Dear Ministry of Defence,

I write this request to your authority because I submitted a similar request to Central Bedfordshire Council on 9th July 2019 which stated the following:

“Dear Central Bedfordshire Council,

With increased geopolitical tensions in the world between the west and major superpowers such as Russia and China, how many bomb shelters (including nuclear bomb shelters) are available in the entire Bedfordshire area for the public to take shelter in?

Yours faithfully,

Jonathan Rainey”

This request was logged as reference 2719065.

The reply was given from Central Bedfordshire Council on 22nd July 2019:

“Dear Mr Rainey

Freedom of Information Act 2000

I can confirm that the information requested is held by Central Bedfordshire Council. I have
detailed below the information that is being released to you.
With increased geopolitical tensions in the world between the west and major
superpowers such as Russia and China, how many bomb shelters (including nuclear
bomb shelters) are available in the entire Bedfordshire area for the public to take
shelter in?
Response from the Archeology team:
This has come from the Historic Environment Record for Central Bedfordshire and Luton
which besides archaeological sites, historic buildings etc. does include more recent features
such as World War II structures, including underground bomb shelters. We don't have a large
number recorded but they include both private back garden shelters and larger public
shelters, e. g. in Dunstable and Luton. However, most of them have been destroyed or filled
in and as far as I am aware none of those which survive would be available or suitable for
use in the event of an attack. We have no records of nuclear bomb shelters. The only other
related site in Central Bedfordshire is a small underground Royal Observer Corps Monitoring
Post south of Knolls Farm in Clifton which was built in 1961 but closed in 1968. We hold no
information for Bedford Borough in our Record but there was an underground nuclear bunker
in Biddenham. It had been constructed beneath the WWII Royal Observer Corps Group HQ
buildings there but in 1998 it was decommissioned by the Home Office and the site sold. All
the structures were demolished or dug out and the site redeveloped for housing, now
Observer Close.
You may wish to submit a request to Bedford Borough Council for any information they hold
and you may also consider submitting a request to the Ministry of Defence.

Please quote the reference number 2719065 in any future communications.

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([email address]) or in writing to the reply address detailed below.

Central Bedfordshire Council
Please reply to:
Access to Information
Community Services
Telephone: 0300 300 8301
Central Bedfordshire Council
Email: [email address]
Priory House, Monks Walk,
Chicksands, Shefford
Bedfordshire SG17 5TQ

Access to Information
Community Services
Central Bedfordshire Council,
Priory House, Monks Walk
Chicksands, SG17 5TQ“

Therefore, can you tell us how many bomb shelters (including nuclear bomb shelters) are available for the general public in Bedfordshire to take shelter in in the event of a nuclear attack?

Yours faithfully,

Jonathan Rainey

Dear Ministry of Defence,

The link to the previous request to Central Bedfordshire Council is here: https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/n...

Yours faithfully,

Jonathan Rainey

DIO Sec-Parli (MULTIUSER), Ministry of Defence

 

Dear Mr Rainey

 

Your request has been logged under our reference 2019/09031 and the target
date for response is 02 September 2019

 

Yours sincerely

 

DIO Secretariat

 

DIO Sec-Parli (MULTIUSER), Ministry of Defence

1 Attachment

Good Afternoon,

 

Please see attached the response to your recent correspondence dated 1
August 2019.

 

Yours Sincerely

 

DIO Secretariat

 

Defence Infrastructure Organisation