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Go Ahead Given For Woodside Link : A5505

Development consent has been given for the Woodside Connection to be built between M1 J11a and Porz Avenue/Poynters Rd roundabout. http://infrastructure.planningportal.gov.uk/document/2721799

On the proposed link to Parkside Drive:

"The Secretary of State agrees with the Examining Authority's conclusion that on balance the potential benefits of the Parkside Link to the Houghton Park Estate and the surrounding area as a whole are likely to outweigh the level of the relative dis-benefit that may be experienced by those residents living close to the southern end of the existing Parkside Drive."

Section 20 in http://infrastructure.planningportal.gov.uk/wp-content/ipc/uploads/projects/TR010011/3.%20Post%20Decision%20Information/Decision/Secretary%20of%20State%20decision%20letter%20and%20statement%20of%20reasons.pdf


On the southern end of the scheme:

"[The Secretary of State]  notes that residents overlooking the southern section of the Woodside Link would experience an adv…

Police Issue Alert Over Burglaries !

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STOLEN! Bedfordshire Police are raising awareness about a number of burglaries from  property in Poynters Road, Dunstable, Thornhill Close and Halleys Way in Houghton Regis and Maple Way, Kensworth.

Police believe that in some instances home owners did not fully secure their UPVC doors before going to bed and some motorists didn't lock their vehicles.

Mobile telephones, iPads, laptops, wallets, clothing and jewellery are just some of the small but valuable things the burglars and thieves have targeted.

Police want to nip this problem in the bud and are urging residents in the area to take extra precautions to help keep their homes and property safe.

Police Sergeant Andy Rivers said: “Burglars will take advantage of any lapse in security so I would remind residents to check their home security and before leaving home or going to bed make sure all your windows and doors are locked properly. This also applies to your vehicles – remove all items from view include cradles for satellite…

Network Projects and Opportunities 23 Sept 2014

Please find below this weeks’ link to projects and opportunities in the town :https://drive.google.com/folderview?id=0ByQBCAHt4M8sZGlxek9xeFN3aFk&usp=sharing

"All Help in One Place" for Area's New Disability Hub for Children

FAMILIES of children with disabilities can now access a range of support and services under one roof at a new disability hub in Dunstable. The South Hub, which is located on the same site as St Augustine’s Academy Lower School, in Oakwood Road, was officially opened last week. It provides services for children and young people aged up to 18 with physical and learning disabilities. It will save families having to make disruptive and time-consuming journeys across the region to access different services, and they can instead easily get all the help they need in one place. The South Hub, which took around nine months to develop, also offers parents a place to meet up and chat with other families while their children play in the new indoor and outdoor areas. Councillor Mark Versallion, Executive Member for Children’s Services, welcomed the opening of the Hub. He said: “Many people just think that their council tax is just spent on things like bin collections and repairing potholes, but th…

European Social Fund Boost Helps Council to Fund Work Clubs And Business Start-up Programmes

More funding allocated to shrink unemployment figures.
Central Bedfordshire Council is making it easier for local people seeking employment or skills training to access a package of support services by encouraging local providers to work together.
It comes as part of an extra £1.4m in European Social Fund (ESF) money which the council will use to fund work clubs; business start-up programmes for those who are unemployed and economically inactive; ‘Get Into Work’ programmes; and support adults with mental health issues back to work.
It means that the employment and training programme that the council developed in 2007 using £4.9m of European Funding will be able to continue and grow up until 2015. The programme supports a range of projects including assistance for young people not in education, employment and training; support for unemployed adults to start a business; a manager and leaders programme for small and medium sized enterprises and targeted work to address basic skills needs.
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Central Bedfordshire Council Daily Digest Bulletin for 16th September 2014

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Business seminars and events 16-09-2014 Free business clinic - 1-1 sessions availableOrganised by Central Bedfordshire Council in partnership with the Velocity business support scheme, one hour sessions are available for businesses to talk through their plans and ideas with a business advisor.Date: Tuesday, October 7thVenue: The Incuba, Brewers Hill Road, DunstableSessions are free to attend but must be booked in advance.  Please contact the Council's Business Support Team for more information, on 0300 300 8272 or email business@centralbedfordshire.gov.uk Innovative Management - free management training from the University of Bedfordshire‘Innovative Management’ is a fully-funded management qualification, supported by the European Social Fund in partnership with Central Bedfordshire Council. The programme combines innovative leadership and management workshops and leads to a nationally recognised CMI Level 5 Award in Leadership and Management.Designed for leaders and managers …

Gypsy & Traveller Site Plan Withdrawn by Central Bedfordshire Council

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by Alan D Winter

Discussion over the proposed withdrawal of Central Bedfordshire Council's Gypsy and Traveller Plan dominated the Council's meeting last night (11 Sept). From Barton-le-Clay, Mr Knight addressed the councillors saying that the council had disregard to listening to 4,000 people in that town. He said the action group did not agree with using the green belt, and that they had found 10 other suitable sites. He went on to invite the council to work with them.

Cllr Young (Conservative) agreed to assign an officer to work with the action group to look at these sites.

Barton-le-Clay resident, Janet Nunn, a former CBC Liberal Democrat councillor, addressed the meeting pointing out that the planning inspector had said that it was unclear how the chosen sites had been arrived at. She said that the council had ignored planning guidelines and no exceptional circumstances had been given for the use of the green belt. The Council for the Protection of Rural England did not su…

INCUBA: Help your business grow - Essential workshops for SMEs

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Advice from experienced business ownersHere at The Incuba, we have put together a series of workshops aimed at helping you the small business owner getting the right help and support in many areas of your business. Whether its getting the right staff to build your business or generating more sales from your website, there's a workshop for you!So if you are building on that great business idea you've had or want to build on your existing knowledge, the workshops are suitable for all.
September 24th - Wednesday
9.30 - 10:30: Workshop 3: Make your IT work for you, not the other way around
10.30 - 11:00: Networking and refreshments
11.00 - 12:00: Workshop 4: Brand Planning – Start up to exit plan

October 29th - Wednesday
9.30 - 10:30:Workshop 5: Accountancy for Small Business Owners in the Real World
10.30 - 11:00: Networking and refreshments
11.00 - 12:00:Workshop 6: Top Telephony Tips for Small Businesses

November 26th - Wednesday
9.30 - 10:30:Workshop 1: Policies, Procedures, Recruitment…

Houghton Regis Has Got it All Going On!

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A working group at Houghton Regis Town Council met for a couple of hours last night (3rd Sept) to reflect on this year's carnival event, go over the details of the forthcoming Classic Car Show, and agree some dates for future events.

The group agreed or confirmed the following event dates:

14th September 2014 - Classic and Vintage Car Show, @ The Green Houghton Regis
26th September 2014 - Mayor's Charity Quiz Evening @ Chequers (part of Mayor's events)
1st November 2014 - Halloween Fancy Dress Hunt (Bedford Square - part of Mayor's Events)
25th November 2014 - Celebration of Christmas (Grove Theatre - part of Mayor's events)
13th December 2014 - Santa's Grotto
17th February 2015 - Pancake Race
4th April 2015 - Easter Egg Hunt
22nd May 2015 - May Fayre
11th July 2015 - Carnival with the theme "Summer Vacations"
13th September 2015 - Classic and Vintage Car Show
November 2015 - Celebration of Christmas at Grove Theatre (subject to sponsorship being ava…

Free Weekly Art, Drama, an Dance Sessions Restarting in Houghton Regis

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Don't forget that the Houghton Regis Art Town sessions are starting again Tuesday 9th September! Facebook

September Issue Funding Voluntary and Community Action

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Funding E-Bulletin

NewsletterSeptember 2014Voluntary and Community ActionWelcome to the September 2014 issue of the Funding E-Bulletin from Voluntary and Community Action.

ACT FoundationACT provides grants to individuals and other charities, with the aim of enhancing the quality of life for people in need, (specifically the mentally and physically disabled).Applications can be submitted at any time. The Grants Manager, The ACT Foundation (ACT), 61 Thames Street, Windsor, Berkshire, SL4 1QW, Tel: 01753 753900
E-mail: info@theactfoundation.co.uk  Website: http://www.theactfoundation.co.uk/

Baily Thomas Charitable FundGrants are available to voluntary organisations for research into learning disability or to assist with the care and relief of those affected by learning disability. Grants are awarded for amounts from £250. Small Grants - Applications can be made at any time and will be considered before the main meetings.Deadlines are as follows:General Grants - 1 December 2014.Small Grants -…