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Houghton Regis is a small town and civil parish in
Bedfordshire, East of England.
The parish is located in Central Bedfordshire, which
includes the hamlets of Bidwell, Thorn, and Sewell. Houghton Regis, along with
its contiguous neighbours of Dunstable and Luton, form the Luton/Dunstable
Urban Area, a conurbation with a population over 255,000.
Houghton Regis Town Council organises several regular free
events every year. These include Pancake Race, Easter Egg Hunt, May Fayre,
Carnival, Classic and Vintage Car Show.
The Greenway and the route through Dunstable and Houghton
Regis forms part of National Route 6 of the National Cycle Network. This
provides walking and cycling routes between Milton Keynes, Luton and London.
Central Bedfordshire Council allowed Stevenage Leisure
Limited (who operate the Houghton Regis Leisure Centre as Lifestyles (@)
Houghton) to carry out major renovation.
The Luton to Dunstable Busway guided bus system (route
pictured) opened in 2013, proving bus rapid transit services from Houghton
Regis to Luton Airport via Dunstable and Luton.
Primary schools in the town include Hawthorn Park Community
Primary School, Houghton Regis Primary School, St Vincent's RC Primary School,
Thomas Whitehead CE Primary School, Thornhill Primary School and Tithe Farm
Primary School. Secondary schools serving the area include Houghton Regis
Academy and All Saints Academy. The Chiltern School is a special school which
has a campus in Houghton Regis.
Central Bedfordshire College and Bedford College have sites
in Houghton Regis, where they offer a range of further education courses.
Houghton Regis Town Council has 14 elected councilors who
receive no remuneration. Elections are held every 4 years.
Central Bedfordshire came into being on 1 April 2009. The
first-ever elections for Central Bedfordshire took place on 4 June, when the
three wards of Houghton Regis were won by the Liberal Democrats.