Budget 2019 Consultation
I am writing to inform you that today we are starting our consultation on the draft budget proposals. This process will run until 5pm on 29th January and will be widely promoted through our digital and conventional communication channels.
Although the proposals are subject to Executive approval next Tuesday, we want to give residents as much time as possible to have their say on the proposals, therefore we are opening the consultation for feedback from today.
A consultation document has been produced to summarise the key elements of both the draft revenue and capital budgets. Additionally, a questionnaire will invite feedback on the savings strategy and the proposed 1% increase in council tax. The questionnaire also tests residents' response to a possible 2% increase, although this isn't what we are planning it would allow us to invest more in our services.
Information will be available online at
Feedback from the consultation will be collated and presented to the February Executive, in advance of decision making on the finalised budget which will be recommended to Full Council.
With thanks and kind regards
Cllr Richard Wenham
Deputy Leader and Executive Member for Resources at Central Bedfordshire Council.
WW1 Commemoration Event
A weekend of poetry, art and drama to commemorate the end of the First World War
We would like to invite your organisation to take part in the Clophill Heritage Trust WW1 Commemoration Event.
All local groups are invited to submit a poppy, piece of poetry or both to be added to our original art installation commemorating the end of the 1st World War.
We would love for your members to attend the Remembrance Day and read out their own poems or the works of other war poets.
2018 marks 100 years since the end of the First World War. To commemorate this event
Clophill Heritage Trust will be holding a Remembrance Event
There will be an art installation in the Ancient Monument, where wreaths, poppies and crosses will be laid.
The English Gardner Theatre Company will also be performing a dramatisation around the installation highlighting different aspects of War. Individuals can dress up for the event or wear medals or items of family members.
Poppies, crosses, badges etc. will be on sale at The Eco Lodges from the beginning of October (all proceeds go to The Royal British Legion). We can also add family or group names to the wooden crosses.
Please contact us on 07935 911207 or email info@ClophillEcoLodges.co.uk to register your interest.
The Eco Lodge café will be open for light lunches & refreshments.
Please pass this information on to any other interested parties / groups as all are invited.
We have heard of issues about pumping stations failing. Anglia Water provide the following guidance.
Wet wipes are causing sewer flooding in Clophill
Homes in Clophill are at risk of sewer blockages and flooding caused by wipes being flushed down loos. Many residents are unaware that one of the biggest causes of sewer blockages in homes is from wipes and sanitary waste that should be disposed of in the bin, never flushed.
We all rely on sewer pumps to take used water safely away from our homes.
In recent months, sewers and pumps in Clophill Works have been blocked by wet wipes. Unfortunately, these unflushableitems do not break down like toilet paper in the sewer network.
Taking used water and sewage safely away from homes and businesses relies on the network of pipes and pumps all working effectively. If they become blocked by items that should never be flushed, it can lead to sewer flooding of homes and environmental pollution, which is distressing, costly to put right, and potentially devastating for wildlife and our local waterways and seas.
What you can do.
You can help prevent sewer blockages and flooding by only flushing the three P’s - pee, (toilet) paper and poo.
What we are doing
We are committed to a yearly planned maintenance of our pipework and clearing blockages when they happen, but we all need to work together to avoid sewer blockages. Through our programme Keep It Clear, we are working with communities, such as Clophill, to raise awareness of the issues caused by flushing wipes and sanitary waste.
Thank you to everyone who is already helping by only flushing the three P’s.
To find out more go to anglianwater.co.uk/keepitclear or contact Anglia Water for your free Keep It Clear gadgets to help you Keep It Clear or ring 03457 919 155.
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