Saturday, 31 May 2014

OLD NETTO SITE COULD BECOME A PETROL STATION, YET

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 planning@centralbedfordshire.gov.uk and by no later than 20 June 2014. 

You can enter your comments online at:
http://www.centralbedfordshire.gov.uk/PLANTECH/DCWebPages/AcolNetCGI.gov
By entering the application reference CB/14/01934/FULL in the box marked "Application quick search", then click on "CB/14/01934/FULL (click for more details)" and on the resulting page then scroll down to Public Representations."

Alternatively, email any documents and comment you may wish to planning@centralbedfordshire.gov.uk quoting the planning application number CB/14/01934/FULL


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Wednesday, 28 May 2014

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 www.centralbedfordshire.gov.uk/publicstatutorynotices, at Dunstable library, at the local town council and in the local press. 

Formal consultation ends on 7 July 2014. Anyone wishing to support, object to or make comments on the proposal can write to
Edwina Grant, 
the Deputy Chief Executive / Director of Children's Services
Central Bedfordshire Council, 
Priory House, 
Monks Walk, 
Chicksands, 
Shefford, 
Beds, SG17 5TQ.

or via the online facility on the Council’s website

The council has offered further support and guidance for each of the three schools to help them in their development of comprehensive business cases for Executive to consider at their meeting in August.

Cllr Mark Versallion, Executive Member for Children’s Services, said:

“These were not easy decisions to come to, but having considered all the evidence, we have to act and move to the next stage of the process. As we have said throughout, the issue here is not about whether middle schools or any of these three schools are good or bad, it is about whether they are financially viable going forward.

“As we move through the next stage of the process we will continue to work with schools and offer any appropriate assistance to help them put together collective or individual alternative proposals for their future. Any such proposals will be considered by the council’s Executive in August.”

For more information about education in Central Bedfordshire and to see a video explaining what is happening locally go to www.centralbedfordshire.gov.uk/learning/schools/going-to-school.aspx

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

www.childrenssociety.org.uk

www.tithefarmandparkside.org

louise.pilling@childrenssociety.org.uk

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 to save time and money, which puts them in a better position to respond quickly to opportunities. Along with our wider plans and development in Dunstable and Houghton Regis, it will give the Woodside Estate a competitive advantage and make the whole area more attractive to investment.”

Jason Longhurst, Director of Regeneration and Business Support at the council, added: “The LDO is just part of a range of work we’re doing to help businesses to grow and flourish. We are taking a proactive step in supporting local employment in key sites like Woodside to contribute to the wider economic health of the area.”

Cllr Young added: “We’ve made absolutely sure that there are safeguards in place to protect nearby residents and other businesses from development though. There are still restrictions on noise, light pollution and controls on parking, as well as the limit of extensions that can be added to a building.”

For more information about the LDO, scheme:

Tuesday, 27 May 2014

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 to the ground.

Monday, 26 May 2014

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. 


Sunday, 25 May 2014

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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 http://www.hrhs.org.uk/.

Saturday, 24 May 2014

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.

http://www.change.org/en-GB/petitions/central-bedfordshire-council-we-call-upon-central-bedfordshire-council-to-make-provision-for-social-club-premises-in-its-re-development-plans-for-the-co-op-site-houghton-regis


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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

Central Bedfordshire Council: We call upon Central Bedfordshire Council to make provision for social club premises in its re-development plans for the Co-op site, Houghton Regis.

By Alan Winter
Houghton Regis, ENG


We ask Central Bedfordshire Council to recognize the value of a social club to a community in providing a place for social interaction of the residents.
The Houghton Regis Centre, a social club housed in temporary accommodation on the 'Co-op site, Houghton Regis' is being asked to vacate those premises by the end of July 2014, without any alternative accommodation being available. This is so that, under the terms of an arrangement between the parties, the Co-op can hand back the cleared site to the owner of the freehold, Central Bedfordshire Council. The club was a tenant of the Council until the time of the fire in 2006, but the Council has so far refused to indicate whether or not it will make provision for the club in any redevelopment of the site.

Friday, 23 May 2014

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.

 

https://drive.google.com/folderview?id=0ByQBCAHt4M8sOUV0eksyZ3ZQaGc&usp=sharing

 

Best Wishes,

jan  

Houghton Regis Town Council

theway@houghtonregis.org.uk


Wednesday, 21 May 2014

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 Roslyn Way. But once the A5-M1 Link has been built, traffic projections show that there will be much less traffic using Bedford Road and using Houghton Regis town centre as a through route.

It is expected that outline planning permission will be applied for in July, with the possibility of the first home being built a year later.

CBC Councillors for the local ward in Houghton Regis, Cllr Susan Goodchild and Cllr David Jones are very concerned about the extra in-fill proposals that are popping up which appear to be over and above the main two schemes of HRN1 (5150 homes) and HRN2 (1890 homes).


  • Taylor Wimpey have already shown off plans for a new residential development of approximately 190 homes on land to the east of Bedford Road, Houghton Regis. Taylor Wimpey Houghton Regis
  • Taylor-Wimpey discussion (Facebook



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Tuesday, 20 May 2014

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.

Saturday, 17 May 2014

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 Art exhibition at Houghton Regis' Bedford Square Community Centre.

Friday, 16 May 2014

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. 

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
http://www.mkdonsset.com/health/news/free-computer-and-online-training/ 

Tuesday, 13 May 2014

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 poem ‘Normandy’ by Cyril Crain.

Rosanna Billington, aged 13, from Flitwick read a poem entitled ‘Why do the Poppies Fall’ which she had written herself. Caitlin Miller read part of the poem ‘For the Fallen’ by Laurence Binyon during the singing of ‘Keep the Home Fires Burning’ by the Fusion Choir. The Vauxhall Male Voice Choir sang two anthems ‘Let there be Peace on Earth’ and the ‘Soldiers Chorus’. Readings were given by HM Lord-Lieutenant and by Donald Parsons, Chairman of Bedford Daycare Hospice. A prayer was shared by the Lord-Lieutenant’s cadets; Elisabeth Ackah, Rebecca Brighton, Jarvis Brooks-Lampard, Tim Funnell and Emily Moule.

Bedfordshire dignitaries present included the Duke and Duchess of Bedford, High Sheriff of Bedfordshire, Colin Osborne and Dave Hodgson, Mayor of Bedford. Town Mayors from across the county, the Chief Constable and representatives of county wide organisations and armed forces personnel were also present.

Army Cadets, Sea Cadets, Guides and Cadets from the Police and Fire Service were on hand to assist those attending the service, after which refreshments were taken in the Church which was beautifully decorated, courtesy of Her Grace, the Duchess of Bedford, with flowers from the estate.

Speaking after the service the Lord-Lieutenant, Helen Nellis said, “I was delighted that so many people from across Bedfordshire were able to share in this special service to commemorate these significant events in our history and in which we also honoured the service and dedication of the many voluntary organisations across Bedfordshire. It was a particular pleasure to hold the service at Woburn, one of the most beautiful historic estates in Bedfordshire.

To have a veteran of D-Day and a young person inspired to write such a thoughtful poem both participating in the service was truly memorable and poignant. The music from the
Vauxhall Male Voice Choir and the Fusion Choir shows what talented people we have in the county. I was pleased to be supported by my Lord-Lieutenant’s cadets and all the other cadets and young people who provided the guard of honour for all those attending the service and who were a credit to their organisations and to Bedfordshire.”

Ends

Monday, 12 May 2014

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.

A National Customer Survey takes place at the centre for 9 days during July, organised between Sheffield Hallam University and Sport England, and HRLCAG hope that the public will pop in and take part in this survey.

Houghton Regis Network projects and opportunities 12th May

Here is the link for this weeks’ project and opportunities in the town.

 

https://drive.google.com/folderview?id=0ByQBCAHt4M8sYy01NVEyeEZDNlk&usp=sharing

 

Our next network meeting has been rescheduled for Monday 19th 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

theway@houghtonregis.org.uk

Sunday, 11 May 2014

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, Linslade Road, Heath and Reach. LU7 0EB.

An enormous woodland to explore. Follow the surfaced family trail and look for the giant spider and find the doors where the little folk live. Look at herons on their nest from the Heron’s View visitor centre and try out the new toddler’s play area and older children’s round swing and slide. Café and toilets available.

Sundon Hills, Harlington Road, Sundon

Loads and loads of space to run wild! A great place to watch wildlife. Look for flowers, butterflies and birds in the wood and grassland.

Tiddenfoot Waterside Park, Mentmore Road, Leighton Buzzard, LU7 2AE

This is a good site for buggies with a surfaced circular path around the lake. There are play and low impact exercise features around the site and plenty to see including boats on the canal.


Campton Plantation, Ampthill Road, Shefford

A magical woodland with a fantastic sculpture trail. Look out for the black squirrels and say ‘hello’ to the resident monk.

Centenary Wood, Sand Lane, Pulloxhill

A quiet place to find flowers, butterflies and mini-beasts. This is a developing woodland and there are lots of places to explore.

Baulk Wood, Langford Road, Henlow

Our own ‘run wild site’. Lots of natural play features, logs to climb and balance on, build a den in the wood and make sure you visit all the animals on the sculpture trail. Listen out for the cuckoo.

Saxon Gate Pocket Park, Old Dunton Lane, Biggleswade

A quiet hidden site. A great place to look for mini-beasts and there are some natural play logs for climbing and balancing games.

Jubilee Wood, walk through from Saxon Road, Biggleswade

Our newest countryside site. It was only planted in the winter so doesn’t look like a wood yet, but there is still plenty to see and lots of paths to explore. And don’t forget to keep visiting to see the wood develop.

Blue Waters/ Plaiters Way, Houghton Regis

There are surfaced paths around this small site. There is a natural play area and lots of benches so you can enjoy a picnic whilst listening to the birds and watching the butterflies flutter by!

For more information and other sites to visit go to www.centralbedfordshire.gov/countryside, www.nationaltrust.org.uk or www.greensandtrust.org

For ideas on activities and things for children to do www.50things.org.uk or www.naturedetectives.org.uk

Friday, 9 May 2014

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
www.childrenssociety.org.uk
www.tithefarmandparkside.org
louise.pilling@childrenssociety.org.uk

Facebook : Houghton Regis Children’s Centre, The Children’s Society

Sunday, 4 May 2014

EU ELECTIONS CANDIDATES AND PARTIES - STILL A FEW DAYS LEFT TO REGISTER YOUR VOTE!

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: http://www.europarl.org.uk/resource/static/files/european_elections/eastern.pdf

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 Election is 6 May 2014. 

Postal Vote application forms for people living in Central Bedfordshire can be downloaded from http://www.centralbedfordshire.gov.uk/Images/CBC%20Voter%20registration%20form%202014_tcm6-53724.pdf#False

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Saturday, 3 May 2014

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 crimestoppers-uk.org.

Friday, 2 May 2014

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
1:50 Myself - on Houghton Regis News Desk and Community Diary
2:09 Andrew Roberts - on MS and his wife, Christine
2:18 Pat Hamill - on the Houghton Regis ghost
2:21 Haydn talking about the Lottery Funding for Houghton Hall Park
2:32 Nick Coffer talking to D&I Family Butchers
2:51 Mayor Peter Williams with Jan Cooper

Thursday, 1 May 2014

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. 



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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".
 
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You can still get in touch and report incidents in the following ways: 

Telephone: 0300 300 8049