Wednesday, 17 September 2014
Friday, 12 September 2014
Discussion over the proposed withdrawal of Central Bedfordshire Council's Gypsy and Traveller Plan dominated the Council's meeting last night (11 Sept). From Barton-le-Clay, Mr Knight addressed the councillors saying that the council had disregard to listening to 4,000 people in that town. He said the action group did not agree with using the green belt, and that they had found 10 other suitable sites. He went on to invite the council to work with them.
|Central Bedfordshire Council: filmed|
Barton-le-Clay resident, Janet Nunn, a former CBC Liberal Democrat councillor, addressed the meeting pointing out that the planning inspector had said that it was unclear how the chosen sites had been arrived at. She said that the council had ignored planning guidelines and no exceptional circumstances had been given for the use of the green belt. The Council for the Protection of Rural England did not support the Plan, either. Mrs Nunn suggested that the council's own staff (whistleblowers) had been uncomfortable about working to put sites in the green belt, and suggested that CBC needed to look at integrated sites, such as at Cheltenham where one had been established for more than 40 years.
Cllr Young pointed out that the planning inspector had suggested that not enough sites had been included in the plan, asking for a 3% compound growth rate whereas the council's plan had allowed for just 2% compound growth rate. This would mean finding an additional 60-70 sites to meet a new target. Councillors all around showed support for sticking to a 2% growth rate, and it was suggested that the planning inspector's claim for a higher rate had no precedent.
Later in the meeting Cllr Young was challenged by Cllr Adam Zerny (Independent, Potton) to give the cost of the gypsy and traveller consultations. This Cllr Young put this at £26,000 for consultants plus other untrackable costs that are inextricably wrapped up in the cost of running the whole council. Cllr Stay (Conservative, Caddington) wanted to know the cost of repetitive questions to officers by certain councillors. Cllr Young replied, " if it was more than £10, it's been a complete waste of money".
Councillors voted to agree to withdraw their Gypsy and Traveller plan for the time being, saying there was insufficient time for them to answer the inspector's questions demanded by him for a meeting on 23rd September, and that it had been regrettable that the inspector had not allowed them more time.
A revised plan will need to be submitted in the future to protect Central Bedfordshire's communities from unwarranted intrusions by illegal encampments.
The meeting of Central Bedfordshire Council was filmed last night by local residents. Unfortunately the sound quality is very poor. http://www.ustream.tv/channel/flitwick
Monday, 8 September 2014
Thursday, 4 September 2014
|Classic Car Show takes place on 14th September. Photos: A D Winter|
The group agreed or confirmed the following event dates:
14th September 2014 - Classic and Vintage Car Show, @ The Green Houghton Regis
26th September 2014 - Mayor's Charity Quiz Evening @ Chequers (part of Mayor's events)
1st November 2014 - Halloween Fancy Dress Hunt (Bedford Square - part of Mayor's Events)
25th November 2014 - Celebration of Christmas (Grove Theatre - part of Mayor's events)
13th December 2014 - Santa's Grotto
17th February 2015 - Pancake Race
4th April 2015 - Easter Egg Hunt
22nd May 2015 - May Fayre
11th July 2015 - Carnival with the theme "Summer Vacations"
13th September 2015 - Classic and Vintage Car Show
November 2015 - Celebration of Christmas at Grove Theatre (subject to sponsorship being available)
5th December 2015 - Santa's Grotto
9th February 2016 - Pancake Race
26th March 2016 - Easter Egg Hunt
6th May 2016 - May Fayre
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MAYOR'S QUIZ NIGHT
|Mayor's Quiz Night: 26th September|
in aid of her chosen charities!
The event includes a Fish and Chips or Chicken and Chips Supper (vegetarian option available)
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SPOOKY GOINGS ON
|Halloween Fancy Dress Hunt! 1st November|
CELEBRATION OF CHRISTMAS 2014Tickets for this years's Celebration of Christmas go on sale mid-September available from The Grove Theatre, Dunstable. The performance was a huge success last year and the venue is ideal to hear local children singing. Expected to take part are choirs from six Primary schools, The Chiltern School and Luton Mencap with stage performances from Full House Theatre. The event is made possible by a generous discount from Central Bedfordshire Council on theatre hire, and sponsorship from a local developer. Proceeds from the event goes into Houghton Regis Mayor's nominated local charities, which this year are Dunstable Army Cadets, Houghton Regis Day Centre, and Kingfishers.
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