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  • Statement on the East West Rail Consultation

    Mayor Dave Hodgson said “We have just received the details of the East West Rail Company’s proposals for their route through Bedford Borough.  We are still digesting them, but I can immediately appreciate the distress this proposal will bring, particularly for those with homes on the route north of Bedford Station.

    “This project will see a once in a generation investment in our local infrastructure by the government, but such a significant project is going to have impacts in a n...

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  • Apply Now – Grant Funding For Local Business

    Home based and mobile businesses affected by the Covid-19 pandemic are being encouraged to apply for an initial £500 grant. Eligible businesses can now apply for the grant online via Bedford Borough Council’s website at www.bedford.gov.uk/BSG

    Grants will be awarded to local businesses and home based and mobile businesses that have fixed business costs and have experienced a significant reduction in income due to COVID-19 re...

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  • Enjoy Parks Responsibly This Easter

    With the start of the Easter holidays and the next step in the Government’s COVID-19 roadmap allowing outdoor gathering of either six people or two households, the Council is reminding local residents to enjoy their parks responsibly.

    Parks are a fantastic community space, providing room to exercise, get some fresh air, and have a much needed meet up with friends and family. Bedford Borough has a lot of beautiful parks and open spaces including the Green Flag Country Parks at Priory ...

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  • Children eligible for free school meals will be offered vouchers during the Easter holidays thanks to Bedford Borough Council


    Bedford Borough children from families that receive income-related free school meals are again eligible for a £15 voucher per week each, a total of £30 for the Easter break.

    The one-off funding for the scheme comes from the Department of Work and Pensions’ winter hardship support. Bedford Borough Council has received an additional £167,672 from the fund, much of which will be used to provide free school meal vouchers during Easter.

    The free school meals food vouchers sc...

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  • National Day of Reflection

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  • Register to Vote by 19 April

    On Thursday 6 May, the Police and Crime Commissioner elections will take place across the country.

    To have your say and vote, you must be registered. If you have recently moved or are not registered to vote, make sure you register by Monday 19 April.

    It is quick and easy to register to vote, via the Council’s website at www.bedford.gov.uk/elections 

    Measures including social distancing, face cov...

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  • Work To Repair Norse Road Crematorium Bridge

    Urgent work is taking place to repair the bridge at the entrance to Bedford Crematorium on Norse Road.

    A routine inspection this week identified erosion of the bank supporting the bridge. Further investigations are now taking place with potential work to ensure the bridge remains safe for vehicles accessing the site. While the work takes place this entrance to the site will be closed. During this time vehicle access to the crematorium will be via the exit gateway further along Norse ...

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  • Virtual Community Event for ‘Safer Streets’

    The Safer Streets project in the Midland Road area has seen a major upgrade to the CCTV system, home safety equipment and advice offered to residents, and home visits carried out by Bedford Borough Council, Bedfordshire Police, Bedfordshire Fire & Rescue and other local organisations, as part of this Home Office funded project.

    Now, residents and businesses across the Midland Road area are being invited to a virtual community event to find out more about the project, how they can...

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  • Census 2021

    Households across Bedford Borough will be asked to take part in Census 2021 this spring.
     
    The census, run by the Office for National Statistics, is a once-in-a-decade survey that gives us the most accurate estimate of all the people and households in England and Wales. It has been carried out every ten years since 1801, with ...

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  • Pavement licence costs covered by Bedford Borough Council

    Bedford Borough Council will cover the costs of temporary pavement licences for hospitality venues in the town centre ahead of 12 April, the earliest date that outdoor venues can reopen under the government’s roadmap out of lockdown.

    A temporary pavement licence permits a business to place tables and chairs outside of their premises and to serve food and drink to customers on the public highway. The current cost of a pavement licence is £100 and it is currently valid until...

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