About Eastcotts Parish

Eastcotts Parish consists of the villages of Cotton End and Shortstown, and the hamlets of Harrowden and Herring's Green.  It is situated to the south-east of Bedford, where the A600 road used to run through it.  Eastcotts is one of the oldest parishes, created in 1894.  It boasts two village halls, a Baptist Church, one pub, two schools, two huge airship sheds which can be seen for miles around,  Shocott Spring - a woodland created as part of the Forest of Marston Vale - and has Elstow Brook running through the northern end. There are 6 farms in the parish, as well as the established Exeter Wood. The total number of people on the electoral roll in December 2017 is 3,338:  646 in Cotton End and 2692 in Shortstown and Harrowden.  Eastcotts is expanding with the Bellway's development where the A600 has been diverted and now runs between the phases 1, 2 & 3 of the new build of Shortstown. 

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Wanted Cotton End & Shortstown Parish Councillors
 
Do you have a few spare hours per month?  What does a councillor do?  They make decisions on where money should be spent, keep an eye on how well things are going, get involved locally.  Meetings are monthly on the second Monday of the month held in Shortstown Village Hall. Are you elegible? 18 years of age, on the register of electors or own a property or land, work with or live within the Parish for a year prior to being accepted.
More information can be found by talking to one of the councillors whose details can be found on Parish noticeboards and this website or calling the Clerk on 01234 853398 or email to clerk@eastcottspc.co.uk.  You can attend a Parish Council meeting to find out how meetings are run and decisions made. Please see Parish Councillor Role under FAQs  
 
IMPLEMENTATION OF SHORTSTOWN & COTTON END PARISH COUNCILS 
As of 1st April 2019 Eastcotts Parish Council will cease to exist, in its place with be two new Parish Councils one for Shortstown and one for Cotton End.  To enable a smooth transition Bedford Borough has appointed an independant Project Manager Helen Fudge of Local Council Support Associates.  There is a new Committee called the Implementation of Shortstown & Cotton End and this has to date had two meetings, the minutes of the first meeting can be found under Meetings 2018 and titled the same.  As the project progresses minutes and any information will be posted on this website. 
 

 

 

Upcoming events

Planning & Environmental Committee Meeting

Monday 27 August 2018

Planning & Environmental Committee Meeting

Parish Council Monthly meeting

Monday 10 September 2018

Parish Council Monthly meeting