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Dukeminster Redevelopment Plans for 274 Houses

Permission is sought to erect 274 houses with parking and associated works, at the former Dukeminster Estate, Church Street, Dunstable. Together with previous plans this brings the total to 318 homes. The planning number is CB/16/02972/FULL. Details at: Comments can be sent to

New Plans For Converting Ashton Middle School into Homes

It is proposed to convert Ashton Middle School, High Street North by Weston Homes plc. Conversion and refurbishment of Grade II listed former school building and associated curtilage listed buildings to form apartments comprising: Main School - 7 No.1-bedroom and 10 No. 2-bedroom apartments Science Block - 5 No.2-bedroom; Gymnasium - 5 No. dwellings. Associated refuse, cycle storage, open space and landscaping proposals. Demolition of other modern curtilage listed buildings and extensions. An existing astro-turf pitch would be removed. An existing toilet extension and store to kitchen would be removed. An existing fire escape staircase would be removed. Various other indicated buildings on the site would be removed. Erection of new dwellings and apartments including: 3 No. 4-bed houses fronting Ashton Road; 18 No 3-bedroom houses; 21 No. 1-Bedroom and 41 No. 2-bedroom apartments. Vehicular and pedestrian access via High Street North and further pedestrian acces

Theresa May Asks Local MP Selous to Stand Down As Prisons Minister

Local MP Sacked from his Prison job. Sacked former Cabinet minister Michael Gove's team at the Ministry of Justice has been dramatically reshaped with Prisons Minister Andrew Selous the latest to leave the department. On his website Andrew Selous says, "I have been asked to stand down as Minister for Prisons, Probation and Rehabilitation by Theresa May our new Prime Minister. It has been an enormous honour to serve in this role for the last two years and a privilege to champion the work of our inspirational prison officers, probation staff and wonderful voluntary sector partners. They are amazing people who do their work often unseen and unappreciated."  "I have served continuously as a Parliamentary Private Secretary,Whip and Minister in both Opposition and in Government for the last 13 years and it has been a huge honour to serve my country in this way. I look forward to having the time to take up many issues which I care about deeply and to continue se

Children Encouraged to Redesign Police Cars!

Is your child a budding artist? Do they care about the community? If so, they could help redesign our police cars! As the summer holidays are just around the corner Bedfordshire Police's Crime Reduction team is encouraging young people to use their free time safely and sensibly by entering a competition to have their artwork displayed on community police vehicles. The competition will see the talented winner's drawing transformed into the 'livery' on the side of cop cars which are used for neighbourhood patrols and attending appointments. Sergeant Ben Dimmock said: "The aim of this light-hearted competition is to get kids thinking about what policing means to them, and how important it is in their community. We want young people to put pen to paper to come up with a design which will brighten up our community cars and help people to engage with the force from a young age. "The only brief is to be big and bold, and create a clear, concise design which incorpora

The Big Friendly Read ​#SummerReadingChallenge

Challenge your kids to the Big Friendly Read The Summer Reading Challenge is back and Central Bedfordshire Libraries will be celebrating 100 years of the world's favourite storyteller – Roald Dahl. The Big Friendly Read, Summer Reading Challenge 2016 is aimed at children from ages 4-11 and their families and this year runs from Saturday, July 16 and will feature some of Roald Dahl's best-loved characters and the amazing artwork of his principal illustrator, Sir Quentin Blake. Children that sign up to the Summer Reading Challenge will get a free collector folder to keep special Big Friendly Read cards. The cards include Quentin Blake illustrations and all six cards can be collected as kids read any library books of their choice. It's fun, it's friendly and, best of all, it's totally FREE. Organised by The Reading Agency and the UK public library network since 1999, the Summer Reading Challenge is the UK's biggest annual reading promotion. Last year, in Central Be

2016-June Archive of Dunstable News Desk Facebook Posts

Travellers on Woodside Industrial Estate, seen wired up to street lighting. Posted on 06/06/2016 . Served to 4075 unique users. Facebook Link Travellers Move Out of Town Centre Leaving a Big Mess Behind Posted on 03/06/2016 . Served to 3601 unique users. Facebook Link Videos - Thunderstorm Causes Flooding in Dunstable Posted on 07/06/2016 . Served to 3072 unique users. Facebook Link Today, until 6pm, visitors are taking the opportunity to revisit the one time Ashton Grammar School in Dunstable. The grounds and buildings are open to wander around, and reminisce over. And there will be a Public exhibition at the school on 28th June from 4pm to 7.30pm by developers to explain their conversion ideas prior to submission of plans. Posted on 23/06/2016 . Served to 2803 unique users. Facebook Link Big Band - 9th July - tickets Posted on 29/06/2016 . Served to 1777 unique users. Facebook Link How Central Bedfordshire Voted. 158,

Latest Crime Data For Our Area

New data for Dunstable, Houghton Regis, Caddington, East Hyde, Studham area has been published on Here is a brief summary of ​all the crime information for the past two months: April 2016 May 2016 All crime 697 692 Anti-social behaviour 314 299 Bicycle theft 5 11 Burglary 37 67 Criminal damage and arson 48 67 Drugs 9 2 Other crime 4 4 Other theft 49 41 Possession of weapons 3 0 Public order 21 17 Robbery 6 8 Shoplifting 34 23 Theft from the person 4 3 Vehicle crime 69 48 Violence and sexual offences                  94 102 Please visit  for more information including outcomes for these crimes and contact information for your local policing team. The information and statistics displayed are for information purposes only and may be subject to change. Although care is taken when processing and analysing the data, the detail is subject to the inaccuracies inherent in any large-scale recording system. While the fi
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