Showing posts from September, 2015

Average Speed Cameras in Poynters Rd. ~ Top Stories:30 Sept 2015

Average Speed Cameras in Poynters Rd. A mini cab driver has called to say he has been issued with a notice supported by...Posted by Houghton Regis News Desk on Wednesday, 30 September 2015

Lost Chihuahua Appeal - Top Stories: 29 September

CAN YOU HELP?" I am writing to ask if you can help me find the owners of a light tan chihuahua male that followed my...Posted by Houghton Regis News Desk on Tuesday, 29 September 2015

4 young people die in quad bike crash (West Yorkshire) - Top Stories: 28 September 2015

4 young people die in quad bike crash.Posted by Houghton Regis News Desk on Monday, 28 September 2015

There Goes the Neighbourhood! (Bus Shelter Smashed) - Top Stories: 27 September 2015

There goes the neighbourhood!Posted by Houghton Regis News Desk on Sunday, 27 September 2015

Change to Layout of Roads at Sundon Road over Motorway - Top Stories: 26th September 2015

The layout of a local road which crosses over the M1 near Dunstable in Bedfordshire is set to be re-designed at the end...Posted by Houghton Regis News Desk on Saturday, 26 September 2015

Bridge over M1 shuts -Posted by Houghton Regis News Desk on Monday, 21 September 2015

Luton Man Charged with Manslaughter Following Cookies and Cream Fight - Top Stories: 25 September 2015

Luton man charged with manslaughter after the death of 24 year-old Lithuanian man Tomas Juska near to the Cookies and Cream nightclub in Court Drive, at about 3.20am on Sunday, 23 August.Posted by Houghton Regis News Desk on Friday, 25 September 2015

Porz Avenue/Poynters Rd Roundabout Closures - Top Stories: 25 September 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 Friday, 25 September 2015

Time Gentlemen Please! (And Ladies, Too!) Time, In Fact, to Vote For Your Favourite Local Bar

Voting is now open for the People's Choice prize in this year's Best Bar None Awards.
​ ​ Best Bar None is designed to improve the safety of the night time economy. This year's event is open to all licensed premises in Dunstable and Houghton Regis.
Last year, Central Bedfordshire's Community Safety Partnership piloted the Best Bar None scheme in Dunstable – and it proved such a success that it has returned for 2015 in Dunstable and Houghton Regis.
What's more, this year there is a People's Choice prize. So, as well as the assessors picking their overall winner, residents can nominate their favourite venue.
There are currently six venues on the shortlist: Go Houghton, in Houghton Regis, and Club Cookies, Creasey Park Community Centre, lifestyles@dunstable leisure centre, the First & Last and the Bird in Hand, in Dunstable.
Councillor Brian Spurr, Executive Member for Community Services, said: "Residents may be surprised to see a football centre and a leisure …

Bedfordshire Woman Fined £900 for throwing a cigarette end from her car window. - Top Stories: 24 September 2015

A woman from Houghton Conquest has been ordered to pay over £900 for throwing a cigarette end from her car window....Posted by Houghton Regis News Desk on Thursday, 24 September 2015

East End Willow Trees Making a Come Back After Pollarding

Trees by the Chequers roundabout at East End, Houghton Regis are making a come back. They were pollarded earlier this year to help prevent a repetition of dangerous limbs falling on passers-by, but now, the willow trees are already showing signs of re-growth.

What they looked like in July (top) and last November (bottom):

In China, some people carry willow branches with them on the day of their Tomb Sweeping or Qingming Festival. Willow branches are also put up on gates and/or front doors, which they believe help ward off the evil spirits that wander on Qingming. Legend states that on Qingming Festival, the ruler of the underworld allows the spirits of the dead to return to earth. Since their presence may not always be welcome, willow branches keep them away. In traditional pictures of the Goddess of Mercy Guanyin, she is often shown seated on a rock with a willow branch in a vase of water at her side. The Goddess employs this mysterious water and the branch for putting demons to fli…

Bedford Square "Youths are making our lives a misery" - Top Stories: 23 September 2015

‘Youths are making our lives a misery’ -Posted by Houghton Regis News Desk on Wednesday, 23 September 2015

5p for a cheap plastic bag - Top Stories: 30 September 2015

From the 5th October you could very well find yourself paying 5p for a cheap plastic bag you used to get for free. But...Posted by Houghton Regis News Desk on Tuesday, 29 September 2015

Picture of Disabled Swing (87 Likes) - Top Stories: 22 September 2015

Would this be useful in Houghton Regis?The front panel lays flat and chair can be put into place. They also have safety straps. Thanks to Lisa Karen Lund for bringing this to our attention.Posted by Houghton Regis News Desk on Tuesday, 22 September 2015

Get Nominating for Dunstable and Houghton Regis Business and Community Awards!

With just days to go to the deadline for this year's Dunstable and Houghton Regis Business and Community Awards some great stories are emerging from wonderful local individuals and firms.

The closing date for nominations is October 5 and there are lots of categories to go for in this year's competition, which has a host of sponsors from the local community.
Zoe Johnson has been nominated for Role Model of the Year for raising money for cancer research. The person who nominated Zoe wrote: "Zoe has seen many of her friends and family struggle with cancer and has decided to do something about it which is to raise money for Cancer Research. "Her main challenge to achieve a goal and funds was to shave her hair off and then donate the hair to Princess Trust. This will allow a young girl receive a wig to help her come to terms with her cancer also see her smile with lovely locks. She also raised over £1,000 towards the charity, too. "An inspiration and fabulous role model t…

Telereal Trillium acquires Lands Improvement Group

Telereal Trillium is pleased to announce that it has completed the acquisition of Lands Improvement Group from BlackRock Europe Property Fund III for £120 million.

Lands Improvement is one of the UK’s leading strategic land development companies. The Company acquires greenfield and brownfield land, preparing it for residential-led development by obtaining outline planning and delivering strategic infrastructure. The Company’s portfolio of landholdings consists of c.2,500 acres of land across the UK – a total of 26 assets at different stages, from planning promotion to land sales. Current projects include a major site at Houghton Regis, Bedfordshire, where the Company has secured permission to start work on a 5,150 home residential development with 2m sq. ft of commercial, leisure and retail space.

Telereal Trillium is one of the UK’s largest property companies, owning and managing a £5.5bn portfolio with a total floor area of 86 million sq. ft. Operating in three business areas – prop…

Fatal Accident Dunstable West Street- Top Stories: 14 September 2015

Dunstable accident ...Posted by Houghton Regis News Desk on Monday, 14 September 2015


The project is to build a new 2.8-mile, two-lane dual carriageway and three new junctions to improve journeys for long-distance traffic travelling through Dunstable.
This will include a roundabout with the A5 at the western end of the link road, a second one at the intersection with the A5120 Bedford Road and a new interchange with the M1 motorway to be named Junction 11A at the eastern end of the link road.
The road scheme also includes an overbridge on Sundon Road, B579 Luton Road and the construction of four bridges passing over the A5-M1 Link.
Road Closures The first closure is on Sundon Road, for three nights commencing Thursday 17 September between the hours 8pm-6am.
The second closure is on Luton road for three nights commencing Friday 25 September between the hours of 8pm-6am .
When Luton road reopens on Monday 28 September at 6am a new road layout will be in place.

Progress to date:
• Traffic Management installed to M1 - centre pier piled. Work to Base & columns started.

Easthill Two Way For Cyclists, One Way For Vehicles, Is that Safe?

A matter concerning the lack of a green surface for a cycle route in Easthill Road has been investigated via a Freedom of Information Request.A controversial decision was made by Central Bedfordshire Council to allow  cyclists to travel in both directions whereas cars may only travel in one direction along Easthill Road. Objections were made at thetime by several residents and objections inckuded the question of why it was needed, danger for cyclists and motorists, not to mention the cost of the scheme. Follow the marking up of the road scheme, HRND editor, Alan Winter, questioned why the special surface green tarmac had not been laid to highlight the cycle lane, as had been agreed at the time of the permission. This question had not been answered by normal emails, or even by raising the matter with local Councillors.A Freedom of Information Request has now revealed that the road surface is too poor to take the extra colouring at this time, and will have to wait for a later period.The…

Teen out with his girlfriend attacked - Top Stories: 9 September 2015

Teen out with his girlfriend attacked -Posted by Houghton Regis News Desk on Wednesday, 9 September 2015

Anyone Local Been Sent Home for Incorrect School Uniform? - Top Stories: 7 September 2015

Anyone local been sent home for incorrect uniform?Posted by Houghton Regis News Desk on Monday, 7 September 2015

Three Schools To Get Defibrillators Thanks To Fundraiser's Efforts

A star fundraiser from Houghton Regis is hoping that enough money will have been raised to enable three more local schools to be equipped with lifesaving defibrillators.
Sarah Pyatt Beer, who's son, Jake, lost his life through Sudden  Arrhythmic Death Syndrome, has campaigned tirelessly to raise awareness of SAD, and to raise funds to get the heart re-starting equipment into local schools.
'Jake's Bash', on Saturday 5th Sept at Dunstablians Rugby Club, has raised £2300 so far, and a further £600 was recently raised at a Zumbathon with the support of Houghton Regis Leisure Centre. Sarah hopes the new funds will be enough to supply defibrillators to Manshead, Houghton Regis Academy, and Barnfield skills College.
Sarah told Houghton Regis News Desk, "I would like to say a special thank you to the GoHoughton restaurant in Parkside Drive, for laying on a wonderful buffet, and to extend my thanks to Kishor Patel, the restaurant owner, for a special donation."

Three Schools To Get Defibrillators Thanks To Fundraiser's Efforts - Top Stories: 6 September 2015

Three Schools To Get Defibrillators Thanks To Fundraiser's Efforts by Houghton Regis News Desk on Sunday, 6 September 2015

Appeal after Houghton Regis Attack - Top Stories: 2 September 2015

Appeal after Houghton Regis attack -Posted by Houghton Regis News Desk on Wednesday, 2 September 2015

New Police Data Published for July 2015

New data for our area has been published on is a brief summary of the crime information for the past two months:
All crime June / July: 849 / 876
Anti-social behaviour June / July: 424 /427
Bicycle theft June / July: 12 /17
Burglary June / July: 38 / 54
Criminal damage and arson June / July: 61 / 74
Drugs June / July:  7 / 5
Other crime June / July: 6 /6
Other theft June / July: 49 / 53
Possession of weapons June / July:  2 / 4
Public order  June / July: 25 / 21
Robbery June / July: 4 / 4
Shoplifting June / July: 28 / 31
Theft from the person June / July: 4 /0
Vehicle crime June / July: 77 / 84
Violence and sexual offences June / July: 112 / 96

Please visit 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…

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