A new short film promoting Leighton-Linslade is shining a spotlight on plans for the future of the town.
Central Bedfordshire Council in partnership with Leighton-Linslade Town Council have produced the film in a bid to engage local residents, businesses and investors in the long-term vision for the area.
The film explores how people living and working here feel about their town and what it means to them, featuring interviews with local residents and business owners.
Mayor of Leighton-Linslade, Councillor Amanda Dodwell talks about her passion for the town, why it’s a great place for businesses to invest in and describes some of the challenges in keeping a real community feel in a growing town.
Executive Central Beds Councillor Nigel Young talks about the strategic aims for the town and some of the economic and infrastructure ambitions for the area.
Councillor Young, said: “This video is all about spreading the word that Leighton Buzzard and Linslade are great places to live and work. It’s such a vibrant area, with a rich heritage and a thriving town centre.
“It’s big enough to have the services you need, yet small enough to maintain a really friendly feel.
“But there are challenges ahead, particularly encouraging businesses to come and make the town their home in difficult economic times and also making sure that new residents in the town feel part of the community and have the services they need.”
Ambitions for Leighton Buzzard and Linslade highlighted in the film include:
> Plans to develop an area south of Leighton Buzzard High Street, currently a car park, for both residential, business and retail use, including cafes and restaurants. The redeveloped area will link to the High Street through the town’s alleyways, which will be enhanced and re-developed in keeping with the town’s existing historic character.
> 2,500 new homes which are to be built to the east of Leighton Buzzard and an area for employment use the size of 12 football pitches will also be developed creating 2,400 new jobs.
> A new relief road connecting this area directly to the bypass which will be created to, along with the A5-M1 link road and in time, the A6–M1 link road, open up Leighton Linslade to the whole of the south of England.
Councillor Dodwell, who sits on both the town and Central Beds councils, added: “Ultimately we all want the best for Leighton Buzzard and Linslade. In these uncertain economic times it is more important than ever that we’re pulling in the same direction and doing everything we can to maintain confidence in our town.”
Despite being done on a small budget the council is hoping that the film will be a hit now it has gone live on YouTube. It already has more than 600 views. To watch the film visit www.youtube.com/centralbedfordshire.
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