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 shortlisted for National Environmental Charity Award

Bedford Borough Council Community Engagement has been shortlisted in Keep Britain Tidy’s annual awards. The awards celebrates councils who are making significant improvements to the environment on people’s doorstep.

The Council’s Community Volunteers gave over 11,500 hours of their time to support local parks and open spaces last year.

Tasks have included helping at events, working in Borough parks alongside the Council’s Country Park Officers and enhancing the beautiful local nature. They have also made a difference in their own communities by litter picking and reporting issues

Bedford Borough Council launches Rail Investment Strategy

Bedford Borough Council has launched a Rail Investment Strategy, setting out priorities for railway services for the Borough.

The Council’s vision is for Bedford Borough to be a great place to live, work and visit. To do this, the Borough needs to attract international business and highly skilled and sustainable jobs.

The Council says that rail services are a key part of supporting economic growth and prosperity and to improve life choices for people living here as the population grows.

The priorities of the Rail Investment Strategy focus around new and better connectivity and new and better stations.

Get active in Bedford Borough this year

Booking is now open for Bedford Borough’s Active Adults courses. Opening the door for everyone to try a new sport or get back into a sport they used to love.

Sports on offer include badminton, tennis, golf, indoor bowls, yoga, pilates, and football. Martial arts, clubbercise and dance are also available.

The courses all start week commencing 27 January, and will last eight weeks.

Over £4,400 stolen in parking machines thefts in 2019

Over £4,400 has been stolen from parking machines in Bedford Borough in 2019, across over 50 criminal attacks.

There have been incidents across different areas of the Borough, including Castle, off Ampthill Road and De Parys Avenue. These incidents are often occurring the early hours and see both vandalism and theft take place.

The Council is working with the machine supplier to increase the security of these machines.

Bedford Borough’s Local Plan is ‘sound’

Mayor Dave Hodgson has expressed his delight that the Bedford Borough Local Plan 2030 can now be adopted following the Inspectors report.

In their final report to the Council just before Christmas the Inspectors concluded that with some modifications the Local Plan satisfies the requirements of Section 20(5) of the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004 and meets the criteria for soundness in the National Planning Policy Framework.

The Inspectors Report will be discussed at the Council’s Executive at their meeting on 8th January and they will recommend to Full Council that the Local Plan, incorporating the modifications from the Inspectors be adopted as policy.

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
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Bedford
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