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Police & Crime Commissioner: How Much Shall I Charge You?

The Police and Crime Commissioner for Bedfordshire, Festus Akinbusoye, has released the police precept survey for the financial year 2022/23 and is asking Bedfordshire residents to share their views on changes to the budget. The precept is the amount residents pay through their council tax to help cover the cost of policing, community safety and victim services. >>>  Complete the police precept survey  to have your say. To find out more about the survey, visit the  Bedfordshire PCC website  or email the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner at . 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 »

Plans approved for 154 new homes on edge of Houghton Regis

Plans for Bellway to build 154 new homes on the edge of Houghton Regis have been approved. The new homes will be the housebuilder’s second phase of properties at Linmere – a new neighbourhood which is planned to eventually consist of 5,150 homes and new schools, shops, community facilities and more than 90 acres of public outdoor space. The detailed plans for the homes, located to the north of the consortium site and south of the A5 Dunstable Bypass, were given the go-ahead by Central Bedfordshire Council last month (October). The development will see 142 private homes built and 12 affordable homes delivered for local people through rent or shared ownership. The private homes will feature 50 one and two-bedroom apartments and 92 two, three and four-bedroom houses, while the affordable housing will consist of seven houses and five apartments. The developer is already delivering 153 properties in phase one of its Bellway at Linmere development off Sundon Road. Paul Smits, Managing Dir

CBC Applies for Permission to Build a Leisure Centre in Houghton Regis

Plans have been submitted for, “Development of a new leisure centre, incorporating landscaping and parking provisions. Demolition of the existing [school] building and the construction of a new facility to include an eight-lane 25-metre community swimming pool, dedicated learner pool, confidence pool, fitness suite, exercise studio and two squash courts. Building to include a café, community space, creche, children's outdoor play zone and an outdoor fitness trail and public area.” Application Type: Regulation 3 Date Received: 16 / 12 / 2021 Registration (Validation) Date: 17 / 12 / 2021 Consultation Start Date: 17 / 12 / 2021 Earliest Decision Date (Consultation Period Expires): No date Target Date for Decision: 18 / 03 / 2022 Case documents: LINK This application outlines the work to be undertaken on behalf of Central Bedfordshire. According to the Design and Access Statement, members of the design team have been working on this design between late 2020 and Octobe

Two Conservative Councillors Turn Independent at Central Bedfordshire

Two Conservative Councillors have decided they can no longer 'tow the party line' at Central Bedfordshire Council.  Cllr Steven Watkins (Biggleswade North) and Cllr Nicola Harris (Stotfold, Langford, Fairfield & Astwick), have decided to continue serving their residents on the Council until the next elections as Independents. On Saturday, 18 December, Cllr Steven Watkins declared, “I’m very disappointed and upset to have left the Conservative group on Central Bedfordshire Council. “I’ve been a member of the Tory Party since I was sixteen and always supported them locally and nationally. “I’ve been increasing vocal in cabinet about the poor performance of some of my colleagues. My view was that I should be able to do this privately. If not then, when?  “I am a Biggleswade man through and through, but we have seen this council let us down with dodgy developer deals, allowing more housing than we can accept, a lack of progress on a health hub, with GP appointments a rarit

Local Amazon delivery station celebrates first Christmas

The Amazon delivery station in Thorn, Houghton Regis, is celebrating its first Christmas. The 10,700 square metre building has been fully operational and serving customers across Dunstable since September. The delivery station at Thorn Road, Houghton Regis, has created more than 60 permanent jobs since opening, offering competitive pay, comprehensive benefits and leading training and development opportunities in a safe, modern and engaging work environment. The opening of the delivery station at Houghton Regis has also created new driver opportunities for independent delivery service partners and Amazon Flex delivery partners. Speaking ahead of the site’s first Christmas, the Amazon Delivery Station Manager, Ankita Majumdar, said, “We’re excited to celebrate our first Christmas. The team at Amazon is ready to deliver for our customers ahead of a great festive shopping season, having also created local job opportunities across a wide range of disciplines in a safe and welcoming envir

Could you volunteer to provide independent scrutiny to Bedfordshire Police?

Bedfordshire Police Independent Advisory Groups (IAGs) are now looking for new members. Applications are now being considered.  The closing date is Sunday 9 January 2022. IAGs are panels made up of volunteers from a range of backgrounds, communities and diversity groups and help the force by providing independent scrutiny on a wide range of issues, from the use of force to communications. The force has recently undergone a restructure of IAGs in Bedfordshire to better reflect its communities. This means there will now be three IAGs; one representing Bedford Borough , one representing Luton and one representing Central Bedfordshire . All three IAGs will provide independent advice to the force and ensure it is providing the best possible service to the communities it serves. The panels also ensure that all services, policies, procedures and practices are free from any kind of discrimination. Following the restructure of the panels, a number of positions have been created within each I

Housebuilder raises money for two Bedfordshire hedgehog sanctuaries with highway signs campaign

Housing developer Mulberry Homes has donated more than £220 to two hedgehog sanctuaries in Bedfordshire, through its latest campaign to promote a more sustainable environment for hedgehogs. In exchange for donations to local hedgehog sanctuaries at two of its housing developments, Mulberry Homes has provided charitable visitors with branded hedgehog highway signs and instruction cards on how to create their own hedgehog holes. Hedgehog highways and holes link up gardens to provide these much-loved mammals with access to a greater range of food resources and shelter. Mulberry Homes hosted a collection at Maulden Ridge in Maulden for Hedgehugs Rescue and Rehabilitation, which is based in Sharnbrook and helps to rehabilitate abandoned hedgehogs across Bedfordshire. The developer also held a collection at Manor Heath in Leighton Buzzard, for visitors to make donations to Wyboston-based Spiny Normans Hedgehog Support – a rescue that runs a ‘ hogspital ’ to help hedgehogs from all across

Free Security Etchings on Catalytic Converters As Part of Winter Vehicle Checking

Bedfordshire Police has teamed up with National Tyres to offer motorists the opportunity to get a free security marking etched on their vehicle’s catalytic converter as part of its winter vehicle check service. Catalytic converters are targeted by thieves as they contain small amounts of precious metals, such as platinum, palladium and rhodium. National Tyres has centres based in Bedford, Dunstable and Luton and currently has around 1,000 etching kits so they can mark the catalytic converters for free on any vehicle that one and has been booked in for a winter check service. Whilst the catalytic converter is being etched, National Tyres staff will register the vehicle details with Smartwater, so if the catalytic converter is ever stolen and later recovered, police can match it to the vehicle it was taken from.  Lesley Johnson, Design Out Crime Officer at Bedfordshire Police, said, “We tend to get a spike of catalytic converter thefts in the winter months, and with the current cost o

Our Fire Service has been inspected and it's good news

Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service Judged To Be Good At Keeping People Safe from Fires and Other Emergencies and Good At Looking After Its People Bedfordshire Fire & Rescue Service (BFRS) welcomes the publication this week of Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire and Rescue Services (HMICFRS) report on their latest full inspection of the Service’s effectiveness, efficiency and how we look after our people. The report sets out how, following their inspection earlier this year, HMICFRS have judged BFRS to be ‘Good’ at keeping people safe and secure from fire and other risks and ‘Good’ at looking after its people. Although HMICFRS specifically note how the Service has improved efficiency since the last inspection in 2018, this area was judged as ‘Requires Improvement’. HMICFRS inspections of fire and rescue services assess performance across the three pillars of Effectiveness, Efficiency and People. Specifically, HMICFRS judged BFRS to be ‘ Good ’ at: Understanding

CBC outlines support for most vulnerable this winter

Central Bedfordshire Council has outlined  how it will allocate £1.4m of Gove funding funding to support vulnerable households this winter. In September the Government announced its new £500m Household Support Fund, designed to support those most in need  this winter during the country’s final stages of economic recovery after the COVID-19 pandemic. Central Bedfordshire Council was awarded £1,483,073 to support residents with food, energy and water bills and other essentials over the winter period. The   Household Support Fund  is funded by the Department for Work and Pensions and replaces the Covid Local Support Grant. Some of the funding has already been distributed to households. During October half term, a £15 supermarket voucher was provided to every child eligible for free school meals to support with food costs. In total, 6,257 supermarket vouchers were distributed to families in Central Bedfordshire, worth almost £94,000. Support for these families will continue over the Christ

Air Ambulances Called to Houghton Regis

Many people take the Air Ambulance service for granted thinking it is funded by the NHS. But actually, air ambulances rely on charity. And your fundraising is the reason Essex & Herts Air Ambulance continues to help save lives. Essex & Herts Air Ambulance have twice been to Houghton Regis, recently. On 14th September 2021, an Essex & Herts Air Ambulance rapid response vehicle was tasked to assist EEAST and Hertfordshire Constabulary with a male medical emergency. Teams worked together on the scene to optimise patient outcomes. The patient was transferred to a trauma unit for ongoing treatment. On 12th October 2021, an Essex & Herts Air Ambulance rapid response vehicle was tasked to assist EEAST, with a female patient medical emergency. Teams worked together on the scene to optimise patient outcomes. The patient was transferred to the emergency department for ongoing treatment. In April 2021 a teenager was airlifted to hospital with serious injuries

Dangerous Drivers Caught on Your Dashcams

Dashcam videos submitted by the public, capturing anti-social driving on the roads of Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire, have been shared by the police to demonstrate how this footage can help bring offenders to justice. Since 1 January 2021, dashcam videos submitted to the tri-force Cameras, Tickets and Collisions (CTC) team have resulted in 882 Notice of Intended Prosecution (NIP) letters being sent to registered vehicle owners across the three counties. Of these, 216 were issued in Bedfordshire. The first dashcam video shows a motorist  travelling at speed along a layby  on the A421 near Milton Keynes, Bedfordshire. The motorist received three penalty points and a £100 fine on 23 April 2021 for driving a vehicle without reasonable consideration to others. The second clip captures a driver  narrowly missing an oncoming vehicle  when overtaking traffic on the B645 near Staughton, Cambridgeshire. The offender was fined £846 and disqualified from driving for 15 months fo

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