Central Bedfordshire Council is the local authority for the Central Bedfordshire 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.
Central Bedfordshire Council
|Founded||1 April 2009|
|Preceded by||Bedfordshire County Council|
Leader of the Council
Cllr Richard Wenham, Conservative
Chair of the Council
Cllr Brian Saunders
|East of England Local Government Association|
|2 May 2019|
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.
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The county council of Bedfordshire was abolished on 1 April 2009. The term of office of councillors of Bedfordshire County Council and of Mid Bedfordshire 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.
On 7 October 2020, former UKIP councillor Patrick Hamill became Independent. Similarly, two former Conservative councillors – Nicola Harris and Steven Watkins – became Independent on 29 November and 17 December 2021 respectively.
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.