Showing posts from November, 2017

Central Bedfordshire Council has been named Best Social Work Employer of the Year

Central Bedfordshire Council has been named Best Social Work Employer of the Year in a national awards event. The council’s Children’s Services saw off three other shortlisted local authorities to claim the prize at the Social Worker of the Year Awards on Friday night. Judges praised the work done by Central Bedfordshire to ensure that social workers have manageable caseloads, good supervision and support with access to great learning and development opportunities and an excellent Assessed and Supported Year in Employment (ASYE) programme for newly-qualified children’s social workers. As part of Children’s Services’ ambitious transformation agenda, during the past three years teams have been restructured into smaller units with non-caseholding managers. The result of this is that front-line social work staff now have manageable numbers of families to support and can devote more time to getting to know the children they work with, in turn building up positive and lasting relati

Lidl Dunstable to Open on 14th December

Lidl UK has confirmed that its new store on Luton Road in Dunstable will open its doors for the first time to customers at 8am on 14thDecember. In addition to the ribbon cutting, Lidl will be offering customers the chance to sample some of its award-winning products throughout the day. For the first week of trading customers will be able to enjoy up to £40 off selected non-food products including a record player with USB (£29.99, RRP £49.99) from Thursday 14th, a dehumidifier (£79, RRP £119) from Friday 15th, and a professional food processor (£39.99, RRP £79.99) from Saturday 16th December. The new supermarket forms part of the company’s ongoing expansion and regeneration plans in the UK which will see it open between 50 to 60 new stores a year. The sustainable store with 1424m² sales area has created up to 40 new jobs and boasts state-of-the-art facilities including an in-store bakery, longer-style tills with dual packing, customer toilets, baby changing and ample parking for

Free Cycle Parking Stands Available!

Voluntary sector groups, businesses, shops, offices, cafés, pubs, churches, dental practices and surgeries in Dunstable and Houghton Regis can get free cycle parking under the community cycle parking schemes run by Park That Bike (supported by CBC Travel Choices ). The bike parking stands are free of charge, but you are responsible for installing them on your own property (full instructions are provided) in a location agreed with ParkThatBike

Local schools to cycle, scoot and walk their way to Lapland

​ Schools across Central Bedfordshire will soon be competing in a race to reach 'Lapland'.  The 'Santa Challenge' is an interschool cycling, scooting and walking competition that will run from 27 November to 8 December, which is being funded by Central Bedfordshire Council's public health team and organised by sustainable transport charity Sustrans. Children and families will accumulate miles each time they cycle, scoot or walk to school, double if a parent cycles too. All the miles will be added up at the end of the challenge to see if each school has travelled the required 2050-mile trip to Lapland over the 10-day challenge.  All pupils that take part will be in with a chance of winning a 'Frog Bike'. Other prizes will also be distributed to schools for teachers to give to participating pupils, including slap bands, badges, teddy bears and other assorted bike-related prizes. Sustrans Schools Officer, Derek Smulders said: "In previous years, the childr

Priory View — Wins Best Social or Affordable New Housing Development!

Central Bedfordshire Council’s Priory View, an independent living scheme in Dunstable, has been awarded the title of Best Social or Affordable New Housing Development at the Grand Final of the LABC Building Excellence Awards – one of the most recognised events on the building industry’s calendar. A panel of industry experts judged Priory View the category winner out of 11 finalists from across England and Wales. Priory View, which was officially opened by HM The Queen in April this year, is a five storey residence containing 83 apartments of mixed tenure (affordable rent and shared ownership) for residents aged 55 or over. The building is a community hub including a restaurant, café, minimarket, hairdressers and beauty/treatment rooms in central atria, located within easy walking distance of Dunstable Town Centre. Priory View is the first independent living scheme built by Central Bedfordshire Council. This was a major challenge, a steep learning curve and very rewarding for the C

Dunstable Crime Statistics September 2017

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Mum of Two Pleads Guilty to Benefit Fraud

A Dunstable woman has pleaded guilty to fraudulently obtaining almost £1,600 in Council Tax Support. Lorraine Carter, 42, of West Street, appeared at Luton Magistrates’ Court today (7 November) where she admitted claiming a £1,595.98 reduction on her council tax to which she was not entitled. She was prosecuted following an investigation by Central Bedfordshire Council which revealed that she had provided false documents and information for financial gain. That was after an eagle-eyed Council Tax officer spotted that Carter had submitted paperwork claiming that her youngest child was in full-time childcare to gain financial support – but really the child was of school age. Carter applied for Housing Benefit and Council Tax Support in January 2014, claiming that her partner had moved out and that she was now just living with her two children. She said that she was paying for childcare for her youngest child – with such applications, the child care costs are deducted from the

CBC to Reveal New Plans for Improving Dunstable High Street

Central Bedfordshire Council are set to reveal their plans for improving Dunstable. The plans will be online from 6th November, and public events will be starting from Tuesday 14 November. Last year CBC asked the public for their ideas for how to improve Dunstable High Street. They asked what would encourage the public to spend more time in the High Street, and how it could be made safer to cross, and more accessible for pedestrians and cyclists? Looking Forward The public said they wanted to prioritise pedestrians, as they are the ones spending money in the shops and businesses, through a boulevard-style high street with cafes on wider pavements; more greenery; and more public areas and places to sit. The public also favoured the removal of railings so that pedestrians can get to different areas around town, and improving the traffic lights at the main crossroads. As well as the High Street, there are proposed improvements to the Middle Row; the Market Square; and Queensway.