Article: Oct 3, 2021
The latest weekly coronavirus snapshot for Bedford Borough has been published.
The figures show that in the seven days up to September 26th:
- 9,129 PCR tests were taken
- There were 651 Coronavirus cases (203 more than the previous week)
- The weekly positive cases per 100,000 population was 372.7 (up from 256.5 in the previous week)
Article: Oct 3, 2021
During Bike to School Week and ahead of next week's Climate Change Committee, Liberal Democrat Councillor Jake Sampson welcomed the success of the Green Travel Plan by the council's Sustainable Transport Team and said that "It's brilliant to see the Sustainable Transport Team being so active in getting schools to take responsibility for getting their students to school in an environmentally friendly way. I'm glad to see that the team has recognised the environmental damage which is being caused by idling cars. We have had an issue at a school in Newham Ward, where residents living nearby have complained about the noise and air pollution caused by parents waiting outside the school to pick up their children. Idling cars are a danger to children's health as they add toxic fumes into the air we breathe."
Article: Oct 2, 2021
Next week, we mark the 91st anniversary of the last flight of the airship R101, which was based out of the Cardington Sheds.
R101 crashed in France on 5th October 1930 killing 48 of the 54 people on board. The Funeral procession from Bedford St Johns to Cardington was reportedly watched by 75,000 lining the route.
Thanks to volunteers there will be live reporting on twitter and facebook of the events as they would have happened at https://www.facebook.com/HMAR101/ and https://twitter.com/Cardingtonsheds.
You can find out more about airship 101 at https://www.airshipsonline.com/airships/r101/.
Article: Oct 1, 2021
October is Black History Month, and Bedford Borough Liberal Democrats are encouraging everyone to take the opportunity to learn more about Black history and heritage in Bedford Borough and beyond.
To mark Black History Month 2021, the University of Bedfordshire are holding two free online events on consecutive days next week. On 6th October they are holding an evening with Professor David Olusoga OBE who will reveal the absence of Black history and Black role models in Britain's education and explores how Black Britons stamped their presence and their experiences onto the British national story over the past 50 years. On 7th October the University's Race Equality Network will be joined by Professor Charles Egbu to discuss his journey to becoming the UK's first black university Vice-Chancellor.
Article: Sep 30, 2021
This scheme encourages employers to support defence and inspire others to do the same. The scheme encompasses bronze, silver and gold awards for employer organisations that pledge, demonstrate or advocate support to defence and the armed forces community, and align their values with the Armed Forces Covenant.
Article: Sep 29, 2021
Works began on Ampthill Road in May 2021, to deliver major improvement works.
These include widening the road, creating a second northbound lane between Elstow Road and Britannia Road for buses and Ultra Low Emission Vehicles, and improving provision for vehicles turning right into side roads off Ampthill Road - helping traffic flow better and easing congestion.
Article: Sep 28, 2021
Liberal Democrat Councillor Jake Sampson spoke to Bedford Radio about his experiences with his mother who is deaf. Jake said that through his mother he sees the world with a different lens, "The world that I see as an individual with no disability, is very different to my mother. Not many people understand disability generally".
Article: Sep 27, 2021
With fuel prices soaring at the moment, many people may need help with heating bills this Winter.
The Warm Home Discount is a government scheme which gives people receiving certain benefits a payment of £140 towards their winter electricity bills. It's paid for by energy suppliers.