Showing posts from October, 2021

CBC - “Come and Talk to Us About Windsor Drive“

Central Bedfordshire Council is asking residents about Windsor Drive. On it's Facebook Page , today (28 Oct) CBC wrote , “We want to hear from you about the land at Windsor Drive, Houghton Regis, and the need for housing in the area. “Earlier this year we announced that we were exploring whether we could develop affordable housing on some the land, while improving some of the remaining space to benefit the local community. “While we’ve said that we want to explore this as an option, no decisions have been made, and we want to listen to the views of local people before we take these ideas any further.  “We’ll be holding an informal listening event at Houghton Hall Park Visitor Centre on Saturday 13 November, 12 – 5pm, and we’d love to hear from you.  “Come along at any point and have a chat with our team. Representatives from our team will also be  walking around Windsor Drive itself at 3pm, starting near The Brook, and will be on hand to listen to your views.” Joanne Anderson ,

Linmere announces recycling partnership with local waste management experts

The Linmere consortium has appointed a Luton recycling specialist to manage the waste generated by its new community hub, the Farmstead - choosing a local firm with the aim of minimising the impact on the environment. The Farmstead includes a café, bakery, shops, a village hall, adventure playground, and the consortium's project offices. Cawleys, which has been in business for more than 70 years, has a focus on ‘giving new life' to waste through sustainable recycling and resource management. Some of the team from Linmere recently visited the Cawley plant to ensure that the waste will be treated correctly. The arrangement will mean the majority of the waste produced at the Farmstead will either be recycled or converted into energy. Unusual uses for the rubbish include transforming coffee grounds from the new cafe into logs for wood-burning stoves! Cawleys, one of the largest family-run waste management companies in East Anglia, the South Midlands and the South East, has an

New £24 million community hub and leisure facility lined up for Houghton Regis

A modern Community Wellbeing Hub in Houghton Regis is one step closer after Central Bedfordshire’s £20 million ‘Levelling Up’ Fund bid was backed by Government today. The successful bid secures regeneration funding for the Kingsland Campus in Houghton Regis. The funding will have big benefits for local communities and will see a new Leisure and Community Centre, cycleways, play areas and improved green space. This will complement the investment in the new Houstone Secondary School at the Kingsland Campus. Together these major investments will help to link new and existing communities, opening up a heart for the east of Houghton Regis. The funding will support a £24 million project which creates new leisure facilities and a valuable community hub all seamlessly connected to the existing communities. Residents will benefit from a new eight-lane pool, a learner and splash pool, squash courts, a fitness suite, studios, an outdoor play area and a quality, new public space. The developmen

Solar Powered Car Park for Council Highways Depot in Houghton Regis

Central Bedfordshire Council has installed solar panels directly onto the road surface of its Thorn Turn highways depot car park. The energy from these solar panels will be used to light, heat and power the depot. The solar panels, which have been laid in partnership with infrastructure contractor Colas Ltd, can generate up to 16,000kW of electricity an hour. This would provide enough energy for around five houses a year. Vehicles will still be able to drive directly on the panels, in the same way as a regular road surface, with the panels generating power through sunlight at the same time. The panels will reduce CO2 emissions, helping the council to reduce its carbon footprint and support the council’s aim for the depot to be run completely on renewable energy. It’s one example of how the council is working towards becoming net zero by 2030 as detailed in the Sustainability Plan. This is the third ADEPT Live Labs trial, where the council is piloting three renewable energy projects,

Are You Having an Affair in Houghton Regis?

According to website Illicit Encounters  there are 855 affairs going on in Houghton Regis. This compares with 776 having an affair in the town in 2020. The website says, “The Infidelity Index uses data from over one million postcodes to show how many people are having affairs in each area. The results are based solely on the data from and are therefore only a reflection. As the overall data is only 3% of the total adult population having relationships... well, you can do the maths.” The website goes on to add, “We have been providing a meeting place for like-minded married and attached people for over 13 years. Our members have one thing in common - they are all looking for a little romance outside their current relationship. Whether that's the occasional bit of flirtatious chat, a regular coffee date, or a full-blown affair, that's up to them.” The site carries a Town Index , where Dunstable is listed 149th with 486 affairs. If Houghton Regis was in t

CBC To Suspend Housing Register

Central Bedfordshire Council are to suspend their current Housing Register process. Anyone with outstanding documents is asked to submit them 7 November. The Council is introducing a new system which it says will make the application process easier, and to do that they need to suspend their current system between 8 - 22 November. Apply for Housing Follow us on Facebook If you have any update on this story, or other news for Houghton Regis, please send it in. EMAIL SUBSCRIPTIONS — If you enjoyed this post and never want to miss out on future posts please subscribe to Follow It »

Bogus Police Officers in Houghton Regis - Witness Appeal

Police are appealing for witnesses for a burglary where a woman was targeted by three men claiming to be police officers. At approximately 7pm on Tuesday (19 October), a woman in her 80s was disturbed by three men who broke in through the front door of her property in Farm Close, Houghton Regis. The victim was sitting in her kitchen when three men gained entry to her property and introduced themselves as police officers investigating a theft in the neighbouring address. One of the offenders pulled out a fake plastic police badge, whilst the other two men searched the victim’s bedroom stealing a number of items. The victim challenged the offenders cover story and demanded them to leave. They ran off after stealing £30 and a blue plastic wallet containing the victim's bus pass, driving licence and a loyalty card.  They were seen running from Farm Close towards Dalling Drive. The three suspects are described as follow white men, approximately 5’10’’, clean-shaven and wearing black clo

Heroin, weapons and cash seized in county-wide drugs gangs operation

Huge quantities of class A drugs, weapons and cash have been seized across the county in an operation targeting the supply and distribution of drugs. Nine people aged between 17 and 60 were arrested in Bedford and Luton during a week-long national crackdown on those involved in county lines - when urban drug dealers, move into suburban areas and use a dedicated mobile phone number or deal line to run their criminal operation. At one house in Luton, more than five kilogrammes of heroin , with a street valued at £500,000  was found, and at a separate address, investigators located more than £15,000 in cash . Earlier in the week, during a warrant at a house in Bedford, officers seized a firearm – found in a washing machine – a sword, cash and class A drugs, and arrested a 60-year-old man. Arrest offences during the operation included conspiracy to sell drugs, possession of weapons, possession with intent to supply drugs, and money laundering. Other items seized included crack co

Town Partnership Committee Abandoned Due to Being Inquorate

A scheduled meeting of Houghton Regis Town Partnership did not take place last night due to the committee being inquorate.  At least 3 Members from each Council must be in attendance for the meeting to be quorate, but, for CBC, only Cllr Hammil and Cllr Goodchild were present. The Agenda had included items on  • Time-to-Connect,  • Kingsland Levelling Up Fund bid,   • an update including ASV, The Brook, Windsor Drive engagement,  • consultation into the future use of the Community Centre,  • TITHE FARM ALL WEATHER UPDATE, • CBC Report, and Partnership Work Plan. Meetings of this committee are ordinarily held 4 times a year. The Town Clerk at Houghton Regis Town Council has commented, “It will be rearranged in the next few weeks.” Follow us on Facebook If you have any update on this story, or other news for Houghton Regis, please send it in. EMAIL SUBSCRIPTIONS — If you enjoyed this post and never want to

Questions Over Police Funding in Bedfordshire

Andrew Selous, MP, S W Bedfordshire: The introduction in 2004 of damping to the police funding formula has cost Bedfordshire about 95 officers on the beat. Will the Government commit to scrap damping as quickly as possible, to be fair to Bedfordshire and the other forces affected? Kit Malthouse,  The Minister of State, Home Department, The Minister of State, Ministry of Justice, Minister of State (Ministry of Justice and Home Office): I have made a commitment in this House before that we will introduce a new funding formula for police forces across the land before the next election. That is the objective we are currently working towards, although I would warn everybody that all cannot have prizes. Citation: HC Deb, 18 October 2021, c550) Andrew Selous voting record in Parliament :

Armed Robbery Houghton Regis - Appeal for Wanted Man

Police are appealing for help in tracing a man wanted in connection with an armed robbery in Houghton Regis. Officers are looking to locate Lloyd Frater, 34, of no fixed abode following an incident on Friday (15 October). He has connections to Aylesbury in Buckinghamshire, Sheffield in South Yorkshire and Slough in Berkshire. He is described as 5’10’’ and of medium build. The police are asking for the public’s help in finding Frater, and anyone who knows of his whereabouts, or who recognises the man pictured, is urged to contact police immediately. Detective Inspector Alison Whitworth, investigating, said: “We are keen to speak to anyone who has information on Frater’s whereabouts. If you see him please do not approach him but contact us immediately.  “Anyone who knows his location and is assisting him in any way may be at risk of committing a criminal offence.” Anyone with any information is asked to call police on 101 quoting reference 40/55159/21. In case of

Independent Councillor Warns of Pollution as New Road Funding is Confirmed

Central Bedfordshire Council has learnt that it has been successful in securing £32.7 million in Government funding from the Department for Transport towards a new road linking the M1 to the A6. Thanks to the Government funding award, the construction of the new 2.75-mile road link between Junction 11a of the M1 and the A6 is expected to begin in early 2022. The road layout is to have a mix of single and dual carriageways with a 50mph speed limit, and there will be a junction at the new Rail Freight Interchange at Sundon, as well as at proposed new housing developments. The project will also encourage active travel by including a three-metre-wide foot and cycle path on the south side of the link road. The Link Road was granted planning permission on 9 January 2020 having been referred to the Secretary of State of the Ministry for Housing Communities and Local Government. A legal challenge by Luton Borough Council was made but on 4 May 2020 Justice Jay rejected the challenge. The total

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