Thursday, 18 December 2014

Chill Out Time

Former X Factor contestant,Janet Devlin, does Stay With Me cover.

Lots of Discussions to do with Woodside Link

Plans on the Woodside Link Scheme, as approved, are here: http://www.centralbedfordshire.gov.uk/portal/searchresult.asp?appnumber=CB%2F14%2F04122

1. Placed discussion threads on here on 15 December 2014:
https://www.facebook.com/houghton.regis.news.desk/photos/a.398243747943.174062.290257647943/10152499774617944/?type=1&comment_id=10152506165767944&offset=0&total_comments=56&ref=notif&notif_t=photo_comment

2. Placed another discussion thread on here on 18 December 2014:
https://www.facebook.com/houghton.regis.news.desk/photos/a.398243747943.174062.290257647943/10152505778182944/


Discussion 1. Embeded here:


Discussion 2. Embedded here:

Thursday, 11 December 2014

Road Closures Luton - M1 J10a project update

Alan D Winter

Tel 01582 514654
Independent Councillor, 
Parkside Ward, 
Houghton Regis Town Council

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M1 J10a Improvement Scheme related delays, closures and diversions.
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Thursday 11 December 2014

M1 J10a progress update


If you're travelling over Christmas, the following works update will be the final list of planned restrictions/closures/diversions over the festive period.

Work over the next few weeks will be affecting:

  • M1 J10a Spur – A1081 New Airport Way
  • London Road, Luton
  • A1081 New Airport Way
M1 J10a works
Please ensure that you allow extra time for your journey and any connections, particularly if you are flying to or from London Luton Airport.

M1 J10a Spur – A1081 New Airport Way


Description:
Lane closures on both sides of the carriageway so only one lane of traffic will be available in either direction. Lane closed between M1 Junction 10 to Capability Green.
Date:
Friday 12 December

Time:
20:00 to 06:00
 
Delays - Likely

London Road, Luton


Description:
Two-way traffic lights near the J10a site offices (near Kidney Wood roundabout).
Date:
Friday 12 December

Time:
20:00 to 06:00
 
Delays - Possible

A1081 New Airport Way


Description:
Lane closure on westbound carriageway between Capability Green and Kidney Wood roundabout. Only one lane of traffic will be available in either direction. Lane closed between M1 Junction 10 and Capability Green.
Date:
Tuesday 16 December

Time:
09:30 to 15:00
 
Delays - Likely

A1081 New Airport Way


Description:
Narrow lanes and cones will remain in the area at all times.
Date:
Continuous

Time:
Full duration
 
Delays - Possible

London Road, south of Kidney Wood roundabout, Central Beds


Description:
Narrow lanes and cones will remain in the area at all times.
Date:
Continuous

Time:
Full duration
 
Impact - Moderate

M1 J10a Spur – Junction 10 to Junction 10a


Description:
Narrow lanes and cones will remain in the area at all times.
Date:
Continuous

Time:
Full duration
 
Impact - Moderate

Kidney Wood roundabout


Description:
Narrow lanes and cones will remain in the area at all times. Alterations to the roundabout with temporary widening to permit works within the centre of the roundabout.
Date:
Continuous

Time:
Full duration
 
Impact - Moderate

Newlands Road


Description:
A temporary traffic light controlled site access will be in place on Newlands Road. This will permit plant access to the worksite.
Date:
Continuous

Time:
Full duration
 
Impact - Moderate
Please note
 
This information is published in good faith and is subject to change. We cannot accept any liability for delays or disruption, particularly those travelling to or from London Luton Airport. 

We are doing everything possible to minimise disruption by keeping two lanes open to traffic in each direction whenever possible during daytime and peak hours throughout the 70-week programme. Nonetheless motorists should allow for potential delays.
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Saturday, 6 December 2014

£83 for Automated Council Tax Summons - Surely Some Mistake CBC?

It's almost laughable that Central Bedfordshire Council are charging £83 for an automated Council Tax Summons. That is allegedly the same sum it imposes on debtors where their cases proceed to application for a liability order. 

Enid Brighton's FOI Request

Tuesday, 2 December 2014

Dunstable; The Next Chapter - A Video Critique


To the outside world I must reluctantly admit that people tend to know roughly where Dunstable is, but when it comes to Houghton Regis, most are clueless, and some even think it's somewhere on the south coast of England.

So, when it comes to this new video from Central Bedfordshire Council, I suppose they arguably have a reason for labelling the whole thing a regeneration of Dunstable. At the end of the day, any regeneration of Dunstable as a commercial and employment area in the wider context has to be a benefit for people living within its catchment area, and has to be welcomed.

But let's be honest, "Dunstable" is a bit of cuckoo, really. Established as a market area at the junction of the parishes of Houghton Regis, Kensworth, and Caddington, it has gradually flexed its muscles, taken in land that was Upper Houghton, land that is now western Dunstable, swallowing up the Houghton Regis land that once held the two Dunstable railway stations.

This map indicates the boundaries of Houghton Regis over the years. If they hadn't been fiddled about with by pressures from the cuckoo, it would be as big today as the wider pink blob.

Map shows earliest boundaries of Houghton Regis parish.


To look at this new film, you would believe that Dunstablians have every intention of swallowing up the rest of the town of Houghton Regis, for the commentator doesn't even mention Houghton Regis, even though many shots supporting the regeneration of "Dunstable" are actually taken in Houghton Regis.

0:32 Woodside Link was mentioned. That'll be in Houghton Regis and Chalton parish's.
1:15 Whitbread's flashed up there. That's in Houghton Regis.
1:33 The viewpoint from "Dunstable Downs" is from a spot in Totternhoe Parish.
1:49 Bus is labelled "Parkside via Dunstable", but the commentator just calls it "Luton & Dunstable Guided Busway". Parkside is in Houghton Regis. Thank goodness for the lady in green at 5:31 mentioning her journeys from Houghton Regis.
2:02 Did you spot the gentleman climbing over the railings in the middle of the road? Surely an overlooked blemish? Safety doesn't come first, then?
2:24 Oh yes, The bypass. Not in Dunstable. That'll be in Houghton Regis Parish.
3:59 Vince Cable mentioned, for opening the Incuba Centre. Nice place, eco-friendly, excellent for hot-desking, business meetings, training etc.
6:18 Lorry emerges from Thorn Turn, Houghton Regis, and heads towards Dunstable.
6:22 There'll be "no lorries in the [Dunstable] High Street" says Cllr Young. Really? Should be careful what you say, councillor!
8:46 HQ Sports Bar. Tell us why you're wasting ecological resources with all those tv's on constantly, Don't people go out to get away from the tv?
9:38 I don't want to take anything away from the multi-million pound regeneration of Dunstable Leisure Centre, but with the new developments in Houghton Regis, original outlines included a NEW leisure centre facility for Houghton Regis, which now appear to be being reduced to refurbished continuation of the old. Watching that one.
10:47 - those new homes are in Houghton Regis. Built as an "affordable" homes estate, it will be one of the few in Houghton Regis, as only 10% of the new 5150 homes for the "Houghton Regis North 1" development are expected to be "affordable", partly because the developers are contributing £45m to the Dunstable Northern Bypass, which of course, will be built in Houghton Regis.

So, to sum up, good to see a promo video for the AREA, but a bit rude of the commentator not to mention Houghton Regis.

Saturday, 29 November 2014

Parkside Walk About. Problems Problems Problems. (sigh)

Out and about in Parkside, Houghton Regis today. A few problems reported. A few remaining.

Litter and debris near Bloomsbury Gardens

A mattress is dumped on path by Bromley Gardens  (and another in Long Meadow). And hardboard dumped at end of Conquest Rd. And more rubbish by garages in Linmere Walk (where incidentally, we still have the weeds growing uncontrolled by a partially demolished garage.



Railings @ Bromley Gardens bent and twisted.

An issue with frayed ropes at Parkside Upper playground reported to HRTC.

I've long thought that something should be done with the pathway leading from Sandringham Drive's new estate to Parkside Lower playground. The path leads through a small copse and is used by young mum's taking their small children to the playground. If you've ever pushed a pushchair through mud, I think you'll understand the issue. I think I'll have another stab at CBC's Travel Choices people and see if they can't fund a solution. After all, they seem to be happy to spend money helping two-wheeled cyclists in South Beds, so how about other, four wheeled, pedestrian vehicles?

 



Ongoing Fareham Way issue:


Need to chase up a certain CBC officer about this:

That'll do for today. (sigh).

Footnote 1/12/2014. Very responsive reply from CBC Environmental Protection Officer about the burnt out garage. "Have asked for a sample analysis to be taken in regards to the possibility of asbestos with in the waste from the roof covering. Once I have the results of that test we will be in place to select a contractor to clear and secure the garage. Once this is done I will finalise the case file and sent to our legal team."