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  • Bedford Borough Council Provides School Holiday Food Vouchers This Easter


    Thousands of families across Bedford Borough, who are entitled to income related free school meals, will be given vouchers for the Easter holidays.

    Funded through the Household Support Fund, the council will provide households £25 per eligible child or young person in Bedford Borough. The £25 is made up from £15 to support a daily meal and a supplementary £10 allocation, which is being provided to help off-set any extra spend on utility bills and other household expenses.

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  • Bedford Borough Stands with Ukraine

    Bedford Borough has a long history of being open and welcoming to migrants and refugees. Our thoughts and prayers are with all those affected by the desperate situation in Ukraine and we are ready and willing to welcome and support families fleeing the country.

    We will do all we can to support organisations working in the UK and...

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  • £4million in Rate Relief To Be Issued To Local Businesses

    Bedford Borough Council will be issuing £4million to business-rate paying businesses that have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic but have not previously received grant funding.

    This funding is via the Government COVID-19 Additional Relief Fund (CARF).

    This business rate relief is for 2021/22. It will be paid at approximately a quarter of a businesses’ rate bill for the year, up to a maximum of £25,000.

    Eligible businesses with a rateable value of under £200,000...

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  • LibraryPlus is coming to Kempston and Putnoe Libraries


    LibraryPlus is being extended to Kempston and Putnoe libraries from Tuesday 19 April, bringing with it an increase in overall opening hours and providing a more flexible, convenient service for customers.

    LibraryPlus has been running successfully at Bedford Central, Bromham and Wootton libraries since 2017, with over 12,000 residents signing up to the service.

    LibraryPlus provides a mixture of staffed hours, as well as using technology to allow access to customers durin...

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  • The Higgins Bedford Presents a New Exhibition Exploring the Representation of Women in Art: Body & Soul

    Body & Soul, a new exhibition exploring how women have been represented in art over the past two centuries, opens at The Higgins Bedford on Saturday 2nd April 2022.

    Women have always been popular subjects in art, with their appearance, clothing or personality chosen as the focus of the artist’s work.

    Through a selection of sculptures, prints, oils and watercolours from the Cecil Higgins Art Gallery Collection, this exhibition examines how beauty and femininity has been c...

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  • Mayor Dave Hodgson Hosts Climate Action Event

    Over the last weekend of March, Bedford Borough Council will be hosting the Mayor’s Climate Action Event in Bedford Town Centre. The event is being held to help both residents and local businesses take steps to become more sustainable.

    On Friday 25 March from 8am to 12pm, the Council is holding a business morning in the Howard Room at Bedford Corn Exchange.<...

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  • New Pumping Station Opened on River Great Ouse

    A new pumping station, which will reduce flood risk to residents and businesses on the south side of the river, has been officially opened near the banks of the River Great Ouse at Bedford Girls School on Cardington Road.
     
    This ‘King’s Ditch’ pumping station was delivered in partnership with Bedford Borough Council, the Bedfordshire and River Ivel Drainage Board, Anglian Water, Environment Agency and Bedford Girls School.
     
    This pumping station was identified as the...

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  • Managing Flood Risk Locally- Have Your Say

    As the ‘Lead Local Flood Authority’, Bedford Borough Council has updated the ‘Local Flood Risk Management Strategy’ for 2022-2027 and wants to hear your views.

    This revised strategy builds on what has been learnt since 2015, and includes lessons from the December 2020 flooding in Bedford Borough where 65 properties were flooded internally across 27 different locations.

    It also looks at changes in legislation and policy and at the challenges faced for flood risk, including cl...

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  • Bedford Borough Students Say “Idling Gets You Nowhere”

    In Bedford Borough, the Council have been working alongside communities to raise awareness about the dangers of idling vehicles, especially for those who it impacts most including children, older people and those with a respiratory condition.

    Idling is when an engine is left running while the vehicle it belongs to remains stationary. It reduces air quality by releasing a variety of harmful gasses into the environment and is particularly prevalent during the colder seasons, especially...

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  • Man Ordered to Pay Over £10,000 for Storing Scrap

    Bedford Borough Council prosecuted Mr David John Wright, of Harter Road, who pleaded guilty for breaching a Planning Enforcement Notice.

    Mr Wright had been sorting scrap material outside of his home, and was issued a Planning Enforcement Notice to cease. The Council’s investigation showed that there was an unlawful change of use to mixed use of residential and storage of scrap (including vehicle parts, vehicle tyres, vehicle accessories, cycles, cycle parts, building materials, gen...

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