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  • Bedford Borough selected for High Streets Heritage Action Zone

    Bedford Borough Council will receive £1.76 million from Historic England to deliver building works and a cultural programme to regenerate Bedford high street. The South East Midlands Local Enterprise Partnership and LoveBedford are also contributing funding.

    The High Streets Heritage Action Zone (HSHAZ) programme is run by Historic England on behalf of the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport and the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government, with a contribu...

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  • Council Increases Access To Waste and Recycling Centre

    Changes at Bedford Borough’s household waste recycling centre now mean more vehicles will be able to access the site and more booking slots will be available for anyone looking to drop off their waste and recycling.

    From today (Thursday 17 September) vans and most trailers will be able to return to the site as they had prior to Covid-19. Like neighbouring authorities a booking system for the site remains in place to manage capacity, reduce waiting times and traffic congest...

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  • Laptops Donated to Ridgeway School

    An initiative to tackle digital poverty across Bedfordshire, organised by the High Sheriff of Bedfordshire, Susan Lousada, has seen the Rotary Club of Bedford Park donate 12 digital devices to Ridgeway School.

    With more resources and work being carried out online and using devices, the eight iPads and four laptops will allow children at Ridgeway School to access additional material. 

    Andrew Munday Headteacher at Ridgeway School said, “Ridgeway School is most grateful t...

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  • Online admissions now open!


    Bedford Borough Council’s online admissions system is now open to all parents and carers whose children are due to transfer to secondary or upper school in September 2021.

    Parents who live within the Borough who have a child in year 6 at primary school or year 8 at a middle school will need to transfer their child to a secondary school or upper school in September 2021. The transfer to Secondary 2021 round and the transfer to Upper 2021 round is available from 12 September 202...

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  • Rise in COVID-19 Cases in Bedford Borough

    Bedford Borough Council is urging residents to keep taking precautions to reduce the spread of COVID-19 following an increase in local cases and at a time when some people have had problems booking a test.

    Along with health leaders across the country, Bedford Borough Council is reminding people to follow the hands, face, space advice and if you have any of the symptoms including a new persistent cough, high temperature or loss of smell or taste to self-isolate and get tested.

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  • Local Businesses Warned to Behave Responsibly

    Bedford Borough Council is warning pubs, restaurants and other local businesses to support measures to control the spread of coronavirus, or enforcement action will be carried out against them.

    Businesses must ensure that when they are open, they have the appropriate measures in place to keep their customers and the wider population safe.

    These measures should include:

    • Ensuring extra cleaning is taking place, particularly high contact areas and items, and in ...

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  • Funding made available to Mayor’s charities

    The Mayor’s Charity Committee have awarded funding to three local Bedford charities.

    The current Mayor’s charities Autism Bedfordshire, Bedford Sea Cadets and Foodbank Bedford have recently received £1,000. This funding goes towards helping the charities support the community in Bedford Borough. Last November, these three charities were awarded £1,650, bringing the total money donated in the last twelve months to £2,650 for each charity.

    Money donated to the Mayor’s chariti...

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  • Free Tulip Bulbs for Community Groups

    Bedford Borough Council is once again giving away free tulip bulbs from the last Embankment Spring planting display.

    With the seasonal change of the Embankment planting into the Summer display, the Council would usually have given the used tulip bulbs away to community groups earlier in the year. However, due to coronavirus, this had to be delayed so the bulbs were put into storage and are now ready for re-planting.

    Community groups in Bedford Borough who are interested in ...

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  • Bedford Town Investment Plan ready for review

    In September 2019, Bedford was named as one of 101 towns that could bid for up to £25million from Central Government for a Town Deal.
    To access this funding, the Town Deal Board, supported by Bedford Borough Council will need to put forward projects that fall into three key areas:

    • Urban regeneration, planning and land use;
    • Skills enterprise and infrastructure; and
    • Connectivity.

    Bedford Borough Council’s Executive is being asked to endor...

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  • Bedford Borough Council Tackling Fly-Tipping

    Since lockdown began in March, Bedford Borough Council has issued fines to 48 people for fly-tipping.

    Fly-tipping is the illegal dumping of rubbish. It is dangerous, unsightly and the Council is ensuring that those responsible are fined.

    The 48 individuals were fined £300 either for fly-tipping themselves, or for giving their waste to rogue traders who then dumped it, with a total of £14,400 in fines given.

    It is estimated that two-thirds of fly-tipping is household...

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