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  1. Closure of Bedfordshire village school overturned

    A decision to close a Bedfordshire village school has been overturned by the government's schools adjudicator.

    Shelton Lower School

    Central Bedfordshire Council had voted to shut Shelton Lower School, near Marston Moretaine, for financial reasons due to a drop in pupil numbers.

    The 75-capacity school had about 30 pupils when the closure decision was made.

    After reviewing the decision the schools adjudicator, Ann Talboys, said there were "insufficient" grounds to close it, the council did not take into account the effect on the local community, and they had not considered the alternatives to closure or taken into account the new homes being built near the school in their pupil forecasts.

    Central Bedfordshire Council said it was "surprised" by the decision.

    "[We] are, as ever, committed to working closely with the school to address the reality of the falling number of pupils on its roll," a spokesman said.

  2. Traffic moving on the Orwell Bridge again

    Traffic is starting to flow, slowly, across the A14 Orwell Bridge at Ipswich again.

    The bridge across the river estuary was closed due to high winds at 10:00.

    Check out Highways England's live traffic map for the latest.

    The Orwell Bridge, Ipswich
  3. Cottonmill crossing campaign wins county support

    Deborah Price

    Local Democracy Reporter, Hertfordshire

    A local residents' campaign to keep a level crossing open to the public in St Albans has won the backing of Hertfordshire County Council.

    Cottonmill crossing

    Residents claim that without the Cottonmill crossing over the railway line between St Albans and Watford, Sopwell village would be cut in two, forcing them to make a lengthy detour.

    It has been estimated the crossing is used by more than 1,000 people a day - as a vital link to schools, work and shops.

    The full council meeting was presented with a 1,508-signature petition and resident Janet Charles told councillors that closure of the crossing would be "devastating".

    Backing a motion proposed by Liberal Democrat councillor Sandy Walkington, they agreed that closing the crossing would be "wholly disproportionate" and will now write to Network Rail, calling on them to halt any plans to close it and to install additional safety measures instead - such as warning lights.

  4. A14 bridge to close at 10:00

    The Orwell Bridge, which carries the A14 over the river south of Ipswich, is to close at 10:00 due to high winds.

    Orwell Bridge, Suffolk

    Forecasters are predicting wind speeds of 50-55mph, conditions which trigger the road closure to prevent high-sided vehicles - primarily lorries heading to and from the Port of Felixstowe - being blown over.

    Diversions will be in place using the A1156, A1189 and A1214 through Ipswich.

    The winds are expected to continue until 14:00, although Highways England said it would reopen the bridge as soon as conditions allowed.

    High winds have meant the bridge has been closed 12 times in the past five years, while transport planners are looking at alternative ways to keep traffic moving.

  5. Happy Bedfordshire Day!

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    Flags are flying across Bedfordshire day to mark, Bedfordshire Day.

    It's a day to celebrate all things from the country, from its beautiful bridges to parks and of course the clanger!

    The day was chosen, as it the anniversary of the famous author, John Bunyan, who was born in Elstow.

    The local delicacy features a savory filling at one end and a sweet filling at the other end.

    Several people on social media are already saying they're going to have one for lunch to get into the spirit of the day.

  6. Super soup served up in Bedford

    Hot, tasty soup will be on the menu in Bedford today, as the second annual SoupFest takes place.

    Hundreds of hungry people are expected in Harpur Square to raise funds to help homeless people, between 11:30 and 18:00.

    In 2017, more than £4,500 was collected, and it's hoped that figure will be higher, as live music will also be played throughout the day.

    A donation of £3 for a pot of soup and bread is suggested.

    SoupFest 2017
  7. North Herts bins: 'We're getting there,' council says

    Residents of parts of North Hertfordshire are still not getting their bins collected six months on from when a new contractor, Urbaser, took over, but the council has said things are improving.

    North Hertfordshire District Council admits there are about 60 missed bins being reported each day, but this is down from about 200 in August.

    The councillor responsible for bin collections in the area, Michael Weeks, said: "It is not bad, compared to where we were a couple of months ago... but it's getting there.

    "It's just the odd little patch of a street here and there, individual remote properties, but we're almost getting to where we were with the previous contractor, most people are satisfied with that."