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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.

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Updated: 01 January 2024

Letters: “As a reformed misogynist I’m backing Pinder”

Having operated two successful businesses in Bedford for over 50 years I have a confession to make.  For much of my working life, I was a subconscious misogynist.  By this I mean I was not intentionally...

Letters: Why should I pay to cover “open space” charges for...

As a resident of a new estate in Wootton, I pay an estate management charge which includes the management of the open spaces on my estate. Developers can use management companies...

Letters: All political leaflets must be honest

Recently I have received three political newsletters through my door with varying interests to me. Those from the Liberal Democrats and Labour party told me in detail of their recent work and...

Letters: Make your views on EWR known to the Planning Inspectorate

As part of his budget statement, Chancellor Jeremy Hunt has said that works on the Bletchley to Bedford section of EWR would be brought forward, supported by £240m from existing budgets to allow...

Letters: Mayor doesn’t want EWR vs MP candidate who does?

I see news headlines talking about Mayor Tom Wottoon not liking the East West rail project. Read: Bedford mayor blasts Borders EWR comparison. Tom Wottoon the Conservative Mayor?...

Letters: I’m getting dizzy with all EWR Co spin

Thank you for the article referencing the success of the ‘Borders Railway’ in Scotland likened to EastWest Rail, however, I would like to point out that there are massive differences between the two...

Letters: Figures based on crimes reported to the police are not...

While I welcome the great efforts Bedfordshire police are making to fight crime across the County, figures based on crimes reported to the police are not a reliable measure of crime...

Letters: Seeking youth leaders to tackle knife crime

It is so sad to see this national blight on our youth being played out so viscerally on Bedford streets. I work actively in the youth support arena, locally most commonly with the Blues Foundation...

Letters: Mayor, you are in danger of selling Bedford short

I thought that as Borough's Mayor, you put up a robust performance before the House of Commons Transport Select Committee raising the concerns of Bedford’s residents concerning the proposed...

Letters: New trend for ‘change of use’ applications

Re: Application for change in status of a house in Harter Road, Kempston. Read: Applicant says children’s home would bring “significant benefits” to Kempston community This appears to be a new trend, as it is the third...

Letters: Open letter from BFARe to the Transport Select Committee

The Transport Select Committee did not hear evidence from their East West Rail project witnesses so much as it heard side-stepping and prevarication. No clearly defined examples of...

Letters: For many cyclists, Bedford is already a 15-minute town

Cycling Campaign for North Bedfordshire (CCNB) applauds Erica Roffe’s article on Sunday, 3 March 2024 titled "Opinion: 15-minute cities?Yes, please." This need not be a dream...