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  • Garden Waste Collections Restart in Bedford Borough

    Garden waste collections restart in Bedford Borough on Monday 1 March, following the usual pause in this service over the winter.

    Garden waste can go in the green-lidded bin. Please put this bin out alongside your orange recycling bin by 6am on your next recycling day, and it will be collected every other week.  

    Grass cuttings, plants and weeds, hedge clippings and more can go in the garden waste bin- please make sure it is all loosely within the bin, not in bags.
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  • £2.7m of Business Support Grants Land in Accounts Next Week

    A number of local businesses are set to remain closed for the remainder of this financial year, following the Prime Minister’s announcement earlier this week about the roadmap out of lockdown.

    As a result, Bedford Borough Council is now able to automatically pay £2.7million in business support grant to these businesses. These payments are expected to be in business bank accounts early next week. These grants are set and funded by the Government at a national level and administered by...

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  • Increased Support If You Need to Self-Isolate


    Bedford Borough Council is making the Test and Trace Support Payment available to more people and has increased the Support Payment to £700. This means this payment will cover the earnings of someone working full time on the Living Wage. 

    In Bedford Borough, an individual is eligible for a Test and Trace Support Payment if:
    • they have been told to self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace, and
    • have responded to the Test and Trace messages about their contacts, a...

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  • Making Bedford Borough Friendlier for Bugs and Bees

    As part of the ‘Bugs and Bees’ project, the Council is planting new hedgerows, wildflower meadows, and reducing grass cutting in areas of the Borough.

    Just before Christmas, a new native hornbeam hedgerow was planted at Great Denham Sports Pavilion. This new hedgerow, alongside others in the Borough, will help support our local wildlife by providing shelter, foraging and nesting.

    The Bugs and Bees project launched in the summer and saw the Council receive lots of requests fr...

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  • Improvement Works at St Peter’s Car Park

    Starting this week, major improvement works are being carried out at St Peter’s car park.

    These works will see the entire car park resurfaced with some parts being rebuilt entirely, replacing the drainage system and making changes to the surface levels to help stop standing water, and relaying the kerbs with some upgrades to the pavement.

    These works require the car park to be closed from Tuesday 16 February for 6 weeks. During this time, Lurke Street multi-storey car park w...

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  • Bedford Borough Council to introduce first School Street

    Bedford Borough Council have announced plans to introduce a pilot of their School Street initiative around Cauldwell School in March 2021. The project will create a safer, more pleasant environment in the area around the school and help to improve air quality.

    The School Street initiative will introduce a pedestrian, cycle and scoot only zone at the start and end of the school day, during term time only. School Streets have been introduced all over the country since 2015, with the De...

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  • Bedford Borough Council continues to support families during half term


    Bedford Borough children eligible for income-related free school meals will continue to receive food vouchers during the half term holiday.

    So far, £130,880 worth of vouchers are being directly issued to parents of 6,454 eligible children and young people to help with the cost of shopping for food over the half term holiday. Each voucher is redeemable from a range of local retailers.

    The free school meals food vouchers scheme is part of the package of support launched b...

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  • Help for rough sleepers in Bedford Borough as temperatures drop below zero


    There continues to be support and shelter for rough sleepers in Bedford Borough with temperatures set to drop below -7 overnight.

    Outreach teams respond to reports of rough sleepers quickly from early morning to late evening as well as regular patrols of the Borough. Offers of accommodation, on-going support and assistance are made to anyone who is rough sleeping.

    Accommodation is available for anyone to access 24/7.

    Bedford Borough Council is encouraging anyon...

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  • Council Reminds Residents to Control Dogs

    Bedford Borough Council are reminding dog owners that it is against the law for dogs to be dangerously out of control anywhere, including both public and private land.

    A dog may be considered dangerously out of control if it injures a person, another animal or causes someone fear or apprehension that they may be injured. If a dog does injure a person then the offence is aggravated.

    It is the owner’s responsibility to ensure their dog is acting in a safe and appropriate manne...

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  • Stay Safe- Yellow Warning for Snow and Ice

    With Met Office yellow warnings for snow and ice over the weekend and into next week, Bedford Borough Council is reminding people to stay at home as much as possible and only travel if necessary.

    Since the 1 January 2021, gritting crews have been out for over 30 runs at all times of day and night, spreading salt on priority roads across the Borough to keep people safe. Each priority run covers around 480km of road, and uses an average of 60 tonnes of salt.

    With snow expected...

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