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  • Good Progress on ‘Northern Gateway’ Works

    Works started on the ‘Northern Gateway’ in June 2021 to ease congestion around the Clapham Road/Manton Lane roundabout, which will also benefit the A6 roundabout.

    To date, Clapham Road has been widened between the Paula Radcliffe Way roundabout and Manton Lane with a new kerb and pavement, construction has started on the dedicated left-turn lane from Clapham Road to Manton Lane, and extensive road widening on the northeast corner of the Clapham Road roundabout is largely complete.<...

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  • Priory Country Park Wins Green Flag Award for 20th Year in A Row

    The Green Flag Award is celebrating its Silver Jubilee, marking 25 years of excellence. Today, environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy, is revealing the names of over 2,000 parks and green spaces across the UK that have collected a coveted Green Flag Award for 2021.

    Bedford Park, Addison Howard Park, Harrold-Odell Country Park, and Priory Country Park have once again been awarded the Green Flag.

    The award is the international quality mark for parks and green space, and not o...

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  • Apply now for secondary school places in 2022!

    Is your child due to start Secondary or Upper school next September? You need to apply by 31 October 2021 for the best chance of getting a place at their preferred school.

    Bedford Borough Council’s online admissions system is open to all parents and carers who live within the Borough and whose children are due to transfer to secondary or upper school in September 2022.

    Parents and carers who have a child in year 6 at primary school or year 8 at a middle school will need to t...

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  • Bedford Borough Council Announces Winners of eCargo Bike Naming Competition

    In June 2021, Bedford Borough Council asked students at several schools in the borough to help them rename two of their recently purchased eCargo bikes.

    After receiving lots of great suggestions from local students, the Council have chosen to name the eCargo bikes Keygo and Greenwise, thanks to the help of the two competition winners who are pupils at Westfield Primary School.

    On Friday 8 October, council officers and Mayor Dave Hodgson visited the school to announce the win...

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  • New Display Opens at The Higgins Bedford: Warden Abbey Revealed

    Warden Abbey Revealed, a new archaeological display showcasing the grandeur of one of the most influential Cistercian houses in medieval England, opens on Tuesday 19th October at The Higgins Bedford.

    Warden Abbey was founded by Walter Espec in 1135, and populated by monks from Rievaulx Abbey in Yorkshire. In its heyday, the abbey was home to over 100 monks. They were supported by about 300 lay brothers, who ran its farms, mills,  warrens, woodlands, and urban properties across 7...

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  • World Mental Health Day Reminds People to Check In

    The last 18 months have been difficult for everyone, with lockdowns and the continued uncertainty of the coronavirus pandemic bringing new worries and challenges into people’s lives.

    Sunday 10 October 2021 is World Mental Health Day and Bedford Borough Council are encouraging residents to check in, and try out the Every Mind Matters ‘Mind Plan Quiz’.

    The Mind Plan Quiz asks participants five questions about their mood, sleeping patterns and general wellbeing. Participants...

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  • Council Promotes Support Available for Residents Facing Financial Difficulties

    With the impact of COVID-19, recent gas price increases, and the removal of the £20 uplift to Universal Credit, Bedford Borough Council is encouraging local residents to check what support they are eligible for.

    On the website at www.bedford.gov.uk/FinancialSupport, the Council has pulled together the various forms of local and national support that are available to people facing financial pre...

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  • Bedford Borough Council Ends HWRC Appointment System

    Bedford Borough Council has made plans to end the booking system for the Household Waste Recycling Centre (HWRC) on Barkers Lane, so residents will soon be able to visit the site during normal opening hours without an appointment.

    The online HWRC booking system will stop taking new bookings at 11.59pm on Saturday 9 October, with residents being able to attend the site without an appointment from 9am on Monday 11 October.

    With limited space for vehicles to wait on site, resi...

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  • Make Sure You Get Both Doses of Your COVID-19 Vaccine

    Over three quarters of Bedford Borough's population (over 16) has now had their first COVID-19 vaccine, and over 60% have had their second. The COVID-19 vaccine gives you the best protection against the virus.

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  • New Children’s Centre Service Delivery Model for Bedford Borough

    Following a public consultation at the start of 2021, Bedford Borough Council is introducing a new service delivery model for children's centres at venues across the Borough.

    From 1 October, a new model sees current provider Early Childhood Partnership (ECP) Bedford, on behalf of the Council, offer support to early years children and families from a number of venues across Bedford Borough.

    Children’s Centre services will continue to work with the ...

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