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  • Mayor Dave Hodgson Cuts the Ribbon at the Opening of the New Iceland Store at Church Lane, Bedford
    Article: Aug 26, 2015

    Mayor Dave Hodgson was on hand yesterday to welcome shoppers to the opening of a brand new Iceland Store at the Church Lane District Centre in Bedford, continuing the dramatic transformation the centre has undergone in recent years.

    Commenting, Mayor Dave Hodgson said: "It was great to see so many people eager to shop in the new Iceland store, which is another important element of the transformation of this site. The new store, whose staff members are nearly all Bedford Borough residents, provides further jobs and economic growth in addition to increased choice for shoppers in this part of Bedford.'

  • exam room
    Article: Aug 26, 2015

    Following the publication of GCSE grades for students across Bedford Borough, Mayor Dave Hodgson has congratulated students and teachers on their efforts.

    Mayor Dave said: "Well done to the students who received their GCSE results. The publication of the GCSE exam results mark the culmination of a process which involves a lot of hard work by students, their families and staff, and school communities across the Borough have worked to help achieve good outcomes for young people.'
  • Mayor Dave Hodgson and Grant Palmer with the new bus for the Number 25 Service between Bedford and Sharnbrook
    Article: Aug 18, 2015

    Mayor Dave Hodgson has welcomed the introduction of a brand new bus on the the number 25 rural bus route between Bedford and Sharnbrook in response to buoyant user numbers.

    The brand new Dennis Enviro vehicle will enable users on the route - which travels via Clapham, Oakley, Pavenham, Stevington and Harrold - to enjoy travelling in comfort with colour-coordinated leather seating, three-point seat belts and CCTV cameras, while the vehicle also boasts low emissions and fuel consumption.

  • Mayor Dave Hodgson talks to local residents during the 2012 Village Tour
    Article: Aug 14, 2015

    Tomorrow, Saturday 15th August sees Mayor Dave Hodgson's Village Tour 2015 kick off with a series of open street surgeries in rural villages in the north of Bedford Borough. Mayor Dave has held a village tour every summer since he was elected as Mayor in October 2009, during which he holds open street surgeries in villages right across the Borough.

  • exam room
    Article: Aug 14, 2015

    Mayor Dave Hodgson has offered his congratulations to students after yesterday's A Level results publication revealed an increase in the number of local young people achieving top grades. Based on returns from the 7 upper schools, provisional A Level results show 42% of pupils achieved one or more A* - A grades, an improvement on last year. This improvement stands in contrast to the national pitcture, with the proportion of students across the country achieving a top grade falling slightly.

  • Train
    Article: Aug 7, 2015

    Mayor Dave Hodgson has welcomed the news that both potential routes identified by Network Rail for the proposed 'Central Section' of East West Rail on to Cambridge are via Bedford. One of the shortlisted 'corridors' is via Hitchin and the other is via Sandy, with both now due to be subject to further, detailed consideration.

  • Dave Hodgson with Town Bridge behind
    Article: Jul 23, 2015

    New figures have confirmed that the dramatic fall in Jobseeker's Allowance claimant numbers in Bedford Borough is continuing, with the proportion of claimants at its lowest level for more than seven years. Two per cent of working age people are claiming Jobseeker's Allowance, a fall of 50% in just over two years, and the lowest level since March 2008.

  • Dave Hodgson with Town Bridge behind
    Article: Jul 22, 2015
    Mayor Dave Hodgson has called for an inquiry following news of the closure of the sorry saga of the failed 'NIRAH' project, which will result in just a fraction of funds loaned by the former Bedfordshire County Council and East of England Development Agency being returned to the taxpayer. Mayor Dave has slammed the 'scandalous loss of public money,' and is calling for answers as to how such a massive amount of public funds locally were squandered on a scheme which was never close to coming to fruition.

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