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Council plans Community Day for Houghton Regis

Central Bedfordshire Council is holding a family-orientated Community Day, called Your Town – Your Future, in Houghton Regis on 30 August. The event gives residents an opportunity to contribute their own ideas,  and hear more about the planned improvements coming to the town.  This is the start of a series of events and activities where the council will be liaising with the Houghton Regis Community to shape your future town.   

From Houghton Regis Central – a forthcoming independent living scheme for older people – to other proposals including education, leisure and housing, Central Bedfordshire Council is working on a number of major projects to benefit the community.

This first event will take place on Wednesday 30 August (from 11am-6pm) at Houghton Regis Baptist Church Hall on Hammersmith Gardens (off Parkside Drive). We’re currently planning follow up events and will build on people’s ideas from this one.  The next events are likely to take place in October and March.

Residents are invited to bring their whole family and drop in any time between 11am and 6pm to meet the people who are directly involved in the plans, to ask questions and to share their thoughts and ideas for Houghton Regis.  There will be activities to support and to encourage people, especially our youngest residents, to contribute their ideas for the future of Houghton Regis. 

Cllr Nigel Young, Executive Member for Regeneration, said: “There are a wide range of exciting developments on the horizon for Houghton Regis.  We want to raise awareness of these amongst the local community, so that they can better understand the projects coming to their town. 

“At the event, we will welcome residents who wish to discuss specific development or regeneration initiatives. We also recognise that residents will want to talk about their own ideas and provide their thoughts on their neighbourhood, and so we are running some creative workshops to encourage participation by all age groups. Everyone is welcome to join us to take part in our ongoing discussions, as we aim to make Houghton Regis a great place to live and work.”

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Residents and businesses now have a convenient way to manage their council accounts

Central Bedfordshire Council is making it easier for residents and businesses to manage their council tax, business rates, housing benefit and council tax support.

A new online portal has been launched which allows people to view bills, set up direct debits, check their discounts, rate reliefs and account balances, apply for benefits and complete online forms. 

If you’re moving, you can now let the council know through our website at a time that is convenient to you. You can also apply for single person discount, view your bills and change your contact details.

Currently 35 per cent of new benefit claims are made online and by making things easier and more convenient for residents, the council hopes that over time, 90 per cent of all contact to do with council tax and housing benefit matters will be online. Cllr Richard Wenham said: "We're delighted that residents and businesses can now fully access their council tax, business rates and benefits accounts online, after completing a simple registration process. This new facility offers much greater flexibility and control, whilst also reducing the need to take time out to call the council during office hours."


For more information and to register, visit

Last updated about 2 months ago