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 comments trying to get on News Desk, but didn't as a moderation checklist has long been in place. Even so, one expletive did creep through. Sorry if you were offended, but the mod-list was later updated.

On the Roads

We're in for a bit of chaos on the roads. This week notices went up in Houghton Regis High Street for the start of a road works scheme to improve Houghton Regis High Street, removing the traffic lights, and other bits and pieces. Works are being paid for as part of the Morrison’s store development.
Meanwhile, those visiting Dunstable will find a one way system in place during works to start around Asda as part of a Court Drive improvement scheme.
As if that wasn't enough Hatters Way is closed this weekend (22/25th June) for Busway works.
And the bridge over the 
M1 at Toddington is coming down on the 30th June which will mean a 16 hour closure of the motorway; although Houghton Regis is officially not being included as a diversion route, we will end up with a lot of traffic overnight and next Sunday.

Traffic Lights

I protested to various powers that be about the installation of temporary Traffic lights in Houghton Road/Millers Way this weekend. I am sure traffic could have managed itself for a couple of days. Visit for better traffic management ideas


Houghton Regis library is closed for two weeks from 25 June to install new self-service technology. It will reopen on Monday, 9 July.


The number of people out of work in the East has risen to 219,000 - 2,000 more than the previous quarter but it's against the national trend.
The unemployment rate in the region is 6.8%, well below the average of 8.2% for the whole country.

Crims Targeted on Buses

Bedfordshire Police Launch Bus Campaign to Help Cut Crime More...


An order extending the closure of a footpath running between Millers Way and a point opposite Frenchs Avenue is to be extended until 18th December during building works. This path, and several other paths in Houghton Regis, are to be targeted by the Community payback scheme. This will include the path behind Woodlands Avenue, following escalation by local Lib Dem councillors requesting attention after complaints from residents.


Central Bedfordshire Council is hosting a workshop on Micro enterprises on July 24th at Flitwick Village Hall from 10.00am to 1.45pm More...

Claim Your Free School Meals

According to Central Beds Council, over 3,500 children are currently getting free school meals, but they say that lots more could qualify.. With the emphasis on children eating a healthy, nutritious and tasty meal, the council wants to encourage more claimants.
Finding out if you could claim free school meals for your child couldn’t be easier. Call Central Beds dedicated team on 0300 300 8306. When you call, please have the following information ready: national insurance numbers and dates of birth of you and your partner, dates of birth for your children, and if you receive support from the National Asylum Support Service, your NASS number.

School Term Dates

Summer Fun

The Town Council in association with The Way:
Book Summer Places now ... Jan Cooper 01582 708540
TUESDAYS - £5 for a day
9.30am - 3.30pm
Childrens Links - Physical Activities

WEDNESDAYS - £10 for a day
9.30am - 3.30pm
8th August 2012 - Trip to The Park
15th August 2012 - Trip to The Farm
22nd August 2012 - Trip to The Museum
29th August 2012 - Trip to Adventure Park

THURSDAYS - Play Team £5 for a day
9.30am - 3.30pm
Arts and Crafts

Jan Cooper 01582 708540

Crime Levels Down


All Saints in the High Street, 22nd June 2012. © A D Winter.