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.
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.
The Central Bedfordshire Council food voucher scheme will continue to be available to families in need over this half term holiday period. The scheme provides vouchers directly to families via the network of Children’s Centres...
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.
This week is Recycle Week, the annual event to build awareness of and encourage increased participation in recycling behaviour. Organised by WRAP, under the Recycle Now brand, this year it runs from 21 to 27 September. Central Bedfordshire Council is thanking residents for continuing to recycle as much as possible during the pandemic.