Central Bedfordshire
Unitary Authority
Shown within Bedfordshire
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Constituent countryEngland
RegionEast of England
Ceremonial countyBedfordshire
Founded1 April 2009
Admin. HQChicksands
 • TypeUnitary authority
 • BodyCentral Bedfordshire Council
 • Leadership:Leader & Cabinet
 • Executive:Conservative
 • MPs:Richard Fuller (C)
Nadine Dorries (C)
Andrew Selous (C)
 • Total276.3 sq mi (715.7 km2)
Area rank53rd
 (mid-2019 est.)
 • Total288,648
 • RankRanked 46th
 • Density1,000/sq mi (400/km2)
Time zoneUTC+0 (Greenwich Mean Time)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+1 (British Summer Time)
ONS code00KC (ONS)
E06000056 (GSS)
Ethnicity97.3% White

Central Bedfordshire is a unitary authority area in the ceremonial county of Bedfordshire, England. It was created in 2009.


Central Bedfordshire was created on 1 April 2009 as part of a structural reform of local government in Bedfordshire. The Bedfordshire County Council and all the district councils in the county were abolished, with new unitary authorities created providing the services which had been previously delivered by both the district and county councils. Central Bedfordshire was created covering the area of the former Mid Bedfordshire and South Bedfordshire Districts.[1][2]

The local authority is called Central Bedfordshire Council.

Towns and villages

Map of wards within Central Bedfordshire
Map of wards within Central Bedfordshire

Central Bedfordshire comprises a mix of market towns and rural villages. The largest town is Dunstable followed by Leighton Buzzard and Houghton Regis. Dunstable and Houghton Regis form part of the Luton/Dunstable urban area. Central Bedfordshire includes the following towns and villages.


The new council inherited offices at Priory House (built 2006) in Chicksands from Mid Bedfordshire District Council, and the South Bedfordshire District Council offices (built 1989) in Dunstable. Priory House acts as the council's headquarters, whilst the former South Bedfordshire offices were renamed Watling House and continue to be used as office space by the council.

See also


  1. ^ The local authority is called Central Bedfordshire Council."Archived copy". Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 30 October 2015.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ http://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2008/907/note/made Archived 5 January 2015 at the Wayback Machine - The Bedfordshire (Structural Changes) Order 2008