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ArleseyThis website has been created to provide you with information about the services provided by the Town Council and items of local interest. It is intended to be a service to the local community and visitors to the area. If you have comments or feedback regarding the website please contact us. This will help us to improve the service we offer.

This site you will find information about the Town Council, its members, details of meetings, committees and services provided as well as information about the local area. Use of the links will enable you to find the information you require.

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Minutes of Public Lands and Highways Committee meeting held 9th January 2018

Minutes of the Public Lands and Highways Committee meeting held 9th January 2018 are now available to view.

Minutes of Public Lands and Highways Committee – 09/01/2018

Minutes of the Public Relations Committee meeting held 9th January 2018

Minutes of the Public Relations Committee meeting held 9th January 2018 are now available to view.

Minutes of Public Relations Committee – 09/01/2018

SPRING CLEAN POSTPONED due to bad weather

ATC has reluctantly taken the decision to postpone this weekend’s planned Spring Clean Up event due to current weather conditions.   It is hoped that event will be rescheduled before the end of March.    New dates to be advised shortly.

Agenda for Public Lands & Highways Committee Meeting to be held on 6th March 2018

The agenda for the Public Lands & Highways Committee meeting to be held on Tuesday 6th March 2018 is now available to view.

Public Lands & Highways Committee Agenda 06/03/2018

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Agenda for Public Relations Committee Meeting to be held on 6th March 2018

The agenda for the Public Relations Committee meeting to be held on Tuesday 6th March 2018 is now available to view.

 

Public Relations Committee Agenda 06/03/2018

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Minutes of Town Council Meeting held 16th January 2018

Minutes of the Town Council Meeting held on the 16th January 2018 are now available to view

Minutes of Town Council Meeting – 16/01/2018

ATC’s Response to CBC Local Plan Consultation

ATC recently contracted a planning consultant to assist in the drafting of representations in response to CBC’s Pre-Submission Local Plan consultation, which closes at 5pm on Thursday 22nd February 2018.

The Town Council’s representations fundamentally OBJECT to:

and require the mitigation of High Street access issues prior to the delivery of:

The full text of ATC’s representations can be viewed here  (submitted responses here) however the summary below has been prepared to assist residents when considering their own representations.

The consultation period closes at 5pm on Thursday 22nd February 2018.

The representations raise issues principally with regard to the following four areas:

  • The soundness of the spatial strategy;
  • Whether the level of further growth directed to Arlesey is compatible with its designation as a Minor Service Centre?
  • Whether the A507 has adequate capacity to serve the proposed growth at Arlesey and adjoining settlements?
  • Whether the proposed allocation site is sound having due regard to the spatial objectives of t he emerging Local Plan?

While the full text of the representations supports all of ATC’s individual comments, the following is a summary of ATC’s views on specific areas of the plan.

Section 5.4 – Spatial Strategy Approach

The Spatial Strategy approach does not address the differences between the various growth areas identified.  The Sustainability Appraisals for many of the allocations identify key issues and potential negative effects which are not mitigated at all in the Spatial Strategy.  The East of Arlesey allocation is included in every alternative scenario which suggests that no alternatives have been considered, despite a number of options having been discarded.  Furthermore, without a clear commitment to essential infrastructure improvements, the strategy is undeliverable within the plan period and, therefore, contrary to national policy.

Proposed changes: Amend the strategy to provide an appropriate balance between growth areas and include clear commitments to essential infrastructure improvements

Policy SA3: East of Arlesey

This allocation fails to meet a number of the aims of the plan including coalescence and sustainability.

Reducing the gap between Arlesey and Fairfield would lead to visual coalescence between the settlements, if not physical coalescence.

The proposed development is described as being “not in close proximity to public transport” in the Growth Options Study (N29) with neither extremity of the allocation being closer than 1.5km from a railway station, and the location of the site means that the A507 will bear the brunt of the increased traffic and there are no planned enhancements to improve the capacity of the A507, a road that is already under strain.

Having regard to all this technical evidence and background studies, Arlesey Town Council has concluded that:

  • There is no evidence that the proposed growth will deliver greater sustainability through improved services, facilities and employment opportunities, leading to reduced travelling and outflows.
  • There is no evidence of adequate existing or committed strategic infrastructure to provide more sustainable development.
  • In view of the content of LP Appendix 4 and the significant discrepancies between the current planning application and the policy MA8 proposals, Arlesey Town Council see little evidence that the policy SA3 proposals will deliver a mixed development with reduced travel requirements.

Rather, the Town Council submit that Allocation Site SA3: East of Arlesey will result in unsustainable growth, leading to visual coalescence with Fairfield Park together with increased traffic congestion and an unacceptable impact on the quality of life for current and future residents of Arlesey and adjoining settlements.  Furthermore, on the Council’s own evidence deliverability of the allocation is low and accessibility is medium at best.  For all these reasons the proposed allocation is considered to be unsound.

Proposed changes: Delete the SA3 allocation and also amend policy SP1 accordingly.

Policy HA1:  Small and Medium Allocations

This representation relates to sites HAS01 and HAS02.  ATC accepts the principle of development of these two sites which will adjoin the MA8 allocation (Arlesey Cross). As such they will represent a logical extension to Arlesey without resulting in unacceptable impacts on the character of the area subject to detailed design, including access and provision of the Eastern Relief Road, which should be completed prior to any development of these sites. Acknowledged capacity constraints in High Street indicate that the principal access should be to the Eastern Relief Road.

Proposed changes:  Sites HAS01 and HAS02 require Additional Policy Requirements: Detail design including access will be required to complement the MA8 Arlesey Cross proposals. Development will not be permitted prior to implementation of approved Eastern Relief Road, with direct access to the Eastern Relief Road or the Arlesey Cross development. Access via High Street will not be permitted.

12.  Employment and Economy

The statement at paragraph 12.1.6 is inconsistent with paragraph 6.5.3 and is not supported by evidence in the CBC Local Area Transport Plan and Transport Modelling, both of which highlight the limited network capacity, particularly on the A507.

Proposed changes: Amend paragraph 12.1.6 to accord with paragraph 6.5.3 and the evidence base, to acknowledge the limited network capacity, particularly on the A507 and acknowledge the additional investment required to secure highway improvements.

14.1  Overview of Transport Network

The statement at paragraph 14.1.1 is inconsistent with paragraph 6.5.3 and is not supported by evidence in the CBC Local Area Transport Plan and Transport Modelling, both of which highlight the limited network capacity, particularly on the A507.

Proposed changes: Amend paragraph 14.1.1 to accord with paragraph 6.5.3 and the evidence base, to acknowledge the limited network capacity, particularly on the A507 and acknowledge the additional investment required to secure highway improvements.

Ends.

Please direct any queries regarding this or any other Town Council matter to our Town Clerk, Susan Foulkes, either by email:  townclerk@arleseytc.co.uk  by telephone 01462 733722 or in writing to the Town Council Office, Arlesey Community Centre, High Street, Arlesey SG15 6SN

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Agenda for Town Council Meeting to be held 20th February 2018

The agenda for the Town Council meeting to be held on Tuesday 20th February 2018 is now available to view.

 

Arlesey Town Council Agenda –  20/02/2018

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Minutes of Finance and General Purposes Committee held 5th December 2017

Minutes of the Finance and General Purposes Committee held 5th December 2017 are now available to view

Minutes of Finance and General Purposes Committee – 05/12/2017

Councillor Surgery – 3rd March 2018

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Agenda for Finance and General Purposes Committee to be held 6th February 2018

The agenda for the Finance & General Purposes Committee meeting to be held on Tuesday 6th February 2018 is now available to view.

Finance & General Purposes Committee Agenda – 06/02/2018

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Minutes of Town Council meeting held 12th December 2017

Minutes of the Town Council Meeting held 12th December 2017 are now available to view.

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Minutes of Town Council meeting held 21st November 2017

Minutes of the Town Council Meeting held  21st November 2017 are now available to view.

Minutes of Town Council meeting – 21/11/2017

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Agenda for Town Council Meeting to be held on 16th January 2018

The agenda for the Town Council meeting to be held on Tuesday 16th January 2018 is now available to view.

Arlesey Town Council Agenda – 16/01/2018

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CBC Publishes its Pre-Submission Local Plan

Central Bedfordshire Council has now published its Pre-Submission Local Plan which contains proposals for an additional 2,000 homes for Arlesey over and above the 1,400 homes planned under the Arlesey Cross development – POLICY SA3 (link below) details the these proposals.  

CBC Pre-Submission Local Plan – Policy SA3 East of Arlesey

The plan also proposes 2 smaller developments (sites HAS01 & HAS02) for up to 87 homes, under Policy HA1: Small & Medium Allocations Jan 2018

CBC Local Plan Representations Procedure

CBC Website Link – Local Plan Consultation (Use this link to submit representations online)

CBC is hosting a public drop-in event at Arlesey Village Hall on Tuesday 30th January from 3pm to 7.30pm – however representations on the plan can be submitted from today (11th Jan) up until the deadline date for submissions; being 22nd February 2018.

Arlesey Town Council will initially be considering its position on the the Pre-Submission Local Plan at its meeting to be held on 16th January, and will finalise any representations it considers appropriate at the next Council meeting on 20th February 2018.     Residents are welcome to attend both meetings.

ATC’s previous representations can be viewed below:

ATC’s Representations on CBC Draft Local Plan Consultation Regulation 18 – August 2017

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Committee Meetings – Tuesday 9th January 2018

The following committee meetings will be held at Arlesey Village Hall on Tuesday 9th January 2018, starting at 7pm:

 

Public Lands & Highways Committee Meeting Agenda –  9 January 2018

Public Relations Committee Meeting  Agenda – 9 January 2018

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Temporary Administrative Assistant Vacancy

A vacancy has arisen for a Temporary Admin Assistant to provide Maternity Cover from January to Mid-October 2018.

Further details and an application pack are available to download below.

Temporary Admin Assistant Advert – Closing date 5th January 2018

Temporary Admin Assistant Application Pack – Dec 2017

WORD VERSION – ATC Job Application Form

ATC Equal Oppunities Monitoring Form 01.04.16

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Resource Centre Manager Vacancy – Amended Working Hours/Extended Deadline.

Applications are invited for the position of Arlesey Resource Centre Manager to work part-time TUESDAY to FRIDAY, and alternate Saturday mornings.

Further details and an application pack are available to download below, or can be collected from the Town Council Office during our opening hours of

Monday to Friday 9am to 3pm or Fridays 9am to midday.

To receive an application pack by post please telephone 01462 733722.

Extended Deadline for applications:   Midday, 31st January 2018.

Resource Centre Manager Vacancy – Amended hours.

Resource Centre Manager Application Pack – Nov. 2017

Arlesey Resource Centre Manager Working Hours

Councillor Surgery – 6th January 2018

Arlesey Town Council Christmas Closure