Thursday, 16 October 2014


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Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Objections to A Plan for Building Construction on Dog & Duck Car Park

My comments about the application CB/14/03488 posted to CBC 14/10/2014.

1. I am concerned about the proposed new car park at the northern side. Firstly, there are 4 trees on this site of various quality, and in my opinion one or more of these should be worthy of retention. Secondly, I am concerned about the noise likely to emanate late at night as people leave the bar/restaurant and the slamming of car doors in close proximity to residential homes. Thirdly, I am concerned about the turning of vehicles at night and headlights shining into nearby windows of the residential area of Dolphin Drive.

If trees do have to be lost and the car park does have to be constructed then more consideration should be given to sound-proofing and building a northern wall boundary. This would have the effect of limiting noise, containing headlights, and providing additional security for vehicles while their owners are within the bar/restaurant.

2. I am concerned about aspects of the southern boundary of the whole site. I do not regard the low rail as sufficient security for the maisonettes. The proposed bike sheds would be an easy target for thieves accessing the site from the Town Council's public car park. The low rail border would also serve to encourage residents and visitors to the flats to park in the public car park, causing inconvenience to motorists using the football fields particularly at weekends.

Even a 6ft high close boarded fence would be inadequate as there would then exist the problem of maintenance. I would recommend a 2m high wall boundary to improve security and to discourage use of the public car park.

3. To make the site more secure, the western edge of the car park should have a retaining wall to discourage random walk-throughs with inherent opportunistic theft.

4. I do not think that having three different places for bin storage is good design. It would assist the refuse collection service if there was one central place for all of the bins.

5. I object to the reference in the design and access statement that refers to the grass verge on the southern edge of the site being referred to as an amenity area for the residents of the maisonettes. The grass verge there would surely fall to the Town Council to maintain, and maintenance effort would be increased. I'm also unhappy about the lack of mention of the trees on the southern boundary and any help in the application to explain what will happen to them should the application go through.

After the go ahead was given by CBC, these comments appeared on my Facebook Page:

1. About the decision by CBC:

2. About Kishor's new store:

Friday, 10 October 2014

Request For Highway Controls

When a resident requests additional parking controls by CBC, CBC may well write back advising that they need to demonstrate wider support for the proposal, support from the CBC ward councillor, and from the Town Council.

The form below helps residents through the process.

I would be happy help assist anyone with this process within Houghton Regis.

Sunday, 5 October 2014

Help Stamp Out FGM - Conference Will Help Councils Understand

I am appalled by female genital mutilation. I had the misfortune to see on community channel on tv yesterday a woman use a dirty razer blade to cut a young woman where it really hurts. I did not need to see that because  I already have read around the subject and I want to see this savagery halted. A conference is being held this month that will help councils to understand how they can do more to stop this cruel crime of ignorance towards young women.

Time To Recognise the State of Palestine

On Monday 13th October, the House of Commons will be debating a motion which calls for the UK Parliament to recognise the State of Palestine alongside the State of Israel. This will give rightful legitimacy to the State of Palestine and its right to self-determination.

To finally have a workable two-State solution, then this has to involve two recognised and legitimate States within the negotiation process. The UK recognised Israel in 1950, and did not ask Palestinian permission to do so. The UK Government has the power to recognise Palestine now, upholding basic rights and freedoms for all people in the region.

Statehood cannot be conditional, it must not be part of the peace process but an intrinsic right for the Palestinian people with Israel having no say over another people's right to self-determination.

Palestine has acquired the attributes of a State, it has the functioning institutions worthy of a State as recognised by the IMF and the World Bank, and is ready for statehood. Its borders are still subject to negotiation, as indeed are Israel's borders but recognising Israel in the 1950's was not subject to negotiation and neither should recognition of Palestine.

The time to recognise Palestine is now.

The right of a people to choose its own destiny is an intrinsic, irrefutable human right. Recognition of Palestine as a State is an indispensable stage in a peaceful two-State solution.

If they me you feel passionately about this issue then please contact your local MP to make sure they attend the debate and speak up for Palestinian recognition. You can do this easily by clicking on this link

(The text above has been adapted from a letter by David Ward, Member of Parliament for Bradford East. I have long been of the view that Palestinians have legitimate long-standing grievances.)

Update: MPs voted to chose to recognise the state of Palestine by 274 votes for recognition to only 12 votes against recognition. 13/10/2014

Wednesday, 1 October 2014

Are you affected by hate crime?

Hate crime is motivated by prejudice or intolerance of disability,
race or religion, and includes physical attacks to someone or their property, offensive letters or phone calls, verbal abuse or insults, and bullying at school or work. Hate Crime hurts those who are vulnerable, and more victims need to be encouraged to come forward.
There are national support groups that can also offer help and advice to you:
Stop Hate UK 24 hour helpline: 0800 138 1625 or Text Relay 18001 0800 138 1625
Victim Support helpline number: 0845 30 30 900
Bullying UK helpline number: 0808 800 2222