Category: Bedford Borough Council

It’s Love Parks Week!

Keep Britain Tidy’s Love Parks Week 2021 runs from 23 July to 1 August, and Bedford Borough Council is celebrating all things parks.

Parks and open spaces have been a vital lifeline for lots of people during the COVID-19 pandemic. Bedford Borough has many of green spaces. Such as the Embankment and Mill Meadows, as well as award-winning Green Flag Parks (Addison Howard Park, Priory Country Park, Harrold-Odell Country Park and Bedford Park).

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Boozy residents and heavy goods driver shortages put Bedford Borough recycling collections under pressure

A combination of lorry driver shortages, vastly increased alcohol consumption and closed charity shops are putting council waste collection services under growing pressure.
Councillors were told that Bedford Council’s recycling services have seen so much increased demand that frontline workers are struggling to keep up.

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COVID-19: It’s “impossible to plan in detail” for the return to school in September

There is a real prospect that the new school year will look very much like the one just about to end, with masks and COVID-19 precautions still in place, a meeting heard.
Leading Bedford councillors say that with so-called freedom day looming on Monday (19 July 2021) is it “difficult to predict” what is going to happen with the COVID-19 infection and “impossible to plan in detail.”

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Fears for isolated new mums as health visiting service struggles amid steep rise in numbers of vulnerable young children

There’s been such a massive increase in the number of vulnerable babies and children receiving health visitor support that the rest of the service has been buckling under the strain, a meeting heard.
Councillors at a meeting of Bedford Council’s health overview and scrutiny committee were told that over the course of the pandemic the Healthy Child Programme has seen an EXTRA 334 children needing complex support – including 189 under fives.

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Cancer services rejig – including relocation of Mount Vernon specialist centre to Watford – aims to improve Bedfordshire patients’ chances of survival

Multi-million pound plans are being drawn up by NHS leaders to improve cancer services across Bedfordshire and beyond.

Although the £230million price tag for moving Mount Vernon Cancer Centre to Watford Hospital has yet to be agreed, health service leaders told a meeting that it offers the opportunity to reorganise services more widely.

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