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    • 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.'

    • Honorary Alderman
      Article: Jan 22, 2020

      Five former Bedford Borough councillors have been recognised for their years of dedication to public service.

      In a ceremony on Sunday 19 January 2020, former councillor Pat Olney was bestowed the title of honorary Alderwoman alongside former councillors Randolph Charles, Will Hunt, John Mingay and Mark Smith who were conferred the title honorary Alderman.

    • Community Enviro-Hub
      Article: Jan 21, 2020

      Bedford Borough Council has announced the launch of the 'Enviro-Hub' project based in Kempston.

      Enviro-Hub's make it easier for people to volunteer and keep their local community clean, by making litter-picking equipment available to borrow without having to plan ahead.

      The Enviro-Hub has been launched following a successful bid to WRAP's Litter Innovation Fund (the charity behind the 'Recycle Now' initiative), and the project is running in partnership with Fusion at Kempston Pool. The Litter Innovation Fund looks for new ways of reducing and preventing litter and littering.

    • Article: Jan 20, 2020

      Today kickstarts an important week in Parliament, with votes taking place on key amendments to the Withdrawal Agreement Bill, tabled by Liberal Democrats.

      In our fight to hold this Conservative Government to account on its Brexit agenda, we are fighting to protect EU citizens' rights as well as those of unaccompanied child refugees.

    • Holocaust Memorial Day 2020
      Article: Jan 20, 2020

      Holocaust Memorial Day is the international day to remember those killed under Nazi persecution and in subsequent genocides in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur.

      This Day is commemorated on 27th January, the date on which Auschwitz-Birkenau was liberated. This was the most infamous of the Nazi camps where over 1.1million people were murdered, over 90% of them Jewish.

    • Article: Jan 19, 2020

      The Liberal Democrats have today led tributes following the death of Lord Robert Maclennan.

      Lord Robert Maclennan of Rogart, known as Bob Maclennan, was the last leader of the Social Democrat Party before it merged with the Liberal Party. He then became joint interim leader of the new party.

      Bob Maclennan was a Member of Parliament from 1966 to 2001. Upon stepping down as MP for Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross, Bob Maclennan was elevated to the House of Lords.

    • Pothole Hitsquad
      Article: Jan 19, 2020

      Bedford Borough Council is drafting in additional pothole crews to help keep on top of pothole repairs this winter.

      Roads across Bedford Borough are becoming damaged, with gritting salt, fluctuating temperatures, and surface water following heavy rains all playing their part, and the Council has seen a high number of potholes and road defects appearing in a short space of time.