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    • Postal votes
      Article: Aug 14, 2020


      We are fortunate to live in a country where voting fraud is rare and we are not only able to register for a postal vote but be fairly certain that our ballot paper will arrive in time and subsequent cast vote will be efficiently processed by our postal service.

    • Cllr Michael Headley
      Article: Aug 14, 2020

      Bedford Borough Council is urging any businesses that may be eligible for support through a discretionary business support grant to get in touch by Friday 28 August.

      The Government has allocated £1.6 million to Bedford Borough Council for the discretionary grants scheme. To date the Council has received hundreds of forms, and any businesses that haven't already had a response will hear back in the next week.

    • Article: Aug 14, 2020

      On Thursday 13th August, Mike Dixon and Mark Pack sat down with Mimi Turner and 150 activists for a quick run-through of the party's response to the Thornhill review, party objectives and strategy.

      If you missed it, you can catch up on the webinar here.

    • VJ Day 75 logo
      Article: Aug 14, 2020

      Bedfordshire Archives are marking the 75th Anniversary of VJ Day on Saturday 15th August by launching an interactive map of Bedfordshire in World War Two.

      This map enables people to explore some of the varied experiences of the war across the county online.

      From the memorial to the aircrew who crashed at Yelden in the north, Make Do and Mend at Woburn in the west, the new auxiliary fire service tender at Stotfold in the east and the Luton home guard in the south, the map has lots to explore.

    • Article: Aug 14, 2020
      By Tim Farron

      This week the country has seen harrowing images from the English Channel. Desperate people in tiny plastic dinghies, some desperately emptying water from their sinking boat, forced into a perilous journey as they flee their homes to escape war and persecution.

      It's a disgrace that the Government has chosen refugees as their next distraction from their mishandling of the COVID-19 pandemic, an impending economic crisis, and failure to protect jobs.

    • Ribblesdale Viaduct
      Article: Aug 14, 2020

      The reduced rail traffic has meant more time to fit in maintenance and improvements in all sorts of places up and down the UK. During this summer a £2.1 million programme of repairs is taking place on the Grade-II listed Ribblehead Viaduct in North Yorkshire.

      The work on the 144-year old structure includes drainage improvement, vegetation removal, restoration of brickwork and painting of the ironwork. The work is expected to be completed by October.

      Network Rail are working closely with Historic England and the Yorkshire Dales National Park to ensure the work is carried out sympathetically and in line with guidance for the repairing of historically significant structures.

      Nick is seen here with the iconic viaduct in the background

    • Article: Aug 13, 2020

      Due to the coronavirus crisis, young people have not only had to adapt to a new system of at-home learning, but many have also missed out on sitting crucial exams that would decide their university fate.

      Now, many of these students across England have been left rightly worried about their futures over the government's decision to use a botched grading system in their A-level results.

    • Article: Aug 13, 2020

      Back in July, Boris Johnson finally agreed to our demands to hold an independent inquiry into the Government's response to coronavirus.

      The Prime Minister accepted his Government will "learn the lessons of this pandemic" and confirmed there will be in independent inquiry.

    • 2020 8 13 Bedford Borough Coronavirus Infographic
      Article: Aug 13, 2020

      The latest weekly coronavirus statistics for Bedford Borough have been published this afternoon. Presented in easy-to-read infographic form, the figures show tha in the seven days up to August 9th:

      • 1,843 people have been tested (up from 1,568 in the previous week)
      • There were 19 Covid-19 cases (down from 34 in the previous week)
      • The weekly positive cases per 100,000 population was 11 (down from 19.6 in the previous week)
    • Mayor Dave Hodgson
      Article: Aug 13, 2020

      The centre, based in Prebend Street car park, is operating on a walk-in basis for anybody in the borough who needs a test, and will be open every day from Friday.

      As a walk-in site, residents must either walk or cycle to the site, not drive or take public transport. Strict safety control measures will be in place; a face covering will need to be worn and social distancing must be followed at all times.