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  • Police and Crime Commissioner Election Result

    The results of Bedfordshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) election have now been counted and the results published. Festus Akinbusoye has been elected to the role of Police and Crime Commissioner for the county.

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  • COVID-19 Variant of Concern identified in Bedford Borough

    Bedford Borough Council has been notified of 7 cases of a variant known as VOC-21APR-02 (first identified in India). The variant was identified after genetic sequencing was carried out on positive COVID-19 tests.

    The Council is working closely with Public Health England to investigate the cases and as a precautionary measure, additional testing of close contacts will be carried out at two education settings in the Borough. Surge testing or mass testing of communities is not currently...

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  • John Bunyan Rapid Testing Site Moving to Faraday Community Centre


    The rapid COVID-19 testing centre is moving to Faraday Community Centre to enable the reopening of the John Bunyan Sports & Fitness Centre for leisure activities.

    At 7pm on Thursday 6 May 2021, rapid testing at the John Bunyan Sports & Fitness Centre will stop before starting again at a new rapid testing centre, located at the Faraday Community Centre, from 7am on Tuesday 11 May.

    Those who are over 18, are not showing symptoms and would like to get tested while ...

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  • Thursday 6 May- Make Your Voice Heard

    The election for the Bedfordshire Police and Crime Commissioner will take place on Thursday 6 May. Make sure you cast your vote and make your voice heard.

    There will be COVID-19 safety measures in place at polling stations, to help you stay safe. These will include social distancing and when you go inside, you will be expected to wear a face covering like you do when you go into shops or on public transport (unless exempt).

    Hand sanitising stations will also be in place at p...

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  • Plans for the Bank Holiday? Stay Safe, Stay Outside

    Residents are being asked to take care and continue to follow Hands, Face, Space and Fresh Air advice this bank holiday weekend, following a rise in cases of COVID-19 in Bedford Borough.

    Following the lifting of some restrictions on the 12 April we are all able to meet up with more of the people that are important to us, but we need to continue to take action to reduce the spread of the virus in order to see more restrictions lifted.

    Vicky Head, Director of Public Health at ...

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  • East West Rail- Public Meetings

    Bedford Borough Council is holding two virtual meetings to hear views from residents and businesses on what they wish to see in the Council’s response to the current East West Rail Company consultation.

    This consultation covers a number of different areas including route alignment into, through and out of Bedford Borough, stations and level crossings.

    During the meeting, there will be a presentation and a question and answer session with Mayor Dave Hodgson, Councillor Mic...

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  • Bedford’s Embankment Coming Into Bloom

    With Spring starting to arrive in earnest, Bedford’s Embankment is starting to come into bloom providing a beautiful seasonal spectacle down the river.

    Over 40,000 tulip bulbs were planted in the autumn along with bedding plants such as pansies, bellis and wallflowers.

    With COVID-19 restrictions starting to ease and two households, or groups of up to six ...

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  • Still time to register to vote for upcoming elections


    To vote in next month’s important Bedfordshire Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) election, residents must register to vote by midnight tonight, April 19.

    The election itself will take place on the 6 May, with votes counted and the result announced the following day. To register to vote please go to https://www.gov.uk/register-to-vote.

    The PCC election was postponed last year due to the coronavirus pandemic. This year, ...

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  • Week of Action- Working to Keep You Safe and Support Local Businesses

    During this first week of shops, pubs, restaurants and hairdressers reopening, Bedford Borough Council has been working to support local businesses and keep our communities safe.

    Officers from the Council have been providing support to businesses ahead of reopening with advice on managing queues, getting necessary signs in place, and engaging with business owners to make sure they were confident ahead of reopening safely on Monday.

    COVID marshals and environmental health off...

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  • Service of Thanksgiving for His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh

    Following the death of HRH The Duke of Edinburgh, a County of Bedfordshire Service of Thanksgiving to celebrate the life of His Royal Highness will be held in the presence of HM Lord-Lieutenant of Bedfordshire, the High Sheriff of Bedfordshire and civic leaders.

    The Service, which will be held on Friday 16th April at The County Church of St Paul Bedford, will be le...

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