Category: Central Bedfordshire Council

New ‘dial-a-ride’ community transport service officially launched

Central Bedfordshire Council hosted an official launch of the new ‘dial-a-ride’ community transport service, which provides minibuses to 50 different parishes in the mid and east of Central Bedfordshire.

The Greensand Country bus service, started running in October 2018 and was officially launched 10 January 2019. Since the start of the contract, they have already provided 1,535 door-to-door journeys for residents.

The service provides a bookable and fully accessible door-to-door minibus service for elderly or disabled people who find it difficult to use traditional buses, trains or other forms of transport. The service operates between 08.30 and 17.00 on Mondays to Fridays.

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Vehicle speed figures from Cranfield traffic survey released

Central Bedfordshire Council audited two of the Cranfield’s vehicle activated signs

Between 14 November and 20 November 2018, Central Bedfordshire Council audited two of the vehicle activated signs in Cranfield. Until these surveys CBC hadn’t measured the traffic speed along these roads since 2011.

The automatic recordings found that ten vehicles passed the sign (in either direction) on Bedford Road at speeds of 60mph or over.

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New housing rental rules to protect Bedfordshire tenants

Extending licensing will ensure more tenants benefit from better quality accommodation

New rules which will help protect more people in privately rented homes from poor living conditions and overcrowding have come into force this month.

Landlords who let out a property to 5 or more people, from 2 or more separate households that share facilities (homes in multiple occupation, HMO), must get a licence from their local housing authority.

Previously, the rules only applied to properties of 3 or more storeys, but now all properties will be covered.

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Central Bedfordshire Council obtains traveller High Court injunction

Travellers banned from parts of Central Bedfordshire

Central Bedfordshire Council (CBC) has gained an injunction banning eleven named individuals from setting up unauthorised encampments anywhere in Central Bedfordshire over the next two years.

During summer in 2017 these individuals and their families moved from site to site across Central Bedfordshire. The Council said that this caused disruption which impacted local communities.

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Proposed crematorium behind the Steppingley Hospital near Flitwick

Proposed crematorium behind the Steppingley Hospital near Flitwick

Central Bedfordshire Council (CBC) is looking to build a crematorium in Steppingley. The crematorium will be within an attractive landscaped area behind the Steppingley Hospital.

As there isn’t an existing crematorium in Central Bedfordshire, residents are using those in other districts instead. Such as Bedford, Cambridge, Luton or Stevenage.

The council is hoping to submit a planning application in late 2018.

If approved, construction could start in July 2019 and will take around 12 months.

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Have you applied for your child’s school place for September 2019?

Applications are now open for children due to start school in Central Bedfordshire next year. If your child is due to start school in September 2019, or transfer to middle, secondary or upper school, you can apply online.

If you are applying for a place to start school or to join a middle school, you have until Tuesday 15 January 2019 to make an application.

The deadline is Wednesday 31 October 2018 for applications to transfer to a secondary or upper school in 2019

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