Thursday, 30 October 2014

Bedfordshire Police Engagement Road Show Visits Schools - Positive Response

Ten departments from Bedfordshire Police took part in the first schools road show trial last week which proved to be an instant hit with pupils and teachers alike.

The project, aimed at 11 to 15 year olds, reached 3000 young people as members of the  force were welcomed by students and staff at the Barnfield South Academy, Cardinal Newman School, Putteridge High School and Lea Manor.

Members of the Local Policing Team were be joined by Roads Policing, Scenes of Crime Officers, Recruitment and other specialised departments from the force.

There was also a helping hand thanks to colleagues from Cambridge and Hertfordshire who supported the week by sending officers form the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire Firearms Unit.

The aim of the initiative was to allow young people an insight in to the daily work of the police service, dispel any rumours or myths about how officers work, introduce young people to different areas of policing including specialist teams, and importantly, give an opportunity for members of Bedfordshire Police to learn from young people within our communities.

Children and Young People’s Development Officer, Richard Denton, said: “I think it is fair to say that this series of road shows have proven to be a huge success for everyone involved. The students were able to get a proper insight into what and how Bedfordshire Police works while officers had a great opportunity to engage with youngsters to learn what issues affect them every day. I’ve also been told that school staff and teachers were just as impressed with a number signing up to become members of the Special Constabulary.

“Subjects such as policing powers and policies used by officers, including stop and search, were all discussed with the young people and they were also shown the technology that is used by all departments to perform their daily tasks.

He added: “The Recruitment Team were also on hand at the road shows to provide a further insight in to careers available in the world of policing, so hopefully a number of people may consider getting involved within their community or perhaps pursue a career in the police service.”

While the students were given the opportunity to have a supervised look at all of the teams equipment, the Firearms Unit proved to be the most appealing but before anyone had a look, a presentation was carried out to demonstrate the dangers of carrying any weapon and the consequences this would lead to.

The students were then asked to look and handle a small selection of weapons – all deactivated and chained to a table – before making a decision on whether they were real or fake. This simple task highlighted the tough decisions our highly trained firearms offices have to make on a daily basis. It also provided an opportunity to show how a BB gun or replica weapon could easily be mistaken for a real one.

Inspector Hob Hoque from the Community Cohesion Team said: “This was a great event which has been fantastically received by everyone who attended. As officers we had an excellent opportunity to engage with youngsters not as victims or suspects of crime, but as individuals and this proved to be a huge success.

“While it was just a pilot scheme I think that the positive response will no doubt see the school road shows roll out across the county next year.”

For more information about joining Bedfordshire Police and the range of careers on offer, please visit or call 01234 842398.




Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Seven Cameras To Be Put Up On Dog Kennel Walk

Work is due to start to install new CCTV cameras along Dunstable’s Dog Kennel Walk.  The improvements, funded by Central Bedfordshire’s Travel Choices, are designed to improve safety and drive out crime and antisocial behaviour along the path, which forms part of National Cycle Network Route 6.

Seven cameras will be installed, which should be fully operational by the end of February 2015, providing a solution which will use  a combination of existing circuits and secure wireless technology to send images to the control room.

Dog Kennel Walk  will remain open while the work takes place  but there may be some disruption  for a short period when the poles are erected.

Cllr Nigel Young, Executive Member for Strategic Planning and Economic Development at Central Bedfordshire Council, said:
“‘The addition of CCTV to Dog Kennel Walk should help to make the route safer and more pleasant for residents to use, improving connectivity between Dunstable and Houghton Regis and the countryside beyond for walkers and cyclists."

Saturday, 25 October 2014

CBC Submit Plans to Deliver 31,000 New Homes To Meet Local Demand Up to 2031 -

On Friday 24th October 2014, The Council submitted the development plan for Central Bedfordshire and all of its supporting documents to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government. The plan sets out plans for delivering 31,000 new homes over the next 20 years and 27,000 jobs to meet local needs up to 2031.

The Council received more than 1600 individual comments to the most recent consultation which ran for eight weeks from 30th June to 26th August.  All of these responses will now be considered by an independent Planning Inspector appointed by the Secretary of State to determine whether the Plan is ‘sound’ and legally compliant.

What Happens Next?

It is expected that the Inspector will hold a Public Examination in spring 2015. Individuals who made objections and sought changes to the document during the formal consultation over the summer and requested to attend the hearings will be invited to attend the hearing sessions to present their argument to the Planning Inspector verbally.

For those who do not wish to attend the hearing sessions, the Planning Inspector will still consider their written comments.  All comments, whether made in writing or verbally at the hearings, will carry the same weight.

Further information will be available on a dedicated examination webpage which will be updated frequently as the examination proceeds. In addition we will be writing to respondents to notify them of the dates of the Examination when they have been set.

For more information about the Development Strategy and to see the Submission documents visit: Copies of the Submission documents can also be viewed at the Council's Offices in Priory House Chicksands and Watling House, Dunstable during opening hours.

Those consultees wanting to stay in touch can sign up to the council’s email bulletins at If you have any queries about the Development Strategy contact the Local Development team by email at or by calling 0300 300 4353.

Friday, 24 October 2014

"Lest We Forget" Tickets - Event on Nov 8th at All Saints Church - Tickets £5

Tickets from All Saints Church, Houghton Regis Library, or Houghton Regis Town Council Offices

Children Centres in Central Bedfordshire to Stay Open

It has been agreed that all nine Children Centres in Central Bedfordshire should stay open and should have a greater focus on helping new mums and dads during the critical first 12 months of their child's life when positive parenting support can make the most difference.

Central Bedfordshire Councillors made this decision at their Executive meeting this week.

The new model service will include:
A universal service up until a baby’s first birthday.
Access to valued services such as breast feeding, weaning and health advice.
A parenting course will be offered to all families during the first year.
Signposting and access to other community groups and services.
A universal service for families with children up to five including health Visitor Clinics, two year old checks, advice on diet and oral hygiene and speech and language drop in.
Targeted work for families with specific identified needs.

For more information about support for families in Central Bedfordshire, visit:

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

One Arrest Out of Five CCTV Incidents in the Past 3 Months

A report to Houghton Regis Partnership Committee this week revealed that from June to September 2014 there were 5 recorded CCTV incidents that resulted in one arrest being made.

On July 8th male youths followed and assaulted another male near Bedford Road. On July 11th 3 camper vans and vehicles failed to gain access to the cemetery. On August 5th a sexual assault resulted in an arrest. On September 29th 2 young males damaged a late night pharmacy in Tithe Farm Road and made off. On September 29th details of a vehicle involved in a GBH incident at Morrisons were captured.

A report to the committee also looked at crime figures for the past year ( October 2013 and September 2014). Total recorded crimes fell by 14 to 1527, serious acquisitive crimes increased by 5% to 407, while domestic burglaries increased by 25% to 114.

The Houghton Regis Partnership Committee is a meeting of Houghton Regis Town Councillors, Central Bedfordshire Councillors, and officers from both councils.

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Saturday, 18 October 2014

Fines Threatened To Make Dog Owners Think Twice About Dog Mess

New Dog Order Controls come into force from tomorrow (19 October)​. ​ It will be an offence not to pick up dog mess from all land in Central Bedfordshire which the public can access, rather than just in towns and villages.

Anyone in charge of a dog will be offending if they:

 Fail to remove dog mess on any open land in Central Bedfordshire.

  • ​ ​Allow ​a dog off a lead on any land to which a ‘dogs on leads’ order is in place – laws already apply to A and B roads and adjoining footpaths and verges, but are being extended to cover cemeteries, marked sports pitches, and the car parks of some country parks.
  •  Fail to put it on a lead when ordered to do so by an authorised council officer, dog warden, site manager or park ranger, if the dog is not under proper control and is causing a nuisance to others.
  •  Allow their animal to enter or remain in an area from which dogs are excluded, such as enclosed children’s playgrounds and multi-use games areas.
Anyone who fails to do so faces a fixed penalty notice of £80 (reduced to £50 if paid within 14 days) – or a fine of up to £1,000 if prosecuted.

Independent town councillor, Alan Winter, is among those broadly welcoming the news, "In a way it is good news. I actually hope that people with dogs will act responsibly, and that no one needs to get fined. But the reality check, will be to see if anything actually changes. If there are no staff to enforce it, or even staff with the will to enforce it, it will become just another regulation that will get ignored."

Following the Council's consultation process, the council received 529 responses via an online questionnaire – with two-thirds of respondents identifying themselves as dog owners.

Of these, 88% agreed that it should be an offence not to remove dog mess, 66 per cent backed proposals to exclude dogs from playgrounds, multi-use games areas and certain countryside sites, 57 per cent said that dogs should be kept on leads in certain areas, and 68 per cent supported the order that people should put their dog on a lead when told to do so in controlled areas.

Cllr Spurr, Executive Member for Community Services, said: “These orders are designed to improve public health by reducing levels of potentially harmful dog waste and encouraging more people who may previously have been put off using our parks and countryside to take more exercise.

“Owning or walking a dog is a great incentive to get outside and exercise right through the year, and we hope that these new orders will encourage all residents to do just that.” 

* Stepping in dog poop - Karen Arnold
* Dog picture: unknown author

Monday, 13 October 2014

Understand your relationship with your business - FREE Taster Session


Understand your relationship with your business – FREE Taster Session

22nd October 2014
1:30 – 2:30

If you’re struggling with pricing, you’re not confident with your brand, or your income isn’t matching your expectations, then you might enjoy this refreshing new approach to finding some answers. You’ll gain clarity and a whole new understanding about why certain areas of your business just aren't working the way you’d like.
Contact Sandra Swan 01582 413 013 to reserve your place or email on the 'Book Here' button.
FREE to attend. 
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Understand your relationship with your business
– Full Workshop

6th November 2014
10am  - 12pm

Contact Sandra Swan 01582 413 013 to reserve your place or email on the 'Book Here' button.

Quote "CBCUYR" to Receive Your Discounted Rate. Discounted Rate £35 plus vat.
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Laws of Attraction in Business Workshop.
19th November 2014
10am – 12pm
Come along and learn about the most popular ‘new thought’ leadership model around. You’ll get to understand the fundamentals, and have fun in the process
Contact Sandra Swan 01582 413 013 to reserve your place or email on the 'Book Here' button.
Quote "CBCLOA" to Receive Your Discounted Rate Discount Rate £35 (plus vat)
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Sunday, 12 October 2014

Ambulance Crews Striking on Monday 13th October

The East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust (EEAST) has received confirmation from trade unions that members will be taking part in industrial action starting at 7am on Monday (13th October). The action will take the form of a strike between 7-11am and is part of a national dispute over NHS pay.

At the moment, the Trust does not know how many staff will take industrial action but it is likely that the service will experience a reduction in its available workforce during these hours on Monday.

Steve Wheaton, Assistant Chief Ambulance Officer for Resilience and Specialist Operations said: “A considerable amount of contingency planning has taken place in preparation for this strike.  We have been working closely with our union colleagues to ensure that those who need an emergency ambulance response get one.”

He continued: “However, there is likely to be some disruption to the 999 service and as always we are urging the public to think about using alternative services especially during the hours of strike action. If you need medical help but it is not an emergency, consider your options, such as calling 111, contacting your GP or visiting your local pharmacist. This will help keep ambulances available to those in the greatest need.”

12 one bedroom flats proposed for Parkside 'Dog & Duck'

A fresh application for a "proposed development of 12 x 1 bedroom flats arranged in 3 blocks of 2 storeys with parking and all ancillary works" goes before Houghton Regis Town Council tomorrow evening (Monday) evening for local councillors to make their comments.

The applicant's site is at The Dog And Duck, Parkside Drive, which is currently undergoing major refurbishment of the commercial premises downstairs, and 1 large upstairs flat is being converted to three smaller flats.

The 12 new flats would be built on the present car parking area. 21 parking spaces for visitors to the commercial premises would be provided on land at the northern side. Local people have long regarded the northern side as public amenity land, but it does in fact form part of the applicants site. On the southern edge of the applicant's site is a car park owned by the Town Council which is heavily used at weekends by visiting football teams.

The application can be viewed online at

If you are a member of the Public and would like to submit an on-line Comment on this application please Submit A Public Online Comment quoting CB/14/03488.

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Friday, 10 October 2014

Work Clubs at Houghton Regis Library & Kingsland Centre Aim to Help People Back To Work

New Work Clubs launched to boost employment and skills

New Work Clubs for adults who are looking for jobs, training, further learning or volunteering, have launched.

The free clubs, run by Voluntary and Community Action in partnership with Central Bedfordshire Council have qualified advisers at every session to help with job searches, preparing a CV or job application, interview preparation, and exploring career options or volunteering as a way of getting into work, changing career or developing skills and interests.

The Work Clubs are open from 9.30 to 12.00pm and 1.00pm to 3.00pm at the following local locations:

 *   Houghton Regis Kingsland – every Tuesday morning at the Kingsland Skills and Enterprise Centre, Parkside Drive LU5 5PY
 *   Houghton Regis Town Centre – every Monday afternoon at Houghton Regis Library (Meeting Room), Bedford Square, Tithe Farm Road LU5 5ES
 *   Dunstable Town Centre – every Tuesday at Grove Corner, 76a High Street North LU6 1NF

              *Work Clubs will be closed from 22 December 2014 to 2 January 2015.

John Gelder, Director, Voluntary and Community Action, said: “We have been enabling residents to access work, training and volunteering through our popular employment support courses and the Volunteer Centre for some years.  The Work Clubs now enable us to provide on-going support to those who need additional help or who simply want somewhere where they can undertake their job search activities.”

The programme runs until August 2015 and is funded as part of an extra £1.4m in European Social Fund (ESF) money. For full details of ESF activity visit:

* Voluntary & Community Action South Beds received a grant from Houghton Regis Town Council in November 2013 for £2,750, under the Town Council's 'Key Partner' Grant Programme.

Thursday, 9 October 2014

Bedfordshire Police Promise Crime Crackdown - Tell Them What You Know

Bedfordshire Police launched a major crackdown on burglary across the South of the county this week. Working with local authorities and partners Operation Albiorix, which runs throughout October and November, aims to prevent and reduce the seasonal increase in burglaries during this period. The Police will be focusing on South Bedfordshire’s burglary hotspots to detect crimes, deter and arrest offenders and reassure residents they are fighting crime, and protecting the public.

Chief Inspector Tania Coulson explains: “It is well known that burglary increases each autumn as the nights draw in, with offences peaking in November just as people prepare for Christmas. Operation Albiorix aims to improve intelligence, increase the detection and deterrence of already identified offenders, step up support for victims and inform residents of the best ways to protect their home and property.

“With Operation Albiorix we are trying something different, both with our partners and with our approach; using research about why and how offenders target particular properties and neighbourhoods and their patterns of behaviour.  This research shows that burglars target in particular houses with poor security measures, and will seize the opportunity when faced with an insecure home. There is no discernment to those who are disadvantaged or vulnerable and unable to secure properties for themselves.

“We know burglars like familiar properties and will often return to a burgled property or neighbouring property within a short timeframe, hoping to steal replaced items.

“Our officers will be visiting burglary hotspots to explain to residents how to make their homes more secure and, if the occupant is elderly or vulnerable, arrange for a visit from the Bobby van to assist them protect their property. Officers will also give information to neighbours in the immediate vicinity of the burgled property. We will be patrolling the streets to ensure there is a police presence in these areas.

“We also need the help of local communities to provide us with intelligence about possible offenders, their movements and who they are passing their stolen property to. People do not have to give us their name when they call us on our 101 number, or they can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111
and give their information to them.

“By adopting a range of tactics and working in partnership we aim to reduce and prevent burglaries and increase our prospect of capturing offenders. This operation will be flexible and any react to changing patterns of burglary in the South. This is not about displacing crime from one area to another but making offenders so uncomfortable they are always looking over their shoulders.”

You can
download a comprehensive guide to protecting your home and property from the Bedfordshire Police website or visit .

The Bobby van provides a FREE security check and home security improvements for those over 65 or vulnerable people, visit to ask for a visit.

Pride of Houghton Award Winners 2014 - Report and Pictures

Houghton Regis Town Council's Pride of Houghton Awards were held at All Saints Academy on Wednesday.

Pictured here are the three award winners.

The Right Track Community Café for "Always putting 100% effort to make the café work every week, with a huge smile on their face".

Sally Langford for "A ray of sunshine, always ready to help give her time and energy to making everyone feel special".

Adeyinka Akinrinade for "Invaluable member of Art Town, always showing a keen interest to learn, always wanting to lend a hand". Making the presentations was Town Mayor, Councillor Laura Ellaway.

Guests were welcomed by Town Clerk, Clare Evans, followed by a speech by the Town Mayor. Cllr Ellaway told the audience that her nomination in 2008, before she was a councillor, was a winner, and never thought that she would one day be in a position to present the awards to local people herself. Mr. Hunt, a long term resident of the town, gave a talk of the 'Variances of Friendship', at one point deeply emotionally moved when he touched on those friends who had given their lives that we may live ours. The speeches were followed by a video presentation of past events compiled by Houghton Regis Town Council staff.

After the presentations and photographic opportunities, guests enjoyed a buffet and the pleasant sounds of professional keyboard player, Mark Burton of Moonshine Entertainment.

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Tuesday, 7 October 2014


There was a burglary at Westminster Gardens on Sunday the 5th of October, between 3:30 p.m. and, 8:15 p.m.
The offenders have gained entry by smashing glass in the rear door, and have made a messy search. Various items were taken.
Crime Reference: J D / 3 8 6 3 7 / 2014. 

There was an attempted burglary at Enfield Close.
Offenders have attempted to forced open the garage shutter. No entry was gained, damage has been caused.
Crime Reference: J D / 3 8 6 0 4 / 2014.

Crime Reduction Advice
Check that all doors, windows and side gates 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.
Make your boundaries difficult or impossible to climb over.
Keep doors and windows locked at all times.
Remove all keys from the locks and keep them in a safe place out of view.
Keep hallways clear of valuables like keys, handbags and laptop where they may be seen.
Keep bins, ladders and garden furniture locked away.
Fit Window Restrictors to fan light windows.

If you have information 
​     ... ​
about any crime or suspicious activity please call the Control Room on 1 0 1
Text your message to 07786 200011
Alternatively you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111, or online at
No personal details are taken, information is not traced or recorded and you will not go to court.

Monday, 6 October 2014

Coming up at The Incuba: Events to Help You & Your Business

Coming up at The INCUBA:

1-2-1 Advisory – Free to attend
21st October 2014, 18th November 2014
Receive advice on anything including business start-up plans.
To book contact Dawn Bell 01582 433 700.
Connect.ed Networking - £15+VAT 
13th October 2014, 10th November 2014 and 15th December 2014
9am – 10:30am
  • Bring local businesses and community groups together to make meaningful and useful connections.
  • Help to develop business growth,
  • Aid collaborations and raise profiles and understanding of those organisations attending.
  • Provide a learning element within each session.
  • Add value by giving new ideas and skills to business owners / managers
    To book: Click here Or call 01582 343810 for further information.
Profit Club
Regular meetings held on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of every month starting from the 9th September 2014
8am – 10 am (7:45am registration)
Profit Club is a business education club where you’ll learn from and support your peers.
For more information contact Emerson Patton on 08456 86 21 21 Or 07860 29 26 20 
Woman and Broadband – Free to attendWould you like to understand how Superfast Broadband and the Internet can help you either start-up or grow your business?
Wenta are able to offer women who live in Central Bedfordshire, Bedford and Milton Keynes area FREE help and support to increase their knowledge and confidence in the internet.
Current series:
Business online:  3rd November 2014
9:30am – 2:30pm PM networking and refreshments followed by 1-2-1.
Keeping it legal online: 7th January 2014
9:30am – 2:30pm PM networking and refreshments followed by 1-2-1.
App Development: 5th March 2014
9:30am – 2:30pm PM networking and refreshments followed by 1-2-1.

Relate First Impressions – Impression reception team creates – Free Taster Session
14th October 2014 10am – 11am
Lasting impressions are formed within the first few moments of an initial phone call to your company, if that impression is a positive, efficient and approachable one; your whole organisation is seen in the same light.
Does your team give a positive, lasting impression to your customers?
To book your place call Yasmin Ali 01234 342 503
Understand your relationship with your business – FREE Taster Session
22nd October 2014
1:30 – 2:30 If you’re struggling with pricing, you’re not confident with your brand, or your income isn’t matching your expectations, then you might enjoy this refreshing new approach to finding some answers. You’ll gain clarity and a whole new understanding about why certain areas of your business just aren’t working the way you’d like.
Contact Sandra Swan 01582 413 013 to reserve your place

Understand your relationship with your business Workshop – Discount Rate £35 (plus vat)

6th November 2014 10am – 12pm
Contact Sandra Swan 01582 413 013 to reserve your place
Laws of attraction in Business – Discount Rate £35 (plus vat)
19th November 2014
10am – 12pm Come along and learn about the most popular ‘new thought’ leadership model around. You’ll get to understand the fundamentals, and have fun in the process.
Contact Sandra Swan 01582 413 013 to reserve your place 
Grants4Growth – Free to attend
Open day 7th October 2014
Millions of pounds in grants are available to businesses like yours – businesses that are ready to invest and ready to grow. Meet with business broker to see if you’re eligible and register.Contact Judith Barker 07960 224568 for more information, and other available dates.
Velocity – Free to attend
7th October 2014 9am – 5pm
Would you like to find out how your business could benefit from a Velocity Growth Grant of up to £10,000 or specialist advice?
To book email or call 0300 300 8272

Serving up your future – Free to attend
Dates tbc
If you are 19+, unemployed and looking for a career in Retail or Hospitality then apply to take part in the two week Serving up your Future programme. 
If you are interested in this opportunity contact Bryn Roberts 07508 935222

Building Futures – Free to attend
17th November – 28th November 2014
If you are 19+, unemployed and looking for a job in construction then apply to take part in the two week building futures program.
If you are interested in this opportunity contact Sharon Nicholls 07813 015714
Bright Spark
The Central Bedfordshire College entrepreneurial group ‘Bright Spark’ is run by Students to simulate an external working environment while supporting local SME’s and their work load. Bright Spark offer SME’s an opportunity to allow students the opportunity to tender for commissions of work. For further information please contact The Incuba at or 01582 434 810

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Friday, 3 October 2014

Riding Skills Course Prepares Motorcyclists For Winter

he Bedfordshire and Luton Casualty Reduction Partnership is
going to be
running a free winter skills training event to help riders feel confident on the roads throughout the colder months.

The event takes place
 on Sunday 19 October at Dunstable Community Fire Station
. Riders will learn about the hazards of 
riding in the winter months
, suitable clothing, 
and what to do if you are first on the scene of a collision.

have the chance of
 a slow riding skills training session from a qualified instructor
. A
 Senior Observer at the Herts and Beds Advanced Motorcyclists organisation
will attend.

Chief Inspector Hann of the Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire and Cambridgeshire Road Policing Unit, said: “Winter presents a number of new challenges to motorcyclists, particularly when the weather is poor and the temperature drops. This course will really help to give riders confidence and teach them skills that will help to ensure they are safe.

“We want to help local people and motorcyclists to be ready in advance for the winter months. The course is perfect for anyone who wants to continue using their bike over the next few months, and I’d really recommend that people go along no matter how much experience they have. Spaces are limited, so please book early.

Two sessions are available, one in the morning and one in the afternoon. If you are interested in taking part, please pre-register by visiting and filling out the registration form.