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  • ‘Make sure you can vote’ urges Bedford Borough Council

    The Annual Canvass of households, to update the Electoral Register, is now live. Each year we have to, by law, find out who is eligible to register to vote.

    Communications (via email, letter or form) were sent, in stages, to all residential properties in Bedford Borough from 21st July 2022. Please check the form you have received and if the details about who lives in the household are correct you do not need to do anything. If changes are required, you can respond by internet ...

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  • Bedford Borough Council issues warning over Blue-Green Algae Blooms

    Bedford Borough Council has issued a warning to residents and visitors over growing concerns about blue-green algae blooms that are appearing on areas of the lakes at Priory Country Park and some of the Borough’s watercourses.

    Blue-green algae naturally occur on inland waters such as rivers and lakes, estuaries and in the sea. It plays an important role in freshwater and marine biodiversity but excessive amounts can result in the forming of blooms.

    The forming of blue-green ...

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  • Deadline approaches to respond to Solar Together Bedfordshire offer

    In May 2022, Bedford Borough Council announced Solar Together Bedfordshire, a group-buying scheme for solar panels and battery storage, which helps residents come together as a community and invest in renewable energy.

    With rising energy prices, the Solar Together Bedfordshire scheme has offered residents an opportunity to generate their own electricity, which will help them to save on energy bills and reduce their carbon emissions.

    Residents who signed up to join Solar Toge...

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  • Elstow Solar Farm goes live and begins saving over 900 tonnes of carbon emissions

    Bedford Borough Council’s brand-new solar farm has been fully energised and is now exporting low-carbon electricity to the grid. The project is made up of over 8,000 solar panels, is capable of generating up to 4.2MW of electricity and is enough to power approximately 1,000 homes.

    Guests from South East Midlands Local Enterprise Partnership (SEMLEP), Bedford Borough Council and Vital Energi gathered to celebrate the event at an official grand opening on 28th July 2022 and the open...

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  • Bedford Borough Celebrates Love Parks Week

    Last Friday was the first day of Keep Britain Tidy’s Love Parks Week.

    The week is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the fantastic parks and...

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  • Avian Influenza Case in Central Bedfordshire

    A single case of avian influenza (bird flu) has been confirmed near Blunham in Central Bedfordshire. The confirmed case is on a private property and isn’t a wild bird.

    Avian influenza is a notifiable animal disease that mainly affects birds. There are currently 104 cases of avian influenza in England and enhanced controls are in place around these cases to prevent the spread of the disease. 

    In response to the case near Blunham, the Animal and Plant Health Agency have ...

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  • Council Request Bike Donations for Ukrainian Families


    Bedford Borough Council is asking residents to donate their unused bikes for Ukrainian families in the Borough.

    Bedford Borough has welcomed over 200 Ukrainian guests to since the start of the conflict in their homeland and is asking for bikes, of all sizes and in particular ladies bikes, to help them get to so they can travel to work or school and discover Bedford Borough by bike.

    Dave Hodgson, Mayor of Bedford Borough said, “The support and generosity Bedford Borough ...

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  • Bedford Borough Parks Retain Prestigious Green Flag Awards

    Environmental charity, Keep Britain Tidy, has today announced the winners of the coveted Green Flag Award 2022, the international quality mark for parks and green spaces.

    The Green Flag Award scheme recognises and rewards well-managed parks and green spaces, setting the benchmark standard for their management across the United Kingdom and around the world.

    Addison Howard Park, Bedford Park, Harrold-Odell Country Park and Priory Country Park, have all yet again been included ...

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  • The Jobs Hub Celebrates Ten Fantastic Years

    This week marks a decade of the Bedford Borough Council’s Jobs Hub - a service which has helped provide advice and support to over 50,000 residents and has helped over 4,000 people into Work, education and self-employment.

    The Jobs Hub offers people of all ages who live in Bedford Borough bespoke career advice and guidance and helps residents find work, training and business opportunities.

    Mayor Dave Hodgson said, “It's fantastic to see the Jobs Hub go from ...

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  • 2022 Bedford River Festival – 48 hours to go

    The final preparations are being made on the Embankment and Russell Park – less than 48 hours before 250,000 people arrive for the 2022 Bedford River Festival.

    This year's River Festival kicks off at 10.30 am with Dragon Boat Race Heats until 5 pm at St Mary’s Gardens.
     
    The River Festival will see the return of lots of the Festival’s old favourites, from the music stages and funfair, the dragon boat and raft races on the river, and lots of stalls and activities to get i...

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