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.
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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.
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