Category: Bedford Borough Council

Bedford Parents are being encouraged to give their views on SEND facilities in the Borough

Bedford Parents are being encouraged to give their views on SEND facilities in the Borough

Bedford Borough Parent Carer Forum (BBPCF) is leading on the engagement with local families to better understand what is important to them and any barriers that families have faced and are holding a number of events in Bedford. The events are open to all those that live in or access SEND services in Bedford Borough.

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Bedford Borough Council to consider Trailblazer programme to innovate against childhood obesity

One in three children leave primary school overweight or obese

The government is asking local authorities to apply to its Trailblazer programme, in partnership with the Local Government Association (LGA).

This three-year programme forms part of the second chapter of the government’s childhood obesity plan. This includes the aim to halve childhood obesity by 2030.

Up to 12 local authorities will be supported to develop practical plans, and in spring next year 5 authorities will be selected.

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Bedford Borough Council’s carbon emissions reduced by over half

Bedford Borough Council carbon emissions reduced by over half

In 2011 Bedford Borough Council set a target of reducing carbon by 40% but the Council has gone even further and hit a 53% reduction in carbon emissions since 2009/10.

Works across the Council’s buildings have included lighting upgrades, installation of solar panels, and Borough Hall has been converted from oil fired boilers to a biomass boiler.

Further projects delivered by the Council have seen improved lighting installed at a number of the car parks including Lurke Street, Queen Street and River Street which have already seen huge savings; with a 50% saving in just one year at Queen Street.

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Bedford Borough parents urged to get their children vaccinated against seasonal flu

Flu Vaccine for Children

Flu can be an unpleasant illness causing fever, stuffy nose, dry cough, sore throat, aching muscles and joints and extreme tiredness often lasting for several days.

In children it can cause serious complications such as bronchitis and pneumonia, and some children may need to go to hospital for treatment.

Vaccinating your child will help protect them as well as more vulnerable family and friends by preventing the spread of flu.

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Bedford Borough residents urged to report long-term empty homes

National Empty Homes Week 2018

National Empty Homes Week is taking place 15th – 21st October 2018. As part of the campaign, Bedford Borough Council is urging residents to report any homes that are unoccupied and disused.

Empty homes continue to be a massive waste of resources and a blight on neighbourhoods across the country. They can also have a negative impact on the environment.

The council is taking decisive action and nearly £3million has been allocated to fund the compulsory purchase of properties where owners fail to take action to bring their empty property back into use.

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First World War Beacon of Light to be lit in Bedford

Beacon is part of the ‘Battle’s Over’ National Tribute

A weekend of events in Bedford, marking the centenary of the end of the First World War, will culminate in the lighting of a ‘Beacon of Light’, as part of the ‘Battle’s Over’ National Tribute on 11th November.

Following the lighting of a beacon by the Queen at 7pm beacons will be lit up and down the country. So far more than 800 beacons are confirmed across the United Kingdom, with over 1,000 expected to take part.

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Bedford Borough Council to scrap single use plastic

Bedford Borough Council to scrap single use plastic

Bedford Borough Council has announced it aims to become a ‘single-use’ plastic-free Council by the end of 2020.

Single-use plastics are only used once before they are thrown away. Because they are plastic they take a long time to break down. This includes things such as plastic cups, cutlery, straws and bottles.

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