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Seven Bedfordshire People Honoured in Queen's Birthday List

HM The Queen’s Birthday Honours List for 2021 has been announced and includes seven Bedfordshire recipients.  Those who have been successful are as follows:  Dames Commander of the Order of the British Empire Professor Helen Valerie ATKINSON CBE FREng (Bedford) Pro-Vice Chancellor, Aerospace, Transport and Manufacturing, Cranfield University For services to Engineering and Education   Officers of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) Professor Martin Graham CHRISTOPHER (Bedford) Emeritus Professor of Marketing and Logistics, Cranfield School of Management, Cranfield University For services to Business, Academia and the UK Economy  - Members of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) Ms Grace Louisiana COLLINS (Bedford) Leadership Advisor, Local Government Association For services to Local Government   Mrs Caroline Jane COSTER (Bedford) For services to Education in Bedfordshire and to Charity in Africa   Ms Maria Freda LOVELL (Luton) For services to the African Community in Bedfordshi

CCTV and Ring doorbells to be offered under Safety Scheme

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Central Bedfordshire receives £432k boost from Safer Streets Fund Central Bedfordshire Council , in partnership with the Police and Crime Commissioner, has been awarded £432,000 in funding , from the Home Office’s Safer Streets Fund , to help improve community safety in areas affected by neighbourhood crime. The Safer Streets Fund enables Police and Crime Commissioners and Local Authorities to bid for investment in initiatives, that has been proven to prevent neighbourhood crime, including burglary, robbery, and vehicle crime. The fund aims to reduce neighbourhood crime, make residents feel safer and reduce demand on the police.  The council will use the funds to make improvements in a specific area. They include significant investment in new CCTV cameras, improvements to street lighting, fencing, landscaping, and maintenance and improvements to parking areas. The funding will also be used to offer residents in hotspot areas Ring doorbells and Smart water kits , which is a tracea

Boundary Commission Propose New Constituencies for 2023

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The Boundary Commission are proposing new constituency boundaries. At the 2023 Review, the Eastern region will increase from 58 to 61 constituencies. The initial proposals are that Dunstable, Heath and Reach, Linslade, Leighton Buzzard and Houghton Regis will be lumped together: Source file . Some areas currently part of South West Bedfordshire constituency would become merged with Luton South: Source file Luton North Proposals: Source file You can see interactive mapping of the proposals, and submit your response to the consultation, at www.bcereviews.org.uk . If you wish your views to be considered, please ensure they are sent in no later than the closing date of this statutory consultation period, which is 2 August 2021. Follow us on Facebook If you have any update on this story, or other news for Houghton Regis, please send it in. EMAIL SUBSCRIPTIONS — Our old Subscriber service is going away. If you e

CBC Committed to Building on Half of Windsor Drive Open Space

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A petition was presented to Central Bedfordshire Council (CBC) today, 8th June 2021.   Joanne Anderson of  Friends of Windsor Drive Community Open Space  presented the petition and also sent a Power Point presentation to members of the Executive Committee at CBC the day before the meeting.  We the undersigned petition the council to review the potential future housing development on green open space in Houghton Regis at Windsor Drive. The proposed development we have been advised about is to put 100 new houses plus open space improvements on an open field used by local residents for exercise, dog walking and recreation. It is used by local footballers and rounders teams in the summer but also for walks by a large number of the local population of Houghton Regis. There is already thousands of houses being built in Houghton Regis with the new Linmere Development on top of what has already been recently built. This space is more important than ever to keep for recreation for local res

High Street / Tithe Farm Road Corner Plot Approved for Development

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Councillors today gave approval to a corner plot development in close proximity to Houghton Regis town centre also part of the Houghton Regis Conservation area. Development Management Committee - Wednesday, 2nd June 2021 at 9:30am - Central Bedfordshire Council Webcasting Video above shows Houghton Regis Town Councillor David Jones and CBC Councillor Pat Hamill both speaking at the Development Management Committee, today, against an application for a development in Houghton Regis. Cllr Hamill spoke today on behalf of the ward and took no part in the voting. CB/19/04182/FULL - was decided today. The proposal was for the erection of a new dwelling near the corner of High Street and Tithe Farm Road, making use of a small access road leading from Park Avenue, with the official description as "Land adjacent, 134 High Street, Houghton Regis, LU5 5DT".  View original pdf file What is the Houghton Regis Conservation Area? To find out download this 2008 pdf file .

Houghton Regis among 'Youth Spaces Fund' Winners

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Houghton Regis was among the winners of funding allocated through the new Police and Crime Commissioner's office this week.  Festus Akinbusoye, the newly elected PCC for Bedfordshire,  was joined by young people from across Bedfordshire this week to invest £28,000 in improved spaces for young people. On Tuesday 18th May, Festus, together with Chief Executive, Clare Kelly, hosted an online event with students from Bedford Academy and Denbigh High School to discuss improved spaces for young people in Bedfordshire. Commissioner Akinbusoye said, “One of the best things decision-makers can do is to empower the people they are trying to support. I offered the chance to our young people to make decisions on behalf of their generation and they did not disappoint. They worked together and showed decisiveness as they worked through carefully all the options we gave them.” Council leaders from across Bedfordshire were invited to bid into the Commissioner’s Youth Spaces Fund (see Note 1

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