Work by Central Bedfordshire Council, alongside Dunstable and Houghton Regis Town Councils has helped to make a hotspot for robberies much safer.
In 2012 more than £250,000 was invested in the scheme to make Dog Kennel Walk safer and more attractive. State-of-the-art CCTV surveillance cameras were installed, and the Community Safety Partnership facelifted a number of areas by removing graffiti, litter and overgrown plants. The path runs from Cemetery Road in Houghton Regis, to the A5 at Dunstable, passing Grove Park Gardens.
The number of recorded crimes has dropped by 80% and usage has also increased.
Central Bedfordshire Council's Councillor Nigel Young, Executive Member for Regeneration, said: “Dog Kennel Walk is one of a number of walking and cycling routes within Dunstable and Houghton Regis that has benefitted from substantial investment to provide people with travel choices. It is great to see this has resulted in a massive drop in reported crimes.
“Although nuisance motorcycles remain a problem we are working with the police to identify offenders. I would urge anyone who is able to provide information which will help to identify these nuisance bikers to call police on 101.”
|Squirrel in Grove Park Gardens, at the Dunstable end of the walk. Photo: Alan D Winter|