Town Centre consultation still needs more people to take part

Bedford town centre
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Bedford Borough Council’s Town Centre consultation has had over 900 respondents already, but more people are being urged to take part so a true reflection of views across Bedford are collected.

“People in Bedford Borough care deeply about their town centre, and it has been genuinely great to see the level of responses and engagement that this consultation has sparked in its first days,” said Cllr Henry Vann, Portfolio Holder for Town Centres.

While the Embankment, River Great Ouse running through the town, and a strong business presence with 62% independent shops make Bedford unique, it still faces challenges.

Town centres up and down the UK are suffering due to online retail and it’s changing our shopping habits and how we use our town centre.

Bedford Borough Council is now writing its Town Centre Plan and wants input from Bedfordians across the Borough.

There will be two drop-in sessions with Cllr Henry Vann, Portfolio Holder for Town Centre and the Council’s Economic Growth and Development Team to help gather views.

Town centre consultation drop-in sessions

Wednesday 28 August
1pm – 4pm
The Higgins Bedford
Saturday 31 August
Bedford Central Library

At both sessions, attendees can talk with Portfolio Holders and Council officers, to give them their thoughts and ideas directly which will feed into the plan.

Cllr Vann added: “The team held the first drop-in session last week which saw good turnout and people telling the team what they love about the town centre and what would encourage them to visit even more.

“Please respond to the consultation, come along and meet me and team at one of our drop-in sessions, and give us your thoughts and ideas.”

If you can’t make the sessions, then you can access the survey at

Paper copies will also be available at Borough Hall, the Customer Service Centre and local libraries which can be sent to Consulting Bedford, Bedford Borough Council, Borough Hall, Cauldwell Street, Bedford, MK42 9AP.

The survey is open until Friday 27 September 2019.