Town Centre Consultation 2019

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Join Over 1600 People And Have Your Say on the Future of Bedford Town Centre


Bedford Borough Council are asking people to have their say on the next steps for Bedford town centre, and over 1600 people have already responded!


Bedford is unique with the beautiful Embankment and river running through the town, a strong business presence with 62% independent shops in the town centre and 77 new businesses opening in the town centre last year, a busy events calendar, cultural attractions, local markets and much more.  However, Bedford faces many of the same challenges as town centres are facing right across the country, with the internet and online shopping in particular changing how we shop and how we use our local town centre.

Bedford Borough Council is writing its new Town Centre Plan and wants to hear your ideas.


Bedford's businesses and communities play a vital role in contributing to the local economy therefore your views are imperative and extremely welcome.  We would appreciate you sharing this news with all your staff and encouraging them to get involved in voicing their ideas, so we all help make the best decisions for Bedford's future.


A series of drop-in sessions were held in August which saw good turnouts and people had a great opportunity to tell the team what they love about the town centre and what would encourage them to visit even more.  All comments and ideas will feed directly into the Town Centre Plan, which will be published and further feedback invited early next year. 


The survey is open until Friday 27 September 2019. It is available online on the Borough website at


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