A Licensing Application as below has been submitted to CBC for the Jolly Coopers Pub.

Individuals are able to make a 'representation' (objection) on the application so long as it uses one (or more) of 4 Licensing grounds (below)   

a) Prevention of Public Nuisance. e.g. noise nuisance or noise at and after closing time or litter

b) Prevention of Crime and Disorder – e.g. fighting, drug problems, disorder 

c) Protection of Children from harm

d) Public Safety – if the pub is over-crowded, or drinkers force pedestrians to walk in the road, or any other risk to public safety

If any individual makes a case which the Licensing Authority feels upholds one of the 4 principles above, then the 'Decision' has to be taken to a Licensing Hearing which the Police and other Responsible Authorities attend. Anyone who has made a representation can attend the Hearing and be given a chance to Appeal against any decision made.  

The 28 day period for representations runs until 2 March and it is impoirtant to meet the deadline for representations. Please send your comments to the Licensing Team, CBC, Watling House, High Street North, Dunstable, LU6 1LF

21:37, 14 Feb 2018 by Parish Clerk

Please remember to respond to the CBC Local Plan consultation by February 22nd. It is important that everyone has their say on the shape of the villages to come. For more information please click here.  You can see what the PC has said by clicking herePlease feel free to use this as a template to shape your own view, but also add in what you think too.

If you do not want to sumit your comments on line, you can post to Local Plan Team, Priory House, Chicsands Shefford SG17 5TQ or email to

11:41, 13 Feb 2018 by Parish Clerk

Image result for community awareness togetherDo you have any concerns about safety in our neighbourhood?

Do you have any questions about how to report something or get something repaired/put right?

Do you want to know why something is happening or not happening anymore?

In fact if you have any issues, please call in to the first Community Awareness drop in on Wednesday 21st February starting at 17.00h in the Church Hall Flitton.

There will be a warm welcome, refreshments and people who may know the answers or be able to help with any problems you may have.

Whilst there is a relatively low rate of crime in the Parish, it does not mean that there are no victims and only last week there was a failed break in at Greenfield and the whole front end of a car stolen from nearby Pulloxhill whilst parked under a street light.

So none of us can be too careful and should think about basic home and vehicle security. Representatives of the local police will be in attendance at the drop in and be able to help advise about such issues.

If you have any queries about the event or need help getting there, please contact Glynis Carr on 07795 974769 or Simon Sadler on 07341 550990

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15:10, 11 Feb 2018 by Parish Clerk
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This is a  warning about telephone scammers, please share advice with elderly friends, neighbours and relatives.
Several elderly Bedfordshire residents have been targeted recently by fraudsters posing as police officers, claiming to have information about fraudulent use of their bank cards. Victims were asked to hang up and call their banks, but the line was kept open by the scammers who then posed as the bank.
Detective Inspector Jackie Dadd, investigating, said: “Such calls are a cruel hoax, which has duped vulnerable people out of large sums of money. These incidents have been very distressing for the victims and I’d like to remind people to always be vigilant with personal details or banking information. 
Remind them that a police officer of bank will never ask for personal financial information over the phone or ask anyone to make purchases for them. If you or they suspect a scam is taking place or feel vulnerable, hang up, wait five minutes to clear the line, or where possible use a different telephone line, to call police or Action Fraud to report the incident.”

Telephone fraud advice  A police officer or bank will never:

  • Ask for your personal financial information over the phone
  • Invite you to make purchases either over the phone, online or in person
  • Ask you to move money from your account
  • Instruct you not to tell anyone about what they are asking you to do, or instruct you to lie to other officials about what you are doing

Remember to always check the caller’s credentials and if you take a call from someone who you believe is not genuine, hang up, and contact either Action Fraud or the police. Where possible use a different phone to make the call in case the fraudulent caller is still on the line. If you do give your details to someone who you later believe is not credible, it’s important that you contact the bank immediately.

If you have any information or would like to report a crime, please call 101.

If you suspect you have been a victim of fraud, call Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 or visit Alternatively, call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111

21:37, 09 Feb 2018 by Parish Clerk
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Last year, 4,732 fires were caused by faulty electrical appliances, including recalled items, the equivalent of thirteen fires per day across the UK. Faulty goods were responsible for twenty per cent of all electrical house fires, causing hundreds of casualties and in some cases death. Despite this, new research from Electrical Safety First shows that three in ten British consumers are willing to put themselves in danger by continuing to use a product they know has been recalled for safety reasons. 

If an electrical appliance has been registered, the manufacturer can contact its owner if the product needs to be recalled. However, new figures show that only 24% of consumers always register their electrical appliances. The top three reasons people give for not registering include “It’s too much hassle,”, “I meant to but I forgot” and “I didn’t think it would have any benefits” 

Forgetting might not be the only explanation for low registration levels. Many people don’t understand why manufacturers ask them to register their appliances. Almost two thirds of people think it’s so they can be sent marketing messages to promote other products

Electrical Safety First is urging consumers to protect themselves from the huge risks of fire, electrical shock or even death that faulty appliances can present, by always registering their products so that manufacturers can contact them if there is a problem.

To help make white goods safer, Electrical Safety First has been working with the London Fire Brigade to develop a new ‘voluntary mark’ to be used by manufacturers of fridges and freezers to demonstrate that they have been made from fire-resistant materials.  Refrigerators with flammable plastic backs are a serious safety concern and can cause large, rapidly developing fires.            

To check if an electrical item has been recalled visit: 

and to register an appliance, visit:


12:00, 08 Feb 2018 by Parish Clerk

Join the thousands of #LitterHeroes out there for the Great British Spring Clean on 3rd March 2018 10.00  - 12.00h, meet at the Village Hall. Watch this space for more details, if interested please let know!

We look forward to seeing you on the day!

20:38, 01 Feb 2018 by Parish Clerk

The Parish Council has finalised its response to the Local Plan and a copy can be seen by clicking here.

Residents are urged to make their own views known and use the PC response as a guide to formulate their own comments. It is always better not to make an exact copy as this sometimes may not be treated as a a separate response.

If you have any comments to make or wish to ask any questions please feel free to email

19:59, 01 Feb 2018 by Parish Clerk
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Really useful advice from Take Five To Stop Fraud Week

Neighbourhood Watch is proud to be supporting Take Five To Stop Fraud Week.

Take Five To Stop Fraud Week is part of the national campaign from Financial Fraud Action UK and the Government, backed by the banking industry coming together to tackle fraud. 

The advice being issued this week is really simple but it can stop you becoming a victim of fraud. 

  1. genuine bank or organisation will never contact you out of the blue to ask for your PIN, full password or to move money to another account. Only give out your personal or financial details to use a service that you have given your consent to, that you trust and that you are expecting to be contacted by.
  2. Don’t be tricked into giving a fraudster access to your personal or financial details. Never automatically click on a link in an unexpected email or text.
  3. Always question uninvited approaches in case it’s a scam. Instead, contact the company directly using a known email or phone number.
Please share the attached leaflet with friends and family and together we can help stop fraud.
To read more about the campaign and to access all the resources go to

17:55, 26 Jan 2018 by Parish Clerk



At the Parish Council meeting yesterday evening (Jan 24th), when a good number of local residents attended, there was a useful discussion about the current version of the Local Plan, which is out for consultation until February 22nd.

Some members of the Council and residents had attended a briefing session organised by CBC when it was confirmed that all 6 of the sites which were included in the previous version of the Plan, had now been removed as Housing Allocation sites.

However it was also confirmed that out of the 6 sites, only four were rejected outright and two remain in the process. The arguments for rejection of all the sites put forward from the outset of the Plan process are set out under the Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment (SHLAA) document, at  page 22/61

The Parish Council understands there is no way now that any of these 4 sites can be brought back to the Local Plan process so they can be ignored, or this move to reject them, commented on in any response to the consultation.

However, what is important is that two sites passed the next level of scrutiny. They are  the Moat Farm Close Greenfield (NLP272) and the High St Flitton site (NLP127). The reasoning as to why these two sites were approved, was not available, but they are noted on page 3/61 also at

But, for now, the Planners confirmed that they do not need these two sites to make up the land supply numbers in the Local plan and so have not added them into the list of sites going forward. But they remain ‘approved’ if required (for instance if other sites drop out)

See Page 29/45 of link below to view maps of approved sites - shaded in in green (Flitton and Greenfield is listed under Maulden, Flitton and Greenfield)

It is therefore important that comments concentrate on these two sites..

The discussion also focussed on the proposals maps or settlement envelopes and the Planners had confirmed that the new proposal maps will be finalised once the LP consultation has closed, to pick up all the changes which need to be made as a result of sites going forward.

However, where there have been amendments to the settlement envelope, such as any exception sites or definite removals then these are shown on the link below.

There are two sites in our Parish

  • Addition - the S106 affordable housing site (exception site) in Greenfield 
  • Removal – land to the rear of dwellings in Brook Lane Flitton  which was never in the settlement envelope before, but apparently had been put forward as an addition to the envelope by land-owners but was  rejected

There were questions about how the Draft Local Plan, known as the pre-submission document, relates to current planning applications or Appeals and the answer from the planners was that it does not have any weight until it is approved, so it can only be very ‘loosely’ taken into account when current  applications are being determined but not relied upon.

The planning application at Sand Road Flitton and the Appeal at the Orchard in Greenfield are not sites going forward in the pre- submission document, and in fact the Orchard forms part of the buffer zone proposed in the new document, but this has no real influence on their determination. The more pertinent argument, under the current Development Strategy relates to the 5y land supply which, we are told, has currently been met.

The pre-submission document will be finalised following consultation and submitted by 31 March 2018.  The Inspector does not have a time limit on its determination. In Luton for example, it took 6months, but in a Cambs Local Authority it took 3years. It is based on the complexity of the documents and the planners felt theirs was quite complex so estimate is that it will not be a quick process.

The Parish Council has produced its draft comments and you can click here to see what has been said. Please feel free to use this as a template adding in your own comments as well.

If anyone wants to ask the Planners any questions themselves they should contact them by email on localplan@centralbedfordshire,


11:06, 25 Jan 2018 by Parish Clerk