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Bedford High Street

FSB tells Bedford’s mayoral candidates they must protect our high street

The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) has told all Bedford Borough mayoral candidates that it's up to them to protect our High Street. The comments come...
Councillor David Fletcher

Why I’m standing down as a councillor

Dear editor, The full council meeting (20 March) was a significant event as it was the last before the Borough elections which take place in May...
Community Toilet Scheme Sign Bedford High Street

Bedford town centre toilets not going down the pan

Despite the Chancellor of the Exchequer giving business rates relief for public toilets in last year's Budget, a Times opinion piece this week claimed many local authorities...
Revoke Article 50 Petition (23 March)

Brexit in Bedford: Borough MPs give their view on revoking Article 50

As signatures to the ‘Revoke Article 50 and remain in the EU’ petition break the 4million mark (at time of publication), the Anti-Brexit campaign has become the most popular...
Terminator 2 Arnold Schwarzenegger high fives Edward Furlong

“I’ll be back… to read them a story” – Cranfield University researching ‘nanny’ robots

Cranfield University are asking people if they'd be happy to leave their children to be looked after by a robot, as well as being used in a number of other situations that...
Police and Crime Commissioner Kathryn Holloway

77% back council tax increase to recruit more Bedfordshire police officers

March: Earlier this year, I consulted residents of Bedfordshire and asked for your opinion on whether or not you would be prepared to contribute an extra £2 per month...

Brexit in Bedford: Woodfines Solicitors and Bedford Independent poll results revealed

In January we partnered with Woodfines Solicitors to ask 1,000 Bedfordians if, knowing what they know now, their opinion on Brexit had changed since the vote in 2016. The results are now in...
Marks and Spencer External Corner

EXCLUSIVE: Marks and Spencer may have a plan for town centre building

Following the news this morning that Bedford's town centre Marks & Spencer may close, the retailer has now revealed it may already have the building's next tenant lined-up...
M&S Bedford

Bedford’s Town Centre Marks & Spencer will close on 4 May

We're getting reports that staff have been told Bedford’s Town Centre Marks & Spencer will close on 4 May. We’ll bring you more as we have it...
Debenhams

20 Debenhams stores could close in 2019 – they won’t say if Bedford’s one

Debenhams is exploring a company voluntary arrangement (CVA), which could see 20 stores closures this year, adding concern that Bedford's High Street faces further uncertainty...
HMP Bedford: 'Rats on wing’ sign

Rampant rat infestation, overcrowding, drug-fuelled debt and violence at HMP Bedford

The HM Inspectorate of Prisons has published a damning report today that says Bedford Prison has suffered an “inexorable decline” in treatment and conditions, despite two...
Police and Crime Commissioner Kathryn Holloway

Would you pay £2 more in Council Tax to increase police funding?

January: I am consulting with you to understand whether or not you are prepared to contribute just £2 extra per month through your Council Tax to help increase the number...
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