Showing posts from September, 2018

HRN1 - Area Master Plan 1 - New Scheme Design Codes

Planning associates for the Houghton Regis North Number One Scheme (HRN1) have submitted additional documents in line with requirements of the outline planning permission for the scheme which will deliver up to 5,150 new homes and other infrastructure. It is proposed to develop an area northeast of Tithe Farm first and this area is known in the overall scheme as Area Master Plan 1 (AMP1). A 166 page Area Design Code has been prepared by the HRN1 Project Team on behalf of Houghton Regis Development Consortium - dated September 2018 ( link ). This sets out clear guidance to designers and developers and provides a strategic design framework for the Local Planning Authority. It consolidates the principles established by the Outline Application Approval from a design and placemaking perspective. It's a guide to what might be built, not will be built. Illustrative images give an indication of what the finished homes and road layouts may look like. Many of the illustrations belo

Digital Survey now open - Give Your Feedback

How essential is digital communication in your life? Our lives are more connected every day, with so many more gadgets and appliances reliant on the internet, even kettles! Alongside that, broadband is now essential for all sizes of the workplace, and schools are acknowledging the role that technology plays in how teachers teach, and students learn. The superfast broadband roll-out was launched in Central Bedfordshire in 2014 to meet the high demand for faster fibre connections for homes and businesses in the region. Now, more than 25,000 premises in hard-to-reach places that would not be able to get good broadband otherwise, are now connected. Central Bedfordshire Council we want to increase coverage of superfast and ultrafast broadband still further, and are aiming for 97.4% coverage by March 2019, and greater levels beyond that. This is where your feedback will help to gauge perceptions of the current levels of broadband speed and coverage in the area. This survey will hel

Community Voluntary Service New Directory

Community Voluntary Service is pleased to announce the arrival of a new directory of voluntary and community organisations in Bedfordshire.  The directory is housed on our website and can be found at The directory is searchable by any keyword, area, client group and types of service provided, and provides links to an organisation’s website, and social media feeds. If your local group isn’t listed, a group representative can apply to be part of the directory via Read the latest newsletter for Bedfordshire from CVS Read the latest newsletter for Luton from Voluntary Works

Hemel Fly-tipper Nabbed and Fined

A fly-tipper has been fined over £1,600 after his vehicle was caught on a council camera. On 1 March 2017, Mr Patrick Delaney of Figtree Hill, Hemel Hempstead was captured by Central Bedfordshire Council’s cameras fly-tipping from a van onto the middle of the road known as The Bottoms, in Harlington, which is a fly-tipping hotspot. The camera provided clear evidence of waste being taken from the vehicle and depositing in the middle of the road. When interviewed, Mr Delaney claimed that someone had cloned his van’s number plate, which he had reported to Hertfordshire Police, but no police records could be found to support that statement. Mr Delaney attended Luton Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday 19 September and was found guilty. He was fined £600, ordered to pay costs of £1,000 and a victim’s surcharge of £48, a total cost of £1,648. Councillor Budge Wells, Deputy Executive Member for Community Services at Central Bedfordshire Council, said: “This prosecution shows how useful ou

Recycle Week: This is the year Central Bedfordshire Council said, ‘We Do!’

Central Bedfordshire Council is shouting loud and proud that ‘We Do’ recycle! During this year’s Recycle Week, which runs from 24-30 September, the council is asking residents to go above and beyond to help the environment. From David Attenborough’s Blue Planet II television show, to public campaigns to reduce unnecessary plastic use, this year people are motivated to care about the environment in a way they never have before. Let's Recycle Right Central Bedfordshire Council wants residents to build on the recycling momentum by now focussing on recycling right. Research from recycling campaign charity WRAP has shown that, whilst people say doing their bit for the environment is one of their primary motivations for recycling, over three-quarters of UK households (76%) add one or more items to their recycling collection that is not accepted locally. Meanwhile, more than half (54%) put at least one item in the general rubbish that could be recycled. There are some simp

Thefts from vans in South Bedfordshire

South West Bedfordshire MP Andrew Selous has asked all his constituents to make sure that they report all crime to the Police in order to make sure that our area receives the appropriate Police response. Andrew said “A lot of people have contacted me recently about thefts from vans in Leighton Buzzard, Dunstable and Houghton Regis and the surrounding villages.  A number of people have told me that they have had multiple thefts from their vans.  I have been in correspondence with Bedfordshire Police about this and I would like to know if any local residents have had van thefts which they have not reported to the Police.  If any constituents could let me have details on as well as letting the Police have the information I would be very grateful.  If you steal someone’s tools you are stealing their livelihood and I think it’s a very nasty crime that I want to make sure is stamped out”. News Desk would like to draw its reader's attention to this se

Travellers Trash Windsor Drive

7.45am 17 September 2018 and this is the mess left on and by Windsor Drive Recreation Ground in Houghton Regis after travellers departed on Sunday 16th September. At least two truck loads of general builders rubbish is dumped in the adjacent woodland. Along with that is tissue papers, bags of rubbish, old toys, unwanted fold away chairs, gas bottles, and on and on and on. If there is any saving grace, the edge of the field has always had a limited amount of discarded plastic bottles and cans, one presumes left by idle walkers in the area. Tyre marks show where the travellers have done doh-nuts in vehicles. Passers-by watched helplessly during the encampment as children were allowed by grown-ups on the encampment to drive around and around the field. CBC had acted quickly to try to remove the encampment after entry was forced as teenagers wer

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