Refurb in Sundon Park starts this Monday!

Looking forward to getting stuck in tomorrow on our refurbishment in Sundon Park, Luton. Including plastering, kitchen fitting, new laminate flooring being laid throughout and...

Traffic chaos in Bedfordshire following collision on M1 22/02/17

Emergency services attended an incident on the M1 this morning, which caused major traffic delays. The driver lost control of the car at the bend from junction 13 through Hulcote. An East of England Ambulance crew attended and assessed the driver, whilst police helped clear the accident from the road. The collision follows a weather warning issue by the Met Office in Milton Keynes and Bedfordshire. The yellow warning reminds drivers to be extra viligant when on the roads as heavy wind and rain is expected in the area. Read more at:...
Residents’ anger over Central Bedfordshire Council’s visitor parking

Residents’ anger over Central Bedfordshire Council’s visitor parking

RESIDENTS are fuming with their council neighbours after an overflow of cars parking at its offices led to their streets becoming constantly blocked. They claim that for years they have been plagued by people visiting Central Bedfordshire Council’s offices in Chicksands who are parking inconsiderately along the only access road to their homes. Despite 116 people complaining however, no action has been taken on the issue. Paula Green, 34, of Eisenhower Place, said: “Each time we complain we are told ‘sorry there was an important meeting being held today’ but this happens every day now and there is only one entrance and exit to where we live. If this road were in a town centre these vehicles would be clamped or fined. We need something to be done now before there is an accident as mothers are having to push their prams in the middle of the road as cars are parked on both sides and they have no where to go.” Some say they also have concerns about access for emergency vehicles and the school bus which travels down Chicksands Avenue each day. Cllr Richard Wenham, deputy executive member for corporate resources, said: “We always ask staff to work from home or from different locations if there is a meeting planned which we expect lots of people to drive to and we put up cones to prevent parking in dangerous ways. “However in response to the concerns from residents, we are planning to start work to provide around 50 extra parking spaces as of next week. This is phase one of our plan to expand the provision within...
MP Nadine Dorries faces expenses investigation

MP Nadine Dorries faces expenses investigation

The Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (IPSA) has said it will investigate expenses claims submitted by MP Nadine Dorries. Ms Dorries, who represents Mid Bedfordshire, faces an inquiry into her spending on accommodation and travel. In a statement, IPSA said it had reason to believe she had received expenses “that should not have been allowed”. But the MP, who was suspended from the Conservatives in November, said there was “no foundation” to the claims. The withdrawal of the party whip from Ms Dorries followed her decision to take part in the ITV show I’m a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here. Ms Dorries, a former nurse who has been an MP since 2005, is currently sitting as an independent. ‘Mad’ She told the BBC she believed the inquiry had been triggered by her accommodation costs for the apartment she rents in Westminster. Continue reading the main story In May, June and July last year, her claims were slightly higher than usual, she said, because her daughter was staying with her. She also said it may have been prompted by a mistake by her parliamentary assistant, who accidentally claimed twice for petrol costs. The MP said: “I have never claimed a penny in my expenses that I shouldn’t have claimed. There is absolutely no foundation to this investigation by IPSA. They suspect that I sublet my flat for three months. I certainly didn’t. “Any MP that went through the MP’s expenses scandal would have to be mad to have sublet any property since.” A spokesman for IPSA confirmed the focus was on claims made in 2011 and 2012, but declined to...

Man guilty of killing mother of three

A 51-year-old Luton man has been convicted of the murder of the mother of three he was having an affair with.   A jury at St Albans Crown Court this morning found Sultan Khan, of Durbar Road, guilty of the murder of Shobna Jethwa, 46, at her home in Butely Road, Luton, on September 9, 2011. She had been stabbed 20 times in what was described as a frenzied attack, following an argument, and was found by two of her children when they came home from school. Speaking after the conclusion of the trial, Det Sgt Sam Khanna, from the Beds, Cambs and Herts Major Crime Unit said: “Shobhna Jethwa was a much-loved mother of three children who died in appalling circumstances. “Her family will never forget the distress they felt on that day when they found her body in their own home. Her death has left a huge gap in their young lives which will never be filled. Our sympathy goes out to them. “Today’s result is the first step in their attempt to move forward and we hope from this point on they can begin the process of starting to rebuild their lives.”      ...

Pub loses its late licence

A pub that has regularly broken its licensing conditions and been accused of “not caring less” has had its late licence removed. The White Hart Hotel, based in Ampthill town centre, will now be forced to stop selling alcohol and playing music at 11.30pm, and to close at midnight. It was previously allowed to stay open until 2.30am on Fridays, 1.30pm on Saturdays and midnight on Sundays. The decision was taken at a meeting of the licensing sub-committee of Central Beds Council on Tuesday where a review of the licence was discussed. Members also took the decision to remove the designated premises supervisor (DPS) Salik Miah from post as licensee. The pub is run by company Punch Taverns Ltd. Technical officer in the public protection department at Central Beds Council Alan Stone called for the review following numerous complaints from residents over the last few years, and the meeting was packed out with frustrated neighbours. One resident Alexander Pelling told the committee: “There is a great deal of evidence of serious breaches of conditions by the licensee. You have the report that states not just this, but one particular incident that despite repeated complaints, he simply did nothing. “He could not care less about the council’s own public protection officer, so it is very hard to imagine he care about local people. “It is my experience that locally people are mindful of this kind of thing, but this is an example of a landlord that could not care less.” His wife Jenny added that she had suffered from sleep deprivation due to the loud music coming from the venue...