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  • Have your say on a new political map for Bedford Borough Council

    New boundaries are being proposed for council wards in Bedford

    The Local Government Boundary Commission wants to hear what residents and local organisations think about the proposals. A 10-week consultation on the proposals will run until 7 December 2020.

    The Commission is the independent body that draws these boundaries. It is reviewing Bedford Borough Council to make sure councillors will represent about the same number of electors, and that ward arrangements will help th...

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  • New Exhibition Opens at The Higgins Bedford: Under the Same Sky

    3rd October 2020 – 11th April 2021

    Wixamtree and Connections Gallery, Free Entry

    Under the Same Sky, a new art and social history exhibition that explores artists depictions of the sky above and the local impact of the weather over time, opens at The Higgins Bedford on Saturday 3rd October 2020.

    Artists have always found inspiration in the unpredictable nature of the weather. Through this exhibition, drawn from the internationally renowned Cecil Higgins Art Gallery ...

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  • Help with Test and Trace

    The government has released new legislation as part of its efforts to drive down the rate of coronavirus infection and support the test and trace system.

    On Friday 18th September it became law for hospitality venues to enforce the rule of 6 or face a fine of up to £4,000 and to log contact details for customer, visitors and staff as part of NHS Test and Trace.

    From today, Thursday 24th September, this has been extended so that it will be a legal requirement to display an of...

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  • Government announces changes to support tenants

    The government has announced emergency legislation that will help support tenants over the winter months.

    Eviction notice periods have been increased to six months, meaning that tenants who are served notice will be able to stay in their homes until the end of March 2021, allowing them extra time to find alternative support or accommodation. Some exceptions remain, including where a tenant has demonstrated anti-social behaviour or committed fraud, and the landlord would li...

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  • Financial Impact of COVID-19 for Bedford Borough Council

    Bedford Borough Council’s Executive discussed the financial impact of COVID-19 following a report highlighting that the council is facing a financial gap of between £22 and £36million over the next five years with the impact of COVID-19 causing a significant pressure.

    The impact of COVID-19 has affected services across the Council, with new ways of working and new demands, placing the council under unprecedented ...

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  • Stoptober is Back


    Stoptober is your chance to join thousands of people around the country who are taking part in Stoptober and quitting smoking. 

    Are you up for taking on the challenge and achieving one off the most important changes you can make to benefit your health?  Defeating cigarettes can give you back your freedom and help you become healthier, fitter, save you money and even look better.

    There is no denying that this has been a challenging year for everyone. COVID-19 ...

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  • Bedford Borough selected for High Streets Heritage Action Zone

    Bedford Borough Council will receive £1.76 million from Historic England to deliver building works and a cultural programme to regenerate Bedford high street. The South East Midlands Local Enterprise Partnership and LoveBedford are also contributing funding.

    The High Streets Heritage Action Zone (HSHAZ) programme is run by Historic England on behalf of the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport and the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government, with a contribu...

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  • Council Increases Access To Waste and Recycling Centre

    Changes at Bedford Borough’s household waste recycling centre now mean more vehicles will be able to access the site and more booking slots will be available for anyone looking to drop off their waste and recycling.

    From today (Thursday 17 September) vans and most trailers will be able to return to the site as they had prior to Covid-19. Like neighbouring authorities a booking system for the site remains in place to manage capacity, reduce waiting times and traffic congest...

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  • Laptops Donated to Ridgeway School

    An initiative to tackle digital poverty across Bedfordshire, organised by the High Sheriff of Bedfordshire, Susan Lousada, has seen the Rotary Club of Bedford Park donate 12 digital devices to Ridgeway School.

    With more resources and work being carried out online and using devices, the eight iPads and four laptops will allow children at Ridgeway School to access additional material. 

    Andrew Munday Headteacher at Ridgeway School said, “Ridgeway School is most grateful t...

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  • Online admissions now open!


    Bedford Borough Council’s online admissions system is now open to all parents and carers whose children are due to transfer to secondary or upper school in September 2021.

    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 2021. The transfer to Secondary 2021 round and the transfer to Upper 2021 round is available from 12 September 202...

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