The Town Council adopted its Five Year Plan and objectives for 2019-2024 in April 2019. This is a live document which will continue to be updated over time. The objectives have primarily arisen from ongoing Town Council aims as well as the priorities identified in consultation with residents in the autumn of 2018, when a face to face survey was carried out with just under 500 residents of the parish.
Since the election of the new Council in May 2019, some additional objectives have been agreed as set out below. The Five Year Plan document will be revised and re-published once approved by Council in April 2020.
|1||Town Ranger service (from 1 April 2020)|
|2||Drinking water fountains|
|3||Changing pod facility in Parson’s Close Recreation Ground|
|4||Additional memorialisation options (already underway)|
|5||Initial scoping work on services for older people (survey/consultation) – to be progressed thereafter|
|5||Consideration of overflow car parking at Linslade Memorial Playing Fields and Garden of Remembrance|
|6||Projects for young people (arising from current survey/consultation) – possibly including BMX track improvement/development|
|7||Second Mausoleum (subject to interest)|
|Partnership/longer term project list|
|8||Skate park improvement|
|9||Cultural and community facility|
|10||Soft play facility|
|11||Vandyke Road youth club|
|12||Leighton-Linslade Green Wheel|
|13||Additional cemetery land|
|14||Additional allotment land|
|15||Improved accommodation for TACTIC|
|16||Restoration of Henry Finch memorial fountain|
|17||Recycling of cups and glasses at events|
Since the election of the new Council, some environmental ambitions have also been adopted and we will continue to work towards these. In October 2019 a new waste and recycling contract was agreed (primarily for waste from the parks and open spaces).
In addition to delivering objectives to improve areas for which it is directly responsible – such as Parks and Open Spaces, Playgrounds and Allotments – the Town Council continues to work in partnership with other organisations (in particular, Central Bedfordshire Council) to aim towards the bigger, longer term aspirations for the parish. Central Bedfordshire Council has responsibility for planning, social care, education, community safety, waste and recycling, housing, homelessness, leisure and environmental services.
A “Partnership Project List” will be published once approved by Council. This document summarises the aspirations for the town of which the Town Council is supportive. Many of these aspirations originate from extensive public consultation which took place in creating the previous Town Plans: Big Plan (2007-2011) and Big Plan II (2011-2017). In continuing to press for these aspirations, we ensure that the input of all those who contributed to the creation of these plans is not lost.