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Lidl for Houghton Road, Houghton Regis - Listen to the Debate

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Listen to what Central Bedfordshire Councillors and others had to say while deliberating over a planning application to bring a Lidl supermarket to Houghton Road, opposite Screwfix and close to Townsend and Blackburn Road in Houghton Regis: Development Management Committee - Wednesday, 30th June 2021 at 17:54pm - Central Bedfordshire Council Webcasting Councillors were keen to see a flattening of the loss of trees versus the number to be provided; more than 2 electrical vehicle rapid charging points; charging points for staff vehicles. Follow us on Facebook If you have any update on this story, or other news for Houghton Regis, please send it in. EMAIL SUBSCRIPTIONS — Our old Subscriber service is going away. If you enjoyed this post and never want to miss out on future posts please subscribe to this new service from Follow It » Tweets by HoughtonRegisND

Housing Association Acquires 9.8 acres for over 140 Homes On Linmere Site

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Artist's partial aerial-view of the completed AMP1 scheme at Linmere.    Stonebond Properties acquires 9.8 acres to deliver 202 homes at Linmere development in Houghton Regis Housing developer Stonebond Properties , in partnership with housing association Settle, has completed the purchase of a 9.8-acre site on a new 650-acre urban village development next to Houghton Regis in Bedfordshire. The site will provide 202 homes, with 70% of them being delivered as additional affordable homes, a mixed tenure parcel combining 2-, 3- and 4-bedroom properties, including 86 shared ownership and 56 for affordable rent. Start on site is due in Spring 2022 with completion expected in Autumn 2025.   Residents will benefit from the area's proximity to one of the many green spaces for which Linmere will be known - the Ouzel linear park, a wildlife haven and walking area. The plot is the fourth parcel to be sold in phase one of the new Linmere development, which is being created over the ne

Dismissal for probationary PC who failed drugs test

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A probationary police officer has been dismissed after he failed a drugs test. PC Alan Anderson was in the process of joining the force when he tested positive for cocaine in a pre-employment drug test last summer. He was dismissed following a misconduct hearing held at King’s House in Bedford between 17 and 21 June. The panel found he had committed breaches of the Standards of Professional Behaviour for Fitness for Duty and Discreditable Conduct. Assistant Chief Constable Sharn Basra said: “We are currently in the midst of our biggest ever recruitment drive as part of the national uplift, but this shows our standards remain as high as ever. We test all of our officers prior to them joining the force and carry out random drugs tests while officers are in service. “We understand that people may have issues in their personal life which can lead to substance misuse, and we have a number of initiatives in place to help those who are struggling and encourage people to come forward for s

Police and partners throughout the county shine a light on child exploitation

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Child exploitation is happening across Bedfordshire and police have teamed up with a huge range of partner organisations in an unprecedented series of activities to raise awareness and come up with solutions. Children and young people are often targeted by criminals who sexually exploit them for their own purposes or manipulate and coerce them into taking part in criminality, such as stealing, carrying drugs or storing weapons. Bedfordshire Police is working with the Bedfordshire Violence and Exploitation Unit (VERU) and a whole host of other partners for the next project in the  Bedfordshire Against Violence and Exploitation  (BAVEX) campaign, to shine a light on these issues by helping people to spot the signs of exploitation, report anything suspicious and get support. It marks a month-long period of activity which will include: BAVEX messaging . Look out for this at The Mall in Luton, on Spotify, Mumsnet and Snapchat. A series of community engagement events in Luton on 12, 13 a

Linmere Bellway Showhomes Now Open

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The doors to two new showhomes have opened at the Bellway at Linmere development in Houghton Regis. A computer-generated image of the Turner housetype at Bellway at Linmere The three-bedroom Turner and Chestnut properties have been decorated and furnished to give visitors an insight into the quality and design of typical properties at the site, and are now available to view by appointment. The development, located off Sundon Road, comprises a collection of one and two-bedroom apartments and three and four-bedroom houses. The Turner showhome consists of an open-plan living/dining room with French doors opening onto the garden and a separate kitchen, while upstairs, the master bedroom has an en suite shower room, with the other two bedrooms having access to a modern family bathroom. CGI image of Chesnut housetype at Bellway at Linmere The Chestnut housetype, meanwhile, covers three floors of living space, with an open-plan kitchen/dining room and a separate living room with French

Just Walk In - Vaccination latest

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Anyone over 18 can have their first vaccination by using a walk-in centre to get their jab.  No appointment needed. Drop-in COVID-19 vaccination sessions available for people aged 18 and over Anyone aged 18 and over can walk into a number of vaccination centres across Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes this week without the need for an appointment – making it even easier to get protected against COVID-19.  The vaccine you receive will be dependent on your age, see below for details. For the first time in the area’s local vaccination programme, drop-in sessions are being offered at our large vaccination centres to make the most of available vaccine supplies. That’s why, for a limited period, people who have yet to book their vaccine can turn up at a number of sites in our region during opening hours to receive their first or second dose of the AstraZeneca or Pfizer vaccine. Anyone who is 18 or over or eligible to be vaccinated for another reason should ideally bring their NHS num

Seven Bedfordshire People Honoured in Queen's Birthday List

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HM The Queen’s Birthday Honours List for 2021 has been announced and includes seven Bedfordshire recipients.  Those who have been successful are as follows:  Dames Commander of the Order of the British Empire Professor Helen Valerie ATKINSON CBE FREng (Bedford) Pro-Vice Chancellor, Aerospace, Transport and Manufacturing, Cranfield University For services to Engineering and Education   Officers of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) Professor Martin Graham CHRISTOPHER (Bedford) Emeritus Professor of Marketing and Logistics, Cranfield School of Management, Cranfield University For services to Business, Academia and the UK Economy  - Members of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) Ms Grace Louisiana COLLINS (Bedford) Leadership Advisor, Local Government Association For services to Local Government   Mrs Caroline Jane COSTER (Bedford) For services to Education in Bedfordshire and to Charity in Africa   Ms Maria Freda LOVELL (Luton) For services to the African Community in Bedfordshi

CCTV and Ring doorbells to be offered under Safety Scheme

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Central Bedfordshire receives £432k boost from Safer Streets Fund Central Bedfordshire Council , in partnership with the Police and Crime Commissioner, has been awarded £432,000 in funding , from the Home Office’s Safer Streets Fund , to help improve community safety in areas affected by neighbourhood crime. The Safer Streets Fund enables Police and Crime Commissioners and Local Authorities to bid for investment in initiatives, that has been proven to prevent neighbourhood crime, including burglary, robbery, and vehicle crime. The fund aims to reduce neighbourhood crime, make residents feel safer and reduce demand on the police.  The council will use the funds to make improvements in a specific area. They include significant investment in new CCTV cameras, improvements to street lighting, fencing, landscaping, and maintenance and improvements to parking areas. The funding will also be used to offer residents in hotspot areas Ring doorbells and Smart water kits , which is a tracea

Boundary Commission Propose New Constituencies for 2023

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The Boundary Commission are proposing new constituency boundaries. At the 2023 Review, the Eastern region will increase from 58 to 61 constituencies. The initial proposals are that Dunstable, Heath and Reach, Linslade, Leighton Buzzard and Houghton Regis will be lumped together: Source file . Some areas, notably Caddington and Studham, currently part of South West Bedfordshire constituency would become merged into “Luton and South Bedfordshire”: Source file Luton North Proposals: Source file You can see interactive mapping of the proposals, and submit your response to the consultation, at www.bcereviews.org.uk . If you wish your views to be considered, please ensure they are sent in no later than the closing date of this statutory consultation period, which is 2 August 2021. Follow us on Facebook If you have any update on this story, or other news for Houghton Regis, please send it in. EMAIL SUBSCRIPTIONS —

CBC Committed to Building on Half of Windsor Drive Open Space

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A petition was presented to Central Bedfordshire Council (CBC) today, 8th June 2021.   Joanne Anderson of  Friends of Windsor Drive Community Open Space  presented the petition and also sent a Power Point presentation to members of the Executive Committee at CBC the day before the meeting.  We the undersigned petition the council to review the potential future housing development on green open space in Houghton Regis at Windsor Drive. The proposed development we have been advised about is to put 100 new houses plus open space improvements on an open field used by local residents for exercise, dog walking and recreation. It is used by local footballers and rounders teams in the summer but also for walks by a large number of the local population of Houghton Regis. There is already thousands of houses being built in Houghton Regis with the new Linmere Development on top of what has already been recently built. This space is more important than ever to keep for recreation for local res

High Street / Tithe Farm Road Corner Plot Approved for Development

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Councillors today gave approval to a corner plot development in close proximity to Houghton Regis town centre also part of the Houghton Regis Conservation area. Development Management Committee - Wednesday, 2nd June 2021 at 9:30am - Central Bedfordshire Council Webcasting Video above shows Houghton Regis Town Councillor David Jones and CBC Councillor Pat Hamill both speaking at the Development Management Committee, today, against an application for a development in Houghton Regis. Cllr Hamill spoke today on behalf of the ward and took no part in the voting. CB/19/04182/FULL - was decided today. The proposal was for the erection of a new dwelling near the corner of High Street and Tithe Farm Road, making use of a small access road leading from Park Avenue, with the official description as "Land adjacent, 134 High Street, Houghton Regis, LU5 5DT".  View original pdf file What is the Houghton Regis Conservation Area? To find out download this 2008 pdf file .

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