Mythbusters – Leighton Buzzard Leisure Centre

I was delighted with the announcement from CBC that the proposed new leisure centre for Leighton Buzzard and Linslade had moved on to the consultation stage, and if it is decided to go ahead, a planning application will be submitted by the end of this year. An artist's impression of the new leisure centre The … Continue reading Mythbusters – Leighton Buzzard Leisure Centre

Policing, Health and the role of the Councils

As I speak to local residents and read comments online, it is very clear there are two issues that concern people more than anything: policing and health. When I talk about Town Council and CBC projects – playgrounds, leisure centres, the town centre for example – almost without fail I will receive comments to the … Continue reading Policing, Health and the role of the Councils

How you can help looked after children

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

Our looked after children and young people …

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 …

Online abuse and Cyberbullying

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

LOCAL candidates representing LOCAL residents on LOCAL issues

When you vote on 2nd May, ask yourself if you want someone who lives in Leighton Buzzard representing you on Central Bedfordshire Council? ... or someone who has been parachuted in from outside of South West Bedfordshire? ... or someone who has hidden their address from the electorate and you don't know where they are … Continue reading LOCAL candidates representing LOCAL residents on LOCAL issues

A candidate for Leighton Buzzard AND Dunstable? What’s going on?

Nominations for Central Bedfordshire Council and Parish Council elections were published last week. I strongly believe that candidates should be 100% committed to representing the people who elect them, and they should not put themselves in a position where they might face a conflict of priorities - for example, by being elected to both Leighton … Continue reading A candidate for Leighton Buzzard AND Dunstable? What’s going on?