Shefford and Stotfold Children's centres Virtual Programme May - June 2020 - 14th May 2020

Find attached the Shefford & Stotfold Children’s Centre virtual programme for May to June 2020

Due to the recent lockdown measures some changes have been made to services. Small virtual groups will be running for families and families can still access support by phone for any issues they may be facing with regards to their babies, children and families.

Lord-Lieutenant's Virtual Service of Thanksgiving for VE Day - 8th May 2020

Each year HM Lord-Lieutenant of Bedfordshire Helen Nellis holds a Service of Thanksgiving to honour the thousands of people who volunteer and who play such a significant role in building kind and cohesive communities.

The service this year had to be cancelled due to the COVID19 pandemic therefore the Lord-Lieutenant has created on online service to pay tribute to our volunteers and to the 75th Anniversary of VE Day as the county of Bedfordshire remembers with gratitude the formidable generation who sacrificed so much for peace.

The service can be viewed on YouTube at https://youtu.be/Urdq3JM2E0U and the Lord-Lieutenant very much hopes that you will take 30 minutes at some point today to watch the service so we can all be together in spirit, while viewing from your own homes.

CBC Tidy Tips set to re-open for essential visits by appointment only -

CBC Household Waste Recycling Centres will open on Monday, 11 May 2020 following new government guidelines.

Sites will be open between 9am – 5pm, 7 days a week for CBC residents only. This is for essential visits only for waste that would cause a risk to health and safety to store at home.

Residents will be required to book a half-hour slot in advance to access the tidy tip. Residents can do this on the council website or by calling the customer services team on 0300 300 8302.

Social distancing will need to be observed on site and that means the number of visitors using the centres will be limited at any one time and customers may need to queue to access the site. These measures are in place to protect residents and staff and must be followed by service users.

The sites will operate on a ‘one in, one out’ basis. Once in the facility you will be asked to follow identified pathways and queue, at a safe distance, to access each waste container.

Only cars, 4x4s small vans (e.g. Combo van) and cars with trailers will be permitted on site. This is to ensure that unloading times are reduced as far as possible to allow the maximum number of visits per hour.

The sites will accept the usual materials, but this may be subject to change. Residents are advised to have a maximum of two adults per car and to only bring loads that they can comfortably manage to handle by themselves.

Anyone who feels ill at home (whether diagnosed with COVID-19 or not) must not visit under the sites under any circumstances.

CBC Town and Parish Council Briefing -

Click here to view the briefing

Update from CBC’s Chief Executive Richard Carr re Planning -

CBC’s Chief Executive Richard Carr, has provided us with an update on the planning decision process during the COVID 19 emergency.

In these extraordinary times, we are focussed on responding to the public health emergency. As part of this, we need to take account of the restrictions on all but essential travel and the requirement for social distancing. This practice inevitably has had some negative impacts on our operations, with many regular services and processes being disrupted.

Amongst these have been our democratic decision-making meetings, which sit at the heart of our core purpose as a publicly accountable organisation.

Under the Coronavirus Act 2020, new regulations have been introduced which enable councils to resume these meetings by substituting previous legal requirements (for Councillors to meet in person) with new powers to operate in a virtual context.

If all decision making was suspended, this could build a backlog of key decisions and ultimately delay economic recovery in Central Bedfordshire. We have trialled the use of technology to bring Members together at an informal Executive gathering in April. The conclusions reached by Members during that informal discussion and using the executive powers, vested in me during crisis situation, have allow us to make some decisions.

This is the approach I am consistently taking  in the use of these special powers. In other words, where I am taking decisions which would ordinarily be taken by a committee of Members of the Council, I am only doing so after I have taken account of the views of the Members concerned.

There is a plan to move to formal Member decision-making committees operating virtually, in line with the Coronavirus Act 2020,  facilitated by a suitable technology platform during May 2020.

It is in this context that we have instituted a temporary model for the consideration of some planning applications on the 29th April. This model will enable some applications which would normally have been considered by the Development Management Committee to be shared with relevant local Members for comment and for a small Member panel to make recommendations to me on the use of my emergency powers. We will be especially sensitive to any applications which are likely to be contentious and I am not expecting to make any decisions on any applications which fall into this category. We have a statutory duty to determine applications within a reasonable time.  Failure to do so would be grounds to appeal to the Planning Inspector.

I should stress that no decisions on planning applications have been taken under these arrangements as of the date of this message of the 22nd April 2020.

For transparency, we are explaining this arrangement on our website at relevant pages and I would be grateful if you could assist us in reassuring the public on this arrangement by directing them to this content.

Green Waste Collections Restarting from 27th April 2020

CBC plan to re-start the collection of garden waste from Monday 27th April.  This should coincide with our Green bin collection.
Please do not overload the bags.

Please do not report any missed bins to us or CBC.
CBC will continue to monitor the situation and will update residents with changes as soon as possible.