One of our region's councils will spend nearly £3m getting empty homes back into use.
There is a national housing shortage, yet just in the East tens of thousands of properties stand empty.
Now Bedford Borough Council is buying abandoned houses to clear, sell on, and get them back into occupation.
Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg has unveiled plans for a string of garden cities along a new railway link from Cambridge.Read the full story ›
The Cambridge MP Julian Huppert has welcomed a plan to re-link the university cities of Cambridge and Oxford by rail.
The Liberal Democrat election pledge would see tens of thousands of houses built along the route in the form of Garden Cities or Garden Neighbours.
The Cambridge-Oxford rail line was shut in the 1960s but the section between Bedford and Bletchley remains opens and the government is to restore the Oxford to Bletchley link.
Julian Huppert, who is a Lib Dem MP, says completing the link would cost about £500 million but the economic benefits will be greater than that.
"It is really, really important which is why I have campaigned for it for over a decade now. Having a rail line from Cambridge going out west will connect us up to Oxford. It’ll also connect us up to places like Bedford and Milton Keynes. Places like Ipswich and Norwich will be able to get through from the east to the west without having to go through London. It also helps the people who do go through London by relieving congestion. It’s good for the economy."
A railway line through the "brain-belt of Britain" will be built to serve new garden cities, Nick Clegg has announced.
Stations along the express route from Oxford to Cambridge will be granted to up to five towns that agree to build between 9,000 and 15,000 homes, the Deputy Prime Minister said.
Britain faces a housing crisis. Garden cities are a vital cornerstone of our plan to boost house building to 300,000 homes a year - enough to meet demand and keep prices in reach - while still protecting our precious green space and preventing urban sprawl. Our plan is to build a series of high quality new towns and cities where people want to live, with green space, sustainable transport and spacious homes.
The Conservatives have held back the development of garden cities on the scale necessary, but if Liberal Democrats are part of the next government, we will ensure at least 10 get under way - with up to five along this new Garden Cities Railway, bringing new homes and jobs to the brain-belt of South East England.
The Liberal Democrats have made an election pledge to re-build the Varsity rail line and develop Garden Cities along the route.Read the full story ›
Police in Bedfordshire have released CCTV of a man thought to be involved in a scheme in which criminals posed as police officers to con two people out of £7,000.
On both occasions the victims, aged 81 and 54, were duped into handing over bank cards and PIN details by people claiming to be investigating fraud.
It is thought this man withdrew money from the one of the cards at a cashpoint in Bedford.
These are appalling crimes that have often robbed people of their entire savings and left them feeling distraught and angry that they have been conned. I would urge anyone with information to come forwards and speak with us and also encourage anyone who recognises the individual pictured to give us a call.
Divers have been cleaning up the River Great Ouse in Bedford. About forty people took part in the river clean and litter pick.Read the full story ›
A light aircraft has crashed in a field in Bedfordshire after a mid-air collision.
Emergency services have been called to the scene near Little Barford, close to the border with Cambridgeshire.
Police were called at 8.30am on Tuesday morning, when there was a mid-air collision between two light aircraft. Both are thought to be single-seaters.
One of the aircraft was able to carry on flying and land safely at Thurleigh airfield, but the other has crashed.
The Air Accident Investigation Board has been notified.
The Barford Road is currently closed to traffic, it is not yet known if anyone has been injured.
Bedfordshire Police are seeking thieves who stole an 84-year-old man’s red mobility scooter while he was at a day centre.
The scooter was taken from outside Guild House, 56-58 Harpur Street, Bedford between 10am and 11.45am on Tuesday 16 September.
The scooter is the victim’s only mode of transport and he used it daily to get him to and from the day centre. It is made by a company call Pride, is red in colour and valued at between £3500 to £4000.
Four youths have been sentenced to a minimum total of 107 years in prison for murdering a teenage rapper.Read the full story ›