Network Rail Electrification

Some of you have already been disturbed by the noise from the railway. They are piling so that they can put the poles in place to take the electric lines. The timetable is between now and the 18 June. It will happen at weekends between 23.00 hours and 7.00am and midweek nights. They will be using Engineering Trains, Road Rail vehicles, mobile Piling Rigs, and Mobile Tower Lights. Rail track say they will try to keep the noise and possible vibration to a minimum. if you are concerned please go to or telephone 0345711414


Pavenham Broadband. Is this good news at last?

I have just received an email from the Borough advising that they are hoping to sign a new contract for Broadband.

They will be able to talk about what it actually means for Pavenham and various aspects of work ongoing, accelerating delivery, adding more funding and dealing with oddities.

I am arranging a meeting with the Officer and the chairman of Pavenham Parish Council.

Here is hoping that this means good news!

Children walking to/from Lincroft School along Lovell Road

There is a great concern that there will soon be an accident along this road.

The railway bridge only has one lane and car drivers are getting very impatient and speeding up to get through before others do. This is putting children at risk who are walking along the narrow footpath.

This issue is on the Oakley Parish Council Agenda for next Tuesday the 12th May at 7.15pm. I will be asking that Clapham Parish Council and Lincroft School, as well as Oakley Parish, work together to find a solution to this problem.

I will also be asking for the police to do more speed checks asap.

In the meantime if you are using Lovell Road please drive along safely particularly when you see children on the foot path.

Stevington Launch of their Neighbourhood Plan

Well done to the people of Stevington!

Their launch of the Neighbourhood Plan was humming with people on all three days. It was a very professional display and both the visitors from Oakley and Pavenham were very impressed. The Stevington plan team were delighted to meet up with the members of both Oakley and Pavenham and all three groups are looking forward to meeting together in the future.

The comments from residents about ideas for Stevington to move forward to 2032 were very insightful. The committee are already collating them so that a draft vision and actions can be presented to the Village.

It was great to be there for the three days and join with you on this very important step towards getting a legally enforceable plan for Stevington.

Oakley Speed Cameras Timetable

Many people have been asking when the Speed cameras will be operational. The timeline has just been published by Amey.

It is proposed that on the week beginning the 11th May 2015 the lights and cameras will be installed and commissioned in Pavenham Road and Station Road. They will then be validated and then a date given for them to become fully operational.

Amey are currently in discussion with Siemens on the final siting of the High Street, Church Lane and Lovell Road lights and cameras.

Hopefully that discussion will soon be concluded and the whole of Oakley made a safer place.

Stevington Neighbourhood Plan Launch Dates.

Everyone is welcome to Stevington Neighbourhood Plan Launch.

Thursday 23rd April 7.30 to 9.30 at the Stevington Social Centre

Saturday 25th April 3.00 to 5.00pm at the Baptist Hall

Sunday 26th April 3.00 to 5.00pm at the Church Room.

Your opportunity to Shape Stevington’s future.

Stevington Village Website

New Health Provider for Bedfordshire.

Mental health, Specialist Learning Disability and Child and Adolescent Mental Health in Bedfordshire and Luton is now going to be provided by the East London Foundation Trust for the next 7 years.

They recognised the importance of improving the crisis care pathway and this would be addressed. They are going to ensure there are more local mental health services to reduce the number of service users having to travel long distances for treatment.

Long term plans include the reprovision of inpatient mental health services. In the interim the environment of Weller Wing at Bedford Hospital would be improved. The domitory areas would be removed and the number of beds would be reduced from 1st April 2015.

This is a flavour of their programme if you wish to know more please visit East London NHS Foundation Trust

A walk up to Brown’s Wood…

I have just taken the dog to Browns Wood.

The flowers are beautiful, cowslips, primroses, wood anemones, violets, celandines and some bluebells. It was a lovely walk and I met and chatted with some people.

The wood is stunning in its spring colours. Please do not pick the flowers, just enjoy them.