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Arriva Will NOT Reroute the Z bus

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By Alan D Winter
In addition to my online petition regarding the Z bus service that was withdrawn from Windsor Drive and parts of Parkside Drive, there was also a paper petition from a Mr Perkins who is not on social media. Mr Perkins has asked me to publish Arriva's response (not marked confidential), together with his own reply to them.

I have also asked for a response to the online petition, but so far none has been forthcoming (although it is possible that a paper copy may be in the post to me). AW—25092017.








Overnight Fire in Field at WSL

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At about 1.30am this morning fire crews started arriving near a field off the Woodside Link where a huge pile of rubbish, deposited by fly-tippers, had been set alight. An old van used to block a hole in the hedgeline of a neighbouring property had also been set alight. The landowners are Telereal Trillium.

Without access to the field — earth bunds and a trench have been built to stop vehicles accessing the field — the fire crews were unable to drive their engines into the field.

Mr Roger Giugno, a nearby site owner and builder, used a digger during the night to help the fire crews. He was praised by a fire crew this morning for helping all night to rake the field and spread the burning rubbish.

Fire crews were split between the burning van site and the burning rubbish.

The last crew left about 8.30am, leaving the rubbish smouldering in the field, and will send another crew out at lunchtime Sunday to check on things.


Around 6am on Sunday morning Roger Giugno posted this to his Faceboo…

Campaigner Threatens Illegal Action If Landowners Don't Clean Up Fields

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A mountain of rubbish dumped illegally on private fields near Houghton Regis has erupted in a formal call for more illegal activity to remove it from the fields and deposit it on the public highway.

Outraged Roger Giugno, who owns a nearby property, has called for the landowner to start removing the rubbish by Friday 22nd September. If they do not, Mr Giugno who is a local builder, says "We will use excavators, dumper trucks and other vehicles to pile the debris onto the Woodside Link."

In the protest entitled Dirty , Peaceful Protest To Protect The Kingsland Wildlife, Roger says, "We ask that as many residents and protesters of our group attend, but in an observing capacity only and in no way do anything that can be construed illegal. I Take full responsibility for all actions I will be forced into."

The illegal action to put the rubbish onto the highway is planned for September 24th. The landowners have said, "We strongly urge Mr Giugno not to carry out his…

Police Call For Witnesses To Sharon Fade's Last Movements - Murder Not Ruled Out

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Investigation launched after body found in Houghton Regis. 49 year-old man arrested.

Police are appealing for information after a the body of a woman was found near Long Meadow, Houghton Regis, on Tuesday (12 September).

At approximately 3.49pm, police received a call from a member of the public reporting that they had found a body in undergrowth.

The body has since been identified as Sharon Fade, 45, from Houghton Regis. Her family have been informed and are being supported by specially trained officers.


An investigation has been launched by the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, and Hertfordshire Major Crime Unit. Officers are working to establish the circumstances around the death and are following a number of lines of enquiry.

Officers are now keen to hear from anyone who saw Sharon in the days before her body was found. She was last seen wearing light coloured leggings with a dark pattern, a light coloured t-shirt, a black leather jacket and blue, red and white Nike trainers. She ma…

£320,000 Allocation For Football and Cricket Needs Spending By 2021

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The Town Council are to consider options for improvements around the village green. A football wall, 2 flagpoles, re-surfacing of the existing basketball court, a beacon, and a bandstand are all among the proposals. 
A decision needs to be made by 2021 on how to allocate £320,000 of Trico funding designated for cricket and football provisions; the money was allocated through a Section 106 agreement with the former employment site that used to make windscreen wipers in High Street North; town councillors will consider applying to vary the S106 agreement to allow it to be spent on other leisure and recreational provisions.
Members will consider how best to manage the Tithe Farm recreation ground car park going forward. Since 2006 the car park has been restricted to football and nearby residents.
Moore Park car park management will be reviewed. For 2017/18 only one game per morning and one game per afternoon will be permitted at the adjacent ground as a measure to help control demand for pa…

Three Houghton Regis Off-licences Fined

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Three off-licences in Houghton Regis were issued fines after a plain clothes operation in Houghton Regis to crack down on anti-social behaviour. Operation Cloudy was run by Bedfordshire Police's south central community team and the force's Licensing team over three days last week. Anti-social behaviour related to alcohol consumption, particularly in the Bedford Square area, has been raised as a priority issue by local councillors and residents. In response to the concerns raised, the force launched a dedicated operation which saw plain clothes officers patrol the area and gather intelligence on Monday (4 September) and Tuesday (5 September). The force's Cadets also assisted the Licensing team with an alcohol test purchase operation on Saturday (9 September). During the operation, two off-licences were issued a £90 fine in relation to selling alcohol to a person who was already drunk, and one was issued a fine in relation to selling alcohol to a person under the age of 18. Det…

urgent - £50 Rewards For People To Take Part In Wheelchair Trials

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The research is assessing in detail how wheelchair users manage to transfer across small steps and gaps between a platform and a train. We'll be carrying this research out in a specialist research centre in Stevenage, Hertfordshire between 15 September and 2 October 2017. The trials will be using a custom-built test rig to simulate a train and platform. This is a big ask! Due to the nature of the research, we need participants to attend 6 half day design workshops. We're offering £50 for each half day trial session and will cover all travel expenses. Therefore, the total for taking part in his project will be £300 plus travel expenses. We're looking for people who use the following types of wheelchairs: ·         Powered Wheelchairs
·         Self-propelled Wheelchair with small front casters (2-4 inches)
·         Self-propelled Wheelchair with large front casters (5-8 inches)
·         Attendant Wheelchair
Of the six sessions, participants can choose to attend from the following ha…

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