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  • On-street electric vehicle charging points to be installed for residents without driveways

    Bedford Borough Council, following a successful bid for over £96,000 to the Office for Zero Emission Vehicles (OZEV) and in partnership with electric vehicle (EV) charging specialist Connected Kerb, is installing 30 EV charging points in streets across Bedford. 

    These electric vehicle charging points are being installed in five different streets across Bedford. These are Russell Avenue near Russell Park, Oaklands Road off Kimbolton Road, Cutcliffe Grove off Bromham Road, Park ...

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  • Return to school lateral flow testing


    From next Monday, 8 March, schools and colleges in Bedford Borough will be open for all students.

    The government has confirmed that twice-weekly testing using rapid lateral flow tests will be available for free to all households with primary, secondary school and college aged children and young people, including their childcare and support bubbles. This will help to find more COVID-19 cases, break chains of transmission and help keep educational settings as safe as possible.
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  • Council Consulting on Extending LibraryPlus to Kempston and Putnoe Libraries

    Bedford Borough Council is consulting on the extension of LibraryPlus to Kempston and Putnoe libraries.

    LibraryPlus has been successfully running at Bedford Central, Bromham and Wootton libraries since 2017. In that time, over 12,000 library users have registered for LibraryPlus, taking advantage of a more flexible and convenient service with increased overall opening hours, including Sunday and Bank Holiday opening at Bedford Central Library.

    LibraryPlus provides a mixture ...

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  • Bedford Borough’s Summer of SEND

    Bedford Borough will this year bring you a Summer of SEND.

    In 2019 Bedford Borough Council, The Parent Carer Forum and BLMK CCG launched the SEND services website with Local Offer Live. The event included workshops, panel discussions, ‘speed dating’ style sessions with services, performances from local theatrical groups and even a magician. The innovative event was designed specifically for children and young people with special educational needs and their parents / carers.


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  • Garden Waste Collections Restart in Bedford Borough

    Garden waste collections restart in Bedford Borough on Monday 1 March, following the usual pause in this service over the winter.

    Garden waste can go in the green-lidded bin. Please put this bin out alongside your orange recycling bin by 6am on your next recycling day, and it will be collected every other week.  

    Grass cuttings, plants and weeds, hedge clippings and more can go in the garden waste bin- please make sure it is all loosely within the bin, not in bags.
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  • £2.7m of Business Support Grants Land in Accounts Next Week

    A number of local businesses are set to remain closed for the remainder of this financial year, following the Prime Minister’s announcement earlier this week about the roadmap out of lockdown.

    As a result, Bedford Borough Council is now able to automatically pay £2.7million in business support grant to these businesses. These payments are expected to be in business bank accounts early next week. These grants are set and funded by the Government at a national level and administered by...

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  • Increased Support If You Need to Self-Isolate


    Bedford Borough Council is making the Test and Trace Support Payment available to more people and has increased the Support Payment to £700. This means this payment will cover the earnings of someone working full time on the Living Wage. 

    In Bedford Borough, an individual is eligible for a Test and Trace Support Payment if:
  • Making Bedford Borough Friendlier for Bugs and Bees

    As part of the ‘Bugs and Bees’ project, the Council is planting new hedgerows, wildflower meadows, and reducing grass cutting in areas of the Borough.

    Just before Christmas, a new native hornbeam hedgerow was planted at Great Denham Sports Pavilion. This new hedgerow, alongside others in the Borough, will help support our local wildlife by providing shelter, foraging and nesting.

    The Bugs and Bees project launched in the summer and saw the Council receive lots of requests fr...

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  • Improvement Works at St Peter’s Car Park

    Starting this week, major improvement works are being carried out at St Peter’s car park.

    These works will see the entire car park resurfaced with some parts being rebuilt entirely, replacing the drainage system and making changes to the surface levels to help stop standing water, and relaying the kerbs with some upgrades to the pavement.

    These works require the car park to be closed from Tuesday 16 February for 6 weeks. During this time, Lurke Street multi-storey car park w...

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  • Bedford Borough Council to introduce first School Street

    Bedford Borough Council have announced plans to introduce a pilot of their School Street initiative around Cauldwell School in March 2021. The project will create a safer, more pleasant environment in the area around the school and help to improve air quality.

    The School Street initiative will introduce a pedestrian, cycle and scoot only zone at the start and end of the school day, during term time only. School Streets have been introduced all over the country since 2015, with the De...

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