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Statement regarding fencing & parking at Greenacre Centre
Bluebells at Centenary Wood
Town Council Facebook page
Grass verges
Need Project
Meeting space available
Citizens Advice Bureau
Town Councillor Surgeries

 

Statement regarding fencing & parking at Greenacre Centre

As part of the development of the land to the south of Stotfold, the developers Taylor Wimpey and Persimmon Homes were obliged to build a new community centre, now known as the Greenacre Centre. The building was due for completion and hand over in July 2016.

Since that date Stotfold Council has been engaged in trying to complete the legal requirements for the transfer of the building and land. Regrettably Stotfold Town Council is still not able to complete this process due to continuing delays caused by the legal process.

Last year the Town Council was successful in obtaining a licence to use the building for Council meetings and to hire the halls out to the residents of the area for meetings, parties and other social events. At the time of obtaining the licence it was Stotfold Town Council’s understanding that in hiring the building for events the adjacent car park would also be available to hirers. It was also explained that due to the building and land remaining in the ownership of the developers, their advisers and insurers insisted a security fence be erected around the building and car park and this would remain in place until Stotfold Town Council were able to take ownership of the whole property.

During the last week, due to inclement weather, the security fence was blown down and re-erected by Vine, acting as agents for the developers. It unfortunately blew down a second time onto footpaths which resulted in complaints from residents. As a consequence Vine have now re-established the fence closer to the building to avoid this happening again. They have also advised the Town Council that, in their opinion, the use of the car park where the fencing was moved to accommodate entrance and exit, resulted in further damage to the fencing.

Vine have now consulted with the developers, their legal advisers and their insurers and have now instructed the Town Council to cease using the car park with immediate effect and have arranged to lock the car park barrier down and to keep the fencing in place, until ownership is transferred to the Town Council. This is to avoid further damage to the fencing.

Stotfold Town Council is very unhappy at this situation and acknowledges the inconvenience this will cause to hirers of the building as well as residents in the locality. The council will continue to press as hard as possible all agencies involved to secure the transfer of the building as quickly as possible. Please be assured Stotfold Town Council wants to see the building and the land in full use for the benefit of all residents in as short a time as possible.

Councillor Steve Hayes
Buildings Committee Chairman


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 pleased to support the Kings Baptist Church with their Need Project and will shortly be setting up a food collection point in the Council office foyer.  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 £24.00 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 6 and Sunday 7 May 2017 at the Mill Weekend, Stotfold Mill.  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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