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Image Central Bedfordshire in 30 years’ time

Residents are being urged to imagine what Central Bedfordshire will be like in 30-years’ time. The Council has launched a consultation to capture views from residents, businesses and local organisations. It includes roadshows, pop-events and a website.

Cllr James Jamieson, leader of the Council, said:

“The best way to predict the future is to create it. But we can’t do it on our own.

“Over the next few months or so we will be asking residents to share with us their vision of what are going to be the challenges and opportunities and how we are going to deal with them.

“We need to be able to paint a picture of the sort of place we want Central Bedfordshire to be in 30 years’ time.

“This vision will influence and inform how we develop services, support local businesses, manage transport, educate our young people and grow our communities.

“Fantastic communities don’t happen by accident, they happen because members of these communities have a clear picture of how they want their place to be in the future and take action to make their vision a reality.

“We are a popular place to live and for business. This in turn means we are set to grow significantly with more people, more homes and more jobs.

“Most people are doing well, but some are struggling. We want to make the most of future opportunities for the benefit of all our residents, while also recognising what we want to preserve about our history and what people love about this place.

“The roadshows, events and the website will show people the issues – the questions about how and where we will live and work, how we will get around and what we may need to have in place.

“It’s not something a council could or should address alone. That’s why we’re working with other local organisations, businesses and of course our residents.”

The Council will be at the following venues, with more dates and venues to be confirmed:

Thursday, 17 October   Sandy, Co-op
Friday, 18 October  Ampthill, Waitrose 
Monday, 21 October   Marston Vale Community Forest Centre
Tuesday, 22 October   Dunstable, Tesco's 
Wednesday, 23 October Houghton Regis, Morrisons 
Thursday, 24 October   Biggleswade, Asda 
Friday, 25 October   Shefford, Weekly Charter Market 
Monday, 28 October  Stotfold, Co-op 
Wednesday, 30 October  Arlesey, Resource Centre and Library 
Thursday, 14 November Flitwick, Tesco’s

Leaflets giving more details of Vision2050 are available at libraries, leisure centres and council offices. Residents can have their say via the website or by attending an event.

The Chronicle mentioned the parking charges at the Forest Centre to the Council, but it did not respond before we went to press.