Call for motorists to help children stay safe near schools

Campaigning schoolchildren included Wootton-based Holywell School students

Bedford Borough Liberal Democrats have issued a plea for motorists to help children stay safe, following a debate on children’s road safety at a Council meeting last week.

At the Children’s Services Overview and Scrutiny Committee (OSC), councillors heard from children from Wootton. They have been campaigning on the issue of road safety in their community.

The schoolchildren raised a wide range of issues, and in response Council representatives set out work that will take place to address them. This will include the appointment of a new school crossing patrol, assessing bus stops and crossings in the area and reviewing road safety information campaigns for young people.

Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service responds to severe flooding

Due to significant rainfall in a short amount of time, Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service (BFRS) were requested to support the severe flooding in South Yorkshire this morning (Friday 8 November).

Bedford station, home to the county’s boat rescue team, were called to support the incident in the early hours of the morning. Bedford Blue Watch were sent to South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service Training Centre, where they were deployed out to the Doncaster area.

The crew have since been assisting with the welfare and support of those caught in the rapidly rising flood waters. With a critical warning issued, the crew assisted an evacuation in the Kirk Sandall area in preparedness for extreme flooding.

‘Somewhere Safe to Stay’ in the heart of Bedford Town Centre

Bedford Borough Council has extended services for people sleeping rough with the opening of an ‘Assessment & Somewhere Safe to Stay’ Hub. The Hub will be open 24 hours a day, offering emergency homelessness advice and somewhere safe for people who are sleeping rough to stay for a short time.

Professional advice will be on offer from a variety of support services to help people find the best way back into a settled home.

Bedford has seen a reduction in the number of people sleeping rough on the streets. The most recent Annual Rough Sleeper Estimate showed that a third fewer people were sleeping rough from 76 in November 2017 to 51 in November 2018.

Remember, remember bonfire night but make it legal and safe

If you’re planning a bonfire for the forthcoming Guy Fawkes celebrations, either at home or a larger public event, make sure what you burn is both legal and safe, says the Environment Agency.

Spare a thought too for the wildlife as hedgehogs, toads, frogs, lizards and snakes may have nestled under the bonfire.

Build the bonfire as close to the day as possible; as far away as possible from trees, bird boxes and bat boxes; and check for wildlife before lighting the fire.

It is illegal to burn most types of waste and setting fire to treated wood, tyres, plastics, rubber and oil can seriously harm health and pollute the environment.

Any material for the bonfire should be clean, non-commercial waste and only small amounts of untreated wood, paper, leaves, and cardboard should be used.

Firework season sparks Central Bedfordshire Council checks to keep the public safe

Central Bedfordshire Council’s public protection team will be visiting over 40 retailers to ensure that the public aren’t being sold dangerous fireworks.

Officers will be inspecting retailers’ premises to ensure that the fireworks are being stored safely and securely, away from possible sources of ignition and damp.

A number of other checks will be carried out to ensure retailers are behaving responsibly and complying with the law, including checks to confirm that the retailer has the required registration or licence to legally store and sell fireworks and that the fireworks conform to relevant safety standards.

Retailers will also be reminded of the age restrictions that apply to the sale of fireworks: those under the age of 18 are not allowed to buy fireworks or handle them in a public place.

If you’re going out to scare, know what to wear

The Office for Product Safety and Standards (OPSS) has produced posters, leaflets and other materials to spread the word on keeping safe this Halloween.

In its new campaign, OPSS is providing advice to help consumers to buy safe costumes and trick or treat safely.

Check your blind cords and keep your home safe

Changes to standards for blinds in 2014 have led to improved product safety.

New blinds with looped cords must have child safety devices installed at the point of manufacture or sold with the blind.

However, blinds installed earlier may not have these features and millions of households could be affected

Bedfordshire Police partners up with the British Horse Society and Bedfordshire Horsewatch

Bedfordshire Police is working with The British Horse Society and Bedfordshire Horsewatch to encourage both drivers and riders to be more aware of each other on the roads this autumn.

There has been a marked increase in reports of incidents to the BHS in Bedfordshire involving horses; from one reported in 2017/2018 to seven reported in 2018/2019.

The majority of road incidents that have been reported to the BHS occurred because a vehicle passed too closely to a horse. As a result, the Dead Slow campaign was launched to educate drivers on how to safely pass horses on roads. There are also a number of things horse riders can do to keep themselves safe.

Safe tyres save lives – check yours regularly

‘Don’t chance it, check it’ is the message from the team responsible for reducing casualties and keeping us safe on the roads across Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire.

October is tyre safety month and officers from the tri-force Road Policing Unit will be carrying out checks of tyres as part of their routine proactive casualty reduction patrols.

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