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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...

Bedford woman takes on Great North Run for epilepsy charity

A member of Bedford Harriers will be taking part in this Sunday's Great North Run to raise money for Epilepsy Action after her son was diagnosed with a complex form of the condition...
East West Rail virtual consultation room

EWR reports 9,800 responses to second consultation but campaigners remain sceptical

The East West Rail company (EWR Co) says they have 190,000 individual responses to their consultation into the controversial rail route through Bedford to analyse. But local campaigners...
Bedford Town Centre

Town centre mythbusting: from rent and rates to tree roots

When it comes to town centres, including Bedford's, it seems that everyone is an expert. From rent and rates to regeneration projects, everyone's got...
Luton Crown Court

Jail for Bedford robber who targeted elderly and vulnerable women

A woman who suffered a broken thigh bone when an intruder burst into her flat, took 30 minutes to crawl across the floor to reach her phone and call her family for help...

Anger and agony as councillors approve wonky Stevington chapel being turned into house

Borough councillors in Bedford have overturned part of a village’s neighbourhood plan – just 11 days after it was resoundingly approved by the community. More than half the 482 electors of Stevington...

Success is on the cards for best-selling author Ruth Hogan

Bedford's best selling author, Ruth Hogan, told the Bedford Independent that writing her latest novel, about clairvoyant Madame Burova, was a labour of love that is dedicated to her beloved parents...
North Bedfordshire Observer and Bedfordshire in Focus Liberal Democrat Campaign Material 2021

North Bedfordshire Lib Dems criticised for “cynical attempt to mislead” public

Bedfordshire Liberal Democrats have been criticised for delivering campaign material designed to look like a local newspaper. The North Bedfordshire Observer printed as a tabloid-sized...

Bedford Independent co-founder appointed to press regulator code committee

Paul Hutchinson, one of the founders of the Bedford Independent has been appointed to the Code Committee of independent press regulator IMPRESS. The appointment is part of the...
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