I am probably not the only one who has been somewhat bemused by recent interventions in both the local press and on social media, questioning whether Leighton Linslade Town Council gives local residents ‘value for money’. It is not that there is anything wrong with asking the question, but the fact it was asked by … Continue reading Leighton Linslade – a great place to live!
Over the next few months local residents will be asked for their views on the future of Leighton Buzzard High Street. Has Leighton Buzzard Market benefited from the pedestrian-only High Street? Early in the pandemic, restrictions were implemented to take all traffic, including public transport, out of the High Street and make it pedestrian only. … Continue reading Leighton Buzzard High Street
The paper on the public consultation on the proposed boundary change between Leighton-Linslade and Eggington was presented at Thursday’s meeting of General Purposes. Currently, the new housing to the east of Leighton Buzzard is in Eggington Parish. However, in every other respect they are part of Leighton Buzzard: they are sold as being in Leighton … Continue reading Parish Boundary Review
At Thursday's meeting of CBC Full Council, the long awaited Local Plan was adopted by the Council. For residents of Leighton Buzzard and Linslade, and the surrounding villages, it is largely good news. The plan identifies several small sites in and around the town, but it will stop any further development on the scale we … Continue reading Why we should all welcome the Central Bedfordshire Local Plan
Tomorrow is ‘freedom day’. The day when we can more or less abandon our face masks, stop social distancing and return to normal. Pubs, sports venues, night clubs – all can move closer to ‘business as usual’. It marks an end to almost 500 days of lockdowns and restrictions. We can meet our friends and … Continue reading Freedom Day ?
Before explaining my role as the Co-Chair of the Corporate Parenting Panel, I probably need to explain what a ‘Corporate Parent’ is. All Councillors and employees of Central Bedfordshire Council are a ‘Corporate Parent’. They share a collective responsibility for providing the best possible care and safeguarding for the children and young adults in the … Continue reading How you can help looked after children
When one thinks about the Council’s responsibilities, you probably think about roads, leisure centres, rubbish collection, schools and housing. And of course, planning and development. These are the issues that affect us all. Increasingly, Adult Social Care – and in particular care for the elderly – is something that attracts headlines, and this is the … Continue reading Our looked after children and young people …
Over the past week or so I have been accused of being the “local Freemasons’ dogs-body” and “subservient to other councillors” and it has been suggested I should stop posting on social media. More generally, local councillors have been referred to as “rogue individuals”, “like a cancer”, “corrupt crooks who are abusing the public”, and … Continue reading Online abuse and Cyberbullying
I remember a time – not so many years ago – when an accident was just that. An accident. Nobody was at fault. There was no malice. There was no question of someone acting irresponsibly or recklessly. It was quite simply an accident. And there were no ‘lessons to be learned’. No retraining. No ‘root … Continue reading Accidents do happen …
Every now and again, we see the same misleading commentary on local social media regarding planning decisions, development and infrastructure around Leighton Buzzard and Linslade. Few, if any, local Councillors would support the level of development we have seen and continue to see if there was a choice. If there was anything that could be … Continue reading Planning and local development