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Special Moments Recreated as Former Flamingo Keeper visits ZSL Whipsnade Zoo

Octogenarian Leslie Wesson, a former zookeeper at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo paid a visit to his former workplace this week and recreated some special moments from his time there.    86-year-old  Leslie Wesson  took a trip down memory lane at the UK’s largest zoo, visiting the zoo’s penguin colony and flock of flamingos – species he used to care for in his zookeeping days.  The veteran-keeper was keen to get stuck in and helped feed the colony of rockhopper penguins their lunch.    The former keeper, who now lives in Essex, shared a black and white image of himself in the 1950s, walking two of the Zoo’s flamingos to their winter quarters - he was pictured again this week saying hello to the flamingo flock 70 years later.     Owen Craft, ZSL Whipsnade Zoo Chief Operating Officer said; “We were so pleased to welcome Leslie along with his family back to our Zoo many years after his zookeeping days, and it was wonderful to hear some of the stories he shared.     “It’s been a tough period for us

Appeal for information following Dunstable assault

Police are trying to trace a man who was part of a large group that left another man with serious injuries in Dunstable. Three victims were attacked in High Street North at around 12.30am on Saturday (21 August). A group of 15 people instigated the attack, which left one of the victims with serious facial injuries. Police are now trying to trace a suspect involved in the attack, who is described as white, 5’7” and with facial hair. Detective Constable Romaana Kayani said: “The victim of this assault has suffered some really nasty injuries. “We will not tolerate violence on our streets. We are doing all we can to bring those responsible to justice so please get in touch if you can help our investigation.” Anyone with any information is asked to contact Bedfordshire Police via its online reporting centre at Bedfordshire police, quoting reference 40/43982/21. Alternatively, you can contact Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111 or visit  

PCC launches prevention-based approach Police and Crime Plan

Bedfordshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner, Festus Akinbusoye has this week launched his Police and Crime Plan for 2021 – 2024. The Commissioner spoke with members of the public, colleagues and partners to help with his research to help shape the final plan.  This research influenced the topics and these were tested through a survey with the public from 5th July to 1st August in which almost 1000 residents and partners completed. Mr Akinbusoye said “My number one priority is the safety of each of our residents – irrespective of whether they live in our busy urban settings, growing market towns or rural communities. Therefore, this Police and Crime Plan sets out a vision that delivers for all of Bedfordshire, with a strong emphasis on crime prevention, victim care and visible community policing”. The Police and Crime plan is broken down into seven priority areas as detailed below: Investment in community-based and community-led policing for urban and rural areas. Recruitment and r

PCC claims priorities for his first 100 days have been met

Bedfordshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner, Festus Akinbusoye marked the launch of his 100-day report at an official event this week where he also highlighted his Police and Crime Plan for 2021 – 2024. Commenting on the report, the Commissioner said, “A key focus of mine and the team has been getting out and about in the community, meeting partners, residents, local businesses and our young people in school settings. Critically, I also wanted to ensure that our fantastic officers and staff know they have a Police and Crime Commissioner who values them and wants to make our police service one of the best to work in.” He further added, “Based on the energy, team spirit and partnership working I’ve experienced over the last 100 days, I am confident for the future”. On reaching the end of his first 100 days, the PCC detailed his office's progress against the pledges and priorities set out in his manifesto alongside the collaborative work with partners. Partners and the public att

Pitstone Green Museum - Open This Bank Holiday

About 6 miles west of Dunstable, and set in the Buckinghamshire countryside, the Pitstone Green Museum has limited opening days, but it is set to be open this Bank Holiday, 30th August 2021. It is located in the buildings and the surrounding orchards of an 1831 farm. The Museum offers a fascinating and inexpensive day out for the family with many interesting displays and artifacts to see. The museum is basically a Rural Life Museum with many exhibits relating to farming, country life, trades, and professions from within a 25-mile radius of Pitstone. It includes interesting exhibits, like the Elliott shop from Ivinghoe village, the 37 HP Crossley gas engine from Tring, the working Blacksmith, the Brush maker shop, Plumber and Wheelwright shops. The barn now houses a display of implements and carts, many of which were actually used on the farm. The carts, wagons, and some of the artifacts have been, or are being restored, by the society volunteers. The Mill Barn houses two grain mi

Rethink Over Empty Retail Space At Priory View

Unused retail space at a council housing scheme for the over 55s in Dunstable has prompted a rethink over Priory View on Church Street. Artist impression of the redesigned 'retail end' of Priory View An application has been submitted on behalf of Central Bedfordshire Council to make use of the currently unused space in order to provide extra high-quality independent living accommodation for those aged 55 years and over while meeting housing demand within Central Bedfordshire. The  250m² retail unit at Priory View has been vacant since November 2018, when the previous tenant vacated. It has since been advertised by Central Bedfordshire Council’s Corporate Assets team and Clock Property Estate Agents but remains vacant and unrented. Competition to the former Costcutter retail store that occupied the space came from Sainsbury, Aldi, and shortly afterward from a new Lidl on Luton Road, and these all helped towards the store being unviable. A cafĂ© in Priory View also closed in 2

Central Bedfordshire Council scoops four prizes at the National Children and Young People Awards

Shortlisted in six categories, Central Bedfordshire Council’s Children’s Services team scooped four awards at the National Children and Young People Awards. Held on 28 July, the 2020 awards ceremony was postponed due to Covid-19 but with restrictions easing the team were able to attend the rescheduled ceremony in person to collect their awards. Rebecca Gooch and Chloe Lovell won the Wellbeing Award , which recognised their work to promote good wellbeing for children and young people throughout the pandemic. Both worked to support children and their families and other professionals to recognise the importance of wellbeing in promoting positive mental health.  Carol Stewart won the Leaving Care Award  after the judges recognised her commitment to helping young people leaving care to transition to adulthood with the skills and support to have the best possible start. In the Children and Families Social Worker Award category, the team did the double and took both the winning spot

'Don't Put Your Garden Waste Out Yet', Asks Council

Embed from Getty Images The suspension of garden waste collections across Central Bedfordshire will remain in place until further notice. The council does not anticipate this service resuming in August, due to ongoing and significant LGV driver shortages. Central Bedfordshire Council thank all their residents who are impacted by the suspension for their patience and ask them to continue to bear with them, whilst work is undertaken to resolve the disruption. The council is asking all residents to not leave their garden waste bins out for collection during this time. For now, the council and FCC are continuing to prioritise crews and drivers to focus on the collection of critical household waste such as clinical waste, residual waste (black bin) and dry recycling collections – all of which remain unaffected. Like many local authorities – both locally and nationally - Central Bedfordshire has been significantly affected by a national shortage of LGV drivers as well as staff n

Dunstable businesses offered free property flood resilience support

Dunstable businesses offered free property flood resilience support by the Ox-Cam Pathfinder Project  Business flood resilience expert, Matt Tandy, is visiting Dunstable businesses on 9th August to provide free Flood Handbooks and offer practical flood resilience guidance to business owners With Dunstable having been affected by flooding over the years, including significant flooding in 2016 which saw many homes and businesses disrupted throughout the town, the Ox-Cam PFR Pathfinder Project is launching a special programme of support for local businesses to help them reduce future risk. The Ox-Cam Pathfinder Project, which is one of three DEFRA national partnerships focused on raising awareness and take-up of property flood resilience measures, has just published the ‘ Flood Handbook for Your business ’, which includes practical steps that businesses can take to lessen the impact future flooding may have. It also includes tips on how to access appropriate insurances and reduce prem

CBC to Consult the Public over Increasing their Car Parking Charges

Central Bedfordshire Council's Medium Term Financial Plan includes an efficiency of £300k for the financial year 2022/23 to be delivered by increasing car parking charges in Council owned and managed car parks in Central Bedfordshire. The Council understands residents and businesses will be concerned about the proposal to increase car parking fees and charges and its potential impact on local areas. A report produced for Tuesday's Executive meeting sought and gained approval to undertake a 12-week public consultation about the proposed changes to parking charges to ensure the Council provides residents and businesses the opportunity to see the detail of the proposed increase in fees and charges and provide an opportunity for them to have their say about what the Council is proposing and make suggestions about other options that they can consider. Watch proceedings as they were discussed on Tuesday: Executive - Tuesday, 3rd August 2021 at 9:30am - Central Bedfordshir

CBC Executive look at Greenacres and The Stables Traveller Sites

Watch: Executive - Tuesday, 3rd August 2021 at 9:30am - Central Bedfordshire Council Webcasting In 2017 Central Bedfordshire Council committed itself to tackling a range of historic and ongoing issues on the Greenacres and The Stables traveller sites in Billington including the challenges of regulating these sites with the current planning permissions in place. The site has changed considerably since the original permissions were granted and to be able to regulate the sites effectively both from a planning and licensing perspective and achieve the aims agreed by Executive in 2017 new planning permissions were recommended along with investment in the site infrastructure. A range of options have been considered to make the sites safe, compliant with planning and licensing regulations, well maintained and well managed and accessible to the authorities and the most viable long-term option is a successful planning application. Next steps are for the planning application to be de

Excess Deaths in Your Neighbourhood Due to COVID

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