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Colin claims that the council would not put up with it if they were tenants and that residents should 'speak out'!

‘Why won’t council give me living room floor insulation?’ asks Eaton Bray tenant

An Eaton Bray man claims that he and his partner are suffering from aches and pains because the council won’t provide them with insulation under their living room floor.

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Cllr Clive Palmer at Central Beds Council offices with the petition

Hundreds support battle to stop development of Linslade green belt site

Hundreds of residents have demonstrated the strength of feeling against plans to designate a Green Belt site in Linslade for possible housing development.

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Illustrative master plan, north Chamberlain's Barn

Roundabout for new housing development in Leighton Buzzard would be ‘madness’

Installing a roundabout on Shenley Hill Road to allow access to a new housing development has come under fire from Leighton Buzzard councillors, with one labelling it as “madness”.

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Council Tax

Council recognises financial pressures Central Bedfordshire residents face as it proposes lower tax rise

A record level of public feedback to Central Beds Council’s budget plans for a 6% rise in council tax has resulted in a smaller increase put forward instead.

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Leighton Buzzard Observer, February 6, 2018

Proposed three-weekly black bin collection and £40 garden waste charge will be subject to a ‘genuine consultation’ vow councillors

Councillors have voted unanimously to press ahead with a consultation on possible changes to bin collections in Central Bedfordshire, including the option of moving to a three-weekly collection and charging for garden waste.

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Black bins could become a three-weekly collection

Three-weekly black bin collections and £40 garden waste charge for Leighton Buzzard area?

Fortnightly general waste collections could be binned in favour of a three-weekly service as Central Beds Council looks at more ways to make savings.

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The White House, Leighton Buzzard

Leighton-Linslade Town Council agrees council tax freeze for sixth year running

Leighton-Linslade Town Councillors have voted unanimously in support of leaving Council Tax unchanged for the sixth consecutive year.

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The White House, Leighton Buzzard

Freeze in council tax proposed for Leighton Buzzard residents - but only the town council’s share of the overall bill

There’s a crumb of comfort in the offing for hard-pressed Leighton Buzzard taxpayers, with the town council proposing a council tax freeze for 2018-19.

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Land north of Soulbury Road, Linslade...... PHOTO:Google

Views made clear on controversial potential housing site in Linslade

Several members of the public turned up at a Leighton-Linslade Town Council meeting to register their anger at plans to designate a Green Belt site in Linslade for possible housing development.

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Superbug fuelled by food additive

Deadly superbug fuelled by food additive in cakes, juices and jams

A sugar additive found in cream cakes, fruit juices and jams has fuelled the rise of a killer superbug, according to new research.

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Council Tax

Central Bedfordshire residents’ overall council tax bill rise could top £100

Average Band D households across Central Bedfordshire are likely to have to find around an extra £100 per year in council tax for 2018-19.

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Fizzy drinks fuelling obesity crisis in children AND adults

Fizzy drinks fuelling obesity crisis in children AND adults

Fizzy drinks really are fuelling the obesity epidemic - among both children and adults, according to new research.

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The care packages received by Rev Wynn Jones.

William’s Christmas care packages help the homeless in Leighton Buzzard

A kind-hearted schoolboy has made a generous donation to Leighton Buzzard’s homeless shelter this Christmas.

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The RAC have released how much each council has earnt through parking fines

Leighton Buzzard residents can find out how much profit Central Beds Council made from parking fees...

The RAC has stated that English councils made a record £819 million from their parking operations in the last financial year, as the Leighton Buzzard Observer can reveal the figures for Central Bedfordshire and Luton.

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Ashley Highfield, CEO of Johnston Press

Pioneering BBC project secures four democracy reporters for Leighton Buzzard Observer and sister titles across region

The Leighton Buzzard Observer and its sister titles in Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire will be taking on four local democracy reporters to help cover council and public meetings in the region as part of the BBC’s Local News Partnerships.

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Xenophobic Brits more likely to have voted Brexit claims study

Xenophobic Brits more likely to have voted Brexit claims study

British citizens who fear immigrants and thought they threatened their values and way of life were more likely to have voted Brexit.

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Should Trump visit be cancelled? Bedfordshire MPs have their say

Should Trump visit be cancelled? Bedfordshire MPs have their say

Donald Trump’s state visit to the UK should be cancelled because of his “vile hatred”, according to half the county’s MPs.

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Energy drinks ‘cause mental health problems and kidney damage’

Energy drinks ‘cause mental health problems and kidney damage’

Children should be banned from buying energy drinks as they can cause high blood pressure, heart problems, obesity and even kidney damage, warns new research.

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