Bedford Borough Council

Bedford Borough Council is the local authority of the Borough of Bedford in Bedfordshire, England. It is a unitary authority, having the powers of a non-metropolitan county and district council combined. The executive of the council is the directly elected mayor of Bedford. It is a member of the East of England Local Government Association.

The first official Councillor of Bedford Borough Council was Cllr Sarah-Jayne Holland, following the introduction of unitary authority across Bedfordshire. On 1 April 2009, the Bedfordshire County Council ceased to exist, and unitary authorities for Bedford Borough Council and Central Bedfordshire Council were formed.

Bedford Borough Council
Executive mayor elected every four years
Whole council elected every four years
Bedford Borough Council logo
Type
Type
History
Founded1 April 1974
Leadership
Speaker of the Council
Cllr Doug McMurdo, Independent
since 2 May 2018
Mayor Dave Hodgson, Liberal Democrat
since 2 May 2019
Chief executive
Philip Simpkins
since June 2009
Structure
SeatsElected Mayor
40 Councillors[1]
Bedford Borough Council composition
Council political groups
     Liberal Democrats (15)
     Labour Party (11)
     Conservative Party (11)
     Green Party (2)
     Independent (1)
Elections
Plurality-at-large
Supplementary vote
Council last election
2 May 2019
Mayor last election
2 May 2019
Website
www.bedford.gov.uk

Political control

Since the first election to the council in 1973 political control of the council has been held by the following parties:[2][3]

Party in control Years
No overall control 1973–1976
Conservative 1976–1986
No overall control 1986–2009
Liberal Democrats 2009-2010
No overall control 2010–Present

References

  1. ^ "Your Councillors". Bedford Borough Council. Retrieved 28 January 2018.
  2. ^ "Bedford". BBC News Online. 19 April 2009. Retrieved 11 December 2009.
  3. ^ "Bedford". BBC News Online. Retrieved 11 December 2009.

External links

1998 Bedford Borough Council election

The 1998 Bedford Borough Council election took place on 7 May 1998 to elect members of Bedford Borough Council in Bedfordshire, England. One third of the council was up for election and the council stayed under no overall control.After the election, the composition of the council was

Labour 22

Liberal Democrat 15

Conservative 9

Independent 7

2011 Bedford Borough Council election

The 2011 Bedford Borough Council election took place on 9 May 2011 to elect members of Bedford Borough Council in Bedfordshire, England. All 40 seats of the council were up for election and the council stayed under no overall control.After the election, the composition of the council (with change) was

Labour 12 (+5)

Liberal Democrat 12 (−1)

Conservative 12 (+4)

Independent 4 (−4)

2015 Bedford Borough Council election

The 2015 Bedford Borough Council election took place on 7 May 2015 to elect members of Bedford Borough Council in England. This was on the same day as other local elections.

2019 Bedford Borough Council election

The 2019 Bedford Borough Council election is due to take place on 2 May 2019 to elect members of Bedford Borough Council in England.

Bedford Borough Council has been under no overall control since 2010. The Conservatives will be defending fifteen seats, Labour will defend fourteen, the Liberal Democrats will defend nine and independent councillors will defend two seats. Bedford is run by the directly elected Mayor of Bedford, who has been Liberal Democrat Dave Hodgson since 2009.

Bedford Borough Council elections

Bedford is a unitary authority in Bedfordshire, England. Until 1 April 2009 it was a non-metropolitan district. Since 2002 it has also had a directly elected mayor.

Biddenham Pit

Biddenham Pit is a gravel pit and Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), 0.41 hectares in size located in Biddenham, Bedfordshire. The pit was notified to Bedford Borough Council and Bedfordshire County Council under the Wildlife and Countryside Act (1981) in 1988, and is also a Geological Conservation Review site. The site is owned by Persimmon Homes and Kier Homes, with management advice given by Natural England.The pit provides an intact and visually inspectable terrace gravel, both silty and clayey, which has been laid down by the River Great Ouse. Several features of scientific interest have been identified in the deposits - interglacial mollusca and mammalian remains have been found, possible microfossil material as well as evidence of a prolific Paleolithic industry in the lowest layers of the gravel. Its last official inspection by a Natural England staff member found the whole site and more specifically the gravel feature inside it to be in a 'Favourable' condition.There is access by a footpath from Malcote Close.

Borough of Bedford

Bedford is a unitary authority area with borough status in the ceremonial county of Bedfordshire, England. Its council is based at Bedford, the county town of Bedfordshire. The borough contains one large urban area, the 71st largest in the United Kingdom that comprises Bedford and the adjacent town of Kempston, surrounded by a rural area with many villages. 75% of the borough's population live in the Bedford Urban Area and the five large villages which surround it, which makes up slightly less than 6% of the total land area of the Borough.

The borough is also the location of the Wixams new town development, which received its first residents in 2009.

Browns Wood Local Nature Reserve

Browns Wood is a six hectare Local Nature Reserve north of Clapham in Bedfordshire. It is owned and managed by Bedford Borough Council.The wood was planted by the Duke of Bedford in the middle of the eighteenth century. It is ancient semi-natural woodland of beech, larch and poplar. Ground flora include wood anemone and nettle leaved bellflower, and there are birds such as great spotted woodpeckers and song thrushes.There is access from Twinwood Road.

Chawston

Chawston is a hamlet in the English county of Bedfordshire. It is in the civil parish of Wyboston, Chawston and Colesden.

Chawston is mainly situated on the western side of the A1 trunk road, although the settlement does have a number of residential properties on the eastern side of the A1. Chawston is some 8 miles from Bedford in the west and some 3 miles from St Neots due north east.

Felmersham Gravel Pits

Felmersham Gravel Pits is a 21.6 hectare Site of Special Scientific Interest between the villages of Felmersham and Sharnbrook in Bedfordshire. It was notified under Section 28 of the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 in 1986 and the local planning authority is Bedford Borough Council. The site is managed by the Wildlife Trust for Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire.The site has flooded gravel pits which were worked until about 1945. Other habitats are neutral grassland, scrub and broadleaved woodland. It is one of the best sites in Bedfordshire for dragonflies and damselflies.The road called Causeway goes through the reserve, which is open at all times.

Grange Academy, Kempston

Grange Academy (formerly Grange School) is a coeducational special school located in Kempston, Bedfordshire, England. The school accepts pupils between the ages of 5 and 16 years with Moderate Learning Difficulties from all over the Borough of Bedford.

The school is currently organised into two departments:

The Primary Department covering Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 (ages 5 – 11)

The Secondary Department covering Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4 (ages 11 – 16)In October 2009, Bedford Borough Council launched a consultation on the future of special education provision in the borough. The consultation included options to merge Grange School with the nearby Ridgeway School on the Ridgeway site. Another proposal involved merging the two schools with St John's School to create one special school for the whole of the Borough of Bedford. In January 2010, Bedford Borough Council confirmed its intention to merge Grange School and Ridgeway School on the Ridgeway site in the next few years. A new combined school would be rebuilt to accommodate the broader range of pupils that are planned to attend.However, in May 2012, Grange School submitted an application to become an academy. The application was successful, and the school converted to academy status in March 2013 and was renamed Grange Academy. The school is now independent of Bedford Borough Council control, which will affect the plans for the merger.

Mayor of Bedford

The Mayor of Bedford is a directly elected mayor responsible for the executive function, and ceremonial duty of Bedford Borough Council in Bedfordshire. The incumbent is Dave Hodgson of the Liberal Democrats.

Mowsbury Hill

Mowsbury Hill is a 2.8 hectare Local Nature Reserve and Scheduled Monument in north Bedford. It is owned and managed by Bedford Borough Council with the assistance of the Friends of Putnoe Wood and Mowsbury Hillfort.Archaeological excavation has shown that the site is a univallate (having a single rampart) hillfort, and pottery dates to the early Iron Age, occupied for a limited period. In medieval times it was a moated settlement with two fishponds in the Manor of Morinsbury. The site is also an old orchard with a wildflower meadow, woodland, scrub, a moat and ponds.There is access from the Mowsbury Golf Course car park on Cleat Hill.

Park Wood, Bedford

Park Wood is a 5.2 hectare Local Nature Reserve located in the Brickhill area of Bedford. It is owned by Bedford Borough Council and managed by the council with the assistance of the Friends of Park Wood.The site has diverse habitats with mature trees, grassland, scrub and ponds. Flowers include bee and pyramidal orchids. An orchard has been planted with traditional fruit trees.There is access by a footpath from Brickhill Drive opposite Eagle Gardens.

Ravensden

Ravensden is a village and civil parish located in the Borough of Bedford in Bedfordshire, England.

The parish borders the town of Bedford, with Mowsbury Park and farmland acting as a buffer between the two settlements. The village hosts Ravensden Primary School, and a pub called The Horse and Jockey, as well as All Saints Church. There is also a village hall.

For elections to Bedford Borough Council, Ravensden is part of Great Barford ward. A housing estate called Woodlands Park was established in the southern part of Ravensden parish in the late 2000s. The estate is separated from the village by farmland, with vehicular access to the community coming from the Brickhill area of Bedford. In April 2015 Woodlands Park became part of Brickhill parish, but remains part of Great Barford ward for elections to Bedford Borough Council.

Stevington Marsh

Stevington Marsh is a 7.5 hectare biological Site of Special Scientific Interest in Pavenham in Bedfordshire. It was notified in 1987 under Section 28 of the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981, and the local planning authority is Bedford Borough Council.The site is marshland along the banks of the River Great Ouse. The river, marshes and pastures form varied habitats. The marshes are floristically rich, with the largest one being dominated by great horsetail. The wetland communities and Jurassic limestone grassland are rare habitats in eastern England.There is access by a footpath from Mill Lane.

Swineshead Wood

Swineshead Wood is a 21.6 hectare biological Site of Special Scientific Interest in Swineshead in Bedfordshire. It is owned by the Woodland Trust, and the local planning authority is Bedford Borough Council.The site is wet woodland which has structural and biological diversity. The most common trees are pedunculate oak and ash and on heavy clay, and bluebells and dog's mercury dominate the ground flora.There is access from Sandye Lane, which runs along the wood's southern border.

Tilwick Meadow

Tilwick Meadow is a 2.6 hectare biological Site of Special Scientific Interest between Thurleigh and Wilden in Bedfordshire. It was notified in 1988 under Section 28 of the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981, and the local planning authority is Bedford Borough Council.The meadow is on the site of a medieval village abandoned during the Black Death. It is unimproved grassland on chalk boulder clay, and it has very rich flora on a habitat now rare nationally. Grass species include red fescue and sweet vernal-grass, and there some species associated with woodland indicate that part of the area was wooded in the past. There are also ponds and ditches.There is access by a footpath from Wood End.

Yelden Meadows

Yelden Meadows is a 2.8 hectare biological Site of Special Scientific Interest in Yelden (or Yeilden) in Bedfordshire. It was notified under Section 28 of the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981, and the local planning authority is Bedford Borough Council.The site is a rare example of neutral grassland on clay which has not been improved agriculturally. It is a flood meadow which has been maintained to provide hay with grazing during the winter, and it has a rich variety of plant species. The main grasses are meadow foxtail and rough meadow grass. Old hedgerows add to the diversity of habitats.The site is private land and there is no public access.

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