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  • Cllr Michael Headley
    Article: Sep 22, 2020

    Bedford Borough Council's Executive discussed the financial impact of COVID-19 following a report highlighting that the council is facing a financial gap of between £22 and £36million over the next five years with the impact of COVID-19 causing a significant pressure.

    The impact of COVID-19 has affected services across the Council, with new ways of working and new demands, placing the council under unprecedented pressure in working to deliver care for the vulnerable, elderly and shielded. This has included setting up a Community Hub, providing food and support to those in need while keeping vital day-to-day operations running in challenging circumstances.

  • Schools
    Article: Sep 21, 2020

    Bedford Borough Council's online admissions system is now open to all parents and carers whose children are due to transfer to secondary or upper school in September 2021.

    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 2021. The transfer to Secondary 2021 round and the transfer to Upper 2021 round is available from 12 September 2020 via the Council website, closing 31 October 2020.

  • Henry Vann
    Article: Sep 20, 2020

    Bedford Borough Council will receive £1.76 million from Historic England to deliver building works and a cultural programme to regenerate Bedford High Street. The South East Midlands Local Enterprise Partnership and LoveBedford are also contributing funding.

    The High Streets Heritage Action Zone (HSHAZ) programme is run by Historic England on behalf of the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport and the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government, with a contribution from the National Lottery Heritage Fund. It encourages partnerships with local organisations, building owners and occupiers to secure lasting improvements to buildings and the public realm. The initiative aims to make the high street a more attractive place for residents to visit and shop.

  • Bedford Borough HWRC
    Article: Sep 19, 2020

    Changes at Bedford Borough's household waste recycling centre now mean more vehicles will be able to access the site and more booking slots will be available for anyone looking to drop off their waste and recycling.

    Vans and most trailers are now able to return to the site as they did prior to the Coronavirus pandemic. Like neighbouring authorities a booking system for the site remains in place to manage capacity, reduce waiting times and traffic congestion and keep everyone safe. Additionally the number of available slots has been increased, providing a further 448 slots a week.

  • Bedford Borough Coronavirus Infographic 20200917
    Article: Sep 18, 2020

    Mayor Dave Hodgson, in his weekly email, has highlighted the shambles surrounding the lack of Coronavirus tests available. Mayor Dave also commented on the proposed Coronavirus Marshalls.

    The text of the email is below. If you would like to sign up to Mayor Dave's regular email, you can sign-up here.

  • Coronavirus graphic
    Article: Sep 17, 2020

    Bedford Borough Council is warning pubs, restaurants and other local businesses to support measures to control the spread of coronavirus, or enforcement action will be carried out against them.

    Businesses must ensure that when they are open, they have the appropriate measures in place to keep their customers and the wider population safe.

  • Susan Lousada, High Sheriff of Bedfordshire
    Article: Sep 16, 2020

    An initiative to tackle digital poverty across Bedfordshire, organised by the High Sheriff of Bedfordshire, Susan Lousada, has seen the Rotary Club of Bedford Park donate 12 digital devices to Ridgeway School.

    With more resources and work being carried out online and using devices, the eight iPads and four laptops will allow children at Ridgeway School to access additional material.

  • Dean Crofts
    Article: Sep 15, 2020

    Bedford Borough Liberal Democrat Spokesperson Councillor Dean Crofts raised the issue of affordable housing at this week's Bedford Borough Council Housing Committee meeting, and stressed the need for continued action to tackle the disparity which currently sees average house prices in Bedford Borough being over nine times higher than average incomes.