Forthcoming and current consultations
We regularly seek the views of local people on a wide range of topics and services throughout the year, such as:
- community safety consultations
- public transport consultations
- education and schools consultations
- leisure consultations
- libraries and culture consultations
- planning and regeneration consultations
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Consultation starts: Tuesday 19 January 2016
Consultation ends: Friday 12 February 2016
About the consultation: Construction of the Woodside Link road commenced in May 2015. To help us keep you properly informed, we want to know what you already know about the project by completing this online questionnaire.
Consultation starts: Tuesday 19 January 2016
Consultation closes: Wednesday 17 February 2016
About the consultation: Central Bedfordshire Council is currently considering the rebuilding of the road surface in the area in front of 41-79 Engayne Avenue. This would allow the bus service 73 to be reinstated to Engayne Avenue. The area includes parking for the residential properties, but is designated as a public highway.
The new construction would allow buses to turn around at this point, without the need to reverse. Buses would pick up and set down passengers at the bus stop currently being used by service 83 on Engayne Avenue itself. This stop would be enhanced to have a raised kerb for level access for bus users and a new bus shelter. Parking restrictions (yellow lines) would be marked on sections of road to allow the buses free flow. This will not affect the number of parking spaces.
Should this work not be undertaken, the bus service 73 will continue to stop as present in St. Neots Road (from Bedford) or West Road (towards Bedford).
You can have your say by completing the online questionnaire.
Consultation starts: Monday 11 January 2016
Consultation ends: Friday 11 March 2016
About the consultation: We are send out a survey to approximately 800 customers that receive care and support services funded in some way by the Council. The mandatory survey is being carried out nationally to understand the impact that services have had on different parts of the person’s life, such as their general health and their social life.
The survey will be posted to a sample of customers from January 2016.
Different surveys such as Easy Read versions are being sent to customers with different needs so that as many people take part as possible.
The results will be sent back to the Department of Health to help them to gather data on the quality of social care services nationally. We will also use the results to see how satisfied local residents are with their services, and to inform any changes or improvements to services in the future.
If you have any questions related to the survey, please contact Cheryl Stimson on 0300 300 5176 or email at Partnershipteam@centralbedfordshire.gov.uk.
Consultation starts: Wednesday 23 December 2015
Consultation closes: Wednesday 3 February 2016
About the consultation: The current guidelines, policies and conditions for hackney carriage and private hire matters were adopted on 01 April 2010. They were formed, in the main, by amalgamating the guidelines, policies and conditions of the former South Bedfordshire and Mid Bedfordshire Councils.
The Council is now consulting with the Hackney Carriage and Private Hire trade, interested parties and the general public to update their policies. Please read the following documents: Draft policy document (PDF 233KB), the appendices (appendix A - Driver conditions (PDF 141KB), appendix B - Criminal Conviction policy (PDF 163KB), appendix C - Code of good conduct (PDF 137KB), appendix D - Byelaws (PDF 147KB), appendix E - Hackney Carriage Conditions (PDF 161KB), appendix F - Private Hire conditions (PDF 145KB), appendix G - Special event (PDF 137KB), appendix H - Private Hire Operator conditions (PDF 144KB)) and National Inspection standards (PDF 391KB) and have your say by emailing your response to firstname.lastname@example.org or by post to:
FREEPOST RSJS GBBZ SRZT (you do not need a stamp), Hackney Carriage and Private Hire consultation, Central Bedfordshire Council, Priory House, Monks Walk, Chicksands, Shefford, SG17 5TQ
Consultation starts: Friday 27 November 2015
Consultation closes: Friday 29 January 2016
About the consultation:We are now preparing for the POET survey 2015 to help review and find out how personal budgets and direct payments are working for people in Central Bedfordshire. This is being carried out with the charity In Control and Lancaster University. We will use the feedback of this survey to look at the service we provide and how we can make improvements.
In the next few weeks we will be inviting between 400 - 600 customers who use Personal Budgets, to take part in the survey. This will allow our customers to tell us where they think we are in providing personalised services. We would welcome your support to raise awareness and encourage our customers to respond to the survey to ensure we are getting it right.
They can complete on line athttp://puttingpeoplefirst.limeask.com/index.php/627885/lang-enor contact Cheryl Stimson on 0300 300 5176 for a paper copy and return the survey to the Partnership and Engagement team, in Social Care, Health and Housing, Houghton Lodge, Ampthill, Bedfordshire, MK45 2TG.
We will use the feedback we receive to start assessing ourselves against the Making it Real progress markers. The results will also link into the previous survey and engagement events where we are starting to work together to develop our Making it Real Action Plan for Central Bedfordshire.
The deadline for paper copies is Wednesday 27th January and online no later than Friday 29th January 2016.
If you would like to find out more about this survey, then please get in touch with Cheryl Stimson on 0300 300 5176 or via email atPartnershipteam@centralbedfordshire.gov.uk
For further information about what is happening in Central Bedfordshire please visit the Council’s Internet Page: www.centralbedfordshire.gov.uk/makingitreal
Consultation starts: Wednesday 25 November 2015
Consultation closes: Thursday 4 February 2016
About the consultation: Proposals are being worked up for a brand new independent living development in Houghton Regis and local people are being invited to have their say on the scheme.
The proposals for Houghton Regis are part of a bigger plan the Council has to make sure we have the right sort of housing available for our older residents, most of whom want to live in their own homes for as long as possible. Having flexible care services available on site will give residents and their families the peace of mind that their new homes will give them the right balance of privacy and independence, with the support they need. There will also be a real focus on social activity with lots of shared space for both residents and the community. You can find out more about the scheme by visiting our Houghton Regis Central webpage.
You can have your say by either attending our Community Planning weekend, or by completing our online questionnaire.
The Community Planning Weekend event was held on;
- 2pm – 7pm, Friday 27 November 2015
- 9.15am – 2pm, Saturday 28 November 2015
Venue: Bedford Square Community Centre, next to The Library, Tithe Farm Road, Houghton Regis LU5 5ES (view map)
For more information please contact Jennifer Johnson on Freephone 0800 0126730 or email her at email@example.com.
Consultation starts: Thursday 5 November 2015
Consultation closes: Thursday 4 February 2016
About the consultation: Central Bedfordshire’s first Advice Strategy was launched in 2011 as a first attempt to develop a strategic approach to the planning of social welfare advice and information provision in the local area.
We have now updated the strategy for 2016-19 (which will be supported by a Delivery Plan to be developed in early 2016) and would like to hear your views. Please read the draft strategy (PDF 1.6MB) and complete the online questionnaire to have your say.
Consultation starts: Friday 22 May 2015
Consultation closes: on-going
About the consultation: The Community Safety Partnership wants to hear your views about how safe you feel in your area and your views about our priorities for the year. You can have your say online or by picking up a copy of the questionnaire at our libraries.
Consultation starts: Friday 17 April 2015
Consultation closes: on-going
About the consultation: We want to hear from young people who have left their place of education early after completing their GCSE’s. Please spend a couple of minutes completing the questionnaire to help us identify common patterns and ensure that the right support, courses, advice and guidance is given to young people when they are making the transition from Year 11 to Year 12.
Central Bedfordshire Council want to make sure that our services are meeting the needs of local families and their children. To help us to do this we are asking you to complete this short survey and share your views about your involvement with our social work teams. It will help us to make sure we have done all we can to help you to achieve your goals and to enable us to do things better in the future.
To complete this survey you will need to have the Personal Reference Number (PRN) from the paper survey that you received from Children's Services.
Superfast broadband could be winging its way to most of Central Bedfordshire and you can help by completing a survey to show just how much demand there is for the service.
Superfast broadband would mean people could download music, games and films more quickly, and websites would download faster too. And for businesses the service would boost opportunities to access global marketplaces and allow more companies to offer flexible working to employees. Please read the Joint Local Broadband Plan (PDF 991KB) (the JLBP) for more information.
Please take part in the survey online.
Open to comments: Sunday 7 February
Deadline for comments: Monday 7 March
About the Byelaws
The council is seeking resident’s comments on new Drainage Byelaws (PDF 137KB) approved by Executive in January 2016.
The proposed Byelaws set out enhanced requirements around what can and cannot be done to an ordinary watercourse (such as a small river or stream) under the council’s jurisdiction.They are designed to ensure that watercourses are adequately protected from new development, whilst also making legal requirements around managing flood risks clearer for those involved in the planning process.
Note that these byelaws do not cover major rivers or watercourses managed by the Internal Drainage Board ( seehttp://www.idbs.org.uk/board-area-map/) or the Environment Agency (seehttp://maps.environment-agency.gov.uk/).
You can share your thoughts on the byelaws by firstname.lastname@example.org by post to Central Bedfordshire Council, Flood Risk Management, Priory House, Monks Walk, Chicksands, Shefford, Bedfordshire, SG17 5TQ.
After public comments are taken into account the Byelaws will be sent to the Secretary of State for final approval.
Anyone interested in a current planning application is welcome to submit their comments to us for consideration. You can search for planning applications online and comment on them online too.
You can read more about how to do this on our planning applications page.