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
|Founded||1 April 1974|
Speaker of the Council
Cllr Doug McMurdo, Independent
since 2 May 2018
since June 2009
Council political groups
Council voting system
Mayor voting system
Council last election
|2 May 2019|
Mayor last election
|2 May 2019|
|Party in control||Years|
|No overall control||1973–1976|
|No overall control||1986–2009|
|No overall control||2010–Present|
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
Liberal Democrat 15
Independent 72011 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.