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    • Cllr Charles Royden
      Article: Jan 26, 2020

      Partnership work between Bedford Borough Council and Sustrans since 2016 has seen car use for the school run decrease and more pupils regularly cycling or 'travelling actively' to get to school.

      The Council and Sustrans, the sustainable transport charity, work with local schools in Bedford Borough to encourage children and parents to walk, cycle or scoot to school.

    • Brenner Munden
      Article: Jan 25, 2020
      Brenner Munden has been selected as our candidate for the Brentwood South borough council seat in May 2020.

      He has spent all his 21 years in Brentwood and is currently in his final year studying Politics & International Relations.

      Brenner stated: "I am so excited to be standing in Brentwood South once again. If elected, I would cherish the amazing opportunity to work with the growing Liberal Democrat team in Brentwood and help improve and tackle issues across the borough. I already have great experiences through working with the party in past elections and through my studies, and will use them if elected as councillor.".

    • Royal British Legion
      Article: Jan 25, 2020

      A special programme of events marking VE 75 will take place over the Early May Bank Holiday 2020 in Central London and has been designed to be of particular interest to all from the Second World War generation who served at home and overseas across the European theatre.

      The Royal British Legion plan to host 750 veterans from across the UK, each accompanied by a nominated companion, to attend the VE 75 events programme in Central London over the period 8-9 May 2020. There will be a fully funded plan for transport, meals and accommodation; veterans will travel to London courtesy of the National Rail Group on Thursday 7 May 2020 and returning home on Sunday 10 May 2020.

    • Document: Jan 24, 2020
      56.98 KiB document

      The close of nominations is Tuesday 28 February 2020 at 12 noon

    • Cllr Sarah Gallagher with the Big Garden Birdwatch Pack
      Article: Jan 24, 2020

      The RSPB's Big Garden Birdwatch starts tomorrow and takes place from 25 - 27 January, and the charity is encouraging people across Bedford Borough is to take part.

      Taking part simply involves spending an hour in your garden or a local park or green space over the period and recording the birds you see.

    • Big Energy Saving Week 2020
      Article: Jan 24, 2020

      Big Energy Saving Week is a national campaign to help people cut their energy bills and get all the financial support they are entitled to.

      We all have the power to save energy, money and the environment through everyday actions. Simple changes such as switching energy supplier or tariff, accessing discounts or grants, and making homes more energy-efficient can make a big difference.

    • Alan Dean
      Article: Jan 24, 2020
      By Cllr Alan Dean in The Walden Local

      In November 2018 Uttlesford's planning committee under the Conservative administration met to consider Stansted Airport's application to increase their annual passenger numbers from 35 to 43 million.

      The meeting was a disgrace. It was conducted in a way that left the public believing that the decision to approve was rigged. A majority of the committee sat in silence or near silence throughout the meeting; they failed totally to justify their vote for approval.

    • Brexit graphic
      Article: Jan 23, 2020

      Lib Dems child refugee lobbying campaign fails as Tories push through the EU Withdrawal Bill

      The Brexit divorce agreement renegotiated by Johnson's government with Brussels, and approved by EU national leaders, finally passed its 3rd Reading in the Commons and now needs Royal assent and ratification by the European Parliament before it becomes law and a EU Treaty. MEPs are due to debate and vote on the deal next week (January 29) and are expected to pass it.

    • Dean Crofts
      Article: Jan 23, 2020

      New figures have revealed an alarming collapse in the number of people receiving NHS hydrotherapy care locally since the closure of the hydrotherapy pool at the former North Wing hospital site in Bedford last year.

      Data shows that just 13 people attended hydrotherapy sessions run by Bedford Hospital between September and December 2019. These sessions now take place weekly at a hydrotherapy pool at the Anjulita Court care home in Woodlands Park, following the decision to close the pool at Gilbert Hitchcock House on cost grounds.

    • Henry Vann
      Article: Jan 22, 2020

      Bedford's Town Deal Board met for its inaugural meeting on Monday to agree its terms of reference, look at bidding for Town Deals money and receive the Capacity Funding Report.

      Bedford Borough Council Portfolio Holder for Towns Centres Councillor Henry Vann commented: "Bedford is an exciting, vibrant town with a unique offer, and it was wonderful to attend the inaugural meeting of the Bedford Town Deal Board with so many local organisations, educational bodies and representatives from business and industry.'