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K-NINE J Needs Your Vote

Hello, My name is Luke Ankrah but I go by K-NINE J. I am 16 and I live in Houghton Regis and attend All Saints Academy Dunstable. I entered a Gospel talent and TV competition in London called 'Just Out of This World'. I had to perform in front of a panel of judges and an audience. Lucky for me I was voted through to the semi-finals which are taking place in London today, Saturday 28th July 2012. To get through that round I have to be voted by the judges and the public. The winner of the competition gets a recording contract, a photo shoot and a website. People will need to like 'Just Out of This World' on facebook and my info will come up. On the day people will have to watch the page that night as they will be told when voting lines are opened and closed, My performence will also be available for viewing on YouTube on the 6th August. Luke's Facebook page: Just Out of This World:

Public Exhibition Continues This Week...

Image is the place to go to find out more information about proposals for turning land north of Houghton Regis into housing, playing fields, recreation and health centres, employment zones, suggested new roads. There are two further days to go - Monday and Tuesday of the Public Exhibition in Bedford Square, Houghton Regis - from 10am until 4pm. There are plenty of staff from the land development consortium there to answer your questions, and a great chance for you to pop your suggestions into the suggestion boxes, and complete their surveys. If you don't impress upon them now what you want to see in the development, don't be expecting them to read your mind. You have to be there to make yourself heard.

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Public Exhibition: This Week

To be held at Bedford Square Community Centre, Tithe Farm Road, Houghton Regis. Thursday & Friday 19/20th July 2pm to 8pm. Saturday 21st 10am-4pm Monday / Tuesday 23rd/24th 10am-4pm The scheme will be bringing thousands of new homes, 3 new schools, new roads, and new neighbourhood names. Have Your Say . Probably worth reading this text document about proposals local to us -  - if you will be unable to see the Public Exhibitions between 19th to 24th July. This land (outlined in red) was identified as a sustainable location for growth in the Sustainable Communities Plan (2003). Following this plan the land was identified in the Luton and southern Central Bedfordshire Core Strategy, which was abandoned due to disagreements between CBC and Luton Borough Council.  The land has been identified for up to 7,000 dwellings, 40 ha of employment land and associated facilities, all to be delivered through a masterplan. The masterplan, which will

Take Pride & Have Fun !

Take ‘Pride In’ Houghton Regis A call to Houghton Regis residents. Come and talk about local issues and get involved in the community as part of the ‘Pride in Houghton Regis’ event on Tuesday, 24 July from 10am to 4pm. Get Fit and Have Fun: Download Activity Leaflet (requires Adobe Reader)  

Police May Outsource Services

  Originally Posted by  Alan Winter  on June 2, 2012 Outsourcing to be Considered to Protect Frontline Policing Outsourcing of police support services in Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire is being considered as part of continuing efforts to tackle the £73 million shortfall in police funding for the three counties. Police Authority members in the three counties will be asked to consider later this month (June) how services including HR, finance and ICT could be outsourced in future as part of a joint recommendation made by the three chief constables. The move comes as part of the on-going collaboration between Bedfordshire Police, Cambridgeshire Constabulary and Hertfordshire Constabulary.  A recommendation that a full business case should be developed to scrutinise thisproposal in more detail was discussed on Wednesday (May 30) by the Police Authorities Joint Collaboration Working Group. As a result, it was agreed that each of the three Police Authorities wil

Strange Car in the Street?

 Originally Posted by  Alan Winter  on June 2, 2012 Local Police are urging pople to be vigilant, and to report strange vehicles in their street. DetectiveChief Inspector Steve Vesztrocy said: “One of the greatest tools that Bedfordshire Police has in fighting crime and protecting the public is the 550,000 pairs of eyes and ears that belong to the residents. “As we continue with our attempt to lower auto burglaries I would ask for the publict o remain vigilant and not  to hesitate for a moment to report anything suspicious. Have you seen anyone paying particular attention to cars or housesin your road? Is there a car parked up that isn’t ordinarily in your street? Have you seen somebody driving a car that isn’t theirs? If so, let us know.” If you have information relating to burglaries, vehicle theft or have spotted an abandoned vehicle in your street, contact Bedfordshire Police, in confidence, on the non emergency number101, or text information to 07786 200011. Alternativ

£4.9m Funding for Local Travel Schemes

 Originally Posted by  Alan Winter  on June 2, 2012  £4.9 million for a transport bid has been won by Central Bedfordshire Council to help regenerate Dunstable, Houghton Regis and Leighton Buzzard. The "South Central Bedfordshire Smarter Routes to Employment" programme  aims to cut carbon emissions while promoting economic growth. The announcement was made recently by Norman Baker, MP, the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Transport (LibDem)  who announced government backing worth a total of £113 million for 30 local transport projects. CBC aim to use the funding to increase travel choices for residents and businesses, thereby reducing car use in town centres, and cutting personal travel costs. Typically this will  help to tackle congestion by improving links between where people live and work, and by promoting walking, cycling, lift sharing, train, bus use and alternatives to travel. A wide variety of people backed the bid by CBC, including local authoriti

Positive Progress at Houghton Regis Leisure Centre

  Originally Posted by  Alan Winter  on May 5, 2012 On  Wednesday,  this  week,  the  Leisure  Centre  held  its  first  customer  forum  under  the  new  management  team  from  Stevenage  Leisure  (SL). And all the signs are for a positive future for the centre. The  aim  of  the  forum  is  for  the  audience  to  be  a  critical  friend  for  the  Centre,  to  be  a  voice  for  all  the  different  kinds  of  sports  that  are  run  there,  and  are  hoped  to  be  run  there. The  Leisure  Centre  reopened  on  April  16th  this  year  after  a  refurbishment  with  capital  from  Central  Bedfordshire  Council.  A  lick  of  paint  has  worked  wonders  on  its  own,  and  the  added  new  equipment  of  a  66  station  gym  NEW  GYM  MATS  and  SPINNING  studio  is  already  drawing  in  plenty  of  new  clientel.  And  at  £17.99  per  month  for  unlimited  gym  with  no  joining  fees,  free  car  parking,  badminton  and  squash,  it's  no  wonder.  And  t


Originally Posted by  Alan Winter  on May 4, 2012 Houghton Regis Town Council and the Town Centre Management Committee is pleased to announce the arrival of a new stall for Bedford Square  Joining our regular Fresh Fruit & Veg Stall will be SIMI & LOLA, Specialising in Fashion Jewellery, Accessories, Handbags, Fragrances & Gifts Visit Bedford Square from 9am - 3.30pm See the range of goods on sale and experience the benefits that shopping locally can bring. Free parking available in the Co-op Car Park and Tithe Farm Road. Up to three hours free in Bedford Square Car Park

Children Sing

The Grove Theatre, Dunstable this summer will be one of the venues where local children from lower schools will be singing.  This is part of a special singing programme working with skilled animateurs.  Highlights will include “We Are the Champions” and “Just like a Roman.”  For many of the children, aged between seven and nine years old, it will be their first public performance to a large audience at a professional concert venue. Inspiring Music, the music service for Central Bedfordshire, say that research shows that singing can help improve learning and behaviour as well as build musical foundations.  Singing builds confidence, develops their pitch and range, and encourgaes children to express themselves musically. Memorising  lyrics is a useful skill, as is working as a team, listening to others,appreciating mood, dynamics, timbre and tone.  Fundamentally this helps them to become a musician.   “Our vocal programme is now in its fourth year and we have seen some outstandin

News Round w/e16th June 2012

  Originally Posted by  Alan Winter  on June 16, 2012   Dog Show in Houghton Regis Saturday, 16th June Fractured Eye Socket Police Witness Appeal.  A man was assaulted in Dolphin Square on Tuesday evening and suffered injuries to his eye socket and nose as well as other cuts and bruises. Bedfordshire Police arrested four males in connection with this incident and all have been released on bail pending further enquiries. If you have information relating to this incident, contact DC Long, in confidence, on 01582 473286, the non-emergency number 101, or text information to 07786 200011. Alternatively contact independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111, or online at .  Read More on this story ... Dunstable North Railway Station This station started life situated in Houghton Regis back in 1848 - know your history, have a look at the  Houghton Regis Time Line Follow this story on Facebook D

News Round w/e 23rd June

  Originally Posted by  Alan Winter  on June 24, 2012   On Monday of this week I chaired a Grants Committee of the Town Council. Awards were given to Houghton Regis Brass Band to help fund instruments, and to Recycled Teenagers to help fund an outing to the seaside. This week the development consortium put on several "talking shops" for invited guests to discuss the development of field sites around Houghton Regis. On Saturday I attended, the final workshop Plenty of experts in their own spheres were on hand to listen, contribute, and help develop ideas and suggestions. I found it quite refreshing to hear the opinions of the other invited guests, too. A full public consultation is due to take place for several days in the town from 20th July. In other news, travellers broke a lock on a gate to Tithe Farm Recreation ground on Wednesday, and set up 10 caravans. They were gone the next day, but not without creating a lot of comments on the FB page. There may have been more

Busway Update in Central Beds Area

 Originally Posted by  Alan Winter  on June 30, 2012  Edited from information supplied by Dave Buck, Transport Strategy, Central Bedfordshire Council Station Road, Dunstable Closed between 10 and 27 July for drainage, kerbing, road widening, stats and surfacing works.  The contractor is currently requesting an extension to this period due to amount of work required.   Residents on Station Road and surrounding area have received leaflets from BAM advising about the works. Gate-men will be at either end of Station Road preventing through access; residents will be permitted access from the top (Great Northern Road end) to their drives etc - works are mainly on the Bellway side so access to drives maintained. Local diversion route is using Priory Road / Richard Street. Church Street, Dunstable Closed  in the Bridge area for the weekends (both Saturday and Sunday) between  28 July and 19 August.   This will linclude Church Street / Station Road junction.  The contracto

Olympic Torch - 9th July - Road Closures

 Originally Posted by  Alan Winter  on July 2, 2012 More traffic than normal will be coming through Houghton Regis early on the morning of Monday July 9th. Be prepared if you normally leave early. Download Residents Advice Leaflet Here are the arrangements for Dunstable High Street to welcome the Olympic Flame on Monday 9 July.  6:30AM  Get to Dunstable by about 6.30am to avoid disappointment. Walk or Cycle as roads will be severely congested. 6:45AM  High Street North will be fully closed from the centre of Dunstable to Brewers Hill Road. 7AM- 8AM  M1 Motorway Junction 11 Sliproads. The M1 northbound exit slip road and the M1 southbound exit sliproad at Junction 11 will be closed for a short time to coincide with the relay. 7:00AM  Brewers Hill Road and will have a partial closure up to French's Avenue. Luton Road (A505) will be closed from 7.00am. On the A5 southbound there will be no access to Dunstable from A505 Chalk Hill roundabout. On the A5 northbound the