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  • Embankment Tulip Bulb Giveaway to Community Groups

    Following the spectacular spring flowering display along the Embankment, the Council is giving the tulip bulbs away for free to community groups.

    The Council planted over 40,000 tulip bulbs in the autumn as part of the spring seasonal bedding display, which is now coming to an end. These spring bulbs and plants will shortly be removed along the Embankment to make way for the summer display.

    Unfortunately, the Council cannot reuse the bulbs as they would need to be left in th...

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  • BBC Music Introducing Comes to Bedford River Festival

    The BBC Music Introducing stage is making its first ever appearance at the Bedford River Festival this year, curated by the team at BBC Music Introducing in Beds, Herts & Bucks.

    This stage joins events and activities for the whole family across the River Festival weekend, 23 and 24 July, including music, boat races, funfair rides, stalls and much more.

    BBC Music Introducing has been there at the start of music careers for artists like Tom Grennan, James Bay, Griff, Georg...

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  • New Outdoor Gym Coming to Priory Country Park

    A new outdoor gym featuring seven pieces of equipment and a calisthenics centre is being installed in Priory Country Park.

    Outdoor gyms have become increasing popular, and this new gym in Priory Country Park will bring a high quality facility to a popular and well-used, Green Flag award-winning park.

    This new gym will be on the site of the current wooden labyrinth at Priory. The labyrinth has been at Priory Country Park since 2007 and has had several new features added durin...

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  • High Street Joins the River Festival for the First Time

    This year, the High Street will be closed for the River Festival weekend as it plays host to the ONE HUNDRED Motoring Display.

    Over 100 dazzling vehicles will be displayed down the length of the High Street and around St Paul’s Square.

    This High Street closure is sponsored by Bedford BID, and will really see the town centre brought into the River Festival as part of this fantastic weekend which, also includes the Embankment, Russell Park, Mill Meadows and St Mary’s Gardens.<...

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  • Mayor Dave Hodgson Announces Solar Panel Scheme

    Mayor Dave Hodgson has announced a scheme to encourage residents to come together to invest in renewables through a group-buying scheme for solar panels and battery storage – ‘Solar Together Bedfordshire’.

    Bedford Borough Council is working in partnership with Central Bedfordshire and Luton Councils as part of Solar Together Bedfordshire.

    Solar Together Bedfordshire (www.solartogether.co.uk/bedfordshire
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  • Council Tax Energy Payment- Form Now Available

    As part of the government’s initiative to help households with rising energy costs, they have announced a £150 Council Tax energy payment for households living in Council Tax bands A to D, as their main home, and Band E where there is a disabled Band reduction.

    Those who do not pay their Council Tax by Direct Debit will receive an ‘access code’ to get their £150 energy payment.

    This code was sent automatically via email by Wednesday 27 April for those who use paperless billi...

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  • Spring Blooms on the Embankment

    Over 40,000 tulip bulbs were planted along the Embankment back in Autumn, getting ready for the Spring flowering season.

    These are now in full bloom alongside bedding plants including Bellis, Myosotis and Polyanthus, creating a stunning floral scene along the river.

    Along with Bedford Borough’s award winning parks and open spaces, the Embankment floral displays have always been a great source of enjoyment for Bedford’s residents and visitors.

    In particular during th...

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  • Bedford Borough Council Executive Considers Local Plan for Consultation

    Next week, Bedford Borough Council will consider the Local Plan 2040 for its next and final stage of consultation.

    The Council has a legal responsibility to set Local Plans, deciding where growth and development will take place in Bedford Borough in future years; from homes and jobs to schools and infrastructure.

    Following changes to national policies and the setting of new housing targets by the Government, the Local Plan 2040 is an update of the recently agreed Local Plan ...

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  • £1.5million Investment in Embankment and Riverside Area Begins

    The first stage of Bedford Borough Council's £1.5million investment to enhance the Embankment and Riverside along the Great Ouse is set to begin this week with improvement works to the Embankment pavement.

    Bedford’s Embankment, running alongside the River Great Ouse, is one of Bedford’s most picturesque settings and a popular place for walkers, cyclists and other people enjoying the beautiful scenery.

    Works are beginning to resurface the walking areas. The buff coloure...

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