the Environment and Sustainable Communities Overview and Scrutiny Committee be accepted.

Request for RPZ or CPZ in Garfield Street

52

Graham Beckett

12.10.16

Harpur:

Cllrs Atkins & Jackson

Exec Director for Environment & Sustainable Communities

Council debate 7.12.16:

To add request to other similar schemes when funding becomes available

Request assistance re. parking issues: Rutland Road, Grafton Road and Gibbons Road

6

e-petition to 18.10.16

Shofikul Islam

6.9.16

Castle:

Cllrs Fletcher & Reale

Exec Director for Environment & Sustainable Communities

Directorate working with Residents Association to try to increase parking in the area eg. reducing length of yellow lines.  No