MMAG supporters were able to attend a truly inspirational meeting organised by our sister Action Group – ADAG – the Ampthill Development Action Group in Redbourne Community College on Friday night, January 14th to see people
power in action.
The meeting chaired by John Andell, ADAG Chair saw around 500 concerned residents turn out despite the ‘dreich’ weather to let Nadine Dorries MP, Councillors Paul Duckett and Gary Summerfield of Ampthill Town and Central
Beds Council hear Ampthill residents concerns regarding the level of over development in and around Ampthill.
This particular meeting focused on Fallowfield and the plan to build a new housing estate which would bring an entire section of Ampthill right onto and along the A 507.
Nadine, Gary and Paul although not opposed to appropriate housing development echoed concerns over local schools already turning children away each year, the limited parking at Flitwick train station and the congestion
and gridlock in the centre of Ampthill so evident before Xmas. There was widespread recognition that the infrastructure is creaking and Nadine observed that ;
“It is also the case that the market town roads were never built or designed to take this level of development – unless people in Ampthill decide to change from cars and travel by horse and carriage!
Both Paul and Gary were exemplary in showing how dynamic and locally engaged councillors – truly plugged into their communities – can make a difference.
Nadine will be presenting an ADAG petition to Parliament in due course.
An interesting statistic emerged from Friday night . The Fallowfield development of 450 houses assumes 9 traffic movements per day for each house. Don’t forget the Marston Park housing will be 456 houses. MMAG looks forward to working with ADAG in protecting what we hold dear. We all need to work together so that we don’t just shift the housing to less energised communities. Perversely a lot of the proposed housing is to protect against The Wixams failing ? Nadine has mandated both MMAG and ADAG to organise a demonstration to show once again how people power can take to the streets.
For further details on ADAG – Google: Ampthill Development Action Group – we hope to have a link on the MMAG website soon.