Wednesday, 25 March 2015

Police Introduce New Measures to Tackle Nuisance Motorcyclists

Bedfordshire Police is clamping down on nuisance motorcyclists after an increase in reports in off-road motorcycles and anti-social behaviour in Houghton Regis.

The force is putting a number of measures into place to help curb the problems and bring the offenders to justice.

Chief Insp Gavin Hughes-Rowlands, who looks after policing in Central Bedfordshire, said: “We have received a number of reports of motorcycles being ridden off road and causing issues in Houghton Regis, and we would like to reassure the public that we are working hard to address this problem.

“Two off-road police motorcyclists will be provided to that specific area in the coming weeks in order to directly tackle those responsible, supported by two dedicated uniformed police officers. A number of PCSOs will also be on hand to assist with issues such as recovering seized vehicles.

“We have also been in talks with partner agencies and have agreed a number of measures that will be put in place including new signage, visits to the area by the anti-social behavioural team, and education work at schools in both Houghton Regis and Dunstable.

“Last year we ran a number of successful operations to clamp down on this type of behaviour and we will be running similar operations this year, working with both Central Bedfordshire and Houghton Regis Town Council to help tackle the problem.

“Our officers continue to regularly issue notices to riders who are identified as riding in an anti-social manner and when caught again their vehicles will be seized and destroyed. Those riding in a dangerous manner risk arrest and prosecution.

“We are encouraging anyone with information or concerns to call us on 101 to enable us to build an intelligence picture to help us identify those responsible and take the appropriate action.”

If you live in Houghton Regis and have experienced issues as a result of off-road motorcyclists and people riding other vehicles off road, please contact 101 and ask to speak to the local policing team at Houghton Regis. You can also text information to 07786 200 011, or report information anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Sunday, 22 March 2015

Waste Park Plan For Thorn Road: Exhibition and Consultation

View from Thorn Rd towards the quarry ~ Photo: A D Winter

Consultation starts: March 2015

Consultation closes: 12pm Monday 27th April 2015

About the consultation: Central Bedfordshire Council is proposing to develop a waste park and highways operations hub, to the north west of Houghton Regis on a site off Thorn Road.  

Three main uses are being proposed:

•      a waste transfer station for bulking up and transporting waste collected from residents’ homes;

•      a new Household Waste Recycling Centre - to replace the site at Frenchs Ave, Dunstable;

•       a Highways Depot providing a base for the road maintenance team and the council’s gritting fleet and salt, together with office accommodation and a vehicle maintenance depot and storage area.

The Waste Transfer Station will accept waste and recycling primarily collected at the kerbside from the Central Bedfordshire Council area. The material will then be bulked up and transported in larger vehicles so that recycling can be sent to reprocessing facilities, and residual waste can be sent to treatment facilities. The bulking of waste will greatly reduce the number of waste vehicle movements and help to minimise the environmental impact.

The Household Waste and Recycling Centre will replace the current site at Frenchs Ave, Dunstable, and will provide a raised area where residents can easily deposit waste into skips below. By helping residents to separate items easily, together with longer opening hours, the new site will aim to maximise recycling of waste and reducing the amount of waste that requires treatment.

This proposal would also enable the council to move the existing facilities to one site, allowing land at existing sites to be freed up for potential future development.

The Thorn Turn site is already identified as a strategic waste site in the Council’s Minerals and Waste Local Plan. Before a planning application detailing the design of the site is submitted later this spring, the council and its engineering partner, Atkins, want to hear the views of the local residents.

Have your say:

Come along to CBC drop-in event on Thursday 26 and Friday 27 March from 2pm to 8pm at Houghton Regis Library, Bedford Square Centre, Tithe Farm Road LU5 5ES.

Here you will be able to view and comment on the plans for the proposed new development. Members of the project team will be on hand to answer any questions and queries.  You can also view the concept design (PDF 878KB) online.*

You also have the option of filling out a paper version if you wish. Get in touch and we’ll send you a copy. Contact CBC Consultations on 0300 300 8301 email to

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Saturday, 21 March 2015

Agendas for Next Weeks Houghton Regis Town Council Meetings

There are two  meetings at HRTC next week. Members of the public are welcome. Up to 15 minutes at the start of all meetings is available for members of the public to ask questions of  up to 3 minutes each. 

All meetings take place at the Council Offices, Peel Street Houghton Regis.

Full Town Council Meeting Monday  23rd March at 7.30pm 
Link to PDF file for the Agenda.

Environment and Leisure Committee Wednesday 25th March 2015 at 7.30pm 
Link to PDF file for the Agenda. This is an additional meeting not mentioned in the Calendar of Meetings.

Pictured in 2013
A report to go before the Town Council's Environment and Leisure Committee on Wednesday will set the record straight about a controversial new cycle path. The report will state that the land on which the path was built was transferred to the County Council in 1992, under Land Registry Title BD171926, so there was no need for the Town Council to be asked to give permission. Under the same Land registry title, the land for the footpath on south side of the highway was also transferred.

Friday, 20 March 2015

Could You Volunteer To Count the Flowers?


Making plants a priority 

The new National Plant Monitoring Scheme (NPMS), launching in spring 2015, will for the first time enable scientists to take an annual stock take of the UK’s wild plants and their habitats, but to do this we need the public’s help. We are looking for volunteers to carry out surveys of wildflowers and their habitats that will provide robust evidence of which widespread plants are increasing or declining, as well as indicating the changing state of our most valued habitats such as grassland, fenland and even road verges. Plants are nature’s building blocks and this new monitoring scheme will sit alongside existing schemes for the UK’s birds and butterflies to help us understand more about how the countryside is changing.

For more information on the NPMS and how to take part please visit