Share your views on housing vision

 
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Housing Strategy

The council is consulting on its Housing Strategy for 2016 – 2021, which sets out our vision and plans for housing and working in partnership to deliver more for our residents and communities.

It identifies the issues we face as a council around ensuring the delivery of new homes and the challenges for housing services over the next five years in the context of a growing population, new government policies, a fast changing local housing market and a challenging economic climate.


Have your say

You can have your say on the Strategy by completing the questionnaire on our website. You can also find more information about the Strategy online, as well as instructions on how to complete and return a paper copy. 

Please respond by Friday, 20 May 2016.

Consultation - Bus services in Central Bedfordshire

 
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Have your say on changes to bus services in Central Bedfordshire

We currently subsidise or partially fund 53% of bus routes in Central Bedfordshire while also covering the cost of 43,000 bus pass holders every time they use their bus pass.

At a time where our funding has been reduced this is seen as being neither sustainable or a fair way to use council tax payers money.

That is why we are looking at developing a fair and transparent process to make decisions about whether or not to fund bus routes that do not have enough passengers to make them financially viable.

Decisions on levels of services provided will take account of commercial bus operations, actual bus usage and alternative provisions. 

We are already seeing community transport solutions stepping in to provide services and we want to encourage more of this so we are proposing to facilitate a new process where community bus providers can compete to provide travel, should demand be high enough.

As well as this the we're looking to make changes to concessionary fares such as changing the times when people can use their bus passes in line with  English National concessionary Travel Scheme.

All the changes are set out in detail in the new draft Passenger Transport Strategy.

 

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The National Fraud Intelligence Bureau (NFIB) has recently received an influx of reports that fraudsters are targeting the public, via social media, in relation to football tickets.   Fraudsters are posting pictures or statuses online telling members of the public to contact them via Direct Message for football tickets. This then leads to a mobile messaging conversation. During the conversation, bank details are provided by the suspect so that the tickets can be purchased.   After the victim has paid for the ticket the fraudster blocks them to stop further conversation, leaving victims without the tickets and out of pocket.   Protect yourself:
  • Check the security of the website and validity of the post
  • Avoid taking the conversation offline to private messages
  • When purchasing any products over the internet always try to make the payment via PayPal or a credit card where you have some sort of payment cover
  If you, or anyone you know, have been affected by this fraud or any other scam, report it to Action Fraud by calling 0300 123 2040 or visiting www.actionfraud.police.uk.

 

Fraudsters are texting members of the public offering a tax rebate. The text message contains a link to a website and requests to provide personal information, such as bank account information, to claim the nonexistent rebate.
Protect Yourself

  • Don’t click on web links contained in unsolicited texts or emails.
  • Never provide your personal information to a third party from an unsolicited communication.
  • Obtain the genuine number of the organisation being represented and verify the legitimacy of the communication.
  • HMRC will never use texts or emails or tell you about a potential rebate or ask for personal information.
  • If you have provided personal information and you are concerned that your identity may be compromised consider Cifas Protection Registration.

See BedsALERT Updates section for all updates by month. 

 

Stanbridge and Tilsworth Community Hall celebrated Her Majesty The Queen's 90th Birthday by being part of the National Beacon Lighting that took place on Thursday 21st April

  

 

Queens 90th - beacon lighting

 

 

Survey 2016

Stanbridge Parish Council and Stanbridge and Tilsworth Community Hall Association worked together to produce a survey which was delivered to all Stanbridge properties in February 2016. Thank you to all that completed the survery.  Below are the survey results which were presented at the Annual Parish Meeting on 12th April 2016: 2016_Parish_Survey_results.pptx

 

Parish Council Meetings

Stanbridge Parish Council meetings are normally held at 7:30 pm on the second Tuesday of the month, in the Stanbridge and Tilsworth Community Hall. See Events Calendar for details. 

 

Central Bedfordshire Council Highways Department

In view of the recent issues highlighted by several concerned residents, regarding the installation of the speed humps in Tilsworth Road, please note you can raise any concerns or complaints on this matter, other speeding or highways issues including pavements, on the following number and email:

Central Bedfordshire Council Highways Department, tel: 0300 300 8049 or email: highways@centralbedfordshire.gov.uk or click on the following link to their website: http://www.centralbedfordshire.gov.uk/travelling/roads-safety-and-highways/report-highways-fault/default.aspx

The Parish Council are also in communication with CBC regarding this issue and other speeding problems. You can also raise any Central Beds Council issues with our Ward Councillor Mark Versallion, tel: 0300 300 8555 or email: mark.versallion@centralbedfordshire.gov.uk  or see his Councillor page: http://www.centralbedfordshire.gov.uk/modgov/mgUserInfo.aspx?UID=5231

Andrew Selous, MP also has regular Surgeries, see link for details: http://www.andrewselous.org.uk/surgery-dates

 

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Would You Like To Volunteer For Street Watch?

Bedfordshire Police is keen to hear from residents concerned about anti-social behaviour and crime in their area and would like to join forces to tackle these issues. Street Watch enables residents to promote good citizenship by patrolling their own streets. Members liaise with the force to encourage positive information sharing and partnership working. Juliet Wright, the force’s Watch Scheme Development Coordinator, said: “Our Street Watch volunteers provide visible reassurance and appropriately engage in local issues that matter most to their communities. They commit two hours every month to patrol in small groups, providing that vital link between their communities and the force. “We are looking for volunteers who either want to join a scheme that’s already set up in their area, or anyone who would like to start one.” Bedfordshire has Street Watch schemes in: Ampthill, Barton-Le-Clay, Biggleswade, Caddington, Clifton, Marston Moretaine, Harlington, Houghton Regis, Maulden, Shefford and Wootton, but schemes can be set up in any area. Volunteers are vetted at the same level as police volunteers, and Bedfordshire Police will provide training for any new members or groups. To find out more about becoming a volunteer, please email Juliet.Wright@Bedfordshire.pnn.Police.uk More information is also available at: www.street-watch.org  

  

Bedfordshire Police is on the hunt for more Speedwatch volunteers.
Community Speedwatch allows members of the public to get actively involved in monitoring the speed of vehicles travelling through their neighbourhoods.
It is used in areas where residents have identified speeding as a priority and aims to educate motorists about the dangers of speeding, rather than enforcing as a first option.
Last year the police’s Speedwatch volunteers sent out 7,613 letters for speeding in the county.
Chief Inspector for Community Safety Neill Waring hopes more volunteers will come forward across the county.
He said: "The mere presence of a team of volunteers in a village has an immediate effect on the behaviour of drivers and our teams report a notable change in driver attitude to speed limits where they operate.
"Most drivers will understand the objectives of the scheme is to slow drivers to or below the posted speed limit and for those that don't respond accordingly, the registered owner of any vehicle seen exceeding the speed limit is sent an advisory letter by the police, explaining that speeding is unacceptable to the local community.
"Any driver who accumulates more than two warnings will have a personal visit by a police officer asking them to respect the quality of life for the communities they drive through.
"These visits send a clear message to those that think it is OK to speed."
Anyone can participate, volunteers must be 18 or over and full training will be given.
To find out more about becoming a volunteer, email
speedwatch@bedfordshire.pnn.police.uk