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Central Beds Council's Community Plan for Arlesey, Astwick, Fairfield and Stotfold
Citizens Awards
Commonwealth Day

Bluebells at Centenary Wood
Town Council Facebook page
Grass verges
Need Project
Meeting space available
Citizens Advice Bureau
Town Councillor Surgeries


Central Beds Council's Community Plan for Arlesey, Astwick, Fairfield and Stotfold

Earlier this year Central Beds Council launched an initiative entitled Community Planning and divided the council area into 15 smaller areas. The parishes of Arlesey, Astwick Fairfield and Stotfold were considered as a group and a Community Plan has now been published after consulting with the residents in each of these areas.

On 9th February 2017, the residents of Stotfold were invited to the Greenacre Centre to have their say on various matters concerning day to day issues of living and working in Stotfold. The results have now been collated and a Community Plan has been published, the full report is available to read at http://www.centralbedfordshire.gov.uk/planning/policy/local-plan/community-planning.aspx

It is intended that the Community Plans will inform and influence the Local Plan that Central Beds Council intend to publish later this year. Central Beds Council have stated that the Local Plan will deal with the overall sustainability of growth for the larger area and all residents should have the opportunity to make their views known to ensure the growth and infrastructure are as you would wish.

Stotfold Town Council will be scrutinising both the Community Plan and Local Plan to comment as appropriate on how it feels these plans will impact on residents. At the same time Stotfold Town Council hopes all residents will read this Community Plan and make their feelings or comments known to Central Beds Council to help shape the town in the coming years. It is vital to ensure all voices are heard and the more people that do comment the greater chance you will have the town, facilities and lifestyle you want.

Below is a synopsis of the outcomes from the Community Plan that applies to Stotfold, if you agree or disagree or have other areas on which on which you wish to comment, please take this opportunity to influence your home town. Again, we would urge you to read the full report and when the time comes make sure Central Beds Council is aware of your preferences.

Local character

 

  • To maintain and protect the character of the countryside surrounding settlements within the area
  • To protect and enhance existing public open spaces for leisure, recreation and wildlife
  • To improve the play areas in Stotfold

Transport

 

  • Vehicular – improve road infrastructure within the area, particularly in Stotfold to address congestion and pedestrian safety/movement
  • Buses – Regular and more frequent bus service in the area, particularly to Arlesey Station and surrounding towns
  • Cycleways/footpaths – network of safe links across the Community Area to promote non-motorised transport

Jobs and Business

 

  • Encourage shops, cafes and restaurants to the High Street in Stotfold, whilst addressing the parking needs of town
  • Encourage business parks near the A1 and north of Stotfold to stimulate employment in the area

Environment

 

  • Wildlife habitat associated with open countryside to be protected
  • Flood risk needs to be resolved in the area associated with Pix Brook
  • Renewable energy to be promoted in the area, particularly in new developments
  • Noise and air pollution arising from the A1 to be resolved particularly where close to settlements

Homes

 

  • Provide housing for the elderly in the form of downsizing properties such as bungalows, sheltered accommodation and care homes near to local facilities
  • Provide affordable housing (whether for rent or part ownership) so that families and young people can stay in the area
  • Improvements to infrastructure needed before considering any further growth in the area

Growth and Infrastructure

 

  • As a priority improve and expand healthcare facilities within the area
  • Address education provision in the area with any further growth considered
  • Improve utilities service across the area including drainage, broadband and mains gas
  • Provide leisure facilities within Stotfold


Citizens Awards
At the 9th March 2017 Annual Town Meeting, presentations were made to four Stotfold residents who Council Members felt have made a significant voluntary contribution to our community.  Nominations were submitted by members of the community, and the following were awarded: Christine Smith, Lyn Hayes, Brenda Saunders and Kevin Balderstone.

Previous Citizens Award winners are Alan Syme, Colin Phelps, Ray Kilby, John Hyde, Christine Webster, Frances Huckle, William Cutler, Chris Charge, Debbie Flanagan, Louden Masterton, Paul Redwood, Val Bartlett, Sue Wright, Wendy Craig, Pam Manfield, Patrick Chalmers, Iain Rutherford, Val Balderstone, Ken Broadribb


Commonwealth Day
Many thanks to those who joined us for our flag raising ceremony on Monday 13th March 2017 for Commonwealth Day.  Taking part affirms our commitment to serve one another in a spirit of respect and understanding, and advancing development, democracy and cooperation locally, nationally and internationally.

Particular thanks to Lillie King of St Mary's Academy and Heather Atkins of Roecroft Lower School for their flag raising skills!


Bluebells at Centenary Wood

Visitors to Centenary Wood may have noticed that the bluebells have been dug up.  This is deliberate action by Teasel, removing invasive Spanish bluebells.  Native English bluebells are rather more delicate - and becoming increasingly rare as woodlands disappear.  It is vital that we encourage our native plants, otherwise they will be overwhelmed by non-native species and become extinct.  Once all invasive bluebells have been removed, Teasel will be seeking funding to replace them with native bulbs.

Please do not plant Spanish bluebells in the wild and, if you have them in your garden, consider removing them and replacing them with the native bluebells, which can be bought easily from reputable nurseries or online.

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Town Council Facebook page
The Town Council now has a Facebook presence!  Search for our Page and Like us to  receive updates on events and news items from the Town Council, and useful information and event details from other organisations in the town.


Need Project
The Town Council is very pleased to continue its support to the Kings Baptist Church with their Need Project.  We continue to have a food collection point in the Council office foyer at the Simpson Centre, Hitchin Road, Stotfold.  The Need Project is a registered charity which supports those in need with provision of food parcels.  They do not discriminate between who and who they do not respond to, and emphasise that the purpose of their ministry is to help the community in a practical way.

Examples of non-perishable goods you can leave in the Council offices for the Need Project are:
teabags, coffee, drinking chocolate, sugar, pasta, long grain rice, cereals, pasta sauces or bakes, soups - packet or tinned, tinned veg, potatoes, biscuits, tinned fruit, custard, tinned spaghetti, tinned fish, squash, fruit juice, preserves, chocolate spread, tomato ketchup, long-life milk cartons, tined meat, curries, chilli, rice pudding, baked beans.

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Grass verges
At all times of the year, but particularly during the grass cutting season, we ask residents not to drive or park their vehicles on the grass verges around the town.  Parked vehicles prevent our grass cutting contractor from doing his job properly as it causes an obstruction and leaves unsightly areas of longer grass.  Parking vehicles on the verges damages them, creates trip hazards, looks unsightly, and also prevents the contractor from cutting the verges safely and correctly.


Meeting space available
Do you need a space for meetings?  Would you like to meet a potential client somewhere private and professional?  We have a variety of rooms available in the Greenacre Centre for hire as a meeting space.  The rooms can be set out in boardroom, Classroom, Theatre or Horseshoe layout and can take anywhere from 60 - 300 people.  Tea and coffee facilities, flipchart, paper and pens are available free of charge if required.

Hire charges range in price for each room, from £25.00 for 3 hours for the Maple Room, to £30.00 per hour for the Oak Hall.

Please contact Liz Litchfield at the Town Council Offices for availability and bookings on 01462 730064

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Citizens Advice Bureau
Located at offices in Biggleswade and Ampthill the Citizens Advice Mid Bedfordshire Bureau serves 8 towns and 42 parishes.  Volunteers help people with a wide range of problems including debt, benefits, housing, employment and family matters.  Sessions are now held at the Simpson Centre, Stotfold every Tuesday at 10am.  To contact them for information and advice please telephone 01525 402742 or 01525 841217.  New Volunteers are always needed so if you would like to offer your support, for volunteering purposes only, please telephone 01525 841592.


Town Councillor Surgeries
The next Town Councillor Surgery will be held on Saturday 24 June 2017 at the Stotfold Festival Fete held at St Marys School, Stotfold.  No Appointment is necessary and our Town Councillors will be present all day to provide you with information about what the Town Council does, answer questions, provide advice, or point you in the right direction.  


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