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  • Coronavirus Snapshot week ending 10 January
    Article: Jan 17, 2021

    The latest weekly coronavirus statistics for Bedford Borough have been published. The figures show that in the seven days up to January 10th:

    • 4,567 people have been tested (304 than the previous week)
    • There were 1,430 Coronavirus cases (126 fewer than the previous week)
    • The weekly positive cases per 100,000 population was 825.2 (down from 825.2 in the previous week)
  • Jas Parmar
    Article: Jan 16, 2021

    Liberal Democrat Candidate for Police and Crime Commissioner for Bedfordshire, Jas Parmar, has responded to reports of police records being accidentally deleted.

    Jas Parmar said: "The loss of 150,000 records from the Police National Computer is deeply concerning. The Police National Computer is a vital tool. It's particularly important for collating, cross referencing and in major investigations. The Home Secretary should urgently make a statement to outline exactly what has gone wrong and what steps are being taken to reassure the public."

  • Cllr Michael Headley
    Article: Jan 16, 2021

    Bedford Borough Council is automatically paying £6.5million to businesses that have had to close during lockdown.

    These grants are to support businesses with their premises costs and are therefore available for businesses' that are ratepayers or have other mortgage or rent costs for their business premises and are required to close. These grants are set and funded by the Government at a national level and administered by the local council.

  • Cllr Jon Abbott
    Article: Jan 15, 2021

    Bedford Borough Council is working on a review of the lessons learnt from the recent flooding over Christmas, it was confirmed following a question from the Liberal Democrats in a Full Council meeting earlier this week.

    Oakley Ward Liberal Democrat Councillor Jon Abbott told the meeting about the impact of the flooding in his ward in the villages of Pavenham and Oakley, and in the neighbouring village of Clapham.

  • Flood Warning issued
    Article: Jan 14, 2021

    Following persistent rain over the last 24 hours, the Environment Agency have issued a flood warning for the River Til at Yelden, Upper Dean and Lower Dean and flood alerts for the River Kym at Riseley and the Great Ouse through Milton Keynes, Bedford Borough and Central Bedfordshire.

    A flood warning means that flooding is expected, while a flood alert means that flooding is possible. Bedford Borough Council is monitoring river levels and working alongside local flood groups and the emergency services in areas affected, and are asking everyone to avoid passing through floodwater.

  • Brew Monday
    Article: Jan 14, 2021

    Bedford Samaritans would like everyone to connect over a virtual cuppa this Brew Monday.

    They aim to help local people in Bedford Borough become better listeners with virtual 'Learn to Listen' events on 18th January in a bid to beat the winter blues.

    Bedford Samaritans is encouraging the community to reach out to someone they care about and connect over a virtual cuppa this winter for Brew Monday. Winter has a reputation for being one of the hardest seasons, with many finding it difficult to deal with the darker days and cold weather as well as this year the added complications of Lockdown restrictions.

  • Screenshot of vaccine scam messages
    Article: Jan 13, 2021
    Scammers are sending fake text messages offering people a COVID-19 vaccine. Texts include a link taking you to a fake NHS website that asks for personal info.
    Don't click the link if you receive this text - instead, forward it to 7726, so it can be dealt with by your service provider.
  • new houses
    Article: Jan 12, 2021

    Bedford Borough Council are consulting on their updated Housing Allocations Scheme, which sets out how they will prioritise applicants in need of social, affordable housing in accordance with the Housing Act (1996).

    The scheme helps the Council to regulate how they assess eligibility and qualification for residents to join the Housing Register. The Council works with housing associations such as bpha, and other social housing landlords, to administer the Housing Register and allocate available properties in the borough.