Latest News from your Conservative Councillors in Leighton Buzzard South

Your Conservative Councillors for LB South

Cllr Ray Berry


0300 300 8507


- Children’s Services OSC

- Development Management Committee

- General Purposes (Chair)

- Licensing

- Leighton-Linslade Partnership Committee

- Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Authority

Over the past 4 years, it has been my privilege to continue as one of your Central Bedfordshire councillors in Leighton Buzzard South, a Ward which has grown dramatically and continues that growth by the day. I am deeply disappointed at outcomes to date, but continue to seek adoption of roads and drainage on Sandhills, and for early adoption of the Roman Gate facilities.

As positives, we have the welcome delivery of the Greenfields extra care facility, the Sainsbury’s and Co-op local supermarkets, the near- completion of the Grovebury Retail Park, the final phase of the RAF Stanbridge site, and the long-awaited public access to the Astral Lake Park. Moving forward, the Land South of the High Street still needs to be “packaged” for full and rational development – this, of course, is reliant on the early replacement of the existing care and day-care facilities – whilst parking and traffic management across the Leston and Brooklands Town Wards must be addressed.

Finally, although much of the outline Eastern development, agreed several years ago, falls into other parishes, we should expect early changes to bring those developments into Leighton Linslade Parish and, with those changes, we should be seeking, amongst other essentials, the early delivery of fit-for-purpose Health Hub and Leisure Centre facilities.

Cllr David Bowater


0300 300 8510


- Children’s Services OSC

- Social Care, Health & Housing OSC

- Audit

I consider myself privileged to have served as a Central Bedfordshire Councillor in Leighton Buzzard South since its inception. Early in this term, I was also proud to serve as Chairman of the Council, and to have the opportunity to see how hard our voluntary organisations work for the vulnerable members of our community.

Initially, as a member of the Audit Committee, I helped the Council to provide excellent services for residents, whilst keeping Council Tax rises well below inflation. Under a Conservative Council, I will work with my colleagues to ensure that this continues over the next term.

Latterly, as a member of the Sustainable Communities Committee, I have been involved in looking at leisure provision across the District, and am delighted at the commitment to build a new Leisure Centre for Leighton Buzzard. I also support the retention of our library services and was glad to see the improvements at LB Library Theatre.

Within Leighton Buzzard South, the Extra Care Facility at Greenfields now offers much need- ed space for older residents to downsize; moving forward, I will pursue more such accommodation for older people, together with affordable homes for our younger residents. If re-elected, I will continue to ensure that the Town’s needs are taken into account in future decision making. I hope you will support me on 2nd May.

Cllr Amanda Dodwell


0300 300 8519



- Deputy Executive Member for Families, Education and Children

- General Purposes

- Corporate Parenting (Chair)

- Leighton-Linslade Partnership Committee

- Joint Adoption Panel

- Fostering and Permanence Panel

- Bedfordshire Police and Crime Panel

When you vote in May, I hope you will look at my record over the past 8 years. Local residents are always my priority, whether working with individuals on problems that affect them and their families, or on wider issues affecting the whole community.

Concern about crime is the top issue among residents. I share these very serious concerns, and have campaigned for additional officers to be allocated to Leighton Buzzard. Last year I asked the Council to invite representatives from Bedfordshire Police to a public meeting to give residents the opportunity to voice these concerns. I am pleased to hear there will be more funding for Bedfordshire Police and will continue to campaign for more Police support as well as the new Central Beds Community Safety team resource.

I am passionate about services for children and young people, and those with additional needs and mental health problems. I have been Chairman of the Corporate Parenting Panel, overseeing services for children in care, and have had the privilege to work with some of our looked after children in shaping the future provision of Children’s Services.

If re-elected, I will continue to work tirelessly on behalf of residents. I will fight for a fair share of police resources. I will continue to promote the welfare of children and young people, and I will ensure there are adequate facilities to meet the needs of our growing town.