Council services

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.

Allotments
Everitt's Field (83 Plots) and Grange Farm (61 Plots). Waiting list in operation contact 01525 844172.

Ampthill Town Cemetery
Approximately 2 Acres, off Gas House Lane (Garden of Remembrance, Traditional & Lawn Burials). A full copy of the regulations and fees and charges are available from the Town Council Offices upon request. Contact Donna Searle on 01525 844171 for assistance.

Ampthill Park including the Ampthill Park Hub Cafe
Approximately 160 acres of parkland and woodland, including a Children's Play Area, Park Hub with Cafe and Toilets, * Tennis Courts, Ampthill Town Cricket Club, Ampthill Town Football Club and Ampthill Angling Club. The Park is cared for by a Park Development Manager and three park keepers.

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.)

Contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , Park Development Manager for further information about Ampthill Park. 

Bus Shelters
Bedford Street (2), Dunstable Street (1) and Flitwick Road (1).

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 long stay parking is available in The Sands car park off Woburn Street and the parking bays along Woburn Street and Bedford Street.

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.

Christmas Lights
The 'Friends of Ampthill's Christmas Lights' help raise money each year to assist with the putting up and taking down of the town's wonderful Christmas lights and they also organise the annual Switch on Event. The Town Council provides the Christmas tree on the Market Square. Contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for further assistance.

Cooper's Hill
Approximately 30 acres of lowland heath land of national importance. The site has been designated a site of Special Scientific Interest by Natural England (formerly known as English Nature and Countryside Commission) and was declared a Local Nature Reserve in 1980 by Bedfordshire County Council. Cooper's Hill is one of the few remaining examples of the heaths which once stretched across Bedfordshire along the Greensand Ridge. This attractive area, brightly colourful when the heather is in bloom and when the gorse flowers, provides a home for a number of uncommon plants and invertebrates.

Owned by Ampthill Town Council the heathland is managed by The Wildlife Trust for Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Northamptonshire & Peterborough with assistance from local volunteers and local groups. All management requires the approval of the owners and Natural England. In order to protect the site when you visit the reserve keep to the footpaths and discourage other people from doing the things that may cause damage such as dumping litter, riding horses or bikes on the footpaths or being careless with matches. If you would like to help with the voluntary work please contact Andy Fleckney at The Wildlife Trust on 01234 364213.

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.

Grass Cutting
The Council contracts out agency grass cutting and footway weed control in the town. (Maintenance of the 101 Roundabout on the end of Flitwick Road is carried out by Central Bedfordshire Council.)

Kings Arms Path Gardens
Gardens located off of Kings Arms Path, which can be accessed from King Arms Path Courtyard, off Church Street. The 'Friends of the Garden' manage this woodland garden of about two acres on behalf of Ampthill Town Council and welcome volunteers to join them. There are regular open days throughout the year and specials openings can be arranged by appointment. Contact: 01525 755648. Pleae see the events page for open days.

Market (Charter)
Thursday Charter Market, held in the Town Centre Car Park, off Church Street every Thursday between 8.30am to 2.00pm. This friendly market offers a variety of goods and fresh produce.

Market Square
(Including maintenance of the Town Pump & the Town Clock). The Town Council also manage activities on the market square so if you would like to use the market square for an event please contact the Town Council.

Public Toilets
Town Centre Car Park, off Church Street, Ampthill. Hours of opening 8.00am to 5.00pm Monday to Saturday and 10.00am to 5.00pm on Sunday.

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.

  • Parkside Hall, Woburn Street (owned and managed by Parkside Hall) booking enquiries for Parkside Hall can be made by contacting 01525 634215. Parkside Hall has a large hall for up to 257 people, stage, large kitchen, bar, two meeting rooms and ample parking.
  • Ampthill Rugby Club, Woburn street (owned and managed by the Rugby Club) booking enquiries to 01525 403303 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .
  • St. Andrew's Chapter House, Church Street please contact 01525 402320
  • Ampthill Baptist Church, Dunstable Street please contact 01525 841682.
  • Ampthill Methodist Church, Dunstable Street please contact 01525 713468.
  • Wingfield Club, 37 Church Street please contact 01525 841736.
  • Masonic Centre, The Old Court House, Church Street please contact 07988 184061.
  • Sea Cadets Unit, Althorp Close, Flitwick, Beds. MK45 1HY. Please contact 07704 977206
  • Ampthill & Flitwick Scout Hut, Station Rd, Ampthill. Please contact 01525 716393 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  

Street Lighting
The maintenance of Street Lights bearing the initials 'A' or 'BA' are the responsibility of the Town Council, whereas those bearing the initial 'B' are the responsibility of Central Bedfordshire Council. Please report any faults to the relevant authority but if in doubt report to the Town Council and we can direct to the relevant authority.

Verne Drive
The public open space is the responsibility of the Town Council.

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.

Telephone 01525 404355 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it