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Councillor warns of peril of attack and defence cycle over SEND services in Central Bedfordshire if scrutiny committee’s role neglected

A councillor has warned about falling into “a cycle of attack and defence” over scrutinising Central Bedfordshire Council’s special educational needs and disability (SEND) services.

The local authority has received the second of four monitoring visits, after a critical Ofsted and Care Quality Commission (CQC) report.

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Major works set to start on Bedford’s Ampthill Road

Starting next week, major works will begin on Ampthill Road which Bedford Borough Council said when completed it will reduce congestion and improve road safety.

During these works the road will be widened, creating a second northbound lane between Elstow Road and Britannia Road, and improving provision for vehicles turning right into side roads off Ampthill Road.

This lane will be for buses and Ultra Low Emission Vehicles, enabling people to continue benefiting from the bus lane and encouraging the use of electric vehicles as they become more common. As part of this project, air quality monitoring will also be installed.

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Mercedes F1’s Toto Wolff becomes Cranfield University honorary graduate

Toto Wolff, the team principal, ceo and co-owner of the Mercedes-AMG Petronas Formula One Team, has received an Honorary Degree from Cranfield University in its annual graduation celebrations.

Mr Wolff, who has led the team to seven consecutive World Championship doubles, attended the campus to collect his degree from Professor Sir Peter Gregson, chief executive and vice-chancellor of Cranfield University, as part of a COVID-secure event

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New Bedfordshire police and crime commissioner Festus Akinbusoye reveals early plans

Festus Akinbusoye, Bedfordshire’s new police and crime commissioner brings a wealth of experience to the role, including serving as a Special Constable with Bedfordshire Police.

Festus also served as a link governor for the Offender Learning and Skills Services team, which delivered training and education in prisons.

He is also a former parish councillor, and he helped to get funding for a youth club following a rise in anti-social behaviour.

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We also cover the latest news from Central Bedfordshire Council, Bedford Borough Council, Bedfordshire Police and Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service.

There are health updates from Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group and Education News from both councils.

Finally, we cover the Business News in the area and Lifestyle News and What's On to help you make the most of your spare time.

Each of the village news pages contain local information such as doctors' surgeries and nearest dentists.


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