Planning, local plans and Government policy

Planning continues to be a very hot topic, with many residents questioning why we - as local Councillors - cannot block the endless developments we see springing up all around Leighton Buzzard and Linslade. As I explained in my blog post a week or so back, planning decisions have to be made based entirely on … Continue reading Planning, local plans and Government policy

Express your views on Leighton Buzzard and Linslade.

Your chance to let me know what you really think of the services provided by Leighton Linslade Town Council and Central Bedfordshire Council. Reading some of the comments on social media, one could be forgiven for thinking we live in a post-apocalyptic ruin. I don't think this is the case - I believe Leighton Buzzard … Continue reading Express your views on Leighton Buzzard and Linslade.

A week in the life of a typical CBC Councillor

Councillors' expenses and attendance at meetings are a hot topic, in particular with the looming local elections. These are both the subject of hot debate across several local Facebook sites ... As we run up to local elections in May, there are already posts appearing on local social media highlighting the expenses that Central Bedfordshire … Continue reading A week in the life of a typical CBC Councillor

My week … week ending 16th March 2019

This morning (Saturday) I have spoken to the CBC Executive Member for Regeneration about the problems on Hockliffe Road due to the development work - in particular, the traffic lights and the mud on the road. He is already aware of the unacceptable inconvenience this is causing local residents, and will be talking to the … Continue reading My week … week ending 16th March 2019

My week …

Week commencing 4th March 2019: On Monday I attended the Special Needs Action Panel (SNAP) conference at Flitwick. I had the opportunity to speak to parents of children with additional needs, and understand something of the problems they face. http://www.snappcf.org.uk/ In the evening I attended the Leighton Linslade Town Council Grounds and Environment Committee. I … Continue reading My week …

The history of the recent expansion of Leighton Buzzard

When I speak to residents, the second biggest issue in the town (after policing and crime) is the expansion of Leighton Buzzard and Linslade. This concern is reflected in many of the comments on the various local Facebook groups. Directly related to the new developments - some completed, several ongoing - is the lack of … Continue reading The history of the recent expansion of Leighton Buzzard

A look back on policing in LB

I am honestly not looking to be deliberately confrontational towards our PCC Kathryn Holloway, but when she claims on twitter that (quote) 'you have more warranted officers in the Community Hub in L Buzzard involved in problem solving than ever before', she must have forgotten to qualify this statement with '... since I have been … Continue reading A look back on policing in LB