Category: Central Bedfordshire Council

Long-term plan to deal with mental health crises in Bedfordshire

A long-term plan to deal with mental health crises in Bedfordshire and to save lives has been accelerated because of the pandemic, a meeting heard.

The project was due to be completed in 2023, clinical director at East London NHS Foundation Trust (ELFT) Angharad Ruttley told Central Bedfordshire Council’s (CBC) health and wellbeing board.

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Rollout of community health hubs in Central Bedfordshire should be welcomed and not pitch one area against another, says councillor

The rollout of health hubs in Central Bedfordshire should be celebrated and not pitch one town or rural area against another, a meeting heard.

Timelines for the delivery of the five integrated health and social care hubs have been set back by about six months because of the pandemic

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Central Bedfordshire Council relaunches SEND consultation

Central Bedfordshire Council has relaunched its consultation on proposed changes to special schools and additional resource provisions within mainstream schools, to support children and young people identified with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).

This is part of Schools for the Future programme, CBC’s long-term plan to “raise education standards”.

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The County of Bedfordshire Service of Thanksgiving for His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh

Following the death of HRH The Duke of Edinburgh, a County of Bedfordshire Service of Thanksgiving to celebrate the life of His Royal Highness will be held in the presence of HM Lord-Lieutenant of Bedfordshire, the High Sheriff of Bedfordshire and civic leaders.

The Service on Friday 16 April 2021 will be held at The County Church of St Paul Bedford.

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Still time to register to vote for upcoming elections

To vote in next month’s (6 May) Bedfordshire Police and Crime Commissioner election, residents must register to vote by midnight, 19 April.

The PCC election was postponed last year due to the coronavirus pandemic. This year, a great deal of work and thought has gone into ensuring this is a COVID-secure election. Central Bedfordshire Council said voters will be able to exercise their right to vote in a free and safe manner.

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Free rapid covid tests now available for everyone over 18 in Central Bedfordshire

Central Bedfordshire residents over 18 who don’t have symptoms of coronavirus are being urged to take advantage of free rapid COVID tests. These are now available from community testing sites, local pharmacies or online across the area.

Residents who don’t have symptoms can get a free, rapid test at any of the centres in Biggleswade, Dunstable and Flitwick. Where they can also learn how to do a high-quality test at home and collect a home test kit.

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Construction of Flitwick interchange approved by Council

The construction of a new transport interchange at Flitwick train station is set to start in August 2021, after being approved by Central Bedfordshire Council’s Executive.

The Council said the new interchange will redevelop the train station, as well as the surrounding area, and feature several improvements, but it won’t be including step-free access to the platforms.

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Rare medieval castle site in the Marston Vale “threatened by warehouse expansion”

Save Brogborough Ringwork claim the “amazing” views from a castle site will be impeded by the proposed increase in warehousing at Marston Gate under Central Bedfordshire’s Local Plan.

The campaigners say the modifications for proposed MM33 Marston Gate Expansion in do not go far enough, as it still involves warehousing at 18.5m high, running alongside the A507.

Impacting local Greensand Ridge walks, the Grade II* listed Segenhoe Manor, as well as overwhelming the ancient ringworks site.

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