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Homelessness: Help Improve Services By Sharing Your Experiences

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Central Bedfordshire Council is asking for people who have experienced homelessness or the threat of homelessness and used their services to give feedback about their experience to help improve the support offered. You may have spoken to someone in the council’s Housing Options team, had an assessment or used the triage service - if so, they want to hear from you. There are many reasons why someone might become homeless, it could be as a result of a relationship breakdown, a landlord selling the property they are renting or the loss of income and no longer being able to afford the rent or mortgage. When most people think of homelessness they think of people sleeping rough on the streets but there are also people that do not have a permanent place to live that are not so visible. Many people ‘sofa surf’, that is they sleep on a friend’s sofa in order to avoid sleeping on the streets. Helping people get back on their feet isn’t always just about providing accommodation, it ca

Your last chance to make nominations for this year’s Cheering Volunteering event!

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The nomination deadline for this year’s Cheering Volunteering event is fast approaching; applications will close at midday on Monday, 8 April 2019. This year will mark the fifth Central Bedfordshire Cheering Volunteering event to say thank you to those who give their time to help others. It is run by Central Bedfordshire Council, in partnership with the Volunteer Centres as part of Central Bedfordshire Together. The event is a great way to show our appreciation to volunteers. Sponsored by Biffa, Pro Logis, Grand Union Housing, Weir, Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service and Ringway Jacobs, the Grove Theatre will host the awards evening on Tuesday, 4 June. Seven awards were presented on the night last year, with winners ranging from fundraisers for the Road Victims Trust to Friends of Houghton Hall to Leighton Buzzard Hockey and a men’s weight-loss coach. For this year, there will again be seven awards presented: Young Volunteer of the Year Volunteer of the Year Volun

Planning Application Submitted For New Road

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Central Bedfordshire Council has put in a planning application for its proposed M1 to A6 Link Road. The new strategic link road would run from the A6 Barton Road to junction 11a of the M1 motorway, joining up to the A5-M1 Link Road, to provide a strategically important east-west link. Subject to planning approval and securing funding, construction could commence in 2020. It is estimated that construction will take two years. The existing A6 road has approximately 26,000 vehicles on it each day. The new link road would help to relieve current congestion and improve safety on the A6 into Luton, as well as ease traffic on the local village roads used as rat-runs, such as Lower Sundon, Upper Sundon and Streatley. There are also a number of suggested upgrades to the local footpaths, cycleways and bridleways. The new road would be 2.75 miles (4.4km) long and could create part of a northern bypass for Luton. The submitted layout is a mixture of single and dual carriage

£20m Dunstable Centre to Open on 13 May

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The new £20.1million Dunstable Centre will be open to the public on 13 May, Central Bedfordshire Council has announced. The centre will include a new, modern leisure facility, with a 100-station health and fitness suite, studios, along with a new library, crèche, café, as well as a flexible community space for other public and community services, such as Citizens Advice and daycare. The brand-new library will be a large, bright and airy open-plan space, incorporating state-of-the-art equipment. Space will flow seamlessly within the main foyer and will be zoned for different activities. There will be a fully accessible ground floor library, with a new digital offer including public computers, iPads and a gaming zone, flexible space for activities, a children’s zone, and new facilities for teenagers. Councillor Ian Dalgarno, Executive Member for Community Services at Central Bedfordshire Council, said: “At a time when public services across the country are being s

Labour Manifesto For Central Bedfordshire - Elections in May

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Labour have issued their manifesto for Central Bedfordshire. The Labour Party say in their 2019 Manifesto that they will prepare the way for the Council to be working with a progressive Labour Government led by Jeremy Corbyn. Labour are planning to contest all wards in Central Bedfordshire. You can  download a full copy  of their manifesto here. _____ Elections for Central Bedfordshire Council take place on 2nd May.  You can only vote in local elections on Thursday 2 May if your name appears in the register of electors and if you are aged 18 or over on polling day. The deadline to submit application forms to register to vote is midnight on Friday,12 April. You can  register to vote online and it only takes a few seconds. _____ The Labour Party manifesto emphasises that all of its pledges and policy commitments will be dependent on a Labour Council being prepared to make tough but fair political and financial choices. The manifesto says they will seek to involve

Support local spaces by volunteering with the Wildlife Trusts!

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North Chilterns Chalk Living Landscape volunteers do a range of tasks that help the local habitat and keep the venues the Beds Cambs and Northamptonshire Wildlife Trusts (Wildlife Trusts BCN) respectable places to be enjoyed by local communities.  You can find out what things they do by reading the news from Wildlife Trust in this newsletter. Here's a range of tasks coming up between April and the summer in the local area, or you can download this pdf file. All tasks start at 10am and finish between 3 - 4pm, but you may leave earlier. Tools and equipment are provided, though steel-toe-capped boots and a strong pair of gardening gloves or similar are strongly recommended. Tea, coffee and biscuits are provided, but please bring your own lunch and cold drinks. Please let Esther or Richard know if you intend to come along: Email: toddington@wildlifebcn.org or phone 01525 874317 or staff mobiles: Esther Clarke 07540 669907 Richard Knock 07872 418279 

£1.2 million grant programme to benefit local community groups

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Community groups working in Luton and Bedfordshire, Northamptonshire, Milton Keynes and Aylesbury Vale are invited to apply for a grant up to £20,000 per project. The Community Grant programme, due to start from 1st April, is designed to fund local projects to support individuals who are currently unemployed to take up training, volunteering or get back into work. The Community Grants programme is part-funded by the European Social Fund and the Education Skills Funding Agency and managed by the South East Midlands Local Enterprise Partnership, SEMLEP. The grant programme is keen to receive applications from organisations that can create bespoke ways to engage with people from the hardest to reach communities. It’s expected that the fund will support around 1000 participants. Projects should focus on supporting people to develop confidence, self-esteem, enhance employability skills and transferrable life skills.  Examples of eligible projects include those that: provid

Local Schools Win Grants through Soft Drinks Industry Levy

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Healthy Pupils Capital Fund Central Bedfordshire Council were allocated £171,061 from the Department for Education from the Healthy Pupils Capital Fund (HPCF) in the 2018/19 financial year. CBC's public health team match funded that grant, meaning the total amount available was taken up to £342,122. The HPCF was provided from the Soft Drinks Industry Levy and was intended to be put towards projects which improve access to facilities for physical activity, healthy eating and wellbeing and medical conditions. Schools could bid for funding and CBC had 95 bids submitted in total. The bids were put through a rigorous assessment process, being scored on many factors, including how well they met the intended outcomes of the fund, how well they linked to existing plans to promote health and wellbeing, such as the health and wellbeing self-review, or cluster plan, and how well public health and deprivation data supported the need for the projects identified. Successful bids

Council urges residents not to lose their vote

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l Central Bedfordshire Council is encouraging local residents who have not yet registered to vote to have a say on who represents them locally by going online now to register. However, residents don’t need to register separately for every election, and will only need to register again if they’ve changed address, name or nationality since voting in the last election. You can only vote in local elections on Thursday 2 May if your name appears in the register of electors and if you are aged 18 or over on polling day. The deadline to submit application forms to register to vote is midnight on Friday,12 April. Anyone not registered can do so at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote . Poll cards will be delivered at addresses across the Central Bedfordshire Council area from 5 – 9 April, with postal votes being sent out from 8 April for Council Ward elections and 15 April for Parish elections. If you do not receive a poll card, you may not be on the electoral register for the address wher

Dunstable & Area Crime Statistics January 2019

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By Alan D Winter. The latest crime statistics for the area have been released on the Police.uk website, and with additional neighbourhood area maps supplied by Dunstable News Desk, you can now compare the data for your area, with your neighbours. ◘ Dunstable & Area Crime January 2019  Overall Stats:  See details ◘ Dunstable overall See detailed statistics   ◘ North East Dunstable See detailed statistics    ◘ North West Dunstable See detailed statistics    ◘ South East Dunstable See detailed statistics    ◘ South West Dunstable See detailed statistics   

Dunstable Town Centre Regeneration

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Photos from Dunstable News Desk. Report from today's CBC meeting. Centre railings removed: High Street North,  Dunstable. Photo: A D Winter, Dunstable News Desk  New flower bed and seating: West Street, Dunstable. Photo: A D Winter, Dunstable News Desk Widened streets, narrow road, easier for pedestrians to cross, quoting Cllr Nigel Young: High Street South, Dunstable. Photo: A D Winter, Dunstable News Desk Removal of dog-leg railings from crossing and widened footpaths: Church Street, Dunstable. Photo: A D Winter, Dunstable News Desk SUSTAINABLE COMMUNITIES OVERVIEW & SCRUTINY COMMITTEE - Thu, 14th Mar 2019 - 10:00 am - Central Bedfordshire Council Webcasting SUSTAINABLE COMMUNITIES OVERVIEW & SCRUTINY COMMITTEE - Thu, 14th Mar 2019 - 10:00 am - Central Bedfordshire Council Webcasting Cllr Nigel Young, Executive Member for Regeneration at Central Bedfordshire Council, told today's Sustainable Communities Overview & Scrutiny Comm