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Calls to extend ‘appalling’ train consultation period

A COUNCILLOR has launched a scathing attack on the government over the consultation process for major changes to Bedford's rail services.

Cllr Louise Jackson said the Department for Transport's (DfT) consultation into the future of East Midlands railway services has been 'disgraceful' and ...

2017-09-24 02:11 open_in_new
Bedford council offices to be reborn as 'friendly neighbourhood cafe bar'

A RESTAURANT chain has been searching for premises in Bedford for over a year, BoS can reveal.

Loungers Ltd is planning to open a 'friendly neighbourhood cafe bar' to the Cowper Building next to Riverside North next month.

A spokeswoman said: "We will bring our homely, relaxed and ...

2017-09-23 20:41 open_in_new
Police called to reports of shots being fired in Barford Avenue, Bedford

A HIGH police presence is expected in the London Road area of Bedford today following reports of a shooting yesterday evening.

Bedforsdshire Police were called to the scene in Barford Avenue yesterday evening but say they have found no conclusive evidence of a firearm being ...

2017-09-20 23:17 open_in_new
Bedford dad pushing for better business understanding of the autism spectrum

A FATHER has taken his passion for equality – inspired by his autistic son and questions about his own character – to one of the

biggest fast food restaurants in the world to help make a change in society.

Adrian Edwards, from Bedford, has volunteered for autism ...

2017-09-17 11:29 open_in_new
​Stretched bus service replaced by authority after Mark Rutherford pupils repeatedly late to school

A SCHOOL has been forced to arrange its own bus service for students after an existing route consistently picked children up late.

Pupils in Great Barford and the surrounding villages rely on public number 27 bus from Grant Palmer to get to Mark Rutherford school as there is no ...

2017-09-17 11:29 open_in_new
​Climate fears voiced in Covanta incinerator battle as second consultation starts

AN incinerator which will annually burn up to 480,000 metric tons of waste may still descend on a rural village with a second consultation launched this week.

Covanta, which has built incinerators in America, was given permission in 2013 to build the plant at Rookery South Pit in ...

2017-09-16 20:05 open_in_new
Bedford council asking landlords for help to attract big names to the town

SMALL shop units are preventing large retail chains coming to Bedford – but a council is asking landlords to consider merging properties to combat this.

Across the east of England, Bedford has the second highest percentage of retail floorspace, the corporate services committee ...

2017-09-16 15:41 open_in_new
Bedford council asking landlords for help to attract big names to the town

SMALL shop units are preventing large retail chains coming to Bedford – but a council is asking landlords to consider merging properties to combat this.

Across the east of England, Bedford has the second highest percentage of retail floorspace, the corporate services committee ...

2017-09-16 11:17 open_in_new
Cheshire Cats set to be a touching tale of sisters in arms

A SIMPLE tale of grown women, aching feet, blisters, new trainers and bras.

A new show coming to the Sharnbrook Mill Theatre is sure to hit close to home for many women across the nation – as it deals with a group of women raising money to fight cancer.

Cheshire Cats is an ...

2017-09-15 17:41 open_in_new
​Bedford's Kiosk at the Park owner Emma is serving for shot at tennis funds

A SLICE of funding could deliver a fresh lease of life to community tennis courts.

Emma Garrett, who runs the Kiosk in Bedford's Russell Park is bidding for funds from the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA), made available to fund grassroots tennis.

After moving to Bedford nine years ago ...

2017-09-15 17:41 open_in_new
Tomy Momrelle has taken it from church to stage

IT's not every day that Bedfordshire is paid a visit by someone who has performed with such music greats as Gloria Estefan, Celine Dion and Earth, Wind & Fire.

A man who has done just that and more, and who is recognised as one of the most exciting and significant soul musicians of our ...

2017-09-15 17:41 open_in_new
Uproar in Marston Moretaine as travellers break onto sports pavilion

A VILLAGE is condemning a council for a lack of action after travellers broke into a sports pavilion this evening.

This afternoon the travellers attempted to cut through the bolt on a barrier to gain access to the council-run ground in Marston Moretaine but were thwarted after a crane ...

2017-09-13 17:13 open_in_new
Child left with life threatening injuries after hit and run crash near Leighton Buzzard

A CHILD has been left with serious injuries after a road traffic collision in which the driver fled the scene.

At approximately 6.20pm on yesterday (Sunday, September 10) there was a collision between a Seat Leon and a Vauxhall Meriva on the A505 between Stanbridge Road and the junction ...

2017-09-11 18:57 open_in_new
REVIEW: Heartfelt tale is elevated for stage

Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

Milton Keynes Theatre

WHEN adapting a book into a stage show, producers run the risk of alienating existing fans.

And there are plenty of fans to offend when dealing with a bestselling tale about a young teen and his run-in with a ...

2017-09-09 11:57 open_in_new
Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service Awards: ​Saving lives is just part of the day job

WHEN Watch Commander John Murphy was driving home from Kempston Fire Station last year he thought he was done for the day.

But a firefighter's job is never done and when a boy got pinned to a lamppost by a car, John jumped into action to save his life.

This, and many other acts of ...

2017-09-09 11:57 open_in_new
Outcry over cost of parking at Bedford's Riverside North complex

'EXTORTIONATE' car parking charges at a multi-million pound leisure development could 'sound the death knell' for its success, a councillor has said.

This month a small Bedford Borough Council car park was opened at Riverside North, advertising a basic rate of £2 per hour but free parking ...

2017-09-09 11:57 open_in_new
Bedford Borough bin thefts peak in the wake of service cuts

A CONTROVERSIAL scheme to axe weekly waste collections in favour of a fortnightly service has resulted in a huge surge in the number of bins reported stolen, documents have revealed.

Stolen wheelie bin complaints to Bedford Borough Council soared by 55 per cent in October 2016, the month ...

2017-09-09 11:57 open_in_new
Road changes in Bedford's Embankment will spark ‘free for all’ - locals say

PARKING restrictions are to be removed from a section of Bushmead Avenue and the Embankment

The proposal will see around half of Bushmead Avenue have parking restrictions removed and one resident is concerned about the impact this will have on people who live in the area.

Rodney ...

2017-09-09 11:57 open_in_new
A Day in the Life of: Bridal boutique owner Nicola Harris

WALKING into a bridal boutique to find The Dream Dress can be an intimidating prospect.

But for Nicola Harris (nee Weeks), lace, satin, taffeta and sequins are all part of the day job.

It's a job for which this ambitious young businesswoman has a clear passion, having already ...

2017-09-09 11:57 open_in_new
Rising Star: Magician Lewis Joss from magic sets to live audiences

FROM being taught magic tricks by his granddad at six-years-old to storming stages across the UK – Lewis Joss' soaring success truly is magic.

Now a professional and member of the Magic Circle, the former estate agent has taken a hobby and turned it into a career involving sleight of ...

2017-09-09 11:57 open_in_new
Searching for long-term solution to weed out Longholme Lake problem

BLOCKED river outlets could be contributing to a blanket weed problem that has plagued a popular boating lake for years.

The River Great Ouse is considered Bedford's crown jewel but a key town centre tourist attraction, Longholme Lake, has been in a sorry state for years as it has been ...

2017-09-08 19:27 open_in_new