Ampthill Town Council services
Ampthill Town Council's precept for 2014/15 has been retained at a Band D equivalent of £169.42.
Visit www.centralbedfordshire.gov.uk/counciltax for further information on Town and Parish Council spending in Bedfordshire.
Alameda and the Cenotaph
The Alameda Gate (Grade II listed building within the Ampthill Conservation Area) serves as the formal entrance to the Alameda, a double tree-lined avenue of lime trees. The trees were planted in the early 1820s and were gifted to the town in 1827 by Henry Fox, the 3rd Lord (Baron) Holland (1773-1840), who on the death of the 2nd Earl of Upper Ossory in 1818 made Ampthill Park his seat (his mother, Lady Holland, was the daughter of the 1st Earl of Upper Ossory). A substantial brick screen with iron gates was provided at the start of the walk. However, this was in 1882 taken down by the Duke of Bedford who was by then the owner of the Ampthill Park estate (the iron gates were presented to Bedford School where they were re-erected and stand to this day).
In 1921 came the unveiling and dedication of the Cenotaph erected at the end of the Alameda and as part of the commemorative scheme it was thought a more appropriate entrance to the walk and the approach to the memorial should be provided. Hence the current Gate which was built to the design of 'the Professor' (late Sir) Albert Richardson (1880 - 1964) who in 1919 had come to live in Ampthill. Origially hung from piers of sandstone, some of the ironwork of the Gate (central and right hand panels) came from the parish church of St. Andrew. This was donated by W.T. Sharpe, a local building contractor, and adapted and extended by a blacksmith named Percy Sanders assisted by a Frank Burrows. The Coade stone urns were purchased by Ampthill Urban District Council (as was) for £20, with stone ball finials given by Edward Coleman, a town councillor and local grocer. The Gate is
The Cenotaph is a listed building and is one of three memorials erected in Ampthill to commemorate those who lost their lives in the Great War of 1914 - 18. The memorial is owned and maintained by the Town Council and each Novemnber the town's Remembrance Service is held at the Cenotaph following a parade from St. Andrew's Church. It was the 11th Duke of Bedford who gifted the site at the end of the Alameda for the erection of an Ampthill war memorial. This was in addition to the erection at his own expense of the memorial to the Bedfordshire Regiment in Ampthill Park. The Cenotaph was unveiled on 17th May 1921 by HRH Princess Beatrice.
Ampthill Town Cemetery
Ampthill Park including the Ampthill Park Hub Cafe
Charges are made in respect of camping by cadet organisations/youth clubs/school parties, orienteering, cross country events, caravan parking by registered organisations, the release of pigeons and use by Circuses. Please contact the Council with your enquiries. Car parking is available in two car parks (central car park by the Football Club and the west car park located just off the A507 bypass) for users visiting the Park. A donation trunk is in each car park if you wish to make a contribution for your visit.
(* The Tennis Courts are open to all and are free of charge to use but please confine your play to 30mins duration if there are other people who are waiting to play.)
Car Parks. Town Centre Shoppers Car Park (by Waitrose). Maximum stay: 2 hours. Car park spaces marked M: 4 hours maximum stay Mon - Wed. Market vendors only on Thursday in lower part of the car park directly off Church Street. Parking is unrestricted outside Waitrose store opening hours.
Free Parking Facilities. Additional FREE Car Parking Facilities - available every Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holiday. Visitors and shoppers to the town can park in the car park behind the Aragon Housing Association building each weekend and bank holiday. From Dunstable Street (opposite the Old Sun PH) turn into Chandos Road then turn first right and first right again. You can reach the town centre from the car park by walking down the side of the Housing Association building taking you back into Dunstable Street. This facility is provided courtesy of the Aragon Housing Association.
You are advised to keep your dog on a lead when visiting Cooper's Hill so as to avoid disturbing the wildlife.
Flower Containers / Roadside Planting
The Council carries out a programme of planting Spring flowering bulbs in grass verges on the 4 main access roads to the town and maintains the two planters on the market square.
Kings Arms Path Gardens
Halls or venues for hire
The Alameda Sports Hall, Woburn Street (owned and managed by Alameda Miiddle School) is available during weekday evenings, weekends and school holidays. If you would like to hire the Sports Hall during these periods please contact Alameda Middle School on 01525 750900.
Generally, if the service you require is not mentioned above then it is probably the responsibility of Central Bedfordshire Council on 0300 300 8000. However, if in doubt please contact the Town Council in the first instance and we can point you in the right direction.