Tuesday, 31 March 2015

Children and Teenagers are Frightened by Bailiffs Collecting Council Tax - Report

There are 6777 children living in 3938 families who have faced council tax debt in Central Bedfordshire.

The Children’s Society report, “The Wolf at the Door” highlights how children and teenagers are feeling sad, frightened and worried after routinely coming face to face with bailiffs in their own homes, sent by the local council to demand sudden, unrealistic council tax payments.

Last year,  The Children’s Society say that 4302 households were referred to bailiffs in  Central Bedfordshire and that would be the equivalent of 38 bailiff visits for every 1,000 households.

The Children’s Society report “The Debt Trap” highlighted how a third of families in council tax arrears who sought help from their council found it not helpful at all, whilst their latest research shows that councils are often demanding the full year’s council tax amount just 14 days after a family or young person misses their first monthly bill, pushing court summons or the threat of bailiffs soon after.

Councils are under huge pressure to ensure that as much council tax revenue is collected as promptly as possible The report highlights good practice examples showing that councils can use less damaging techniques, protect children from bailiffs, and give families time to get independent advice. These methods at the same time can collect more in council tax than the national average.  The Children’s Society is encouraging more councils to adopt these practices and review their council tax collection policies to better protect children.

The Children’s Society has produced an advice sheet to help people who face council tax debt. See http://www.stepchange.org/Debtinformationandadvice/Typesofdebt/Counciltaxdebt.aspx

You can read the report, the advice note and find out more information about the Debt Trap campaign and the work of The Children’s Society by visiting http://childrenssociety.org.uk/counciltax

Advice Note for Councillors (pdf)

Cheering Volunteering Awards 2015

Cheering Volunteering Awards 2015

To say thank you to the thousands of people in Central Bedfordshire who regularly and freely give their time to help others, Central Bedfordshire Together is hosting the first Cheering Volunteering celebration awards event on Tuesday 2 June at the Grove Theatre, Dunstable from 6.30pm - 9.00pm.

The awards will be divided into six categories:

  • Young Volunteer of the Year
  • Volunteer of the Year
  • Lifetime Achievement Award
  • Unsung Hero of the Year
  • Fundraiser of the Year
  • Outstanding Contribution to Volunteering Award

There will also be a Panel's Choice Award, selected from all nominations received. You can find out more detailed information about the Award categories and the nomination criteria here (PDF 14KB).

Nominating an individual, group or organisation for one of the Cheering Volunteering Awards is easy.


You can simply fill in and submit the online nomination form.

By email

Simply download and complete the nomination form (PDF 30KB), telling us in about 200 words why the person you're nominating deserves to win an award.*

Once you've completed the nomination form, you can email it to

If you prefer, you can also just send us an email to  telling us about the person or organisation you'd like to nominate.  Please make sure you tell us your name and how we can contact you, the name and contact details of the person you're nominating, and which category you'd like to nominate them for.

By post

You can print off and complete the nomination form (PDF 30KB), and send it to Cheering Volunteering Awards, c/o Julie Welsted, Central Bedfordshire Council, Priory House, Monks Walk, Chicksands, Shefford SG17 5TQ.*

Shortlisted nominees will be notified either by post or email and invited to the awards ceremony on 2 June at the Grove Theatre from 6.30m - 9.00pm.

The event is also free for members of the public to attend - please see the tab below 'How do I book tickets to the Awards?' for booking details. A ticket is required for all attending the event.

The closing date for all nominations is 26 April 2015.

To book your free ticket, please visit the The Grove Box Office website or call the team on 01582 60 20 80 (opt 7).

You can also visit the Grove Theatre Box Office in person and pick up your free tickets there.

A ticket is required for all those attending the event.

Please ensure you indicate at the time of booking whether you have any access or dietary requirements that we should be aware of.

Wednesday, 25 March 2015

Police Introduce New Measures to Tackle Nuisance Motorcyclists

Bedfordshire Police is clamping down on nuisance motorcyclists after an increase in reports in off-road motorcycles and anti-social behaviour in Houghton Regis.

The force is putting a number of measures into place to help curb the problems and bring the offenders to justice.

Chief Insp Gavin Hughes-Rowlands, who looks after policing in Central Bedfordshire, said: “We have received a number of reports of motorcycles being ridden off road and causing issues in Houghton Regis, and we would like to reassure the public that we are working hard to address this problem.

“Two off-road police motorcyclists will be provided to that specific area in the coming weeks in order to directly tackle those responsible, supported by two dedicated uniformed police officers. A number of PCSOs will also be on hand to assist with issues such as recovering seized vehicles.

“We have also been in talks with partner agencies and have agreed a number of measures that will be put in place including new signage, visits to the area by the anti-social behavioural team, and education work at schools in both Houghton Regis and Dunstable.

“Last year we ran a number of successful operations to clamp down on this type of behaviour and we will be running similar operations this year, working with both Central Bedfordshire and Houghton Regis Town Council to help tackle the problem.

“Our officers continue to regularly issue notices to riders who are identified as riding in an anti-social manner and when caught again their vehicles will be seized and destroyed. Those riding in a dangerous manner risk arrest and prosecution.

“We are encouraging anyone with information or concerns to call us on 101 to enable us to build an intelligence picture to help us identify those responsible and take the appropriate action.”

If you live in Houghton Regis and have experienced issues as a result of off-road motorcyclists and people riding other vehicles off road, please contact 101 and ask to speak to the local policing team at Houghton Regis. You can also text information to 07786 200 011, or report information anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Sunday, 22 March 2015

Waste Park Plan For Thorn Road: Exhibition and Consultation

View from Thorn Rd towards the quarry ~ Photo: A D Winter

Consultation starts: March 2015

Consultation closes: 12pm Monday 27th April 2015

About the consultation: Central Bedfordshire Council is proposing to develop a waste park and highways operations hub, to the north west of Houghton Regis on a site off Thorn Road.  

Three main uses are being proposed:

•      a waste transfer station for bulking up and transporting waste collected from residents’ homes;

•      a new Household Waste Recycling Centre - to replace the site at Frenchs Ave, Dunstable;

•       a Highways Depot providing a base for the road maintenance team and the council’s gritting fleet and salt, together with office accommodation and a vehicle maintenance depot and storage area.

The Waste Transfer Station will accept waste and recycling primarily collected at the kerbside from the Central Bedfordshire Council area. The material will then be bulked up and transported in larger vehicles so that recycling can be sent to reprocessing facilities, and residual waste can be sent to treatment facilities. The bulking of waste will greatly reduce the number of waste vehicle movements and help to minimise the environmental impact.

The Household Waste and Recycling Centre will replace the current site at Frenchs Ave, Dunstable, and will provide a raised area where residents can easily deposit waste into skips below. By helping residents to separate items easily, together with longer opening hours, the new site will aim to maximise recycling of waste and reducing the amount of waste that requires treatment.

This proposal would also enable the council to move the existing facilities to one site, allowing land at existing sites to be freed up for potential future development.

The Thorn Turn site is already identified as a strategic waste site in the Council’s Minerals and Waste Local Plan. Before a planning application detailing the design of the site is submitted later this spring, the council and its engineering partner, Atkins, want to hear the views of the local residents.

Have your say:

Come along to CBC drop-in event on Thursday 26 and Friday 27 March from 2pm to 8pm at Houghton Regis Library, Bedford Square Centre, Tithe Farm Road LU5 5ES.

Here you will be able to view and comment on the plans for the proposed new development. Members of the project team will be on hand to answer any questions and queries.  You can also view the concept design (PDF 878KB) online.*

You also have the option of filling out a paper version if you wish. Get in touch and we’ll send you a copy. Contact CBC Consultations on 0300 300 8301 email to consultations@centralbedfordshire.gov.uk

article reproduced from www.centralbedfordshire.gov.uk/consultations 

Saturday, 21 March 2015

Agendas for Next Weeks Houghton Regis Town Council Meetings

There are two  meetings at HRTC next week. Members of the public are welcome. Up to 15 minutes at the start of all meetings is available for members of the public to ask questions of  up to 3 minutes each. 

All meetings take place at the Council Offices, Peel Street Houghton Regis.

Full Town Council Meeting Monday  23rd March at 7.30pm 
Link to PDF file for the Agenda.

Environment and Leisure Committee Wednesday 25th March 2015 at 7.30pm 
Link to PDF file for the Agenda. This is an additional meeting not mentioned in the Calendar of Meetings.

Pictured in 2013
A report to go before the Town Council's Environment and Leisure Committee on Wednesday will set the record straight about a controversial new cycle path. The report will state that the land on which the path was built was transferred to the County Council in 1992, under Land Registry Title BD171926, so there was no need for the Town Council to be asked to give permission. Under the same Land registry title, the land for the footpath on south side of the highway was also transferred.

Friday, 20 March 2015

Could You Volunteer To Count the Flowers?


Making plants a priority 

The new National Plant Monitoring Scheme (NPMS), launching in spring 2015, will for the first time enable scientists to take an annual stock take of the UK’s wild plants and their habitats, but to do this we need the public’s help. We are looking for volunteers to carry out surveys of wildflowers and their habitats that will provide robust evidence of which widespread plants are increasing or declining, as well as indicating the changing state of our most valued habitats such as grassland, fenland and even road verges. Plants are nature’s building blocks and this new monitoring scheme will sit alongside existing schemes for the UK’s birds and butterflies to help us understand more about how the countryside is changing.

For more information on the NPMS and how to take part please visit www.npms.org.uk

New Remedial Works To Start On Houghton Regis High Street

Central Bedfordshire Council's Highways department have issued a notice saying that ​"remedial works" are due to start on Houghton Regis High Street.

"From Wednesday 25th March until Friday 24th April there will be remedial works undertaken on footway, tactile paving, kerbing and surfacing taking place on High Street/ Cemetery Road/ Bedford Road, Houghton Regis."

The notice continues, "Please be advised all works will be undertaken whilst maintaining two way traffic flow and will be off peak working hours only (0900-1530). The only impact will be on pedestrians in that footways will be closed and pedestrians diverted to next available crossing points."

"Once these works have been undertaken there will be up to four weekends of works to undertake remedial resurfacing of imprint resurfacing on tables and crossings on High Street & Bedford Road. These works will be undertaken with two way/ three way traffic lights between the hours of 0800-1800 on Saturdays and Sundays only. Works will not take place on the weekend of 25th – 26th April as there is a proposed road closure of High Street/ Houghton Road towards Townsend Industrial Estate for resurfacing (details to follow in the next couple of days). No works will take place on May Day Bank Holiday weekend or the weekend of 8th – 11th May due to a proposed road closure of Poynters Road/ Porz Avenue/ Wheatfield Road roundabout for major UK Power Networks electrical works (details to follow in next couple of days)."

"Therefore the likely start for the weekend works on High Street/ Bedford Road will be the weekend of 16th – 17th May. Works will most likely also be undertaken during the Whitsun Bank Holiday weekend though not the Bank Holiday Monday unless absolutely necessary."

"The impact on traffic during the initial works will be minimal, though we do anticipate an element of disruption during the weekend works."

The works were originally commissioned by the supermarket, Morrisons,  as part of conditions for them being allowed to set up business in the town. Town and CBC councillors have long complained about safety and snagging issues at regular meetings of the Town Partnership committee. 

HRND understands that Morrison’s were in dispute regarding the S278/38 works and CBC were giving them the time to resolve it. A bond was in place so that if CBC had to undertake the remedial works,  then they have some budget to pay for them. It was confirmed this afternoon that these are remedial works so the developer is funding them not CBC.

Tuesday, 17 March 2015

March Issue of Funding E-Bulletin from Voluntary & Community Action





Funding E-Bulletin




March 2015


Voluntary and Community Action



Welcome to the March 2015 issue of the Funding E-Bulletin from Voluntary and Community Action.

ACT Foundation

ACT 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/

The Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation

Funding is available to not-for-profit organisations, including charities, companies and community trusts, for projects in the areas of culture and the arts that make a real and ongoing difference to people’s lives in the UK. Applications can be made at any time. The Foundation aims to provide a decision within five to eight months.

Sarah Miller, The Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation, Sydmonton Court Estate, Burghclere
Newbury, Berkshire, RG20 9NJ, Tel: 01635 278 594, E-mail: sarah@andrewlloydwebberfoundation.com  Website: http://www.andrewlloydwebberfoundation.com/

ASDA Foundation

The ASDA Foundation assists charities, people and projects within the UK that require financial assistance. The Foundation can only support a limited number of requests that have the direct support and involvement from ASDA colleagues. ASDA colleagues will support many local charities, local community groups, schools, playgroups, community centres and football teams. Applications may be made at any time.

Enquiries, ASDA, Asda House, Southbank, Great Wilson Street, Leeds, LS11 5AD
Website: http://your.asda.com/

The Austin and Hope Pilkington Trust

Grants are available to charities for a range of projects. The project area changes each year. The Trust operates a three-year rotation of categories for applications. 2014: Music and the Arts; and Elderly. There are two deadlines per year: 1 June and 1 November and grants are between £1,000 and £3,000 for project costs.

Karen Frank, Administrator, The Austin and Hope Pilkington Trust, PO Box 124, Stroud, Gloucestershire, GL6 7YN, E-mail: admin@austin-hope-pilkington.org.uk
Website: http://www.austin-hope-pilkington.org.uk/

Bedfordshire Police Partnership

Grants are available to local community groups in Bedfordshire for projects that address crime prevention, community safety, drugs misuse and prevention, schools liaison and road safety. Grants of up to £1,000 are available. Applications may be made at any time.


Geoff Comb, Trust Administrator, Bedfordshire Police Partnership, Police Headquarters, Woburn Road, Kempston, Bedford, MK43 9AX, Tel: 01234 842612

Bernard Sunley Charitable Foundation

The Foundation provides grant funding in England and Wales in support of a wide range of charitable projects in the areas of: Community; Education; Arts; Health; Social Welfare; Emergency and Armed Forces; Environment; Animal Welfare; and Amateur Sports. Small grants up to and including £5,000, medium grants of between £5,001 and £25,000, and large grants of over £25,000.


John Rimmington, Director, Bernard Sunley Charitable Foundation, 20 Berkeley Square, London, W1J 6LH, Tel: 020 7408 2198, E-mail: office@bernardsunley.org Website: http://www.bernardsunley.org/index.html

Boost Charitable Trust

Grants are available to organisations helping disabled and disadvantaged individuals participate in sport. Grants of £500 are available for project costs and applications can be made at any time.

Lucy Till, Building On Overlooked Sporting Talent (BOOST) Charitable Trust, 5 St Bride Street, London, EC4A 4AS, Tel: 020 7078 1955, E-mail: lucy.till@boostct.org
Website: http://www.boostct.org/index.htm

Boshier-Hinton Foundation

Grants for charities working with children and adults with special educational or other needs for project costs. Typical grants range from £500 to £2,000. In exceptional cases more substantial amounts may be awarded. Applications may be submitted at any time.


Dr Peter Boshier, Secretary/Treasurer, Boshier-Hinton Foundation, Yeomans, Aythorpe Roding, Great Dunmow, Essex, CM6 1PD, Tel: 01245 231032, E-mail: boshierhinton@yahoo.co.uk Website: http://www.boshierhintonfoundation.org.uk

Bruce Wake Charitable Trust

Grant for the provision of leisure activities for the disabled.

Applications may be submitted at any time and are considered quarterly.


Enquiries, Bruce Wake Charitable Trust, PO Box 9335, Oakham, LE15 0ET, Rutland, Tel: 0844 879 3349, Website: http://www.brucewaketrust.co.uk/

Charles Hayward Foundation

The Foundation makes grants to charities under the following categories: Heritage and Conservation; Criminal Justice; Older People; Overseas; Youth at Risk (not currently accepting unsolicited applications). Small grants up to £7,000 and main grants up to £25,000 and applications may be submitted at any time.

Dorothy Napierala, Foundation Administrator, Charles Hayward Foundation, Hayward House, 45 Harrington Gardens, London, SW7 4JU, Tel: 020 7370 7063
Website: http://www.charleshaywardfoundation.org.uk/default.htm

The Childwick Trust

Grants are available to UK registered charities.  The overall focus of the charity is to award grants for the promotion of health, particularly for the relief of the disabled and older people in need. The majority of grants in the disability, older people and serious illness category typically range between £5,000 and £30,000. Applications may only be submitted between the months of April and October.

Mrs Karen Groom, Trust Administrator, The Childwick Trust, 9 The Green, Childwick Bury, St. Albans, Hertfordshire, AL3 6JJ, Tel: 01727 844666, E-mail: karen@childwicktrust.org  Website: http://www.childwicktrust.org/index.htm

CHK Charities Limited

The charity annually awards grants to charitable organisations in the UK involved in a wide range of activities. Applications can be made at any time.  Applications are considered by the Trustees approximately every two months.

The Secretary and Administrator, CHK Charities Limited, 14 St George Street, London, W1S 1FE, Tel: 020 3207 7232, Website: http://www.chkcharities.co.uk/index.htm

The CLA Charitable Trust

The Trust awards grants to organisations, to provide facilities for the disabled to take part in country sports and recreation, and training in agriculture and horticulture. It also promotes education in the countryside for disadvantaged children and young people. The average grant awarded is in the region of £2,500 and applications may be submitted at any time.


Peter Geldart LLM, Director, The CLA Charitable Trust, Caunton Grange, Caunton, Newark, Nottinghamshire, NG23 6AB, E-mail: charitabletrust@cla.org.uk, Website: http://www.cla.org.uk/

Clore Duffield Foundation

Grants are available to registered charities in support of the cultural sector. Support is also occasionally available to the health and social care sectors. Grants range from less than £5,000 to over £1 million and applications may be submitted at any time.

Enquiries, Clore Duffield Foundation, Studio 3, Chelsea Manor Studios, Flood Street
London, SW3 5SR, Tel: 0207 351 6061, E-mail: info@cloreduffield.org.uk
Website: http://www.cloreduffield.org.uk/index.php


The Concertina Charitable Trust

Grants are available to charitable organisations to improve the quality of life of elderly members of society, through cultural activities and related facilities. Annual deadlines: 30 April and 31 October and grants are usually in the region of £500.


England Office, The Concertina Charitable Trust, 20 Kent House, Aylesford Street, London, SW1V 3QB, Website: http://www.concertinamusic.org.uk


D'Oyly Carte Charitable Trust

Grants to charities in support of causes connected with the arts, medical welfare and the environment.  In particular, bursaries for arts education establishments, promotion of access, education and excellence in the arts, hospice care, autism, the deafblind, respite care and care for carers, preservation of the countryside and heritage conservation. Grants ranging from £1,000 to £50,000 are available and special consideration is given to lesser known charities.

Mrs Jane Thorne, The Secretary, The D'Oyly Carte Charitable Trust, 1 Savoy Hill
London, WC2R 0BP, Tel: (020) 7420 2600


Derek Butler Trust

Grant for charitable organisations in the UK carrying out medical care or music activities. Funding is at the discretion of the Trustees. Previous grants have been for between £5,000 and £2.5 million and application may be made at any time.


Enquiries, Derek Butler Trust, Underwood Solicitors LLP, 40 Welbeck Street, London, W1G 8LN, Tel: 020 7526 6000, E-mail: info@thederekbutlertrust.org.uk


Drapers' Charitable Fund

Grant for charities to help improve the quality of life for people and their communities by targeting the disadvantaged and socially excluded, through grants in the fields of education and relief of need. Grants awarded are normally for sums under £10,000.


Charities Administrator, Drapers' Company, Drapers’ Hall, Throgmorton Avenue, London, EC2N 2DQ, Tel: 020 7588 5001, E-mail: mail@thedrapers.co.uk, Website: http://www.thedrapers.co.uk/


Duke of Devonshire's Charitable Trust

Grants for registered charities that are undertaking general charitable activities. Every application is considered on its own merits. Donations in the last few years have typically been for between £250 and £10,000. Applicants wishing to apply to the next meeting in Summer 2015 are asked not to send their applications before 1 April 2015.


Mollie Moseley, Duke of Devonshire's Charitable Trust, Chatsworth, Bakewell, Derbyshire, DE45 1PP, Website: http://ddct.org.uk/


Goldsmiths' Company

Grant support for general charitable needs, ranging from disadvantaged in society and general welfare to the churches, culture and the arts. The average grant awarded is £3,000 and applications can be made at any time.


Charity Administrator Goldsmiths' Company Goldsmiths’ Hall Foster Lane London EC2V 6BN Tel: 020 7606 7010 E-mail: charity@thegoldsmiths.co.uk Website: http://www.thegoldsmiths.co.uk/


Hilden Charitable Fund - Summer Playschemes

Grants are available to voluntary and community groups in the UK to help run summer play schemes for the benefit of disadvantaged children. Grants of between £500 and £1,500 are available for project costs of Organisations must have an income of less than £150,000 The 2015 deadline: 14 May 2015.

Applicants must send a copy of their most recent annual report and accounts which must include details of your Trustee Board/Management Committee.

The Hilden Charitable Fund, 34 North End Road, London W14 0SH Tel/Fax: 0207 603 1525, Email: hildencharity@hotmail.com  Website: http://www.hildencharitablefund.org.uk/play.htm


Hilton in the Community Foundation (HCF)

The Hilton in the Community Foundation aims to make a real difference to those most in need. It supports projects within the UK and Ireland that focus on Young People and Education, and Young People and Health. 2015 deadlines: 10 February 2015; 5 May 2015; 28 July 2015; and 13 October 2015.

Enquiries, Hilton in the Community Foundation (HCF), 179-199 Holland Park Avenue, London, W11 4UL, Tel: (020) 7605 7733, E-mail: grant@hilton-foundation.org.uk Website: http://www.hilton-foundation.org.uk/


Mercers' Charitable Foundation

Support is available for charities and educational establishments in the UK working in the areas of: welfare; education; heritage and the arts; and religion Support is restricted to capital appeals that are within the last 20% of their target and for which support in the region of £5,000 to £20,000 will make a difference.


Grants Officer, Mercers’ Hall, Ironmonger Lane, London, EC2V 8HE, Tel: (020) 7726 4991, E-mail: mail@mercers.co.uk Website: http://www.mercers.co.uk/


The Rank Foundation

Grants for charities in the UK for developing leadership amongst young people, work with the elderly, the disabled and with young people, and the promotion of Christian principles. Small Appeals grants of up to £7,500 and applications to the Small Appeals programme may be made at any time.

Rosamond McNulty, The Rank Foundation, 12 Warwick Square, London, SW1V 2AA, Tel: 020 7834 7731, E-mail: rosamond.mcnulty@rankfoundation.co.uk
Website: http://www.rankfoundation.com/

Rayne Foundation

Grants are available to charities in the UK in support of work of national importance which helps society's most vulnerable or disadvantaged individuals, especially children, young people and the elderly. Areas of interest include arts, education, health/medicine and social welfare and development. Applications may be submitted at any time.

Morin Carew, Grants Administrator, Rayne Foundation, 100 George Street, London, W1U 8NU, Tel: 020 7487 9656, E-mail: info@raynefoundation.org.uk Website: http://www.raynefoundation.org.uk/Default.aspx

Rowing Foundation

Grants to support rowing in Britain with preference shown to encouraging participation in rowing by the young or disabled through the provision of equipment. The Foundation's preference is to make grants of between £500 and £2,000.

Pauline Churcher, Rowing Foundation, 2 Roehampton Close, London, SW15 5LU
Tel: 020 8878 3723, E-mail: applications@therowingfoundation.org.uk
Website: http://www.therowingfoundation.org.uk/index.php


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Sunday, 15 March 2015

Is Your Business Prepared for a Disaster or Emergency ?

Central Bedfordshire Council are hosting a free business continuity event which will offer information and advice about how organisations can cope with disasters and emergency situations on Tuesday, 17 March.

Read more ... 

Saturday, 14 March 2015

Ringmaster - Burglary Reports 13/03/15 Houghton Regis: Enfield Close / Fenwick Road

Local Crime Message

Incident Type:



Houghton Regis.

Date and Time:

 On Thursday the 12th of March

Incident Details:

Two incidents have been reported in this time period.

The first is an attempted shed burglary on Enfield Close.

The offenders have attempted to enter a shed.

The offenders have been disturbed by a resident's dog.

Entry was not gained.

The offenders made off and, nothing appears to have been taken.

The second is a garage burglary, on Fenwick Road.

The offenders have forced entry, using an unknown implement.

A search was made.

Tools and, two bicycles have been taken.

Crime Reference:

J D / 9 7 0 9 / 2015 and, J D / 9 7 2 5 / 2015.

Crime Reduction Advice:

Secure gates, keep fences and walls in good repair and consider defensive planting or trellis.

Keep your shed in good repair. Make sure that hinges and hasps are correctly fitted.

Use a good quality padlock to secure the door.

Ensure that you have good lighting that covers all areas of the property.

Consider fitting a shed alarm.

A security cage can be installed inside the shed to secure tools and valuables.

Report any suspicious activity in neighbouring gardens.

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.

Have you thought about joining a Community Watch Scheme? Find out more here.

View our online booklet for crime prevention advice

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 www.crimestoppers-uk.org
No personal details are taken, information is not traced or recorded and you will not go to court.


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Friday, 13 March 2015

Secretary of State declines opportunity to call in another Central Beds planning decision #TWimpHR

Eric Pickles has left the decision on development at Bedford Rd Houghton Regis to the local planning authority (Central Beds). This application was for 169 homes by Taylor-Wimpey. Go to http://is.gd/cbcplanning and search for CB/14/03056/FULL

reblogged from richard-stay

Wednesday, 11 March 2015

Houghton Regis Town Council Object to #HRN2 Outline Planning Application

At a meeting of the Houghton Regis Town Council's Planning & Licensing Committee tonight,  members unanimously agreed a number of objections to the outline planning application for land at Bidwell and Thorn, after considering an expert opinion report.

Outline 'hybrid' planning application with details of main access routes, primary road network and associated drainage in detail only and layout in outline with details of landscaping, appearance and scale reserved for later determination. Development to comprise: Up to 1,850 residential (C3) dwellings (including affordable housing), 2FE Primary School (D1), employment land (Use Classes B1 , B2 & B8), local centre comprising retail (A1, A2, A3, A4 & A5) and community/leisure uses (D1 & D2), layout of public open spaces including sports pitches and changing rooms, natural wildlife area and wildlife warden building (D2) and all associated works and operations including engineering operations and earthworks

In brief, councillors objections included:

1. The site is in the Green Belt and that the Development Strategy has stalled. 

2. Inadequate response to the guidance and provisions of the Framework Plan for the Houghton Regis North Strategic Allocation.

3. Too many site access points.

4. Insufficient allotment spaces allocated.

5. Unclear if space allocated for pitches is sufficient for the number of pitches indicated.

6. No provision for a cemetery.  

7. HRTC reserve the right to consult further on cemetery provision.

8. HRTC reiterates its desire that all open spaces, outside of Access and Public Rights of Way, and community facilities be transferred to it.

Consultants web site for HRN2
Go to http://is.gd/cbcplanning  and search for CB/15/00297/OUT

The Committee also considered an outline application for homes on the Windy Willows site off Sundon Road. Members of committee agreed to object as they were unhappy with site access and felt the application was premature. Go to http://is.gd/cbcplanning and search for application CB/15/00524