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Aspley Guise landowners fined for abusing allotment land

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Two owners of land at Gypsy Lane, Aspley Guise* have been fined more than £1,400 after failing to comply with an enforcement notice issued by Central Bedfordshire Council to clear allotment land of building materials and metal containers. The landowners, Mr Paul Hughes and Mrs Helen Hughes, Directors of HPH Estates Ltd, were served with an enforcement notice in October 2019, by Council enforcement officers, because their land which is meant to be used as an allotment had instead been used to store building materials and storage containers, which goes against planning regulation for allotment land. To comply with the notice all of the items should have been cleared from the land by the end of January 2020. Enforcement officers liaised with the landowners during 2020 and some clearance of the site did take place, but two large metal storage containers, as well as some plant equipment, remained.   A final warning was issued for full compliance to be achieved by August 2020, but after a si

Labour and Lib Dems to Contest Vacant Houghton Regis Town Council Seats

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When local elections were last held in Houghton Regis, Tim Welch was elected for Labour on Parkside . His subsequent resignation caused a vacancy which was to have been contested in 2020. Due to the COVID-19 regulations that bye-election was postponed. David Abbott was nominated by the Conservatives to contest Tithe Farm at the last set of local elections. In recent months he resigned from Houghton Regis Town Council to care for an elderly relative in a distant town. Houghton Regis Town Council ordinarily elects 14 people to serve the town for a period of 4 years. Whoever is elected on 6th May 2021 will serve until May 2023 when fresh elections for the whole council will be held. These are the candidate details: Parkside candidates: Rigerta Ahmetaj and Elaine Cooper. Tithe Farm candidates: Brendan Gilmartin and Chris Slough If you have news for Houghton Regis, please send it in

New Schools For Houghton Regis "Progressing Well"

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SCHOOL BUILDING UPDATES Drone image of Thornhill Primary School in construction Corporate Resources Overview and Scrutiny Committee - Thursday, 18th March 2021: Central Bedfordshire Council Webcasting Today, at a virtual meeting of Central Bedfordshire Council, Cllr Eugene Ghent said, “At Thornhill Primary School in Houghton Regis the timber frame installation is going well with construction at the second floor, and by the way it's progressing it should be completed by the end of the month. At the end of the month windows are going in and the building is really taking shape ahead of the completion by the end of the summer. So, it's going to look pretty fantastic when it's completed. “Following DMC's approval for the new secondary school on the Kingsland campus in Houghton Regis the Secretary of State has now ratified the planning approval. We expect site enabling work to commence in the middle of April which includes groundworks for the road, wat

Two weeks left: have your say on Council’s home to school transport policies

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There are two weeks left for parents and carers to give their views on proposed changes to Central Bedfordshire Council’s home to school and college travel assistance policies. In certain circumstances, the Council helps school pupils aged 5-16, and students attending post-16 education, get from home to school or college. The Council is proposing changes to the policies that outline who is eligible for this support after parents, carers and professionals gave feedback on the existing policies during engagement sessions to review them. The Council is proposing to: · Update its policy for children aged 5-16 to extend the eligibility criteria to cover more groups of children. This will include support for those in joint custody arrangements, and children with special educational needs. · Update the policy for 16-19 year-olds so that it is clearer for parents to understand, with the eligibility criteria remaining the same · Create a policy document outlining the clear eligibility criteria

Path Clearance Volunteers "Back To Work" near The Fancott Arms

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On a snow covered Wednesday morning the NCPMVs ventured back out returning to work on the welcoming Chilterns for the first time since the release from the imposed COVID-19 National Lockdown. Led by Sylvia with support from Robin (CBC) the PMVs met under COVID-19 guidance and ruling at The Fancott Arms, Toddington after a somewhat fraught start to the day as  a) it was -2C and white on the ground  b) a trailer wheel was jammed on in our storage barn over the COVID-19 hibernation period so we had to quickly decamp tools into the back of our cars  c) the pre-planned workload changed as the local farmer had cut the hedge that had been previously recce'd.  Robin and Sylvia however quickly turned this matter around finding adequate local replacement work. The work undertaken, which was all duly completed, was on 3 nearby locations within close proximity and therein walking distance.  The full arsenal of tools, hand and powered, were used except for the mower which had to be left behind.

Meet the New High Sheriff of Bedfordshire 2021-2022

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The new High Sheriff of Bedfordshire for 2021/2022 was installed today, Wednesday 7 April 2021. Eric Masih, who succeeds Susan Lousada DL, was sworn in at a virtual ceremony in the presence of Mr Simon Smith JP. Eric was born in Punjab, India and was brought to the UK by his parents in 1967 where he was educated locally. Eric has continued to live in Bedford with his wife, four sons and four grandchildren. His hobbies include Asian classical music and martial arts, and he continues to practice as Southern Region Area instructor for the Tetsudo Martial Arts Association. Eric has been a well-respected and well-known face within Bedfordshire for a number of years. He started his working life within the Geophysical Services Institute before moving into the insurance industry where he held a number of managerial and financial roles. Eric’s true calling came in 1996 when he entered the Property and Mortgage sector and established his current business, Gold Crown Estate Agent. Within th

Pubs With Gardens Opening From 12 April

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Pubs with gardens can reopen from 12th April.  So, the Crown at East End, and the Hungry Horse in Houghton Regis will be among those opening! At the Crown on East End , their new opening times will be 12-10pm for the garden.  The landlords ask that you watch the new rules: • Maximum of 6 to a table from 2 households • no bookings, it’s a first come first served basis, come early to avoid disappointment  • must remain seated at your table (no table-hopping unfortunately) • entrance to the building is for toilet use only • it will be table service only (so please bare with us, as new to us and you) • please leave promptly at 10pm and respect our neighbours ☺️ • anyone not following our rules will be asked to leave (this is for all of our well being) Finally, they say they CAN'T WAIT TO SEE YOU ALL 🍻 🍷 The Crown Facebook Page Chequers Hungry Horse at East End and Park Road North, "Only a few days to go until we open our beer garden! 🍻 From their website: "We are now takin

Twice Weekly Covid-19 Tests To Be Offered From 9 April

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Everyone in England, including those without symptoms, will be able to take a free rapid coronavirus (COVID-19) test twice a week Alongside vaccine rollout, regular testing is at the heart of plans to reopen society and the economy, helping to suppress and control the spread of variants Updates will be made to the NHS COVID-19 app in England to coincide with the universal testing offer Everyone in England will be able to access free, regular, rapid coronavirus testing from 9 April, the government has announced. In a significant step forward, which paves the way for businesses and society reopening, anyone will be able to access free, rapid lateral flow tests (LFDs) for themselves and their families to use twice a week, in line with clinical guidance. Rapid testing has so far been available to those most at risk and people who need to leave home for work, including frontline NHS workers, care home staff and residents, and schoolchildren and their families. Now rapid testing will be offe

Police and Crime Commissioner Election Bedfordshire 2021

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This election is postponed from 2020. These are the 5 candidates:   The Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act 2011 brought in new structural arrangements for national policing, strategic police decision-making, neighbourhood policing and accountability.  It transfers the control of police forces from police authorities to elected Police and Crime Commissioners.  The first police commissioner elections were held in November 2012. The next elections take place on  6th May 2021 , postponed from 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic.  There are a number of ways to have your say in this election - you can vote in a polling station, by post, or by appointing someone you trust to vote on your behalf, which is known as a proxy vote. Ailsa Irvine, Director of Electoral Administration and Guidance at the Electoral Commission said, “The choice on how to vote at next May’s elections is yours – you can have your say in person, by post or by proxy.  “If you’re thinking about voting by  post , 

New Plan Announced to Build Homes in Houghton Hall Park

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Ok, so you arrived here after 12:00 which means that you were too late to enjoy the April Fool. Below is the content we shared on this day of frivilous fun. Enjoy your day! A planning application to construct 50 log cabin homes in Houghton Hall Park has been submitted. Houghton Hall Park Enterprises, a subsidiary of Houghton Hall Park Amenities and Recreation Ltd, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Central Bedfordshire and Houghton Regis Park Developments have announced that new homes will be constructed in Houghton Hall Park in Houghton Regis. The application has been submitted. Wide-open space in Houghton Hall Park A spokesman for the developers said, “There is a very large plot of green space in the middle of Houghton Hall Park which the public do not by and large use. At the same time, there is a lack of affordable housing, so it makes sense to utilise this space and encourage green living. I must reassure the public that they will still be allowed to run, walk and cycle around the edge

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