Letters: Protect Poets campaigners respond to MP’s meeting with rail minister

Diagonal countryside railway bokeh background

To the editor

This is a response to Mr Yasin’s article following his meeting with Minister Wendy Morton on 11 May.

Read: Bedford MP describes meeting with rail minister as “most disappointing” of his parliamentary career

We, Protect Poets campaign group were, to say the least, very disappointed with Mr Yasin’s feedback following his meeting with [Wendy Morton MP].

This was a pre-arranged meeting for which the Minister should have been prepared and briefed given that she had been informed of the issues associated with EWR’s plans in Bedford on a number of occasions.

Mr Yasin had asked questions in Parliament on 17 March highlighting the impact of delays in making a decision on his constituents.

These were not answered.

He also joined a debate on the future of rail on the 26 April where he was once again clear about the issues affecting residents in Poets which was compromising the wellbeing of individuals at risk of losing their homes and impacting on the local community.

I would stress that the Minister’s inability to answer Mr Yasin’s questions is the more surprising and unacceptable given that local residents and members of Protect Poets have raised questions and been very clear about their concerns in previous letters.

This applies to members of BFAR and Mr R Fuller [MP for NE Bedfordshire] who have been equally persistent in contacting the Minister with a range of issues regarding EWR’s plans in Bedfordshire.

We are therefore at a loss to understand how, given her role, that the only fact the Minister was able to convey to Mr Yasin was that the project would go ahead.

This was disrespectful to Mr Yasin and an abdication of responsibility given the Minister’s role in overseeing this project and in light of the correspondence generated by the people affected by EWR’s plans.

We can only hope that this negative experience will be resolved and that all the questions raised by Mr Yasin are fully answered without further delay and that future contact with DFT will provide answers.

Marie-Jo Pace-Maund
On behalf of Protect Poets Campaign Group

Letters published in our publication are the
views of the author, not the Bedford Independent.

If you would like to write a letter to respond to any issues raised,
please email letters@bedfordindependent.co.uk

Now more than ever, we need your help to fund the Bedford Independent’s quality journalism that serves our community...

We choose to champion editorial independence, meaning we report the facts without bias and can stand up to those in power when we believe it’s needed.

We can give a voice to people in our community whose voices may otherwise not be heard. And we don’t have a paywall, so everyone can read the stories we publish for free.

But in this time of crisis, many news organisations all over the world are facing existential threat, with advertising revenues plummeting. We’re no different.

We work hard every day to bring you news, commentary, entertainment and announcements from across Bedford. We hope that, with your help, we’ll be able to continue this for many years to come.

Will you help sustain our work today by clicking below ? Even a small donation makes a difference for our future.

Thank you for your support.