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Cheering Volunteering - Back for Another Year. Nominate Someone Today!

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If you’ve yet to get your nominations in for this year’s Cheering Volunteering awards then don’t worry, you still have time. The awards are a chance to thank the many volunteers and voluntary organisations across Central Bedfordshire for the often-unheralded work which they do to help others in their community. There are six different categories in which you can nominate people and you have until 20 April 2020 to do so. Young Volunteer of the Year  Volunteer of the Year  Volunteer Group of the Year  Outstanding Contribution  Lifetime Achievement  Sports and Wellbeing Volunteer of the Year The winners will be announced at the awards and celebration evening at the Grove Theatre, in Dunstable, on Thursday, 4 June. Free tickets are available for what promises to be a great evening’s entertainment, and which will again be compered by Billy Lee, the world's greatest Tom Jones tribute act. The event is organised by Central Bedfordshire Council, working in partn

Caddington - Large Fine for Unlicenced Owners of Mobile Park Home

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Central Bedfordshire Council successfully prosecutes the owners of a residential mobile home park for illegally operating without a licence. Yesterday afternoon (25 February) Savannah Frankham, Tommy Frankham were found guilty at Luton Magistrates’ Court under the Caravan Sites and Control of Development Act 1960 and ordered to pay £13,499 in fines, costs and a victim surcharge. S Frankham and T Frankham, who did not attend court, were found to be operating Hillcrest Mobile Home Park in Caddington under the business Mayphil Park Sales Ltd, without the correct legal licence in place. The prosecution comes after months of investigation by Central Bedfordshire Council Housing Officers who discovered Hillcrest Mobile Home Park was being run without a licence. Despite various attempts by the Council to ensure the owners applied for an appropriate licence, Hillcrest Mobile Park Home continued to operate illegally and ignored all contact by officers. Councillor Carole Hegley,

Selous, MP: A Question of Carbon Offsetting

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Environment Bill – in the House of Commons at 1:33 pm on 26th February 2020. LINK  to read debate in full Andrew Selous The Second Church Estates Commissioner: What action are the Government taking to ensure that carbon offsetting is permanent and long-lasting? Greenhouse gases can be in the atmosphere in some cases for hundreds of years, and there is a danger that carbon offsetting could be only temporary, so will the Government look at that point and come forward with proposals on it? George Eustice The Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs My hon. Friend makes an important point. The Bill contains a number of measures relating to a biodiversity net gain. It includes, for instance, a provision on conservation covenants, which will enable a landowner entering into an agreement to plant woodland, for instance, to have a covenant on that land as part of an agreement that would prevent it from subsequently being scrapped. ? Source:

Council Tax Fraudsters Fined and Have Over £3,000 each to Repay

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Two people received fines and costs and have to pay back thousands of pounds after admitting fraudulently claiming Council Tax Support for years while they were actually working. Lynne Morris, 51, of Spoondell, Dunstable started claiming in December 2016 although an investigation by Central Bedfordshire Council’s fraud team found she had been working. She has to pay back the council £3,118.96 as well as pay costs of £470, a victim surcharge of £39 and a fine of £390 imposed at the same hearing. Shaun Emery, 46, of Hitchin Street, Biggleswade, started to claim the benefit in March 2014 on the basis he had no earnings but the council's fraud team discovered he too was in work the following month. He has to re-pay £3,131.66 for the discount he received, and Luton Magistrates’ Court ordered him to pay costs of £564, a victim surcharge of £44 and fined him £442. Councillor Richard Wenham, Deputy Leader and Executive Member for Corporate Resources at Central Bedfordshire

MP Wants Builders to build Zero Energy Bills Homes

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New Homes: Carbon Emissions and Energy Efficiency Housing, Communities and Local Government – in the House of Commons on 24th February 2020. Andrew Selous, The Second Church Estates Commissioner): What steps he is taking to (a) reduce carbon emissions and (b) improve energy efficiency in new homes. Christopher Pincher, Minister of State (Housing, Communities and Local Government): Welcome back, Mr Speaker, and welcome particularly to our new Chaplain. Homes account for about a fifth of emissions. Driving these down and improving energy efficiency are crucial to fulfilling our commitments to net zero carbon by 2050. We have committed to introducing a future homes standard by 2025, and we will respond shortly to the 3,000 or so responses to our consultation—it closed on 7 February—which proposes carbon emissions at least 75% lower from 2025. Andrew Selous: British architects such as Bill Dunster are building competitively priced, zero energy bill homes today that not only

Your Council Tax for 2020/21

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20 February 2020 20:50 - Councillors at tonight's CBC Council meeting approved a Council Tax Resolution which means that the following council tax rates for 2020/21 will apply. The meeting was  broadcast live at 6.30pm 20 February 2020 by CBC Webcasting, and will be available later on that link once the webcast has concluded. The budget also includes the application of an Adult Social Care precept, which will see a 2% increase in Council Tax specifically to fund adult care services and an increase of 1.95% to contribute towards funding of other services. Council - Thursday, 20th February 2020 at 6:30pm - Central Bedfordshire Council Webcasting Anyone wishing to follow the meeting can find the documents for the meeting online at CBC website. Council Tax requirement for Central Bedfordshire Council’s own purposes for 2020/21(excluding Parish precepts) is calculated as £163,999,578.  Town and Parishes raise money from council tax to pay for such things as events, p

Find out more for plans for site behind GO Bowling in Dunstable

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Central Bedfordshire Council will shortly submit a planning application for the site behind GO Bowling, off Court Drive in Dunstable, and will share its plans at a drop-in information event on Friday, 28 February. The plans, drawn up by Wilmott Dixon, include apartments for older people and an integrated health hub, which will bring together health and care professionals including doctors, nurses, social workers, occupational therapists and providers of other health and care services. The free drop-in event will be held at Dunstable library from 12-7pm on Friday, 28 February and information will also be online at www.centralbedfordshire.gov.uk/dunstable-hub . Cllr Hegley, Executive Member for Adults, Social Care and Housing Operations (HRA) and Customer Services, said: “Alongside the Hub, we’re proposing some housing for older people. These will be apartments, which will be for older people looking to perhaps move out of a house that is a bit too big to manage and to be righ

Things to do in Dunstable this Half Term

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The half term from the 15 February through to 23 February can often leave parents wondering what to do with their children. Here's a few ideas compiled by Dunstable Town Council. Dunstable has lots to offer again to keep the children of Dunstable busy all week. Dunstable library has a great range of events that are free during the week. Each event is from 10.00 am to 3.00 pm on a drop in bases subject to availability. Monday 17 – Heart Suncatchers, come along and make your own heart shaped suncatcher Tuesday 18 – Monster Headband Bopper, join in with monster craft Wednesday 19 – Harry Potter Fun, Harry Potter themed crafts and a treasure hunt Thursday 20 – Bug Windmills, make your own bug themed windmill. Friday 21 – Robot Masks, make a robot mask NT Dunstable Downs will be offering make a marshmallow constellation on 16, 17 ,18 February from 10.00am to 3.00pm for £1.50 per child (just turn up). Come along to the stargazer marquee and learn about two of the most

Amazon Prime Scam - How it Works and How To Stay Safe

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Bedfordshire Police is issuing a fraud warning after a number of Bedfordshire residents fell victim to a scam, with one losing their entire life savings. Action Fraud has reported that the scam was first reported in October 2019 and since has cost the victims more than £1 million. The scam is carried out by phone call, with the victim receiving an  automated phone message  that they have been charged for an  Amazon Prime  subscription. How It Works They are subsequently instructed to ‘press 1’ to cancel the transaction. When they do this, they are directed to a fraudster posing as an Amazon customer service representative. The fraudster advises the victim that their subscription was purchased fraudulently and that remote access to their computer is required in order to fix a security flaw that will prevent it from reoccurring. The unsuspecting victim then downloads software which grants the scammers remote access to their computer, including personal and financial in

Dunstable couple find love at Amazon

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Szilvia Doyle-Morrill and Caolan Doyle-Morrill found more than just a job when they joined Amazon. The couple who met and fell in love while working in Amazon’s delivery network, have been featured in a video which is being shared across the world after it was announced on The Ellen DeGeneres Show. It was love at first sight when Szilvia started working with Caolan in 2014. After a few weeks, they started dating and have never looked back. This month, after almost six years, five promotions, and two children together, the happy couple got married. Returning back to work this week after their honeymoon in Spain, Caolan calls their story “a dream come true”. Szilvia says: “When I joined the company six years ago I was delighted to get the job, I wasn’t expecting to get a husband and beautiful family out of it, I feel so blessed. Amazon will always have a special place in our hearts.” In the lead up to Valentine’s Day, Amazon was inspired by Szilvia and Caolan’s story and hav

Schools Urged to Sign Up for Start a Heart Day

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Registration is now open for this year’s Restart A Heart Day!❤️ Without CPR the chances of surviving cardiac arrest are zero. Secondary schools in our region can sign up for staff and volunteers to come to them and teach lifesaving CPR skills to their students. Sign up today Source: If you have news for Dunstable, please send it in

Sports Club Emergency Help with Storm Ciara Damage

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Grants of National Lottery funding up to £5,000 could help repair damage to pitches and facilities. Sport England have released emergency funding of up to £5,000 per organisation to help repair damage to sports pitches and facilities caused by Storm Ciara. Please share with any local providers who have been affected. Local authorities and sports clubs are encouraged to apply. The funding is available through the Community Asset Fund. Applications will be assessed and funds distributed quickly (within 3 weeks). You can read the full details on the  Sport England site here , with details of how to apply. Source: If you have news for Dunstable, please send it in

Path Volunteers Improve Paths Around Chaul End

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The NCPMV applied their energies to clearance and improvements to the bridleway and paths at Chaul End, on the Downs, near Caddington. Chaul End is a challenging site, with steep and slippery slopes, archaeological terracing, and high-level views over the adjacent urban area. It is the beginning of the Dunstable Downs hill range, rising steeply up from Luton and Dunstable, and a little-visited part of the Chilterns. No less than 19 volunteers took on the challenge of installing 6 waymarkers and clearing dense overgrowth on the bridleway and other paths. The volunteers were Phil and David (tools), Ron, Alistair, Martin, Yvette, Hilary,  Susan, John J, Geoff, Les, Jonathan R, Jonathan W, John S, Chris, Simon and Quentin and Linda who provided a splendid refreshment service, which was much valued by all, and led on the day by Douglas. Numerous informal paths have developed over the years, and the official bridle path impassable with overgrowth. The large quantity of cut down mate

Bedfordshire Police: Watchdog says “Good at Keeping people Safe”

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Bedfordshire Police has been given an overall grade of ‘Good’ for police Effectiveness, Efficiency and Legitimacy by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services (HMICFRS). The HMICFRS watchdog has acknowledged the pace of improvement and quality of delivery in a force which it had previously graded as ‘ Inadequate ’ in 2016 (the only force in England and Wales to receive this grade at that time) and as ‘ Requires Improvement ’ in 2017 . A delighted Bedfordshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner, Kathryn Holloway said, "I never accepted that the ‘Inadequate’ grade, which focused on a lack of Community Policing, in particular, was a fair assessment, saying at the time that we were 'a half-built house’ as my former Chief Constable, Jon Boutcher, was genuinely delivering on my Police and Crime Plan and Bedfordshire Police was already in the process of returning Neighbourhood Policing in Community Hubs right across the county at the time,”
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