Central Bedfordshire
Unitary authority
Official logo of Central Bedfordshire
Shown within Bedfordshire
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Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Constituent countryEngland
RegionEast of England
Ceremonial countyBedfordshire
Founded1 April 2009
Admin. HQChicksands
 • TypeUnitary authority
 • BodyCentral Bedfordshire Council
 • Leadership:Leader & Cabinet
 • Executive:Independent (council NOC)
 • MPs:Richard Fuller (C)
Alistair Strathern (L)
Andrew Selous (C)
 • Total276.3 sq mi (715.7 km2)
 • Rank45th
 • Total295,541
 • RankRanked 49th
 • Density1,100/sq mi (410/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.

Parliamentary representation

Following the 2023 Periodic Review of Westminster constituencies, Central Bedfordshire would be split between five parliamentary constituencies:[3]

Towns and villages

See also: Civil parishes in Bedfordshire

Map of wards within Central Bedfordshire

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

See also


  1. ^ The local authority is called Central Bedfordshire Council."About Central Bedfordshire Council | Central Bedfordshire Council". Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 30 October 2015.
  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
  3. ^ "Eastern | Boundary Commission for England". Boundary Commission for England. Retrieved 20 June 2023.