£2m Heritage Lottery Fund Bid for Local Chalk Landscapes

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A Heritage Lottery Fund Bid has been put together for the Luton, Dunstable and Houghton Regis area (now called ‘Chalkscapes’) and was submitted on the 18th November 2019.u

The bid is for approximately £2m and, if successful, will involve a partnership of conservation and community groups coming together to work to raise awareness of, and improve, the wildlife, landscape and heritage of the South Bedfordshire chalk landscapes. If successful, there will be a 2-year period to build partnerships and engagement before the project launches. Project partners include, Chilterns Conservation Board (lead), CentralBedfordshire Council, The Wildlife Trusts, National Trust, Luton Borough Council. The results will be announced at the end of March 2020.

The Totternhoe Area Group met on the 25th November 2019 and discussed issues such as MaidenBower, Green Lane access, inappropriate usage of the Green Lanes and management of nature reserves and rights of way. Attendees include: CBC, Totternhoe Parish Council, the Wildlife Trust and National Trust, Sustrans and CPRE Beds. The next meeting will be on 4th May 2020.

Source : Agenda item for Dunstable Joint Committee meeting on 9 January 2020.


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