Tuesday, 22 December 2015

New crime data published for November 2015

From Police.uk.

Here is a brief summary of the crime information for the past two months:

October 2015 November 2015
All crime 675 648
Anti-social behaviour 253 238
Bicycle theft 18 15
Burglary 60 57
Criminal damage and arson 63 56
Drugs 4 7
Other crime 3 2
Other theft 50 44
Possession of weapons 4 1
Public order 11 14
Robbery 9 9
Shoplifting 31 26
Theft from the person 5 4
Vehicle crime 83 78
Violence and sexual offences 81 97

Please visit https://www.police.uk/shape/moXeS1/ for more information including outcomes for these crimes and contact information for your local policing team.


The information and statistics displayed

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for information purposes only and may be subject to change.
Although care is taken when processing and analyzing the data, the detail is subject to the inaccuracies inherent in any large-scale recording system.
While the figures shown have been checked as far as practicable, they should be regarded as approximate.


Saturday, 19 December 2015

SHOP LOCAL - Bedford Square Shop Christmas Opening Hours


Support the local businesses in Bedford Square, Houghton Regis. There is still time to check out some of the shops you don't normally go in, for your Christmas Shopping! Nevil's will be even be open on Christmas Day, should you have run out of a certain drink, or sundry grocery items.

Houghton Regis News Desk photographer, Alan Winter, snapped up these photos on Saturday afternoon. "I picked up some bargains, too. Some very nice Royal Doulton plate scenes were on sale at Age UK. They'll help me to check another person off my Christmas present list!"

You'll find these businesses on the top floor:




£poundstretcher

24th Dec, Christmas Eve, 7.30 to 5pm
25th Christmas Day, CLOSED
26th, Boxing Day, 9am - 6pm
27th open until 4pm
28th, 29th, 30th,  9am - 8pm
31st, New Years Eve 9am - 5pm
1st January, New Years Day, 10-4pm

Hair.comb

24th Dec, Christmas Eve, closes 4pm
25th Christmas Day, CLOSED
26th, Boxing Day, CLOSED
27th, 28th CLOSED
29th, 30th, 31st OPEN
1st January, New Years Day, CLOSED

Brown And White

24th Dec, Christmas Eve, 9am - 2pm
25th Christmas Day, CLOSED
26th, Boxing Day, CLOSED
27th CLOSED
28th, CLOSED
1st January, New Years Day, CLOSED

D&I Family Butcher

24th Dec, Christmas Eve, 3AM - 4PM
25th Christmas Day, CLOSED
26th, Boxing Day, CLOSED
27th CLOSED
28th, CLOSED
29th, 30th,  6am - 5.30pm
31st, New Years Eve 6am - 4pm
1st January, New Years Day, CLOSED

Greggs

24th Dec, Christmas Eve, closes 5PM
25th Christmas Day, CLOSED
26th, Boxing Day, CLOSED
27th CLOSED
28th, 7am - 3pm
1st January, New Years Day, CLOSED

Istanbul Take Away

25th Christmas Day, CLOSED
26th, Boxing Day, Open from 3pm


Café De King

24th Dec, Christmas Eve, CLOSED
25th Christmas Day, CLOSED
26th, Boxing Day, CLOSED
27th CLOSED
28th OPEN

Jewels Arts & Crafts Centre

25th Christmas Day, CLOSED
26th, Boxing Day, probably open from 3pm
Other days subject to volunteer availability.

JS Homestyle D-I-Y Centre

24th Dec, Christmas Eve, CLOSED
25th Christmas Day, CLOSED
26th, Boxing Day, CLOSED
27th, 28th, 29th  CLOSED

Ladbrokes


24th Dec, Christmas Eve, open  to 5.30pm
25th Christmas Day, CLOSED
26th, Boxing Day, 8.30AM - 5.30PM


Roger Marsh, Estate Agents

24th Dec, Christmas Eve, 9.30 to 1pm
25th Christmas Day, CLOSED
26th, Boxing Day, CLOSED
27th CLOSED
28th, CLOSED
29th, 30th,  9am - 6pm
31st, New Years Eve 9am - 2pm
1st January, New Years Day, CLOSED

Nevil Food and Wine

24th Dec, Christmas Eve, 9.00am to 2pm
25th Christmas Day, 9.00am to 2pm
26th, Boxing Day, 9.00am to 2pm
27th 9.00am to 2pm
28th, 9.00am to 2pm
29th, 30th,  9.00am to 2pm


China House

for times, see picture:


Razor

for times, see picture:


Cinnamon Lounge

times to be confirmed

Post Office

Times to be confirmed.
Other days open for newspapers on all days except Christmas Day 


Age UK

24th Dec, Christmas Eve, 9am to 3pm
25th Christmas Day, CLOSED
26th, Boxing Day, CLOSED
27th 10am-4pm
28th, 10am-4pm
29th, 30th,  Open as usual.
31st, New Years Eve 9am - 3pm
1st January, New Years Day, CLOSED


TW Carpets

24th Dec until 2nd January,  CLOSED



Lloyds Pharmacy

24th Dec, Christmas Eve, 9am to 6.15pm
25th Christmas Day, CLOSED
26th, Boxing Day, 9am-1pm
27th CLOSED
28th, CLOSED



'Doctors Surgery' Pharmacy

Closed 25th, and 28th, otherwise normal hours.



Houghton Regis Christmas Parade - Sunday 6pm Parkside, Wednesday 6pm Tithe Farm



Santa Claus is coming to town !

On Sunday 20th December, the Santa Crew will be parading from the Polar Bear house in Chelsea Gardens to Bromley Gardens, then up to Go Houghton, and back to base via the Baptist Church.

On Wednesday 23rd December, the Crew will be meeting at the Hillsborough Shops going through Tithe Farm Road to Bedford Square and then back via Sundon Road.

The start time on both days will be 6pm, and donations will be collected for the Houghton Regis Town Mayor's Charities.

Santa will be pushing his big loud music trolley, blasting out carols and Chrimbo music!

Please, do come along and sing and dance with us as we make our way around our hometown. If you want to bring some small sweet treats for the kids please do so.

Ian Laken wrote on his Facebook Page, "It's mostly a fun idea for the grown ups to get dressed up and walk the estate singing carols and handing out sweets to the kids. Everyone is welcome to join in so just come along with or without the kids and be ready to sing out loud to the Community. I'll be be Santa pushing a make shift musical sleigh so please do bring some sweets or other goodies to go in the cart for everyone to share."

Thursday, 17 December 2015

Help With Drug and Alcohol Over Christmas with Path to Recovery

It may be a merry season but if Christmas is proving to be a wake-up call when it comes to your drinking then local support is available to help you make a change for the better.

Central Bedfordshire's  shared drug and alcohol support service, Path 2 Recovery (P2R) is open throughout the festive period.

P2R is a new one-stop service which  launched in September and provides advice, treatment and support to adults over the age of 18 in Bedford Borough and Central Bedfordshire whose lives are affected by drug or alcohol use.

The new P2R service includes Hubs in Dunstable and Bedford and residents can choose to drop-in to the Hub most convenient to them, without an appointment or referral, and seek help with changing their drinking habits.

In addition to visiting a P2R Hub, you can also visit the Don’t Bottle It Up website at your own convenience, where you can take a free, quick and confidential alcohol test, which can help identify the signs of harmful drinking, and connect you to local specialist alcohol support services.
You can also make an appointment to talk to your GP about your drinking habits, and he or she can also refer you to P2R.

The nearest P2R hub is located in Dunstable, at 67 High Street North, Dunstable, Bedfordshire, LU6 1JF (tel. 01582 501780) - This is the old building opposite Grove House, next to the Post Office parcels queueing area.

Normal opening hours: 
Monday to Friday 9am to 5.30pm
Late night opening: every Tuesday until 8pm
Saturdays 10am to 2pm
Christmas opening hours
Tuesday 22 December: 9am to 8pm
Wednesday 23 December: 9am to 5.30pm
Thursday 24 December: 9am to 3.30pm
Thursday 25 December to Monday 28 December: closed
Tuesday 29 December: 9am to 8pm
Wednesday 30 and Thursday 31 December: 9am to 5.30pm
Friday 1 January 2016: closed
Monday 4 January: normal opening hours resume

​Celebrating the 60’s at Sandringham Drive


Right Track has been celebrating Christmas this year with a 60's party at Sandringham Hub in Houghton Regis. 

The community group held the themed event last week at Aldwyck's business hub on Sandringham drive. Guests enjoyed vintage style food, music and a quiz featuring questions from the 60's! 

Over 30 people attended the event including Cllr Susan Goodchild, members of Houghton Regis Baptist Church, the over
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fifties
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My Focus
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employability programme, the Cafe Champions steering group plus, Aldwyck Housing Group
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and Right Track directors.

Right Track is a Community Interest Company run by people with a learning disability in Central Bedfordshire. 

For more information about the HUB Community Café project contact Karen on 07999 859980 or email righttrack@hotmail.co.uk

Wednesday, 9 December 2015

Church Roof Stripped At Chalgrave - Crowd-Funding Appeal Fund Set Up

In the early morning of 4th December thieves were interrupted in the process of stealing lead from the roof of All Saints Church, Chalgrave. The church is situated off the main road between Houghton Regis and Toddington.

Three men ran off across the fields, leaving behind about half the lead they had stripped off. The other half had already been taken away in a van. The metal was removed from much of the lower roof on the south side of the church. According to the Chalgrave parish web site, an immense amount of damage has been caused to the Grade I listed building. It will probably render the building unusable over the Christmas period. The repairs will be costly and are not entirely covered by insurance.

Photo: http://www.chalgravepc.org.uk/audacious-theft-from-church/

The inside of the roof was photographed, here, in 2013:

Photo: A D Winter, 2013.


Repairs will be costly and are not entirely covered by insurance.

Rosie Cooper and her fiance attend Chalgrave Church and were due to be getting married there in July 2016. She said, "It breaks my heart that the church has been vandalised and may not be back to it's full potential come July. The church will not be able to afford these repairs, so please help!"

Rosie has started a crowd-funding appeal fund - https://crowdfunding.justgiving.com/chalgravechurch - please consider donating.

Meanwhile, if anyone has information that might lead to the arrest of the thieves, please contact the police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111, the Rector, or a member of Chalgrave Parish Council.


Friday, 4 December 2015

Tithe Farm Road - Driver Failed To Stop - Appeal For Witnesses


This vehicle was parked in a bay in Tithe Farm Road at the junction with Ash Tree Road on Tuesday 1st December 2015 from 12.45 until 15.15.

Substantial damage was caused to the offside rear passenger door and adjacent panel. Unfortunately the driver of the offending vehicle failed to stop or pass on contact details.

If anyone saw this incident or can help with giving further information, would they kindly contact the Police on 101 or the Road Collision Unit on 01438 757171.

Regeneration Fund Could Help Town To Stay Vibrant


alanwinter.lu5@gmail.com

A Market Town Regeneration Fund has been launched by Central Bedfordshire Council. Under the scheme up to £4 million is available across the authority's area, and bids will be accepted between £25,000 and £1 million.

To qualify for the money, the bids have to be matched by 50% funding. On Monday evening next week, Houghton Regis Town Councillors will be deliberating over whether or not to bid for this funding. Clearly they will need to have an objective and need to explain the impact of anything they decide. If they decide to go ahead with a bid, they only have until 29th February 2016 to apply.

Current thinking is that there are things that need doing in the town centre to make it a continued viability, and to keep it a vibrant place that attracts shoppers. Some ideas discussed will have staffing implications. The 50% matched funding could come from banked reserves, or be loaded onto the Council Tax precept.

Ideas that councillors have already discussed in the Town Council Plan include:

  • Improving railings outside Roger Marsh estate agents
  • A bandstand
  • A town clock
  • A Town Ranger scheme
  • Public Art
  • Public noticeboard
  • Flower beds, hanging baskets, regeneration of bushes plot in front of Church car park.
  • Improving (flattening) disabled parking at Church Square car park.
  • Establishment of central refuges in pedestrian crossings.
  • Making a disabled access for 1st floor shops
  • Creating a small market
  • Shop Local campaign
  • Improvements to shop fronts, loading bays, and better screening of shop bins
More information about the scheme can be found in the Town Council Agenda, which can be downloaded here: http://www.houghtonregis.org.uk/agendas



Market stall on Fridays.




Regeneration Fund Could Help Town To Stay Vibrant - what would you improve in the town and why?http://www.hrnd.co.uk/2015/12/regeneration-fund-could-help-town-to.html
Posted by Houghton Regis News Desk on Friday, 4 December 2015

Thursday, 3 December 2015

New Crime Data Shows Sharp Increase in Burglary, Other Theft, and Vehicle Crime


New data for your area has been published on Police.uk.


Here is a brief summary of the crime information for the past two months:
September 2015 October 2015
All crime 674 675
Anti-social behaviour 274 253
Bicycle theft 17 18
Burglary 46 60
Criminal damage and arson 65 63
Drugs 6 4
Other crime 0 3
Other theft 38 50
Possession of weapons 4 4
Public order 25 11
Robbery 3 9
Shoplifting 31 31
Theft from the person 4 5
Vehicle crime 74 83
Violence and sexual offences 87 81
Please visit https://www.police.uk/shape/moXeS1/ for more information including outcomes for these crimes and contact information for your local policing team.

The information and statistics displayed  are for information purposes only and may be subject to change.
Although care is taken when processing and analysing the data, the detail is subject to the inaccuracies inherent in any large-scale recording system.
While the figures shown have been checked as far as practicable, they should be regarded as approximate.

Tuesday, 1 December 2015

Children Learn About Road Safety From Road Constructors



Team members from the A5 M1 Link Road Scheme a joint venture between Costain and Carillion (CCJV) in Luton have been busily visiting local schools, this week, in support of Road Safety Week.

Road Safety Week is the UK’s yearly flagship event to promote safer road use, supported by the Department of Transport.

Over the course of the week, team members provided an engaging presentation to over 500 children. Pupils between the ages of 4 and 11 years old, from Chalton Primary, Thornhill Primary and Thomas Whitehead Church of England Primary School took part. Topics covered included: identifying the different types of safe crossings (from traffic lights, pelican/zebra crossings), to why the need for a lollipop lady/man, to identifying the various hazards associated with roads. Special emphasis was covered on the three main rules when crossing a road ‘Stop’ ‘Look’ and ‘Listen’.

To assist capturing the children’s attention and to ensure the presentation was not only educational but fun, site team members had the assistance of Ivor Goodsite, the Considerate Constructors Scheme mascot. Ivor clapped and gave the children the thumbs up when they were identifying hazards and answering questions.

All the children were provided with Hi-Vis snap band arm bands to help them be more visible on these darker nights. The armbands were kindly donated by Sian Formwork Ltd a sub-contractor within the scheme.

David Forbes, CCJV Project Manager said, ‘‘Working with schools within the local community is a fundamental part of our engagement strategy. We are pleased that this opportunity has been supported by our supply chain and we look forward to further educational engagements across the lifecycle of the scheme’.

The A5 M1 Link Road Scheme is being delivered under the Highways England National Major Project Framework and constructed via a joint venture of Costain and Carillion (CCJV).

Further information on the scheme can be found at:
http://www.highways.gov.uk/roads/road-projects/a5-m1-link-dunstable-northern-bypass/

Saturday, 28 November 2015

Events for the Christmas Period at Dunstable Downs


Christmas Wreath Making

Chiltern Gateway Centre, on Dunstable Downs
Fri 04 Dec 2015 10:00 - 12:00
Sat 05 December 2015 10:00 - 12:00
11 December 2015 10:00 - 12:00
12 December 2015 10:00 - 12:00

Make wreaths with materials sourced from the local area.
£25 per person including a hot drink and mince pie.
Why not join us for lunch afterwards?
Booking essential ~ Call 01582 500920
dunstabledowns@nationaltrust.org.uk
Dogs are not welcome at this event.



Christmas Tree Dressing Day

Chiltern Gateway Centre, on Dunstable Downs
Sun 06 Dec 2015 ~ 11:00 - 15:00
Help dress their Christmas tree, cut from the beautiful and well-managed Whipsnade Tree Cathedral. Write a wish to hang on the tree or make your own decoration.
Booking not needed.
Assistance dogs are welcome.


Family Walk

Chiltern Gateway Centre, on Dunstable Downs
Sun 06 Dec 2015 ~ 14:00 - 15:30
Grab your wellies and join the Rangers for a family walk. Complete some of the '50 things to do before you're 11 3/4' on the way and collect stickers and scrapbooks when you get back.
Booking not needed.
Dogs are not welcome at this event.



Breakfast with Father Christmas

Chilterns Gateway Centre, Dunstable Downs.
8 December 2015 10:15 - 12:00
10 December 2015 10:15 - 11:00
14 December 2015 10:15 - 12:00 Sold out
16 December 2015 10:15 - 12:00
18 December 2015 10:15 - 12:00
Enjoy a delicious breakfast with Father Christmas and his elves in the View Café on Dunstable Downs. Place a wish on the Christmas Tree, receive a lovely gift and a certificate to prove you met Father Christmas.
Booking essential. Call 01582 500920. dunstabledowns@nationaltrust.org.uk
Admission Price: Child £7.00
Assistance dogs are welcome.



Regiment Fitness 3K "Jingle Jog"

12 December 2015 11:30 - 12:00
Come and join Regiment Fitness on a fun and festive 3K Jingle Jog! Get in the spirit on race day by dressing up in a festive costume. The Jingle Jog is all about having fun, getting dressed up and having a great time with the family.
Booking essential. contact@regimentfitness.co.uk / Call 01582 658569
Admission Price, Child £5.00, Adult £10.00



Carol Singing at the Downs

Chilterns Gateway Centre, Dunstable Downs.
Sun 13 Dec 2015 ~ 14:30 - 15:30
Bring your Christmas cheer and be of good voice, join with the local Salvation Army choir for traditional carols.
Booking not needed.
Dogs are not welcome at this event.
dunstabledowns@nationaltrust.org.uk Call 01582 500920


Boxing Day 'Burn Off Christmas' Walk

Chilterns Gateway Centre, Dunstable Downs.
Sat 26 Dec 2015  ~ 11:00 - 12:30
£2.50 car parking charge for non- National Trust members. National Trust members park for free.
Join the National Trust Rangers for a breath of fresh air on this one and a half hour walk.
Booking essential. dunstabledowns@nationaltrust.org.uk - Call 01582 500920
Admission Prices: All £2.00


New Year's Resolution Walk

Chilterns Gateway Centre, Dunstable Downs.
Fri 01 Jan 2016 ~ 11:00 - 12:30
Join the National Trust Rangers for a breath of fresh air on this one and a half hour walk.
Booking essential. Call 01582 500920. dunstabledowns@nationaltrust.org.uk
Admission Prices: All £2.00
Car parking charge of £2.50 per car, free for National Trust members.

By road

on B4541 west of Dunstable. Sat Nav: use LU6 2GY (or LU6 2TA for older equipment)
Google Map Link. 
Parking: Dunstable Downs, off B4541 (pay and display); Whipsnade crossroads (Whipsnade Heath), junction of B4541 and B4540
More information: http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/dunstable-downs-and-whipsnade-estate/whats-on

Wednesday, 25 November 2015

Duster the Dog Helps Buster da' Illegal Cigs

Duster helps with tobacco operation    

Super sniffer dog, Duster, has been helping Central Beds Council's trading standards team target rogue traders recently.

With Duster’s keen nose, three shops were found to be selling illicit tobacco products. In total, 402 packets of cigarettes and 81 tobacco pouches were discovered.

The operation, involving Central Beds, Bedfordshire Police, HMRC and Wagtail (which provided the sniffer dog Duster) targeted a number of shops across Dunstable and Houghton Regis suspected of selling illicit cigarettes and other tobacco products.

It was the first time that a sniffer dog had been used as part of an operation to target people selling illicit tobacco across Central Bedfordshire.

Anyone with any information should email trading.standards@centralbedfordshire.gov.uk or call 0300 300 8307.

Government Respond to Beds Police Petition

https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/110333?reveal_response=yes

Friday, 20 November 2015

Central Bedfordshire Development Strategy Withdrawn

Central Bedfordshire Green Belt To Come Under More Pressure to Find Space For More Houses


photo: A D Winter
Last night Central Bedfordshire Council unanimously voted to withdraw the current Development Strategy, ending four years of work, after a government inspector had criticised the councils failure to build enough houses to help meet Luton’s need.

The local planning situation had changed following a report from the Office for National Statistics which had published new population projections. This had led to the current Development Strategy and the subsequent Allocations Local Plan being out of date.

The Secretary of State had confirmed that he would not call-in the Houghton Regis North 2 application, leaving the Council free to grant planning permission for this proposal, which was given in July 2015 subject to a legal agreement. Earlier this week, the S.106 legal agreement was completed, and consent was issued. Documents relating to the application for 1850 homes on land north of the Houghton Regis Chalk Quarry, west of Bedford Road, can be found here.

Because of the ending of the current Development Strategy, the Council will now have to find more sites to build thousands more homes within the authorities area, both to meet Luton’s need, and to accommodate its share of the new population projections since the last plan was started in 2011.

The new Development Strategy is expected to go out for consultation next Autumn and will identify sites for housing, employment, gypsy and traveller sites, and infrastructure, and is bound to put significant pressure on the Green Belt within Central Bedfordshire .

If the Council fails to have a suitable plan in place by early 2017, the Government will consider imposing a team of inspectors to make the planning decisions on its behalf.

Wednesday, 18 November 2015

Olly - Please Sign to Save Our Police - Will It Be 25% or 40% Cuts ?

Olly Martins, the PCC for Bedfordshire Police wants people to keep signing a petition.

HRND editor, Alan Winter, put it to Olly Martins that this video may not now be relevant as the government had admitted making a hash of the calculations?

Instead of agreeing, Mr Martins replied,

"The revised formula wasn’t going to give us a fairer allocation before the spending review hit us, hence the video. Now the government isn’t introducing the new formula yet, but we’re still in the same position – no fairer allocation before the spending review hits. So we need to find savings of between £21million and £29million depending on whether the cuts are 25 or 40%. That’s worse than the assumptions we were making that persuaded me to trigger the referendum!"



Save our Police from ATP on Vimeo.

Save Our Police

petition.parliament.uk/petitions/110333

athinplace.co.uk


Tuesday, 10 November 2015

Bank Could Become A Café & Extended Poundstretcher to Open Soon

The National Westminster Bank in Bedford Square, Houghton Regis is set to close on November 18th. An application has been put in to Central Bedfordshire Council to change the former bank in Tithe Farm Road into a cafe or restaurant.

The bank have said that they only had 59 customers and that transactions had fallen by 34 per cent since 2011. An arrangement has been made with the Post office for customers to check balances and make withdrawals there.

A document in the application states, "The planning application has been submitted simply to establish whether the principle of the proposed change of use to a Class 3 (Restaurant/Cafe) is acceptable in this location."

In 1997 there was a refusal for a change of use. "SB/97/00492 CHANGE OF USE FROM BANK TO CLASS A3 (FOOD AND DRINK) - Refused.
Conditions or Reasons:
1) 1. The unspecified nature of the proposed uses, within Class A3 of the Schedule to the Town and Country Planning (Use Classes) Order 1987 would, if conducted within the application premises, be likely to give rise to unacceptable nuisance to nearby residential properties by reason of noise and general disturbance. The proposal is therefore contrary to Policy BE11 of the South Bedfordshire Local Plan."

Comments on the latest planning application could be sent to the case officer, mathew.brown@centralbedfordshire.gov.uk. Details can be found by going to http://is.gd/cbcplanning and searching for 15/04201 .

How to Object to Planning Applications: Guide Book (pdf)


Meanwhile, Poundstretchers redevelopment of the former Tesco Express continues apace. The new larger Poundstretcher will enable the store to offer a wider range of products. The existing Poundstretcher store is due to be refurbished once the new side is operational. They are thought to be opening later this month.
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Sunday, 8 November 2015

Councillors to Consider Grant Applications

Mayor and Town Clerk.


On Tuesday, Town Councillors meet to decide how to divvy up money allocated to their grants funds.

Remaining in the Small Projects Grants fund for 2015/16 is  £4,300, but only one applicant has come forward for £500 to replace specialist indoor play equipment.

Under Large Project Grants (£501 & Over), a total of £33,800 has been requested. If all the applications are approved, councillors will need to budget these costs for 2016/17, and could affect the level of Council Tax. Three organisations have applied - Houghton Regis Memorial Hall Fund (to enhance stage presentation and facilities),  Dunstable & Houghton Regis Sea Cadets (to replace an outboard engine for their Unit safety boat), All Saints Parish Church Houghton Regis. The largest request is from All Saints who are requesting £26,000 towards their budgeted total costs of £37,858. A church representative will attend the meeting to explain their application to the Council.

Remaining in the Key Partner Grant fund is £18251, and this is recommended to be divided between applicants who annually depend on funds from the Town Council: Dunstable & District Citizen Advice, SORTED, Keech Hospice Care, Voluntary & Community Action South Beds, and South Beds Dial A Ride.

Meeting: Tuesday 10th November.
Agenda: http://www.houghtonregis.org.uk/useruploads/documents/Agendas/Comm%20serv/151110.pdf

Update: 10 Nov 2015

At tonight's Community Services Committee, councillors agreed grants.
£500 goes to Special Needs group, SNOOSC to help them pay for specialist play equipment which will help support children and young adults.
£2700 goes to Houghton Regis Memorial Hall Fund to enhance the stage and presentation facilities.
A token amount goes to All Saints Parish Church towards the £26,000 they requested for much needed repairs to the church. Councillors understood the plight of the church, whose fabric has deteriorated and promised to look at other ways in which they could help meet the budgeted costs.
A further sum of £18251 was granted to Key Partners, who annually depend on funds from the Town Council. Each provides a level of service to residents in the town. Dunstable & District Citizen Advice, SORTED, Keech Hospice Care, Voluntary & Community Action South Beds, and South Beds Dial A Ride.

Thursday, 5 November 2015

Are You Happy With Progress On Tree Work?

Trees. Are you happy with the progress being made to tackle tree issues in Houghton Regis? Here: an overgrown tree in Tennyson Avenue| https://www.fixmystreet.com/report/709856

Posted by Houghton Regis News Desk on Tuesday, 3 November 2015

Bishop of Bhagdad Invited ISIS to Dinner

... and was told, if they came they would chop his head off!

Fascinating interview on BBC Three Counties Radio this morning. Featured the Vicar of Bagdhad who says he invited ISIS round for dinner. https://soundcloud.com/thejvsshow/jvs-and-the-vicar-of-bagdhad

Posted by Houghton Regis News Desk on Wednesday, 4 November 2015

Parking For Dunstable Shops To Get Dearer

Parking for Dunstable shops to get dearer in the new year ...

Posted by Houghton Regis News Desk on Tuesday, 3 November 2015

Porz Avenue/Poynters Rd Roundabout Closure

According to roadworks.org works are still scheduled for this coming weekend which look to be closing traffic at Poynters Rd/Porz Avenue roundabout. Diversions are also shown on the website.

Posted by Houghton Regis News Desk on Tuesday, 3 November 2015




Porz Avenue/Poynters Rd Roundabout. A closure is expected to take place from 2000hrs on Friday 6th November to 2359hrs...

Posted by Houghton Regis News Desk on Tuesday, 3 November 2015

Olly Martins: I'll Get More Money For Beds Police By Switching M1 Cameras on All Day.

Police Forces are looking at alternative ways of raising money. Olly Martins says, "the initiatives I'm now looking at...

Posted by Houghton Regis News Desk on Wednesday, 4 November 2015

Lidl's Apply for Permission for a Supermarket in Luton Road, Dunstable

Lidl, whose nearest stores are at Leagrave, and Luton town centre, are applying for permission to build a store on Luton...

Posted by Houghton Regis News Desk on Wednesday, 4 November 2015

A5-M1 Link Local Roads New Layout From 6 November 2015

A new section of road connecting Luton Road and Sundon Road opens this weekend, in advance of further M1 junction 11a...

Posted by Houghton Regis News Desk on Wednesday, 4 November 2015

Monday, 2 November 2015

Fraud Squad Fine Council Tax Benefit Cheat - £1830 to Repay + Fines & Costs


Central Beds Council fraud squad investigations have uncovered a woman in Sandy who was overpaid £1830 in council tax support because she had wrongfully claimed that her husband was not working. The woman now has to pay fines and fees of £640, as well as having to repay the overpaid council tax support benefit.

Councillor Richard Wenham, Executive Member for Corporate Resources, said: “Although Mrs Butler acknowledges that what she did was wrong, the fact is that by failing to declare her husband’s work, she was illegally claiming council tax support.

“Any fraud takes away money from others who genuinely need it, which is why we will always take action if we suspect any wrongdoing.”

Anyone who suspects that someone is fraudulently claiming benefits can call the council’s confidential 24-hour fraud hotline on 0300 300 5557.

Any residents who want information about paying their council tax or to find out whether they are eligible for council tax benefit can call the Money and Benefits Helpline on 0300 300 8306.

Wednesday, 28 October 2015

Whipsnade Elephant Mystery Cleared Up


On Sunday it was noticeable that one of the elephants was raising its right front leg for several long moments at a time. ZSL have responded to an enquiry, saying, " the particular elephant in question does have a medical problem which is being treated and monitored by the vet department. This is nothing serious but on occasion may be causing the elephant some minor discomfort for a short while."

Dunstable Landmark School Is Offered For Sale

Ashton Middle School, the former Dunstable Grammar School, is being offered for sale.

Frances Ashton died in 1727, bequeathing 6 almshouses for Dunstable. Ashton Almshouse Charity went on to acquire various lands for investment. In 1868 it sold land to the Midlands Railway Company for £14,500 and permission to build a school was obtained from Queen Victoria in 1885.

The foundation stone for Dunstable Grammar School was laid in 1887. The school cost £12,000 to build. A science building was added in 1907 and a further new science building in 1964.

The Ashton Schools Foundation is a registered charity with a Board of Governors who are the trustees of three Church of England Schools in Dunstable including Ashton Middle School. The buildings and associated grounds belong to the Foundation. Ashton Middle School is set to close in July 2016.


The southern part of site falls within a  Conservation Area including the main school building that fronts High Street North and the science block which fronts onto Dog Kennel Path. It occupies a prominent position on High Street North (A5). The site features a Grade 2 Listed main school building, as well as numerous ancillary buildings of varying age, size and construction.

The site is being sold by Informal Tender. Offers are to be received at:
2nd Floor, 45 Grosvenor Road, St Albans, Herts, AL1 3AW by 12 noon on Thursday 19th November 2015 clearly marked 'Ashton Middle School, Dunstable' – for the attention of Toby Lambert.

The site is offered for sale freehold, with vacant possession from 1st September 2016.



  • A Facebook group interested in preserving Dunstable's past has been formed.