Category: Central Bedfordshire Council

Lidlington business owner asked council to consider home-based businesses when allocating funding

At a special (remote) meeting of Central Bedfordshire Council’s Executive (5 June 20200, Lidlington business owner, Miranda Smythe, asked the Executive to consider home-based businesses when allocating funds from the new Small Business Discretionary Grant scheme.

The new, Government-funded scheme, is aimed to help those small businesses, badly hit by the pandemic which were not covered by the Business Support Grant Scheme or other financial support.

Ms Smythe, who runs a learning and development consultancy, said that she recognised that the Council had to make some tough decisions with limited funding. But she asked them to factor in a group of businesses that she said had been “explicitly excluded” from all other forms of government support

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New campaign launched to help spot the signs of cuckooing in Central Bedfordshire

The Safer Central Community Safety Partnership has launched a social media campaign to raise awareness of the increasing criminal activity known as cuckooing.

Named after the cuckoo that steals other birds’ nests, this is the practice of drugs gangs taking over the home of a vulnerable person in order to use it as a base for their criminal network.

Last year, Bedfordshire Police identified more than 80 cuckooed locations in the county. These addresses became a base for the production or dealing of drugs, as well as exploitation of the person living there.

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Bedford Borough’s first online Planning Committee Meeting ‘makes democracy happen in difficult circumstances’

The Chair of Bedford Borough Council’s Planning Committee has thanked everyone involved for ‘making democracy happen in difficult circumstances’, after the committee’s first virtual meeting took place on Monday night (18 May 2020).
Unlike Central Bedfordshire Council which has cancelled numerous meetings, Bedford Borough has also held it Full Council Meeting remotely.

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GMB delivers PPE to Central Bedfordshire and Bedford Borough care homes

Members of GMB Beds County Branch, along with Mick Lancaster GMB regional organiser, have been delivering Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to all staff, including GMB members working in local authority care homes across Central Bedfordshire and Bedford Borough Councils.

GMB members working in these care homes were concerned about the future supply of PPE. GMB Beds County Branch said that on behalf of its members it took matters into its own hands and sourced and purchased additional backup supplies of PPE.

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Central Bedfordshire Council completes road repairs during lockdown traffic lull

Central Bedfordshire Council has been revamping roads across the area while traffic levels are low during the coronavirus lockdown.

It said that by taking advantage of the quieter roads it has fixed more than 600 repairs including potholes, streetlights and road signs as well as eight re-surfacing schemes.

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Local authorities urged to make space around schools

Living Streets, the UK walking charity behind the biggest walk to school campaign, has written to local authorities urging them to take urgent action to improve the walk to school.

It has suggested that councils use some of the emergency active travel fund to implement ‘School Streets’. These will ban vehicles from school gates during peak drop off and collection times.

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Foster Care Fortnight: Carers talk about their experiences

As part of Foster Care Fortnight Central Bedfordshire Council is appealing for residents to use their lockdown time to research and consider fostering. Researching can include the Council Fostering Team’s virtual information session.

The Council said that foster care transforms lives and it is keen to share the incredible difference foster carers make, day in, day out, even during uncertain times such as the outbreak of the Coronavirus.

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Ministers urge councils to plan for safe re-opening of recycling centres

Yesterday, the government published guidance for local authorities to help them to re-open their Household Waste and Recycling Centres (HWRCs) over the coming days and weeks.

Councils are being encouraged to open sites to avoid the build-up of waste in homes and businesses. But only where social distancing can be maintained and the public and staff can be kept safe.

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