Bedford Festival of Motoring Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd June 2019

The inaugural Bedford Festival of Motoring in June 2019 is being brought to the town by Bedford Borough Council in partnership with Adrian Grubb of Events with Panache. Adrian has previously been involved with the successful launch and management of the Stratford-upon-Avon Festival of Motoring.

New fine for irresponsible waste disposal in Bedford Borough

Bedford Borough Council has introduced a new Fixed Penalty Notice to tackle fly-tipping. It is estimated that two-thirds of fly-tipped waste is household waste. This is due to householders using an unauthorised person to take it away and not that they fly-tipped it themselves.

To crack down on this, a new Fixed Penalty Notice has been introduced which will see a £300 fine issued to people who are responsible for fly-tipping because they allowed an unauthorised individual get rid of their household waste

Annual count shows fewer people sleeping rough in Bedford Borough

Latest figures have shown that there are a third fewer people sleeping rough in Bedford Borough than there were one year ago, with work continuing to support rough sleepers and reduce the figure further

Bedford Borough’s new website is simple to use but has issues

Google searches lead to missing pages
Bedford Borough Council recently launched a new website for its services at The website has a totally new look and replaces the previous design which was starting to show its age.

The redesign is part of the Council’s move towards offering its residents more online services.

More average speed cameras are coming to Bedford Borough

Mayor Dave Hodgson announces further expansion of popular average speed camera programme

Mayor Dave Hodgson has announced another expansion of his popular programme to install average speed cameras where local communities have called for them.

The extension of the programme is in defiance of the government’s refusal to reinvest any of the fines generated to the local area, and instead to hoard the cash in Whitehall.

Bedford Borough Council budget proposals “protect services and keep council tax down”

Bedford Borough Council has published budget proposals which it says will protect key services and keep council tax down for hard-pressed local taxpayers.

Increased night time shelter for Bedford’s rough sleepers

Twenty overnight beds are now available to rough sleepers in Bedford Borough.

Working in partnership with SMART, who run the Prebend Day Centre and extended outreach services, Bedford Borough Council is providing twenty overnight beds which are available every night until 31st March.

These beds are available by referral only, are managed by street outreach teams, and anyone being supported by the Outreach Services is able to register for a bed each night. People who are sleeping rough are encouraged to attend the Prebend Day centre to receive support from outreach teams, which enables them to access the winter beds.

Bedford Borough Council’s budget 2019 consultation

Bedford Borough Council (BBC) has announced that it needs to identify further savings of nearly £21 million by 2024. Central government cuts and a rise in demand for some of its services means it faces difficult times and some very tough decisions.

In 2016 the Council agreed an ‘Efficiency Plan’ which built on the many savings proposals it has implemented over a number of years.

Bedford Borough support for rough sleepers over winter

The ‘Severe Weather Emergency Protocol’ which has operated for a number of years is in place again this winter. A shelter, run by The Salvation Army, will open when the temperatures are forecast below freezing for three or more consecutive nights.

This year the shelter will be run at their outreach centre on Kennedy Road, off Elstow Road, 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