Wednesday, 4 December 2013
Saturday, 9 November 2013
And if its 20mph, wear something bright at night, or some idiot will knock you down.
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Sunday, 3 November 2013
|Studham, this weekend|
It's a large ward, and a beautiful ward with a people of diverse incomes. It covers the Parishes of Caddington, Hyde, Kensworth, Slip End, Studham and Whipsnade. I have lived in places all around the edge of the ward though not actually in it, and driven through most of it at one time or another. It's also a very historical ward that once ran right down Blows Down, and like Houghton Regis has suffered land-loss to Dunstable.
|At Church End, Kensworth on Saturday|
Cllr Ruth Gammons stepped down from Central Bedfordshire Council to look after her husband who is seriously ill, and has served the ward for over ten years.
Alan Winter is your Liberal Democrat candidate in the Caddington by-election for Central Bedfordshire Council which will take place on 28th November. (click for more)
Saturday, 2 November 2013
|Remains of caravan after fire on 31/10/2013. Photo: A D Winter|
Friday, 1 November 2013
I saw a useful initiative mentioned recently that will help to make people think about not drinking and driving, or not travelling with people who are drunk. After all these years of campaigning, it seems that some people never get the message, but we've got to keep trying.
To win an iPad, people need to make a video up to two minutes long. It need not be professional. You can even use your mobile phone to record it. Just remember to highlight the don't drink and drive message.
In my younger years I can recall crowding obliviously into a mini with about 7 other people and being driven by a drunk from a disco in Kings Langley, back to my home in Hemel Hempstead. The driver went round sets of bollards the wrong way, drove fast, and irresponsibly. As I was in the back, and quite squashed my lots of flesh, there was not a lot I could do to get him to stop. Anyway, after driving around recklessly, various people were dropped off, and then myself. Unbeknown to me, the driver then carried on through Hemel town centre, hit the brick wall in the central reservation, put himself and a colleague in hospital for several weeks. I had had a lucky escape. Lucky for the driver and other passengers no one was killed.
So, anyway, The Bedfordshire and Luton Casualty Reduction partnership are giving people the chance to win an iPad (sponsored by Autohome Assistance) by promoting the dangers of drink driving.
Once recorded, send your film, to firstname.lastname@example.org or post it to Road Safety Team, Luton Borough Council, Town Hall, LU1 2BU.
Deadline for applications is 5pm on 22 November and all shortlisted films will be uploaded to a dedicated YouTube channel.
Thursday, 10 October 2013
A celebration event was held in Houghton Regis on Tuesday this week to mark the first season of a new growing project for people with a learning disability.
The gardening project has been running since March 2013. Customers at the Townsend Day Centre have been involved in a weekly horticultural and therapeutic gardening session. Additionally the group improved their communication, socialisation and independent living skills.
Over the last 30 weeks, 15 customers from the Day Centre have each learnt about different aspects of gardening; maintaining soil, the importance of watering, sowing seeds, nurturing plants and harvesting crops.
The project received funding from Baily Thomas Charitable Trust, Central Bedfordshire Council, Houghton Regis Town Council, Tesco Charity Trust, Boots plc, and Mrs Karen Lara. The project was set up by Central Bedfordshire Council and local environmental charity Groundwork Luton & Bedfordshire.
If you’re interested in Groundwork running a growing project with you, or for more information about the project, please contact Natalie Sutterby at Groundwork – Natalie.email@example.com / 01582 720147 / 07887 867771.
Monday, 7 October 2013
Tuesday, 24 September 2013
I was at a Liberal Conference in Dundee in David Steel's time as leader, when I was first impressed by a "Stop Smoking Now" campaigner. Whoever he was, he stood outside in all weathers, including torrential rain, with very large banners and did his utmost to be in the background shots of all tv interviews that were broadcast outside.
So good luck to anyone planning to try and give up in Stoptober. Across Central Bedfordshire there are special clinics in Ampthill, Arlesey, Biggleswade, Dunstable, Flitwick, Houghton Regis, Leighton Buzzard, Sandy, Shefford and Stotfold. Appointments can be booked by calling free on 0800 013 0553 and press 1 for Central Bedfordshire.
Additional support is available from the Stoptober website They are providing smokers with a range of free support including a new stop smoking pack, a 28-day mobile phone app and text support with daily updates and quitting advice, detailed tools and tips for coping, as well as the encouragement and support from thousands of people quitting together through Stoptober social media.
Monday, 26 August 2013
I'm guessing that everyone has heard of ash dieback decease? But then I got to thinking about branches falling off trees near my own house, of neighbour's reporting part of dead trees overhanging into their gardens. This weekend I was reminded of a long running saga of a constituent's shed being clobbered by a falling branch, something which I have now escalated to the deputy leader of the Central Bedfordshire Council, since Highways are denying it has anything to do with them.
Trees do that, they're just plants, right? Well, maybe not. I delved a bit deeper. It seems there are a lot more things harming the trees than we might at first have realised, so perhaps it's time to be a tree hugger or whatever. Certainly those in the know claim that government help is too little and too late.
So what is the challenge? Well here is a list of a few: Acute oak decline, Asian longhorn beetle, Ash dieback (Chalara), Chestnut blight, Dothistroma needle blight, Great spruce bark beetle (Dendroctonus micans), Horse chestnut leaf miner (Cameraria ohridella), Oak pinhole borer (Platypus cylindrus), Oak processionary moth (Thaumetopoea processionea), Phytophthora alni, Juniper dieback (Phytophthora austrocedrae), Phytophthora kernoviaem, Phytophthora lateralis, Phytophthora ramorum, Pine tree lappet moth. The list goes on.
But what can you do to help you may ask? As our woodlands are in full leaf and great places to cool off over the summer months, so is it a great time to help monitor their health and wellbeing. To do this Forestry Commission have set up their Tree Alert programme, an interactive website where you can find out more about many of these pests and diseases, what they look like and how you can report suspected cases.
I am indebted to Oliver Burke for the last two paragraphs.
Monday, 22 July 2013
Wednesday, 3 July 2013
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Tuesday, 2 July 2013
In view of the Job Centre's policy of closing local Job Centres, in favour of forcing people to travel to their next town, (in my case, to Luton), I wondered if the Chancellor would also be increasing the allowances to redress the extra cost of travel? The cheapest current charge by Arriva is £4.20 for an all day ticket from Houghton Regis (to get to Luton), so for an unemployed person the cost of extra attendances required would amount to £8.40 a month.
I should also be interested in learning the additional cost of extra staffing requirements needed to deal with double the attendances. Is the Chancellor aware that those in receipt of JSA are required to complete by internet a record of their job searching? The records are available to the associate person working at the Job Centre to enable them to see that effort is being made to look for work.
The measures announced are likely to increase bureaucracy, not cut it, and as such goes against the ideals I thought the Conservatives stood for.
Having written to my MP, Andrew Selous, I am now waiting for a response which is expected from Mark Hoban MP, the Employment Minister who is responsible for Job Centres.