Access for estate’s key roads is secured


After months of painstaking delays, Central Bedfordshire Council has finally adopted the key arterial roads on Leighton’s Sandhills estate – Johnson Drive, Turnham Drive and Kestrel Way – and permission has been granted for access between Johnson Drive and Astral Park.

A statement from councillors Ray Berry, David Bowater and Amanda Dodwell said they were delighted that the paperwork had been tied up but added: “now the hard work really begins”.

They said: “A lot of work is needed on the roads to bring them up to an acceptable standard and we will be working with our colleagues at Central Bedfordshire Council to finalise a schedule to see this happen.

“In the meantime, we expect work on the access to Astral Park to start very shortly – we have had the contractors ‘on standby’ for some weeks and they can now be given the go ahead.”

In addition to the adoption of the estate roads and the Astral Park access, the agreement also includes:

> Consent for Pulford’s Corner for residential development (land opposite MacDonalds running along the edge of the southern bypass);

> Agreement on the extra care scheme with community facilities to the west of Billington Road;

> Future provision of a retail unit on Billington Road;

> Provision of Grovebury Quarry (south of the southern bypass) for informal open space, with the addition of more meadow land by the River Ouzel , north of the bypass.

The statement concluded: “Clearly there is a lot of detail in the agreements and it will take a while for us to unpick the detail and give residents any idea as to timescales. However, it is good for the residents of southern Leighton Buzzard and the whole town to see progress on these matters.”