Showing posts from January, 2013

Biggleswade 11 vs 19 Dunstablians

An away match for local rugby team Dunstablians, gave them victory over Biggleswade on Saturday. Full Match Report ... 

Gypsy and Traveller Local Plan

Find out more at Central Bedfordshire Council: Includes one site at Bidwell ( CBC map online ). Timescale 28 February 2013 - 35 sites will be considered at Sustainable Communities Overview and Scrutiny Committee to produce a short list of sites. Formal consultation on the short list of sites in May / June 2013 Submission to the Secretary of State – October 2013 Public Examination - 2014 Inspectors Report 2014 Adoption - 2014 Gypsy Traveller Local Plan

Volunteers Wanted at Red House Court

Red House Court is a sheltered housing scheme close to The Green, in Houghton Regis, for over 60s. It is an extra care scheme with a care team on site. Events are arranged on a monthly basis and include trips, parties, bingo, meals out, etc. The Friends of Red House Court are a group of volunteers who organise and run social activities for the residents. The Friends are a very small group and need to recruit more helpers. Some residents need one-to-one assistance to join in. They meet once a month for a meeting which lasts about one hour to organise the program of activities and then on the day of the event to run it. Do you have the time to help? Please telephone Stephanie or Heather on 01582 865002 for an informal chat or visit.

Over 900 Responses to 'Woodside Connection' Consultation For Houghton Regis Bypass

Central Bedfordshire Council are proposing a new road between the borders of Houghton Regis and Lewsey Farm, towards the to-be-constructed junction 11a of the M1 motorway. If it gets the go ahead the new road will start at the junction of Park Road North, Porz Avenue and  Poynters Road, then head north east, before heading north towards Chalton Cross. The Council says "The aim of the road is to reduce traffic, especially goods vehicles accessing Woodside Industrial Estate, from the centres of Houghton Regis and Dunstable. A link to Sundon Road provides  a connection from local roads to the M1 motorway." In a published statement CBC say that the consultation period is now closed, and that they have received over 900 responses, with about 400 people attending one of several public exhibitions, with many comments collected. The general view was that the local community agreed with the proposed road, but there were some reservations from residents living closest to the pr

Films At The Grove

GROVE THEATRE: What's On - Film The Impossible (12A) 30 JANUARY 2013 - 3 FEBRUARY 2013 Tinkerbell: Secret of the Wings (U) 2 FEBRUARY 2013 - 17 FEBRUARY 2013 Life of Pi (PG) 6 FEBRUARY 2013 - 10 FEBRUARY 2013 Django Unchained (18) 17 FEBRUARY 2013 - 20 FEBRUARY 2013 Les Miserables (12A) 29 MARCH 2013 - 3 APRIL 2013 hrnd grove theatre dunstable

Accident at East End

Two vehicles were involved in a crash Tuesday afternoon at East End. One lady was taken to L & D hospital with an ankle injury.

Do You Fancy Setting Up a Time Bank ?

Great opportunity for anyone motivated enough to see the potential of putting in some time, to get some time from someone else. Example: Spend 6 hours wallpapering for someone. Get the time credited to your time account. Get someone else to give you 1 hour cleaning your car. Get someone else to give you four hours gardening. Get someone else to give you an hour to do some shopping. To each their own specialism. 13 February 2013, 10.30 – 15.30 at Rufus Centre Steppingley Road, Flitwick, Bedfordshire, MK45 1AH Reserve your place by 4TH February 2013 Find out more by clicking here to view, read, and print off (if required) tags: timebank, time, bank, hrnd, 

Gypsy and Traveller Sites Consultation Later This Year

Central Beds Council will consult formally on their gypsy and traveller plan in May/June 2013. The representations from the public consultation for gypsy and traveller sites will be considered by the Secretary of State. This week Cllr Young explained that without a gypsy and traveller plan the council has no control and illegal encampments are likely. CBC are legally required to plan for sites up to 2028, and are planning up to 2031 in line with CBC development strategy. A "pitch" is for one gypsy and traveller household on average 3 to 4 persons. posted from Bloggeroid

Are You Interested in Becoming a Police Cadet?

If you’re interested in a future with the Police, there’s no better way to develop the skills, knowledge and experience you’ll need than joining Bedfordshire Police Cadets. Groups in Luton and Kempston are now accepting applications, for places starting in September 2013.   Police Cadets are united by a passion for serving the community and supporting the constabulary. As a Cadet, you’ll take part in weekly training sessions, featuring a range of exciting activities. You’ll learn fascinating skills as part of a diverse team of people aged 16-18. Enjoy the opportunity to support Officers carrying out real policing duties at all kinds of public events in Bedfordshire’s towns and villages - from Luton Carnival and Bedford River Festival, through to Remembrance Parades. Support given to gain recognised qualifications, to help your CV to stand out from the crowd. Grow in confidence and gain new abilities. You could have the chance to rise through the Cadet ranks, to roles such as Sec

Calling All Carers in Bedfordshire

Are you a Carer in Central Bedfordshire? Then come along to the latest Carers Forums in Priory House, Chicksands on 25 January or Leighton Buzzard on 31 January. These aim to bring local carers together to share experiences and talk to a range of professionals. A key aim for the forums will be around how carers can access information and services which respond to their particular needs, giving th em greater choice, control and independence. Carers Forums are for ANYONE who cares for a family member or friend living in Central Bedfordshire who is ill, frail or disabled. The regular forums give an opportunity for carers to have their say on important issues, to help develop services for carers, and to monitor the difference being made to carers through the work of the council and its partners. 25 January 2013, 12.30 - 3.30 pm, Priory House, Monks Walk, Chicksands, Shefford, Beds. SG17 5TQ 31 January 2013, 6.00 - 9.00 pm, Leighton Buzzard Day Centre, Duncombe Drive, Leighton Buzzard, Beds

Busway: Dunstable Houghton Regis (pics)

Behind Arenson Way, Dunstable from Dog Kennel Walk Bridge Dog Kennel Down Houghton Regis. Land swaps were agreed for Luton Borough Council to take this land from Houghton Regis Town Council. The land strip that the old railway ran on from Dog Kennel Walk to the A5, plus a piece of land at Blows Down were handed over to Houghton Regis Town Council. Check out the Unofficial Busway Facebook News Page dlvr

Big Fine For Selling Un-roadworthy Cars

Second-hand car dealer fined £46,000 for selling  un-roadworthy  cars. A successful prosecution by Central Bedfordshire Council’s Public Protection team has seen a Dunstable second hand car business and manager being ordered to pay a total of £46, 670 after pleading guilty to offences in relation to the selling of second hand motor vehicles to members of the public. Shaah Brothers Ltd, trading as SB Motors, of Tavistock Street, Dunstable, and manager Mr Syed Kamal Shaah of 5A Sundon Road, Streatley, Luton, both pleaded guilty at Luton Magistrates Court. The offences included the selling of un-roadworthy motor vehicles, failing to carry out reasonable pre-sale mechanical/ history and/or mileage checks, obstructing consumers from returning faulty motor vehicles by failing to deal with complaints in an honest and professional manner and/ or imposing administration charges before granting refunds, providing false information in relation to vehicle service history, value, length of M

New CCTV Plan

Central Bedfordshire Council’s Executive councillors have agreed a new CCTV Plan for the next four years. Cllr Brian Spurr, Executive Member for Sustainable Communities, Services spoke after the meeting. He said: “CCTV is a familiar feature of modern life, but this Plan is about making sure our CCTV service continues to make a real and significant contribution to reducing crime and anti social behaviour in our communities. “We want the Service to develop whilst still remaining effective and providing value for money. The economic climate is challenging, but we’re looking at ways to make the provision better by using an intelligence-led approach to camera locations, using new technology to add value to what we do and looking to work in collaboration with other authorities and national CCTV providers.” The Plan also considers the part that Public Space CCTV has to play in Central Bedfordshire as the population and housing provision grows. The first steps will be taken in April 2

New Local Council Tax Support Scheme

A new scheme to replace Council Tax Benefit in Central Bedfordshire has been recommended by Executive councillors for approval by Full Council. The change is needed because the current national scheme of Council Tax Benefit awards is being abolished by the government as part of national welfare reforms. The changes will take place from 1 April . Central Bedfordshire's scheme has been developed to reflect feedback from public consultation which took place from August to November last year. The council has had to reduce the overall cost of the Council Tax Support scheme by £1.7 million to reflect the reduced government contribution compared to the current Council Tax Benefit scheme.  Responses to a consultation exercise,  including 1,689 questionnaires as well as emails and letters and a telephone survey to 500 households, showed that a majority of respondents support the proposals of the council. Pensioners will have the same level of protection as the current Council Tax Be

Green Field Sites Around Houghton Regis Set For 5150 Homes

The outline application plans are in for this huge development. There are 216 documents available to view online . Above is an illustrated Master Plan for Houghton Regis North Site 1 consisting of land on the Northern Edge of Houghton Regis outlined in red. Other pockets of land outside the red outline area may well be subject to separate building planning applications as these are owned by different property developers. Scope of the Outline Planning Application This application is for a new, sustainable urban extension on 262 ha comprising new homes, including affordable homes, open space, a range of employment and shops, new schools and education facilities, health, community and leisure facilities. Details of access, appearance, landscaping, layout, and scale are reserved for later determination and all development, works and operations to be in accordance with the Development Parameters. This is an outline planning application with the details of access, appearance,

Swimming Pool Re-opening To Be Considered

A contract to include a priced option to reopen the swimming pool at Houghton Regis Leisure Centre has been approved by Central Bedfordshire Executive councillors today (Tuesday, 8 January). Also included is a procurement of a leisure management contract for Flitwick Leisure Centre, Saxon Pool and Leisure Centre and Sandy Sports and Community Centre Last month the council's Sustainable Communities Overview and Scrutiny Committee recommended that Executive consider reopening Houghton Regis swimming pool with immediate effect with due consideration to financial implications. Executive has agreed that consideration will be given to re-opening the pool once the outcome of the tendering process (with the option of the pool) is complete and revenue impacts ascertained. After the meeting Cllr Spurr, Executive Member for Sustainable Communities, Services, said: "We are acutely aware of the importance of Leisure facilities to local residents and their contribution to the health and

Chequers Roundabout Traffic Light Congestion

CHEQUERS ROUNDABOUT: Work at East End, Houghton Regis, is causing daytime traffic jams. Traffic lights are operating on all approaches to the roundabout with only one approach permitted to go at at one time. Works on behalf of Anglian Water are to install a new manhole for connection to Bellcross Homes development and connect to the main drain on the opposite side of the road.  Works are expected to continue for today and the next 8 days between 9am and 3pm.

Learn Where Your Organisation Can Get Funding

Don’t miss this chance to get up-to-date information about local and national funding programmes and to put your questions to the funders: •         Jonathan Clark – BIG Lottery Fund •         Stuart Hobley - Heritage Lottery Fund •         Jackie Brennan - Localgiving •         Mark West - Bedfordshire and Luton Community Foundation •         Date: Thursday 28 February 2013 •         Time: 10.00pm-12.30pm •         Venue: Bossard House, West Street, Leighton Buzzard, LU7 1DA To book your place, visit the website or contact Kim Mead, Information and Resources Co-ordinator, by telephoning 01525 850559 or

Think Fathers Survey 2013

Last year Central Bedfordshire Council asked dads across Central Bedfordshire to tell them about their experiences of accessing family services and information, as well as attending activities and events with their children. The feedback received helped CBC to understand the best ways of letting you know what's available for fathers and their children and how they can make their services easier to access. They would like your views again to help them understand your needs and how they can enable greater engagement of fathers in their children's lives. Please take a few minutes to complete this short questionnaire online by 1 March 2013 at: Or consider who are the fathers you know, or work with in Central Bedfordshire, and pass this leaflet to them to complete the survey online. POSTER:

Have Your Say on Development Strategy

Help shape the way our towns, villages and communities develop over the next 20 years. Have Your Say. The draft Development Strategy , setting out how the Central Bedfordshire Council will deliver 28,700 new homes, 27,000 new jobs and the supporting infrastructure to meet demand across Central Bedfordshire to 2031, received unanimous support from full Council on 29th November. Now, local residents and businesses will have the opportunity to comment on the document before it is submitted to the Secretary of State in May. It will then be passed to an independent Planning Inspector for consideration and could be adopted in February 2014. Cllr Nigel Young, Executive Member for Sustainable Communities, Strategic Planning and Economic Development says the area must move with the times to assure a successful future. "Our priority as a council is to build great communities. We are not changing for changes sake but to make certain that we have homes for residents at all stages of t

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