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Council says help ‘cool the climate’ by home composting

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Central Bedfordshire Council is asking residents to help ‘cool the climate’ by composting at home during the nineteenth annual International Compost Awareness Week, which is being held from 5 to 11 May 2019. Composting is an inexpensive, natural process that transforms kitchen and garden waste into valuable and nutrient-rich food for any garden. It’s both easy to make and use. By home composting, carbon captured by plants from the atmosphere is returned to the soil which helps maintain moisture levels, adds nutrients, improve the soil’s workability, and helps reduce the release of nitrous oxide. It also is a great way of recycling items that may otherwise be thrown away in the bin. Ian McMurdy, Waste Awareness Officer at Central Bedfordshire Council, said: “Many people don’t realise that a third of their household black bin is made up of organic waste that could be turned into compost. Although many households already compost at home, we want more residents to get involved. B

Dunstable with Celeb FC - Sunday 5 May

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Celebrity Fundraising Football Match for Macmillan Cancer Support in Dunstable with Celeb FC - Sunday 5 May  Dunstable is not always thought of like a celebrity hotspot, but that is all set to change this Sunday, 5th May as celebrities gather together to take part in the Green Machine v Celeb FC Charity Football match, raising funds for Macmillan Cancer Support. Celebs playing on the day include UK Garage Music legends - MC Kie & DJ Pied Piper Big Brother 2016 Winner - Jason Burrill Ex on The Beach - Gino Antonio Host of ITV's Jackpot247 - Rob Lamarr TOWIE - Dean Ralph Celebrity Ghost Hunt - Ashley Buckenham MasterChef The Professionals Finalist – Andi Walker Semi-Pro Footballers – Paul “Jigga” Shelock, Dean “Macca” Mcateer & Chris “Jenno” Jennings” Along with many more It's a 3pm kick off at Creasey Park Football Centre, Dunstable costing JUST £3 at the gate from 2pm. Karin Flower, Founder of Celeb FC said, “We are utterly delighted to lend our su

Blue Badge Parking Cheats Fined

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Council fines more disabled parking cheats A council-led crackdown on Blue Badge disabled parking fraud saw two unscrupulous drivers successfully convicted of wrongful use of a disabled person’s badge yesterday (Tuesday, 23 April). Blue Badges allow a disabled person to park closer to their home or destination, and can only be displayed by another person if the badge holder is present and is being dropped off or collected. However, Earnest Bounds of Jeans Way in Dunstable, was caught in Duncan Street in Leighton Buzzard, using his wife’s Blue Badge when she wasn’t present. Mr Bounds pleaded guilty and was ordered to pay £565 . Elizabeth Ward, of Mannock Way in Leighton Buzzard, was found using her husband’s Blue Badge in Tiddenfoot Leisure Centre Centre Park when he wasn’t present . Mrs Ward also pleaded guilty and was ordered to pay £754 . The prosecutions were made under section 117(1) Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984. Charles Warboys, Director of Resources at Centra

Pressure on Local Authorities to Meet Annual New Housing Needs

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The Local Housing Need is the government's new standard method for calculating the number of new homes required to be built in each local planning authority area. Local Housing Need has been calculated as per the government's method set out in planning practice guidance, using 2014-based household projections and the 2018 median house price to workplace-based earnings ratio. In some circumstances, the annual LHN figure may be capped depending on the status of strategic policies and overall level of increase in the housing requirement. The cap has not been applied in calculating the 2019 LHN figures below. Local Authorities have targets to meet for annual house building Luton UA's Local Housing Need Luton UA's annual Local Housing Need is 1440 dwellings per annum. This is based on total household growth of 11323 dwellings between 2019 and 2029, with an adjustment factor of 1.272 applied. For reference, the 2018 LHN figure was 1394 dwellings per annum.

School Places 2019

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l Central Beds Council is urging people who applied for places in their schools this year to check the offer they have been given. The Council say that if you made an application for your child to start school or transfer to middle school in September, the outcome can now be checked. For pupils starting a lower or primary school in September: 3,461 pupils applied for a place 95 per cent have been granted their first preference. 90 per cent of applications were made online For pupils transferring to a middle school in September: 2,319 pupils applied to transfer 93 per cent were offered their first preference 95 per cent of applications were made online Anyone who applied online should have now received an email with their offer - -check your spam folders if you have not seen it yet. Alternatively, all online applicants can log into their account to view the outcome of their application. If you applied by paper application form, a decision letter will be posted to

Local Government Elections 2019 - Candidates for Dunstable

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Elections are being held on Thursday 2nd May 2019 to elect a new Council for Central Bedfordshire (CBC). At the same time, a new Council will be elected to serve Dunstable Town Council (DTC). How Central Bedfordshire voted last time: Conservative 53 seats, Other 3 seats, Labour 2 seats, Liberal Democrats 1 seat. Who can vote? In England, anyone over the age of 18 and one of the following, is eligible to vote in May 2018: a British citizen living in the UK a qualifying Commonwealth citizen living in the UK a citizen of the Republic of Ireland living in the UK a European Union citizen living in the UK someone registered to vote as a Crown Servant someone registered to vote as a service voter You need to register by 12th April to vote in these local elections on 2nd May. Poll card delivery: 5 April until 9 April 2019 Last date for registration: 12 April 2019. Registering to vote is quick and easy. You can  register to vote here Last date for postal vote a

Counterfeit and Unsafe Goods Land Dunstable man with Hefty Fine

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A man from Dunstable has been ordered to pay over £6,500 this month after selling unsafe and fake products to his customers. Mr Dean Dovey aged 27 from Hadrian Avenue, Dunstable was caught after Luton Council got in touch with Central Bedfordshire Council’s Trading Standards Team to inform them about a tip-off that they had received regarding products Mr Dovey was selling on an online auction site. Central Bedfordshire Council investigated by reviewing the items for sale and undertaking test purchases on those that were suspected to be either unsafe or counterfeit. This resulted in a warrant being carried out where 3097 items were seized. Mr Dovey appeared at Luton Crown Court on 12 March and entered a guilty plea to 13 offences. He was ordered to pay costs of £6851 and complete 80 hours of unpaid work within 12-months. Susan Childerhouse, Assistant Director of Public Protection and Transport at Central Bedfordshire Council said: “The counterfeiting of goods is dishonest an

Dunstable man fined for dumping 1400 litres of used motor oil

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A man from Dunstable has been fined more than £2,450 after being caught on CCTV fly-tipping used motor oil and engine oil filters in French’s Avenue, Dunstable. David Roe of Hurlock Close, Dunstable was caught after a business based in French’s Avenue got in touch with Central Bedfordshire Council to say that they had film evidence of the fly-tipping. Council officers reviewed the CCTV footage, which revealed that the waste was illegally fly-tipped from a vehicle driven by Mr Roe. When interviewed, Mr Roe confirmed that he recognised the waste and that he had fly-tipped on two separate occasions. He also said that he had fly-tipped around seventy 20-litre containers from August to December 2017 outside the council’s Household Waste Recycling Centre in French’s Avenue. Mr Roe, who works as a mobile car service engineer, moved to Dunstable in August 2017. When he visited the council’s tidy tip in French’s Avenue, he was told that they could not allow disposal of this type