Minutes from the April 2011 meeting of the Eaton Bray Parish Council.
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Below is a summary of the minutes of the Eaton Bray Parish Council Meeting of 4th April 2011.

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Summary of Minutes - Monday 4th April 2011

Police Representatives

There have been 9 recorded crimes from January-March 2011, in comparison to 31 crimes for the same period in 2010.

Anti-Social Behaviour: The police wished to remind all residents to call the police when encountering an incident, and obtain as much detail as possible to aid the police in their investigations. Especially with regards to anti-social behaviour which generally increases with the warmer, longer days.

Youth Activities: The police are looking at setting up activity days during the school holidays in Eaton Bray (School Lane Recreation Ground). Details to follow.

Central Bedfordshire

Dog fouling: It is an offence to allow a dog, which you a responsible for, to foul and not clear it up immediately when in a public place. If residents are aware of persistent offenders letting their dog/s foul the footpaths, recreation ground etc., they can contact the Central Beds Dog Warden Service who will look into this matter further. The dog wardens have the power to issue fixed penalty notices to members of the public who allow their dog to foul and fail to remove it. The dog wardens conduct patrols but need the public's help to report areas of excess dog fouling. The dog wardens can only issue fixed penalty costs of £50 if they see dog fouling happening. Contact details for the dog warden are:-

  1. Telephone on 0300 300 8302
  2. Write to Central Bedfordshire Council, Technology House, 239 Ampthill Road, Bedford MK42 9BD.

Potential Development

The Parish Council have received a very large response to the questionnaire printed in Focus/on parish website and would like to thank all those for taking the time to complete/return the questionnaire. The Parish Council have received a communication from Central Beds Council:- "...Central Bedfordshire Council (CBC) is currently in the process of preparing a new set of planning documents known as the Local Development Framework, and part of that is the Core Strategy which is being produced jointly with Luton Borough Council … The purpose of the Core Strategy is to set out a vision for the area, including sites for future development on the edge of Luton/Dunstable/Houghton Regis. The strategy states that within the rural area of Central Bedfordshire 750 dwellings are to be provided between 2011 and 2026, within this target 112 have already been allocated leaving 638 dwellings ‘to find’. The strategy states that these dwellings should be within or around seven villages [one of those is Eaton Bray] … Therefore to locate suitable land, CBC sent out a ‘Call for Sites’ in June/July last year; where they invited landowners, developers and other interested parties to submit their sites … the site referred to [Bower Lane/Mill End Close] was submitted to us as part of that process. A key priority for the CBC is to develop ‘brown field’ sites first wherever possible in order to minimise loss of ‘green field’ land. However, CBC recognise that in order to meet the rural area housing target ... some development on green field land is likely to be required due to lack of brown field sites within existing village boundaries … It is very important to note that CBC has not yet assessed any of the sites submitted ... and so has not come to a view with regards to their potential suitability for future development..."

Miscellaneous Items

Recreation Ground Improvements: The new equipment has been ordered with delivery expected mid/end-April.

Allotments: The Handyman is having difficulties cutting the grass between each allotment plot due to tenants encroaching into this area. Allotment holders are asked not to cut into the pathways, and any paths that have become too narrow will be made wider to allow for grass cutting.

Height Barrier: Due to damage to The Rye height barrier the council are in the process of obtaining quotations for repair.

Next Council Meetings

Annual Parish Meeting: Monday 9th May 2011, 7.30pm, in the Coffee Tavern.

Annual Parish Council Meeting: Wednesday 11th May 2011, 7.30pm, in the Coffee Tavern.

The Parish Clerk can be contacted using the details shown on the Eaton Bray Parish Council home page.