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  • East West Rail is Coming To and Through Bedford

    It has been announced that East West Rail will be stopping at Bedford Midland station, connecting the town directly to Cambridge and Oxford.

     This ‘Central Section’ builds on the ‘Western Section’, connecting Oxford and Bicester with services through to Bedford.

    This confirmation is excellent news for Bedford residents. Increased connectivity for our town will bring more opportunities to travel for work and leisure, as well as supporting our economic growth and prosper...

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  • Bedford Visitor Information Centre is Moving to the Library

    Bedford Visitor Information Centre (VIC) will be moving to a new home in Bedford Central Library from March this year.

    The VIC is a volunteer-run organisation working to promote Bedford to both visitors and residents, providing accurate, up to date and relevant information about visitor attractions, events and the local area. Since its launch in St Paul’s Church in October 2018, the VIC has welcomed nearly 2,000 people to the VIC.

    From March, this service will be moving to ...

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  • Ribbon Cutting Marks Opening of the i-Worx in Bedford Borough

    Bedford i-Worx is officially open following a ribbon cutting by Mayor Dave Hodgson and Peter Horrocks CBE, SEMLEP’s Chair today.

    The i-Worx features an advanced Technology and Engineering Workshop Cluster offering twelve modern, office and industrial units, which will form part of the new Bedford Commercial Park. i-Worx joins the suite of i-Brand premises, including i-Lab, i-Kan and i-Hub, owned and run by Bedford Borough Council, providing high quality business space to small and ...

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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-Hubs 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 Kempsto...

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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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