Category: Bedford Borough Council

New COVID-19 walk-in testing centre is opening this week in Bedford Borough

A new COVID-19 testing centre is opening this week in Prebend Street car park, Bedford. The centre is operating on a walk-in basis for anybody in the borough who needs a test, and will be open every day from Friday.

As a walk-in site, residents must either walk or cycle to the site, not drive or take public transport. Strict safety control measures will be in place; a face covering will need to be worn and social distancing must be followed at all times.

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Fortnightly garden waste collections returning to Bedford Borough

From Monday 17 August, Bedford Borough Council’s garden waste collections will be returning to fortnightly collections.

These collections were suspended and then reintroduced on a monthly basis to ensure that the bin crews could continue an uninterrupted collection of household waste and recycling, whilst ensuring they could social distance.

Now, with crews stabilised the Council is reintroducing garden waste collections on a normal schedule of every two weeks, with the recycling collections.

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Bedford Borough: An area of Covid concern

Bedford Borough Council is urging residents to continue to follow social distancing advice to avoid a local lockdown.

Locally there has been a rise in the number of cases over the past three weeks with 97 cases recorded since the 13th July and the Borough has been listed as ‘an area of concern’ by the government.

Bedford Borough had previously seen the highest infection rate in the East of England and remains above the regional average.

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Bedford Borough COVID-19 Deep Dive Report published

Following interim findings published last month, the Bedford Borough COVID-19 Deep Dive Final Report has been published.

The report said that the local COVID-19 infection rate had declined since mid-June and that there was no singular cause of the higher infection rate seen in Bedford Borough.

The infection rate in Bedford Borough had been highest in the East of England. In response, Bedford Borough Council, Bedfordshire CCG, and Bedfordshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust worked with Public Health England and the Joint Biosecurity Centre to investigate why the rate was high, and what could be done to bring it down in this ‘Deep Dive’.

The investigation found that most cases followed people being exposed within their households and household visitors, with exposures elsewhere remaining low. The most recent cases have been among people of working age, and within Bedford town.

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Bedford’s Britannia Road works complete

The Transporting Bedford project on Britannia Road is now complete. The works were carried out to bring congestion easing measures to this well-known traffic hotspot in the town.

Britannia Road links two major roads in Bedford; Ampthill Road and Kempston Road, past Bedford Hospital South Wing.

This project has delivered a major change to the road layout. It has widened the road to create more space for traffic to flow, a new traffic light junction at King’s Place, and upgraded traffic lights along the length of the road to improve traffic flow.

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Nearly every Bedford Borough Council play area to open

From this weekend, all Bedford Borough Council play areas will be open apart from the Kingfisher play area in Wixams.

The Council has been working to get its over 120 play areas ready for reopening, in line with Government guidance to keep the public safe.

This work has included the removal of some equipment to help maintain social distancing and getting signage ready to publicise the rules that people must follow to stay safe when using the play equipment.

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Bedford Borough Council: staying safe if you have to visit a council building

With coronavirus present in the community, Bedford Borough Council is reminding local residents to contact the Council remotely if they can.

The Council provides a number of services on its website, Such as booking a visit to the recycling centre, paying council tax, reporting a pothole or missed bin collection.

Its Customer Services Team can be contacted by email or by phone 01234 267422.

If you have to go to a Council building you will be asked to wear a face covering

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Bedford Borough Liberal Democrats pay tribute to volunteers

Bedford Borough Liberal Democrats have paid tribute to the huge ‘volunteer force’ which has been supporting the vulnerable during the coronavirus crisis.

Councillors gave thanks and praise to volunteers during the latest meeting of the Budget & Corporate Overview and Scrutiny Committee, which received an update on the Community Hub established by Bedford Borough Council in response to the emerging pandemic in March.

The hub was set up shortly before the national lockdown on 23 March. Since then has responded to over 9,000 requests for the support.

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Bedford Borough Play areas open from Thursday 23 July

Some children’s play areas and outdoor gyms in Bedford Borough will be opening from noon on Thursday 23 July.

The Council has been working to get its over 120 play areas ready for reopening, in line with Government guidance to keep the public safe.

This work has included the removal of some equipment to help maintain social distancing. Some signage has also been added to publicise the rules that people must follow to stay safe when using the play equipment.

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Be aware of ticks while out in Bedfordshire’s parks

Bedford Borough Council is reminding people to be aware while out in local parks and open spaces. This follows reports of two cases of Lyme disease due to tick bites in Bedford Park.

Ticks survive in many habitats, but prefer moist areas with leaf litter or longer grass. Such as woodland, grassland, moorland, heathland and some urban parks and gardens.

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Bedford Borough Council encourages people to wear face coverings where social distancing is difficult

Bedford Borough Council is encouraging people to wear face coverings in shops, supermarkets and other situations where maintaining two metres social distancing may be difficult, if they can.

This is ahead of Friday 24 July, when face coverings are to become mandatory in supermarkets and shops.

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