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The virtual meetings are not part fo the official consultation

Bedford Borough Council is holding two virtual meetings to hear views from residents and businesses on what they wish to see in the Council’s response to the current East West Rail Company consultation.

During the meeting, there will be a presentation and a question and answer session with mayor Dave Hodgson, councillor Michael Headley and the chief officer for planning and infrastructure development at the Council on what attendees believe should be in the Council’s response.

A Borough Council spokesperson said:

“We are hosting these public meetings to help ensure that we hear residents’ voices on what they would like to see in our consultation response to this East West Rail Company consultation.

“Please submit your questions and comments, and watch the meetings to find out more about our emerging thoughts on this crucial issue for the future of Bedford Borough.”

The meetings will take place on Wednesday 12 May 2021 from 12pm – 2pm and Thursday 13 May from 6.30pm -8.30pm.

Ongoing COVID-19 restrictions mean that these meetings will be held virtually via the Council’s virtual committee meeting system and will be streamed live on YouTube.

Questions and comments will need to be submitted via email in advance of the meeting. All questions and comments will need to be submitted by 8am on Friday 7 May.

A high level of interest is anticipated, so it is unlikely that everyone that submits a question will be able to take part. All the questions and comments received by the deadline will be collated and a selection of people will be invited to speak at the meeting.

They will have a time limit of three minutes each, to ensure as many points are covered as possible, in an organised and efficient way.

Any questions that aren’t addressed due to time restrictions will receive a written response.

People watching live on YouTube will also be able to submit comments via EWRpublicmeetings@bedford.gov.uk and via an online form

The virtual meetings will not form a consultation response in themselves but will be a listening exercise on behalf of the Council.

If you are not able to attend the meeting, there is also a form available on the Council website where you can let the Council know your views at www.bedford.gov.uk/eastwestrailconsultation.

As with the public meetings, this form is not a way of responding to the consultation. 

To have your say in the East West Rail consultation, residents, businesses and interested parties must reply directly to the East West Rail Company and this can be done via East West Rail Consultation.