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Central Bedfordshire
Bedfordshire
is a unitary authority area in the ceremonial county of Bedfordshire, England. It was created from the merger of Mid Bedfordshire
Bedfordshire
and South Bedfordshire
Bedfordshire
District Councils on 1 April 2009.[1] With a budget of £500m the unitary council provides over a hundred services to a quarter of a million people, and is responsible for schools, social services, rubbish collection, roads, planning, leisure centres, libraries, care homes and more.[2][3]

Contents

1 Administrative history 2 Elections 3 Towns and villages 4 See also 5 References 6 External links

Administrative history[edit] The county of Bedfordshire
Bedfordshire
was abolished on 1 April 2009. The term of office of councillors of Bedfordshire
Bedfordshire
County Council and of Mid and South Bedfordshire
Bedfordshire
District Councils ended on 1 April 2009. A new county and a new district, both from that date to be known as Central Bedfordshire, were created for the same area as the existing districts of Mid and South Bedfordshire. A new district council, the Central Bedfordshire
Bedfordshire
Council, was created for the new district and became the sole principal authority for the district. There was to be no county council for the new county.[4] In 2006 the Department for Communities and Local Government
Department for Communities and Local Government
considered reorganising Bedfordshire's administrative structure as part of the 2009 structural changes to local government in England. The four proposals considered were:

Proposal 1, Abolish the three districts within the county and create a Bedfordshire
Bedfordshire
County unitary authority. ( Luton
Luton
would remain a separate unitary authority.) Proposal 2, Create two unitary authorities: one based on Bedford Borough and one as Central Bedfordshire, combining Mid and South Bedfordshire
Bedfordshire
Districts. Proposal 3, Create two unitary authorities: one a combination of Bedford
Bedford
Borough and Mid Beds District and the other of Luton
Luton
Borough and South Beds District. Proposal 4, Form an "enhanced two-tier" authority, with the four local councils under the control of the county council, but with different responsibilities.[5][6]

On 6 March 2008 the DCLG, under Labour Party Secretary of State, Hazel Blears, decided to implement Proposal 2. This meant that from 1 April 2009 there would be three unitary authorities in Bedfordshire: Bedford, Luton
Luton
and Central Bedfordshire. Bedfordshire
Bedfordshire
County Council challenged this decision in the High Court but on 4 April 2008 it was announced the Judicial Review had failed and the County Council would not appeal.[7][8][9][10] Subsequently, a shadow council for Central Bedfordshire
Bedfordshire
was formed from all the members of Mid and South Bedfordshire
Bedfordshire
councils, as well as all Bedfordshire
Bedfordshire
County Council members from the Central Bedfordshire
Bedfordshire
area. The inaugural meeting of the shadow council was held on 10 April 2008. A shadow Executive for the council was formed consisting of four members of each council, led by the former leader of Mid Bedfordshire
Bedfordshire
District Council.[11] Elections[edit] Central Bedfordshire
Bedfordshire
Council is made up of 59 Councillors.

Year Conservative Labour Liberal Democrat Independent Control

2009[12][13] 54 0 11 1

Conservative

2011[14] [15]

49 1 5 4

Conservative

2015[16] 53 2 1 3

Conservative

Since 2011 the Council has been led by James Jamieson with a Cabinet of seven portfolio holders:

Corporate Services (finance) Children's Services Social Care, Health and Housing Regeneration Community Services Partnerships External affairs

Towns and villages[edit]

Unitary authorities in Bedfordshire. Central Bedfordshire
Bedfordshire
is number 2

The Central Bedfordshire
Bedfordshire
area is a mix of rural and small market towns and villages. It includes the following towns and villages.

Ampthill Arlesey Aspley Guise Barton-le-Clay Biggleswade Blunham Broom Caddington Campton Clifton Clophill Chalton Chicksands Cranfield Dunstable Dunton Eaton Bray Fairfield Park Flitton Flitwick Greenfield Harlington Haynes Heath and Reach Henlow Higham Gobion Houghton Conquest Houghton Regis Husborne Crawley Kensworth Langford Leighton Buzzard Lidlington Linslade Marston Moretaine Maulden Millbrook Northill Old Warden Pepperstock Potton Pulloxhill Ridgmont Sandy Shefford Silsoe Shillington Slip End Southill Stanford Steppingley Stotfold Sutton Tebworth Tempsford Toddington Westoning Wingfield Wixams
Wixams
(partially) Woburn Woodside

See also[edit]

List of places in Bedfordshire

References[edit]

^ http://www.centralbedfordshire.gov.uk/council-and-democracy/local-government-in-central-bedfordshire/statistics-and-census-information/about-central-bedfordshire-council.aspx ^ http://www.centralbedfordshire.gov.uk/council-and-democracy/spending/annual-accounts-financial-information/default.aspx ^ "Welcome to Central Bedfordshire
Bedfordshire
Council". Centralbedfordshire.gov.uk. Retrieved 6 August 2012.  ^ http://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2008/907/note/made - The Bedfordshire
Bedfordshire
(Structural Changes) Order 2008 ^ Bedfordshire
Bedfordshire
County Council Archived 7 April 2008 at the Wayback Machine. – The proposal ^ Communities and Local Government – Proposals for future unitary structures: Stakeholder consultation ^ Bedfordshire
Bedfordshire
County Council: High Court backs two unitary authorities for Bedfordshire
Bedfordshire
Archived 16 November 2008 at the Wayback Machine. ^ "County Council Fails in Legal Challenge To Unitary Status". Bedford.gov.uk. 1 April 2009. Retrieved 6 August 2012.  ^ Unitary solution confirmed for Bedfordshire
Bedfordshire
– New flagship unitary councils approved for Cheshire – Corporate – Communities and Local Government Archived 22 November 2008 at the Wayback Machine. ^ "County council to be abolished in shake-up". Bedford
Bedford
Today. 6 March 2008. Retrieved 6 August 2012.  ^ http://www.bedfordtoday.co.uk/bed-news/First-steps-towards-creating-Central.3968817.jp First steps towards creating Central Beds Council – Bedford
Bedford
Today (10/04/08) ^ "Central Bedfordshire
Bedfordshire
Council: Election results by party, 4 June 2009". Centralbedfordshire.gov.uk. 4 June 2009. Retrieved 6 August 2012.  ^ "Election 2009 Central Bedfordshire
Bedfordshire
council". BBC News. 5 June 2009. Retrieved 6 August 2012.  ^ "Central Bedfordshire
Bedfordshire
Council: Election results". Centralbedfordshire.gov.uk. Retrieved 2 January 2015.  ^ "BBC News - Election 2011 - England council elections - Central Bedfordshire". BBC News. 10 May 2011. Retrieved 2 January 2015.  ^ "Central Bedfordshire
Bedfordshire
Council: Election results". Centralbedfordshire.gov.uk. Retrieved 3 June 2015. 

External links[edit]

Central Bedfordshire
Bedfordshire
Council Website

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Ceremonial county of Bedfordshire

England Portal

Unitary authorities

Borough of Bedford Borough of Luton Central Bedfordshire

Major settlements

Ampthill Arlesey Bedford Biggleswade Dunstable Flitwick Houghton Regis Kempston Leighton Buzzard Linslade Luton Potton Sandy Shefford Stotfold Wixams See also: List of civil parishes in Bedfordshire

Topics

Parliamentary constituencies Places SSSIs Tourist attractions Country houses Grade I listed buildings Grade II* listed buildings History Lord Lieutenants High Sheriffs Museums Sport County flag

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Districts of the East of England

Bedfordshire

Bedford Central Bedfordshire Luton

Cambridgeshire

Cambridge East Cambridgeshire Fenland Huntingdonshire Peterborough South Cambridgeshire

Essex

Basildon Braintree Brentwood Castle Point Chelmsford Colchester Epping Forest Harlow Maldon Rochford Southend-on-Sea Tendring Thurrock Uttlesford

Hertfordshire

Broxbourne Dacorum East Hertfordshire Hertsmere North Hertfordshire St Albans Stevenage Three Rivers Watford Welwyn Hatfield

Norfolk

Breckland Broadland Great Yarmouth King's Lynn and West Norfolk North Norfolk Norwich South Norfolk

Suffolk

Babergh Forest Heath Ipswich Mid Suffolk St Edmundsbury Suffolk
Suffolk
Coastal Waveney

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Unitary authorities of England

Districts

Bath and North East Somerset Bedford Blackburn with Darwen Blackpool Bournemouth Bracknell Forest Brighton and Hove Bristol Central Bedfordshire Cheshire East Cheshire West and Chester Cornwall County Durham Darlington Derby East Riding of Yorkshire Halton Hartlepool Herefordshire Isle of Wight Kingston upon Hull Leicester Luton Medway Middlesbrough Milton Keynes North East Lincolnshire North Lincolnshire North Somerset Northumberland Nottingham Peterborough Plymouth Poole Portsmouth Reading Redcar and Cleveland Rutland Shropshire Slough Southampton Southend-on-Sea South Gloucestershire Stockton-on-Tees Stoke-on-Trent Swindon Telford and Wrekin Thurrock Torbay Warrington West Berkshire Wiltshire Windsor and Maidenhead Wokingham York

Councils

Bath and North East Somerset Bedford Blackburn with Darwen Blackpool Bournemouth Bracknell Forest Brighton and Hove Bristol Central Bedfordshire Cheshire East Cheshire West and Chester Cornwall Derby Durham Darlington East Riding of Yorkshire Halton Hartlepool Herefordshire Isle of Wight Kingston upon Hull Leicester Luton Medway Middlesbrough Milton Keynes North East Lincolnshire North Lincolnshire North Somerset Northumberland Nottingham Peterborough Plymouth Poole Portsmouth Reading Redcar and Cleveland Rutland Shropshire Slough Southampton Southend-on-Sea South Gloucestershire Stockton-on-Tees Stoke-on-Trent Swindon Telford and Wrekin Thurrock Torbay Warrington West Berkshire Wiltshire Windsor and Maidenhead Wokingham York

Local elections

Bath and North East Somerset Bedford Blackburn with Darwen Blackpool Bournemouth Bracknell Forest Brighton and Hove Bristol Central Bedfordshire Cheshire East Cheshire West and Chester Cornwall County Durham Darlington Derby East Riding of Yorkshire Halton Hartlepool Herefordshire Isle of Wight Kingston upon Hull Leicester Luton Medway Middlesbrough Milton Keynes North East Lincolnshire North Lincolnshire North Somerset Northumberland Nottingham Peterborough Plymouth Poole Portsmouth Reading Redcar and Cleveland Rutland Shropshire Slough Southampton Southend-on-Sea South Gloucestershire Stockton-on-Tees Stoke-on-Trent Swindon Telford and Wrekin Thurrock Torbay Warrington West Berkshire Wiltshire Windsor and Maidenh

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