Community Action Day Hailed as Huge Success

Central Bedfordshire Council has successfully held its first Community Action Day in Houghton Regis on15 February. 

The council’s Community Safety, Environmental Services, Road Safety, Trading Standards and Housing Services teams worked together with Bedfordshire Police, Bedfordshire Fire Service and Street Watch last week, to carry out high visibility patrols, tidying of areas, fire prevention advice, as well as making noticeable improvements to the local area, in response to residents’ feedback.  

Dog-fouling warning signs designed by local children as part of a competition to help crackdown on irresponsible dog owners were put up in Houghton Hall Park, Environmental Services carried out some cleansing work in the Windsor Drive area and the Highways Service carried out patching works to repair potholes and road defects and their Tree Officers carried out vegetation works.

Safer Neighbourhood and Safer Communities Partnership Officers patrolled across Houghton Regis, with Grand Union Housing Group and Bedfordshire Police giving residents, information about their services and how to report issues.

Several stalls were held at Houghton Hall Park, with council officers from community safety, housing, trading standards and road safety teams talking to residents and sharing advice and information.  Residents were also offered dog poo bags, pens, torches, and information leaflets as well as being able to collect COVID-19 rapid test kits during the event.

Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service promoted its free Safe and Well Checks whilst a number of Bedfordshire police officers, spoke to residents offering crime prevention advice as well as a confidential surgery for residents to talk to officers about any issues they may be having.

Houghton Regis Town Council officers were also on hand and local councillors held a Councillor Surgery for local residents.

Cllr Toni Ryan commented, “I had the pleasure to speak to many residents and services on how best we can work together.”

Cllr Susan Goodchild said, “Sadly the weather was drastic which meant the market stalls had to be placed in the building. The cafeteria was full for the most part, it was an evolving number up until about 2.00 pm. There were good and positive discussions that took place.”

Councillor Ian Dalgarno, Executive Member for Community Services at Central Bedfordshire Council said: “Our Community Action Day in Houghton Regis was a huge success. With a range of our officers and teams out in the community it meant we could speak to the public about a variety of subjects that are important to them.

“Despite the terrible rain during the Action Day, it was a huge success with a large number of residents coming to speak with our officers, and all of the different partners present. We are hoping our Houghton Regis residents will be able to see an improvement in the area following our visit.”