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 2018 is 3,468:  630 in Cotton End and 2838 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. 

The audit for Eastcotts Parish Council has now been concluded and published.  as an elector you have the right to inspect by section 25 of the Local Audit and Accountability Act 2014.  If you wish to inspect the audit figures please get in contact with the Clerk on 01234 853398 or email clerk@eastcottspc.co.uk
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 Council 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, the minutes of the meetings can be found under Meetings 2018 and titled the same.  As the project progresses minutes and any information will be posted on this website. 
Police Matters
Bedfordshire Police encourage the use of http://www.bedsalert.co.uk to find crime trends and crime prevention advice or to sign up for emails.   You can also access and follow on Twitter @northbedspolice