Category: Wixams

Surge testing deployed to control spread of COVID-19 variant in Bedford Borough

Surge testing is being rolled out to selected areas of Bedford Borough. This follows the publication of Government figures showing that Bedford Borough has the third highest COVID-19 rate in the country, with 128 cases per 100,000 people in the population.

Working in partnership with NHS Test and Trace, everyone, adults and children, living in the Kingsbrook, Cauldwell and Queens Park areas of Bedford Borough and the village of Wixams, are strongly encouraged to take a PCR COVID-19 test this week, even if they are not showing symptoms.

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Wixam Park planning application submitted following public consultation

Following a public consultation in 2020, O&H, the master developer, has submitted an outline planning application to Central Bedfordshire Council for the development of Wixam Park. The planning application is for up to 1,200 dwellings of a mix a sizes, types, and tenures, including an elderly care facility and provision for affordable housing.

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Consultation on proposals for delivering Wixam Park

Residents from Houghton Conquest, Wixams and the wider Central Bedfordshire area are being asked to submit their thoughts on proposals by O&H Land, for a new community that could see up to 1,200 new homes along with education and community facilities, employment and large public and green spaces.

The developers said that the vision for Wixam Park is to deliver a ‘sustainable community’ that will link residents to the future Countryside Park – an area of green open space, available to the public and designed to promote biodiversity.

The site is located to the south of the new settlement of Wixams, which is working to deliver around 4,500 new homes in Bedfordshire. Wixams is the single largest development in Bedfordshire, and Wixam Park will increase its capacity by up to 1,200 more homes under these proposals.

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Nearly every Bedford Borough Council play area to open

From this weekend, all Bedford Borough Council play areas will be open apart from the Kingfisher play area in Wixams.

The Council has been working to get its over 120 play areas ready for reopening, in line with Government guidance to keep the public safe.

This work has included the removal of some equipment to help maintain social distancing and getting signage ready to publicise the rules that people must follow to stay safe when using the play equipment.

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The Great Spiny Norman’s Hedgehog Support 300km fundraiser

Ollie Yates, a Year 9 student from Bedford School, has beat the lockdown blues by setting himself a huge challenge to raise money for Spiny Norman’s Hedgehog Support which rescues and rehabilitates poorly hedgehogs.

His grand finale is to finish with a half marathon ending at Spiny Normans Hedgehog Support in Wyboston on Saturday 27 June. Ollie has visited Spiny Norman’s (which moved from Wixams to larger premises in Wyboston) where he was able to feed some tiny hoglets and meet some of the residents there.

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