Showing posts from March, 2020

Radios to Help Fight Loneliness | Make A Difference: Radio Heroes

WaveLength, along with Argos, Currys PC World, John Lewis & Partners, Pure and Roberts Radio, are coming together with BBC Local Radio’s Make a Difference initiative, to provide radios to the most vulnerable over 70s. Radio has a unique role providing local news, sharing information in the community, providing entertainment and most of all being a companion to listeners. WaveLength radio In 1939, WaveLength was founded to fight loneliness. As the oldest loneliness and technology charity, we give radios, televisions, and tablet computers to those most in need. We recognise that we are living in very challenging circumstances. At this critical time, it’s important that everyone can feel part of their community. To nominate someone to receive a radio head over to Make A Difference website Source: If you have news for Dunstable, please send it in

Charity Shops are Closed | Declutter Encouraged | Use Charity Online Shops

By Alan Winter KEECH HOSPICE CARE Keech Hospice Care took the difficult decision to close all their shops last week. A statement on the Keech website says, “This is not a decision we have made lightly: as a charity, we rely heavily on our shops’ income. The decision has been made with the wellbeing and safety of our staff, volunteers and customers in mind. “We are asking people, if they are at home, to take this opportunity to declutter and have a clearout of cupboards, wardrobes and attics. People should store their great clutter in a safe place and, when we reopen our doors, please drop it at your nearest Keech Hospice Care shop so we can turn your great clutter into great care! “We look forward to welcoming our customers back as soon as it’s safe for us to reopen. In the meantime, please enjoy a good #DeclutterForKeech!” To find your nearest Keech Hospice Care shop, visit  or Keech on Ebay AGE UK Age UK   shops in Dunstable, Houghton R

Free NHS Parking

Your Parking Space dot com  are offering free parking spaces to NHS staff. To qualify staff need to enter their NHS email address on their  website . Further information on L&D car parks Source: If you have news for Dunstable, please send it in

Coronavirus - Where In Dunstable Do Most Age Related 'At Risk' People Live?

New mapping functions introduced by ONS, can help identify areas where most people might need help during the coronavirus pandemic as they are in the over 70s age group. In the sample below, 374 people are estimated to be aged over 70 in the south west area of Dunstable (outlined in yellow). 12.7% of Central Bedfordshire population is aged 70 or over, and 2.1% are aged 85 and over. (Source: Office for National Statistics - 2018 mid-year population estimates for the UK, England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland ) People aged 70 years and over are among those most at risk of severe illness from the coronavirus (COVID-19). On Sunday 22 March 2020, the UK Government introduced shielding measures to protect the extremely vulnerable from the outbreak, with an estimated 1.5 million people being asked to stay at home and avoid all face-to-face contact for at least 12 weeks. Some over-70s will be in this group, while others are only allowed to leave their home in certain cir

People Advised Not to Visit Forests

Forest Closures: Ashridge Estate say on their website, "All our houses, gardens, parks, toilets, cafes, shops and car parks are now closed to further restrict the spread of coronavirus. Ashridge Estate is now closed, please do not travel here." --- Forestry England: 'Do not visit the nation's forests' Website The government has told everyone to stay at home, protect the NHS and save lives.  This is a very sad day for us, as we ask you not to visit the nation’s forests or do anything that would put the emergency services under extra pressure. Make sure you have read and understood the government’s new rules on staying at home and away from others.  Travelling can only be to and from work, where work absolutely cannot be done from home. Stay at home Only go outside for food, health reasons or essential work Stay two metres (6ft) away from other people Wash your hands as soon as you get home Anyone can spread the virus. ---

Library Update | Extended Loans | See What Virtual Library Can Offer

Bedfordshire Libraries posted this message to their library users today. Any books on loan will be extended and the libraries encourage people to discover what is on offer online. Dear Library User We are continuing to follow government guidelines about the Covid-19 outbreak, which includes the closure of our libraries and Leighton Buzzard Library Theatre. The health and safety of our staff, community, volunteers and customers are paramount and we believe that this is the correct decision. To help library customers over the coming weeks, we have extended the due dates on items on loan and have paused charges on any items that are already overdue. We are pleased to let you know of some changes that will make using the library during the closure more convenient for you: Items already on loan, and not overdue on Friday 20th March, have been extended by 12 weeks Items renewed online using Arena -  or the Bedfordshire Libraries app will be renewed for 12 weeks. No charge

Do Not Come To The Hospital - L&D Announces

23 March 2020 - Information from L&D Hospital to the Public The L&D Hospital in Luton today issued this notice: Please do not come to the hospital if you have either a high temperature, or a dry continuous cough, or if anyone you live with is displaying these symptoms. Please stay indoors and avoid contact with others. Use the online NHS 111. Call NHS 111 if you need to speak to someone. You can find more guidance on Coronavirus at Advice to patients and visitors Our advice to patients and visitors may change on a daily basis so for regular updates please check our website, and our social media accounts on Facebook @LandDHospital and Twitter @LandDHospital. Visiting patients in hospital In light of new guidance from the government around social distancing, and to protect our patients and staff, we have changed our Visitors policy. No visiting is allowed on any of our wards, with the exception of those visiting

Up to £2000 Per CBC Councillor Available For Community Projects

If you are involved in a local group or project in your area that needs some help or you have an idea about doing something for the community but need some funding to get it going then speak to your Central Bedfordshire Ward Councillor. Each Central Bedfordshire Councillor has access to £2,000 from which they can allocate grants to local projects that demonstrate a community benefit. Councillors can also work together across a ward to combine their grants, if that’s what is most needed. So, whether it's cultural, environmental, sporting or social projects, and you have match funding, speak to your Central Bedfordshire Councillor now. The closing date for the current round of applications is 31 March 2020, so you'll need to hurry! How to apply You must secure support from your Ward Councillor and read the guidance notes before completing the application form. Source: If you have news for Dunstable, please send it in

Tale of Two Chickens

Local MP, Andrew Selous, raised a matter in Parliament on 19 March. He spoke in a debate on Vulnerable People: Food Supplies, saying, “Care homes and other residential settings that have been let down by their wholesale food suppliers are now being told by supermarkets that they will be treated just like any other consumer. Two chickens do not go a long way if they have 136 residents to feed. Will the Secretary of State urgently look into this issue for all residential settings, please?” [Citation: HC Deb, 19 March 2020, c1121] George Eustice, The Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, responded, “I am happy to look at the specific issue that my hon. Friend raised. However, it is also worth noting that while there has been an increase in demand at retail shops, notably in supermarkets, there has been a sharp fall in demand in the service trade, as restaurants, pubs and so forth find that demand for their services has plummeted. Our understanding at the mom

Former School Buildings To Be Demolished

Planning applications have been submitted to take down buildings of two former schools in the area. It is expected that both sites will be for developments as yet to be decided. CB/20/00827/PADM Brewers Hill Middle School, Aldbanks, Dunstable, LU6 1AJ. Prior Notification of Proposed Demolition: Building to be demolished is vacant school. This will include the demolition of the outbuildings within the site and the removal of all road way and hardstanding areas. The proposed restoration of the site will be for future redevelopment, however what type of development this will be, is yet to be decided and as such any proposed plans will be submitted as part of a separate application following consultation. CB/20/00865/PADM  Streetfield Middle School, Dunstable Road, Caddington, Luton, LU1 4BB. Prior Notification of proposed demolition: Building to be demolished is vacant school, this will include the demolition of the outbuildings within the site and the removal of all road way and

Latest Coronavirus Guidance - 15/03/2020

As of 9am on 15 March 2020, 40,279 people have been tested in the UK, of which 38,907 were confirmed negative and 1,372 were confirmed as positive. 35 patients who tested positive for COVID-19 have died. Cases identified in England Confirmed cases in each local authority and NHS region   are published by Public Health England (PHE). The NHS in Bedfordshire and Public Health England (PHE) are well prepared for outbreaks of new infectious diseases. The NHS has put in place measures to ensure the safety of all patients and NHS staff while also ensuring services are available to the public as normal. The latest information on symptoms of Coronovirus infection and areas where recent travel may have resulted in a high risk of exposure can be found on NHS 111 has an online coronavirus service that can tell you if you need medical help and advise you what to do. Use this service if: you think you might have coronavirus; in the las

LiDAR - Beacons of the Past - Hillforts in the Chilterns Landscape - Events

A round up of upcoming events below: Scrub bashing – Waulud’s Bank, 16th March, 10 - 3 We will be returning to Waulud’s Bank, Luton, on  Monday 16th March  for the last scrub bash of the year. Some fantastic progress was made on the two sessions already held there, with parts of this Neolithic earthwork that had been hidden for years coming to light again. As always, sturdy footwear and clothes for battling through brambles advised (and eye protection if you have it), along with layers, waterproofs, water, and packed lunch. Tools and gloves provided. Sign up here: LiDAR Ground Truthing Session – Greenfield Copse, 16th March, 9.30 - 3 Also on  Monday 16th March  we will be holding an Archaeological LiDAR Field-Checking day at the National Trust owned woodland of Greenfield Copse, near Christmas Common, Oxfordshire. Having been using the LiDAR survey to detect archaeological earthworks across the Chil

Fined for Ripping Out Green Belt Hedgerow

The Rural Hedgerow in Caddington Hedge destruction leads to further fines for mobile home site owner The owners of an illegal mobile home site in Caddington have again been taken to court by Central Bedfordshire Council. Just days after being ordered to pay £13,499 in costs, fines and a victim surcharge for operating the site without a licence, Mayphil Park Sales Ltd were further fined £500 with costs and a victim surcharge of £929. Luton Magistrates’ Court heard that on September 11, 2019 the planning enforcement team received a complaint that a hedgerow along the boundary of the Hillcrest Mobile Home Park, Manor Road, Caddington was being removed. Enforcement officers visited later that day and confirmed that a 70-metre section of protected rural hedgerow had been removed, leaving the stumps of trees and disturbed ground where the hedgerow had been grubbed out. The hedgerow was in the Green Belt and is shown on the 1798 enclosure map for Caddington and possibly dat

Anti-climb Paint To Ward off Intruders at Brewers Hill School

A live-in property guardian at the former Brewers Hill Middle School has notified that due to a number of break-ins anti-climb paint has been put on top of gates and fences. He wrote on social media , “I've been here for three years and help people around the area as much as I can, however, we have had a number of break-ins over the years.  Usually, it's kids running around the grounds with the odd brick through windows, sometimes they try to get into the building. “Naturally, there are very dangerous areas of the building, tall buildings to fall off as well as intruding on our living space. Since last year, we have had anti-climb paint on the top of the gates/fence so if your child comes home with horrid black stuff on their hands/clothes, you may have some idea of where they've been.” Property guardians legally live in disused properties such as schools, hotels, and care homes to stop squatters and vandalism.  Guardians may be given a month's notice at any ti

Name the Recycling Trucks. (Dirty McDirtface?)

You helped rename CBC's gritters…. now help them name the new recycling trucks! CBC have 34 new waste and recycling trucks for Central Bedfordshire….. can you help to name them all? Central Bedfordshire Council waste and recycling collections partner FCC Environment has a fleet of 34 brand spanking new waste and recycling trucks which took to the roads at the beginning of February this year and they want all residents to get involved and help us to name them. The 34 state of art trucks will be working hard for years to come collecting; glass bottles and jars; plastic bottles, pots, tubs and trays, food cans, drinks cans, cartons, garden waste, and much, much more. So get your creative juices flowing and come up with inspired names for the trucks and the 34 best responses, as selected by a panel of judges, will feature on the side of the trucks for years to come. All entries must be less than 25 characters, we ask that all residents “keep it clean” and we need you

Short Breaks For Children And Young People With SEND Consultation

Central Bedfordshire Council is proposing a new funding and delivery model for non-residential short breaks for children and young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) and their families. Non-residential short breaks are defined as all social, leisure and play activities that are organised by charities, the council and other local groups. This includes activities after school, at weekends and during school holidays ranging from 30 minutes to full days (not overnight). The aim of the new model is to improve the range and geographical spread of options for families whilst maintaining a degree of funding stability for organisations. The Council currently grant funds to six organisations: Autism Bedfordshire Bedford and District Cerebral Palsy Society (BDCPS) Families United Network (FUN) Special Needs out of School Club (SNOOSC) Leighton Buzzard Mencap Bedford Mencap The new grant funding process will enable all relevant, local, organisations

Schools Urged to Take Part in The Big Pedal 2020

Central Bedfordshire Council with the support of sustainable transport charity Sustrans is encouraging children, teachers and parents to jump on their bikes and scooters to take part in The Big Pedal 2020. The competition which runs from Monday 22 April to Friday 5 May is a national challenge between schools to get more young people cycling and scooting. It is free to enter and will encourage participants to leave their cars at home and choose two wheels for their school journey instead. Councillor Ian Dalgarno, Executive Member for Community Services at Central Bedfordshire Council, said: “This is an excellent way to promote active travel and to introduce children to cycling. Not only does this help to reduce congestion near to schools, but exercise also makes you feel good. “We are confident that 2020 will be even bigger and better than in 2019, with fantastic prizes for pupils and schools not to mention the health benefits. The Big Pedal is a great way of encouraging mo

Do You Fancy being the next Police and Crime Commissioner For Bedfordshire?

Elections for the position of Police and Crime Commissioner for Bedfordshire take place on 7 May 2020. A meeting for candidates and agents will be held Thursday 5 March in Committee Room 2 at the Town Hall, George St, Luton. Voting is open to anyone resident in Bedfordshire. Voters must be on the electoral role. If you are over 18 and not on the electoral role should register to vote at . If you are unsure whether you are already registered to vote you can do so by contacting: Electoral Registration Officer Luton Council Town Hall George St Luton Lu1 2BQ 01582 510380 As is the case with other elections, those eligible can also vote by proxy (another trusted person to vote on your behalf at the polling station) or by postal vote. The voting system for the Police and Crime Commissioner is slightly different from usual. Voters will be asked to indicate their preference in two columns. If a candidate fails to secure over 50 per cent

Friars Walk Dunstable Could Get Speed Humps

A Traffic Management Meeting on 11 March will consider a plan to install three speed humps at regular intervals along Friars Walk, to be located approximately outside numbers 4, 14 and 22. Friars Walk runs between Dunstable High Street –(A5183) and the Bullpond Lane/First Avenue roundabout. There are currently no physical features in this section and the route does give the potential for rat-running to avoid the town centre.  No response was received following the posting of a public notice from the Ward member or Town council. Bedfordshire Police responded separately and did not object nor raise any comments. Three representations were received by email to the traffic consultation, all were in favour. Source: If you have news for Dunstable, please send it in
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