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The Potton Town Council Newsletter is published quarterly and the Town Council will keep you informed on this page of any latest news between Newsletters.

  • Potton Hall for All April 19, 2024

    The construction of the Potton Hall for All commenced on Monday 15th April. Cllr Jonathan Price Williams, Chairman of Potton Town Council and Kim Gutteridge, Potton Hall for All Trustee were on site to start things off. Watson & Cox Construction Ltd have been appointed to carry out the construction works of the community building.

    Picture of Kim Gutteridge and Jonathan Price Williams

  • Community Safety Survey – Have Your Say April 9, 2024

    Your voice matters

    Tell Safer Central the issues where you live; is it the dog poop, areas of fly tipping, or do you have serious organised crime happening near you?

    Please join them to improve safety for everyone in Central Bedfordshire. You can help shape the work of the Community Safety Partnership by sharing your views and completing the Safer Central Survey. They ask for your opinions every year to keep them up to date on safety issues in your community. They know that no one knows better what is happening in your immediate area, and with the information you can provide they can work together to make a difference, creating a safer environment for everyone.

    Your opinions really do make a difference to help them focus their work where you, our residents, want to see improvements.

    If you would like to contact the Community Safety Team, please email community.safety@centralbedfordshire.gov.uk.

    Complete the survey.

  • Garden Waste Subscription Service March 28, 2024

    Garden waste collections from April
    If you want to continue with fortnightly garden waste collections from 1st April, you’ll need to sign up now to get the most from Central Bedfordshire Council’s new subscription-only service.

    As of 1st April, you’ll need to subscribe to continue getting a kerbside collection of your garden waste for the spring, summer and autumn months.

    The easiest way to pay is online by debit or credit card on our website, where you’ll also find all the information you need about the service.

    Garden Waste Subscription Service

    How much will it cost?
    The annual subscription is £55 per bin

    Please note:

    • you can have up to three bins (the cost will be £55 per bin)
    • you can sign up at any time in the year, but the cost will remain at
      £55 per bin for collections up to and including 31st March 2025
    • once subscribed, CBC will collect your garden waste fortnightly between now and December, and then resume collections from late February to the end of March 2025

    CBC won’t automatically renew your subscription, so you’ll have the choice of subscribing again next year if you want to continue using the service. They’ll notify you of the charge and payment date before the start of each year.

    Why is the council introducing charges for collecting my garden waste?

    The charge is a response to the financial challenges faced by local councils across the UK – largely caused by inflation and an increasing demand on both children’s services and adult social care. Well over half of councils in the UK already charge for garden waste collection, helping them to protect vital services.

    What if I don’t want to subscribe?

    If you choose not to opt in, you don’t need to do anything – you’ll just stop receiving garden waste collections. You can take your garden waste to your local Household Waste Recycling Centre (tip or dump) or compost it at home in your garden.

    CBC recycling centres are open 7 days a week, 9am-5pm. You can find your nearest recycling centre on the CBC website.

    How will it work?

    CBC will add you to their subscriber database and send you a permit that you just need to stick on your garden waste bin. The collection crews will then know which bins to collect.

    If you currently use a bag to dispose of your garden waste and you have chosen to subscribe to the service, you will be issued you with a green bin.

    How do I subscribe?

    To opt into the new service and order a permit, subscribe online. Just make sure you have a credit or debit card ready.

    Once subscribed, CBC will send you a welcome pack with a leaflet reminding you of what can be taken in the garden waste bin, and your all-important sticker.

    And remember – the service period runs until 31st March 2025 and will cost £55 whenever you join, so to get best value from the service, sign-up now.

    Garden Waste Subscription Service

  • Millennium Path update March 18, 2024

    Areas in Henry Smith Playing Fields are cordoned to keep people safe.  Please stay out of the cordoned off areas in Henry Smith Playing Fields, so that all visitors to the playing fields remain safe.  Please accept our apologies for any inconvenience caused whilst the Millennium path is being replaced.

  • Millennium Path works March 6, 2024


    Work has started on replacing the Millennium footpath in Henry Smith Playing Fields this morning (6th March).

    To allow access to the dog waste bin, the bin has been relocated to the railings on The Causeway.

    Please accept our apologies for any inconvenience caused.

  • Vacancies for two Potton Town Councillors March 6, 2024

    There are vacancies for two Town Councillors which close at 9am on Monday 29th April 2024.

    There are also current vacancies for a General Assistant, Potton Youth Councillors and Town Council Newsletter delivery rounds.

    For more information and details of how to apply click here.

  • Market Superintendent Vacancy February 27, 2024

    We are looking to appoint an enthusiastic and reliable person to supervise the operation of the SEASONAL markets.

    Please click here for more details.

  • General Assistant Vacancy February 27, 2024

    We are looking to appoint an enthusiastic and reliable General Assistant to carry out caretaking, maintenance and ground-keeping activities.

    Please click here for more details.

  • MMR Information January 29, 2024


    UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) has reported an increase in measles across the country and is encouraging people to check that they and their children have had two doses of the Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR) vaccine. The free MMR vaccine is a safe and effective way of protecting against measles, as well as mumps and rubella.

    It’s important for parents to take up the offer of MMR vaccination for their children when offered at 1 year of age and as a pre-school booster at three years, four months of age. If children and young adults have missed these vaccinations in the past, it’s important to take up the vaccine now from GPs, particularly in light of the recent cases.

    Check your child’s Red Book to see if they’ve received MMR vaccinations as scheduled or check with your GP surgery if you’re unsure.

    Anyone with symptoms is also being advised to stay at home and phone their GP or NHS 111 for advice.

    Measles symptoms to be aware of include:

    · high fever
    · sore, red, watery eyes
    · coughing
    · aching and feeling generally unwell
    · a blotchy red brown rash, which usually appears after the initial symptoms.

    For more information about measles, see the NHS website: Measles – NHS (www.nhs.uk)

    Leaflet download
    UKHSA MMR A5 leaflet English

  • Market Square EV Parking Bays January 16, 2024

    At the Town Council meeting on Tuesday 9th January 2024, the confusion around parking in the Market Square EV parking bays was discussed.

    Following the meeting, the Town Clerk has made a request to Central Bedfordshire Council’s (CBC) Senior Sustainable Transport Officer, of the Sustainable Transport and Active Travel Department, to mark the dedicated EV charging bays with the additional word ‘ONLY’ to try to avoid the confusion caused to people parking in the Square.

    CBC Cllr Tracey Wye posted the following message on Facebook on 28th November 2023.
    “Potton Market Square Tickets Cancelled
    When it was reported that a number of drivers were issued fines for parking in the EV bays on the Market Square, I contacted CENTRAL BEDFORDSHIRE COUNCIL to find out what was going on.
    I got officers to investigate and as a result five out of the seven tickets have been cancelled.
    They will also be ensuring traffic wardens are reminded that only two of the parking bays are for EV only, the rest can be used by drivers of petrol, diesel or electric vehicles.
    Parking in the square is free for up to two hours, no return within two hours, Monday-Saturday, between 8am and 6pm.
    Electric vehicles can be parked in EV bays for up to six hours if they are charging.”


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