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  • Online admissions now open!

    Bedford Borough Council’s online admissions systems is now open to all parents and carers whose children are due to transfer to secondary or upper school in September 2020.

    Parents who live within the Borough who have a child in year 6 at primary school or year 8 at a middle school will need to transfer their child to a secondary school or upper school in September 2020. The transfer to Secondary 2020 round and the transfer to Upper 2020 round is available from Thursday 12 Septembe...

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  • Improving Communities and Creating Housing: Bringing Long-Term Empty Homes Back Into Use

    Bedford Borough Council works all year round to bring long-term empty homes back into use and, in advance of National Empty Homes Week, celebrates some notable successes from the last year.

    Long-term empty homes can become derelict, unloved and a blight on local communities. They are also a waste of a much-needed home.

    Action taken by the Council to bring empty homes back into use ranges from working with owners offering advice, to compulsorily purchasing a property.

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  • World Mental Health Day 2019

    World Mental Health Day takes place on Thursday 10 October every year and is an opportunity to raise awareness of mental health issues, tackle the stigma surrounding mental health and promote open and positive conversations.

    A free healthy mind and healthy body hub featuring a host of interactive activities is being held in Bedford’s Harpur Square to mark World Mental Health Day.

    Visitors will be able to try table tennis, ride a smoothie bike, learn about the wide range of ...

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  • Boys to be offered HPV vaccine for the first time

    A free Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) vaccine will be offered to boys for the first time to help prevent the spread of HPV and stop certain types of cancers forming.

    It is estimated that by vaccinating boys in year 8 at school, as well as girls, over 100,000 cancers will be prevented by 2058.

    Cllr Louise Jackson, Portfolio Holder for Health and Wellbeing said: “By us offering it to boys as well as girls it will protect more people and reduce the spread of the virus so that we ...

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  • Parking Machine Break-Ins

    Two parking machines on Beverley Crescent, Bedford were broken into over one weekend, with attempts made on two more machines in the area.

    Nearly £100 was taken from these two machines, making a total of around £2,600 stolen from parking machines in the Borough in 2019 alone, across 25 break-ins.

    Repeated instances of criminal damage to the Council’s parking machines is costing increasing levels of taxpayers’ money- approximately £7000 since the start of 2019 alone.


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  • Improving Your Roads Over the Summer Holidays And Works Continue Into Autumn

    Bedford Borough Council has used the summer holidays to the maximum, getting a number of road improvements projects underway and completed during this time when the roads are quieter.

    A number of highways improvements and resurfacing works were started and completed during the quieter summer holiday period. These include the resurfacing of Grange Lane in Bromham, and Oldfield Road and Chester Road in Bedford.

    Working with Milton Keynes Council, a section of the A422 between...

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  • New Mini-Roundabouts to be Installed on Goldington Road

    Starting on Tuesday 3rd September, Bedford Borough Council is installing two mini-roundabouts on Goldington Road.

    One will be at the junction with Goldington Green and the other at the junction with Barkers Lane. These are well-known difficult junctions on this busy road into and out of the town centre. The new mini roundabouts will replace the existing T-junctions and make it easier for traffic to keep moving.

    These works will be carried out overnight only between 10pm-6...

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  • Priory Country Park Nationally Recognised

    Priory Country Park is once again in the TripAdvisor Hall of Fame after receiving a ‘Certificate of Excellence’ for five years in a row.

    TripAdvisor is an online travel site where people can review places they have visited.

    The 2019 ‘Certificate of Excellence’ recognises that this fantastic local country park consistently receives high ratings from visitors. The Hall of Fame recognises those sites that receive these consistently high ratings for five years in a row.


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  • Join Over 900 People And Have Your Say on the Future of Bedford Town Centre

    Bedford Borough Council are asking people to have their say on the next steps for Bedford town centre, and over 900 people have already responded!

    Bedford is unique with the beautiful Embankment and river running through the town, a strong business presence with 62% independent shops in the town centre and 77 new businesses opening in the town centre last year, a busy events calendar, cultural attractions, local markets and much more.

    However, Bedford faces many of the same...

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  • GCSE Results

    Provisional GCSE results have been released today showing that Bedford Borough students’ Average Attainment 8 Score for 2019 was 45.45, which is up from last year. This is the average score obtained by a student for their best 8 GCSE results. This increase mirrors the national picture.

    Once again, over 60% of students secured a Grade 4 and above in both English and Maths subjects.

    This is the third year of the revised GCSEs which are graded from 9 – 1 with less emphasis on ...

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