Central Bedfordshire is a new unitary authority which will be created from the merger of Mid Bedfordshire and South Bedfordshire district councils, and that part of Bedfordshire County Council in which the two districts are geographically situated. The new council will be formally established on the 1st April 2009.
Additionally, Luton Borough became a unitary authority in 1997. It forms part of the ceremonial county for various functions such as Lord Lieutenant and High Sheriff, but does not come under county council control.
In 2006 the 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:
On the 6th March 2008 the DCLG decided to implement Proposal 2. This means that from 1 April 2009 there will be three unitary authorities in Bedfordshire - Bedford, Luton and the new Central Bedfordshire. Bedfordshire County Council initially challenged this decision in the High Court, but on the 4th April 2008 it was announced the Judicial Review in the High Court had been unsuccessful, and the County Council declared they would not be appealing the decision.
Tender Notice: Central Bedfordshire Council Seeks Residual Waste Treatment Technical, Planning Advice Services (United Kingdom)
Apr 26, 2010; BEDFORD, United Kingdom, April 24 -- Central Bedfordshire Council said it was soliciting services for technical and planning...