Category: Central Bedfordshire Council

Central Bedfordshire Council: garden waste collection winter break

Once again there will be a winter break for all kerbside collections of household garden waste across Central Bedfordshire.

The collections will be suspended from Monday, 7 December 2020 until Friday, 26 February 2021 inclusive. Residents are encouraged to check their last collection date for their area, which will be either the week commencing Monday, 23 November or Monday, 30 November.

The collections will resume again on Monday, 1 March 2021. All other waste collections will operate as normal during this period.

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Lord-Lieutenant visits Bedfordshire Rural Communities Charity

HM Lord-Lieutenant of Bedfordshire, Helen Nellis has made a socially distant COVID-safe visit to Bedfordshire Rural Communities Charity to thank the volunteers and staff for their efforts during the pandemic.

On the visit, the Lord-Lieutenant met with chief executive Tracy Cowan and those team members who were involved in supporting the communities during lockdown, and who are continuing to do so in the ongoing pandemic.

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Black bag rubbish from Marston Vale villages to go to incinerator

With the current contracts to treat residents’ black bin residual waste coming to an end, Bedford Borough Council has jointly with Central Bedfordshire Council awarded the work to Veolia.

The two councils said that Veolia represented the best option in terms of quality and price. As part of the contract, they are intending to treat waste at the energy recovery facility at Rookery South.

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Calling all payphone users across Central Bedfordshire – again

Central Bedfordshire residents are once again being asked to give their views on BTs plans to remove public payphones. BT has proposed to remove ‘unnecessary’ payphones in Cranfield, Lidlington and Ridgmont.

You may remember that Central Bedfordshire Council conducted a similar consultation for BT at the beginning of this year. This time the list includes 28 phone boxes that were consulted on in January 2020 and one additional payphone in Leighton Buzzard.

As part of the process, Central Bedfordshire Council is required to undertake a public consultation and to inform BT of the results. The consultation runs until Friday 6 November 2020 and enables residents to comment on whether they agree or object to the proposals.

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Bedfordshire Lieutenancy: HM Lord-Lieutenant’s Cadets ready for service

HM Lord-Lieutenant of Bedfordshire, Helen Nellis, recently appointed her Cadets for 2020/2021 at a ceremony held virtually.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting lack of opportunities for Lord-Lieutenant Cadets, the Lord-Lieutenant extended the appointment for six of her Cadets from 2019/2020 and commissioned Cadet Warrant Officer Abby Bierton from Bedfordshire & Cambridgeshire Air Training Corps (Flitwick Squadron).

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Central Bedfordshire residents praised for their recycling

This week is Recycle Week, the annual event to build awareness of and encourage increased participation in recycling behaviour.

Organised by WRAP, under the Recycle Now brand, this year it runs from 21 to 27 September.

To mark the week, Central Bedfordshire Council is thanking residents for continuing to recycle as much as possible during the pandemic.

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Central Bedfordshire Council: Test and trace

Lessons learnt from other parts of the country are helping to refine the Covid-19 test and trace process in Central Bedfordshire, a meeting heard.
The local operation began last month to support the national test and trace service.
An update was presented to Central Bedfordshire Council’s social care, health and housing overview and scrutiny committee by its assistant director public health Celia Shohet.

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Could your skills transfer to the NHS or social care

Bedfordshire residents with uncertain employment prospects are invited to take part in a free virtual career change seminar to see if they have transferable skills that could be valuable working for the NHS or social care.

The online event will be hosted by Central Bedfordshire Council, Luton Council, Bedford Borough Council and their health and social care partners. It will take place between 10am and 11.30 am on Monday 14 September.

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Central Bedfordshire Council: Apply for your child’s school place for September 2021

Central Bedfordshire applications are open if your child is due to start school, or transfer to middle, secondary or upper school in September 2021.

If you are applying for a place to start school or to join a middle school, you have until Friday 15 January 2021 to make an application.

The deadline for applications for young people transferring to a secondary or upper school in 2021 is Saturday 31 October, 2020.

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