Wednesday, 16 April 2014


A former school friend takes some lovely pictures in a fb group we're in. Have a lovely Easter.

Cheaper Energy Notifications

I'm currently on a 4 year plan for cheaper energy with EDF.

They promised to notify me whenever another company comes up with a scheme that might save me more money.

But I seem to be getting a notification at least once a week. What is it costing to sending all these notices out?

I'm beginning to feel like Vernon Dursley fending off Harry Potter's owl posts!

Friday, 11 April 2014

Woodland Deteriorating As Litter Builds Up

It saddens me to know that there are people lucky enough to live within a stones throw of a wonderful natural environment, and yet just treat it as a dump.

So here, in this woodland near Fensomes Drive, we have a divan, two bases and a mattress. Quite a lot of effort to remove these items from a home. Whoever it was, and probably more than one person, lacked the common sense to arrange for it to be collected and disposed of properly. So now, hapless council employees are going to be faced with the hassle of removing them. I bet the culprits will be the first to whine about paying council taxes, without thinking of the extra burden they're placing on council tax by their thoughtless action. One mattress appears to have been set fire to, so I hope the rest are moved before the woodland goes up in smoke. Meanwhile the crisp packets and cans and other detritus scattered around looks a complete mess.

Meanwhile, I spied-with-my-little-eye something beginning with "s". It was a scooter in a tree! And when I looked around a bit more there was another one round the corner in another tree! 

April 25th is Pride in Houghton Day. A day for Central Bedfordshire and Houghton Regis Town Councils to organise a clean up and show that people care about their environment. So how many members of the public will come out to help?

It's a Friday, so that will disallow many working folk from being able to pitch in.

If anyone can do Saturday 26th, let me know and I'll fix it for you to help out.   Don't all rush at once.

Friday, 28 March 2014

Wild Flowers For Bees

This caught my eye today.

I had in mind the grass bank by the zebra crossing Bromley Gardens, on Parkside Drive, for one. Maybe there are other areas we should look at?


Oral Answers to Questions - Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Bees (27 Mar 2014)
Andrew Selous: In Leighton Buzzard and Linslade, Leighton-Linslade town
council, Central Bedfordshire council and South Bedfordshire Friends of
the Earth have done excellent work in encouraging bees by planting wild
flowers and leaving areas of grass uncut. That has made a huge
difference-a lot of volunteers are onside. Will the Minister agree to
come to see that work to see whether it can be...

Saturday, 8 March 2014

Those Page Three Girls - Is It Time The Sun Changed its Culture?

Has Page Three had its day? There certainly was a different culture in the 70s. My perception is that today's younger generations are a lot less tolerant than we were. They are far more sensitive to all sorts of issues. My attitude to this latest campaign, to get the Sun to remove half naked Page Three girls, is to let the readers decide. If you don't want it, don't buy it. If The Sun took away its Page Three girls, would it still be The Sun?

I suppose I must have picked it up now and then while waiting my turn for a haircut, but I certainly haven't dwelt for long on page 2 or 3.

The petitioner has a rather naive approach in the campaign letter, taking the approach that News on TV doesn't have a "Page Three" moment, therefore The Sun shouldn't. Sounds reasonable, but there again, if you want serious news would you buy The Sun? Now, if the campaign was to get The Sun to actually give people news, I might support it.

Here's the link, anyway, for those who feel this campaign is worth supporting: 

Monday, 3 March 2014

Still Waiting To Hear What Will Be Done About Our High Street

It took the best part of a year to complete, with motorists sitting in queues for hours due to traffic light controls. Now the £1m+ scheme, paid for by a supermarket development and work done by private contractors has been "completed" several months ago.

So, we now have 8 zebra crossings in an area that used to have three light controlled crossings, and traffic goes through the High Street in Houghton Regis much faster than it used to, albeit in a 20mph zone. Some pedestrians are still fearful that traffic won't stop for them; they are concerned about lighting and flooding, and worry if the false red brick surface is slippery, or will be slippery in icy conditions. The same fear about ice extends to motorcycle users.

We met as local councillors with officers from Central Bedfordshire, and from their Highways contractors, Amey (who oversaw the work as it was progressing; the actual work being done by third parties), back in November October 2013.

I have personally written to Amey and to CBC officers several times since then. At that November October meeting we were promised the results of a safety scheme, and hopefully some news about what essential repairs will be made, based on that safety inspection. And yet, I am still waiting for feedback. Well, I guess an unpaid, unqualified, town councillor who hears peoples concerns and happens to be the Town Council's Highways Rep, doesn't carry much clout with professionals; maybe they know best.

But it doesn't take much to realise that it's far from satisfactory. I took these pictures today. A few showers over the weekend, and things are drying out, but you can see from the tidemarks on the footpaths that it 'aint right.

I rather fancy they know something is definitely amiss, but suspect there might be some to-ing and fro-ing going on between them and the private contractors about culpability; in other words who might be down to pick up the tab. Meanwhile residents of the town are suffering from workmanship that is well below par, and it will need to be resolved, sooner rather than later, if you please.