August 21 - Independent councillors update

Here is the latest monthly update from Adam Zerny and Tracey Wye

Independent Central Bedfordshire Councillors for Potton ward


In this month's update...

  • Huge power substation planned near new schools

  • 'Sham consultation' on Government plans for development scheme

  • More buses between Potton and Sandy/Biggleswade

  • Local Plan adopted but will it really protect against over-development?

  • Roads changes around Potton


Huge power Substation planned right near new schools

Central Bedfordshire Council (CBC) is planning to permit a power sub station to be built just south of Dunton Lane, in between Biggleswade and Dunton, to justify further housebuilding. CBC has made little attempt to publicise this. At the same time, a consultation is ongoing which could see a big new school build just a few hundred metres away. You can read the full story here.


Roads nightmare on the way for Mill Lane, Potton

CBC's Highways department has refused to back down over a much-criticised scheme to narrow Mill Lane near to the new development south of the park. Read the full story here. Subsequent to the build, we have contacted CBC to complain about the quality of the work.


CBC proposing parking changes on Bull Street and King Street, Potton

The Council has announced plans to change parking in Potton once again. Read more about what is planned and learn how to have your say here.


'Sham consultation' on Government plans for development scheme across our area

The Government has begun a public consultation for a so-called 'Ox Cam Arc' which could mean 1 million new houses by 2050 across our area. Of course the document doesn't allow the public to comment on any of these development plans but it's important you have your say. Read more about it to find out why here.


CBC Local Plan adopted but will it really protect against over-development?

The Council has long claimed that the Local Plan will mean more control over development but there are concerns CBC may have left loopholes should it wish to approve developments outside of the plan. Read more here.


Decision expected on Everton housing within coming months

The developer who put in an proposal for 19 houses in the centre of Everton returned with a revised application which attempted to mitigate some of the previous criticisms. The consultation has now finished and we understand CBC is likely to confirm a decision during September. Read the full article here.


More buses between Potton and Sandy/Biggleswade

In recent years we have applied much pressure on CBC to provide more buses to connect Potton and the surrounding villages with nearby towns. The Council has now agreed there will be hourly buses between Potton and Sandy/Biggleswade even into the evening. There are also likely to be buses for Cockayne Hatley which we have been asking for, for years. Read more about it here.


Anti-social behaviour in Potton

We have continued to stay in close touch with Beds Police and CBC officers on a regular basis and have been made aware of recent arrests made by the Police with regard to local anti-social behaviour. The Council has also installed CCTV cameras in Market Square. While we have highlighted this is not where most of the incidents have taken place it does at least demonstrate an acknowledgement that money will be spent to solve the issues.


Public consultation on schools - Take part to save Dunton and Wrestlingworth schools

As mentioned above, CBC has launched a consultation on plans to make the Potton Federation a primary and do likewise with Sutton Lower. The recent petition to save Dunton and Wrestlingworth schools has had the desired effect and the proposals include options to keep the schools open. Even if you have signed the petition, you need to take part in the consultation to show CBC what you think. Read about it here and go to the consultation here.


CBC grants available

The Council has allocated a small sum of money as ward councillor grants which gives us the opportunity to support spend on local projects. To find out if your organisation is eligible click here. If you want to discuss an application, please contact tracey.wye@centralbedfordshire.gov.uk outlining your proposal.Huge power Substation planned right near new schools

Central Bedfordshire Council (CBC) is planning to permit a power sub station to be built just south of Dunton Lane, in between Biggleswade and Dunton, to justify further housebuilding. CBC has made little attempt to publicise this. At the same time, a consultation is ongoing which could see a big new school build just a few hundred metres away. You can read the full story here.


Roads nightmare on the way for Mill Lane, Potton

CBC's Highways department has refused to back down over a much-criticised scheme to narrow Mill Lane near to the new development south of the park. Read the full story here. Subsequent to the build, we have contacted CBC to complain about the quality of the work.


CBC proposing parking changes on Bull Street and King Street, Potton

The Council has announced plans to change parking in Potton once again. Read more about what is planned and learn how to have your say here.


'Sham consultation' on Government plans for development scheme across our area

The Government has begun a public consultation for a so-called 'Ox Cam Arc' which could mean 1 million new houses by 2050 across our area. Of course the document doesn't allow the public to comment on any of these development plans but it's important you have your say. Read more about it to find out why here.


CBC Local Plan adopted but will it really protect against over-development?

The Council has long claimed that the Local Plan will mean more control over development but there are concerns CBC may have left loopholes should it wish to approve developments outside of the plan. Read more here.


Decision expected on Everton housing within coming months

The developer who put in an proposal for 19 houses in the centre of Everton returned with a revised application which attempted to mitigate some of the previous criticisms. The consultation has now finished and we understand CBC is likely to confirm a decision during September. Read the full article here.


More buses between Potton and Sandy/Biggleswade

In recent years we have applied much pressure on CBC to provide more buses to connect Potton and the surrounding villages with nearby towns. The Council has now agreed there will be hourly buses between Potton and Sandy/Biggleswade even into the evening. There are also likely to be buses for Cockayne Hatley which we have been asking for, for years. Read more about it here.


Anti-social behaviour in Potton

We have continued to stay in close touch with Beds Police and CBC officers on a regular basis and have been made aware of recent arrests made by the Police with regard to local anti-social behaviour. The Council has also installed CCTV cameras in Market Square. While we have highlighted this is not where most of the incidents have taken place it does at least demonstrate an acknowledgement that money will be spent to solve the issues.


Public consultation on schools - Take part to save Dunton and Wrestlingworth schools

As mentioned above, CBC has launched a consultation on plans to make the Potton Federation a primary and do likewise with Sutton Lower. The recent petition to save Dunton and Wrestlingworth schools has had the desired effect and the proposals include options to keep the schools open. Even if you have signed the petition, you need to take part in the consultation to show CBC what you think. Read about it here and go to the consultation here.


CBC grants available

The Council has allocated a small sum of money as ward councillor grants which gives us the opportunity to support spend on local projects. To find out if your organisation is eligible click here. If you want to discuss an application, please contact tracey.wye@centralbedfordshire.gov.uk outlining your proposal.


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