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     Adam Zerny and Tracey Wye - June 2019 Independent Update

In this month's update...
  • May Election results
  • Planning appeal for land south of Sandy Road, Potton
  • Local Plan inquiry now underway
  • Funding bids for Potton and Tempsford are successful
  • Which roads need attention?
Central Beds sees big swing to Independents At the 2nd May election, we (Tracey Wye and Adam Zerny) were elected to represent Potton Ward on Central Bedfordshire Council (CBC) for the next four years. Thank you to every one of you who voted for us, your support was hugely appreciated and I don't mind admitting we both found it a very emotional moment when the numbers were read out. We are extremely grateful for your support and for the many heartwarming messages we have since received. We look forward to working on your behalf. Across Central Beds 13 Independents were elected including, Dr Hayley Whitaker in Biggleswade and Simon Ford in Sandy. We are very proud to represent you. To read the full story click here.
Town council election See who was elected to Potton Town Council here. There were no elections in Sutton, Everton, Tempsford, Wrestlingworth or Dunton as the number of candidates did not exceed the number of available spaces.
Planning appeal for land south of Sandy Road Back in March, CBC turned down a planning application for 42 houses south of Sandy Road, to the west of the cemetery. Adam advised residents not to break open the champagne yet, as there may well be an appeal. It turns out the developer didn't waste any time and it has already been appealed. An independent inspector will now make the decision. To read the full story, click here and to speak at the public hearing, click here and enter the following reference 3213352, before clicking 'make a representation'.
See new plans for Potton's petrol station CBC has received layout plans for a revised Potton petrol station with a larger shop and nine adjacent residential flats. You can read more about it here . To comment, email planningcomments@centralbedfordshire.gov.uk quoting planning reference CB/19/00539.
Roadworks The main road between Wrestlingworth and Dunton is likely to see closures for resurfacing on 22-23 July and 30-31st July so watch out for diversions. Likewise, there will be closures during June and July on the road between Everton and Tempsford so keep an eye on the signs.
Section 106 update When new developments are built, CBC can levy what is known as Section 106 money to developers. This is then spent on local projects to benefit the community. If your project is looking for funding, take a look at this link and see what is available in our area. Let us know if we can help.
New trees Last month we reported Central Beds have been in touch to say they had some hawthorn trees available to be planted on verges in our area. Thank you for all the suggestions. We understand they planted them on the verge between King Street and Gamlingay Road, and opposite Hawthorn Close, Potton.
Zig-zag lines The zig zag lines outside the schools in Dunton and Potton are now enforceable by traffic wardens, who should be taking a look. Watch out!
Five year supply of housing updated Every three months, CBC announces its updated '5 year supply of housing'. If the published figure is 5 or more, it means the Council can feel more confident of defending its existing housing delivery against any developers who say more are needed. There was a bit of a concern this time around as the Government had changed the rules which added to the pressure on CBC. The good news is the latest figures shows the key number is 6.03, up from 5.71 the previous quarter. It doesn't mean CBC will automatically refuse big developments or will definitely fend-off appeals from developers, but it is a good sign. You can see more about it here: http://www.centralbedfordshire.gov.uk/planning/policy/monitoring/five-year.aspx
Local Plan Inquiry CBC's controversial Local Plan is now going through a public inquiry running until the middle of this month. Read the full details here. If you took part in the public consultation, and asked to attend the inquiry, you should now have received an invite. If you haven't received one, but would like to speak, please contact the Programme Officer, Ian Kemp on 01527 861711 or email idkemp@icloud.com . Tracey has already attended and Adam will be speaking at the inquiry on 14th June.
Local roads backed with CBC funding Back in January, Adam mentioned how CBC had agreed to find some new funding for roads in our area. Local parish and town councils were invited to bid. A number of these bids from local councils were successful including those for Biggleswade Road and Wrestlingworth Road, Potton and Station Road, Tempsford. Read more here
Which roads still need attention? CBC Highways are working on a plan of which roads need resurfacing in the coming year. While it is usually the case they will focus most attention on the A-roads where speeds are greatest, let us know of any you think require attention. Read more here and drop us a line,
A428 latest Earlier this year, Highways England decided to go ahead with a new 10 mile dual carriageway between Caxton Gibbet and a new underpass at Black Cat. To see more about it click here. There is likely to be a further consultation this year on this preferred route and then construction should begin during 2021.
And an update from Tracey... Since the election, I have hit the ground running, with local casework, council training and meetings. I am sitting on CBC's Licensing Committee which has involved undertaking some legal training, and also the Corporate Resources Committee. The latter meeting covered several important areas included the creation of two CBC-owned companies. One will provide Adult Social Care and the second is a housing development company, which Adam has mentioned in the past. The Council claims it will be able to control the type of development, ensure affordable homes are built, retain ownership to provide an affordable rental market and even prioritise housing for local people. However, rightly, concerns have been raised about the Council building on green fields around our towns and villages without proper consultation. I have also been assisting residents with a number of Planning and Highways issues and have arranged for a housing association to prune a nuisance tree. Looking forward, I have begun discussions with a Rights of Way officer to improve the bridleway which leads from Potton to Gamlingay.
What's on?
Tonight (1st June) at 7.30pm, The Birmingham Conservatoire Folk Ensemble returns by popular demand to Sutton Village Hall.  There are a few tickets left (£12 adult and £8 under 16) and they are available from stefan@suttonvillage hall.org.uk .
Dunton's Big Weekender runs from 27-30th June and includes: - School fete on Friday 28th from 5-7pm - An exhibition based on church records at St Mary's church on Saturday/Sunday and a church talk and walk at St Mary's on Saturday morning. - Car Treasure Hunt From the March Hare on Saturday morning - Fete at the Recreation Ground Sunday afternoon - Pub games, race night, Sandy Ukelele Players, Pub Quiz, Gin Fest. - Family Friendly Events, Arena Events, Refreshments & Handmade and local product stallholders. - Ploughman’s Lunch @ The Dunton Community Garden Saturday lunchtime and afternoon - Raffle with many prizes including 1st Prize £250.00.
On Thursday 6th June, Nick James, the Director of the Comet Section of the British Astronomical Association, is giving a talk to Sandy Astronomical Society at Everton Village Hall. The talk is entitled "Great Comets and Great Disappointments". The talk is from 7:45 p.m. following a club meeting at 7:00 p.m. The talk is free to members of Sandy Astronomical Society and £3 to non-members. Contact April at sandyastronomicalsociety@outlook.com if you would like to come. You can pay in advance (via PayPal) or on the door. There will be refreshments (tea/coffee/biscuits/cake) for a small donation.
Potton Ladies Club meets on the first Tuesday of the month at 7.30pm at Mill Lane Pavilion, Mill Lane, Potton. Visitors are always welcome for £5, to include light refreshments. The next meeting is on 4th June 2019 and includes a talk by Ian Scott Hunter 'My Life as a Royal Footman'.
St John's Hospice, Summer Fayre and Music Festival take place in Moggerhanger on August 10th 2019. There will be food, stalls, displays,a dog show and music from 1pm until late. Tickets are a mere £5 per adult, £1 per child for a long day of entertainment. Raffle tickets are already on sale, with money, vouchers and many other treats as prizes.
Local choir, New Voices of Potton are holding their summer concert ‘Be Our Guest’ at St Mary’s Church, Potton on Saturday 8th June 7.45pm. The choir will perform a selection of favourites from musical theatre and popular songs including Frank Sinatra, Lennon and McCartney and Disney. Tickets are £10 (£5 under 16s) and can be bought from Cameron’s Newsagents or from Kassy on 262404. There will be free refreshments. New Voices are still looking to recruit new singing members and will be holding two open evenings on 12th and 19th June at 7.45pm at St Mary’s Church Hall where they rehearse. All are invited. There will also be a social 'meet the choir' evening on 26th June. For more information about joining, call Jan on 260413.
Sutton village will hold its Annual Flower Festival in All Saints Church on Saturday 29th June and Sunday 30th June. The theme will be Simple Pleasures and the church will be open both days from 10.30am to 5.30pm. Admission is free but donations are always gratefully accepted. Refreshments will be available in the church and a variety of stalls will be open from 1pm to 5.30pm in the garden directly opposite the church.
The famous Sutton Duck Race will take place on Sunday 30th June at 3pm from the ancient Sutton Packhorse Bridge and Ford. Tickets to sponsor ducks are £1 each and can be obtained from Catherine on 07929663439 or John on 07786657029. There will be prizes of £150 for the first duck home and £50 and £25 for the second and third ones to reach the bridge. 
Potton Library will have their book sale stall during the seasonal market on Saturday 15th June. Beginner Health Walks meet at the library on Tuesday mornings, and will include a short walk of about 30 mins, followed by refreshments afterwards. No booking required, just turn up on the day. The Walks for Health team are searching for anyone interested in helping out with this group & becoming a volunteer. Please ask for more information in the library, or ring Mike Fayers on  01234 832619 On Thursday evening, 13th June, starting at 7.30, the library has invited Elizabeth Price to speak about her new picture book for children, ‘The Meadow Farm Band’. Elizabeth will be speaking about her own creative story, and revealing the characters and meanings behind her book. Tickets are available at the library, and refreshments will be provided.
There will be Companion and novelty dog shows, held under Kennel Club Rules & Regulations, on Sunday 2nd June at Bedfordshire Growers, Potton Road, Biggleswade. Companion classes start 11.30am with Novelty classes starting at 12.30pm. Registration opens at 10am for all classes. Rosettes to 6th Place. Charity stalls, and refreshments and also visit the Animal re-homing desks to find your animal companion. For Further details of the event, including a dog show schedule, please visit the website www.rats-animalrescue.co.uk or Facebook page www.facebook.com/ratscharity or please email info.rats@gmail.com .
Potton Brewing Company is expanding its operation and is looking for funding from the local community. There is a kickstarter fundraising page.
Funding 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/
Meetings Last month we attended parish council meetings in Everton, Dunton, Tempsford, Sutton and Wrestlingworth along with Central Beds Audit Committee, General Purposes Committee, Licensing Committee and Full Council.  
Consultations There are always several Central Beds consultations ongoing. You can read more about them here: http://www.centralbedfordshire.gov.uk/council/consultations/overview.aspx

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Adam Zerny and Tracey Wye Independent Central Bedfordshire Councillors for Potton ward
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