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2016-March Luton News Desk Facebook Archive

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Editor's note: This was our first month on Facebook, and looking at the viewing figures, I wonder why we bothered. Please like the Page to get the Page.

This is supposed to be a news Facebook Page, but we'd like your comments all the same. Has this happened to anyone you know? Posted on 31/03/2016. Served to 33 unique users.Facebook Link

Don't lose your vote! Posted on 31/03/2016. Served to 22 unique users.Facebook Link

ROAD CLOSURE TONIGHT Posted on 31/03/2016. Served to 21 unique users.Facebook Link

Parking changes at airport. Posted on 31/03/2016. Served to 32 unique users.Facebook Link

Community Litter Picking Posted on 31/03/2016. Served to 31 unique users.Facebook Link

Community Litter Picking April 2nd. 10am - 1pm Galley and Warden Hills. All welcome. Posted on 31/03/2016. Served to 34 unique users.Facebook Link

Luton Town: Craig Mackail-Smith's season may be over, but Dan... Posted on 31/03/2016. Served to 31 unique users.Facebook Link

Luton Town: Cruci…

MP Gavin's Tweets on Network Rail Improvements

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Gavin Shuker, MP, tweeted this on March 25th.

1/8. In the run up to my parliamentary debate earlier this month @TLRailUK came to Luton station to agree immediate improvements.
2/8. They’ve agreed to (a) Work with Network Rail are on an interim solution that will rid the station of boarded up windows.
3/8. They’ve agreed to (b) Clear debris from the High Town footbridge to stop stop the rainwater cascading onto the platforms.
4/8. They’ve agreed to (c) Assess what needs to be done by Network Rail to deliver a permanent solution to the Platform 3 ‘waterfall’.
5/8. They’ve secured funding to (d) relocate the ticket office to ground level; move and improve waiting rooms, retail facilities, toilets.
6/8. They’ve secured funding to (e) bring the clock tower back into use and extend the front of the station; bring cycle storage into a hub.
7/8. They’ve secured funding to (f) improve the aesthetics of the station though sand blasting the brickwork. All on old station building.
8/8. These are…

M1 Motorway Disruption Bedfordshire 30 March to 9 April

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Travel on the M1 will be disrupted during late March and early April in Bedfordshire while new bridges are constructed between junctions 11 and 12.
Traffic flow will be managed using temporary lane closures and a reduced 50mph speed limit. Over the period of the works, the speed limit will be in place and monitored by average-speed cameras.
Work has commenced on both carriageways.  Highways England will maintain a minimum of three lanes of traffic in each direction on the motorway. While the new junction is being built, the hard shoulder on the M1 will be closed between junctions 11 and 12 in both directions.  Three lanes will remain open during the day with traffic running on lanes 1, 2 and 3 with occasional overnight lane closures in place.   
The schedule below lists only road works which include full carriageway closures requiring diversions. All planned roadworks are subject to change due to weather conditions or unforeseen circumstances.
1/4/2016: Change to plan - On 2nd April, the …

Appeal For Witnesses In Stabbing Incident

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Police are appealing for witnesses after a stabbing in Luton on Sunday (20 March).

A man was stabbed in the neck following an altercation in the Kingsway area at around 5.45pm. The incident is believed to have started outside the communal doors at the rear of Erin Court, in Erin Close, before the victim was chased by a group of Asian men towards Dunstable Road.

Two further men later presented themselves at Luton and Dunstable hospital requiring medical treatment for stab wounds. It is believed these injuries could be as a result of a subsequent assault.

Detective Constable Stephen Francis, investigating, said: “This is a serious incident that has left three people requiring medical treatment and who fortunately weren’t more seriously injured. Knife crime is never tolerated and we stress the danger it inflicts on our communities.

“We are urging anyone who witnessed the incident, or who saw anything suspicious in the area at the time, to contact us immediately.”

Bedfordshire Police is …

New homes on the up at Marsh Farm

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Works to regenerate, build new homes and create a better community at Marsh Farm have officially begun today following a ground breaking ceremony held at the estate in Luton.

The ceremony, organised by Luton Borough Council and the contractor, top ten UK housebuilder, Keepmoat, was attended today by MP for Luton North, Kelvin Hopkin and representatives from the local council and steering group.

Cllr Tom Shaw, Portfolio Holder for Housing, said: “It was no coincidence that we have started the works at Marsh Farm during National Apprenticeship Week. This project goes a long way to meeting our commitment to provide more local jobs for local people and that means, with the help of Keepmoat, we will be opening up a series of apprenticeships at this site.

“The major development, which is the first in Luton for many years, will provide brand new and modern residential units and retail facilities which will completely rejuvenate the area. We are delighted to see the project under way and loo…

​Man U's Rio Ferdinand Foundation to Set Up in Houghton Regis

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Rio Ferdinand teams with Central Bedfordshire Council in bid to leave lasting Legacy in Houghton Regis
Former England captain Rio Ferdinand has today announced Government-backed plans to partner Central Bedfordshire Council and regenerate one of the most deprived areas in Houghton Regis with a world-class sports academy and education and community facilities to transform the lives of young people.
Legacy – the former Manchester United defender's regeneration company, set up in 2015 with footballers Mark Noble (West Ham United) and Bobby Zamora (Brighton) – will partner Central Bedfordshire Council to revitalise Kingsland area of Houghton Regis.
Set in the 22-hectare Kingsland site, this is an innovative pilot scheme which Legacy aims to roll out across the UK. It will see Houghton Regis benefit from a leading sports academy – with potential as the base for the Rio Ferdinand Foundation – while the former England international will personally coach aspiring young footballers. With spor…

M1 Diversions For Scheduled Work on Junction 11A

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Bridge beam lifts are due to start this evening, 16th March, for the Luton Road bridge over the M1 at Junction 11A.
The main bridge for the new Jct 11a will follow on. The first six closures are for the Luton Road  Bridge. 
The overnight carriageway closures take place between 10pm and 6am, and are between junctions 11-12, and the diversion routes are:
Southbound: M1 southbound traffic will exit at junction 12 and turn right along the A5120. At the roundabout in Houghton Regis, traffic will turn right towards Dunstable when reaching  the cross road junction adjacent to the National Tyres and Auto Care Centre diverted traffic will turn left and head south to the A505.  Northbound: M1 northbound traffic will exit at junction 11 and turn left along the A505. At the junction with the A5, diverted traffic will turn right and at the traffic lights adjacent to the National Tyres and Auto Care, diverted traffic will turn right towards Houghton Regis. At the roundabout in Houghton Regis, traffi…

Luton Town Football Club: Power Court or Junction 10 ?

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Luton Borough Council have issued a statement.

Following the publication of a story in Luton Today we are issuing the following statement:

‘The Council wants to see a successful, sustainable Luton Town Football Club that helps promote the many positive aspects of the town, and a move to a new stadium is a long held aspiration for the club, supporters, the Council and the town. We have been very interested to learn more recently of the football club’s ambitions for the future, which have the potential to deliver wider benefits for the town.

‘While there are many synergies between the football club’s proposals for a new stadium and the Council’s vision for Luton, and the Council welcomes the support of Luton Town FC in its forthcoming Investment Framework launch, we are not yet in receipt of sufficient detail for site proposals that could justify any further delay to approval of the Local Plan 2011-31 which is due to be considered by Full Council on 22 March. To materially amend it furt…
Luton local news and events for the town of Luton, Bedfordshire, UK. Editor Alan Winter.