Review of the year 2013: October

Alistair Burt MP

Alistair Burt MP

In October a new campaign group was set up in Sandy.

The SG19 Road Safety Group aims to ensure that pressure points on the road network and dangerous spots on the transport system are improved. The group is chaired by Stephen Allen, who has been vocal about requesting extra safety measures in New Road in Sandy.

Bedfordshire Police released statistics about anti-social behaviour in the area. Sandy came out worst with 142 incidents between April and August, followed by Arlesey with 133 reports and Biggleswade South with 110.

The least reported anti-social behaviour in Chronicle Country was in Houghton Conquest and Haynes, where there were just 15 incidents.

MP for North East Beds Alistair Burt lost his job as Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in David Cameron’s cabinet reshuffle.

Mr Burt said he was honoured to have spent three and a half years in the role but that constituents in Bedfordshire have always been his main priority.

In mid-October the Bedfordshire Rural Communities Charity called on readers to help turn the £250,000 Biggleswade Green Wheel project into reality. The aim is to link green spaces around the town and to plant more than 8,000 trees.

Central Beds Council told town and parish councils that it will not be sharing the government’s Council Tax Support Grant with them again next year. Central Beds Council’s Councillor Maurice Jones explained that the council is facing increasing financial pressures so it will not be in a position to pass on the money.

Students at Biggleswade Academy were told they could not take part in the town’s Remembrance Sunday parade. A letter from Biggleswade Town Council and the Biggleswade Branch of the Royal British Legion said so many people were already taking part that the invitation list had to be closed. Headteacher Steve Phillips said the school was outraged.




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