Monday, 29 October 2012

New Roundabout in Houghton Regis Will Improve Traffic Capacity

ITS FINALLY HAPPENED! 
After years of traffic light hold ups at Bedford Road/ High Street junction in Houghton Regis, the traffic lights have been replaced (and not for the first time) with a brand new mini-roundabout. It may have been no-go in Houghton Regis today while work was done to take away the traffic lights, but tomorrow should be a completely different story.

Traffic was said to be queuing up down to Portz Avenue at lunchtime today as the old traffic lights were removed and temporary ones were installed. By early evening the old lights and the temporary lights had been removed and a new mini-roundabout was in place.



Works will continue for the next few weeks on footpaths and pedestrian crossings in Houghton Regis Town Centre all requested as part of the planning process in conjunction with the new Morrison's superstore in the town which will be opening soon.

The scheme will include:

  • A reduction in the speed limit to 20mph
  • Improved pedestrian links with Bedford Square
  • Wider footways on the north side of High Street
  • Block paving along the frontage with High Street and around the Church
  • The realignment of High Street to provide bus lay-bys
LINKS:  Site Plan | Morrisons store plans and associated works scheme | S106 and Planning Permissions | Planning Documents at CBC

Spree of Bus Shelter Vandalism - Houghton Regis

At least three bus shelters in Parkside Drive, Houghton Regis have been vandalised over-night. Workers were out this morning knocking the dangerous breakages out, and sweeping up. Anyone with information about these incidents should contact the police on 101, or alternatively call the charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111http://www.crimestoppers-uk.org/in-your-area/east-of-england/bedfordshire

Saturday, 27 October 2012

Archaeological Excavations Houghton Regis

Trenches are being dug in Chalton parish on the fields north of Lewsey Farm. There's about a dozen there.

This trench is in Houghton Regis, south of Parkside, along what could potentially be the route of the Woodside Connection link road. These archaeological excavations will provide information on archaeology for the environmental statement that will accompany forthcoming plans for the development of the land.

Friday, 26 October 2012

Driver Had £89,000 In Unexplained Cash

M1 JUNCTION 12 to 13: When police officers attended a routine traffic collision, they discovered a vehicle carrying £89,000 in cash. Mark Holt, aged 47, of no fixed abode, but from Buckinghamshire area, admitted possessing or acquiring criminal property under the Proceeds of Crime Act at an earlier hearing following his arrest on September 29. Holt pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 12 months at Luton Crown Court today (Oct 26).

Thursday, 25 October 2012

"Slow Down - Our Daddies Work Here"

An International campaign is being adopted in Bedfordshire. The ‘Our Daddies Work Here’ campaign encourages road users to remember that every road worker is part of a family. The difference between a ‘near miss’ and a serious or fatal injury to a road worker can often be a matter of seconds or millimetres, as every year over 100 people are killed or seriously injured as a result of working on UK roads. 

Bedfordshire Highways contractors, Amey, are using posters of themselves and their families in the campaign to remind drivers to be more considerate and slow down.

Jon Shortland, Account Director for Amey in Bedfordshire, said: "At Amey we take the safety of our employees very seriously. However, despite our best efforts, there is at least one incident every month where one of our team is injured or abused by an inconsiderate driver. Our campaign aims to emphasise the human side of our workforce and encourage drivers to remember that every road worker is part of a family, who want their father, son, wife or daughter to come home safely at the end of the day."

Wednesday, 24 October 2012

Houghton Regis Community Lower School


Notices are now appearing in local newspapers explaining that is it proposed to change the age intake of  'Houghton Regis Community Lower School'  from 1st September 2013. Two new classrooms will be required.
The school, in St Michael's Avenue, currently takes children aged 3 to 9 (a lower school), but the new limit will be age 11, making it a primary school. The proposed new capacity will be 315 places, an increase from 225 places. 52 part-time nursery places will remain.
The proposals say that in September 2013 year 4 children will stay on, and become a new year 5. And in September 2014 year 5 children will become a new year 6.
Any person wishing to comment or object may do so within the next six weeks by sending them to The Deputy Chief Executive/Director of Children's Services, Central bedfordshire Council, Priory House, Chicksands, Beds, SG17 5TQ

Tuesday, 23 October 2012

UTC Open Night Success

The University Technical College Central Bedfordshire (UTC) opened its doors to prospective students and their parents this month.Young people wanting to know more about studying engineering and product design were treated to demonstrations in the science labs, classrooms and state-of-the-art machine shops.

There will be another open evening on Thursday, November 15 5-8pm in case you missed this one.

Principal Bob Shore said: “It was great to see so many young people and their parents interested in what we do and how we do it. We work hard with our sponsors and partners to ensure students are prepared for the world of work, further education or apprenticeships - but ultimately the test is whether what we’re doing is interesting and stimulating to young people: both those here and those considering their future. And last night certainly proved we’re definitely heading in the right direction.”

The UTC put on a real show with experiments in the physics and chemistry labs, from flying fish and chemical volcanoes to hair-raising Van de Graaff generators, from welding to grinders and lathes.

Assistant principal Sarah Driscoll (Left) and Principal Bob Shore try the grinder out for themselves at the UTC Central Bedfordshire open evening.


It was also a chance for parents to meet some of the partners in industry and further education which the UTC work with. Every student who finishes their education with the UTC is guaranteed a place in work, further education or apprenticeships, what they learn has been designed in co-operation with employers and partners from both further and higher education with the focus always being on engineering and product design.

If you’d like to know more please visit www.centralbedsutc.org or call the UTC, which is based Kingsland Skills Centre, Parkside Drive, Houghton Regis, Bedfordshire, LU5 5PY on 01582 867756

There is a second Open Evening on Thursday 15th November 5-8pm for any student looking to start Year 10 or Post 16 next September. Whether you are a prospective parent or student, part of our local community or just want to come and have look around at Central Bedfordshire’s new and exciting UTC, a fantastic tour of the facilities awaits. There are limited spaces available for anyone wanting to take up a Post 16 place this term – email admissions enquiries@centralbedsutc.org

Monday, 22 October 2012

Town Asks CBC to Rethink Over Council Tax


Houghton Regis Town Council tonight sent a message to Central Bedfordshire Council to asking them to consider alternative ways of saving money, instead of making cuts to council tax benefits.

Expectations are that Central Government may reduce its funding to the County by 14 per cent next April.

The Town Council welcome some of the proposals, like protecting pensioners from changes, and withdrawal of discounts for those on council tax benefits. But those proposals that impact on those on Income Support or Income Based Jobseekers Allowance, receiving Employment and Support Allowance or have low earnings are not supported.

Central Bedfordshire Council are considering making the shortfall up by a variety of methods, including changes made to council tax benefits.

The Houghton Regis Town Council want CBC to look for any alternative ways of recovering the reduction in funding.

Sunday, 21 October 2012

Dunstablians 48 Biggleswade 7

Action from Dunstablians v. Biggleswade at Bedford Road, Houghton Regis on Saturday 20th October.

© A D Winter 2012

Saturday, 20 October 2012

Town Centre Management 18/10/12


Houghton Regis representatives of Town and Central Bedfordshire Councils met on Thursday evening  for a regular Town Centre Management Committee Meeting (TCM).

Members discussed the possibility of transitioning the current limited scope of the TCM to a partnership committee that considered the whole town, and not just the town centre. It was pointed out that similar structures existed in Dunstable, Leighton Linslade, and Biggleswade. Members agreed to await further  information.

The latest crime statistics were discussed and the drop in recorded crime of 22% overall was discussed. ASB in Bedford Square was discussed.

The Town Centre boundaries were discussed. The boundaries were the Co-op site, Bedford Square, and All Saints church. Members voted unanimously to add the new Morrisons superstore site, Roslyn House, The Dentist surgery, and properties on the north side of the High Street between Bedford Rd and Cemetery Road to the Town Centre. Consideration was given to adding Georgina Petrol Station with its convenience store, car wash, and MOT centre, and the current Morrisons store, within the Town Centre boundaries but the meeting declined to add them.  By having the boundary defined, the Development Control can be directed. The Central Beds Council will rigorously apply sequential tests to planning proposals for retail, office, and leisure uses that are not within the town centre boundary.The new boundary and associated new strategy for developments will be available for public consultation later this year.

The Town Centre Managers Report was read:
 No further statement was available from CBC about the Co-op supermarket.
A date for Morrisons opening was being awaited.
Santa's Grotto and a Craft Fair would be held on Saturday 8th December in Bedford Square.
A usage study had been asked for to determine if any car parking spaces at the rear of the Bedford Square Centre could be released.
The ownership of the footpath at the rear of Bedford Square to the side of the churchyard was still unresolved, but CBC are to advertise that they intend to take the land over in case someone can come forward showing it to be their lawful property. The Town Council are to pay about £300 for the advertising.
The TCM are to continue to advertise the Mini Market in Bedford Square and to  look for new ways to increase the number of stalls at £25 per stall per week.



Find out more about Town Centre Management Committee

A5-M1 Link Gets Approval

First published 12:03 19/10/2012. Updated 17:50 19/10. Updated 12:20 20/10/12.
At long last, the A5-M1 link, has been given the thumbs up, by the Government, the Department of Transport announces today.
The Secretaries of State for Transport and Communities Local Government are minded to accept the Inspector’s recommendation that the bypass should be built. This means that the Secretary of State for Transport is committed to building the road as quickly as possible. A final decision is only dependent on the developers contributing £45 million and Central Bedfordshire Council £5 million. Both these contributions are on track to be made. Work is due to start in 2014 and cannot start sooner as power lines have to be moved next summer when demand is lower, before work can begin.


South West Bedfordshire MP Andrew Selous said “This is wonderful news for the whole of South West Bedfordshire. Traffic jams will be greatly reduced in Dunstable and Houghton Regis and villages like Totternhoe, Kensworth and Toddington will see much less through traffic. Leighton Buzzard and Linslade will get fast direct access to the M1 and the whole motorway network, which will help business growth in the town and Aylesbury will also benefit. I called for the bypass to be built in my maiden speech in 2001 and shortly afterwards presented a 25,000 signature petition to Parliament requesting the road be built. Alistair Darling announced the road would be built on 9th July 2003 and the delay since then has been appalling and has held back economic growth and job creation. I pay tribute to Central Bedfordshire Council for negotiating the developer contribution, without which the road would not be built. I believe that South West Bedfordshire will now realise its full potential in creating jobs and wealth. “


Cllr Nigel Young, Executive Member for Strategic Planning and Economic Development for Central Bedfordshire Council, says, "I am delighted - today we mark the start of Dunstable's future. This is excellent news for Central Bedfordshire and for the local residents who have been campaigning for a bypass for many years.

"The A5 M1 Link is the most important infrastructure need for Central Bedfordshire and is pivotal to our plans to regenerate this area. It will not only relieve major traffic congestion in Dunstable, Houghton Regis and the surrounding area but the quick links with the motorway network will give businesses a huge incentive to locate here. It will provide a massive economic boost, cementing Central Bedfordshire's position as a great location for innovation and opportunity."

Cllr Peter Williams, CBC ward councillor for Tithe Farm, Houghton Regis, said, "The Liberal Democrats welcome this news. For Houghton Regis, the link road has one connection, at Bedford Road, apart from the connections at the M1 and the A5. We didn't want connections anywhere else. The issue will come when the Woodside Link proposals come out. We do not want to have heavy vehicles and cars from the M1 streaming down Sundon Road causing danger and congestion in Houghton Regis.


http://www.andrewselous.org.uk/fantastic-news-for-south-west-bedfordshirea5-m1-link-dunstable-northern-bypass-gets-approval

http://www.centralbedfordshire.gov.uk/news/october-2012/october-2012-news-and-press-releases.aspx

Friday, 19 October 2012

Community Awards: Appeal for More Nominations


Community Awards are open to entries from within a 15-mile radius of Dunstable.  A gala awards evening to be held at The Grove Theatre Wednesday 21st November. More nominations are sort for the community category. Multiple nominations can be accepted, and the same entrant can also be entered for more than one award.

Carer of the Year will be awarded in recognition to the person who has helped to care and provide for someone else who may be vulnerable or in ill health.

Volunteer of the Year will be awarded in recognition to the person who
unselfishly gives their time and energy to a cause, organisation or institution which they feel strongly towards. The criteria is that nominees are unpaid in their voluntary service.

Student of the Year will be awarded in recognition to the student who has
demonstrated academic excellence or has shown outstanding improvement in their academic studies.

www.dunstableawards.co.uk 

Jobless Numbers Fall


South West Bedfordshire MP Andrew Selous has welcomed the fall in the number of people claiming Job Seekers Allowance in South West Bedfordshire. The number of unemployed claimants in the South West Bedfordshire constituency in September 2012 has fallen to 2,134 a fall of 68 from the figure in August 2012 and the figure is now below the number of claimants at the date of the last general election in May 2010.

Commenting on the figures Andrew Selous said:

“I am pleased to see this further fall in unemployment in South West Bedfordshire. I know that we have more work to do to provide all the jobs that people need locally, but it is good to see more people getting into work. It is encouraging that there are now more people in work than ever before. We still need to redouble our efforts to help all those looking for work to find it through creating the best possible conditions for businesses to grow locally and nationally.”

http://www.andrewselous.org.uk/fall-in-south-west-bedfordshire-jobless-welcomed

Thursday, 18 October 2012

Teenage Victim of Attempted Robbery


Bedfordshire Police are appealing for witnesses following an attempted robbery which took place in Houghton Regis on Sunday October 14.

The incident happened at around 6.30pm as the 16 year old male victim was walking along Richmond Drive towards Trident Drive, close to the small bridge. The victim was approached by a group of seven or eight males with one of them grabbing him by the neck and demands were made for him to hand over money and property. The victim was then searched and when nothing was found, he was punched in the face and the group fled towards Wheatfield Road.

Although there was a group involved, there were two main offenders. The first is described as a white male, 16 to 17 years old, around five feet six inches tall, of stocky build, clean shaven, dark hair, clear complexion and wearing a purple hooded top. The second was also a white male, of similar age, around five feet five inches tall and of skinny build.

Detective Constable Jo Bosson, who is investigating the incident, is keen to hear from anyone who may have witnessed the attack, or may have seen the offenders in the Richmond Drive or Wheatfield Road area.

If you have information relating to this incident, contact DC Bosson, in confidence, on 01582 473152, the non-emergency number 101, or text information to 07786 200011.

Alternatively contact independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111, or online at crimestoppers-uk.org.

7 Till 7 Closure of High Street


Proposed Temporary Road Closure – High Street, Houghton Regis
Reason: Highway works in conjunction with new Morrison’s Supermarket
Lengths affected: From Cemetery Road to Bedford Road.
Date: The closure is expected to take place from the 26th November to 01st December between 1900hrs to 0700hrs. Access may be allowed from time to time according to local signing. Signs will be erected on site two weeks before commencement of works.
Alternative Route: Proceed in a northerly direction on Bedford Road A5120 to junction. Turn left onto Thorn Road and continue to the A5 to roundabout, take first exit at the roundabout onto Waiting Street A5 becoming High Street. Continue to fourway crossroads, turn left onto Houghton Road A5120 and continue to site vice versa.

Houghton Regis Town Councillor, Alan Winter, "The alternative route has to be on like for like roads so the traffic cannot go via King Street/Queens Street. I've just been sent this proposal notice. If you would like to comment on it, I'll pass your comments on." Comment form:  http://libdem.webs.com/hr/enquiries.html

Wednesday, 17 October 2012

THE LORD LIEUTENANT OF BEDFORDSHIRE VISITS NEW SHORT STAY MEDICAL UNIT – HOUGHTON REGIS



South Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust (SEPT) was pleased to host a visit from The Lord Lieutenant of Bedfordshire, Helen Nellis on Monday 15 October.

The Lord Lieutenant, accompanied by the Houghton Regis Town Mayor, Councillor David Jones, toured the Unit and talked to staff and patients at the recently opened Rehabilitation Unit.

Small and focused, with only 16 beds, the Unit is led by a geriatrician consultant and staffed by a dedicated team of doctors, nurses, therapists and health care professionals, working closely with local GPs and Social Care teams.

The Unit provides nursing care with comprehensive occupational therapy and physiotherapy for patients who require intensive nursing support for a limited time, with the average length of stay expected to be between 5 and 7 days. This new service offers a step down from hospital, before being discharged home or into further longer term residential rehabilitation services and a step up for patients who need some intensive therapy but do not need to go into a hospital setting.

South Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust (SEPT) has an annual turnover of approximately £300m. SEPT is one of the most successful Foundation Trusts in the country providing integrated care including mental health, learning disability, social care and community services. Services are provided across Bedfordshire, Essex and Luton, employing approximately 6,100 people and serving a population of 1.8 million.

SEPT work with a wide range of partner organisations to deliver care and support to people in their own homes and from a number of hospital and community based premises. SEPT have many modern community based resource centres and clinics to provide local services to local people where possible.

Short Stay Medical Unit - Houghton Regis
Mayer Way, Houghton Regis
Dunstable Bedfordshire LU5 5BF


Proposed Constituency Boundaries


The Boundary Commission for England yesterday revealed revised proposals for constituency boundaries.  Under the proposals Houghton Regis  would be in "South West Bedfordshire CC", and split apart from Dunstable.

The South West Bedfordshire constituency would include Marston, Cranfield, Woburn and Harlington, Toddington, Leighton Buzzard, Whipsnade, Studham, Flitwick, Harlington, and Houghton Regis (total electorate 80,146).

Dunstable would become part of "Luton North and Dunstable BC", and include Bramingham, Icknield (Luton), Limbury, Northwell, Sundon Park, Leagrave, Chalney, Lewsey, Icknield (Dunstable), Dunstable Downs, Watling, and Northfields (total electorate 78,957).

The "Mid Bedfordshire and Harpenden CC" would include parts of Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire, including such places a s Wheathampstead and Caddington (total electorate 78,055).

But there is much doubt over whether or not the government will proceed with these suggested changes due to differences of opinion within the coalition parties in Government.
The public are invited to "Have Your Say" on the proposals via the boundary commission's web site.

http://consultation.boundarycommissionforengland.independent.gov.uk/static/whats-proposed/eastern/bedfordshire/index.html

Monday, 15 October 2012

Community Network Messages

The latest Community Network Messages are available here


Best Wishes,
jan

Jan Cooper
The Way
Working in Partnership
Houghton Regis Town Council

Phone 01582 708540
Mobile 07718 220414

Wednesday, 10 October 2012

New Crossings Proposed


CBC is proposing to establish pedestrian crossings in Parkside Drive, Sundon Road, and Park Road North.

Zebra Crossing Proposals:
- Parkside Drive, 80m north-east of junction with Elm Park Close.
- Sundon Road, 15m south of junction with Easthill Road.

Signalised Toucan Crossing Proposal:
Park Road North - 160m nw of rndbt with Sandringham Drive.

Humped Zebra Crossing Proposal: (rebuild existing crossing)
-75mm high, in Parkside Drive 32m s of junction with Bromley Gardens

Humped Zebra Crossing Proposal: (new crossing)
- 75m high in Sundon Rd, 15m s of junction with Easthill Rd.

Plans can be viewed at the Houghton Regis library. Objections in writing to Transportation manager, Bedfordshire Highways, Woodlands Avenue, Manton Lane, Bedford, MK41 7NU or email centralbedsconsultation@amey.co.uk

Official notices of this announcement can be found in local newspapers.

Recycling Challenge - 60%


Central Bedfordshire is recycling waste!
Residents are now recycling over 50% of household waste, but now CBC want you to recycle 60% by 2020.


Reusable items are collected by Preen free of charge and go to support vulnerable and disadvantaged people across Central Bedfordshire. Items must be clean, safe and fit for reuse. Especially needed is furniture; white goods such as fridges, freezers, electric cookers; and small electrical appliances, for example televisions (including analogue TVs), DVD, video and CD players, and cooling fans. Collections are made at Bedford Square on the last Friday of the month, or Telephone PREEN on  0844 99 343 99 to arrange a collection or for advice on donating.


LOCAL GLASS RECYCLING:
By the Co-Op, High Street, Houghton Regis, LU5 5QT
Poynters Arms, Poynters Road, LU5 4SJ
Sainsburys, White Lion Retail Park, LU5 4RF

GLASS AND TEXTILES:
Harvest Home, Hillborough Cresent, Houghton Regis,LU5 5NJ

HOUSEHOLD BATTERIES:
Houghton Regis Town Council Offices

Household Waste Recycling Centre, French's Avenue, collects:
Glass bottles and jars, Wood, Cardboard, Green garden waste, Textiles and shoes,Scrap metal,White goods,Household batteries,Car batteries,Used engine oil,Fridges and Freezers, Household electrical goods.

Special Waste Collections
More Recycling Help and Advice

Saturday, 6 October 2012

This Week's Decisions

Decisions affecting Houghton Regis were this week taken by Central Bedfordshire Council's Executive Committee.


The Houghton Regis North Framework Plan was adopted as technical guidance for development management purposes.

When "News Desk" conducted its own poll on this plan during the summer, the top concerns were that "Congestion in the town centre will not be addressed by the new roads" - 26 replies. 14 thought "Too many homes planned", and 8 "Don't know where the jobs are coming from".

We put these findings to the Council's Cllr Nigel Young, the executive member for sustainable communities, strategic planning and economic development.
"I think your survey responses mirror comment on the CBC response page (only 53 responses at 5 public exhibitions). To answer the top 2; I think that the Woodside Link will make a big difference to Houghton Regis High Street as freight will prefer the quick link to the M1 and homes North of Houghton Regis will similarly use the 'quick route' to the Motorway. We may also be able to ban freight from Houghton Regis High Street (except deliveries). 5000 homes over 20 years is only an average of 250 a year - not many in the context of our evidential need. As a summary point - this is part of the regeneration package which could facilitate up to 6000 local jobs - much needed in Houghton Regis I would have thought."





Woodside Link
The submission of a planning application for the construction of the Woodside Link road was agreed and consultation on the proposed scheme will now commence in November 2012.
If necessary, the land required for the scheme, may be acquired, including by compulsory purchase. If approved, the Council will add £450,000 to the 2012/13 capital programme to cover the costs of design and planning application development for the scheme.

The overall cost of the scheme is likely to be in the order of £42m, may be started in 2014, and completed in 2016.





Parking
The Executive endorsed the Parking Strategy, including the recommendations from the Sustainable Communities Overview and Scrutiny Committee, with the exception of the Overview and Scrutiny Committee’s recommendation 2 that parking on grass verges not be
permitted, as the published approach to parking in Central Bedfordshire.



Thursday, 4 October 2012

Traffic Chaos Tonight!


I have just spoken to Jason from Amey, who is running the operation to resurface Parkside Drive, Houghton Regis.

The works started this morning and will continue over the next four days. The times are 08:00 to 18:00.
The area to be resurfaced is from Windsor Drive junction to Westminster Gardens.
Through traffic is being barred from Parkside Drive, although local road access is possible.

Windsor Drive and Parkside Drive is used by traffic as an alternative rush hour route to using Park Road North and Sundon Road.
Because of the hours of operation of this resurfacing, this alternative route will be unavailable.
This will mean that for Thursday and Friday evenings there will be double the amount of traffic converging from Park Road North onto the Chequers roundabout, Houghton Regis. 
I don't want to sound alarmist, but this is going to have significant impact all down Poynters Road and beyond. 

Therefore, traffic aiming for Tithe Farm and Parkside estates would do better by trying to reroute their homeward journeys, either via Luton or Junction 12 of the M1.

I have enquired as to why off-peak resurfacing is not being done? I have been told that that would cost another 25% on the budget, so is unaffordable.
I have enquired about the use of one way traffic and traffic lights? I have been told that would endanger workmen and equipment, and if equipment is damaged would cost the operation even more.
I have enquired as to the temporary potential opening of the bus link? I have been told that would not be possible as alternative routes must be on same grade routes, shrubbery would need to be cut back, graffiti removed from the road surface as to leave it would make the surface slippery, and to do all that work for short term gain would be inappropriate.

Please don't blame the messenger!

Cllr Alan Winter, town councillor, Parkside Ward.

Tuesday, 2 October 2012

Houghton Regis In The News w/e 2nd Oct

Here are some of the things that have appeared on our Facebook Page over the past week. To keep up to date, check our Facebook Page every day!


STOP SMOKING IN STOPTOBER
If you are looking for information on how to join Stoptober, please visit www.smokefree.nhs.uk/stoptober

POYNTERS ROAD LORRY BAN PROPOSAL
Residencies and businesses in the affected area are being advised by Central Bedfordshire Council that they are proposing to introduce a 7.5T lorry ban in Poynters Road, except for buses. Objectors have until 26th October to respond. If you require any further information please contact Gary Baldwin, tel. 0845 3656116 or email gary.NOSPAM.baldwin@amey.co.uk. (delete NOSPAM.)


A5 FUNERAL WARNING
Police in Bedfordshire are warning motorists of possible delays today, Tuesday 2 October, due to a large funeral moiving along the A5 from Hemel Hempstead.

VOUCHER SCAM
Bedfordshire Police Officers were reported as dealing with at least two cases where people have applied to a company for a loan, only to be asked to provide money upfront in order to secure it. Needless to say, after the initial money has been found by hard-up residents, the promised loan never materialises and the applicants are left even worse off than before.
Police are warning people that they should never pay up front for a loan and only deal with reputable companies.

CRIME DOWN
Evidence shown by Police to the Houghton Regis Town Council on Monday 1st October night shows that crime levels have fallen in Houghton Regis compared to the previous period.



HOUGHTON REGIS ACADEMY
The Greenwood Dale Foundation wish to extend the age range of Houghton Regis Academy from 9-13 years to 11-18 years. The Consultation period for this application will run until Monday, November 26th. There will be a public meeting on Tuesday 16 October 2012 in the main hall of the academy at 7pm.
http://www.greenwoodacademies.org/news/0-4/Houghton%20Regis%20Consultation/

OLD PHOTOS ON DISPLAY
An exhibition of old photographs of Houghton Regis was opened today (1st Oct 2012). The mayor of Houghton Regis, Cllr David Jones and the principle collection owner, Pat Lovering, are seen here discussing some of the pictures. The exhibition runs in the Houghton Regis Library, Bedford Square, until the end of the month. Tickets for two daytime slide shows are available at the library.


CALLING ALL READERS
Readers Day, 13th Oct. Great line up of authors. Flitwick. Book now!
http://www.galaxy.bedfordshire.gov.uk/webingres/bedfordshire/vlib/0.books_reading/reading_groups_readers_day.htm

Lift Share Week 2012
Sign up to the liftshare scheme & save money on fuel and parking! http://t.co/zPrXlYkk

MALE ATTACKED
20 year old male victim was walking along an alleyway in Hammersmith Close, Houghton Regis. He was approached from behind by the offender who punched him and then demanded the victim’s mobile phone and wallet ...
Link to police article

BUSWAY TRAIL RUN (CLICK FOR VIDEO)


"OUR SURVEY SAID..."
We ran a survey from the summer until today, collecting concerns about the proposed development in the North of Houghton Regis. The top concern of readers of Houghton Regis News Desk was that "Congestion in the town centre will not be addressed by the new roads" - 26 replies.
14 thought "Too many homes planned".
8 "Don't know where the jobs are coming from".


MOBILE PHONE ATTACKS UP
The Dunstable Gazette this week reports on a number of mobile phone related attacks on individuals around the old bus link to Lewsey Farm and on Parkside Recreation area. The article also mentions that 4 people have been arrested in connection with these incidents, and have subsequently been released. Anyone with information relating to these incidents is urged to call Bedfordshire Police on 101 or alternatively, you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111. http://www.crimestoppers-uk.org/

MORRISONS PETROL FILLING STATION - APPLICATION WITHDRAWN
Update on "Demolition of existing supermarket and erection of new petrol filling station with sales kiosk, car wash facility and ancillary parking" @ "2 Cemetery Road, Houghton Regis,"
Responses Received: 53
In Favour: 1
Against: 46
Comments: 1
Petitions Against: 1
Decision: Application Withdrawn

HERITAGE GROUP FORMED
A group of eight met this evening to kick off a new Heritage Group for Houghton Regis. Lots of ideas were submitted including:
- preservation of old photographs
- collecting memories from the past 50 years
- wanting to record old gravestones
- commemorating famous people like Gary Cooper
- visits to places of local historical interest
- gathering material for local access
- educational displays
- the distribution of people after they left Houghton Regis
The group have made a provisional booking to re-meet on October 5th at 3pm.
Learn more ... http://houghtonregisheritage.blogspot.co.uk

PARKSIDE VOICE MEETING
A meeting of Parkside Voice took place this evening. This is a group that have met regularly since 2003 to discuss any activities affecting anyone in Parkside, to which all residents of Parkside are invited to attend.
The chairman, Cllr Peter Carrington, read out several notices, including the overall reduction in crime for the area, but warned of forthcoming police staffing reductions, and a redistribution of police staff that will in future be operating from the current police stations. A report was given on the Parkside Voice and HRLCAG Fun Day held last Saturday.
The next meeting of Parkside Voice will be the AGM, on 30th January 2013. If you would like to be reminded of this next meeting, email the chairman at peteNOSPAMcarrington@talktalk.net (delete NOSPAM)




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Houghton Hall Park in Heritage Lottery Fund Bid

Houghton Regis' Houghton Hall Park is situated west of Park Road North. It was once much larger, extending down to the Luton Road, long before the Woodside industrial estate, and new housing estates for Dunstable were built. To many people, the park is unknown given that it is hidden behind the village green and Houghton Hall.

These days the much shrunken park is mainly used by dog walkers. Parts of it have been given over to football fields, a bowling green, and a managed woodland. Moves are now afoot to turn the Houghton Hall Park into something more than that.

Central Bedfordshire Council and Greensand Trust want to bring the remaining park back into more and better public use. Proposals include creating a heritage exhibition and heritage centre. In February next year a Round One  submission will be placed for funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund (Parks for People). If successful, a Round Two bid will be made in February 2014. If that is successful, project delivery work will commence in August 2014.

Some suggestions for improving the Park are included in this document:

Houghton Hall Park 

What would you do with the Park, and why?