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  • Children Getting Active and Car Use Reducing On School Journeys

    Bedford Borough Council and Sustrans, the sustainable transport charity, work with local schools in Bedford Borough to encourage children and parents to walk, cycle or scoot to school.

    Since 2016, Sustrans has seen car use for the school run decrease and more pupils regularly cycling or ‘travelling actively’ to get to school.

    In the 2018/19 school year, Sustrans delivered over 200 activities with over 23,000 pupil attendances to a variety of sessions including learning how ...

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  • Bedford Borough Council Sets Out Spending Plans

    Bedford Borough Council’s Executive is set to consider Budget proposals for 2020 -2021 as it seeks to provide a balanced budget in the face of continued funding challenges and increased demand for services.

    The Budget 2020/21 sets out how the Council will deliver vital day-to-day frontline services for local residents. From providing support and care for vulnerable adults and children, collecting the bins, maintaining roads and pavements, supporting local libraries, to keeping our ...

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  • Five former councillors recognised for their service

    Five former Bedford Borough councillors have been recognised for their years of dedication to public service.

    In a ceremony on Sunday 19 January 2020, former councillor Pat Olney was bestowed the title of honorary Alderwoman alongside former councillors Randolph Charles, Will Hunt, John Mingay and Mark Smith who were conferred the title honorary Alderman.  

    Former councillor Randolph Charles was elected to the Borough Council on 6 May 1999, and served con...

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  • Bedford Borough’s Local Plan 2030 Approved

    A meeting of Bedford Borough’s Full Council has approved the Bedford Borough Local Plan 2030.

    The Local Plan 2030 sets out proposals for growth and development in Bedford Borough over the next decade. As well as allocations for the building of new homes, it also includes provision for jobs and the development of facilities such as schools, transport and shops to support new communities.

    Objectives of the Plan include providing the right amount and type of housing for commun...

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  • Enviro-Hub Opens in Kempston Making It Even Easier to Volunteer

    Bedford Borough Council has announced the launch of the ‘Enviro-Hub’ project based in Kempston.

    Enviro-Hub’s make it easier for people to volunteer and keep their local community clean, by making litter-picking equipment available to borrow without having to plan ahead.

    The Enviro-Hub has been launched following a successful bid to WRAP’s Litter Innovation Fund (the charity behind the ‘Recycle Now’ initiative), and the project is running in partnership with Fusion at Kempst...

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  • Pothole Hit Squad Working Across the Borough

    Bedford Borough Council is drafting in additional pothole crews to help keep on top of pothole repairs this winter.

    Roads across Bedford Borough are becoming damaged, with gritting salt, fluctuating temperatures, and surface water following heavy rains all playing their part, and the Council has seen a high number of potholes and road defects appearing in a short space of time.

    So far this year, crews have done over 25% m...

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  • Allhallows Toilets To Be Closed for Refurbishment Works

    The public toilets at Allhallows car park will be closed for a few days next month, to enable Bedford Borough Council to carry out refurbishment works on these well-used facilities.

    The toilets will be closed from Sunday 2 February to Friday 5 February. In that time all the fixtures and fittings will be removed, repairs carried out to any defective or loose plasterwork, and the walls, doors and woodwork will be repainted. The fixtures and fittings will then be put back in, with the...

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  • 2020 is River Festival Year!

    2020 has arrived which means it is River Festival year here in Bedford Borough.

    There are so many things that visitors to the ever-popular River Festival can expect to see and do at Bedford’s biggest event, returning on Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 July 2020.

    Bedford River Festival is one of the largest outdoor events of its kind, with around a quarter of a m...

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  • Bedford Borough Council Shortlisted for National Environmental Charity Award

    Bedford Borough Council Community Engagement has been shortlisted in Keep Britain Tidy’s annual awards.

    The awards celebrate the very best councils, those who are making significant improvements to the environment on people’s doorstep.

    The Council’s Community Volunteers gave over 11,500 hours of their time to support our local parks and open spaces last year. Tasks have included helping at events, working in our parks alongside the Council’s Country Park Officers, enhancing...

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  • Holocaust Memorial Day 2020- Monday 27 January

    Holocaust Memorial Day is the international day to remember those killed under Nazi persecution and in subsequent genocides in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur.

    This Day is commemorated on 27 January, the date on which Auschwitz-Birkenau was liberated. This was the most infamous of the Nazi camps where over 1.1million people were murdered, over 90% of them Jewish.


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