Showing posts from August, 2020

Ker-Ching! Over £500,000 Allocated to Central Bedfordshire Colleges For Refurb Work

Further education colleges in South West Bedfordshire are to receive over half a million pounds to repair and refurbish buildings and campuses. Andrew Selous MP has welcomed the announcement that Central Bedfordshire College in South West Bedfordshire will benefit from £515,390 to upgrade its facilities.  The funding announced this week comes from the £200 million announced by the Prime Minister in June as part of his New Deal for Britain, helping the nation bounce back from coronavirus by investing in infrastructure and skills, and creating jobs. The Chancellor of the Exchequer pledged £1.5 billion in his last budget to upgrade the further college estate over the next five years. Commenting, Andrew Selous MP said, “I am delighted that Central Bedfordshire College will be receiving £515,390. Further education plays a vital role in unlocking talent and potential of thousands of young people, and those returning to education once again, in local communities both in South West Bedfordshir

Bellway to deliver First of 5,000 New Homes For Linmere Development

The Houghton Regis Management Company (‘HRMC’), the consortium bringing forward the Linmere development in Houghton Regis, has sold a 7.3 acre parcel at Linmere , the major urban extension located to the north of Houghton Regis, to Bellway Homes . On behalf of its consortium partners Aviva and the Diocese of St Albans, Lands Improvement is leading on the development of Linmere, which will ultimately deliver up to 5,150 homes, 1.25 million sq. ft of distribution and up to 1 million sq. ft of retail, office and leisure development, together with associated open space, schools and community facilities. Bellway Homes secured detailed planning approval for this site in July, and work will shortly begin on the first 153 new homes at Linmere. Bellway Homes’ development will offer residents the choice of a range of contemporary three and four-bedroom houses as well as one and two-bedroom flats.  10% per cent of the new homes will be made available and accessible via Affordable Rent and

PCC wins third Special Grant for Bedfordshire Police of £2.9m “against the odds” #HoughtonND

Bedfordshire Police have won another Special Policing Grant to cover the cost of its outstanding unit focussing on fighting gang, gun and knife crime.  The grant will total £2.9m and will be paid to cover the cost of its exceptionally high performing specialist Boson unit targeting Serious Organised Crime groups and others involved in Serious Violence, in 2020-21.  This latest grant to the PCC, Kathryn Holloway,  comes just days after the Policing Minister, Kit Malthouse, visited HQ to meet with her and Chief Constable, Garry Forsyth, and to see for himself the drugs, weapons and cash seizures achieved by the Boson team and colleagues in the Eastern Region Special Operations Unit so far this year.  Kathryn Holloway said, “For the past two years to date, against all the odds and the naysayers and even advice to forces saying that Special Grants weren’t going to be available, I’ve proved that it’s absolutely possible to win extra investment in policing if you prove what more the Home Off

Policing Minister on his first official visit to Bedfordshire Police

Bedfordshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner, Kathryn Holloway, and Chief Constable, Garry Forsyth, welcomed Policing Minister, Kit Malthouse, to Police Headquarters today (Wednesday 12 August) to meet with front line officers and celebrate outstanding results of operations against gang, gun and knife crime and drug and weapons seizures on the day the force received a major award for its effective approach to efficiency and savings. On the Minister’s first visit to Bedfordshire Police Headquarters, Mr Malthouse met first with Commissioner Holloway and Chief Constable Garry Forsyth to hear them outline the outcome of his investment into Operation Boson - the specialist unit targeting gang, gun and knife crime which was doubled after the PCC received Special Grants of £4.514m and £3m respectively from the Home Office in the past two years. This article is a stub, continues on website of PCC -  Article continues ... If you have news for Houghton Regis, please send it in

The Government's Support for People and Businesses in South West Bedfordshire

This article was supplied by the office of Andrew Selous, MP 17,100 people in South West Bedfordshire have had their jobs protected by the Government through the coronavirus pandemic. £16,122,500.00 worth of grants provided to local businesses. In total, more than £160 billion of Government support has been provided to help individuals and businesses in all parts of the UK. New statistics showing the huge Government support to individuals and businesses in South West Bedfordshire have been welcomed by local MP Andrew Selous. Throughout the coronavirus pandemic, the Government has provided a huge and unprecedented package of support to protect both lives and livelihoods through this incredibly challenging period. In total, more than £160 billion has been provided as part of the Government’s economic response to coronavirus, and the latest statistics from the Treasury now show the scale of that support in South West Bedfordshire: 17,100 people have had their job pro

Police Appeal After Man Robbed in Houghton Regis

Bedfordshire Police are appealing for witnesses after a man was robbed in Houghton Regis. At around 10pm on Saturday 1st August, the man was on Bedford Square, near the park, when he was approached by five offenders. The group attacked the victim and stole his phone, his bank card, and a quantity of cash. During the attack, the victim sustained superficial cuts to his face, stomach and forearm, which required medical attention but are not serious or life-threatening. The offenders are described as young men, wearing face masks with their hoods up, riding bikes. PC Helen Pecorini, investigating, said: “Thankfully the victim only suffered minor injuries, but was left distressed by this incident. We are appealing to anyone in the area who may have the offenders before or after the incident.” Anyone who can offer any help in this matter is asked to get in contact with the police, or contact Crimestoppers .  Alternatively, information about this incident can be reported via police r

CBC Move to Tackle Anti-Social Drinking in Public Spaces

Bedford Square: alcohol drinking restrictions Central Bedfordshire Council has approved the areas covered by their Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) for the next three years. The council’s Executive committee yesterday, agreed the new PSPO, following a consultation in November 2019, which consulted on the existing order. Such orders are not complete public drinking bans, but they give authorised officers additional powers in designated areas. They can request that individuals do not drink alcohol or hand over alcohol in their possession if behaving anti-socially. The council has agreed the new areas covered by the PSPO across Central Bedfordshire. The full details will be available on the council’s website with maps showing the specific areas in due course. Locally, for Houghton Regis and Dunstable, the public consultation results for these proposed areas were: • 100% of respondents agreed or strongly agreed with a PSPO for Bedford Square, Houghton Regis • 98% of respondents

A Public Space Protection Order agreed for dog control across Central Bedfordshire

Central Bedfordshire Council’s Executive has agreed to keep the existing rules as it renewed Public Space Protection Orders (PSPO) in relation to dogs, for the next three years. A blanket rule requiring dogs to be on leads in any open space  with a marked sports pitch  has been retained and renewed. Dogs will also be  prohibited  from  fenced play and games areas  and  parts  of the  council’s country parks .  Dogs will also still  need to be on a lead in cemeteries, picnic areas and A and B roads  as well as on  public footpaths. The decision was made following a consultation in November 2019 which revealed that 56% of respondents disagreed or strongly disagreed with the proposal to remove the requirement that dogs are kept on leads near sports pitches. The results also showed that 97% of respondents strongly agreed or agreed with the proposal to retain the dog fouling order. With 90% of respondents strongly agreeing or agreeing with the proposal to retain the dog exclusion zone order

Have Your Say: Why should Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes CCGs Become One Group?

From 1 April 2021, Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes CCGs are planning to become one single NHS Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) in line with NHS England’s Long Term Plan. This will have an impact on how they operate as commissioners, (commissioning is the process by which health and care services are planned, purchased and monitored) and how they work together in the future. Over the next few months, the CCGs will be engaging with GP Members, their staff, local service providers, councils, other partners and their patients to listen to your views before we submit our final application in September 2020. Background There are currently three Clinical Commissioning Groups operating across Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes (BLMK). The role of Clinical Commissioning Groups is to buy health services for their population and make sure they are of good quality. They are member organisations, responsible for and accountable to the member GP surgeries and the populations they serve. A

Supermarket Responds to Criticism that Shelves & Fridges were Empty

Morrisons supermarket in Houghton Regis has responded to complaints that fresh food stocks were depleted and freezers were empty. The complaints were made on a popular public Facebook Group. The Houghton Regis store is located in a residential area and does have restrictions on the times when lorries can make morning deliveries to the store.    Writing on the Facebook Group, 'Houghton Regis ......Whats Occurring in our Community???' Laura Donovan, a Logistics Supervisor at Rank Xerox, started off by writing, on Saturday 1st August,  “Don’t know what’s going on at Morrison’s lately but these past two weeks replenishment of fresh foods is just not happening. This morning at about 10.15am there was no fresh salad products & very little fresh veg. I am not blaming the floor staff as there was a lot of them trying to replenish but it was obvious to me that someone/somewhere in management got it wrong with delivery expectations. I’m sure it’s difficult but if you shop in the 4th

Council Secures Government Funding for COVID-19 Data Sharing iInitiative

Central Bedfordshire Council has been awarded £80,000 of Government funding to improve data exchange between Government, local authorities and third-party organisations. The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) announced on 27 July that 11 projects have been successful in securing funding through their Local Digital COVID-19 Challenge. Central Bedfordshire Council submitted a bid in collaboration with Greater London Authority, London Borough of Camden and London Office of Technology and Innovation to improve the flow of data between organisations, so that we can better support vulnerable residents and communities in the post COVID-19 environment. Cllr Steve Dixon, Executive Member for Transformation and External Relations said, “This is superb news. We have learnt throughout the COVID-19 pandemic just how important it is to be able to share and join up data and information digitally from across different organisations to enable us and others to make well-inform

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