Thursday, 30 August 2012

High Street Works

An update about the works in the High Street has been posted

Formal working of the main phase of the S278 works for the Morrisons store will start on 10th September (advanced warning signs will be up on site this Monday). Preliminary cabling works will be done this week at the junction of Bedford Road and High Street. This will necessitate switching off traffic lights and using an alternative control method this week.

The first phase of works will be to upgrade the footways and bus stops adjacent to the store and car park, Cemetery Road and the footways leading across the junction with Bedford Road. These works will take approximately four weeks (up to 5th October) and will involve footway closures only, maintaining two way traffic along the full length of Dunstable Road and High Street.

Wednesday, 29 August 2012

Planning Applications

There has been considerable interest on our Facebook Page with people advancing opinions on the proposed Morrison petrol-filling station.

The opinion seems divided between those who want to see lower fuel prices, those who feel there would be too many petrol-filling stations in the area, and those who fear that the town will have more traffic congestion.

When deciding planning applications, matters of price competition rarely carry any weight. , however provide some useful guides to help you understand the planning process.

How to respond to planning applications: an eight step guide (PDF download, 4Mb) This guide tells you how to find out more about a planning application and — if necessary — how you can take action.

Planning explained (PDF download, 5Mb) This guide will help you to understand the planning system, and how to get involved to influence how your area changes in the future.

Friday, 24 August 2012

Morrisons Date

Wm. Morrisons have informed the development company, Dransfield, that their new store in Houghton Regis is now scheduled to open on November 5th.

Cllr Alan Winter, "Don't take that date as firm, just yet. As of August 21st the High Street road works had not even been given an approved start date by the "Street Works Co-ordinator", and I am making enquiries to see if store opening can actually be done if the road works are not completed by then."

Follow the reactions on our Facebook page

Houghton Regis Northern Developments

The last date to submit feedback via the questionnaire is the 31st August.

Thursday, 23 August 2012

The Day Dunstable Rocked!

Dunstable Town Council but on Dunstable Rock! last Saturday. A 10 hour event featuring a wide variety of different music.

Follow people's comments on our Facebook Page

Wednesday, 22 August 2012

Council Tax Benefit is Changing, Have your Say.

From April 2013 Council tax benefit is to be replaced by a localised council tax support scheme.  

In Central Bedfordshire the expected funding will be reduced by approximately 14%, meaning that CBC will have £2.5 million less money to fund the support they give to Council Tax payers, next year than they have now. 

Central Bedfordshire Council are now consulting on their proposals to meet this shortfall. 

This document  is published by Central Bedfordshire Council explaining their proposals. This document answers some questions they think might be frequently asked.

The document says that under the proposed changes some people who claim Council Tax Benefit will be expected to pay more towards their Council Tax, or will have to pay something even if they never had to pay before. 

Some groups, including pensioners on low incomes who account for around half of the 17,000 residents receiving Council Tax Benefit, will be protected from any change. If you currently get a 25% discount for being the only adult in the home, your discount will be unaffected. To find out how you might be affected, download the document.

The consultation will be open until 14th November 2012. 

For more information, and a response form, go to or to the library.

Now Wm Morrisons Want a Petrol Filling Station in Houghton

The latest available weekly planning applications list reveals that permission is being sort to demolish the present Wm. Morrisons store (formerly Netto), and to replace it with a petrol filling station. The proposal would cause a net loss of 998 sq metres of the shops net trade-able area, and a net loss of 29 car parking spaces. A new exit would be created onto the High Street directly opposite the exit from the existing Georgina petrol station. It's proposed trading hours are 7am until 11pm. The proposal also includes a jet car wash.

If permission is granted this would put the Georgina petrol station business and that of existing car wash businesses in Houghton Regis under aggressive competitive strain.

The applicants conclude in their access and design statement, "The proposals will complement the consented adjacent superstore and serve to encourage competitive fuel pricing and provide further amenity to the community as well as designated parking for staff."

View these plans online , and at the foot of the landing page you are encouraged to Submit A Public Online Comment .

» What people are saying about this on our Facebook Page

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To locate other planning applications on Central Bedfordshire Council web site click here and put the planning application number in the Application Quick Search box.

Application Number: CB/12/02355/FULL
Registration Date: 15 / 08 / 2012
Parish Name: Houghton Regis
Location: 8 Cemetery Road, Houghton Regis, Dunstable, LU5 5BZ
Statutory Class: Minor Dwellings1-9 /area less than 0.5ha
Proposal: Demolition of existing bungalow and construction of two semi-detached chalet bungalows
Case Officer: Nicola McPhee
Decision: This case has not yet been decided
Obligation Status: Not available
Appeal Received Date: This case has no appeals against it
Application Number: CB/12/02685/FULL
Registration Date: 15 / 08 / 2012
Parish Name: Houghton Regis
Location: Land adjacent to 145 Tithe Farm Road, Houghton Regis, Dunstable, LU5 5JD
Statutory Class: All Other Minor Developments
Proposal: Construction of extension to shop
Case Officer: Abel Bunu
Decision: This case has not yet been decided
Obligation Status: Not available
Appeal Received Date: This case has no appeals against it
Application Number: CB/12/02957/FULL
Registration Date: 13 / 08 / 2012
Parish Name: Houghton Regis
Location: Renualt Trucks, Houghton Hall Business Park, Houghton Regis, Dunstable, LU5 5FT
Statutory Class: All Other Minor Developments
Proposal: Replacement heating & cooling system, ventilation and provision of external condensor units
Case Officer: Abel Bunu
Decision: This case has not yet been decided
Obligation Status: Not available
Appeal Received Date: This case has no appeals against it
Application Number: CB/12/02909/FULL
Registration Date: 10 / 08 / 2012
Parish Name: Houghton Regis
Location: 2 Cemetery Road, Houghton Regis, Dunstable, LU5 5BZ
Statutory Class: Small Major Retail dist & serv A1&A3
Proposal: Demolition of existing supermarket and erection of new petrol filling station with sales kiosk, car wash facility and ancillary parking
Case Officer: Vicki Davies
Decision: This case has not yet been decided
Obligation Status: Not available
Appeal Received Date: This case has no appeals against it
Application Number: CB/12/02910/ADV
Registration Date: 10 / 08 / 2012
Parish Name: Houghton Regis
Location: 2 Cemetery Road, Houghton Regis, Dunstable, LU5 5BZ
Statutory Class: Advertisements
Proposal: Demolition of existing supermarket and erection of new petrol filling station with sales kiosk, car wash facility and ancillary parking Totem signage as shown on drawing PL 102 Fascia signage on drawings PL 104, 105
Case Officer: Vicki Davies
Decision: This case has not yet been decided
Obligation Status: Not available
Appeal Received Date: This case has no appeals against it

Saturday, 18 August 2012

Charity Fund Raisers Houghton!

What a great bunch of charity fund-raisers the folks in Houghton Regis are! I asked on the Facebook Page for any resident in Houghton Regis who was raising funds for charity and got a fantastic response! If there are any more - and, I'm sure there will be, send a message and I'll add that to this article.

Tracy Davis is doing a charity skydive on 1st Sept for the scoliosis association. "I have scoliosis myself & have a metal rod in my spine!" : (see story and picture).

The Mad Scientists, are raising money for Cancer Research and are doing a 24 hour relay in September.

Slimming World Houghton Regis  are having a sale of outgrown clothes in September. "We're collecting clothes from members that are now too big for them and will be attending the indoor car boot sale on Sunday 22nd September at Houghton Leisure Centre to raise money for Keech - come grab a bargain and help a good cause." See the Houghton Regis Calendar for details

Emma Acton is planning on a 47 mile bike ride in September in aid of British Heart Foundation.

Linda Hicks, "My daughter and her workmates at Dragar medical are 'doing' the Ridgeway run in September for London's Air Ambulance, who helped save Imogen's life in 2008, when she lost a leg. Imogen is to do two and half miles on her crutches."

Thanks everyone for your great efforts!

Grove Theatre - Films

If you're a film fan, why not see the latest films at the digital screen at Grove Theatre, Dunstable?

Here's their latest 'film' newsletter:
Christopher Nolan's trilogy comes to its epic conclusion in The Dark Knight Rises starring Christian Bale, Tom Hardy and Anne Hathaway. The Dark Knight Rises is set eight years after Batman took the fall for DA Harvey Dent's crimes leaving Batman in exile. But when the masked villain Bane declares war on Gotham, Batman has no choice but to return for the ultimate showdown.

Sticking with the comic book theme this month, The Amazing Spiderman will be showing on our cinema screen from Saturday 25 August. Starring Andrew Garfield as hero Peter Parker, who has been raised by his Uncle Ben (Martin Sheen) and Aunt May (Sally Field). When Peter finds a clue that might help him understand why his parents disappeared when he was young. His path puts him on a collision course with Dr. Curt Connors, his father’s former partner.

Be sure to take advantage of our two new film offers* - the Adults Autumn Passport where you can watch any 3 films for £15 and the Junior Passport for under 16's, who can watch 3 films for just £10 (age restrictions apply).

The Dark Knight Rises (12A)

Sunday 19 August 7.30pm
Monday 20 August 7.30pm
Tuesday 21 August 7.30pm
Wednesday 22 August 2.30pm (Mature Matinee Offer)
Wednesday 22 August 7.30pm
Thursday 23 August 7.30pm
Friday 24 August 7.30pm

The Amazing Spiderman (12A)

Saturday 25 August 2.30pm
Saturday 25 August 7.30pm
Sunday 26 August 2.30pm
Sunday 26 August 7.30pm
Monday 27 August 7.30pm
Tuesday 28 August 7.30pm
Wednesday 29 August 2.30pm (Mature Matinee Offer)
Wednesday 29 August 7.30pm

Mature Matinee Offer
Over 60? On selected matinee screenings, get a cup of tea, coffee or cordial drink with a packet of biscuits for just £1.

Click here to view the full listings for our other upcoming films including Ice Age 4 - Continental Drift, Dr Seuss The Lorax, Brave, Ted, Total Recall and The Bourne Legacy.

Tickets: £6
Concessions: £4
Friends of the Grove Theatre: 2 for 1

Box Office: 01582 602080 (option 7)
Book Online:

(Adult and Junior passports cannot be purchased online).

*Terms and Conditions apply.
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Sunday, 12 August 2012

Costly Blot on the Landscape

A Luton man has been fined £1,000 and ordered to pay legal costs of £750 after he gave waste to an unlicensed waster carrier who went on to fly-tip it in Caddington.

The company which fly tipped the builders waste and rubble, could not be traced, but the place where it came from was.

Luton Magistrates Court heard how Basharat Hussain of 139 Kingsway, Luton knowingly failed to fulfil his duty of care to ensure the waste produced and owned by him was transferred to a licensed carrier and a waste transfer note was received as proof of collection of the materials.

This case serves as a warning to anyone who has building work done.

Central Bedfordshire Council have issued a press release saying they will not tolerate fly tipping and that businesses and residents need to ensure their waste is properly disposed of.

Central Bedfordshire Council’s Environmental hotline is 0300 300 8302

Saturday, 11 August 2012

No Toleration for Nuisance Vehicles This Summer

Calling all drivers of motorbikes, mopeds, scooters or mini-motos! If these are ridden in a dangerous way across public land their owners could be in for a shock when they have their means of transport seized and destroyed as part of a summer crackdown on nuisance vehicles.

The summer holidays mean that youngsters are enjoying the public areas across Houghton Regis and the surrounding villages, but a small minority are ruining people’s enjoyment when they break the law by riding motorbikes off-road without crash helmets, insurance or tax.

Police officers are to take full advantage of Section 59 of the Police Reform Act 2002 giving them the ability to stop anti-social motorists to warn them about their behaviour and issue fines. Police can also seize vehicles and destroyed them.

Crushed mini-moto

Anyone caught riding on pavements or roads illegally will also be dealt with for motoring offences such as riding without a licence and having no MoT or insurance.

Patrols across Dunstable, Houghton Regis and the surrounding villages will be stepped up during the summer months.

PCSO Luke Jenkins, warned: “Last summer we had a huge amount of success and I think that the public felt reassured that we were doing everything within our powers to crackdown on anti-social behaviour in and around Dunstable and Houghton Regis.

“This summer we intend to continue with that work and I want to make it quite plain we will be taking firm action against those people who decide to flout the law. Residents across Bedfordshire should not have to worry about vehicles tearing up and down the streets in which they live or in the alleyways or parks surrounding them.

“Riders need to realise that this sort of behaviour is unacceptable - not only is it an offence, but it is also extremely dangerous for others. Local officers have increased patrols in Dunstable and Houghton Regis and we will deal with offenders robustly. These riders need to understand that if they ride there motorbike in a park or somewhere else that they shouldn’t they will receive a warning or have their motorbike seized.

"I encourage members of the public to report any anti-social riders by calling 101 or the Local Policing Team on 01582 473211.”


Wednesday, 1 August 2012

Houghton Regis residents show their pride

This is an unedited News Release from Central Bedfordshire Council

More than 300 residents and businesses got involved in the latest ‘Pride in Day’ in Houghton Regis on Tuesday, 24 July 2012.

Organised by Bedfordshire’s Community Safety Partnership, Pride in Days are opportunities for the community to get involved and talk about local issues.

Following the success of a number of other Pride In days, the sixth event in Houghton Regis got off to a fantastic start with representatives from the Town Council, Central Bedfordshire Council’s Waste, Environmental Protection and Highways teams and Community Payback from the Probation Service working on clearing overgrown vegetation, trees, branches, graffiti and litter in Westminster Gardens and Elm Park Close.

Local young people from Make a Difference (MAD) consulted in advance with the Council about how they could be involved and decided to make smoothies and toasties on the day, with food provided by Morrisons and Tesco.  Nisa supermarket arranged for two Olympic Torch runners to attend for people to have their photographs taken with them.

The newly-refurbished local library got involved with a coffee morning to promote the new self service facility to borrow books and the Fire Service spoke to individuals about the need for fire alarms and fitted fire alarms for free on the day.

Bedfordshire Police ran Operation Vision focusing on recruiting for the new Streetwatch initiative in the area.  Streetwatch involves local residents taking an active and dynamic role in their community and it has proven to be a great success elsewhere at reducing crime and disorder.

Cllr Brian Spurr, Executive Member for Sustainable Communities Services at Central Bedfordshire Council, said: "The Pride in Houghton Regis day was a resounding success - it was great to see so many of the local community coming together to discuss local issues and their pride in the area was clear to see.

“Engaging with communities across Central Bedfordshire is very important to the council. It offers us the chance to get information to the public, but it is also an opportunity for residents to raise issues and get much needed help that they may not have realised was available.”

Local Policing Sergeant, Clare Thomas said: “It was a wonderful day to be out and about in Houghton Regis and the team did an excellent job engaging with the public. With the school summer holiday in full swing and the sun beating down, this was a great opportunity to hear the concerns of the public and local businesses.

“Everyone worked extremely hard throughout the day and feedback from the public has been very positive. I am very grateful for the dedication and commitment the teams showed in Houghton Regis – a big thank you to all involved.”

The Pride of Houghton Regis Day event joined with the Houghton Regis Development Consortium's Public Exhibition, with displays of proposals for the land to the north and the east of the town. Over five days the exhibition had over 1000 attendees, with the Pride of Houghton Regis Day being one of their busiest and most successful days.


Notes for editors

Organisations involved included - Environmental Protection, Community safety, Trading standards, Environmental Health, The Waste Team, Waste Minimisation, Make A difference (MAD) (4YP), Houghton Regis Library, Adult Social Care, Houghton Regis Town Council, Central Bedfordshire Housing, Bedfordshire Adult Skills and Community learning, Bedfordshire Fire and Police, Houghton Regis Development Consortium's Public Exhibition, Highways and Community Payback.

For further information please contact: Anna Copperwheat,  Media Officer