New Public Open Space To Compensate For Bus Way

An area known as The Paddocks has today officially become a  public amenity space, and will be owned in freehold by Houghton Regis Town Council. The space will be managed through Central Bedfordshire Council by The Wildlife Trust.

On a bitterly cold morning with snowflakes falling around them, a hardy bunch of council officials, councillors, and representatives of the Wildlife Trust, met up for the official opening ceremony of The Paddocks, adjacent to Blow's Down.

Councillor David Jones (Mayor of Houghton Regis), and Councillor Pat Staples (Mayor of Dunstable) cut the ribbon at the official opening ceremony.

The Busway acquired land from Dog Kennel Downs in Houghton Regis and impacted on the wildlife and ecology along the old railway corridor between Luton and Dunstable.  The Busway project includes an agreement with the Wildlife Trust to maintain and promote a number of plots of land in the Blows Down area for the next 60 years, and a cheque for over £1 million was presented today, to help achieve that.

The deal is that this land, and plots of land known as the Hayfield, and a part of Chaul End Field have been provided as compensation for wildlife habitat lost through the creation of the Luton Dunstable Busway.

The Paddocks have been split into four main areas. A public amenity area, and three grazing areas. Access to the public amenity area is next to Half Moon Lane in Dunstable. 

Find out more about the Wildlife sites in Bedfordshire.