About Central Bedfordshire

Central Bedfordshire is a great place to live and work. This is our promise and priority. It’s why we’re enhancing our communities, while retaining the character of our area.

As part of this, we’re continuing to deliver great residents’ services and improve the education and skills of our people. And we’re protecting the vulnerable through more effective social care, while promoting wellbeing to all of our residents so they can live healthy and happy lives. It’s why we always look to get the best value for money, allowing us to become an efficient and responsive council.

We’re a largely rural area with over half the population living in the countryside and the rest in a number of market towns. The area is generally prosperous, with above average levels of employment. However, there are pockets of deprivation and greater need in some areas (particularly in Houghton Regis and parts of Sandy).

The Chiltern Hills, an area of outstanding natural beauty, form a major feature in the south west, the Greensand Ridge runs eastwards through the area, and the Forest of Marston Vale provides over 30 square miles of woodlands in the north west. There are also more than 30 sites of special scientific interest, as well as three national and 11 local nature reserves.

The area has excellent transport links with the A1 and M1 running through it, three main rail lines and two international airports, Luton and Stansted, on our doorstep. Our strategic location provides us with great opportunities. We are not only close to London, but our position between the key locations of Oxford and Cambridge means we are well-placed to maximise the local potential of regional and national ambitions for growth in the east-west corridor. We’re actively involved with partners across the region in pursuit of these.

We’re also in the centre of an academic ‘golden triangle’ between Oxford, Cambridge and London Universities and also benefits from its own academic institutions at Cranfield University, the University of Bedfordshire and other further education colleges.