My week – week ending 15 June 2019

On Monday I attended the Grounds and Environment Committee at LLTC - we were joined by the judges for Communities in Bloom International Challenge from Canada and Italy. They spent several days looking at the excellent displays around the town - many thanks to the volunteers who keep the town looking so beautiful. We received … Continue reading My week – week ending 15 June 2019

Town Council objects to Old Sorting Office Planning Application

The Town Council's Planning Committee has tonight unanimously objected to the planning application to build on the site of the Old Sorting Office. The meeting was attended by over 25 members of the public, packing the Town Council chamber. Five local residents spoke out against the proposal, including the landlord of The Black Lion pub. … Continue reading Town Council objects to Old Sorting Office Planning Application

My week – week ending 8 June 2019

On Monday evening I chaired the Town Council Cultural and Economic Committee. Key points discussed included an update on TACTIC (the youth service on Hockliffe Street), the market policy regarding bad weather cancellation and emergency incidents, and the possibility of creating a 'social history' trail around the town (similar to the children's trail). On Tuesday … Continue reading My week – week ending 8 June 2019

The Old Sorting Office planning application

The planning application for the residential development on the site of the old sorting office comes before the Town Council Planning Committee this Wednesday (12th June). Full details of the application can be found on the CBC website here. I am fully aware of the strong feeling among local residents and businesses towards this application … Continue reading The Old Sorting Office planning application

EU Elections and the race for the Tory leadership

We didn't really need to wait for the results of the EU elections to know that the Conservatives were going to get demolished. As results started to come in last night, it was very apparent that support for the two main parties had evaporated, and voters had backed parties with a very clear position on … Continue reading EU Elections and the race for the Tory leadership

European Elections – why I have not been campaigning

For the first time in over 30 years - during which time I have taken part in every local, national and European election - I am sitting out the campaign for this week's European Elections. It is not that I am worried about the inevitable hostile reception I would find on the doorstep - having … Continue reading European Elections – why I have not been campaigning

My week – week ending 18 May 2019

On Thursday I attended the Annual Meeting of Central Bedfordshire Council - this meeting is the start of the Council's year, with the new Chairman being appointed, and all other appointments to the Council (committee places, the Council's Executive and representatives to outside bodies) being confirmed. I was delighted to be appointed as Deputy Executive … Continue reading My week – week ending 18 May 2019