Each year HM Lord-Lieutenant of Bedfordshire Helen Nellis and her team of Deputy Lieutenants visit towns and villages in Bedfordshire on Remembrance Sunday and Armistice Day to pay their respects to members of the Armed Forces who have died or been injured in the line of duty. The Lord-Lieutenant and Deputy Lieutenants are joined by members of the clergy, civic leaders, veterans, servicemen, cadets and members of the public where they lay a wreath on behalf of HM The Queen. The service is ended with a two-minute silence at 11am. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the services this year are on a much smaller basis with limited attendance and no military parades. In order for everyone to be able to take part in the safety of their own home, the Lord-Lieutenant and her team have produced an online service which can be viewed on YouTube.
Following the latest BT payphone consultation, Central Bedfordshire Council received 95 responses regarding BT’s proposals to remove 29 public payphones. BT had identified these payphones as unnecessary. As part of the process the Council was required to undertake a public consultation and to inform BT of the results. The consultation ended on 6 November. It enabled residents to comment on whether they agreed or objected to the proposals.
Central Bedfordshire Council is urging residents to “join the fight against Zombie batteries” in a bid to tackle the growing number of fires caused by carelessly discarded dead batteries. The council and its waste and recycling partner, FCC Environment, are supporting the new national Take Charge campaign. They are urging residents to never throw batteries away in their general rubbish. But to recycle batteries using the council’s battery collection services.
Central Bedfordshire Council has been working with local businesses to ensure they are aware of the measures they need to take to ensure the safety of their customers.
Online applications are now open for the new discretionary business support scheme (the Additional Restrictions Grant) aimed to support local businesses unable to access previous funding. This scheme is to support businesses forced to close but who do not have a business rates reference number as they pay rates via their landlord or businesses which, while not legally forced to close, are severely impacted by the restrictions put in place to control the spread of COVID-19.
Central Bedfordshire Council has launched a Tree Planting Grant scheme, aimed at delivering tree and hedge planting schemes across Central Bedfordshire.
Central Bedfordshire Council, in partnership with Milton Keynes Council and the South East Midlands Local Enterprise Partnership (SEMLEP) has announced that works are complete on their project to upgrade a key section of the A421 road into a dual carriageway. The 3km of the road has been upgraded to improve the link between Junction 13 of the M1 motorway in Central Bedfordshire and Milton Keynes.
Once again there will be a winter break for all kerbside collections of household garden waste across Central Bedfordshire. The collections will be suspended from Monday, 7 December 2020 until Friday, 26 February 2021 inclusive. Residents are encouraged to check their last collection date for their area, which will be either the week commencing Monday, 23 November or Monday, 30 November. The collections will resume again on Monday, 1 March 2021. All other waste collections will operate as normal during this period.
Central Bedfordshire residents are once again being asked to give their views on BTs plans to remove public payphones. BT has proposed to remove three 'unnecessary' payphones in Flitwick. You may remember that Central Bedfordshire Council conducted a similar consultation for BT at the beginning of this year. This time the list includes 28 phone boxes that were consulted on in January 2020 and one additional payphone in Leighton Buzzard. As part of the process, Central Bedfordshire Council is required to undertake a public consultation and to inform BT of the results. The consultation runs until Friday 6 November 2020 and enables residents to comment on whether they agree or object to the proposals.
During the peak of the pandemic, as libraries across the country were closed, Bedford Borough & Central Bedfordshire's virtual library remained open. The range of online events, ebooks and audiobooks available to the public was transferred online.