Review of the year 2013: July

Chief Constable Colette Paul.

Chief Constable Colette Paul.

The biggest issue of the year publicly erupted in July when Bedford Hospital announced it was suspending children’s A&E and other services.

The crisis first began when junior doctors expressed concerns about levels of supervision following two incidents.

A third incident prompted emergency talks and saw services suspended as a result - with patients and their families directed to Milton Keynes instead.

In an interview with the T&C, then acting chief executive Stephen Conroy said: “We are sorry for this inconvienience but I think most people would say that it is better to travel further for a safe service.”

Bedfordshire’s new Chief Constable said she aimed to put one of Britain’s smallest forces among the country’s best.

Chief Const Colette Paul looked to implement a five year plan to place Bedfordshire in the top 20 on key performance targets - and top ten for victim satisfaction.

She also pledged to double the number of Special Constables. She said: ”It’s a very friendly county and the force has a real ‘can do’ atitude.”

Redborne Upper School and Community College in Ampthill broke up for the summer term in the knowledge it has been given a cash windfall of £422,000.

The grant came from government funding to provide new places and facilities for young people aged 16 to 19.

Headteacher Nigel Croft said: “This will give us four new art classrooms which will be a huge asset to the school and allow us to reconfigure our existing art classrooms for extra humanities and science teaching space.”

Parent power saved a school’s autism provision - but campaigners vowed to continue the fight for answers. The Times & Citizen reported how parents were fighting plans to scrap the autism provision at Lincroft Middle School But a week later the Oakley school contacted parents to confirm that it would stay open.

BedFringe was another huge success with thousands of people enjoying more than 100 acts in the fringe festival.

Director of the event James Pharoah said towards the end of the festival:”It has been going really well, we had Kinetic Vibes this week which was pretty much sold out and the events in the square have been really popular too.”




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