New Woburn Street Zebra Crossing
As part of Central Bedfordshire’s Safer Routes to School’ programme, a scheme has been developed to improve and facilitate the crossing of Woburn Street, Ampthill through the implementation of a raised zebra crossing. This will be constructed during the school half-term recess commencing 13th February.
The scheme will particularly help pedestrians travelling form the northern part of Ampthill to The Firs Lower and Alameda Middle schools. The scheme will also see an extension to the 20 mph zone, footway widening and parking restrictions around the Russet Close/Woburn Street junction. The implementation of the scheme has been coordinated to align with the resurfacing works on Woburn Street.
Warren Farm Development
Central Bedfordshire Council ratified the allocated Warren Farmland off of Flitwick Road and land to the west of Abbey Road, as suitable for the development of 410 houses on 14th April 2011, despite protests coordinated by Ampthill Development Action Group (ADAG). The decision has been upheld by and independent inspector.
On 21st June the first of monthly stakeholder meetings took place and includes representation from the town's Central Beds Councillors, ADAG and the Developers.
- Visit: Warren Farm Development Website - set up by the by the developers to give local stakeholders and interested parties an insight into the progression of the development. You can download the minutes and agendas from stakeholder meetings from this website.
- Visit: Ampthill Development Action Group (ADAG) Website - view details from those that oppose the over development of Ampthill
Covanta - The fight continues
Clearly everyone who fought the Covanta proposal will be deeply disappointed and angry to learn that despite overwhelming local and national opposition the IPC have approved the monster incinerator.
This is not the end of the road. The Environment Agency are yet to give its approval and to date Covanta have no significant customers so the economics of the incinerator don't stack up.
What you can do
- The On-Line Petition is still open. Please visit www.mmetag.com - show your support - sign and encourage others to do so.
- Central Beds Council are examining the IPC process for possible non adherence, in order that they can instigate a possible judicial review. If you felt that the IPC were obstructive or that the process failed in some way - visit www.mmetag.com for details on how you can register your comments.
- Posters and leaflets are still available to download at www.mmetag.com - please use them to help spread the word to others.
The construction of Center Parcs will begin in earnest during 2012, with completion due during 2013 with a summer opening. The development will not only be good for the local economy, but will create a 1000 jobs. Good news for local jobseekers.