Bedford Borough parents urged to get their children vaccinated against seasonal flu

Flu Vaccine for Children

Flu can be an unpleasant illness causing fever, stuffy nose, dry cough, sore throat, aching muscles and joints and extreme tiredness often lasting for several days.

In children it can cause serious complications such as bronchitis and pneumonia, and some children may need to go to hospital for treatment.

Vaccinating your child will help protect them as well as more vulnerable family and friends by preventing the spread of flu.

Bedford Borough residents urged to report long-term empty homes

National Empty Homes Week 2018

National Empty Homes Week is taking place 15th – 21st October 2018. As part of the campaign, Bedford Borough Council is urging residents to report any homes that are unoccupied and disused.

Empty homes continue to be a massive waste of resources and a blight on neighbourhoods across the country. They can also have a negative impact on the environment.

The council is taking decisive action and nearly £3million has been allocated to fund the compulsory purchase of properties where owners fail to take action to bring their empty property back into use.

First World War Beacon of Light to be lit in Bedford

Beacon is part of the ‘Battle’s Over’ National Tribute

A weekend of events in Bedford, marking the centenary of the end of the First World War, will culminate in the lighting of a ‘Beacon of Light’, as part of the ‘Battle’s Over’ National Tribute on 11th November.

Following the lighting of a beacon by the Queen at 7pm beacons will be lit up and down the country. So far more than 800 beacons are confirmed across the United Kingdom, with over 1,000 expected to take part.

Bedford Borough Council to scrap single use plastic

Bedford Borough Council to scrap single use plastic

Bedford Borough Council has announced it aims to become a ‘single-use’ plastic-free Council by the end of 2020.

Single-use plastics are only used once before they are thrown away. Because they are plastic they take a long time to break down. This includes things such as plastic cups, cutlery, straws and bottles.

Bedford Borough Mayor discusses his objections to the Stewartby incinerator

Bedford Borough Mayor repeats his objections to the incinerator at the Rookery South Pit near Stewartby during Cranfield and Marston Vale Chronicle podcast.

He also talks about the Local Plan and the services Bedford Borough Council provides to the residents of Wootton and Stewartby.

Bedford Borough Council: Recycle Week – “We do, because it matters”

Recycle Week 2018

Bedford Borough Council is using Recycle Week 2018 to remind residents of the importance of recycling and protecting the environment.  TV shows such as Blue Planet II and major developments towards reducing unnecessary plastic have motivated people to care about the environment in a way they never have before.

According to RecycleNow, it’s estimated that an average of 35.8 million plastic bottles are used every day across the UK. But only 19.8million of them are recycled – meaning there are on average 16million plastic bottles are not making it to a recycling bin.

Bedford Borough Council – Local Plan consultation

Bedford Borough has launched a consultation on its Local Plan.

The consultation set to run for 6 weeks to Tuesday 30th October 2018.

The Local Plan 2030 sets out proposals for growth and development in Bedford Borough to 2030. As well as allocations for the building of new homes, it also includes provision for jobs and the development of facilities such as schools, transport and shops to support new communities.

This follows a consultation that was held on the draft ‘Plan for Submission’ between January and March 2018, which received over 3,200 individual comments.

Bedford Borough Council’s LibraryPlus attracts over 7,500 members

LibraryPlus scheme offers greater access to Wootton Library

LibraryPlus, Bedford Borough Council’s scheme to increase library usage, has gained over 7,500 members since its launch.

In September last year the Borough’s libraries started working in a whole new way. This included the start of self-service hours through LibraryPlus membership at Wootton Library.

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