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Council planners dismiss CPZ parking concerns

Parking in a Controlled Parking Zone (CPZ) is not a concern for Bedford Borough Council’s planning officers when they consider planning...

A brief guide to political point-scoring ahead of the May 2023 elections

When does a statement from a politician or a councillor become a point-scoring one? A debate on council tax prompted a senior councillor to...

Bedford Borough Council moves to take on traffic enforcement powers

Bedford Borough Council says they're considering taking on traffic enforcement powers after a change in the Traffic Management Act (2022). The Act gives local authorities the option to...
Bedford Borough Hall

Letters: Correspondents regarding surplus Council Tax are missing the point

Further to the story published on 6 January 2022 regarding the £4 million surplus in Council Tax, the two letters subsequently published appear to have missed the point...
Pound coins and money

Budget consultation: Climate change, public realm improvement and speed cameras on the agenda

Bedford Borough Council is asking for residents' opinions on next year's council budget, which includes long-term 'one-off' projects including tackling...
Bedford Borough Hall

Five complaints upheld against Bedford Borough Council by watchdog

Five complaints against Bedford Borough Council were upheld by the council watchdog in the last year, but the council “doesn’t have anything to be ashamed of”, a meeting...

Happy Birthday to us! Bedford Independent turns three

Today marks the third anniversary of turning on BedfordIndependent.co.uk and beginning to provide, fact-checked, unbiased and comprehensive news about Bedford Borough. Since 28...
Bedford Train at Station

Letters: “Drawing on the same evidence, support for EWR has never been higher”

I read James Stanbridge’s letter (“Sparse support for EWR”) with interest. Drawing on the same evidence of public opinion in Bedford as Mr Stanbridge – that is, none whatsoever –...

Letters: ‘Free’ car parking comes at a price

Christmas is approaching and councillors' thoughts have turned to how to support town centre businesses. Once again, there is an argument between other parties...
Bedford Borough Hall

Face-to-face council health meeting blasted as ‘hypocritical and irresponsible’

A Health Overview and Scrutiny meeting has been blasted as “hypocritical and irresponsible”. Councillor Kay Burley (Labour, Kempston Central and East Ward) asked the Bedford Borough...

Health chiefs: “we will make sure everybody’s voice is heard” in consultation

Every comment submitted to a consultation on realigning medical services across Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes (BLMK) will be recorded and submitted to the decision-makers...
OxCam arc environment countryside

Charities call for urgent Oxford-Cambridge Arc rethink to protect environment

Several high-profile charities have called upon Bedfordians to take part in the Ox-Cam consultation so the Government includes wildlife and countryside protection in its development...
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