Footbridge given new look during community day in Leighton Buzzard

Stalls at Leighton Buzzard Community Engagement Day.
Stalls at Leighton Buzzard Community Engagement Day.

Blooming great – that’s how the footbridge leading to Leighton Buzzard railway station now looks after it was cleaned up and repainted as part of a community day in the town.

The Leighton Buzzard Community Engagement Day took place in the town centre, with 35 different organisations from the voluntary and public sectors taking part in the event.

It was organised by Central Bedfordshire’s Community Safety Partnership, in partnership with Leighton-Linslade Town Council, and was held to coincide with the market in the town centre.

Visitors and shoppers took the chance to get advice on how to avoid becoming the victim of crime, health-related matters and how to improve their physical and mental well-being, as well as finding out about local voluntary groups and organisations.

Showing the value of local volunteer groups, members of Leighton-Linslade in Bloom joined staff from the council’s highways contractor Amey to repaint the footbridge. That was after members of the Youth Offending Service had cleaned it and painted out the graffiti.

Graffiti was also removed in other parts of Leighton-Linslade by the Community Payback team, which also carried out litter picks.

The event was the second Community Engagement Day to take place this year, following a successful event in Biggleswade in June. And there is one more to come – in Dunstable town centre on Friday, September 25.

The Community Engagement Days are an extension of the Pride In events previously organised by the Community Safety Partnership. But while they focused purely on crime prevention and personal safety, the new events have a much wider focus, including on health and well-being.

Councillor Brian Spurr, executive member for community services, said: “I’m delighted that so many people took the chance to visit the different stalls on Tuesday – and also that the rain held off for the majority of the event.

“Thanks also to the volunteers for their efforts to improve the footbridge, which I know will be welcomed by commuters too.”

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