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Landlords' Forum for private landlords in Central Beds

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Local landlords are invited to a Central Bedfordshire-wide forum, to hear about new legislation and find out how the council can support them. Planned for Wednesday, 12th September, the event is designed for local landlords, whether they have one property or more. With the recent introduction of legislation about energy efficiency standards and the introduction of Universal Credit and data protection rules, the council is planning a forum where private sector landlords can ask questions, hear from specialists and meet one another to share good practice. It will be held at the council’s office in Chicksands (Priory House, Monks Walk, Chicksands, Shefford, SG17 5TQ) from 6pm, with registration opening at 5:45pm, including refreshments. There will be networking opportunities with the Residential Landlords Association, Jobcentre Plus, and other private landlords, as well as special guest speakers: John Stewart, Residential Landlord Association and Angela Roberts, JobCentre Plus.

Police Urge Vigilance In Summer Home Security

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Residents are being urged by Bedfordshire Police to remain vigilant with regards to home security, to ensure that prized belongings stay safe. The majority of burglaries are opportunistic, and a property that presents itself as insecure is far more likely to be targeted than one which is properly secured. It is important to take steps not to leave ground floor windows or doors open or unlocked unless someone is in that room. It only takes a second for a thief to enter a home and take things, often without being noticed. The force has a wide range of advice on its website, and top tips for keeping homes secure over the summer include: Always close and lock windows and doors when leaving the property – even a small open window could entice a burglar. If in the garden, make sure the windows and doors at the front of the property are secure. Do not leave valuables on display through windows. Any car or house keys should be out of sight and some distance from a window or door.

Nominate a Good Neighbour For An Award

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Neighbourhood Watch and their Co-op Insurance sponsors has just launched a nationwide search to find and celebrate some of the best and most considerate neighbours of 2018! You are urged to nominate the most deserving good neighbours and there is also an opportunity to put forward your ‘Hero Next Door’ for a true act of heroism. Neighbourhood Watch and Co-op Insurance are working together on these exciting awards and anyone can nominate their good neighbours today! So, is there is a local hero in the street or community whose acts of kindness and neighbourliness really sets them apart? David Huse, OBE, Chair of the Neighbourhood Watch Network (NWN), says: “Everyone should feel safe in their community and having strong, welcoming and active neighbours who look out for each other means anti-social behaviour and crime are less likely to happen. Getting to know your neighbours has huge benefits for everyone – and with this award we want to recognise the people who are making such

Leisure Centres Survey - Have Your Say

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At a time when public services across the country are being squeezed, Central Beds Council have invested in new and improved leisure facilities. Dunstable £20.1m redevelopment completing 2018/19. Flitwick, £14.7m redeveloped opened 2016. Houghton Regis, some refurbishment in 2017. Biggleswade, some planned refurbishment of pool changing rooms in 2018/19. Tiddenfoot, some planned refurbishment of pool changing rooms in 2019/20. The Council say that people who exercise regularly have a lower risk of developing many long-term (chronic) conditions, such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes, stroke, and some cancers. Exercise can improve longevity, and physical activity can also boost self-esteem, mood, sleep quality and energy, as well as reducing the risk of stress, depression, dementia and Alzheimer's disease. The council are now asking for your views on the leisure centres and the facilities provided at them.  The survey closes: 5pm on 16 September 2018. Download the sur

Rushmere Park Big Summer Concert & Dog Show 11-12 Aug

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Rushmere Country Park in Heath and Reach is gearing up for its annual fundraising weekend of events (11-12 August) kicking off with its Concert in the Park followed by Summer Fayre and Fun Dog Show. This year’s concert promises to be the best yet. Environmental charity The Greensand Trust, who organised the event, has invested in an improved sound system and stage and a great line up of local music talent. Headlining Concert in the Park on Saturday, 11 August is Milton Keynes based four-piece acoustic band Inlak’esh. Also from Milton Keynes are male trio Kobold, specialising in vocal harmony and an electro-acoustic sound, and The Zeroes, MK’s finest and only Latino Punk band offering covers from Blondie to The Smiths. Leighton Buzzard female trio RAZZ will start off the evening from 5pm with hits from the 50s – 70s. It’s a relaxed family-friendly evening on the park’s meadow with food stalls and beer tent and amusements for the kids – or you can bring a picnic! Tickets cost £12