Thursday, 31 July 2014
Wednesday, 30 July 2014
Tuesday, 29 July 2014
He says there were eight bags of it - standard rubbish but due to good weather probably more than average and scattered around due to food in the rubbish being scavenged by cats and foxes. He had already cleaned up on Friday so this was over the weekend and will most likely happen over most weekends while the weather remains good. Also the kids are now around all the time, he adds.
So Cranners folk help out by taking as much as you can home with you spesh unused food.
Monday, 28 July 2014
To be fair it is a full bin and with the weather and family holidays it may have been an unusually large number of people having a damn good time and finding the bins full. Feel free to complain but the PC is on the case.
To the Parish Council Clerk:
Cranfield War Memorial, Junction of High Street and Church Walk, Cranfield, Bedfordshire – Awarded Listed Building Status
We have been considering adding Cranfield War Memorial to the List of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest. We have taken into account all the representations made, and completed our assessment of the memorial. I am pleased to inform you that having considered our recommendation, the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport has decided to add Cranfield War Memorial to the List of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest. The memorial is now listed at Grade II.
The List entry for this building, together with a map, has now been published on the National Heritage List for England, and will be available for public access from tomorrow. This List can be accessed through our website.
Listing helps us to mark a building’s significance and celebrate its special architectural and historic interest. It brings specific protection so that its special interest can be properly considered in managing its future. Listing does not mean, however, that no alterations can be made - in fact in the vast majority of cases applications to make changes to a listed building are approved. Further information about listed buildings can be found on the ‘Your Property’ pages of our website.
Your local planning authority will now be preparing the statutory notices required under the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990 Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest.
Please be aware that the listing of the memorial took effect on the day that the List entry was published on the National Heritage List for England.
Please do not hesitate to contact me if I can be of any further assistance. More information can also be found on our website at English Heritage
Katy Mack, Designation Co-ordinator - East
Friday, 18 July 2014
With reference to your concerns with the canvassers in the area. If you are selling items then you need a peddlers licence. A charity can canvas in the area , the normal procedure would be to make us aware by email that they are canvasing. , the Red Cross did in fact inform us that they were canvassing in the area on this occasion.
If members of the public call us out with concerns we would attend and stop check them to make sure all was in order. A no cold calling zone is a deterrent because the community don’t want this to happen in their local area.
May I advise that members of the public don’t answer the doors if they are unsure and not expecting a visit. Unfortunately we can’t stop them from doing this, but we can certainly make sure that they are safe and aren’t in the areas for other reasons.
PCSO 4818 ELAINE FLEET
Wednesday, 16 July 2014
Monday, 14 July 2014
I agree with this (anonymised) post from the Cranfield facebook page (above).
Says it all. You fight a battle the get owners to pick up dog mess in the middle of Cranfield - green spaces and roadsides. Then you ask them to to do it even when they are way down the thrift or the Spinney, then you find some of then do it and then leave it aside for collection? Come off it.
I'm not a dog lover or hater but dogs will be dogs and what happens on walkies does not stay on walkies. I will be asking for this to be discussed and a public education campaign devised at the September Parish Council meeting. Sorry democracy has a job keeping up with dog poo. More on this soon.
Saturday, 12 July 2014
A long time ago we got our then eight-year-old up and ready for the first day of the new school year only to find Mill Road deserted. We had a school newsletter form the previous term with all the term dates and had total confidence. But then the Lower School (all previous personnel I might add) decided to run a training day on the first day of the new school year and I assume a scrap of paper explaining this came home in the bottom of school bag. we missed this, result embarrassment.
Check out the school terms for the forthcoming year on CBC's website with the proviso that this is no protection from local variations as described above.
For fuller deets go to :
CBC School terms
2014 - Autumn school term and school holidays
- term starts on 3 September
- half term from 27 October to 31 October
- term ends on 19 December
2015 - Spring school term and school holidays
- term starts on 6 January
- half term from 16 to 20 February
- term ends for the Easter school holidays on 27 March
2015 - Summer school term and school holidays
- school term starts on 14 April
- half term from 26 to 29 May (25 May is a bank holiday)
- summer term ends on 17 July
Friday, 11 July 2014
Bedfordshire Police have issued a warning following reports of a bank card courier scam in the area:
Act with caution if you receive a suspicious telephone call from someone claiming to be from your bank or the police.
Please let your elderly relatives, friends and neighbours know about this scam, to prevent them from becoming a victim.
For more information on this scam, please visit our Scam Alerts section at
Thursday, 10 July 2014
Rosie Davey-Hunt (clerk) 10 July 14:16
Wicksteed has inspected play areas and we are awaiting quotes for the work to enable the council to re-open the park.
Hopefully the urgency is noted by Wicksteed. A schedule of further repairs will continue thoughout the year. Toddlers swings inspected again today at Broad Green, and found to be safe.
"Central Bedfordshire Council is asking local businesses to take part in a survey and share their thoughts on the issues they face to help us shape the services we offer to support long term economic growth across our area, particularly in our key sectors.
"This is the fifth year that we have conducted the survey and previous responses have enabled us to deliver more of the support that local business say they want. For instance, last year’s survey highlighted issues around recruitment and skills. In response, we secured European funding for schemes to work with local businesses in important sectors such as care, construction, hospitality and retail to deliver training to unemployed people and help them gain the skills they need to secure a job in these sectors.
"The 2014 survey is being carried out jointly by the South East Midlands Local Enterprise Partnership and Central Bedfordshire Council both over the telephone and online. The survey can be found at survey and closes on 31 July."
At the Town & Parish Council Conference we gave an undertaking to clarify the information provided in the Safety Camera letter dated 22 Apr 2014.
In 2014/15 we have been successful in bidding for £750k of capital funding and this will be used as follows:
There are 36 existing camera sites that contain wet film. We are undertaking a review of these sites and the associated traffic data. It is anticipated that we will upgrade these sites to digital over the next few years. The review will allow us to prioritise the sites as well as determine whether they remain a traditional fixed site, average speed site or the camera housing is left but unmaintained. We have allocated £350k to this work in 2014/15 which will upgrade approximately 10 of the sites. The remaining sites will be the subject of a further capital bid in 2015/16 and beyond. There is no town/parish council contribution required for these sites.
We have committed to provide 2 new camera sites; these are in Poynters Road, Dunstable and Soulbury Road, Leighton- Linslade. We have allocated £150k to this work but the details are yet to be finalised.
There is a further £250k for new sites. It is this part of the funding which we are seeking to work in partnership with local communities to identify new sites that meet the following criteria:
a. Written support from both the town/parishcouncil and ward member(s)
b. Evidence of a traffic casualty or speed problem. The limited funds that we have are targeted at known casualty sites
Your ref: Our ref: PF/jw/140422 Date: 08/07/2014
taking the latest 3 year’s data into account. For us to consider speed sites the only evidence that can be used is that from the police’s own traffic management unit and no other. Camera enforcement is not the only way to solve problems with traffic speed, and evidence that education and engineering works cannot be carried out, or have been done and there is still a problem, will also need to be considered.
c. Support from the police camera partnership representatives.
d. Suitable location.
e. Suitable 3G mobile network services in the vicinity or a secure ADSL line.
f. A financial contribution from the town/parish council.
In order to keep the costs to a minimum it is anticipated that town/parish councils may work together to come up with locations where a number of sites are identified that can share a camera. Each site would have a fixed casing and an intelligent flash, so it would behave in the same way with or without the camera thereby achieving the speed reduction for the least cost. Data on traffic speeding will be recorded on a memory card that can be downloaded and analysed by the police. However, prosecutions would only be possible when the camera is in situ.
The police are responsible for the moving of the camera and although they would listen to requests to regularly move the camera ultimately it is a matter for the police as to where the camera would be located at any one time.
Please register your interest in a new camera site by providing the details of any locations that you would like considered, together with the evidence requested in a. to f. above or a date when this will be provided.
Details should be sent by 31st August 2014.
Wednesday, 9 July 2014
People are ignoring markings and parking opposite our driveway on a narrow road making it very difficult or impossible for us to access our property. As a result of the parking the grass verge outside our house has been seriously eroded. We raised the problem over a month ago but no progress seems to have been made
Anonymous report unable to respond to customer. The Council has adopted policies and rules for managing the highway network through its Local Transport Plan. This has been developed to reflect the key transport needs of the community. From these key needs a works programme is developed to reflect local priorities in collaboration with Central Bedfordshire elected Councillors, and Town & Parish Councils. Resources for implementing changes to the highway network are limited as there is a continuing need to target resources where they will result in the greatest benefit. Therefore for your request to receive further consideration, it is important that it: a) Aligns with the general priorities of the Council. b) That the request has wider local support from others in your area. c) That the request receives the support of both your Central Bedfordshire Councillor and your Town or Parish Council. Requests that have this support may be included in a future programme of works when other work is also scheduled in your area, in which case you would receive feedback to that effect.
my own suggestion is that the complainant also involves Cranfield Parish Council.
Nice people in Cranfield?
I would like to know how long before something is done about the trees which overhang all our gardens to the rear of REDACTED. We have all complained & NOTHING IS DONE. The trees are the property of the house to the rear. The owner has been asked politely to trim the trees & his response was "REDACTED off...I want my privacy."
Alan Bulpin - Planning & Estates Manager replied:
"FCC are reviewing the Planning Officer’s Report but have not made a decision on whether to appeal or submit a revise application."