Battle For Houghton Regis Town Council




On Thursday 2 May a new Council for Houghton Regis Town will be decided. There are 14 vacancies and 24 candidates.


The Town Council look after ground maintenance, the cemetery, the upkeep of All Saints Church grounds, commenting on planning applications (but not deciding them), distributing grants to good causes and community groups, the neighbourhood plansome of the playgrounds, Moore Park Pavilion, Pavilion on the Green, have meetings with CBC councillors and the police and other community groups, and send representatives to various community organisations. The Town Council also organises local events; currently, these include Fireworks at Tithe Farm Recreation ground, Houghton Rocks at Parkside Recreation Ground, The May Fair on the Village Green, the Pancake Race last held in Houghton Hall Park, The Carnival in July, and the Pride of Houghton Annual Awards, A Celebration of Christmas - singing by school choirs at The Grove Theatre, various services at places of worship, and The Mayor's annual fund-raising.

Labour is already guaranteed at least 3 councillors from Parkside because there are only 5 candidates and 4 will be elected. And Labour is guaranteed a further 2 councillors from Tithe Farm as there are only 6 candidates and 4 will be elected. If a party or coalition gains more than 7 seats they will be in charge of running the Town Council.

In his election address, David Abbott, was critical of an officer plan to increase the Council Tax of  the Town Council (when Labour did not submit a budget) by 24.5%, saying, “year-on-year I have been against any increases in Council Tax for the Town Council, and earlier this year cooperating cross-party, the 2019/20 proposal of a 24.5% increase was voted down.” In the current year, Houghton Regis' amount of Council Tax is the same as it has been for several years, but within the county, only Ampthill and Dunstable pay slightly more (see table).

For Houghton Hall, Labour and the Liberal Democrats are fielding party lists of 6 candidates each. In all, there are 2 Independents standing, one Conservative (currently suspended from his party pending investigation), and one other who has not described herself - Rita Egan.


Please follow the links below to the candidate's extra information:

Houghton Regis Town Council - Parkside Ward
4 to be elected from:
LABOUR: AHMETAJ, COPLESTONE, DIXON-WILKINSON, WELCH (see website)
INDEPENDENT: CARROLL (see Facebook)

Don DIXON-WILKINSON, Tim WELCH, Clare COPLESTON and Rigerta AHMETAJ
- your PARKSIDE Labour candidates (source)
Jimmy CARROLL, Independent standing in Parkside (source)

Please follow the links below to the candidate's extra information:

Houghton Regis Town Council - Tithe Farm Ward
4 to be elected from:
LABOUR: KENNEDY, MCCULLOCH, SLOUGH, THOMAS (see website)
CONSERVATIVE: ABBOTT (see Facebook)
INDEPENDENT: MCMAHON (see Webpage)


Houghton Regis Town Council - Houghton Hall Ward
6 to be elected from:
Labour: ABBAS, BUTLER, CARLINO, HOLLAND, MAYUNGA, SLOUGH (see website)
Liberal Democrat: FARRELL, GOODCHILD, JONES, MORGAN, THORNE, WATTINGHAM (see website)
No description: EGAN (see website)

Rita Egan - on her own in a sea of party-list candidates

Candidates for Town and CBC



Looking to Read What the CBC candidates for Houghton Regis Have to Say? Read it Here!

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