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  • Bedford Borough Local Plan Review Begins

    Local Plans set out where growth and development will take place- everything from houses and jobs to schools and infrastructure.

    Bedford Borough Council already has a Local Plan in place up to 2030. With changes to national planning policy and proposals around the Oxford to Cambridge Arc – which Bedford Borough is at the heart of - they now need to look further ahead.

    The ‘Local Plan Review - Issues & Options’ paper is now out for consultation.

    This review and c...

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  • Noisy neighbour has music equipment seized

    On Friday 3 July, a resident of Eastdale Close, Kempston had his music equipment seized by Bedford Borough Council after persistently bombarding neighbours with loud amplified music.

    A Noise Abatement Notice, under the Environmental Protection Act 1990, was served in May 2020 for loud amplified music after Environmental Health Officers had witnessed noise at unacceptable levels which was considered to be a nuisance to his neighbours.

    Neighbours complained t...

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  • Bright and Beautiful Down Bedford’s Embankment

    Bedford’s Embankment is looking glorious this summer, with the Council planting over 20,000 plants along this stretch of river.

    These plants are now flowering, bringing a swath of brightness and colour to Bedford’s Embankment and valuable nectar sources for Bedford’s bugs and bees. Planting includes sunflowers, marigolds, petunias, salvias, geraniums, cosmos and verbena giving a beautiful variety of flowers over the summer period.

    This year, the display was themed around ‘w...

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  • Have Your Say- Bedford Borough Council Housing Strategy

    Bedford Borough Council is consulting on its draft Housing Strategy 2021- 26 and wants to know your views.

    Having a good place to live is key to an individual’s health and wellbeing and this Strategy sets out the Council’s four key objectives for local housing over the five year time period.

    These objectives include Understanding Housing Need; ensuring the Council has up-to-date information on what housing is needed, and Delivering the Homes Required.

    The third addr...

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  • Interim Findings Into Bedford Borough COVID-19 Deep Dive Published

    New local data from Public Health England and the Joint Biosecurity Centre, working with Bedford Borough Council, Bedfordshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, and Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes Commissioning Collaborative have been released as part of a ‘deep dive’ in Bedford Borough, shows that while Coronavirus infections are still high in the Borough, they are starting to decline.

    The interim findings of the deep dive, which was issued today, outlines that women between 3...

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  • Bedford Borough Council Urges Caution This Weekend

    Infection rates in Bedford Borough are high compared to other places in the South, so Bedford Borough Council is urging people to be careful this weekend.

    The Government announced that pubs and restaurants across England could open from Saturday 4 July.

    However locally, while we are not currently seeing a spike in the virus, rates of infection are high compared to other areas.

    To avoid the risk of a local lockdown, slow the spread of the virus and save lives, people...

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  • Play Areas in Bedford Borough To Remain Closed

    With ongoing concerns about the high infection rate in Bedford Borough, Bedford Borough Council has decided that children’s play areas will not be opening on Saturday 4 July.

    Play areas are a risk area for infection to be spread, and with a high rate of infection locally, this decision has been taken to help slow the spread of the virus and keep people safe.

    Updated signage will be placed on parks this week, and where possible the Council will continue to keep play areas lo...

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  • Local Outbreak Control Plan Published

    Bedford Borough Council has published its Local Outbreak Control Plan, setting out how it will respond to a local coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. The plan will be formally endorsed by the Member Local Outbreak Engagement Board when it meets on Thursday 2 July at 5pm.

    With the introduction of the NHS Test and Trace programme all Unitary and County Councils were asked to produce a Local Outbreak Control Plan. These plans set out how local authorities will work with communities and p...

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  • Council Announces Action to Help Bugs and Bees

    Mayor Dave Hodgson has announced measures which will see the planting of new hedgerows and increased areas of natural grass and wildflower meadows.

    Wildflower species such as clover and dandelion provide important pollen and nectar sources for insects, bees and other pollinators that are a vital part of our ecosystem. Allowing grass to grow longer produces a more sustainable natural environment and provides food and shelter for animals, bees and other insects.

    Across the pa...

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  • Mayor Dave Hodgson has announced Borough Council Investment In Average Speed Cameras for Turvey

    This summer, the existing spot speed cameras in Turvey will be removed and replaced by a new average speed camera system.

    These cameras measure the average speed a vehicle travels over a length of road, rather than measuring it at a fixed point. This encourages people to maintain a safe speed rather than just slowing down for the camera.

    Mayor Dave Hodgson said “This Turvey road is a busy through-route and I am pleased that we have been able to prioritise this replacement o...

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