Shown within Bedfordshire
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|Region||East of England|
|Founded||1 April 2009|
|• Type||Unitary authority|
|• Body||Central Bedfordshire Council|
|• Leadership:||Leader & Cabinet|
|• MPs:||Richard Fuller (C)|
Nadine Dorries (C)
Andrew Selous (C)
|• Total||276.3 sq mi (715.7 km2)|
|• Rank||Ranked 46th|
|• Density||1,000/sq mi (400/km2)|
|Time zone||UTC+0 (Greenwich Mean Time)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC+1 (British Summer Time)|
|ONS code||00KC (ONS)|
Central Bedfordshire is a unitary authority area in the ceremonial county of Bedfordshire, England. It was created from the merger of Mid Bedfordshire and South Bedfordshire District Councils and Bedfordshire County Council on 1 April 2009.
For the financial year 2021-2022 the council will spend £440.3m on providing services, the majority of which (£226m) comes from council tax and business rates. Information on funding available from the Info Central booklet.
The Vision for Central Bedfordshire is that it will continue to be a great place to live and work...a place to prosper, a place to be proud of and a place to call home.
At its Thursday 12 November 2020 meeting, Full Council voted overwhelmingly to adopt Vision 2050 – setting our sense of our direction and where we want to be in 30 years' time.
Read more on the Central Bedfordshire 2050 website.
Main article: Central Bedfordshire Council
|Source: Political Control|
The county council of Bedfordshire was abolished on 1 April 2009. The term of office of councillors of Bedfordshire County Council and of Mid and South Bedfordshire District Councils ended on 1 April 2009. A new unitary council from that date to be known as Central Bedfordshire Council, was created for the same area as the existing districts of Mid and South Bedfordshire. There was to be no county council for the new county.
Central Bedfordshire Council is made up of 59 Councillors.
Voters across Central Bedfordshire elected a new council made up of 41 Conservative councillors, 13 Independents, three Liberal Democrats, one Labour councillor and one UK Independence Party councillor.
The declaration of results at Central Bedfordshire Council’s headquarters in Priory House, Chicksands, followed an election which saw 201 candidates standing for 59 seats.
The council is now made up of 41 Conservative councillors, 14 Independents, three Liberal Democrats and one Labour councillor.
Cllr Patrick Hamill was elected as a UK Independence Party councillor in 2019 and is now an Independent.
Councillor Richard Wenham was elected as the new Leader of Central Bedfordshire Council at the first Full Council meeting of 2021, on 14 January 2021.
Councillor Wenham is the third leader of the unitary authority, which was created in 2009 and he succeeds Councillor James Jamieson, who had been Leader since 2011.
The Central Bedfordshire area is a mix of rural and small market towns and villages. It includes the following towns and villages.