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Weston Homes to Re-develop 5 Acre Ashton Middle School

ASHTON SCHOOLS FOUNDATION CHOOSE HERITAGE SPECIALIST WESTON HOMES FOR NEW FUTURE OF MIDDLE SCHOOL SITE The trustees of the Ashton Schools Foundation have now exchanged contracts to sell the 5.09 acre Ashton Middle School site and buildings in Dunstable to a developer, Weston Homes, in order to secure a new future for the historic site. But new legislation could scupper the developers hopes for a Change of Use. The middle school is due to close in August 2016 and the sale of the site will generate funds that will be reinvested in the other two schools that are under the Ashton Schools Foundation: Ashton St Peter’s Primary School and Manshead School. Weston Homes was chosen as the purchasers of the site after extensive liaison with the Foundation and its consultants. Weston Homes focuses on providing starter and family homes across South East England. Weston's customer reviews for it's new homes building are not great. See Reviews "Weston Homes are a terrible

Blows Down Nature Reserve

Access is gained to Blows Down Nature Reserve at a few different points in Dunstable: At the end Half Moon Lane, Station Road by some new apartments adjacent to the Busway Off Skimpot Road, under the bridge near Tesco's. From Jean's Way through a short pathway that also leads to a Busway stop. Lovely for walks and views back over South-West Dunstable and towards the North and Luton. Great in winter for sledging if we get a dusting of snow too! The apostrophe is sometimes omitted. The area is designated an SSSI, most of which is managed as a nature reserve by the Wildlife Trust for Bedfordshire . See All Saints Parish Church from Blow's Down  " the Blow family were in fact tenant farmers at Zouches Farm from the early 1700s until 1800. " see Annual Spring Clean - March 2016  Dunstable south and west from Blow's Down.   Open in new window size 6250 x 1120 pixel

The Dunstable Soul Family - Ivory Lounge, Friday June 17th


Zookeepers Trumpet Arrival of A Baby Asian Elephant

Zookeepers at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo are trumpeting the arrival of an exciting new addition, a baby Asian elephant. The pint-sized pachyderm was born on Friday 10 June, just in time for the nation’s celebrations of HM The Queen’s official 90th birthday. In recognition of her regal birthdate, keepers have given the youngster a moniker fit for a monarch, and named the five-day-old calf Elizabeth, after HM The Queen, who is also Patron of the conservation charity which runs the Zoo. Born to 17-year-old Karishma following a 22-month gestation period, and weighing in at a hefty 130kg, the young female joins a herd of ten Asian elephants at the 600-acre Zoo in Bedfordshire. Arriving slightly earlier than anticipated, Elizabeth’s mum Karishma had showed no signs of going into labour, so lead keeper Darren Fellowes was surprised to find the new addition getting to know the rest of the herd when he arrived at work in the morning. ZSL’s assistant curator of elephants, Lee Sambrook said:

Lidl - Permission Granted For New Dunstable Store

Lidl have been given permission  to build a new store on Luton Road, Dunstable, on the former Linpac site opposite B&M and Carpet Right. The application is subject to conditions imposed. The store would have a gross internal area of 2,439 square metres, and a net sales area of 1,424 square metres. 122 car parking spaces would be provided. Dunstable Town Council had no objections. Asda Stores submitted an objection letter stating that the area was a Main Employment Area and that it should not be used for retail. Dunstable town centre is currently served by an Asda, Aldi, Iceland, Farmfoods, and Sainsburys as major food suppliers as well as two Polish grocery stores. Lidl's nearest current stores are at Leagrave and at Francis Street in Luton. Permission letter All documents see : All plans for this development New Homes for Former Linpac Site. Luton Store Reconstruction

Andrew Selous, MP - "One of the Most Responsive MPs in the Land"

South West Bedfordshire MP, Andrew Selous, has ended up as the 10th most responsive MP in the country according to a new survey by Write To Them. The website, , sent 90,175 messages to MPs in 2015–16. 50,852 people answered their feedback survey about their MP’s response. The website helps members of the public contact an MP or councillor. It reports that Andrew Selous MP answered 91% of survey responses, answering 58 out of 64 survey queries, and 132 messages sent to him. That contrasts with Gavin Shuker, Labour MP for Luton South, who came in 242nd place, answering 57% of surveys, or 27 out of 47 surveys sent, and 72 messages. Kelvin Hopkins, the Labour Luton North MP, ended up in 557th place, answering just 28% of surveys or 15 out 54, and 77 messages sent to him. But Nadine Dorries, the Conservative MP for Mid Bedfordshire had one of the worst records of all. She did did not accept any messages via The full results can be found at h

Boundary Review 2018 - What Works Best For Dunstable?

Would you choose S1, S2, or S3 to be the Parliamentary seat arrangement? Parliament has specified that the 2018 review must reduce the number of constituencies, and therefore MPs, in the UK, to 600. It has asked the Boundary Commission, us, as an independent and impartial body , to consider where the boundaries of the new constituencies should be, ensuring that every new constituency has roughly the same number of electors; no fewer than 71,031 and no more than 78,507. What works best for Dunstable? Join it to Luton? Join it to Leighton Buzzard? Posted by Dunstable News Desk on  Sunday, 12 June 2016

Whipsnade Zoo To Scrap Disposable Water Bottles

  Zoo marks World Oceans Day by scrapping single-use plastic water bottles   ZSL Whipsnade Zoo is ditching plastic water bottles, as part of a new campaign led by the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) to protect the world's oceans from the growing threat of plastic pollution.   In celebration of World Oceans Day on Wednesday 8 June 2016, ZSL Whipsnade Zoo will be switching to brand new 'water in a box' and encouraging visitors to re-fill their reusable drinks bottles.   Between 5.5 and 14.6 million tonnes of plastic entered the ocean in 2015, and frightening estimates suggest that – at current rates – by 2025 they will contain a tonne of plastic for every three tonnes of fish. ZSL Whipsnade Zoo wants to reverse this terrifying prediction, with 'Lose your Bottle!' – a project to raise awareness of the threat of plastics to our oceans.   Used just once, often for less than ten minutes, disposable plastic drinking water bottles account for a

Videos - Thunderstorm Causes Flooding in Dunstable

Pictures:  Facebook and Twitter taken around Dunstable Lucy Cox Brandon Dow Amber Joy Brown Amber Joy Brown TWITTER VIDEO : Madness on dunstable high street #dunstable #flooding #luton #flood #storm #lightning — Lobotz (@LobotzLogos) 7 June 2016 TWITTER VIDEO : More from Dunelm Store in #Dunstable #thunderstorm #thunder #storm #flooding #floods #ukstorm #UK — Ali Javed (@AliJaved93) June 7, 2016 TWITTER VIDEO Flash flooding hit the three counties today. In #Dunstable the A505/Church St. is closed after the road opened up. — BBC Three Counties (@BBC3CR) June 7, 2016 Spotted Dunstable Jay Allen Some pictures from #Dunstable #flooding #floods #luton #thunder #thunderstorm #ukstorm #UK

Care Quality Commission in Praise of L&D Staff in Positive Report

 Statement from Pauline Philip, CEO at the L & D Hospital on the recent published Care Quality Commission report on the L & D.   Overall a good report from the CQC which is good news for all patients, present and future, at the L & D. "I am writing to let you know that today the Care Quality Commission (CQC) published its report into care provided by our Trust and awarded an overall rating of 'good', with some areas rated as 'outstanding'. Our Summit will be held next Friday and we very much look forward to seeing you there."   "We are delighted to receive such a positive recognition from the CQC. The report is an acknowledgement of the tremendous commitment and hard work shown by our staff and partners consistently over many years."   "The publication of the report follows a planned inspection by the CQC of the Luton and Dunstable Hospital from 19 - 21 January 2016, with further unplanned visits taking place on 27 January and 4 Febr

PCC Faces Hostile Questions Over Travellers

The new Bedfordshire Police and Crime Commissioner, Kathryn Holloway attended Central Bedfordshire Council and has reached an understanding to work with the Council on issues such as fly-tipping and nuisance bikers. Last Thursday she commented on her Facebook Page that it had been a "Fantastically productive day at Central Beds Council" - But commentators to her Facebook Page  posed a series of questions in response, mostly about the delay in the removal of traveller encampments around Dunstable. The duty of the Police is to preserve the peace and prevent crime. Trespass on land by itself is not a criminal offence. Local authorities have an obligation to carry out welfare assessments on unauthorised campers to identify any welfare issues that need to be addressed, before taking enforcement action against them. The Government have produced a guide to removal of unlawful encampments:

​​​​Can You Relate?

Dunstable Relate are in urgent need of volunteers to act as Meet and greeters in the town. If you have a few hours to spare on a Monday evening they would love to hear from you.  The Meet and Greeters volunteer on a rota basis and any help you can give however small, would be greatly appreciated. If you think you could help please contact them by calling Tina Miller on 01234 356350 or email

Travellers Move Out of Town Centre Leaving a Big Mess Behind

Irish travellers last night vacated the land around Dunstable Skate Park between 'Go Bowling' and the Luton-Dunstable Busway. As they moved out a team of six council workers moved in to remove general rubbish, human excrement, and wooden waste. The bulk of these travellers appear to have dispersed to Olma Road Recreation ground, with another group of about 6 decamping to Dunstable Downs, and another group moved onto the Woodside Industrial estate close to the Luton-Dunstable Busway. A further group have set up near Junction 10 of the M1, at Bullwood Cottages, Hyde. It was alleged on BBC Three Counties radio, that travellers had sat on a rail overlooking the Busway, and had defecated. A CBC councillor for Caddington and Hyde, Cllr Richard Stay, and who was concerned about Irish travellers in his ward told BBC Three Counties Radio reporter, Jonathan Vernon Smith, that he had zero tolerance for these particular travellers. Cllr Stay said he was unhappy with the way Central

New Police data published for April 2016

Here is a brief summary of the crime information for the past two months: March 2016 April 2016 All crime 711 697 Anti-social behaviour 289 314 Bicycle theft

2016-May Archive of Dunstable News Desk Facebook Posts

Sent in by a reader. Filmed on Friday evening A5/French's Avenue. To report nuisance bikers use 101 or email information video and pictures to Posted on 15/05/2016 . Served to 11249 unique users. Facebook Link GOHoughton - Rated top restaurant in Houghton Regis & Dunstable area, and N0.4 on TripAdvisor for Bedfordshire. Posted on 05/05/2016 . Served to 3471 unique users. Facebook Link Antique & Collectors Fair Posted on 02/05/2016 . Served to 1723 unique users. Facebook Link Dunstable Dubbers Rally Round After VW is broken into. This months meet (25th May) will be at The White Lion Pub in Dunstable. Find out more about the Club at Posted on 12/05/2016 . Served to 1503 unique users. Facebook Link Warning about fires on Dunstable Downs. Posted on 30/05/2016 . Served to 1258 unique users. Facebook Link Accident Posted on 04/05/2016 . Served to 1157 un
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