30th October 2008
Department of Communities and Local Government
I am writing as the local Ward representative for Marston and Lidlington (on Mid Beds DC) in connection with the ECO-Town proposal in Marston Vale.
I gather your office has written to Parish Councils to inform them of a consultation programme.
I have not received anything from your office.
Can you comment on why notice has been received so late. Parish Councils typically meet monthy – the chance of your email reaching the Clerks in time for PCs to react and inform their residents is minimal. We are already deeply suspicious of poor consultation – let me give some examples:-
1) Caroline Flint’s arrival at the Forest Centre was not publicised
2) Original consultation period was woefully short, and again, no Ward members were consulted or written to directly
3) Developer’s information did not reach most of the residents in Marston
4) Most of the publicity has been from groups such as the Lidlington Action Group and Marston Moretaine Action Group
I cannot over-emphasise how much an Eco-Town in Marston Vale would devastate the rural culture of the villages along the A421. Your office and the developers is barely acknowledging the existence of residents with the approach taken so far.
I have asked our MP, Mrs Nadine Dorries to take this up with your Department.
Please can you explain what the purpose of the roadshow is – it looks like information generally about Eco-towns. This seems limited, as its not the concept that is the issue its the location and resultant effect on the indigeous population, economy, infrastruture, etc.
Cllr Darren Tysoe