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The Potton Town Council Newsletter is published quarterly and the Town Council will keep you informed on this page of any latest news between Newsletters.

  • The Safer Central community survey May 12, 2021


    Have your say!

    The Safer Central community survey is a chance to have your say about crime and community safety issues that are important to you and your community.

    The survey is open to anybody who lives or works in Central Bedfordshire.

    Responses are reviewed on a regular basis and findings from the survey inform the priorities of Safer Central, Central Bedfordshire’s Community Safety Partnership and also inform the work of the community safety team.

    The survey runs annually, so even if you completed it last year they would like to hear from you again.  Complete the survey.

  • New Town Council Chairman & Vice-Chairman May 5, 2021

    The Annual Meeting of the Town Council took place on Tuesday 4th May 2021 and councillors elected Cllr John Hobbs as Chairman and Cllr Jonathan Price Williams as Vice-Chairman for the municipal year 2021/22.

    The new Chairman thanked outgoing Chairman Cllr Jonathan Lean for his leadership during his tenure and Cllr Lean thanked the Town Council and staff for the support they gave during his year as Chairman through the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Notice of Councillor Vacancy May 5, 2021

    Following the resignation of Cllr Les Ivall on 5th May 2021, there is now a vacancy for a councillor at Potton Town Council.  For more information, click here.

  • Greensand Country Photography Competition April 19, 2021

    ‘The Greensand Country Photography Competition’ has launched!
    Louise Stewart-Young | Marketing and Communications Officer |
    Greensand Country Landscape Partnership

    My Greensand Country
    Full details on the Greensand Country Website here Photo Competition | Greensand Country

    The Greensand County Photography Competition returns and we’d love you to be a part of it.  Following on from the series of Photography Workshops led by Phil Richardson of Melen Training, Greensand Country Landscape Partnership is pleased to launch this competition as part of Greensand Festival 2021.  The aim of this competition is to capture people’s emotional connection to the landscape and help celebrate it.

    The competition is open to all and the theme for the 2021 competition is “My Greensand Country”.

    There are no categories for this competition, but we encourage you to be as adventurous and daring with your entries as you can be!

    Greensand Country is a beautiful and loved landscape.  It is defined by the Greensand Ridge, a band of higher ground stretching from Leighton Buzzard to Gamlingay, which rises out of the surrounding vales to create a locally unique environment.  The area contains all of Bedfordshire’s remaining heathland, more than half of its woodland and 29 historic parklands.  It is a landscape rich in wildlife and cultural heritage, with its own special qualities and sense of place.   A ‘green oasis’ of peace and quiet, rolling countryside and breath-taking views. A place where people feel able to slow down, unwind and connect with nature. Somewhere to escape urban life, breathe easy and feel uplifted.

    Please refer to this map to understand the boundaries of Greensand Country.

    Details:
    • There are two age ranges – Children/Young People and Adults (18+)
    • Only one photograph can be submitted – make it your best one!
    • We can only accept photographs taken on a digital camera
    • Photographs must be taken in Greensand Country. In order to validate your submission the location of the photo must be included
    • All photographs (once approved) will be able to be viewed on the Greensand Country Website
    • Entries from those aged under 18 will need the approval of their parent or guardian
    • The deadline for submission is midnight, Monday 3rd May 2021
    • Winners and Runners Up will be contacted no later than Friday 14th May 2021
    • The prize for both Winners and Runners Up (of both age ranges) is an outdoor exhibition at Rushmere Country Park, in partnership with The Greensand Trust. The exhibition will open on Saturday 22nd May 2021
    • For full Terms and Conditions please click here: Photo Competition T&Cs.

  • Have your say on the East West Rail consultation April 14, 2021

    East West Rail are consulting on proposals for the Bletchley to Bedford and Bedford to Cambridge lines.

    East West Rail will provide a fast train service connecting communities between Oxford and Cambridge.

    The section between Bletchley and Bedford is in the detailed planning stage and the section between Bedford and Cambridge is at the early planning stage.


    Bletchley to Bedford
    The proposals include changes to the Marston Vale line which runs through Lidlington, Ridgmont, Milbrook, Aspley Guise and Woburn Sands.

    There are two virtual public events relating to these proposals:

    • Tuesday 13 April, 7pm-8pm
    • Thursday 13 May, 2pm-3pm

    To attend these events, you need to register online (scroll down and click on geographically based public events).


    Bedford to Cambridge
    There are also proposals for the route between Bedford and Cambridge, this includes an option for a possible new station at Tempsford.

    There are two virtual public events relating to these proposals:

    • Thursday 15 April, 11am-12pm
    • Tuesday 11 May, 2pm-3pm

    To attend these events, you need to register online (scroll down and click on geographically based public events).


    Consultation open until 9 June

    The consultation is open for feedback until 9 June.  You can view all of the consultation proposals and have your say on the East West Rail website.

  • Passing of the Duke of Edinburgh April 9, 2021

    Potton Town Council wishes to express its sadness at the formal announcement of the
    death of the Duke of Edinburgh.

    The Town Council acknowledges the magnificent service the Duke of Edinburgh has made over the years and he will be greatly missed by this country.

  • Location of Dog Waste Bins & Litter Bins in Potton March 25, 2021

    The locations of dog waste bins and litter bins in Potton have been plotted on a map, which can be viewed here.  There is also a link to the map on https://www.pottontowncouncil.co.uk/map/

  • Potton’s Spring Litter Pick – rescheduled March 2, 2021

    The Spring litter pick has been rescheduled to take place on Saturday 22nd May.  If you would like to take part, please come down to the old telephone exchange next to the Community Centre in Brook End between 10 am and 2pm.  All litter pickers, rubbish bags, hi-vis vests and route to follow will be provided.  Please bring your own gloves.

    The aim of the Potton litter pick is for community to come together, clean up the local environment and have fun, which of course means staying safe at all times.

    Litter-picking can be carried out alone, in pairs or small groups of up to a maximum of six, based on the current government guidance for meeting with people outside of your household.

    Current Step 3 (not before 17th May) guidance on Social Contact advises:
    As part of Step 3, no earlier than 17 May, the government will look to continue easing limits on seeing friends and family wherever possible, allowing people to decide on the appropriate level of risk for their circumstances.

    This means that most legal restrictions on meeting others outdoors will be lifted – although gatherings of over 30 people will remain illegal. Indoors, the Rule of 6 or 2 households will apply – we will keep under review whether it is safe to increase this.

    As soon as possible and by no later than Step 3, we will also update the advice on social distancing between friends and family, including hugging. But until this point, people should continue to keep their distance from anyone not in their household or support bubble.

    You may have to queue slightly longer than normal when collecting and returning equipment to allow for social distancing.

  • Update to Coronavirus COVID-19 page January 5, 2021

    Our Coronavirus COVID-19 page has been updated.  Click here to find out more.

  • Help raise £2,000 to Support Potton families during the COVID-19 Lockdown April 11, 2020



    Potton Community Help need your financial support

    Potton Community Help are working hard to support those who are self-isolating due to the COVID19 virus, ranging from shopping, collecting prescriptions and other urgent supplies to making a friendly phone call and posting mail.

    However, during the COVID19 Lockdown, many Potton families are going to suffer from short-term financial hardships leading to Food Poverty. Potton Town Council has set up and will manage a support fund to enable us to provide food for these families, working closely with the Potton Community Help coordinators and our current Community Agent and Community and Wellbeing Champion.

    As we progress through this lengthy period of lockdown, we will need to raise further funds in order to support our Potton residents that have been severely affected financially. We are therefore asking you to help us by donating whatever you can afford to this JustGiving fund. All of the money raised will go towards supporting our Potton residents in their hour of need. £58 will feed a Potton family for one week (source – The Need Project).

    Please give generously.

    At the end of the pandemic, we will use any remaining funds to continue supporting Potton families in need.

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