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.

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.

Have your say on council spending plans, savings and council tax

Central Bedfordshire residents are urged to have their say on council spending plans for the next financial year, as outlined in the budget proposals

Central Bedfordshire’s travellers action plan includes new temporary stopping sites

Cllr Ian Dalgarno told Central Bedfordshire Council’s executive meeting that gypsy and traveller temporary stopping sites will be investigated as part a a package of responses to gypsy and traveller-related issues.

Nearly £2 million for road repairs in Central Bedfordshire

£3.3 million for road repairs in Bedford Borough and Central Bedfordshire

Drivers and cyclists in Central Bedfordshire will benefit from better roads, thanks to an extra £2 million investment in repairs. This is part of a £54 million package for roads in the East

Central Bedfordshire Council helps residents to get on their bike

Central Bedfordshire Council helps residents to get on their bike

An joint innovative scheme sees unwanted or abandoned bikes ‘recycled’ to individuals and families in need, has collected a national award

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.

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.

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.

Central Bedfordshire Council News and information

Central Bedfordshire Council is the unitary authority for Central Bedfordshire, England.

It was created from the merger of Bedfordshire County Council and Mid Bedfordshire and South Bedfordshire District Councils on 1 April 2009.

It provides over a hundred services to a around 275,000 residents, with a budget of £500m.

The last elections for Central Bedfordshire Council were in May 2015.

Since 2011 the Council has been led by Cllr James Jamieson.

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