Halloween half-term fun at The Higgins Bedford and libraries

There’s half-term fun to be had in Bedford Borough, with activities and events at the local museum and art gallery, and all five Borough libraries.

‘Enter the World of Dreams and Nightmares’ is the theme for half-term activities at The Higgins Bedford, following the opening of new exhibition ‘Dreams and Nightmares’.

Borough libraries will have different Halloween crafts and activities throughout the week and all for free. Children can make Halloween magnets, spooky finger puppets, Autumn wreaths, spooky bunting and lots more.

Free tennis programme of Addison Howard Park

National sports charity ‘Tennis For Free’ has invested in a programme of free tennis at Addison Howard Park, Kempston.

In partnership with Bedford Borough Council and the LTA, Tennis For Free will provide free coach-led tennis sessions for all the family for one year as part of its aim to use tennis to improve the physical and mental wellbeing of all members of the community across the UK.

Addison Howard Tennis For Free sessions will be led by professional tennis coach Ryan Bezer and everyone is welcome, you don’t need a racket or a ball as all equipment is provided free of charge. All you need to do is sign up.

Empty Homes Week 2019 in Bedford Borough

Bedford Borough Council works all year round to bring long-term empty homes back into use and this Empty Homes Week is celebrating successes from around the Borough.

Success stories have included the creation of two modern, semi-detached bungalows in Sharnbrook where the previous property had stood empty for 7 years and had become derelict, and a local eyesore. The two bungalows have been developed and marketed by ASKWilson Builders and are expected to be occupied soon.

Bedford Borough online schools 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.

Borough parents 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 next year.

The transfers to Secondary 2020 round and to Upper 2020 round are available from Thursday 12 September 2019 via the Council website.

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.

HPV is linked to 5% of all cancers worldwide causing the majority of genital cancers as well as some cancers in the neck and head. HPV is very common and can be caught easily through any kind of sexual contact with another person who already has it.

It is estimated that by vaccinating boys in year eight at school, as well as girls, it will prevent around 64,000 cervical cancers and around 50,000 non-cervical cancers affecting men and women by 2058.

Bedford could benefit from new Towns Fund

One hundred places have been invited (6 September 2019) to develop proposals for a new generation of multi-million-pound Town Deals.

The towns eligible for support from the £3.6 billion Towns Fund includes Bedford. The 100 towns have been chosen as they have not always benefitted from economic growth in the same way as more prosperous areas.

CPRE Bedfordshire claims council leaders are avoiding giving details of new strategies to their electorate

Campaign to Protection Rural England (CPRE) Bedfordshire has claimed that the Government and SEMLEP have a policy of quietly releasing key documents and are avoiding any public consultation. This, it claims, is adding to the “already massive democratic deficit” experienced by the people of Bedfordshire and the SEMLEP/Ox- Cam area.

Over 900 people have had their say on the future of Bedford Town Centre

Bedford Borough Council is asking people to have their say on the next steps for Bedford town centre. So far, over 900 people have already responded.

Bedford faces many of the same challenges as other town centres across the country. Such as online shopping in particular changing how we shop and how we use our local town centres.

Bedford Borough Council is writing its new Town Centre Plan and wants to hear your ideas.

Consultation on proposed modifications to Bedford Borough Council’s Local Plan 2030

Bedford Borough Council Local Plan 2030 has been progressing, with hearings held by the Planning Inspectorate in May and June 2019.

Following these hearings, the Council was invited by the Inspectorate to submit a number of modifications to the Plan.

These include ‘main modifications’ which are required for the Plan to be taken forward and considered ‘sound’.

New app to help people to give up smoking

The Stop Smoking Service has launched a new free mobile app to help smokers kick the habit for good and stay nicotine free. It is available to anyone who lives or works in Central Bedfordshire, Milton Keynes, or Bedford.

Bedford Borough Council News and information

Bedford Borough Council is the local authority of the Borough of Bedford in Bedfordshire, England. It is a unitary authority and has the powers of a non-metropolitan county and district council combined.

Bedford Borough Council was formed in 2009 after the Bedfordshire County Council ceased to exist.

The executive of the council is the directly elected mayor of Bedford.

The borough contains the 71st largest urban area in the UK (Bedford and Kempston), and is surrounded by a rural area with many villages. Three quarters of the borough’s population live in less than 6% of the borough’s total area.

Bedford Borough Council
Borough Hall
Cauldwell Street
MK42 9AP

Telephone: 01234 267422