Network Rail is proposing to improve the railway between Oxford and Bedford, and Milton Keynes, Aylesbury and Princes Risborough by upgrading disused and underused rail track to provide a new rail link between these important conurbations, and provide additional routes and capacity for both passengers and freight. On completion, this new rail link will connect the Great Western, Chiltern, West Coast and Midland Main Lines of London and become a vital strategic rail link in Britain's rail network.
In September 2015, Network Rail consulted on plans to upgrade and reconstruct existing and mothballed sections of the line linking Bedford-Bicester and Milton Keynes-Princes Risborough as part of the East West Rail Western Section Phase 2 project. They will require statutory powers under a Transport and Works Act Order (TWAO) granted by the Secretary of State for Transport in order to construct, maintain and operate the project.
Network Rail have undertaken further development following the first round of consultation and will be holding a second round of consutlation beginning on 30th June and ending on 11th August 2017.
A number of public exhibitions will be held to give local communities and local residents a chance to view their plans and give feedback. The two closest exhibitions to Marston Moreteyne are detailed below. The project team will be available at all events to answer any queries.
18th July 12noon to 8pm Harpur Suite, St. Pauls Square, Bedford, MK40 1SJ
19th July 12noon to 8pm The Forest Centre, Station Road, Marston Moreteyne, MK43 OPR
The parish council strongly urges residents to attend one of the above exhibitions to understand what impact the proposals will have on the local crossings at Millbrook and Lidlington and to make your views known.
For more information pleae visit Network Rail at: https://www.networkrail.co.uk
Central Bedfordshire Council has prepared a draft local plan which sets out the options for growth in Central Bedfordshire. A local plan sets out how Central Bedfordshire will develop over the next 20 years. It outlines the strategy for ensuring the growth that we need is delivered in the right place and is of the right character and quality. It also ensures that growth is delivered with the supporting roads, schools and services such as health, as well as retail, leisure and community facilities.
One of the options in the draft plan is to develop a series of four villages and a business park in the Marston Vale (5,000 new homes and 40ha employment). The proposed villages would lie west of Marston Moreteyne, north of Lidlington and east of Brogborough. The site's boundary is the new A421 in the north and the Marston Vale line in the south.
Consultation on the draft plan runs from 4th July to 29th August 2017.
Central Bedfordshire Council wants public feedback on the plan options. Drop in sessions are being held for members of the public to talk to Central Bedfordshire Officers to ask questions. There is no need to book.
Public Drop-In sessions are being held between 2pm to 8pm on:
11th July at Marston Sports Pavilion
20th July at Biggleswade Town Council Offices
26th July at Arlesey Village hall
7th August at Sandy Village Hall
9th August at Caddington Village Hall
The full draft local plan document as well as the supporting evidence and studies can be viewed from 4th July at:
www.centralbedfordshire.gov.uk/localplan or by visiting your local library or Central Bedfordshire offices where copies are available to view.
The parish council urges all residents to pop along to one of these sessions and respond to the consultation by 29th August with your views/comments.
The following names have been submitted to Central Bedfordshire Council for street naming on Phase 2 of the development at Moreteyne Farm.
The names have been derived from those who lost their lives in the First World War and are commemorated on the War Memorial in Station Road.
Torry, Whittington, Busby, Copperwheat, Ellis, Faulkner, Fells, Gee, Harper, Harrison and Huckle
The choices have been made in partnership with the Marston Branch of the Royal British Legion, using an agreed selection criteria. Any further names required for the development will be submitted upon request from Central Bedfordshire Council.
If there are any living relatives of the above named, who do not wish the name to be used, please could they contact the Parish Clerk on 01234 743598 by 20th June 2017.
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