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  • The Former Porter Blacks Building on Bedford High Street, with Scaffolding
    Article: Oct 3, 2015

    The long-derelict former Porter Blacks building on the corner of Bedford's High Street and Dame Alice Street is among three more properties set to be transformed with help from the Council-led High Street regeneration scheme. The owners of the former Porter Blacks at 100 High Street, Sira Building and Development Limited, have formally accepted a grant offer from the Townscape Heritage Initiative (THI), a partnership project to revitalise the High Street environment and to protect and promote its heritage. The grant funding will be used to help reinstate the grand shop front and ensure this important gateway property is once again occupied.

  • Pile of coins
    Petition: Sep 30, 2015

    Brutal funding cuts threatened by the government will mean Bedford Borough Council must save an estimated £25 million more each year from its budget by 2019. With vast savings of £81 million a year made already since 2010, focused away from front line services, the scope for protecting important services for local people is disappearing rapidly.

  • Coins
    Article: Sep 29, 2015

    Mayor Dave Hodgson has outlined the depth of the looming crisis facing local services as Government cuts and rising demand for services combine to create an unprecedented funding gap.

    Bedford Borough Council has made ongoing savings of £81 million since 2010 in order to deliver balanced budgets, while protecting frontline services thanks to Mayor Dave's rigorous focus on making savings in Borough Hall, not out in the community. However, continued Government cuts over the coming years are set to make decisions affecting services unavoidable.

  • Mayor Dave Hodgson with village tour signs
    Article: Sep 18, 2015

    Mayor Dave Hodgson's annual Village Tour is to conclude tonight with open street surgeries at Stevington, Pavenham and then Oakley with half-hour sessions beginning at 5.30, 6.15 and then 7pm respectively. Oakley is the 61st and final village on the Mayor's Village Tour 2015, which has seen over two hundred people speak to Mayor Dave directly in their village, discussing a range of local and wider issues.

  • Pile of coins
    Article: Sep 11, 2015

    Mayor Dave Hodgson has echoed a stark warning from the Local Government Association (LGA) that local services are being placed under severe threat not only by unprecedented government cuts but also spiralling cost pressures imposed on Councils. The LGA has calculated that Councils face an additional £10 billion of cost pressures by 2020, with over £6 billion of this comprising government policies to be implemented over the period.

  • 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.

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