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Leasehold ‘rip-off’ in Leighton and Dunstable raised by MP

South West Beds MP Andrew Selous has raised the unacceptable practice of large developers buying freehold land on which they then sell houses on a leasehold basis.

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The Linslade pothole that just won’t go away!

A long-term solution to a pot-hole puzzle in Linslade looks to be proving a bridge too far for Central Beds Council.

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Lake View, Persimmon

Call to boycott new homes on Leighton estate over leasehold row

A prospective new home buyer is asking locals to boycott purchasing properties on Persimmon’s Lake View development because he claims the company is profiteering.

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Brenda Jennings

‘One of life’s dependables’: Tribute to former county councillor Brenda Jennings

Tributes have been paid to a long-serving county councillor who was described by her colleagues as ‘one of life’s dependables.’

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People power brings down council tax bid

People power brings down council tax bid

People power has seen a local council drop plans for a large council tax increase.

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The White House, Leighton Buzzard

UPDATED: Council tax rise would have been ‘unfair’ on Leighton residents

Leighton-Linslade Town Council has decided not to increase the amount of council tax it seeks to collect from residents for 2017-18.

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A protester at one of last night's rallies (Photo: Dean Kirby/i)

The very British signs on show at anti-Trump protests around the country

Across the country last night Britons took to the streets to protest Donald Trump’s ban on people from seven majority Muslim countries entering the United States.

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Councillors K Ferguson, C Palmer, T Morris, C Chambers, S Jones, C Perham, J M Freeman and R Berry along with the Interim Chief Executive of the Society of Local Council Clerks, Richard Walden, and the incoming permanent Chief Executive of the SLCC, Rob Smith.  Staff were also present to join in the celebration of achieving the award.

Leighton-Linslade Town Council is as good as gold

Leighton-Linslade Town Council is one of just 20 parish councils nationally to have received the prestigious Gold award as part of the Local Council Award Scheme.

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Education

Schools face huge drop in teacher numbers by 2019 claim unions

There will be nearly 390 fewer teacher in Central Bedfordshire’s schools by 2019, it was claimed this week.

Education
Majority support raising tax to support struggling NHS

Majority support raising tax to support struggling NHS

The NHS dominated headlines this week after the Red Cross declared it a “humanitarian crisis” but latest research from YouGov suggests the public are willing to pay a little extra to support the struggling health service.

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Today is your last chance to defend your right to know

Today is your last chance to defend your right to know

Today is your last chance to stand up and defend a free British press - and your right to know.

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Central Beds Council offices  Chicksands

Proposed tax hike, spending and savings for Central Beds

Central Beds Council has today outlined its spending and saving plans for 2017/18 and also its forthcoming proposed council tax hike.

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Paint thinner chemical found in Lidl gravy by Food Standards Agency

Paint thinner chemical found in Lidl gravy by Food Standards Agency

Unsafe levels of a paint thinner chemical have been found in gravy granules sold at Lidl, the Food Standards Agency (FSA) has revealed.

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Children now drink a bath full of sugary drinks every year

Children now drink a bath full of sugary drinks every year

Children as young as 11 drink the equivalent of almost a bath full of sugary drinks every year, Cancer Research UK has warned.

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This week in 1974 - Birmingham pub bombings and Last Tango in Paris banned

This week in 1974 - Birmingham pub bombings and Last Tango in Paris banned

This week, 42 years ago, the Birmingham Pub Bombings took place. On November 21, 1974, bombs were planted in two Birmingham pubs – the Mulberry Bush and the Tavern in the Town. The explosions killed 21 people and injured 182 others.

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DRIVE FOR JUSTICE CAMPAIGN: Max sentence for death by dangerous driving may be increased to 20 years

DRIVE FOR JUSTICE CAMPAIGN: Max sentence for death by dangerous driving may be increased to 20 years

Speculation is rife that the Government’s long awaited review of dangerous driving offences and penalties may consider the possibility of increasing the maximum sentence for death by dangerous driving from 14 years to 20 years.

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Post-truth crowned Word of the Year 2016

Post-truth crowned Word of the Year 2016

The Oxford Dictionary has announced that the word “post-truth” is Word of the Year 2016.

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An armchair guide to the US election

An armchair guide to the US election

The name-calling, bluster and lack of clear policy pronouncements in one of the most divisive US presidential elections ever is at an end.

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Man developed hepatitis after energy drink overdose

Man developed hepatitis after energy drink ‘overdose’

Downing too many energy drinks can cause hepatitis, doctors have warned.

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‘Outcast’ traveller wants to stand for council so community can unite

An “outcast” is vowing to stand as a councillor in a bid to fight the prejudice towards the traveller community.

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