Blunham Community Fund
This fund is available to anyone to apply for, providing it benefits the residents of Blunham. Please see page on this website entitled "Blunham Community Fund".
Parish Council Elections 2019
There were 7 nominations for the 10 available seats, so there was not a contested election. The three remaining seats are available so please get in touch if you are interested.
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Highways England - A428/A1 Black Cat to Caxton Gibbett improvements
There are a number of public consultation events June/July 2019. Here are the details:
East West Rail link
As you may be aware, the East West Rail Company has recently announced a nonstatutory consultation on five route options for the next stage of their East West Rail project, the Central Section (Bedford to Cambridge). This follows on from the announcement of the preferred route corridor of Bedford – Sandy – Cambridge in 2016. Read the full document at www.eastwestrail.co.uk/haveyoursay .
SUMMARY The 5 Proposed Routes: The routes outlined are indicative only, and the route options could be several kilometres wide in places. Detailed alignments (i.e. exactly where the line will run) will be revealed at a future stage and will be subject to further statutory consultation. The route could potentially then serve Bassingbourn if the MoD site is developed, and then continue on to the south of Cambridge.
Route A: Bedford South - Sandy (relocated south and existing station closed) - Cambridge via Bassingbourn This proposal includes the route diverging from the Marston Vale line in the Stewartby area, towards a new station to the south of Bedford with interchange to the Midland Mainline. Heading eastwards, this will interchange with the East Coast Mainline south of Sandy, resulting in a relocated Sandy station to the south of its current location.
Route B: Bedford South- Sandy relocated north and existing station closed/ Tempsford area/ south of St Neots – Cambourne – Cambridge This proposal includes the route diverging from the Marston Vale line in the Stewartby area, towards a new station to the south of Bedford with interchange to the Midland Mainline. Heading eastwards, it would serve either Sandy (north of its current location), the Tempsford area or south of St Neots. From here, it would serve Cambourne and Cambridge to the south of the existing station.
Route C: Bedford South – Tempsford area – Sandy – Cambridge via Bassingbourn This proposal includes the route diverging from the Marston Vale line in the Stewartby area, towards a new station to the south of Bedford with interchange to the Midland Mainline. From here, the route would head northwards and loop round to serve the Tempsford area, before serving the existing Sandy station. This route would then call at Bassingbourn and south of Cambridge.
Route D: Bedford Midland – Tempsford area – Sandy – Cambridge via Bassingbourn This proposal suggests that the services using this route could run along the existing Marston Vale line and Midland Mainline through Bedford town centre, serving Bedford Midland station before heading eastwards north of Bedford. From here, the route would head eastwards and loop round to serve the Tempsford area, before serving the existing Sandy station. This route would then call at Bassingbourn and south of Cambridge.
Route E: Bedford Midland – Tempsford area/ south of St Neots – Cambourne – Cambridge This proposal suggests that the services using this route could run along the existing Marston Vale line and Midland Mainline through Bedford town centre, serving Bedford Midland station before heading eastwards north of Bedford. From here, the route would head eastwards to serve the Tempsford area, this route would then call at Cambourne and south of Cambridge.
TIMESCALES Overall Timescales: The current overall timescales anticipated for the Central Section project are: 2019: non-statutory consultation on the above route options, followed by a decision on preferred route 2020: design of preferred route alignment (exactly where the line will run) and selection of station locations 2021: statutory consultation 2021: development consent order application submitted* 2023: development consent order secured* *The development is a Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project, so final application for consent would be submitted to the Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government (MHCLG) rather than the local councils. Current
Planning Application - - 26 dwellings, land between 19 & 73 The Hill
Central Beds Council granted planning permission for this development on 15/7/19 under application CB/18/04769/OUT
Barford Rd Traffic Calming
Central Beds Council is installing traffic calming on Barford Rd opposite Centenary Place (new development adjacent Jubilee Close).
Here are details:
Central Bedfordshire Council Local Plan
The draft plan has now been published. This outlines where development is likley to take place over the next 20 years.
Here is a link
The majority of development appears to be via new villages & town extensions. This includes a new market town at Tempsford Airfield (7k homes). Central Beds Council has stated it will seek to secure a small proportion of development in existing villages – approximately 2k homes. The 9 sites put forward by Blunham land owners have been assessed, & none have been included (although 3 of them have already gained planning permission & are progressing).
Japanese Knotweed -This invasive non-native plant has found its way into Blunham & has caused damage to the pavement. If you have this plant growing on your land, you are legally required to ensure it does not spread outside of your boundary. Failure to comply with the regulations can lead to a fine of up to £5,000. You must also follow strict regulations regarding disposal of the plant. The government has issued a fact sheet about it, which can be seen on www.gov.uk. We would urge all residents to familiarise themselves with this plant & act responsibly if it is spotted.
Community Speed Watch
Community Speed Watch is a scheme to help people reduce traffic speeding through their neighbourhood. Excessive speed through neighbourhoods is one of the most common issues raised with Councillors and has an impact not only on road safety but on the quality of life for those residents that endure it. The scheme enables volunteers to work within their community to raise awareness of the dangers of speeding and to help control the problem locally.
The scheme currently operates in the area's administered by Bedford Borough Council and Central Bedfordshire Council and is supported by Luton Borough Council, Bedfordshire Police and Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service. Community Speed Watch can be set up in any ward, village or parish governed by a 20/30/40 miles per hour speed limit.
Community Speed Watch seeks to promote safer driving in our local communities by educating rather than prosecuting individuals. Data collected by Community Speed Watch groups will be passed to Bedfordshire Police who may undertake speed checks and result in drivers being prosecuted.
Community Speed Watch requires a group of at least two trained volunteers to operate.
Having registered as a volunteer you will be offered a training course run by Bedfordshire Police. The course covers the use of the equipment, training in conflict resolution and an option for basic first aid. The course can be arranged at various locations around the County. The training comprises of three modules and if all the modules are taken it will last for approximately six hours.
When a group decide to run a Community Speed Watch session they will arrange to take delivery of the equipment from the Police and then notify Police Headquaters prior to the commencement of the session.
The volunteers will then run the session noting the date, time, colour, make, model and registration number of any vehicles exceeding the speed limit. The results will then be forwarded to the Police who will then arrange for the registered keeper of the vehicle to be written to, informing them that the vehicle was detected exceeding the speed limit, giving the location, date and time. Persistent speeders will receive a second letter but on the third occasion they can expect further action to be taken by the police.
Information showing the number of Community Speed Watch operations along with other speed monitoring and enforcement activities across Bedfordshire will be posted on the Community Watch calendar.
Volunteering - If you would like to volunteer to be a member of a speed watch group in Blunham please contact Gill Jones at email@example.com
Community Messaging (aka Ringmaster)
This is a system run be “Beds alert” on behalf of Bedfordshire Police. It is quick & easy way to be notified of any local crime – usually by email or Twitter. To register please go to www.bedsalert.co.uk
Flood Risk Survey – A meeting was held on 13/11/14 & attended by PCllrs Glanvill & Marner with UCllr Maudlin & Steve Thomas from Central Beds Council & Joanne Chillinsworth the consultant employed by Central Beds Council. They had specifically been investigating the flooding at the junction of the High Street & Tempsford Rd. The culvert is in poor condition & is blocking too easily & needed to be wider but not higher. Channel maintenance would be beneficial & Mr Thomas would follow this up with Highways. He would also contact the land owner with regard to ditch maintenance. Discussion took place regarding other properties flooding when it rains heavily at the bottom of the High Street Lack of drain emptying was identified as as issue throughout the village including Station Road. Ms Chillingworth will investigate using a wider culvert and look into diverting the discharge point of this into a different location so that the run off from the fields and village do not meet the rise of the river as much as it does at the moment.
A report has now been produced by the consultants with reccomendations for Central Beds Council to consider - here is a link - http://www.centralbedfordshire.gov.uk/Images/-%20Blunham%20-%20Final%20Report%20v2.0%5B1%5D_tcm6-65039.pdf#False
Flood Risk Assessment update September 2015 – UCllr Maudlin has reported that Steve Thomas CBC Senior Engineer, Flood Risk Management is carrying out some improvement works around The Pound in the next couple of months. They will be clearing the vegetation to expose the channel through The Pound area and widening the channel where they can. There is a tree next to No. 90 High St (the end property next to The Pound) whose roots are restricting the flow in the ditch, and they may look to have this removed or reduced in height. There are electricity cables close by which may complicate matters but they will liaise with UK Power Networks to find a solution.
Under the governments new voucher scheme, small & medium sized business are eligible to a voucher of up to £3000 to help them get broadband connected - go to https://btmail.bt.com/www.destinationdigital.info/vouchers. The Superfast Broadband Rollout programme can be seen on Central Beds Councils website http://www.centralbedfordshire.gov.uk/local-business/broadband/default.aspx
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