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Bedfordshire Police and Crime Commissioner Festus Akinbusoye
Festsus Akinbusoye, Bedfordshire's Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC), has said he wishes to stand again as the Conservative PCC candidate in the forthcoming elections this May...
The foreboding entrance to Oasis Pool isn't inviting.
Bedford Borough Council has told Fusion Lifestyle they will not be extending their contract to manage and maintain leisure services on their behalf when it ends in January 2024. The operator has...
John Tizard. Image: Labour Party
A former Bedfordshire county councillor has been selected by the Labour Party to contest this year’s Bedfordshire Police and Crime Commissioner election. John Tizard has lived in the county for almost 50 years. He served as a county councillor for 18 years, with 14 years as the Labour group leader, and was also a member of the Bedfordshire Police Authority.
It's the news that many sports enthusiasts have been waiting for. From the beginning of February, all of Bedford's leisure centres will reopen under new management, as charitable social enterprise...
Philip Simpkins
The retiring chief executive of Bedford Council will receive the highest honour the borough can bestow. Bedfordshire born and bred Philip Simpkins received high praise from councillors who...
Cpt Tom Cranfield Uni
Captain Tom’s daughter has been ordered to pull down the luxury spa complex she built in her garden. Hannah Ingram-Moore, 53, and her husband Colin, 66, have lost an appeal against Central Beds...
Cllr Henry Vann (Lib Dem, De Parys) Leader, Bedford Borough Liberal Democrats.
I want to shine a light on what has been going on in the Council and update you about the work we are doing on your behalf. It is a mixture of good news and bad news. I had hoped this first Column might...
Money cash finance
The total council tax bill for Bedford borough residents has been approved at a full council meeting. On Tuesday (28 February) Bedford Borough Council formally approved the total council tax...
Pinder Chauhan has been chosen as the Conservative Prospective Parliamentary Candidate (PPC) for Bedford and Kempston.
A general election will take place in 2024 and with that political parties are gearing up to try and convince voters that they're either still what you need, or better than the status quo. While the battle in the...
Mayor Tom Wootton standing along Bedford's River Great Ouse with the town bridge in the background.
Bedford’s mayor said he is “overjoyed” over recent announcements that he says prove “Bedford’s best days are yet to come”. Tom Wootton (Conservative)...
Owners of a “tired” leisure park near Bedford town centre have been given the green light to redevelop the site and build four blocks of flats that...
Elstow Park and Ride
A waiting room intended to help users of Bedford’s park and ride to keep out of the elements while they wait to hop on a bus into town is set to be taken over by… a car rental company...