Category: Central Bedfordshire Council

Central Bedfordshire Council launches return to school online helpdesk

Central Bedfordshire Council has launched a new online helpdesk for parents and carers requiring support or advice relating to the reopening of schools in September.

The Government has confirmed that it will be compulsory for children to return to school in September for the start of the new term.

Every school is required to undertake a rigorous risk assessment and have detailed plans in place for the September return, to help keep pupils safe, and schools will be able to advise parents and carers, on these plans.

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Central Bedfordshire Council secures funding for integrated transport hub at Flitwick Rail Station

Central Bedfordshire Council has secured a £2.219 million grant for the development of an integrated transport hub at Flitwick Rail Station.

The project aims to provide a more efficient way to link different modes of transport (bus, rail, car, cycling) together to encourage the transition away of personal cars.

The council with its partners Network Rail and Govia Thameslink Railways developed proposals that, the group said, will “radically improve” how the station functions

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Central Bedfordshire Council agrees dog control Public Space Protection Order

Central Bedfordshire Council’s Executive yesterday (5 August 2020), agreed to keep the existing rules as it renewed Public Space Protection Orders (PSPO) in relation to dogs, for the next three years.

A blanket rule requiring dogs to be on leads in any open space with a marked sports pitch has been retained and renewed.

The order also includes dogs being prohibited from fenced play and games areas and parts of the council’s country parks. Dogs will also still need to be on a lead in cemeteries, picnic areas and A and B roads as well as on public footpaths.

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Central Bedfordshire Council Holiday Picnic initiative

Central Bedfordshire Council’s new pilot project hopes to improve the health and wellbeing of children (4-12) and their families. It is expecting to distribute at least 1,250 meals a week over the school summer holidays.

The Holiday Picnic pilot is a joint initiative between the Council’s Public Health and Children’s Services and Team Beds & Luton (Bedfordshire’s Active Partnership). It was created in response to some of the pressures resulting from COVID-19 and to improve access to healthy affordable food.

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Central Bedfordshire residents urged to make sure electoral registration details are up to date

Central Bedfordshire residents are being warned not to lose their voice on decisions that affect them by making sure their electoral registration details are up to date.

As Bedfordshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner election is taking place in May 2021, this is an important opportunity for residents to make sure they can take part.

The annual canvass ensures that Central Bedfordshire Council can keep the electoral register up to date. So identifying any residents who are not registered or have recently moved so that they can be encouraged to do so.

They would then be able take part in any future elections. Letters addressed to the household will be sent out from the beginning of August.

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Central Bedfordshire landlords – get advice in the light of the pandemic

Local landlords are invited to a Central Bedfordshire-wide virtual forum, to hear about new legislation and find out how the council can support them.

Especially important in the light of the current pandemic, the Forum is planned for Wednesday, 29 July 2020, and is designed for local landlords, whether they have one property or more.

With COVID-19 advice from the National Residential Landlords Association, the online event will help local landlords make sense of the new renting landscape. It will also give private sector landlords the opportunity to ask questions, hear from specialist and make contacts with other landlords.

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Resignation call by Central Bedfordshire councillor over council’s SEND failings labelled “political grandstanding”

A demand for heads to roll after a slow response to a highly critical special education needs and disabilities (SEND) inspection in Bedfordshire has been dubbed “political grandstanding”.

A draft improvement plan by Central Bedfordshire Council was due to be completed by May, following the report by Ofsted and the Care Quality Commission (CQC).

But the pandemic has delayed the whole process, the council’s children’s services overview and scrutiny committee heard.

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More cash for local authorities announced as Central Bedfordshire Council leader calls for urgent help for councils

A Bedfordshire council leader says more government funding is urgently needed for local authorities because of the impact of Covid-19.

Extra money is required sooner rather than later to prevent councils having to cut services, according to Central Bedfordshire Council leader James Jamieson.
The Conservative Westoning, Flitton and Greenfield councillor was speaking at the Local Government Association (LGA) annual conference, held via video link.
“Councils have a legal duty to balance their budgets each year,” said councillor Jamieson, who chairs the LGA.

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CPRE chief executive writes open letter to decision makers

Crispin Truman OBE, chief executive of CPRE, decided to write an open letter to reinforce the fact that the Bedfordshire Chilterns AONB is a landscape and environment of national importance and not simply a local matter as stated by Robert Jenrick, MP, Secretary of State at the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government, when he refused to “call-in for review”, Central Bedfordshire Council’s decision to grant Planning Permission.

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Have your say on a new political map for Central Bedfordshire Council

The Local Government Boundary Commission wants to hear what residents and local organisations think about proposals to alter the boundaries of Central Bedfordshire Council’s wards.

The Commission, the independent body that draws these boundaries, is reviewing Central Bedfordshire. It wants to make sure councillors will represent about the same number of electors, and that ward arrangements will help the council work effectively.

It is proposing that there should be 12 three-councillor wards, ten two-councillor wards and seven one-councillor wards. Eighteen wards would change and 11 will stay the same.

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