Showing posts from 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 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

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 or call 0300 300 8307.

Government Respond to Beds Police Petition

Central Bedfordshire Development Strategy Withdrawn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 o

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

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 con

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. Rem

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| 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. 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 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

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