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Council is writing a new town centre plan and wants to hear residents’ ideas

Bedford Borough Council is writing a new Town Centre Plan and wants to hear from you. Next summer a major redevelopment of the High Street will aim to make Bedfordshire’s county town even more of a destination.

The Council is writing a new Town Centre Plan and wants to hear residents’ ideas. The consultation aims to find out what people use the town centre for, how often they visit, and what might bring them into town more.

Cllr Henry Vann, portfolio holder for Town Centres, said:

“Bedford has a thriving town centre, free parking on offer, loading bays for shoppers, a huge proportion of high quality independent shops and a lower rate of empty shops than most nearby towns and cities. We are the place to come whether you are a business, local resident or visitor.

“With our investment in services in the town centre, the major redevelopment of the High Street coming next summer, and ongoing business rate support the council is doing loads to support the town centre. Every lever is an option and we have lots of ideas, but now we want to hear yours!”

Drop-in sessions are being held in the town centre with a vision wall inviting thoughts and ideas.

  • Thursday 22 August, 2pm-5pm – Customer Service Centre
  • Wednesday 28 August, 1pm – 4pm – The Higgins Bedford
  • Saturday 31 August, 11am-2pm – Bedford Central Library

They will be staffed by members of the Council’s Economic Growth & Development Team and Cllr Vann.

These responses will then feed into the Town Centre Plan. This will be published and with further feedback invited early next year. Cllr Henry Vann said:

“Bedford town centre belongs to all of us and it really is what we make it. Please respond to the consultation, come along and meet me and team at one of our drop-in sessions, and give us your thoughts.”

The survey is open until Friday 27 September 2019. It is available online on the Borough website.

There will also be paper copies available at Borough Hall, the Customer Service Centre and local libraries. These can be sent to Consulting Bedford, Bedford Borough Council, Borough Hall, Cauldwell Street, Bedford, MK42 9AP.

The consultation is open to all, whether residents, visitors, businesses, charities, cultural and heritage organisations and others.

If you have anything to add that has not been covered in the consultation form then you can email TownCentre@bedford.gov.uk directly, write to Consulting Bedford or attend one of the consultation and engagement opportunities available.