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  Councillor Adam Zerny 


Adam Zerny - September 2017 Independent Update

 In this month's update... 

  • Local Plan 'consultation' update
  • More news on Sandy station. Report cost CBC £41k
  • CBC future leisure funding 
  • Chance to comment on roads priorities
  • Road changes proposed for Mill Lane

Local Plan 'consultation' now closed
The Central Bedfordshire Council (CBC) Local Plan 'consultation' ran during July and August. I hope as many people as possible gave the Council feedback. We should find out later this year what they thought of our comments and there will be a further opportunity to have your say next year. I have discovered that CBC spent £13,000 on a telephone survey to boost feedback. The script I have seen attempts to show the interviewee how the public were involved in drawing up the draft Local Plan despite little evidence of this. See more about this here.

More on how CBC spent £41,000 on a report that implies Sandy station will be shut
Last month I revealed how CBC had commissioned a report which implied Sandy station would be shut. CBC subsequently claimed it did not wish to shut the station but I have got hold of the remit CBC gave their consultant and it clearly shows the Council expects Sandy station to be resited. I have also discovered CBC spent £41,000 of public money on this report. Read all about it here.

What are the leisure priorities for our area?
Earlier this year CBC spoke to parish and town councils to try and find out where they felt the sports and leisure priorities for their area were. This is important as it will affect how CBC spends Section 106 money (the funds paid by developers to the Council when they build large developments that can be used to help the community affected). You can see here how CBC have interpreted these needs for your area.

Tempsford photos show floods in area planned for major new town
I recently bumped into a Tempsford resident who had a small pile of holiday snaps to show me. They were taken in and around the area proposed by CBC for New Tempsford, a settlement of 7,000 to 10,000 houses. The flood maps CBC are using are supposed to show the areas which might flood once in 100 years. However it looks like these maps haven't been updated for some time and many people believe the risk of flooding is now much higher. For example, much of the area in York's 1 in 100 year flood risk has flooded twice in ten years. Let's hope the residents of the new town will be keen swimmers. See more about it here.

Central Beds offer chance to comment on which roads should be priorities
CBC are seeking feedback on which roads you see as most important to keep clear when there is heavy snow, ice or flooding. This is a good chance to highlight to them the ones you see left ungritted on those cold winter mornings. Have your say here.

Road closures
If you use the road between Everton and Tempsford, watch out on 8th September as it will be closed for resurfacing all day.


Could Potton soon have a brewery again?
A planning application has gone in to convert a vacant industrial unit just behind Market Square into a micro brewery. Could Potton soon have a brewery again? See the plans here. If you'd like to comment please go to this page: 

Community hall planning application
CBC have now received a formal planning application for a community hall on the new housing development on Biggleswade Road.  You can see all the drawings here and comment upon the application until Tuesday here. The decision should be known by September. 

Central Beds pushing ahead with road changes on Mill Lane
Just months after Potton's legal challenge against the proposed Mill Lane development ended, CBC are driving ahead with roads changes for Mill Lane in line with the large housing development. These include a 'raised table' and road narrowing where Mill Lane meets Newtown. It is hard to see how these will cope with 60 new houses down a narrow road. You can see more details and make comment here.

Potton United bid for glory
Good luck to Potton United Football Club who battle Rushall Athletic of Walsall in the FA Cup this afternoon in the 1st Qualifying Round, after defeating two teams from higher leagues in earlier rounds. This is Potton's best performance in the cup in years. Rushall are three league levels above Potton.

Are you looking for funding for a local project, club or business? There is now new information at: turn2us.org.uk or https://adamzerny.wordpress.com/2015/01/23/potential-sources-of-funding/
Another great local source of funding news but also community, volunteering and charity news is CVS Bedford, see more at http://www.cvsbeds.org.uk/

Last month I attended a town and parish council meetings in Potton and Dunton and also Central Beds Executive Committee.

What's on

On Thursday 7th September you are invited to join the Amici Singers as they begin their 40th Anniversary Year; no auditions, just come along to a session to hear them, or if you want to join in, then your first session is free. They only ask three things, that you love to sing, love to make friends and like new opportunities. During this anniversary year, the programme includes Barnardos Christmas Carol Concert at Southwark Cathedral; Christmas Concert at Sandy Parish Church, St Swithuns; Anniversary Cruise to Rouen & Honfleur, and culminates in a 40th Anniversary Concert at The King's House, Bedford on 30th June 2018. The group rehearses on Thursday nights at Trinity Methodist Church, Shortmead Street, Biggleswade from 7.30pm to 9.45pm.  For further information please contact Ann (01767 650630) or Carole (01767 260815).

Potton Apple Day is on Sunday 24th September this year.  The theme as ever will be apple juice and cider so bring any spare apples along and try a taste of one or both.  Bring a sample of fruit from your mystery tree and have it identified.  CAMRA offer the best in local cider and I will again be a judge in the deadly serious cider competition. Get the latest on Potton Community Orchard with stalls, exhibitions, teas and apple cakes next door in St Mary's Church Hall. Phone Sally on 262258 for more information. 12 - 4pm in St Mary's Field, Hatley Road, Potton. Potton Hall for All will be supporting this popular event and selling teas, coffees and cakes. Donations of apple/fruit related cakes and edibles to sell welcome.  Contact Kim on 01767 260306 to arrange collection.

This year’s Sutton Duck Race will take place on Sunday 17 September at the usual time of 3pm. 

The annual Sutton Flower Festival this year will take place on 16th/17th September at All Saints Church. The theme this year is "Songs of Praise".  Flower arrangements will depict a hymn title.  The church will be open on both days from 10.30am  to 5pm.  Refreshments will be available in the church on both afternoons. Admission is free although donations are welcome towards upkeep of the church.  You will find a selection of stalls on the lawn opposite the church on both afternoons.

There will be a jazz evening at Sutton Village Hall featuring the Basin Street Brawlers on Saturday 30th September from 8pm to 10.30pm. London’s top hot jazz ensemble is famous for swinging and stomping their way through the most beautiful melodies and raucous rags of the 1920s and 1930s. Licenced bar.
Tickets: £12 adult, £8 child under 16 obtainable online at https://sutton-bsb-jazz-evening.eventbrite.co.uk or by contacting Jenny Ream on 01767-260304.

Also in Sutton, Hotbuckle Productions performance of Wuthering Heights takes palce on 27th October. Tickets at : https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSffxNIN6DCRIpng0NhU9bNlxPwGNI64VmLWV38huySyBO6ITA/viewform?usp=sf_link.

Sutton Village Hall committee are currently looking into organising an Argentine Tango evening in the hall in early 2018. The evening would consist of a workshop for beginners where you will learn the basic steps of the Argentine Tango followed by a performance by performer & teacher Cristian Javier Castaño from Argentina and his UK partner Bethshona Kenny. It would help us to know how many people would be interested in attending such an event. If you find this event interesting, please use the link above to let them know.

For any further details these events in Sutton contact stefan@suttonvillagehall.org.uk

Tempsford Show takes place on Saturday 9th September at the Stuart Memorial Hall at the end of Church Road, SG19 2AW from 2 to 5pm. There will be tea, coffee and cakes, a coconut shy, sweet shop, big raffle, vintage cars and a tug of war. The museum will also be open. See more here:

The Eagle Jazz band perform at St.John's Cockayne Hatley tonight (2nd September) £15 including first drink.  8-11pm. Call Tony for tickets 01767 260527.

This year's Potton Show takes place on Saturday 9th September, with the Craft Fair on Sunday 10th. Tickets are now on sale for the Barn Dance (£12.50 inc chicken & chip supper) on Saturday evening, and in the show marquee following the Craft Fair on the Sunday, there will be a Gardeners' Question Time event, by the Potton Hall for All team. For more details visit the website here.

Potton's Four Seasons Autumn Market takes place on Saturday 16th September from 9am - 1pm with a wide selection of local and homemade produce, local crafts, gifts and music in the Market Square. Come down and enjoy the atmosphere and try some delicious local fayre, everyone welcome.

Potton library's Summer reading challenge runs until Saturday 9/9/17 - all stamp cards must be back by this date. This is also the date that out library challenge sheets have to be back for a chance to win in the prize draw. During September, to celebrate Roald Dahl's  birthday, there is a competition to design a hat for Willy Wonka - templates are available to collect from the library - bring them back decorated for their display wall, and a chance to win in the prize draw. The library is having a stall at the Potton Show on September 9th between 2-5pm. There will be a 'Very Hungry Caterpillar' story and craft event on Wednesday 20th September at 1.30. The Tibbs Dementia Foundation are holding a dementia awareness session at the library on 20th September at 2.30-4.30pm. Following the pumpkin seed planting in May, the library welcomes news of their progress, and pictures of the growing plants to go on the picture board. From October, library Storytimes will be weekly - to help with this they are looking for extra volunteers to help in the sessions and join the existing team of volunteers; story-time sessions only last half an hour or so, and there will be a flexible rota for volunteers to share, taking part about twice a month depending on personal commitments - please contact the library if you are interested, or would like more information.Opening times - Mon 2-6, Wed 2-6, Fri 10-1 & 2-6, Sat 10-1 (until October, see above).

There are currently several Central Beds consultations ongoing: http://www.centralbedfordshire.gov.uk/council-and-democracy/have-your-say/

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Adam Zerny
Independent Central Bedfordshire Councillor for Potton ward