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Bedford Borough Hall Bedford Borough council signage and entrance
An Odell landowner is exploiting the “opportunity value” of the land they’re willing to sell to a parish council, a borough councillor officer has said. On Wednesday (24 April) Bedford Borough...
Wood End, Bedford Borough pavement. image: LDRS
Wood End locals have asked borough councillors for safe pavements and usable internet to bring their village into the 21st century. Members at Wednesday's Full Council Meeting...
Village Medical Centre sign in front of the Mecklejohn Pharmacy building in Great Denham
The introduction of new parking restrictions at a doctors' surgery in Great Denham has caused costly confusion for some residents and attempts to resolve the situation are hitting a brick wall...
A Bedfordshire Police officer stands watch at Loring Road, Sharnbrook. Image: Bedfordshire Police
A man has been charged following a small explosion at a house in Sharnbrook on Easter Monday. Matthew Haydon, 47, was charged this weekend with causing an explosion...
Burns Road sign Cardington Shortstown Image Trevor Monk
People being woke is a big point of discussion these days. People are either too woke or not woke enough, with both sides seemingly delighted at being able to tell each other why they're...
Burns Road sign Cardington Shortstown Image Trevor Monk
A petition to change the name of a road near the Cardington Sheds in Shortstown has started with a campaigner saying it dishonours the victims of the R101 airship disaster whose...
Odell Mill footbridge map Image Bedford Borough Council
Bedford Borough Council says they have been forced to close the foot/bridleway outside the mill in Odell after an inspection found the bridge to be unsafe. It is currently unclear who owns...
The villages of Harrold, Odell and Renhold will benefit from over £30,000 for community projects as part of Bedford Borough Council's Rural Grants scheme. The scheme is set up...
A new six-part endurance series, which will test contestants' "primal fear of the dark" is going to be filmed at Cardington Sheds in Shortstown near Bedford. With a working title of 'Scared of the Dark'...
Four cars were involved in the collision at Great Denham Sainsbury's
Four cars were involved in a collision today (Thursday) in the car park at Great Denham's Sainsbury's. Bedfordshire Police were called at around 12:25pm today and officers assisted...
Bulky Waste Collections
Bulky Waste collections for Bedford's rural areas will start again next week (18 June) for the first time since 2020. COVID-19 and a shortage of HGV drivers have created disruptions that...
Kimbolton Road is to be closed for four months so Anglia Water can replace the water main from Ravensden water tower to the bottom of Nags Head Hill. The work will take six months in total...