Caddington ward covers the six parishes of Hyde, Slip End, Caddington, Kensworth, Whipsnade & Studham
Individual parish council websites (where available) can be reached by clicking on the names aboves.

Saturday, 12 July 2014

Weekend quick quiz

Who is responsible for the following internal party regulation:

Is it:
a) Communist Party of China, 1921
b) Socialist Revolutionary Party, Russia 1902
c) Luton Labour Party, 2014

And now for your bonus question, where did this quote come from:

a) "Citizen Smith" - BBC sitcom 1977-1980
b) People's Front of Judea - Monthy Pythons "Life of Brian", 1979
c) Luton Labour Party, 2014

Congratulations if you answered mostly "c", just don't talk to the media or public about it.

Friday, 11 July 2014

Caddington Solar Farm

It was a pleasure to attend the "first spade in the ground" ceremony for Bedfordshire's first solar farm today; special thanks to Andy Brewer for hosting and to CBC Chairman Caroline Maudlin for undertaking the ceremonial duties with her customary charm.

First spade ceremony 11-Jul-14

It is hoped that the panels will be installed and the solar farm operational reasonably soon.  It is an exciting addition to the area, with the potential to generate significant amounts of electricity on a site which is not overlooked by the residential parts of the village; it will also make a continuing financial contribution to Caddington Parish for as long as it is operational.

Sunday, 6 July 2014

Gavin Shuker on the power of politics

There is an interesting and well written comment piece by Luton South MP Gavin Shuker published in today's Luton On Sunday.

Courtesy of Luton On Sunday
The only thing that puzzled me was the phrase "end of my term" rather than "end of my first term".  Is Gavin not standing (or just not very confident) in 2015?

Friday, 4 July 2014

Extended CBC waste collection facilities

The collection of small waste electric and electronic items, reusable textiles and household batteries has commenced alongside usual waste and recycling collections.

Residents are requested to place the items separately (e.g. a bag for electrical, a bag for reusable textiles, a bag for batteries) in supermarket type carrier bags and leave next to either their waste or recycling bin on their usual day of collection. The collection crews will apply a sticker informing the resident of any item that cannot be accepted.

For details, download the information sheet here.

Wednesday, 2 July 2014

Crime snapshot across the ward

I have received the monthly crime figures for June covering the six parishes in the ward.  It is interesting to note the differences between each of the villages and their respective surrounding areas.

Whipsnade - two recorded crimes, a theft from a car and criminal damage to some National Trust signs.  There were no domestic burglaries in June and no recorded anti-social behaviour incidents.
Studham - six recorded crimes including two domestic burglaries.  There were no recorded anti-social behaviour incidents.
Hyde - one recorded crime (burglary other) and one ASB incident.
Slip End - thirteen recorded burglaries, including four domestic burglaries and four burglary other.  Three ASB incidents.
Caddington - five recorded crimes, none of which were burglaries.  Seventeen ASB incidents, nearly all of which relate to nuisance caused by mini-motors.
Kensworth - seventeen recorded crimes, including one domestic burglary and one burglary other.  The highest single category of crime was violence against the person, mostly relating to ongoing issues and disputes.  There were six ASB incidents, spanning various types of nuisance behaviour.

The Kensworth figures are obviously the most unpleasant reading, although it should be borne in mind that a single incident can trigger more than one recorded crime, and Kensworth is a classic example of a Parish where the actual geographical limits of the parish cover a far greater area than perhaps people appreciate compared to just the village centre.  Slip End is also suffering from a spike in burglaries and Police operations continue.

The overall picture is that these communities remain low crime areas and pleasant places to live.  However, any incidences of crime or anti-social behaviour are obviously not to be welcomed and the Police continue to target resources to keep these figures to an absolute minimum.  Everyone should remember to stay vigilant, keep doors and windows secure and report anything suspicious to 101.

Dog attack in Caddington, 22 April 2014

I posted previously on the subject of dog attacks.

If you witnessed the incident on 22 April 2014, please contact me via e-mail or telephone 0300 300 8523.

Thank you.