Public Meeting 23rd Jan 2018. 7:30pm. Maulden Village Hall
The early part of 2018 will see The Greensand Trust working to produce a Green Infrastructure (GI) Plan for Maulden as part of the Neighbourhood Plan . The GI plan will help shape the future of the parish and secure funding for environmental projects.
Green infrastructure is the network of green spaces, access routes, wildlife habitats, landscapes and historic features which provide:
A healthy and diverse environment
attractive place to live and visit
a good quality of life
a sustainable future
As part of this survey a public consultation is being held on Tuesday 23rd January 2018 in the Village Hall at 7:30pm.
If you are concerned about preserving local green spaces, landscapes, views and heritage…
Loss of gas supply in Ampthill, Maulden and Clophill area
Resolved: Just a brief update, as of 10pm 21 November 2016. Out of a total of 5111 affected properties NG have restored supply to 4719 leaving only 392 they haven’t been able to gain access to in the Ampthill Flitwick Clophill Ampthill areas.
This emergency notice will be retained for archiving.
A copy of the official notice about the loss of gas is attached to this post. The relevant official sources of information are on the links below. The official source of information is the coordination centre at Maulden Village hall. Information from that site supersedes anything else.
National Grid engineers have started to restore people's gas supplies in Clophill, and will be working into the night to do this as quickly and safely as possible. We will have over 100 engineers on site on both Saturday and Sunday to continue the restoration of supplies in Maulden and Ampthill. We hope to have the majority of gas supplies restored by the end of the weekend and will keep you updated of progress.We are restoring gas supplies in stages as this is the safest, and quickest way to ensure that we provide a safe and steady service in all areas.We have over 100 of our employees in the area working extremely hard to bring the gas supplies back to all properties by the end of the weekend.
See below – do NOT turn on your own supply until an engineer has called and made your gas safe to use.
Original Official Notice
Ampthill gas incidentMedia update: 16 November 09:45National Grid is working to repair a leaking medium pressure gas pipe in Flitwick Road, Ampthill, after contractors working on a new housing development damaged the pipe late this afternoon (15 November).The incident has resulted in a loss of gas supply to homes and businesses in Ampthill, Maulden, and Clophilll.Engineers are working to repair the leak as soon as possible and to work on restoring gas supplies to those affected.If you smell gas or have lost your gas supply please ring the National Gas Emergency service on 0800 111 999.To safely restore gas supplies, engineers will need to visit every affected property and switch the gas supply off at the meter.Engineers have already begun switching people off and this operation will continue tomorrow. Please arrange for someone to be at home so we can switch your supply off. The sooner we are able to switch everyone off, the sooner we will be able to restore supplies.Once the repair has been made and gas is back in the mains, a second visit will be made to turn on the supply to each property and make sure it is flowing safely.National Grid is liaising with the local authority to ensure elderly and other vulnerable residents are being identified and cared for. If you know of an elderly or vulnerable resident, please contact us on 0845 835 1111, so we can help them.Every effort is being made to restore supplies as soon as possible. However, it is too early to say when gas supplies will be restored.For more general information on incidents please see our incident page in our safety and emergencies section.
A community response has been set up between the National Grid and Central Bedfordshire Council. They are coordinating the proper response to the approximately 6700 houses affected in the Ampthill, Maulden and Clophill area.
Oliver Street remains subject to a road closure overnight and CBC have a Highways team to maintain this overnight. This may continue.
What must you do?
Please comply with all the instructions from the engineer who visits your property. Please arrange for someone to be at home so Engineers (who carry ID) can switch your supply off. If you are not in, please arrange for a neighbour to have access to the property.
Please do not attempt to switch on your own gas supply or relight any appliances.
Doing so could be extremely dangerous, and will delay the resumption of full supply to all premises in the area.
This means not using boilers, gas heaters, water heaters, gas cookers, gas ovens, or any other mains gas appliances at all until you are told by a National Grid engineer personally that it is safe to do so.
You can switch off your gas at the main ECR tap or valve, but National Grid engineers will need to visit and confirm every property. You should not turn your gas back on if you or an engineer have turned it off.
What if I smell gas in my home?
There is a higher risk of gas leaks from non-ignited appliances because of the current situation. Please be extremely diligent and respond with reports of the smell of gas or gas leaks to the emergency services and emergency telephone number for the National Grid.
How long will this take?
There is no current timetable, but it is expected to be several days. You should plan accordingly.
Can I use electric heating?
Yes, but be aware that 6,000 people suddenly turning on 2 electric heaters and ovens and immersion heaters may overload the electricity grid as well. Caution is advised. For a while, it seems sensible to avoid having too many electric items on at once.
If you are fit and well, dress up warm, and keep active if it gets cold. Please allow services and power to help those most in need.
What caused it?
Pilings being driven at the Abbey Lane site fractured a high pressure gas main.
What are CBC and National Grid doing to help?
National Grid are putting together information letter for residents affected and will be distributing them. CBC Comms team are aware and will be picking up any warning and informing actions in the morning.
National Grid are sending 500 fan heaters and 200 hot plates to the scene for distribution to affected residents as needed. They will be liaising with UK Power Networks to ensure does not cause electrical outages.
CBC Have appointed a Vulnerable People Coordinator to identify potentially vulnerable people likely to be affected by the incident, and will be liaising with National Grid to ensure these people are prioritised for assistance as necessary.
CBC have set up Maulden Village Hall as an Incident/Assistance Centre and RVP for responding agencies. Liaising with Police and National Grid representatives at this location.
How can you help?
We believe it’s especially important that you help your elderly, vulnerable, long-term sick, disabled, or very young neighbours and friends. Please speak to them, and make sure that they are aware of what’s going on.
Provision has been made, by way of electrical cooking and heating equipment and other services and support for vulnerable customers. CBC and the National Grid are coordinating this. If you know a vulnerable person but they are unable to get to the village hall. If you can make that trip for them, with their permission, this would be very helpful.
In stark contrast to winter, summer time down the allotments provide a infinite supply of visual stimuli (as well as an almost infinite supply of fruit and veg for the growers). I struggled to whittle down the photos to a short list that could be used in this gallery as there were so many good ones to choose from. Difficult to choose a favorite, but I really like the ones with the swirling smoke in the background and the colours produced by the late evening sunshine. The pile of wood lent against a shed has taken on a different appearance with a plant pot placed upside down on one of the pieces.
I chose to go down at the end of the day, while the sun was low in the sky and the shadows were long. Whilst I was there a gentleman, who was out for a walk with his wife, asked me jokingly, if I was taking photos to “steal ideas”. I should be so lucky, I said, I would love to have an allotment but I just don’t have enough time for one. Fair play to those that do have the time and energy though. It seems like a very enjoyable and satisfying pastime.
They are an area of land, leased either from a private or local authority landlord, for the use of growing fruit and vegetables. In some cases this land will also be used for the growing of ornamental plants, and the keeping of hens, rabbits and bees.
They are traditionally measured in rods (perches or poles), an old measurement dating back to Anglo-Saxon times. 10 poles is the accepted size of an allotment, the equivalent of 250 square metres or about the size of a doubles tennis court.
If your allotment is on land owned by the local authority (or Maulden Parish) then it will either be classed a statutory or temporary site. Statutory sites are protected by law.
The system we see todayt roots in the mid-1800’s, when land was given over to the poor for the provision of food growing. This measure was desperately needed thanks to the rapid industrialisation of the country and the lack of a welfare state. In 1908 the Small Holdings and Allotments Act came into force, putting a duty on local authorities to provide sufficient allotments, according to demand. However it wasn’t until 1919 that land was made available to all, primarily as a way of assisting returning service men (Land Settlement Facilities Act 1919) instead of just the labouring poor.
The rights of holders were strengthened through the Allotments Acts of 1922, but the most important change can be found in the Act of 1925 which established statutory allotments which local authorities could not sell off or covert without Ministerial consent, known as Section 8 Orders. Further legislation has been listed over the intervening years which have affected allotments, the latest of which is the Localism Act 2012.
Who can help
Those with Maulden Allotments can also get help from the Maulden Society of Gardeners (with their shop and HQ at the end of Moor Lane) and the National Allotment Society.