Review of the year 2013: March

Wadsworth with owner Ann Munday.

Wadsworth with owner Ann Munday.

A major new development for Bedford was approved by borough council planning chiefs.

The Riverside North development will include a cinema, restaurants, a hotel and homes built in the heart of the town by the River Great Ouse.

Mayor Dave Hodgson said: “Town centres have to be a destination site and be a place people want to go to visit.”

But the decision was greeted with cries of ‘shame’ from the public at the meeting.

Resident Julie Simmonds said: “The cinema is supposed to be the anchor that will attract all of the restaurants and shops, so if they don’t pull in the claimed 375,000 people it will fail.”

We also caught up with Waddy, the oldest cat in the world.

We broke the news that the feline had just celebrated his 27th birthday.

It was featured by several news orgnisations, and the Guinness World Records got in touch with his owner Ann Munday of Wentworth Drive, Bedford to verify his new claim to fame.

Lack of public toilets in Bedford town centre is driving people to Milton Keynes a meeting was told.

A Bedford Borough Council committee met with business leaders and concerned residents in an attempt to thrash out a solution to the town’s toilet trouble.

Those present were worried that council-run conveniences at Silver Street, Lurke Street and Riverside have been closed, putting people off shopping.

A barn blaze was tackled by fire crews near Astwood. Emergency services received a number of calls at around 7.50pm on March 13.




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