Showing posts from May, 2014


An application for planning permission in respect of 2 Cemetery Road, Houghton Regis, has been submitted. The developers proposal: "Demolition of existing supermarket and erection of new petrol filling station with sales kiosk and car wash facility." A target date for a decision has been set for 18 / 08 / 2014.  Earliest Decision Date (Consultation Period Expires): 27 / 06 / 2014  03 / 07 / 2014 A letter from Central Bedfordshire Council Planning Department dated 30 May 2014, being circulated to consulted parties reads, "Should you have views regarding the proposal, it would be appreciated if these could be placed in writing to the above offices as soon as possible or by email to and by no later than 20 June 2014.  You can enter your comments online at: By entering the application reference  CB/14/01934/FULL in the box marked " Application quick s

Final Consultation on Plans to Close Three Dunstable Middle Schools

Members of Central Bedfordshire Council’s Executive have considered a proposal published by the Governing Body of Ashton Middle School to change its age range to create an 11-16 secondary school . The proposal was rejected by councillors, on the basis that at this point the school had been unable to clearly articulate that the proposal was viable, either on financial or educational grounds. Members of the Executive agreed that proposals to close three Dunstable Middle Schools proceed to the next stage of the process. Responses to the initial consultations on the proposals to close Ashton Middle , Brewers Hill Middle and Streetfield Middle were considered. Statutory notices outlining the plans to close the three schools will now be issued. These will be available to view from 9th June on the council’s website uk/publicstatutorynotices , at Dunstable library, at the local town council and in the local press.  Formal consultation ends on 7 July 201

More Bollards For Village Green

Councillors at Houghton Regis' Environment & Leisure Committee have agreed expenditure on bollards for the western side of Red House Court from Clarke's Way to Houghton Hall.  The bollards will be similar to those placed around the main green. It is hoped that the small bollards will help to prevent incursions onto the public amenity green by travellers. A contribution to the bollards will be made by Chamberlain Holdings, who currently own Houghton Hall. The remaining cost of the project, put at almost £5,000, will be met from the Town Council's fencing reserve fund.

Baby Sign Three Week Course - Baby Massage 5 Week Course

Baby Sign runs on Wednesdays for three weeks starting June 4th  until June 18th. The course is designed to introduce you and your baby to signing in a supportive group setting. Suitable for babies aged 0-1 . Times are 10:00am-11:00am at Park Side Neighbourhood Centre. Baby Massage  starts on Wednesday June 4th  and runs for 5 weeks until July 3rd, 10:00am-11:00am. Based at Tithe Farm Neighbourhood Centre, the course is suitable for babies to first crawlers. £5 refundable deposit. Booking is Essential for these courses. Tel: 01582 867692 Tel: 01582 758023 Facebook : Houghton Regis Children’s Centre, The Children’s Society

Council Puts Measures in to Restrict Noise etc,

A Local Development Order that covers the Woodside Estate, Nimbus Park, Foster Avenue, Arenson Way, Apex Business Centre and Eastern Avenue will restrict noise, and light pollution while allowing businesses to grow and more easily expand. Feedback from consultation by Central Bedfordshire Council raised a range of issues that have been reflected in the updated Order, including additional conditions on surface water drainage, amended boundaries and further reassurance to residents that the LDO will continue to monitor and control development. Cllr Nigel Young, Executive Member for Strategic Planning and Economic Development, said: “Of course although retail trade and our town centres are important and we do lots of work to boost those areas, we also realise that the commercial side of Central Bedfordshire’s businesses is equally important. The LDO directly responds to what businesses say they need and will make it easier for them to grow and expand. “It will help them t

GARAGE BREAK-INS - Watch Out, There's a Thief About!

There have been several break-ins recently in the Parkside area of Houghton Regis. Often the garage is just broken into, and the owner is unaware of anything taken. The most recent incidents were: * Long Meadow, between 4:30 p.m. on the 25th and 9:30 a.m. on the 26th May. The offender has tried to break the lock on the door to the garage. No entry has been gained and no property has been taken.  * Dolphin Drive, between 7:00 p.m. on the 25th and 7:00 p.m. on the 26th May. The offender has forced open the wooden door to the garage. A ladies bike and food from a freezer have been taken. Crime References: J D / 2 0 1 5 4 / 2014, and J D / 2 0 2 2 5 / 2014. Crime Reduction Advice: * Check that all doors and windows are locked at all times. * Ensure that security lighting covers the building. * Make sure that any connecting doors in the house are secure at all times. * Consider fitting a garage alarm. * Valuable property can be secured in a cage or bolted

Town Councillors Object to Planning Permission Requests

Town councillors in Houghton Regis were displeased by several applications at last weeks Planning & Licensing Committee, held in their Peel Street offices. For a retrospective planning application for temporary fencing at the fishing lake, off Lake View, Houghton Regis, councillors wanted more information about why the fencing was needed. For the Bury Spinney, an application for a 4 bedroom detached house, councillors found fault with a design and access statement, claiming that it was inaccurate. And, although they had no objection on a retrospective application for an annexe to a home in Arnald Way, they were keen to make comment about the poor quality of planning papers. Houghton Regis Town Council are a body consulted on planning applications in the parish, but decisions on applications are made by Central Bedfordshire Council. 

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Houghton Regis Heritage Society to Publish a Book

Exclusive rights to publish a book about Houghton Regis have been secured by Houghton Regis Heritage Society. To be entitled "The Times of My Life" and written by Evelyn Woolison, who was born over a hundred years ago, it will tell the story of a young girl who came to work in Houghton Hall in Houghton Regis. Publication is expected to be announced soon on the Society website at .

Petition To Make Provision For A Social Club in Houghton Regis

Find out more about this petition presented to Central Bedfordshire Council in July 2014. Shared with you Hi — I just signed this petition and wanted to ask for your support. The more people who join the campaign, the more likely it is to win. Will you help by adding your name? Thanks, Alan

Projects and Opportunities in Houghton Regis w/e 23/5/2014

Please find link below for this weeks’ projects and opportunities. Can I draw your attention to the free fun afternoon at Tithe Farm Rec 12-3 on Tuesday 27th that includes a skate park competition.   Best Wishes, jan   Houghton Regis Town Council

Hunter Page Development Proposal at Bidwell, Houghton Regis

Red outline: Hunter Page Planning proposed development site Blue outline: Taylor Wimpey proposed development site A public exhibition of proposed plans for 70 new homes was held at the Dunstablians Rugby Club on Tuesday 20th May.  This was in connection with a proposed development of land to the west of Bedford Road. The development would consist of 70 dwellings, with affordable housing, public open space and associated works. The land is sandwiched between the concrete track than runs from Bedford Road around to Blue Waters Woodland, and Plaiters Way.  The meeting was advertised in the Dunstable Gazette on May 14th, and the developers Hunter Page Planning say they hand delivered notices to many houses in nearby streets. Notices also appeared on lamposts in the area.  At the exhibition Hunter Page Planning said that the most concern being expressed was egress onto Bedford Road. Long waits at peak times are already experienced by drivers trying to emerge from nearby

Contractors Appointed to Refurbish Houghton Regis Leisure Centre

Cosmur Construction Ltd have been awarded  the contract to refurbish Houghton Regis Leisure Centre.  The North London company are known within the leisure sector. The 12 week project will start on 27th May in preparation for opening the pool for the school holidays.  The work is being undertaken in two stages; work to the pool and the refurbishment of the changing rooms, including new lockers and cubicles. Stevenage Leisure is starting the employment process to ensure that the correctly qualified staff are employed and fully trained in how the facility operates.  The increased staffing level required for the pool operation will also lead to improvements in service in other areas of the facility.  The leisure company will shortly be displaying information within the centre to keep users fully informed.

Meet the new Mayor of Houghton Regis, Cllr Laura Ellaway

At the AGM of Houghton Regis Town Council on 14th May, Cllr Laura Ellaway was elected Mayor, and Cllr Rob Shimmin was elected Deputy Mayor. Both will serve until May 2015. Deputy Mayor 2014/15 Cllr Rob Shimmin. Photo R. Hines Outgoing Mayor, Cllr Peter Williams, spoke about the work he had done representing the town, and announced that he and his team, who he publicly thanked, had raised over £8,000 for local charities, Hospice at Home Volunteers, Houghton Regis Helpers, Keech Hospice Care, and SORTED. Houghton Regis mayor 2013/14, Cllr Peter Williams and consort A vote of thanks was made by the new Liberal Democrat group leader, Cllr Alan Winter, thanking the Mayor and his deputy, Cllr Peter Carrington, on behalf of all the councillors for the work they had done in the past year, mentioning the legacy that would be left behind, in supporting new ventures including a revived Pancake Race on The Green, School children singing event at the Grove Theatre, and an A

Shortage of Foster Parents Prompts Appeal to the Public

Central Bedfordshire Council desperately need more foster carers, particularly those who can provide care for sibling groups, teenagers and children with disabilities. They are looking for people from all walks of life with all levels of childcare experience - you can be single or married, you can work, you can have your own children already and if you do decide that fostering is for you, our dedicated team will support you every step of the way. For more information: Call the team on 0300 300 8181.  Website: http:// uk/fostering  

MK Dons Scheme to Introduce Older People to Using the Internet

Older People attending Houghton Regis Day Centre in Parkside Drive are benefiting from a programme of online help offered by MK Dons Sport and Education Team.  The older people who might otherwise be digitally challenged are being shown how to use social media, and other aspects of the internet, such as banking, shopping and digital photography. Some of the Houghton Regis Day Centre attendees have used a computer for the first time.  If you know someone aged over 50 who you think could benefit from this sort of training provided by MK Dons, please visit  

500 Commemorate WWI and D-Day At Bedfordshire Service

Special Service held to commemorate WW1 and D-Day and to celebrate the County’s Voluntary Organisations Over 500 people from all across Bedfordshire come together in a special commemoration and celebration at St Mary’s Parish Church, Woburn on Sunday 11 May 2014. HM Lord-Lieutenant of Bedfordshire, Helen Nellis, held a service which marked the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of WW1 and the 70th anniversary of D-Day and also acknowledged the very significant contribution made by all voluntary organisations to the life of the county. The service featured music from the Vauxhall Male Voice Choir from Luton and the Fusion Choir from Bedford and included special items to commemorate both anniversaries. The service, held in the presence of Rt Revd Dr Alan Smith, the Bishop of St Albans, who gave the address, and Rt Revd Richard Atkinson OBE, the Bishop of Bedford, was led by Revd Steve Nuth, Rector of St Mary’s Parish Church, Woburn. Major Ron Rogers, a D-Day veteran read the po

Houghton Regis Leisure Centre Swimming Will (hopefully) Return For the Summer Holidays

The Houghton Regis Leisure Centre Action Group are reporting that at the beginning of April the management of the Leisure Centre was contracted to Stevenage Leisure Ltd for a further seven years.  SL will also be running Flitwick, Sandy and Biggleswade centres with renewed contracts.  The centre are currently in the process of interviewing for a Manager and are recruiting life guards to be trained in the Stevenage Leisure ways. The footfall at the centre increased from 18,609 persons from October to December 2013 to 27,756 from January to March 2014.  A contract has now been awarded for the refurbishment of the changing rooms, for the  swimming pool   and repairs to the roof. Work is expected to begin on 27th May, but it  is envisaged that more work than was first thought will be necessary to repair the roof over the changing rooms. SL are hoping that the swimming pool will be reopened prior to the school summer holidays in July, initially with temporary changing facilities.

Houghton Regis Network projects and opportunities 12th May

Here is the link for this weeks’ project and opportunities in the town.   Our next network meeting has been rescheduled for Monday 19 th  at 5.00 pm at The Town Council Offices. If you could confirm attendance it is appreciated,   Best Wishes, Jan   Jan Cooper Community Organiser Houghton Regis Town Council

Outdoor Locations in Central Beds - Really, This Time, Celebrate National Children’s Day!

Will you be ditching your computer and remote today? Will you be getting up the sofa, and going outdoors to celebrate National Children’s Day which is today, 11th May. The theme for this year’s campaign is ‘swap screen time for wild time’ and it’s all about spending time in the great outdoors. Spending time out and about, playing and exploring the great outdoors will bring you increased physical activity, connect you to nature and let you have a great time, too! “Locally we’ve got some fantastic outdoor spaces to explore, so what are you waiting for!” Outdoors in Central Bedfordshire, there are more than 1000 hectares of woodland, grassland and wetland  Dunstable Downs Fly a Kite, roll down a hill, look at the clouds and explore Chute Wood, a fantastic natural play area with drums and scramble wall. Visit the Chiltern’s Gateway Centre for more information and pick up a ’50 things to do before you’re 11¾ ‘booklet. Café and toilets available. Rushmere Country Park, Linsla

Parent Puzzle Starts this week!

Ever wanted to learn some tips about parenting? This week a new 10 week course starts on Tuesday  May 13th at Tithe Farm Neighbourhood Centre aiming to do that. The nurturing programme is a 10 week course which  invites parents to explore and meet their own emotional needs as well as learning lots of brilliant Parenting strategies. Booking is essential. Parent Puzzle (Not including May 27th ) Tel: 01582 867692 Facebook : Houghton Regis Children’s Centre, The Children’s Society


European Parliamentary Elections take place on Thursday 22nd May.  Seven seats are available for the region, and these will be distributed in proportion to the number of votes each block of candidates gets, so even if you normally support a minority party, they still stand a chance of having an MEP elected.  At the moment, the MEPS in the East of England constituency are: Andrew Duff ( Liberal Democrat) Geoffrey van Orden ( Conservative) Robert Sturdy ( Conservative) Vicky Ford ( Conservative) David Campbell Bannerman ( was  UKIP 2009–11 , now  Conservative ) Stuart Agnew ( UKIP) Richard Howitt ( Labour) Poll cards and postal Information cards have been sent to electors entitled to vote in the election.  Here's a list of Eastern Region candidates: If you are not already registered for a postal vote and you want to apply to vote by post the last date to register for the European

Fuel Thefts - Thief Sort

VEHICLE: Red Honda Civic using stolen number plates. WHERE: Across Luton and in Houghton Regis WHEN: Since the end of March STOLEN: Hundreds of pounds worth of fuel WHAT TO DO: If you recognise the report or the individual or have any information contact 101. Or, contact Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111, or online at .

Jon Boutcher to become new Deputy Chief Constable

Bedfordshire Police has appointed a new Deputy Chief Constable. Assistant Chief Constable Jon Boutcher will take over the post when the current DCC John Fletcher retires in July. Jon has been endorsed by his peers. ACC Jon Boutcher said: "I am delighted and feel very privileged to have been selected as the Deputy Chief Constable for Bedfordshire Police. I look forward to working with all of the staff and partner agencies who work so hard to keep everyone safe in the county. I would especially like to thank John Fletcher, the outgoing Deputy, for his outstanding work within the force."

BBC's Nick Coffer Captures The Opinions and Views of Houghton Regis

Nick Coffer's 12-3 Show today on BBC Three Counties Radio covered a wide range of topics as usual, but ALL from Houghton Regis. Find out what local people had to say about the town in Listen Again. The Broadcast is available online for the next seven days. HRND editor, Alan Winter, "At 1:50 into the show you can even hear yours truly talking about Houghton Regis News Desk." "The News Desk was never about me, it was always about capturing public opinions and reaction to whatever the latest thing that is happening. And there always has been a strong control on swearing, in order to promote people giving their constructive comments." Listen again by clicking here: NICK COFFER 12-3 FRIDAY May 2nd On the Show you can hear: 18:00 Nicola Bell on Houghton Regis Library 35:57 Jimmy Carroll - Houghton Regis History 1:16 Jenny & Eric from Houghton Regis Helpers 1:34 Pam Gill On Craft and Coffee Pop-in 1:46 Graham Taylor on St Vincent's Social Club 1:

Houghton Regis Vacant Co-op Site to be Re-Possessed by Council

Central Bedfordshire Council has reached an agreement with the Co-operative Group for the Houghton Regis site to be returned to the Council with vacant possession within eighteen months. “We’re really pleased to have reached this important agreement with the Co-operative.  As part of our vision to  keep Central Bedfordshire as great place to live and work,  we want to maximise the potential of key town centre sites and the Houghton Regis land creates exciting opportunities for us to explore.  Now we’ll be working hard to make sure these are realised” said Jason Longhurst, Director of Regeneration at the Council.  Follow this on Facebook at What's Occurring or on here: Post by Houghton Regis News Desk .

This New Central Beds app will keep you 'appy on the Roads

A new mobile app has been launched by Central Bedfordshire Council to give residents another way to report defects in the highway using smart phones and tablets. The technology allows things such as surface defects in pavements to be photographed, mapped, and the GPS location reported back to the Highways authority. Being able to report road defects, potholes, street light faults, and overgrown trees helps to make the County safer for all.   Search for the app using the term "Central Beds".   GOOGLE PLAY: IPAD You can still get in touch and report incidents in the following ways:  do it online - report highways problems Telephone: 0300 300 8049 via Fix My Street