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Recycling Week - Top Tips For Doing it Correctly

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Central Bedfordshire Council is shouting loud and proud that ‘We Do’ recycle! During this year’s Recycle Week, which runs from 24-30 September, the council is asking residents to go above and beyond to help the environment. From David Attenborough’s Blue Planet II television show, to public campaigns to reduce unnecessary plastic use, this year people are motivated to care about the environment in a way they never have before. Let's Recycle Right Central Bedfordshire Council wants residents to build on the recycling momentum by now focussing on recycling right. Research from recycling campaign charity WRAP has shown that, whilst people say doing their bit for the environment is one of their primary motivations for recycling, over three-quarters of UK households (76%) add one or more items to their recycling collection that is not accepted locally. Meanwhile, more than half (54%) put at least one item in the general rubbish that could be recycled. There are some simp

New Crematorium proposal By Central Beds Council

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Current space within the existing cemetery off Cemetery Road in Houghton Regis is reducing rapidly, and Houghton Regis Town Council has been working hard to make additional provision. Work includes the design and development of the remaining space within the current cemetery, aiming to create a beautiful and peaceful area. Secondly, the  Town Council are continuing to search for new cemetery land. Very little land is actually available or suitable for a cemetery. A modern cemetery has to meet rigid conditions imposed by the Environment Agency, and with the chalk being but a few feet under our land it is not really suitable for burial. Groundwater can be at risk of pollution from burials where the numbers are sufficient and if the site is in a sensitive or vulnerable area ENVIRONMENT AGENCY . More about Houghton Regis Cemetery here . Now, Central Bedfordshire Council are realising that they have no crematorium in their area, and are proposing to build one, which, while not the

The Central Growth Board - a new challenge for local democracy?

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The Government and Local Authorities have acted together to create yet another QUANGO – “The Central Growth Board”. The Central Growth Board has been formed to ensure that controversial Oxford – Cambridge developments across the local authority areas covered by the South East Midlands Local Enterprise Partnership (SEMLEP) - Bedfordshire, Milton Keynes, Luton, Aylesbury Vale and Northamptonshire plus the rest of Buckinghamshire - are pushed through without debate. It will enable them to push through massive developments along the Oxford – Milton Keynes – Bedford - Cambridge Corridor without the consent of local people, crushing local democracy. The Mayor of Bedford, Dave Hodgson and the Leader of Central Bedfordshire Council, James Jamieson, both committed to the NIC plans, have joined the Central Growth Board. Similar “Growth Boards” are being created in Oxfordshire and Cambridgeshire. A spokesperson for CPRE Bedfordshire said: “CPRE Bedfordshire believe that the work of t

Video: Dunstable, 1965 and it's plans up to the year 2000

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Video: Dunstable in 2018 is looking at creating 'gateways'. Here's the visualisations and public comments about this on our Facebook Page:

Lib Dems: Brexit is not going well, say the people of Central Bedfordshire

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An overwhelming 80% of people surveyed by Liberal Democrats teams in Barton-le-Clay and Houghton Regis on Saturday (September 8) and Sandy (on September 1) say Brexit is going badly. And 61% believe that the British people should be offered a final say on the deal.  Joe Bordas, Central Bedfordshire Lib Dems’ Brexit Lead said “In an area that voted very narrowly to leave in the 2016 referendum, this is a striking change in views. Now people know more about the prospects for Britain outside the EU, and can see that the government is not proving capable of coming up with a workable deal that’s good for Britain, people want a chance to vote on the actual terms.” “A sizeable minority of people don't want another vote, despite thinking Brexit isn't going well. But given the likely adverse effect of Brexit on jobs and on the functioning of NHS, an overall majority now want a people's vote on the final deal,” says Joe. Lib Dems: survey in Bedford Square, Houghton Regis on

Selous Wants to Reduce Obesity, Get people to be more active

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Local MP, Andrew Selous, took part in Integrated Care debate in Westminster Hall on 6th September 2018. Mr Selous commented on his visit to Larwood centre in Worksop, which had impressed him. He told the meeting, " I am absolutely convinced that integrated care providers will not succeed in providing the integrated care we want unless social care has been put on a proper and sustainable financial footing so that it really does work hand-in-glove with our NHS at every level, primary and secondary." "Our constituents’ time is precious. It is not just Members of Parliament who are busy people; our constituents lead highly busy, demanding lives, juggling work, family and everything else. The more we can make it simpler to capture what they say once, the better for them and the better for hard-pressed NHS staff, and it has to lead to a better outcome." "I very much welcome the Government’s commitment to amend the legislation where necessary, and wh

New Senior Coroner for Bedfordshire and Luton

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Central Bedfordshire Council, as the lead authority for the Bedfordshire & Luton Coronial Area, has announced the appointment of Ms. Emma Whitting as Senior Coroner. The appointment follows an open competition and is made with the consent of the Chief Coroner and Lord Chancellor.  Emma is a Barrister and currently sits as an Assistant Coroner in four jurisdictions: Coventry, Warwickshire, Birmingham & Solihull and the Black Country. She will take up her post on 1st October 2018. In assuming her new full-time role, Emma says: “It will be a great honour to serve the people of Bedfordshire and Luton as their Senior Coroner. I look forward to leading the experienced team of officers, administrative staff, and Assistant Coroners, in delivering a modern, open, consistent and just service with the bereaved at the heart of the process.” The Bedfordshire & Luton Coronial Area covers Bedford and Luton Borough Councils as well as Central Bedfordshire Council.  Inquests ar

Act Now for School Admissions September 2019

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If your child is due to start school in September 2019, or transfer to middle, secondary or upper school, applications are now open. Schools must offer your child a full-time place in the September, following their fourth birthday, if that is your wish; though your child does not have to attend school full-time until the term after their fifth birthday. If you are applying for a place to start school or to join a middle school, you have until Tuesday 15 January 2019 to make an application. However, if your child is transferring to a secondary or upper school in 2019 then the deadline for applications is Wednesday 31 October 2018. Councillor Steven Dixon, Executive Member for Families, Education and Children, said: “Last year, over 90 per cent of parents and carers applied for a school place online. It’s a quick and simple process and applications can be reviewed right up to the deadline date. “We hope that, with all the time pressures parents and carers face, that applying on

Forum Will Help Private Landlords With New Legislation

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Local landlords are invited to a Central Bedfordshire-wide forum, to hear about new legislation and find out how the council can support them. Planned for Wednesday, 12th September, the event is designed for local landlords, whether they have one property or more. With the recent introduction of legislation about energy efficiency standards and the introduction of Universal Credit and data protection rules, the council is planning a forum where private sector landlords can ask questions, hear from specialists and meet one another to share good practice. It will be held at the council’s office in Chicksands (Priory House, Monks Walk, Chicksands, Shefford, SG17 5TQ) from 6pm, with registration opening at 5:45pm, including refreshments. There will be networking opportunities with the Residential Landlords Association, Jobcentre Plus, and other private landlords, as well as special guest speakers: John Stewart, Residential Landlord Association and Angela Roberts, JobCentre Plus.

Five Deputies Join Lord Lieutenant of Bedfordshire

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HM Lord-Lieutenant of Bedfordshire, Helen Nellis, signed the Commissions of five new Deputy Lieutenants of the County of Bedfordshire on 1 September 2018. The new Deputy Lieutenants are: • Mr Philip Keith FOTHERGILL • Mrs Emma Carolyn Brayn GARRETT • Mr Mark Glyn HARDY • Mrs Colette McKEAVENEY • Mr Charles Edward Samuel WHITBREAD Deputy Lieutenants assist the Lord-Lieutenant and Vice Lord-Lieutenant in their work to support voluntary and community activities in Bedfordshire.  They also participate in civic and social activities, Citizenship Ceremonies and Armed Forces events. Bedfordshire’s establishment is currently 30 Deputy Lieutenants. Short Biographies of the new Deputy Lieutenants: Mr Philip Keith FOTHERGILL • 2016 – 2017             Broadcaster and Chairman of MKFM Radio serving Beds, Herts & Bucks • 2015 – 2016             Presenter of Biggles FM, Biggleswade • 2010 – present         Managing Director of TVUK video production (member of Beds

Easy Win-Win Tips To Help Combat Vehicle Crime

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We will do all we can to help prevent vehicle crime, and the tips below can help deter potential offenders and keep your vehicle secure. Ensure all doors, windows and sunroofs are closed and locked when leaving your vehicle unattended. Don’t simply rely on your key fob, as some thieves use ‘jammers’ to intercept the signal between the fob and the car, leaving the vehicle unlocked and vulnerable to theft. Don’t leave your keys lying around or visible on a windowsill at home or near a front door, where they could be hooked through the letterbox Never leave valuables in your vehicle and keep any other possessions out of sight. Remove your sat nav and its holder and wipe away any window suction marks as these could indicate a sat nav is stored in your vehicle If you use a vehicle for maintenance purposes, it is advisable not to leave tools or other working materials in a vehicle unoccupied or overnight, as works vehicles such as vans are commonly targeted by criminals Never le