Pay monthly for your parking at Queen Street Car Park

Queen Street car park offers local residents, businesses and employers cheap parking all year round.

People can now pay for an annual season ticket monthly rather than having to find the money upfront, at Queen Street and a number of other town centre car parks.

Bedford Borough Council said it has frozen car parking season tickets prices since 2017. Adding that someone can park in the town centre at Queen Street car park for less than £650 for the whole year, or less than £12.50 a week.

Bedford Borough Council tackling unlicensed HMOs

Bedford Borough Council is running a project targeting any remaining unlicensed HMOs, or shared houses, in the Borough. The Council will seek to prosecute or issue Civil Penalty Notices of up to £30,000 per offence on non-compliant owners who have failed to either apply for a licence or have failed to be granted one due to not meeting the Council’s minimum standards.

Bedford Borough welcomes proposals to stop unregulated care home placements

Bedford Borough Council has welcomed the government’s announcement for proposals to stop children in care being placed in unregulated accommodation.

There have been growing concerns about the number of children under the age of 16 placed in unregulated accommodation and being left at risk.

Under new proposals, the government would introduce national standards for unregulated accommodation to improve the quality and security of the placements. Ofsted would also be allowed new legal powers to crack down on illegal unregistered providers.

These proposals are being published as part of a consultation. The Council supports this step in tackling this issue and will feedback into the consultation.

Weaving Narratives – celebrating Bedfordshire’s history

The Weaving Narratives project invites people to use Bedfordshire’s archives as inspiration to create textile works. When the project was first run, four years ago, both amateur and professional textile artists created a wide range of pieces.

The project is open to anyone interested in taking part. Participants will be offered an introduction to Archive Service, and the chance to take part in three workshops. Assisted by archive professionals, they will be given special access to original archive materials representing hundreds of years of Bedfordshire’s history.

Lots happening at Bedford Borough museum and libraries this half-term

With the February half-term nearby upon us, there is lots happening at The Higgins Bedford and at all of Bedford Borough Council’s local libraries.

Bedford Visitor Information Centre is moving to the Library

Bedford Visitor Information Centre (VIC) will be moving to a new home in Bedford Central Library from March this year.

The VIC is a volunteer-run organisation working to promote Bedford to both visitors and residents. It provides information about attractions, events and the local area.

Bedford Borough children getting active and car use reducing on school journeys

Bedford Borough Council and the sustainable transport charity Sustrans have been working with schools to encourage children and parents to walk, cycle or scoot to school.

Since 2016, Sustrans has seen car use for the school run decrease. More pupils are regularly cycling or ‘travelling actively’ to get to school.

In the 2018/19 school year, Sustrans delivered over 200 activities. Over 23,000 pupil attended a variety of sessions including learning how to scoot safely, bike skills and learning to balance on a bike.

The Sustrans project is not just about getting local children more active on their journey to school, but throughout their lives.

A survey of local school children found that more are using their bikes during their free time, forming good habits for a lifetime.

2020 is Bedford River Festival Year!

Bedford River Festival is one of the largest outdoor events of its kind. Around a quarter of a million visitors are expected at this free Festival on Bedford’s river and Embankment.

This weekend brings activities on and off the water, with dragon boat and raft racing, river parades with over 100 boats on the river, and water sports demonstrations.

On dry land, there will be music, entertainment, stalls to browse, the funfair, heritage village, sports activities, hovercraft rides, fireworks, and much more.

The River Festival is a community event, with clubs, groups, and companies all coming together to take part in races, and in other events and activities throughout the weekend.

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