About the Flitwick town centre regeneration consultation
This consultation closed at 5pm on Wednesday, 13 September 2017.
The results of the consultation (PDF 919KB) were taken into account when the decision to approve the progress made and the recommended actions were agreed by Executive at its meeting on 5 December 2017 (link opens in new window).
About the consultation
Flitwick has a population of 13,180 making it the fifth largest town in Central Bedfordshire. Flitwick is situated immediately adjacent to Ampthill. When considered together, they form the third largest settlement in Central Bedfordshire, with a population of over 20,000 residents.
We have already invested £14.7 million in the new Flitwick Leisure Centre, which has been open for just over a year, and is already proving very popular. In addition, we've worked with Flitwick Town Council to look at a number of initiatives that could improve Flitwick town centre. We're both committed to improving the overall experience of visiting Flitwick town centre so that local people and visitors want to shop and spend more time there, both during the day and evening. Members of the public were invited to have their say on some of the ideas being explored as part of this objective.
We consulted with the public on the early concept stages of two initiatives that, linked together, could have a major impact in helping to revitalise Flitwick. The proposed projects could provide much more of a focal point for the town centre (which is currently divided into different areas by the railway line); improvements to the station area (including more parking and bus links); and more shopping choices. The proposed changes could benefit visitors, commuters and local residents.
This was the start of an ongoing conversation as part of a long-term piece of work, so any improvements won’t happen overnight. But we feel it is important for the local community to have their say at an early concept stage, in order to ensure the proposed projects deliver what residents want. Together with Flitwick Town Council, we will continue to engage with the public at key stages as the proposals develop further.
Download the consultation summary (PDF 608.4KB)