Little Goosey (aka Pebody) Island
I’m pleased to report that the owner of this island has now been asked to remove the structure and fencing at the entrance and edge of the island by MK Planning Department. They have confirmed to the owner that the fencing and scaffold poles in particular do not benefit from ‘permitted development rights’. The owner has been given (a rather generous!) 5 months to remove the structure and consider a more appropriate means of securing the site, prevent access to a potentially unsafe bridge and apply properly for any future planning permission in the normal way.
While environmental issues concerning the River Great Ouse remain a concern, I believe real progress has been made and I would like to pay tribute to our MP, local Town Councillors and the many locals who have persuaded MK Council that their own designation of ‘Area of Attractive Landscape’ should in their words “protect a sensitive landscapes from inappropriate development whilst actively promoting the enhancement of local character and distinctiveness”.
A Town Council decision has been made to apply through Historic England for a ‘Listing’ the culturally important stone Goosey bridge. Built in 1795 at the time of William Cowper’s recorded walks around both this spot and the surrounding meadows, the age, intactness, design interest and historically important aspects of this bridge should help warrant this designation. The Cowper and Newton museum has been particularly helpful in providing important evidence for this application.
Goosey - Public Right of Way
To the South of Goosey Bridge and on the larger island adjacent to ‘Little Goosey’ is a path that has been used for generations by walkers, fishermen and those enjoying or exploring this beautiful area of countryside. The Town Council are in the process of formally applying for a Public Right of Way around the edge of the island so that it can be used by residents and public alike and it has been heartening to hear of the special importance to residents of the town and covering a past period when boating and even Winter floods were used recreationally. Note this area is partly adjacent to the new Town Circular Walk that has recently been given approval by MK Council.
Councillor Rosemary Osbourne (email@example.com) is coordinating responses to all those who have walked regularly on this large island area as part of preparing this case and is particularly keen to hear from anyone who has walked around this path and who are happy to lend weight to this application to the Rights of Way department at MK. She has already received many fascinating stories from people and families who have grown up and regularly frequented this area but is keen to hear from anyone else that has not already contacted her on the above email.
Councillor Kevin Viney
23 October 2017