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What better way to tell the story of Bedford Borough than by giving you, our readers, a chance to tell us what’s on your mind?

Whether it’s something that’s bothering you or something you want to praise, our letters page will give you the chance to do just that.

Maybe you’ve got something to say about one of our recent articles. Even if it’s to tell us you disagree with what we’ve published, we want to hear from you.

Simply email letters@BedfordIndependent.co.uk and your views, opinions, rants, and compliments could soon feature on our pages.

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Updated: 01 January 2024

Letters: Benefits of restored water fountains would be far-reaching

Bravo Mr. Jamil Ahmed, bravo. So eloquently put and I would like to endorse the well-scripted letter in reference to the rarity of free drinking water fountains in our county town and surrounding...

Letters: To drink or not to drink from Bedford’s water fountains?

To put it bluntly, water is the essence of life. Access to clean water is recognised as a human right by the United Nations, it is integral to our health, dignity and prosperity.

Letter: Advocating peace is commendable but the Israel-Palestine conflict is complex

I write in response to Ben Foley’s letter advocating for a bilateral ceasefire and immediate recognition of Palestine. While advocating for peace is commendable, it is...

Letters: I will continue to proudly call for an immediate bilateral...

Jakob Whiten criticises me for raising the issue of Gaza in the General Election. In this country, foreign policy is determined by the Government, which is in turn selected by General...

Letters: Green Party candidate is wrong to use Gaza as a...

This letter is in response to your article, Gaza top priority for Bedford and Kempston voters, claims Green candidate. I want to highlight that I have not met more than ten residents in this...

Letters: “Farage has been holding the map while recent PM’s have...

In their letter published on 24 June, Mr. or Ms. J. Whiten is mistaken on several levels. There has only been one ‘scheduled’ general election in the UK: that of 7 May 2015 upon the expiration of the Tory-Lib Dem...

Letters: “Bafflingly underdeveloped” views of Nigel Farage

A recent letter said that Nigel Farage had shown "authentic leadership and vision" and I was somewhat confused by that. I note that the letter writer didn't cite any examples of leadership that Mr Farage had shown...

Letters: “Don’t lock the Deaf community out”

The morning after the general election, 5 July, will be a historic moment for the UK. Whether it is delivered by a re-elected or newly elected Prime Minister, their speech to the nation will be a...

Letters: Don’t forget your voter identification on polling day

As we approach General Election polling day, I want to take a moment to remind residents across our Borough of an essential requirement for this election period: voter identification...

Letters: Speeding in Bedford, Biddenham and Queen’s Park

Good comments from your readers [regarding speeding drivers]. Read:Letters: Queen’s Park isn’t the only place in Bedford with dangerous driving. My daughter called...

Letters: Queen’s Park isn’t the only place in Bedford with dangerous...

The recent complaints of dangerous driving in Queens Park prompt me to write to voice the same concern within Bedford town centre. I regularly see high-performance vehicles...

Letters: Crackdown needed on ‘illegal’ e-scooters

When are the authorities going to crack down on E-Scooters and E-Bikes? They are illegal and are now like ants all over Bedford. Streets, pavements footpaths and even the town centre is...