Showing posts from July, 2015

Accident Increase Rate Causes Ambulance Service To Urge Drivers to Take More Care

Road users are being urged to take extra care following a spate of traffic collisions in the region. On 27th July, the East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust (EEAST) attended 61 emergency calls to road traffic collisions, compared with 49 on the same day in 2014. Call handlers have dealt with 1,379 calls to similar incidents across the East of England this month, compared with 1,337 for the same period last year. The Trust is urging road users to follow this advice to stay safe this summer: Leave an appropriate distance between yourself and the vehicle ahead when driving Learn an unfamiliar route beforehand to minimise reliance on your sat nav, which can cause drivers to swerve late or brake hard when correcting their direction of travel Always stick to the speed limits Check the weather forecast before you head out and drive to the road conditions Be aware of other road users around you such as motorcyclists, cyclists and pedestrians Avoid distractions when y

Flying Ant Alert! - Top Stories: 31 July 2015

Flying Ant Alert! Shut the windows, missus! Seemed especially active this afternoon in Houghton Regis. Am concerned that... Posted by Houghton Regis News Desk on  Friday, 31 July 2015

Police Issue Alert to Elderly About Distraction Robberies

Police are urging Bedfordshire residents – particularly the elderly – to be vigilant against opportunist thieves following a recent rise in distraction robberies. Over the last four months there have been 33 similar offences in which victims aged 60 or over have had their purse, cash and cards stolen. Gary Maxey from Bedfordshire Police’s Crime Service Team said: “In each of these reports there appears to have been some form of ‘distraction’, or the victims have been followed from banks and had their property stolen very subtly when the opportunity arises. “Most of the time the vulnerable victims have not even known where the theft may have occurred. This makes them extremely difficult to investigate. “I would encourage older residents to be aware of this risk, and also warn the heartless crooks who are carrying out these callous acts that we are pursuing all lines of investigation in order to bring the culprits to justice.” Police advise using handbags or trolleys with a zip

CIL - Proposals for Central Bedfordshire - A green light for development?

Central Bedfordshire Council are consulting people about their proposals for implementing CIL, Community Infrastructure Levy. Independent CBC Councillor Adam Zerny, who represents Potton, has been taking a look at it.

HRN2 Outline Planning Permission Granted

HRN2 Outline Planning Permission Granted An application to develop land "located within the Green Belt" in Houghton Regis that "would be harmful to the Green Belt due to its inappropriateness and its impact on openness" was recommended and approved at today's Development Control Meeting at Council Chamber, Priory House, Monks Walk, Shefford. Meeting started at 10am. All 4 Houghton Regis CBC councillors attended, 3 spoke. Two consultants spoke on behalf of the Houghton Regis Town Council against the application. 4 HRTC town councillors attended to view, along with several other members from the Houghton Regis community. Some of the key points made by speakers were: The Development Strategy was not yet proven to be sound. The site was designated Green Belt. Concerns about safety and traffic on Bedford Road. Loss of previously indicated wildlife warden building. Inadequate number of allotment spaces. Number of planned football pitches had been reduce

Old Palace Lodge Slams Its Doors On Norman King Petitioners

In an incredibly childish manner, the manager of the Old Palace Lodge, Dunstable, tonight slammed its doors in the face of a peaceful deputation to present a petition of over 4,000 signatures from people who want to see the Norman King saved. The astonishing move came after protesters had peacefully met outside the former inn, in Church Street, for about a hour. At about 9.05pm the small group of protestors moved towards the Inn where they had planned to present the petition to  the current owner at The Old Palace Lodge. As the group walked towards the Lodge car park entrance, a person claiming to be the manager, said "If you step in here, I am calling the police." Then, as the group crossed into the car park entrance towards the front door, the manager said, "I am not accepting 'it'. I am calling the police". And with that, he dashed inside, and slammed the door shut. A copy of the petition was eventually handed to a person staying at the lodge,

Aged between 14-17 ? Want to be a Fire Cadet?

​ Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service are launching branches of its popular Fire Cadets scheme in Bedford (at Kempston Fire Station) and Leighton Buzzard in September 2015. The Service is looking for young people aged between 14-17 who want to learn what it's like to be a Firefighter and to help serve their communities. ​ The new Fire Cadet groups will meet weekly during school term time from 7pm to 9pm at their respective fire stations, Kempston meeting every Monday and Leighton Buzzard meeting every Thursday. The Kempston group is open to young people from across Bedford and Kempston. Part of a national scheme, Fire Cadets will learn the basic operational skills of a firefighter, such as using fire hoses and pitching ladders. Every young person will be giving their own uniform and have the opportunity to gain recognised qualifications and awards including BTEC Level 2 Award in Fire & Rescue Services in the Community. Chief Fire Officer Paul Fuller "Young cadets gain an

Police "Bike" Operation In Town

Police "Bike" Operation In Town, Saturday 18th July. Report: Facebook. Some police activity in Houghton Regis yesterday. Saw 2 street legal police bikers, 2 officers on bicycles, plus others... Posted by Houghton Regis News Desk on  Sunday, 19 July 2015

Free Summer Activities in Houghton Regis From Full House

Full House return this summer with dance and drama workshops.

Campaigners To Present Petition To Rebuild Norman King

Campaigners are still hoping that the burnt down Norman King, opposite Dunstable Priory Church, can be restored. On Monday 20th July from 8pm to 9pm they intend to meet up on the corner of Church Street and Kingsway "to stand with The Norman King", and then present a petition to the current owner at The Old Palace Lodge. The date will be the first Anniversary of the Campaign to Save The Norman King. The group's organiser, Andrea Tompkins, who campaigns as "Norman King" on Facebook, says the petition now has over 4,000 signatures [ ref ]. An online petition at petitonbuzz has almost 2,700 signatures*. The petitioners "would prefer to see the building rebuilt in its former timber and thatched style so that our future generations can understand and enjoy its historical significance." Another petition at 38degrees  with less than 300 signatures* calls for " MGM Hotels Ltd to conserve and restore this historic thatched/timber building back to

July Issue of Funding E-Bulletin From Voluntary & Community Action

Funding E-Bulletin Newsletter July 2015 Voluntary and Community Action Welcome to the July 2015 issue of the Funding E-Bulletin from Voluntary and Community Action. Allchurches Trust Limited The provision of funding in support of churches, church establishments and Christian organisations. The Relationship & Grants Manager, Allchurches Trust Limited, Beaufort House, Brunswick Road, Gloucester, GL1 1JZ, Tel: 01452 873189, Email: Website: Allen Lane Foundation The Foundation makes grants to voluntary not-for-profit-organisations supporting work to make a difference to people's lives as opposed to simply alleviating the symptoms or current problems and should aim to reduce isolation, stigma and discrimination. Start-up, project or core costs (including venue hire, volunteers' or participants' expenses) with one-off grants of between £500 and £15,000 are av

Houghton Regis Central: A Place For Independent Living

Houghton Regis as it was in 1762*. The new development will be south of Bedford Square. Representatives from Central Bedfordshire Council have outlined their plans for redevelopment of  a vacant site in the centre of Houghton Regis. Cllr Ms Carol Hegley and Mr Tony Keaveney, Assistant Director Housing attended the meeting of the Houghton Regis Town Partnership on Monday 13th July to update members on the redevelopment project. Mr Keaveney has made several presentations to various councillors already, but this was an opportunity for new councillors to also start to learn about the project. The Council had not yet taken repossession of its site opposite and south of Bedford Square, but were due to towards the end of August 2015. What was under consideration was a better offer for older people to allow them to have independent living in an environment where services could be brought in-house. And because of the location of the site, there would be a retail offering, and communi

Trees Now on Database, Prioritised, And Scheduled For Action

An officer from Central Bedfordshire Council attended a meeting of the Houghton Regis Town Partnership Committee on Monday 13th July to relay information to councillors about a tree survey undertaken across the district for them, by Landscape Planning Limited. Altogether 5342 individual trees and 446 groups of trees under the control of CBC's Housing department had been surveyed. These were now either numbered as individual trees, as clumps, or simply unnumbered and noted as being in the grounds of their tenants gardens. The Council had now stored the whereabouts of these trees on a Geographic Information System. 1470 trees had been noted as requiring work; 475 of these were in Houghton Regis.  These had all been prioritised, depending on various factors. Recorded were details of tree types, height, crown spread, and stem diameter. In addition, the visual inspection enabled the recording of defects or other notable tree features.  Recommendations, where appropriate, were ma

Aircraft Flights Over the South East

BBC SOUTH: Watch this extraordinary new simulation that shows how all of us have aircraft flying over our homes all the time. Its been produced by Air traffic controllers at Swanwick near Fareham. Our transport correspondent Paul Clifton talks us through something no-one has seen before Posted by BBC South Today on Thursday, 9 July 2015

Discussion Topic: The Law and Off-road Bikes, Mini-Motos, Quad Bikes

Discussion Topic: The Law and Off-road Bikes, Mini-Motos, Quad Bikes Who are the irresponsible parents allowing mini-motos and of-road bikes to be bought without considering where they will... Posted by Houghton Regis News Desk on  Friday, 10 July 2015

Nuisance Bikers Tackled By the Specials Force

Nuisance Bikers Tackled By the Specials Force Nuisance bikers tackled by the Specials force - | Posted by Houghton Regis News Desk on  Thursday, 9 July 2015

Fancott Miniature Railway: New Train After Fire

Fancott Miniature Railway: New Train After Fire let's play trains ... Posted by Houghton Regis News Desk on  Thursday, 9 July 2015

Record Breaking Attempt For Summer Reading Scheme This Saturday!

Central Bedfordshire Libraries will be attempting to help set a Guinness World Record as part of this year’s Summer Reading Challenge launch – the free annual event that aims to boost children’s reading skills and confidence. This year’s theme is Record Breakers and libraries across the UK will attempt to set a new title for the ‘ Most Pledges Received for a Reading Campaign ’. Locally, you'll need to sign up in Houghton Regis Library  from 9am to 1pm on 11th July to count towards the record breaking attempt. All children have to do is sign-up for the Challenge by pledging – or promising – to read at least six books. These can be whatever they like, from fact books, joke books, picture books, audio books and more – just as long as they are borrowed from the library. Children can also sign up for this year’s Summer Reading Challenge at other libraries across Central Bedfordshire. The annual Challenge is aimed at children of all ages, and their families, and this year r