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.

Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman Investigation into Bedford Borough

Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman Investigation into Bedford Borough

Special guardians deserve the right advice and support from councils before taking on the role, says the Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman.

The findings come from an Ombudsman report in which Bedford Borough Council unfairly cut the financial support to a couple, after asking them to become special guardians to the children they were fostering.

Speedwatch on Bedford Borough’s Streets

Speedwatch on Bedford Borough’s Streets

Speeding is a common concern for local communities. The Council has heard those concerns and has created the ‘Speedwatch vehicle’, in partnership with Bedfordshire Police.

We Remember

We Remember

Bedford Borough joins communities across the country this weekend in marking 100 years since the end of the First World War on 11th November 1918.

Bedford Parents are being encouraged to give their views on SEND facilities in the Borough

Bedford Parents are being encouraged to give their views on SEND facilities in the Borough

Bedford Borough Parent Carer Forum (BBPCF) is leading on the engagement with local families to better understand what is important to them and any barriers that families have faced and are holding a number of events in Bedford. The events are open to all those that live in or access SEND services in Bedford Borough.

Bedford Borough Council to consider Trailblazer programme to innovate against childhood obesity

One in three children leave primary school overweight or obese

The government is asking local authorities to apply to its Trailblazer programme, in partnership with the Local Government Association (LGA).

This three-year programme forms part of the second chapter of the government’s childhood obesity plan. This includes the aim to halve childhood obesity by 2030.

Up to 12 local authorities will be supported to develop practical plans, and in spring next year 5 authorities will be selected.

Bedford Borough Council’s carbon emissions reduced by over half

Bedford Borough Council carbon emissions reduced by over half

In 2011 Bedford Borough Council set a target of reducing carbon by 40% but the Council has gone even further and hit a 53% reduction in carbon emissions since 2009/10.

Works across the Council’s buildings have included lighting upgrades, installation of solar panels, and Borough Hall has been converted from oil fired boilers to a biomass boiler.

Further projects delivered by the Council have seen improved lighting installed at a number of the car parks including Lurke Street, Queen Street and River Street which have already seen huge savings; with a 50% saving in just one year at Queen Street.

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.

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