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.”      ...

#Ban zeez hashtags: French bid to outlaw English phrases

The French language gendarmes have decreed the nation must now refer to the global social network icon as mot-diese In a continuing battle to stop English words violating their mother tongue, the language gendarmes have decreed the nation must now refer to the global social network icon as mot-diese. Teachers and the media are under orders to adopt it – and steer clear of using the English word. The outlawing of hashtag is the latest in a stream of desperate bids by the nation’s stuffy Académie française authority to keep the language pure. Already, the French culture ministry has a huge list of English words on its website which it fears are in danger of slipping into common French usage. These include: email, blog, supermodel, take-away, parking, weekend and low-cost airline. The site also features obscure terms that nobody would want to steal, such as detachable motor caravan and multifunctional industrial building. The blacklist of vocabulary runs for 65 pages. Scientists are told to no longer refer to “serial analysis of gene expression” and “suppression subtractive hybridization”. Television sports commentators are even urged to stop using the words coach or corner during football matches, despite the fact that all its terms were invented in English by English speakers. They should instead say entraineur and coup de pied de coin. The Official Journal, which publishes the French edicts, now says: “The English term hashtag should wherever possible be replaced with the French term mot-diese.” Officials went into meltdown after a government report said Anglo-Saxon culture’s trend towards global domination had caused a “deep crisis”. For the list see http://franceterme.culture.fr and...

Chicago Warehouse Covered In Ice After Fire

About 200 fire-fighters battled to put out a massive fire at an empty warehouse in Chicago as glacial temperatures turned water to ice. Fire department officials said the blaze on Tuesday evening was among the biggest in recent years. About a third of the city’s fire-fighters were at the scene at one point or another. The cause of the blaze in the vacant building is still being investigated. The efforts to tame the fire, which threatened an adjacent building, were made difficult by temperatures that were well below zero, encasing fire trucks and the building into ice. Water froze on the fire fighters’ uniforms and gloves. After several hours, the fire was put out, with ice sheets covering the remains of the building. The American Midwest has been experiencing a cold snap since the weekend, with freezing Arctic air coming from Canada....