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  • Keep Bedford Borough safe this Bank Holiday

    Residents in Bedford Borough will be looking forward to a well-deserved break this Bank Holiday weekend. Although the number of new coronavirus cases locally is lower than it has been previously, the number of cases remains high and it is important for residents to remain cautious and not become complacent.

    The Council is urging everyone to play their part in keeping themselves and other members of the community safe.

    Bedford Borough Council continues to monitor the ongoing...

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  • Bedford Borough Council to support local Covid tracing

    Local residents that have tested positive will either be phoned or visited by a team from the Council if national contact tracers are unable reach them in the first 24 hours.

    Bedford Borough Council is now running a local Test and Trace service, working with the national NHS Test and Trace to help contact local residents who have tested positive for COVID-19.

    This will help ensure that details of their close contacts are captured quickly. Those people can then be contacted ...

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  • Have Your Say Before Friday 4 September- Local Plan Review

    Consultation on the Local Plan Review ends on Friday 4 September and Bedford Borough Council are urging people to have their say ahead of this deadline.

    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 a...

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  • ‘Don’t Get Complacent’ Urges Bedford Borough Council

    Today (Friday 21 August) the Government announced that Bedford Borough was coming off the coronavirus ‘area of concern’ watchlist.

    While welcoming this and the reduction in coronavirus cases seen in recent days, Bedford Borough Council is urging the public not to get complacent.

    Mayor Dave Hodgson said “It is good news that we have started to see coronavirus cases reduce, and locally we have started to re-open facilities such as libraries and The Higgins Bedford with string...

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  • GCSE Results

    Year 11 pupils in Bedford Borough have received their exams results yesterday. We do not have the full picture of results yet due to the last minute decision to withhold BTEC results. Indicative results show that grades for GCSE pupils across Bedford Borough show similar improvements to the national picture this year with improvements across all subject areas.

    James Valentine, Portfolio Holder for Education and Children's Services said, “Congratulations to all pupils for your conti...

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  • The Higgins Bedford Reopens on 25 August 2020

    After being closed for five months due to the COVID-19 pandemic, The Higgins Bedford will be reopening to the public on Tuesday 25 August.

    With lockdown measures easing over the summer various shops and other facilities locally began to open. The Council has been closely monitoring the impact of these changes on the local rate of infections and is confident that it is safe to begin a cautious and phased reopening of leisure and culture services, with stringent infection prevention ...

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  • Bedford Borough Libraries Launch Select and Collect Service

    Bedford Borough Council is beginning the phased reopening of library services.

    With lockdown measures easing over the summer various shops and other facilities locally began to open. The Council has been closely monitoring the impact of these changes on the local rate of infections and is confident that it is safe to begin a cautious and phased reopening of leisure and culture services, with stringent infection prevention measures in place.

    From Thursday 20 August, Bedford ...

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  • Continue to Social Distance to Avoid a Local Lockdown, says Bedford Borough

    Following reports that some pub goers were not adhering to social distancing rules this weekend, the Council is reminding people to keep two metres apart from others.

    Coronavirus has not gone away, to avoid a local lockdown, residents are being urged to continue to social distance, wash your hands regularly for 20 seconds or use hand sanitiser and wear a face covering in busy places. 

    If you do go out for a drink or a meal, make sure you leave your contact details with...

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  • Easing Congestion with Further Traffic Light Upgrades

    This week, works will start to upgrade the traffic lights at the junction of London Road and Elstow Road.

    Over the course of three weeks, these works will see equipment and software put in place to improve the detection and control of traffic, along with new signal heads, re-wiring, and some pavement works at the crossing points.

    This is part of the wider Transporting Bedford project, which has seen major works carried out on congestion hotspots in the town including Britan...

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  • Council Update On Local Fusion Leisure Services

    As a result of the unprecedented challenges presented by COVID-19, the leisure sector across the country has faced significant difficulties as organisations worked to reopen leisure centres in a safe and financially viable way.

    With lockdown measures easing over the summer, various shops and other facilities locally began to open and Fusion Lifestyle and the Council are looking at options for local leisure facilities.

    The Council have a 10-year contract with Fusion Lifestyl...

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