Monday, 30 May 2016

Collapsing manhole cover on un-adopted road., 30th May

see http://hrfixmystreet.blogspot.com/2016/05/collapsing-manhole-cover-on-un-adopted.html

Sunday, 29 May 2016

Time Lapse: Building of M1 Bridge

Timelapse footage showing how some giant steel beams were installed during March and April 2016 to build the new B579 Luton Road bridge over the M1 near Dunstable in Bedfordshire. This work is part of Highways England’s A5-M1 Link Dunstable Northern Bypass scheme, which is due to be completed in spring 2017. Work to lift beams for a new junction 11A bridge over the M1 also took place at the same time and in the same area for this scheme.

Saturday, 28 May 2016

Make a Date to Chat with your CBC Councillor in Houghton Regis



Central Bedfordshire councillors Susan Goodchild and John Kane (both Houghton Hall), Tony Swain (Tithe Farm) and Antonia Ryan (Parkside) have announced the dates for their next three help and advice surgeries.

They will all take place in the meeting room in Houghton Regis Library on the following Saturdays: 28 May, 25 June and 30 July.

Residents are invited to come along between 10am and noon on the three dates and discuss any issues which concern them.

For more information, contact the Members’ Support Team on 0300 300 6090, Cllr Goodchild on 0300 300 8525, Cllr Kane on 0300 300 8537, Cllr Swain on 0300 300 8567 and Cllr Ryan on 0300 300 8518.

And to find out upcoming dates of members’ surgeries and how to contact them, visit www.centralbedfordshire.gov.uk/councillors

Thursday, 26 May 2016

Gluten-Free Food Could Be Ended as a Prescription in Bedfordshire


Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group (BCCG) are asking local people to give their views on gluten-free food being funded by the NHS. A consultation ends on 24th July 2016.

Those affected by coeliac disease and who currently receive food on prescription will be affected, as the CCG is looking for ways to reduce its costs.

If untreated or poorly managed, the lifelong condition or coeliacs can have longer term health implications. The gluten free diet is the only treatment for coeliac disease so easy access to this food is important. Supermarkets do stock more and more of these products but it can be argued that only a pharmacy could guarantee a regular supply.

The survey is available to complete online at https://www.bedfordshireccg.nhs.uk/page/?id=4958 or via email to enquiries@bedfordshire.nhs.uk

New Crime Data Published for March 2016




New data for our area has been published on Police.uk.

Here is a brief summary of the crime information for the past two months:

February 2016 March 2016
All crime 653 711
Anti-social behaviour 213 289
Bicycle theft 9 10
Burglary 44 53
Criminal damage and arson 66 74
Drugs 7 7
Other crime 4 8
Other theft 52 44
Possession of weapons 2 0
Public order 25 20
Robbery 6 5
Shoplifting 26 31
Theft from the person 7 5
Vehicle crime 105 81
Violence and sexual offences 87 84

Please visit https://www.police.uk/shape/moXeS1/ 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 the data, the detail is subject to the inaccuracies inherent in any large-scale recording system.
While the figures shown have been checked as far as practicable, they should be regarded as approximate.


Fly-tipped Household Waste Costs Houghton Man over £1500



A man from Houghton Regis has been ordered to pay over £1,500 for inappropriately discarding household waste. 

Jack Hughes, of Kensington Close, Houghton Regis was prosecuted for illegally disposing of waste on land which was not an authorised waste collection site. 

Mr Hughes pleaded guilty at his hearing at Luton Magistrates' Court on 26th April, and was fined £800, ordered to pay £80 victims surcharge and made to pay £686.80 costs to Central Bedfordshire Council, a total cost to him of £1566.80. 

Councillor Brian Spurr, Executive Member for Community Services, said: "Fly-tipping is a deliberate and thoughtless act that causes a blight on local environments. It is a source of pollution, a potential danger to public health and hazard to wildlife and it also undermines legitimate waste businesses. 

"We want Central Bedfordshire to remain a great place to live and work, which is why we have a zero tolerance attitude toward fly-tipping. Failure to properly dispose of any type of waste is simply not acceptable and we will take action against anyone caught - regardless of the quantity of discarded waste." 

If you spot anyone littering or fly-tipping, please call 0300 300 8302 or email the council at customers@centralbedfordshire.gov.uk 





Sunday, 15 May 2016

Stolen Lead Roofs To Be Replaced With Stainless Steel

Vicar, Revd. Anne Crawford, pictured in April with the south aisle roof in the background. Photo: A D Winter.

A Grade 1 Listed building at Chalgrave, All Saints Church, are applying for permission to replace their stolen south and north aisle lead roofs with a terne coated stainless steel roof.

The remote church between Houghton Regis and Toddington is vulnerable to thieves, with only one nearby residential home. It has had lead stolen from its south aisle roof in December 2015. In April 2016 the north roof was also damaged by thieves and roofing stolen.

The church would find it financially difficult to raise funds to replace the roofs with lead, and repeat thefts cannot be ruled out.

Wall paintings. Photo: A D Winter, 2012. More pictures
The church has historic wall paintings liable to be damaged by inclement weather if the roofs continue to be uncovered. The terne coated stainless steel has been approved by Historic England.

The application will be considered by Central Bedfordshire Council, Application CB/16/01920

Parts of the current church at Chalgrave date back to about 1230. The west tower was begun in 1380, built of Totternhoe stone and flint chequer work. In 1888 a storm caused the top of the tower to topple, and it was never rebuilt to its original height. (Further historical reading and construction notes: http://www.centralbedfordshire.gov.uk/portal/showimage.asp?j=CB/16/01920&index=659957)




Dunstablians Rugby Club Looking to Smarten Up Their Entrance


The Rugby Union Football Club in Houghton Regis  have applied for planning permission to erect two brick walls at either side of their main car park entrance. It would have the effect of smartening up the entrance.

If permission is granted, the left hand wall to the entrance from Bedford Road will display the name of the club, DRUFC in laser cut letters on a cement screed-ed background. The right hand wall will house an electronic digital (LED) display advertising such details as the next fixture detail, club sponsors, events, and so on. The club is situated in Bedford Road.

The application is to be commented on by Houghton Regis Town Council on Monday 16th May from 7.30pm. Agenda details: http://www.houghtonregis.org.uk/useruploads/documents/Agendas/Planning/160516%20public.pdf


Monday, 9 May 2016

Tithe Farm Primary School: Lord-Lieutenant Visit Helps Mark Queen's 90th

There was royal Representation at a Houghton Regis Primary School as part of its celebrations to mark The Queen’s 90th birthday.

Lord-Lieutenant of Bedfordshire Helen Nellis, The Queen’s representative in the county, visited Tithe Farm Primary School to help pupils, staff and governors mark the event.

Mrs Nellis was given a tour of the school in Tithe Farm Road, led by head girl Caitlin Foster and head boy Kealan Hawthorne. She visited every class and was able to talk with children and staff and view the work going on in the school.

Joining the Lord-Lieutenant on the tour were headteacher Shelah Surgey, deputy headteacher Jamie Carmichael, chair of governors Central Bedfordshire Councillor Susan Goodchild, and school governors Houghton Regis Town Councillor Chris Slough and the Reverend David Skinner.

Mrs Nellis learnt about the celebrations held to mark The Queen’s birthday, with all children having a street party-style lunch, and every class enjoying a special birthday cake made by the school cook.

She then took part in a special assembly where she talked to the children about her role as The Queen’s representative in Bedfordshire.

Mrs Nellis said of her 25 April visit: “I had a wonderful visit to Tithe Farm Primary School and was delighted to meet the amazing pupils and staff. There is a really vibrant and enthusiastic atmosphere in the school and I enjoyed hearing about their exciting achievements and plans for the future.”

Tithe Farm Primary School nestled in the north of Houghton Regis against the backdrop of the North Chiltern Hills.
Photo: A D Winter

Vicki Kreisson - Gym Instructor Seeks Trainees


Vicki Kreisson, from Plaiters Way, is looking for people to help her build a portfolio as she reaches the end of her Level 3 qualification.

Vicki is a fully qualified gym instructor with CPDs (*) in pad work, kettlebells, medicine ball and suspension training,  along with a NCFE level 4 advanced Nutrition qualification.

On offer is cut price training in return for your before and after photos and comments of your training experience with her. Her charges are from £15 to £20ph with additional support also included. This money will be helping her to grow the equipment selection.

Contact Vicki on 0790 8039495 or via Facebook

Continued Professional Development

Friday, 6 May 2016

PCC2016 Bedfordshire PCC Elections - Kathryn Holloway Wins!



TURNOUT

Turn out 27.3% across the county (17% last time)
Luton (23.03%), Bedford (24.87%), C Beds (23.42%)
For Thames Valley the turnout was 25.6% and in Hertfordshire 29%.

CANDIDATES

Bugle, Toni (English Democrats – “More Police – catching criminals!”)
Holloway, Kathryn Ann (The Conservative Party Candidate)
Jack, Linda Anne (Liberal Democrats)
Martins, Olly (Labour and Co-operative Party)
Strachan, Duncan Anthony (UK Independence Party (UKIP))

First preference votes cast in Luton were as follows:
Bugle, Toni (Eng Dems): 1,943
Holloway, Kathryn Ann (Con): 6,263
Jack, Linda Anne (Lib Dem): 2,939
Martins, Olly (Lab): 16,192
Strachan, Duncan Anthony (UKIP): 2,453.
The total number of valid votes cast in Luton was 29,790, turnout 23.03 per cent, with 779 ballot papers rejected.

First preference votes cast in Bedford were as follows:
Bugle, Toni (Eng Dems): 1,644
Holloway, Kathryn Ann (Con): 11,203
Jack, Linda Anne (Lib Dem): 5,287
Martins, Olly (Lab): 9,745
Strachan, Duncan Anthony (UKIP): 2,729.
The total number of valid votes cast in Bedford was 30,608, turnout 24.87 per cent, with 550 ballot papers rejected.

First preference votes cast in Central Bedfordshire were as follows:
Bugle, Toni (Eng Dems): 2,982
Holloway, Kathryn Ann (Con): 21,822
Jack, Linda Anne (Lib Dem): 4,187
Martins, Olly (Lab): 11,916
Strachan, Duncan Anthony (UKIP): 5,830.
The total number of valid votes cast in Central Bedfordshire was 46,737, turnout 23.42 per cent, with 809 ballot papers rejected.


1st Preference percentage votes per candidate across all of Bedfordshire: 
Bugle 6.13%,
Holloway 36.67%,
Jack 11.59%,
Martins 35.33%,
Strachan 10.28%

As no-one received more than 50% of the votes, the people's second choice was then counted.
Kathryn Holloway (on 36.67%) picked up more first pref votes than PCC Olly Martins (on 35.33%).


SPOILT PAPERS


Returning officer at Beds PCC count said there were a very high number of spoiled papers. And said he thought the Electoral Commission may need to look at system. In all there were 2138 spoilt papers out of 109273 ballots with  many people putting first and second preferences in the same column. Returning officer said people were confused.



Kathryn Holloway wrote a final message on her campaign Facebook Page yesterday, "So after seven months on the Police and Crime Commissioner Campaign Election Day is here. I hope people have learned who I am from these posts - a person of integrity, from a non-political background, who is offering four years of public service to support Bedfordshire Police and rebuild confidence in the Force. I will genuinely be a Commissioner for all communities if you choose me and make sure you have a fair deal on policing in both the town and country. My plans are common-sense, affordable, achievable and have been talked through with Bedfordshire Police's senior team and together we can deliver on them."

Police and crime commissioners are elected by the public to ensure the policing needs of communities are met as effectively as possible and to oversee how crime is tackled in your police force area.

The 2012 Result


TWITTER

Kathryn Holloway: https://twitter.com/KHollowayPCC

FACEBOOK

Kathryn Holloway:  https://www.facebook.com/KathrynHollowayRePCC/

Parkside Drive Academy - Part of Academy of Central Bedfordshire - Is Officially Opened


A ceremony has taken place to officially open the Academy of Central Bedfordshire.

The Academy is split across two sites – the Kingsland Campus, in Parkside Drive, Houghton Regis, and Church Road, in Stotfold.

And in the short time it has been open the Academy has celebrated many achievements - including receiving a 'good' rating by Ofsted during its first inspection last summer.

So to mark those, a plaque was unveiled at the Stotfold site during a ceremony last month. It was unveiled by Charlie Taylor, a former expert advisor to the government on behaviour in schools. He was on the interview panel made up of government officers during the Academy’s application process.

Mr Taylor was joined at the ceremony by pupils, staff and a host of invited guests including chairman of governors Nigel Croft, Central Bedfordshire Council’s Executive Member for Education and Skills Cllr Mark Versallion, Director of Children’s Services Sue Harrison and Assistant Director School Improvement Helen Redding.

Executive Principal Peter Cohen said: “Staff working at the Academy of Central Bedfordshire are very much aware that young people who are disaffected with and disengaged from education are more likely to experience significant limitations to their life chances and opportunities.

“The Academy reflects the local authority’s and governors’ ambition to offer a new approach to enhance the educational opportunities for some of the most vulnerable young people in Central Bedfordshire.

“That is why the curriculum is personalised and appropriate to the needs of the students. Both sites have extensive vocational curriculums supporting the delivery of English and maths.”

Cllr Versallion added: “It is amazing how much the Academy of Central Bedfordshire has achieved in such a short space of time. This is reflected in the progress which pupils make and a good grading from Ofsted.

“Although official opening ceremonies tend to take place soon after schools open, in a way it is fitting this event has taken place now because everyone attending was able to take stock of the great work which has already taken place at the Academy, speak with pupils about how clearly they are benefitting from being here, and also take a look towards the future.”

The Academy was one of the first alternative provision free schools to open in the UK. It means that there is a focus on more vocational subjects such as vehicle maintenance, construction, catering and hospitality and hair and beauty – although pupils also still study English and maths.

The curriculum is personalised to pupils’ needs and dedicated to providing positive experiences, helped by the state-of-the-art facilities which students enjoy.

For more information, visit www.acb.beds.sch.uk

  • Photo: the official opening ceremony (from left, Helen Redding, Peter Cohen, Charlie Taylor, Nigel Croft, Cllr Mark Versallion and Sue Harrison).
  • Thursday, 5 May 2016

    GOHoughton Restaurant - becoming THE place to go to in Bedfordshire

    A bar-restaurant that has been dubbed “Houghton Hoo” by grateful locals is gearing up to celebrate its first birthday.

    In the last 12 months GO Houghton, in Parkside Drive, Houghton Regis, has rocketed to the top of the TripAdvisor charts, being rated the number one restaurant in the Dunstable area and the number 4 in Bedfordshire.

    “It took a lot of sweat and tears to transform what was a run down pub into what is the modern and fresh GO Houghton and create 20 new jobs,” said owner Kishor Patel. “None of the big pub owners wanted it and there were lots of break-ins.

    “When we put the plans forward there were seemingly endless planning issues, the utility suppliers caused delays and the whole fitting out process caused a lot of headaches.

    “At times there were so many delays that it was almost as if people wanted to keep a derelict site.”
    But Kishor and his team believed in the project, which was to create a venue where people would travel to for great value food and drink.

    GO Houghton finally opened to the public on May 18, 2015 and now has employed a team of 20 local people, with 10 in the kitchen and 10 front of house. The bar restaurant offers multi-cuisine, from the ever popular traditional fish and chips to authentic pizzas and tastiest Indian food.

    Since opening GO Houghton has become the focus for the Parkside area of Houghton Regis, which is a large, well-established development in Houghton Regis, and beyond.

    There have been many celebrations, anniversaries and birthdays ranging from a one year-old to Jack Miles' 103rd and Ruby Kearny's 95th.

    Kishor added: “People love their new high quality venue so much that some locals have dubbed it Houghton Hoo – we are the Houghton Regis equivalent of Luton Hoo! We have had great support from the local community and further afield.”

    The bar-restaurant focuses on good conversation and good company and does not have TVs, pool tables, gaming machines or jukeboxes. However it does have free wifi so that guests can keep in touch with their friends and families.

    “We have a big lunchtime following, with a lot of elders, mums and local businesses using us, and they don't want that sort of noise pollution,” said Kishor. “They want to talk to their friends without their ears being bashed.”

    The first six months were painful physically, mentally and financially, but Kishor says “we are now in profit from month 10. We are never complacent and we will continually keep improving the standards, menu, character of the venue internally and externally and most important the service to guests.”

    And the bar restaurant has even picked up a host of awards, including a Five Star food hygiene rating, winning three prizes at the Best Bar None Awards, the Good Food Awards and a nomination in this year's Bedfordshire Food and Drink Awards.

    Watch Facebook www.facebook.com/gohoughton Twitter @gohoughton and on the website www.gohoughton.com for more information on GO Houghton and the celebrations coming up in May.




    Tuesday, 3 May 2016

    Fun Day Fundraiser For Victim of Meningococcal Meningitis


    Solution Sounds Fun Day for Kye day will now be held at Luton Rugby Club, Newlands Road, Luton LU1 4BQ on 27th August 11am until 8pm to raise money for Cosmic and Kye.

    On Mother's Day, 8 year old Kye was rushed to hospital with Meningococcal Meningitis and as a result has lost both legs and will soon be losing his left hand and parts of his right.

    Fundraisers are seeking raffle prizes for the day as well as people to turn up in, or lend  Superhero and star wars costumes. They are also welcoming any other ideas for the day.

    Confirmed so far are the main stage, with various local musicians and a street dance group, a Reggae stage, VW and performance car show, Rugby skills,  and many things going on in the family fun area.

    The organisers can be contacted at fundsforcosmicforkye@gmail.com





    Meningococcal disease – the facts


    There are approximately 1,500 reported cases of meningococcal disease each year in the UK. This is the most common cause of bacterial meningitis.

    Most people will make a good recovery, but it can rapidly result in death and leave people with severe after-effects.

    Around 7% of cases will result in death.

    Of those who survive, 15% can be left with severe and disabling after-effects such as loss of hearing and sight, brain damage and, where septicaemia has occurred, damage to major organs, loss or digits and limbs.

    It can strike at any age, but most cases occur in babies and young children. The next most vulnerable group is teenagers and young people.

    More: https://www.meningitisnow.org/meningitis-explained/what-meningitis/types-and-causes/meningoccocal-disease/

    What Are the Symptoms?

    https://www.meningitisnow.org/meningitis-explained/signs-and-symptoms/

    Sunday, 1 May 2016

    ELECTION, Thursday 5th May: PCC Candidates for Bedfordshire



    About The Job
    On 5th May, you will be able to vote for our police and crime commissioner (PCC). The job of the PCC is to oversee the police and ensure that they are prioritising what matters to us.   They are elected  to ensure the policing needs of our community are met as effectively as possible and to oversee how crime is tackled in our area.

    PCCs don't run the police force; that's the job of the Chief Constable. Their aim will be to cut crime and to ensure our police force is effective.

    PCCs bring a public voice to policing and they do this by holding meetings and engaging with the public and victims of crime to help set police and crime plans. They ensure the police force budget is spent where it matters most, and appoint, and where necessary dismiss the chief constable.

    PCCs are there to serve the people, not a political party or any one section of their electorate.

    It is widely accepted that Bedfordshire Police are underfunded. A petition collected 12,038 signatures before it closed.  https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/110333 

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    Hustings on 27th at Diverse FM: Linda Jack, Olly Martins, Kathryn Holloway and Duncan Strachan  .  

    Toni Bugle

    As the Police Commissioner for Bedfordshire I will ensure fair policing with no favouritism to any community. I am not satisfied that this is the case at present, with politically correct non-crimes investigated and resources wasted.

    I am particularly concerned about the rise of extremism and the threat of terrorism. Tough action must be taken against the perpetrators.

    I am passionate about ending the activities of child grooming gangs. There must be zero tolerance with vulnerable youngsters encouraged to come forward in safety.

    I support traditional policing methods and engagement with the people of Bedfordshire:

    - to build trust and confidence;
    - through more local and visible policing; and
    - with more Special Constables recruited to work in their communities.
    Bedfordshire Police is underfunded. I will work in partnership with private business to raise more funding. However our money must be targeted more efficiently.

    Hundreds of thousands of pounds have previously been wasted on exit packages for staff members. I will ensure that every single possible penny in the police budget is spent on front-line services to provide for as many police officers as possible.

    We have several major destinations within Bedfordshire such as Luton Airport, Luton Town, Woburn Safari Park, Whipsnade Zoo and the Motorway network. Millions come to Bedfordshire and rely on our Police. We must harness these visitors to assist in petitioning Government and with cross party support from our local MPs, we can energetically successfully lobby for more funding.

    I will be able to do this through partnership and agreement rather than by stirring up inter-party rivalries.

    Toni Bugle as Bedfordshire Police and Crime Commissioner means:


    • Fairer traditional policing
    • Protection for the vulnerable
    • Action against child grooming gangs
    • Safer streets
    • Better funding and more police

    Prepared by Edward Butler, Election Agent 10 Heather Drive, Biggleswade, Bedfordshire SG18 8UH

    Website: http://englishdemocrats.party/
    Facebook

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    Linda Anne Jack

    Bedfordshire is facing a series of Government attacks on our public services, exacerbating the historic underfunding of Bedfordshire Police. In this local election, we need a Police and Crime Commissioner who will speak up for Bedfordshire, fight for proper funding and work to ensure that our police are given the resources and support to do their jobs. I have a track record of representing others and a reputation for fighting on their behalf; I will be that strong voice Bedfordshire needs.

    I have spent my life in public service, serving as an analyst in military intelligence, teaching in Luton and Harlington and working as a youth worker and senior manager across the county, working closely with our diverse communities. I served as a local councillor in Bedford and as Unison Branch Secretary for the county. I then worked as Youth Policy Adviser for the Financial Services Authority, working closely with government, local authorities and leading voluntary sector organisations. My strength is in bringing communities and organisations together to the benefit of all, which is why I am committed to working collaboratively with local councils, the NHS and other public and voluntary services to make Bedfordshire a safer place for us all to live and work.

    Prevention is always better than cure. Preventing crime, reducing reoffending and empowering victims by giving them a voice in the justice system is my first priority and I will follow an evidence-based approach to prevent crime, particularly violent crime, hate crime and domestic violence which ruins lives.

    Nothing is more important for the state to do than protect its citizens. My commitment to you is to work tirelessly to do just that.

    Linda Jack

    Prepared by: Henry Vann, 280 Goldington Road, Bedford, MK30 3EF (Election Agent)

    Contact Details:
    36 Halfway Avenue, Luton LU4 8RB
    linda.jack2015@gmail.com
    Facebook: LindaJack4PCC
    @libdemlinda

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    Kathryn Ann Holloway

    I am Kathryn Holloway and I am certainly not a typical politician. I spent 20 years as a news reporter and presenter for services like ITN, TV-am and Sky, getting to the truth of the matter and holding the authorities to account on behalf of the public which I believe are essential skills as a Police and Crime Commissioner. I also covered every possible stage of the Criminal Justice system from close up, working alongside detectives and covering cases from Magistrates’ Courts to the Old Bailey. Since 2000 I have built an international reputation as a specialist in the release of public information in an emergency. I worked for 8 years for the Cabinet Office’s National Emergency Planning College and have advised Chief Constables, Fire Chiefs, military leaders and the boards of some of Britain’s largest companies in a crisis, as well as speaking at the World Conference in Disaster Management. This background means I will explain police action to the public and could never preside over a cover-up.

    I will introduce practical, common-sense solutions to work with our budget of £100 million and to use our officers to best effect. I will work with partners like the NHS, Fire Service and councils to share facilities where possible and support one another so the police do take on the responsibilities of others. I do not need an expensive Deputy or PR Agency.

    I will make sure that you get a fair share of policing whether you live in the town or country and whichever community you belong to as a Commissioner for all.

    Prepared by Katherine Arnold on behalf of Kathryn Holloway both at NEBCA, Biggleswade Conservative Association, St Andrews Street, Biggleswade SG18 8BA

    Website: Kathrynholloway.org.uk
    Facebook

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     Olly Martins

     Bedfordshire Police has a similar number of police officers to rural Dorset, yet they have to deal with a burglary level and a terror threat like the West Midlands, together with gun crime and serious organised crime like Merseyside. Both of these forces are better funded and have many more police. This scandalous situation occurs because our police are funded by government as though we are a rural constabulary, ignoring the urban challenges faced by our ‘thin blue line’. Incredibly, government funding cuts mean police strength here has gone down rather than up since 2010.

     The Chief Constable says we need at least 300 extra officers to police Bedfordshire adequately, PCs that would enable the force to have proper community policing in each part of the county. This is not possible with the existing incredibly low level of police. That’s why my top priority is fighting for fairer government police funding.

     My next priority is ensuring we nonetheless make the best possible use of the resources we do have. Better use of technology, volunteering and joint working with other police forces and the public sector, are all playing an important role in keeping our county safe. I will continue to work hard on such initiatives to protect front line policing strength.

     Burglary and robbery are down during my tenure, whilst victim satisfaction is up, emergency response has improved, and reporting of ‘hidden harms’ such as domestic abuse, hate crimes and sexual offences have increased as victim confidence has risen. This is a remarkable testament to the dedication of our police and why my commitment is that I will not rest until the force is adequately funded.

     This statement has been prepared by the candidate’s election agent, Francis Steer, at 3 Union Street, Luton LU1 3AN

    Contact Details: Olly Martins, 3 Union Street, Luton LU1 3AN
    https://www.facebook.com/pccbeds/


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    Duncan Anthony Strachan

    I am Duncan Strachan and have lived in Biggleswade and worked in the area for 36 years. I am a solicitor dealing with Wills, Probate, Inheritance Tax and similar private client work. Since last May I have been a Biggleswade Town Councillor. In the 1980/90s I was both a Biggleswade Town Councillor and a Mid-Bedfordshire District Councillor. I was Mayor of Biggleswade, and Chairman of both the Finance and Personnel Committees of the District Council. I have been the Chairman of Sunnyside Special School Governors as well as being a Trustee of the National Charity ‘MacIntyre’, for about 30 years, which supports about 1000 people with learning difficulties. As will be seen from the above I have extensive wide ranging experience of many different business environments which will help me fulfil the role of Bedfordshire PCC. By listening to Bedfordshire people I will help the police deliver the best possible service for everyone in Bedfordshire and deliver high quality policing for every community in town and village alike. This will have to be within the budget that has already been set for the current year. I will be looking to maximise resources including working with councils, voluntary organisations, other police forces and public services etc. to make Bedfordshire a safe and pleasant place to live. For every 80p spent per head on policing in Bedfordshire the National, average, spend is £1. Bedfordshire police is clearly underfunded. Central Government has a duty to fund policing properly and I expect to justify greater financial support from the Government as a result of my spending review to be included in my first Police Budget.

    This form has been prepared by Lisa Ann Duffy, election agent to Duncan Strachan 4 Meadow Walk, Ramsey. PE26 1JY

    Contact Details: Duncan.strachan@ntlworld.com


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    This article also at https://www.choosemypcc.org.uk/area/bedfordshire

    Download a booklet: https://1rbena1k2rviaenzl3kexmgl-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/2905161-Bedfordshire-PCCE-2nd.pdf