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New COVID-19 marshals operating in Bedford Borough

Last weekend saw the first COVID-19 marshals take to the streets in Bedford town centre, providing advice and information about how to stay safe and slow the spread of coronavirus locally.

Funding has been provided by the Government to support and encourage the public and businesses to follow coronavirus measures to keep themselves and our communities safe.

The marshals will be working with the public, shops, businesses and partners to provide advice and information about the situation locally and action to take to tackle the virus.

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Mayor Dave Hodgson’s Christmas Card Competition

Bedford Borough Mayor Dave Hodgson has written to all the primary schools in the Borough inviting pupils to help design his Christmas card.

Mayor Dave said:

“Amidst all the turmoil of this year, I’d like to inject a little bit of normality and I’m inviting all primary-aged children to help design my 2020 Christmas card, with the theme of “A Happy Christmas.”

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Lane closure A6 Paula Radcliffe Way/Clapham Road into Bedford starts on Monday 19 October

Cadent Gas is carrying out essential works to divert gas services that will see a lane closure from the A6 Paula Radcliffe Way roundabout to Clapham Road.

This will see one lane closed travelling southeast into Bedford past Sainsbury’s from 10am. This lane will be reopened by the middle of December, at the latest.

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Adopt East Alliance launches today

Adopt East Alliance, a regional adoption agency has launched today. It was established to recruit adopters across the East of England.

Adopt East Alliance will work across local authorities in Bedford Borough, Essex, Hertfordshire, Luton, Norfolk, Southend, Suffolk and Thurrock to find families for children who are waiting to find their forever home. Adoptionplus, Barnardo’s and Adoption UK are also part of the partnership.

The Alliance said it will deliver the highest quality adoption service to children and families throughout the region by bringing together the expertise and skills of all its partners.

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Bedford Borough: Mental Health Awareness Day

Bedford Borough Council is highlighting how ‘Every Mind Matters’ this Mental Health Awareness Day (10 October 2020).

The coronavirus pandemic, months of lockdown and the continued uncertainty has been tough for everyone, and people’s mental health may have been affected in various ways.

According to recent research conducted by MIND, more than half of adults (60%) and over two thirds of young people (68%) said their mental health got worse during lockdown.

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Have your say on a new political map for Bedford Borough Council

The Local Government Boundary Commission wants to hear what residents and local organisations think about the proposals. A 10-week consultation on the proposals will run until 7 December 2020.

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

The Commission has published proposals for changes to Bedford Borough Council. It is proposing that there should be 46 councillors in future, six more than now. The number of wards will increase from 27 to 29.

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Bedford businesses reminded to register for new Test and Trace App

The government has released new legislation as part of its efforts to drive down the rate of coronavirus infection and support the test and trace system.

On Friday 18 September, it became law for hospitality venues to enforce the rule of six or face a fine of up to £4,000. They also have to log contact details for customer, visitors and staff as part of NHS Test and Trace.

From today, Thursday 24 September 2020, this has been extended so that it will be a legal requirement to display an official NHS QR code poster to help people check in to venues.

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Government announces changes to support tenants

The government has announced emergency legislation that will help support tenants over the winter months.

Eviction notice periods have been increased to six months. This means that tenants who are served notice will be able to stay in their homes until the end of March 2021. This will allow them extra time to find alternative support or accommodation.

Some exceptions remain, including where a tenant has demonstrated anti-social behaviour or committed fraud, and the landlord would like to rent the property to an alternative tenant.

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Cultural programme to regenerate Bedford high street

Bedford Borough Council will receive £1.76 million from Historic England to deliver building works and a cultural programme to regenerate Bedford high street.
The funding Bedford Borough Council will receive will be spent on physical building works and to deliver a cultural programme to encourage people to engage with the local heritage. In Bedford funding will be used to reinstate the historic features of buildings across the high street, reducing traffic and bringing the wider community back into the area.

Bedford Borough Council has currently earmarked 43 buildings as eligible for funding under the HSHAZ programme

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