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  • Recycling- How We Handle Your Waste

    Bedford Borough Council works with Viridor, a leading UK recycler, and have been assured by them that the recycled waste we pass to them is reprocessed correctly. Viridor operates over 300 advanced recycling, energy recovery and landfill diversion facilities and only work with Environment Agency accredited and licensed facilities.

    They have assured us that they have a robus...

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  • HMOs in Bedford and Kempston- What Do You Think?

    Bedford Borough Council has commissioned experts to look at the impact of converting residential properties to shared houses, also known as ‘Houses in Multiple Occupation’ or ‘HMOs’.

    Currently, houses can be converted into what are called ‘small HMOs’ for up to six people, without the need for planning permission.

    HMOs can be an important source of low-cost, private-sector housing for students, those looking for less long-term accommodation, and people on lower incomes. The...

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  • Public Health emphasise importance of sexual health following STI rise

    The number of sexually transmitted infections diagnosed in Bedford Borough has increased, reflecting a trend seen across the country.

    Figures from Public Health England show that 752 people in Bedford Borough were diagnosed with an STI (Sexually Transmitted Infection) in 2018, compared to 631 the previous year.

    People can have an STI without knowing it, as they often show no obvious symptoms. Bedford Borough residents can obtain free sexual health advice, condoms and testin...

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  • Transporting Bedford 2020- Works Begin on Britannia Road

    Works to introduce a series of measures designed to reduce congestion at a traffic hotspot are set to begin next month through the Transporting Bedford 2020 project.

    The work will take place on Britannia Road, which links two major roads in Bedford; Ampthill Road and Kempston Road, and is a well-known congestion hotspot. These works will widen the road, which will create more space for traffic, while keeping space for pedestrians;...

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  • The Higgins Bedford Celebrates Refugee Week 2019

    Event Highlights:

    15th June: Refugee Week Launch

    15th June: The 25th Commemoration of the Rwandan Genocide Against the Tutsi

    15th June: Opening of Kwibuka Rwanda – Remembering Rwanda exhibition

    18th June: Knit-a-thon

    19th June: Pop-up Museum #You, Me and Those Who Came Before at Bedford Central Library

    22nd June: Windrush Family Day & Global Kitchen at A Different Brew Cafe


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  • Carers Week 10-16 June

    There are an estimated 2,678 unpaid carers in Bedford. That's 2,678 people who spend their life putting other people first and looking after their loved ones. Yet many people still don’t identify themselves as carers - they simply see themselves as spouses, parents, sons, daughters or friends.

    10 - 16 June is Carers Week, a week dedicated to supporting local residents who care for others while recognising that they are individuals with their own needs.

    This year’s them...

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  • Network Rail Public Event, Bromham Road Bridge Closure

    Members of the public are invited to a public event with Network Rail on Tuesday 11 June to find out more about their closure of Bromham Road Bridge later this month. The event is being held at The Bedford Centre Hotel on St Mary’s Street, from 3pm-7pm.

    Due to works required to raise Bromham Road Bridge to allow for the electrification of the Midland Mainline, the road will be closed from Monday 24 June until Spring 2020.

    A diversion route will be clearly signed.

    A ...

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  • Local Offer Live!

    Exciting event on Tuesday 11 June will see the launch of new SEND services website

     
      Local Offer Live! is an innovative event designed for children and young people with Special Education Educational Needs and/or Disabilities and their parents and carers. They will be able to ask any questions they like, exchange ideas, meet people and attend a fun event in the evening.

    The event will introduce Bedford Borough's "Local Offer" - a website that is not just a d...

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  • Summer Gardening Events at The Higgins Bedford

    19th June: Lunchtime Lecture with Professor Christiana Payne – ‘Round and Round the Garden’

    23rd June: Round and Round the Garden Family Afternoon

    30th June: Your Garden Questions Answered with Jane Perrone, Kathy and Simon Brown

    4th July: Lunchtime Lecture Edward Bawden – Art and Gardening

    3rd July, 25th July, 18th August & 7th September: Garden Tours - Transforming the gardens at The Higgins Bedford

    There are lots of garden-themed events and ac...

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  • Fantastic Weekend in Bedford to Start the Summer!

    The Bedford International Kite Festival and first Bedford Festival of Motoring were at Russell Park and the Embankment over the weekend, with an estimated 30,000 visitors coming along to this fantastic weekend of fun in the sun.

    The Kite Festival saw kites of all sizes and colours, with flyers from around the world coming ...

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