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Unauthorised shop front at 13 High Street Bedford. Image: Google Streetview June 2023 © Google 2024
Bedford Borough Council has issued 18 breach of condition notices over the last three months, including to developers of a site in Roxton, a meeting heard. The council’s planning committee was given an update...
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A detached Bedford home could become a six-bedroom house in multiple occupation (HMO) and a bedsit – if plans are approved. Bedford Borough Council has received plans to...
Workers Party GB PCC candidate Waheed Akbar and the party\'s MP George Galloway Photo: LDRS
The Workers Party’s MP, George Galloway, has said that there is no better candidate to be Bedfordshire’s police and crime commissioner than “Mr Luton”, Waheed Akbar. Speaking to supporters in Luton last...
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The space over a Bedford retail unit could become a five-bedroom “house in multiple occupation” (HMO), if plans are approved by the borough council.Bedford Borough Council has received a planning application...
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Buses are by far the most used form of public transport in the country, but the Conservative deregulated bus system has led to thousands of vital services being axed across the country, failing communities...
Emma Smart is the Green Party candidate standing in the Riverfield Drive by-election on 2 May. Image: Bedford Green Party
Bedford Green Party has announced proud Bedfordian, Emma Smart as their candidate in the Riverfield by-election on Thursday, 2 May. Emma was born and bred in Bedford and has lived on the Goldington/Riverfield...
Hilde Hendrickx. Image: Bedford Borough Liberal Democrats
The former Newnham ward councillor, Hilde Hendrickx, has been selected to stand in the Riverfield by-election for the local Liberal Democrats. Hilde says her three local priorities are safety for all road users...
Bedford Borough Hall Bedford Borough council signage and entrance
The last 14 years were good for Bedford Borough despite the pandemic. Despite the Conservatives in Westminster cutting local government to the bone we were able to deliver so much...
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The Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner (OPCC) in Bedfordshire say they will be investigating campaign material used by the Conservative candidate Festus Akinbusoye, which uses...
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Candidates to be Bedfordshire’s next police and crime commissioner have responded to the prime minister’s action to “crack down on retail crime and protect UK high streets”. The plans announced by...
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Research by a home insurer has placed Bedford Borough in last place when it comes to gaining planning permission for home renovations. But the Borough Council said it doesn’t recognise the report’s...
Bedford Borough Council CEO, Laura Church. Image: Bedford Borough Council
Bedfordshire’s top council officers’ salaries have been published in the latest TaxPayers’ Alliance (TPA) Town Hall Rich List. The three council’s chief executives (Bedford Borough, Central Bedfordshire and...