Neighbourhood plans written by local people and said to not just be about planning and delivering new homes but also "explain what is special about each parish", have now been...
GP prescription
Access to Health and social care is a big issue for residents across the Borough. This is true in the urban and rural areas but for residents in the rural area, there can be particular...
Stewartby Brickworks single chimney Image Anthony Crowe Altitude pics
Bedford Borough's skyline will never be the same again after this weekend, with the demolition of the four remaining chimneys at Stewartby Brickworks. There were once 167 chimneys...
Bricks - Building
Once again planning is on the agenda, not that it never really goes off it nationally or within Bedford Borough. Locally there are three current consultations that will be of interest: the local...
A dance music festival taking place at a manor house in Sharnbrook this weekend has raised traffic and parking concerns among residents and the local councillor. During Saturday's Labyrinth Festival...
A signmaker with a liking for the works of Oscar Wilde was blamed for accidentally renaming a village in Bedfordshire. Milton Ernest was spelt as Milton Earnest - as in Wilde’s play ‘The Importance of...
The now finally confirmed closure of all Debenhams stores, as it goes purely on-line, further damages Bedford town centre. Until now Bedford has, despite the losses of several major retailers, been doing better than many comparable towns...
2020 really did keep on giving until the end. After a year of Covid 19 and restrictions relating to the virus, not only was the Borough placed in Tier 4 for Christmas, but we in Bedfordshire then suffered from the Christmas Eve/Day/Boxing Day floods...
Well, what a year 2020 has turned out to be and I, like many other residents, am planning for a very different Christmas this year...
A Bedford couple received their perfect early Christmas present, when they were reunited with their lost dog last week. Toby, the Cavalier King Charles...
Nicholas Goldwin and Julia Jarman
In our ongoing support of younger writers and future journalists, the Bedford Independent is delighted to welcome Milton Earnest teenager, Nicholas Goldwin to our pages. The 17-year-old has...
Mother and baby
A few weeks ago I visited the new cafe in Great Barford for its opening day. There was a lovely friendly village atmosphere and whilst there I got...