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  • Local Outbreak Control Plan Published

    Bedford Borough Council has published its Local Outbreak Control Plan, setting out how it will respond to a local coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. The plan will be formally endorsed by the Member Local Outbreak Engagement Board when it meets on Thursday 2 July at 5pm.

    With the introduction of the NHS Test and Trace programme all Unitary and County Councils were asked to produce a Local Outbreak Control Plan. These plans set out how local authorities will work with communities and p...

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  • Council Announces Action to Help Bugs and Bees

    Mayor Dave Hodgson has announced measures which will see the planting of new hedgerows and increased areas of natural grass and wildflower meadows.

    Wildflower species such as clover and dandelion provide important pollen and nectar sources for insects, bees and other pollinators that are a vital part of our ecosystem. Allowing grass to grow longer produces a more sustainable natural environment and provides food and shelter for animals, bees and other insects.

    Across the pa...

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  • Mayor Dave Hodgson has announced Borough Council Investment In Average Speed Cameras for Turvey

    This summer, the existing spot speed cameras in Turvey will be removed and replaced by a new average speed camera system.

    These cameras measure the average speed a vehicle travels over a length of road, rather than measuring it at a fixed point. This encourages people to maintain a safe speed rather than just slowing down for the camera.

    Mayor Dave Hodgson said “This Turvey road is a busy through-route and I am pleased that we have been able to prioritise this replacement o...

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  • Local Infection Rate in Bedford Borough remains high

    Following the announcement from Central Government that lockdown measures are due be eased next month, Bedford Borough Council is urging residents to continue to stay home where possible and continue to follow current social distancing rules.

    Rates of infection in Bedford Borough remain higher than anywhere else in the South of England. So the council is asking everyone to continue to follow these measures to reduce the rate of infection.

    The Council is working with Public ...

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  • Council Working with Public Health England to Bring Down Local Infection Rate

    With an ongoing high coronavirus infection rate in Bedford Borough, the Council is working with Public Health England and the Joint Biosecurity Centre in an in-depth investigation of the local situation.

    This will look at why rates of infection here aren’t falling as quickly as other areas, and most importantly, what can be done to bring the rate down and slow the spread of the virus.

    Public Health England is responsible for analysing the data from tests, enabling the virus...

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  • Council urges residents to look after their wellbeing in Bedford Borough

    With the infection rate remaining high in the Borough and residents advised to continue to stay home where possible, Bedford Borough Council is reminding everyone of the support and advice available to look after your mind and body.

    In April, the council created a new webpage, www.bedford.gov.uk/wellbeing, offering advice to Bedford Borough residents on how to look after themselves whilst at home during the coronavi...

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  • Bedford Borough Local Plan Review

    Local Plans set out where growth and development will take place- everything from houses and jobs to schools and infrastructure.

    Bedford Borough Council already has a Local Plan in place up to 2030, and is now looking beyond that period. Next week’s Executive meeting is set to discuss a Local Plan Review.

    Government requires councils to plan for a certain level of housing growth in their local plans. As part of the next Local Plan, allocations may need to be made for betwee...

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  • Bedford Town Centre Plan

    On Wednesday 24 June, Borough Councillors are due to discuss the Bedford Town Centre Plan at the Council’s Executive.

    The Bedford Town Centre Plan sets out a vision, built on Bedford being a great place to live, work, shop, learn and explore.

    Following consultation in 2019, which received over 2000 responses, ideas from Bedford Borough residents and beyond have contributed to the plan. Respondents to the consultation overwhelmingly highlighted the river as ...

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  • Bedford Borough Council Facing Over £30million Shortfall Due to COVID-19

    Bedford Borough Council Executive will next week discuss the financial impact of coronavirus in a report which sets out an expected financial gap of £32.6millon over the next two years.

    The impact of coronavirus has affected services across the Council, placing them under unprecedented pressure working to deliver care for the vulnerable, elderly and shielded, including through the Community Hub, while keeping vital day-to-day operations running in challenging circumstances.


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  • Public Urged To Continue To Stay at Home To Reduce High Infection Rates in Bedford Borough

    With figures showing that Bedford Borough has the highest rate of Coronavirus infection in the East of England, Bedford Borough Council is urging local people to continue to stay at home as much as possible to slow the spread of the virus and save lives.

    Muriel Scott, Director of Public Health for Bedford Borough Council said “As we all know, coronavirus is highly contagious and can be spread even if someone doesn’t appear to have any symptoms.

    “With lockdown easing you mig...

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