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  • Be Aware of Coronavirus Scams

    Bedford Borough Council’s Trading Standards team are warning people to remain vigilant, following reports of coronavirus-related scams as unscrupulous criminals try to exploit people’s fears.

    In Bedfordshire, the sale of counterfeit goods such as hand sanitiser and fake coronavirus tests has been reported; there is currently no such legitimate test available for sale. Beware of people selling counterfeit goods such as sanitisers, face masks, or coronavirus swabbing kits online or d...

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  • Transporting Bedford - Update on Works

    Following Government instructions for slowing the spread of COVID-19, works by contractors on Britannia Road will be halted as soon as the site can be made safe.

    The next phase of works on Britannia Road involves tasks where social distancing measures cannot be fully followed. To ensure the safety of everyone on site, the decision has been made to temporarily close until work can safely resume. Council staff and contractors are completing these ‘closing’ works in line with Governme...

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  • Council Tax Support During Coronavirus

    Bedford Borough Council is working to offer local residents help with their Council Tax, for those who are struggling financially because of the coronavirus pandemic.

    The Council has a 100% Council Tax Reduction Scheme in place; this means that those with the lowest incomes already do not pay any Council Tax.

    Following the Government’s announcement of a COVID-19 Council Tax Hardship Fund, the Council is extending this. This means that anyone who receives any level of Counci...

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  • Support for Local Businesses

    Local businesses can apply for a business support grant via the Council’s website if they meet the Government’s qualifying criteria.

    The Government has announced a range of grant funding for certain businesses affected by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

    Bedford Borough Council has set up an online form, enabling local businesses to apply for this money.

    To qualify the business must occupy a business property that has a rateable value of less than £51,000 and eithe...

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  • Multi-Storey Car Parks Closed Except Queen Street

    To enable the Council to prioritise staff on essential duties at this extraordinary time, all of the Council’s multi-storey car parks apart from Queens Street will be closed, until further notice.

    With updated Government guidance around staying at home and increased pressure on Council services, the decision has now been made to completely close Lurke Street, River Street and Allhallows car parks until further notice.

    Queen Street multi-storey car park will remain open 24/7...

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  • Stay in, Stay Safe, Stay Fit!

    The Sports Development Team at Bedford Borough Council have launched a range of live online fitness classes to keep residents moving and promote wellbeing whilst at home.

    Coaches who have for many years delivered sessions throughout the Borough will be offering daily gentle exercise classes at 9.35am with Jane and Marion, and Mindful Yoga sessions with Rachaell Monton.

    Councillor Louise Jackson, Portfolio Holder for Health, Public Health & Wellbeing said "This will meet...

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  • Play Areas Closed To Minimise Spread of Coronavirus

    Bedford Borough Council has closed all play areas, effective immediately, to minimise the spread of coronavirus.

    This closure includes all play areas including those in parks, multi-use games areas, skateparks and outdoor gym equipment. Signs will be put in place at all play parks.

    Cllr Charles Royden, Portfolio Holder for Environment said “Surfaces such as in children’s play areas present a significant risk to the spread of coronavirus. To reduce the spread of coronavirus ...

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  • Changes to Car Parking Locally

    To enable the Council to prioritise staff on essential duties at this extraordinary time, the opening hours of the Council’s multi-storey car parks will be changing from Friday 20 March.

    Lurke Street, River Street and Allhallows car parks will close at 7pm every night and open at 6am. This will be in place until further notice.

    Alternative parking is available with around 1,000 spaces at surface car parks including Riverside Car Park, St Marys, St Peters, Duckmill Lane, Pre...

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  • Bedford River Festival and Kite and Motoring Festival Postponed Due To Coronavirus

    Bedford Borough Council regrets to announce that it has made the decision to postpone the Bedford River Festival for one year.

    This is not a decision that was taken lightly; with the government guidance encouraging people to avoid large gatherings to minimise the spread of coronavirus and uncertainty about how long these measures will have to be in place, this is felt to be the right decision.

    Many individuals and businesses, the local community, and Council officers have p...

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  • Extending Free Bus Travel

    Bedford Borough Council has arranged with bus companies give concessionary bus pass holders free travel during peak time.

    Normally, this group would pay £1 to travel before 9.30am. However, with shops offering special opening times first thing in the morning for older people to do any shopping that they need to, it is hoped that this change will make it a little easier for this group.

    People are urged to pay heed to the Government guidance to stop the spread of coronavirus,...

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