Showing posts from April, 2021

Distraction Burglar In Houghton Regis Jailed for Burglary

A distraction burglar has been sentenced to four years’ imprisonment after targeting elderly residents, whilst posing as a police officer or a tradesman, in Houghton Regis last year. Martin Wickens, 28, of no fixed abode, pleaded guilty to four burglaries at Luton Crown Court on Thursday (22 April), and was sentenced to four years in prison. A further six offences were also taken into consideration prior to him being sentenced. At around 7.30pm on 11 November, Wickens targeted the home of a woman in her 80s and told her he was an officer investigating suspicious circumstances in local back gardens. The victim allowed him into her home where he stole three purses, £90 in cash and her door keys before leaving the property. On 14 November, at around 7pm, he employed the same tactic to target a man in his 80s and stole the victim’s bank car, which was then used to purchase cigarettes at a local store. In the afternoon of 13 November, he called at the home of a woman in her 90s, this time c

Rapid COVID-19 testing comes to Houghton Regis

People in Houghton Regis can get a rapid COVID-19 test from Thursday 29 April at a new mobile test and collect service from Central Bedfordshire Council. The new service will provide testing kits and encourage residents to take a test on-site first to ensure people are confident to use them at home. Testing is free and there is no need to book an appointment , people can just turn up.  The new mobile test and collect minibus will be at Parkside Day Centre on Parkside Drive from Thursday 29 April until Friday 7 May (This is where the burger van parks up in the evenings). The mobile service will then move to another location in Houghton Regis.  Staff will be on hand to help people self-test, demonstrate how to do the tests at home and give away home testing kits.  There will be help on hand for those who might need it. With around one in three people who have coronavirus showing no symptoms, regular testing is vital to help identify more people who have COVID-19 as early as possible a

Electric Vehicle Charging: Have your say on where they should go

Electric vehicles Pages in Electric vehicles Electric vehicle charge points in Central Bedfordshire Electric vehicle charging points in Central Bedfordshire Central Bedfordshire Council (CBC) receives lots of requests to install new electric vehicle charge points. CBC aims to have a properly coordinated network of charging points across Central Bedfordshire that will give the public confidence to use electric vehicles. To help them  understand where to prioritise the installation of charge points, they need to hear from you. Tell them where you'd like a charging point If you currently drive an electric vehicle, or are planning to buy or lease one in the future and would like to nominate an area for a charge point, let them know. If you don’t have access to off-street parking (like a driveway), they would love to hear from you so  they can better understand what type of charge point is needed where. Tell them where you'd like a charging point Where to find a charging point, now

By-Elections, Houghton Regis Town Council, 6 May 2021

By-elections are taking place in Tithe Farm and Parkside wards of Houghton Regis Town Council on Thursday 6 May 2021. Elections are normally held every 4 years to elect 14 town councillors. These interim by-elections have arisen due to resignations.  The current make-up of the Council is: Tithe Farm : Independent Community Alliance (1), Labour (2), Vacancy (1)  Parkside : Independent Community Alliance (1), Labour (2), Vacancy (1)  Houghton Hall Ward : Liberal Democrats (6) PARKSIDE Labour - Rigerta Ahmetaj (above) Rigerta meets residents of Houghton Regis daily in the work she does, based in Sandringham Hub. She cares deeply about the wellbeing of local people and that is why she chose to set up the first 3rd party hate crime reporting centre. Rigerta says I know from the work I do in Houghton Regis there are so many caring, kind, and compassionate people in the community. And as we look forward to better times ahead it is important that we come together to build community cohesion a

Path Clearance Volunteers At Chalk Hill, Houghton Regis

A report form Chiltern Society Path Clearance Volunteers The assembling NCPMV's turning up at The White Lion car park on Wednesday, this week, were a little unsure as to the exact day's workload but with Robin (CBC) filling in the gaps and the freshly 'volunteered' leaders of the day, Sylvia, Simon and David quickly aligning the PMVs were soon at work.  Taking all due cognisance of the ongoing background of the C19 environment and the business of the adjacent Watling Street main road the three main work parties set out on HR24 & 31, Chiltern Way / Icknield Way:- repairing the handrail and uprights to a long flight of steps down from the road to the field paring back the vegetation, installing a replacement WMP and minor repairs to another staircase and a further WMP paring back vegetation to path on the other side of Watling Street and litter picking It was a good inauguration for our newest recruit, Aggie. Footpaths in this area: Footpaths in this area: CBC Map    

Traffic Calming proposals For Bidwell area of Houghton Regis

A series of traffic calming measures are proposed for the Bidwell / Thorn area of Houghton Regis. Public consultation on the proposals below closes 12 May 2021. Follow the links in the schemes below for maps and to find out how to comment. Millard Grange : toucan crossing  Thorn Road : - Priority Narrowing  X 2 (see below) plus a Raised Table (detail below) 30mph Speed Limits  affecting:  Thorn Road, full length;  Grendall Lane, from its junction with Thorn Road and extending in a southeasterly direction for approximately 284metres. Bedford Road (B5120), from its roundabout junction with A5 Link Road and extending in a generally southeasterly direction for approximately1250 metres up to a point approximately 17 metres north-west of its junction with Roslyn Way. Millard Grange, full length. Unnamed Road, south of Millard Grange, full length. Central Bedfordshire Council, has powers to carry out these works under Section 90 A-I of the Highways Act 1980. Maps associa

Youth Space's Fund opens for local communities

The Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner (OPCC), with the Violence Exploitation Reduction Unit (VERU), has launched a new fund for Bedfordshire. The Youth Space’s Fund 2021/2022, which seeks to improve shared community environments for young people in Bedfordshire. The OPCC has a fund available of £28,000.00 to support projects throughout Bedford, Central Bedfordshire and Luton that Town and Parish Councils can bid into.      The funding can be used by Town and Parish councils for a wide range of projects that would improve locations for young people with the ambition of deterring them from unsafe spaces or by investing in areas where young people can socialise in safety.   Grant fund applications of no more than £5k per are welcomed between the 19th of April and the 7th of May 2021. Bidders are encouraged to match fund where possible.   Examples of areas that will be considered are the remodelling of Youth Hubs to provide safe and secure spaces for young people to build confide

Bidwell West Residents Object to Overdevelopment of Employment Site at Thorn Road

Residents of a new housing estate at Thorn Road, Houghton Regis, are upset by proposals to build new warehouses next to their homes that are beyond what their expectations were within the outline planning consent for Bidwell West. CGI image of the proposed development. More images here . Although outline permission for an employment site was granted along with all other outline plans for Bidwell West, the Planning Department of Central Bedfordshire Council explained to HRND editor that, “The application exceeds the employment land limit within the outline application by approximately 900 sqm. As such, it is a separate, full, application.” In verbal comments to the Houghton Regis Town Council Planning Committee, tonight, the residents mentioned their concerns as: Heights of buildings (causing shadow), size of buildings, close proximity to residents homes, more movement of traffic than originally proposed in outline plans, proximity of a school, and 24 hours working applied for.  Residen

Work To Start Soon on Lidl's Houghton Regis North Store

Lidl are expected to open a new supermarket in Houghton Regis on the Linmere Development north of the town later this year. Permission for a large supermarket has been  granted . 40 new jobs for the area are to be created. The store will be situated on the Sundon Link Road (off the Woodside Link road towards M1 J11a). Lidl construction partners Mitnija will build the store, which will include an on-site bakery, customer toilets and parking. Mitnija have worked across the country to create “Lidl of the Future” stores in the UK featuring modern architecture, spacious planning and energy-efficient technologies. The stores have wider aisles, larger spaces for goods between the tills, baby-care facilities as well as larger employee relaxation rooms. The front façade of the building is made entirely out of glass, so the interior is illuminated by natural light, while automatically controlled external shutters protect the building from heat. Lidl pays special attention to the environm

A New Health Hub For Houghton Regis Potentially by Mid-2024

A new health hub could potentially be designed, constructed and completed by mid-2024 on the Kingsland site at Parkside in Houghton Regis.    A presentation was given today by Patricia Coker from Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes Clinical Commission Group to the Health and Wellbeing Board in a virtual meeting held by Central Bedfordshire Council. Health Hubs Presentation, Health and Wellbeing Board - Wednesday, 14th April 2021 - Central Bedfordshire Council Webcasting Patricia Coker told the meeting that in Houghton Regis there was currently a 28% gap in primary care premises given the current population, and with the projected population in 2035, if nothing is done, there would be a 53% gap in primary care premises. The meeting was told that the preferred site would be the Kingsland site, adjacent to the Leisure Centre to create a hub there. The presentation also mentions the HRN2 site but commentary in the online discussion (see video) suggests that they don't have enou

English Democrat PCC Candidate Calls for an end to Politically Correct Policing

Police and Crime Commissioner Elections take place in Bedfordshire on 6th May 2021. These elections are postponed from 2020 due to COVID-19. We continue our look at the candidates with the candidate from the English Democrats. Antonio Daniel Vitiello, candidate of the English Democrats Party has issued a statement saying that, “The disgraceful way the police have behaved, especially during the past year, is evidence that we must end Politically Correct policing. Now is the time to stop Boris Johnson and the Westminster establishment from using the police to co-erase us into giving up our ancient civil liabilities and Human Rights.” He continues, “The English Constitution specifically allows us to defend ourselves and our property. We should make sure that constables honour their oaths and support victims of crime in defending their homes and families against criminals, in accordance with the English Bill of Rights. “We will grant licences for carrying of pepper sprays to allow people t

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