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  • £900 in Fines Issued After Waste Given to Rogue Traders Found Fly-Tipped

    In the last two weeks, Bedford Borough Council has issued three £300 fines to individuals after their household and garden waste was fly-tipped, having been given to rogue traders for disposal.

    Investigations were also carried out to identify the people who committed the fly-tipping but unfortunately the residents didn’t have any further details of the individuals who took their waste.

    Earlier this year the Council introduced a new Fixed Penalty Notice. This gave it the pow...

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  • Recycling, It’s In Our Hands - Recycle Week 2019 (23-29 September)

    Bedford Borough Council is supporting Recycle Week 2019, in partnership with WRAP and Recycle Now.

    Now in its 17th year, Recycle Week is asking everyone to take action.

    Environmental concerns are top of the agenda for people across the world. By getting involved this Recycle Week and making even just one little change which sees you reusing and recycling more, you can do your bit.

    Throughout the week, there will be advice on how to recycle more from all around the h...

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  • Empty Homes Week 2019- Taking Action on Empty Homes

    Bedford Borough Council works all year round to bring long-term empty homes back into use and this Empty Homes Week is celebrating successes from around the Borough.

    Success stories have included the creation of two modern, semi-detached bungalows in Sharnbrook where the previous property had stood empty for 7 years and had become derelict, and a local eyesore. The two bungalows have been developed and marketed by ASKWilson Builders and are expected to be occupied soon.

    The...

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  • Autumn ‘Coats’ for Borough Play Areas

    Play areas across Bedford and Kempston are set to undergo an ‘Autumn Clean’ as Bedford Borough Council gets its paint brushes ready following a busy summer.

    Work will be carried out on 13 play areas, managed by Bedford Borough Council. Funding for the works comes from the Local Authority Parks Improvement Fund which awarded the council just over £25,000 to cover the work. Painting will begin week commencing 23rd September with the play area at Mowsbury Park South the first to go un...

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  • Online admissions now open!

    Bedford Borough Council’s online admissions systems is now open to all parents and carers whose children are due to transfer to secondary or upper school in September 2020.

    Parents who live within the Borough who have a child in year 6 at primary school or year 8 at a middle school will need to transfer their child to a secondary school or upper school in September 2020. The transfer to Secondary 2020 round and the transfer to Upper 2020 round is available from Thursday 12 Septembe...

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  • Improving Communities and Creating Housing: Bringing Long-Term Empty Homes Back Into Use

    Bedford Borough Council works all year round to bring long-term empty homes back into use and, in advance of National Empty Homes Week, celebrates some notable successes from the last year.

    Long-term empty homes can become derelict, unloved and a blight on local communities. They are also a waste of a much-needed home.

    Action taken by the Council to bring empty homes back into use ranges from working with owners offering advice, to compulsorily purchasing a property.

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  • World Mental Health Day 2019

    World Mental Health Day takes place on Thursday 10 October every year and is an opportunity to raise awareness of mental health issues, tackle the stigma surrounding mental health and promote open and positive conversations.

    A free healthy mind and healthy body hub featuring a host of interactive activities is being held in Bedford’s Harpur Square to mark World Mental Health Day.

    Visitors will be able to try table tennis, ride a smoothie bike, learn about the wide range of ...

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  • Boys to be offered HPV vaccine for the first time

    A free Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) vaccine will be offered to boys for the first time to help prevent the spread of HPV and stop certain types of cancers forming.

    It is estimated that by vaccinating boys in year 8 at school, as well as girls, over 100,000 cancers will be prevented by 2058.

    Cllr Louise Jackson, Portfolio Holder for Health and Wellbeing said: “By us offering it to boys as well as girls it will protect more people and reduce the spread of the virus so that we ...

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  • Parking Machine Break-Ins

    Two parking machines on Beverley Crescent, Bedford were broken into over one weekend, with attempts made on two more machines in the area.

    Nearly £100 was taken from these two machines, making a total of around £2,600 stolen from parking machines in the Borough in 2019 alone, across 25 break-ins.

    Repeated instances of criminal damage to the Council’s parking machines is costing increasing levels of taxpayers’ money- approximately £7000 since the start of 2019 alone.


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  • Improving Your Roads Over the Summer Holidays And Works Continue Into Autumn

    Bedford Borough Council has used the summer holidays to the maximum, getting a number of road improvements projects underway and completed during this time when the roads are quieter.

    A number of highways improvements and resurfacing works were started and completed during the quieter summer holiday period. These include the resurfacing of Grange Lane in Bromham, and Oldfield Road and Chester Road in Bedford.

    Working with Milton Keynes Council, a section of the A422 between...

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