Author: Local Democracy Reporter David Tooley

Bedford Borough £10m programme to buy properties to house the homeless defended

Councillors rounded on one of their colleagues when he queried how the council chooses which properties to buy to house the homeless.
Bedford Council has £10million set aside to buy 80 properties to provide temporary accommodation.

In December last year it snapped up 14 flats at the converted Plaza cinema at 17 St Peter’s Street in Bedford town centre.

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Faith settings to be advised on how to reopen safely in Bedford borough as vaccination slows

Churches, mosques and temples can expect to receive a letter from Bedford Council soon with advice on how they can safely reopen for group worship.
A meeting heard even though communal worship was not banned for this lockdown, most faith leaders agreed that they would not continue while case rates were high.

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Care homes in Bedford ‘poised’ to allow indoor visits from March 8

A council meeting heard that care homes are already making preparations to allow one named person to meet with a loved one and hold hands as part of the easing of lockdown restrictions.
Visitors will have to pass a lateral flow test before being allowed in, to reduce the risk of passing on the coronavirus to vulnerable people.

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Bedford GP jabbers due to move to cohort 6 next week but those in cohorts 1-5 can still book their vaccine

GP jabbing teams in Bedford are ready to move on to cohort six of the nine highest COVID-19 risk groups from next week, a meeting heard.

Teams running the local vaccination sites in the borough have been vaccinating at the rate of more than 1,000 people  a day – but anyone who has missed out so far in cohorts 1-5 can still get their vaccination.

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Beavers could become a new weapon in Bedford’s ongoing battle against river flooding.

A meeting yesterday (Monday) heard two of the biggest political big beasts in the borough chew over and react favourably to an idea to introduce the giant semi-aquatic rodents somewhere on the River Great Ouse.
Mayor Dave Hodgson (Lib Dem) invited a member of the public present in the meeting to send the council suggestions for potential sites for beaver colonisation.

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‘Nearly 9,000 health and social care staff yet to have their covid jabs’ in Beds, Luton and MK region

Some 8,900 health and social care staff across the Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes (BLMK) region are set to receive letters urging them to take their COVID vaccines, a meeting heard.

And the BLMK partnership board, which brings together council and health service leaders, was also told that people in most vulnerable cohorts 1-4 could also be written to within days to overcome stubborn levels of “vaccine hesitancy”.

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