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  • Boats in the Parade at the Bedford River Festival
    Article: Apr 29, 2016

    The 19th bi-annual Bedford River Festival is taking place this year on Saturday 16th - Sunday 17th July, and preparations are already gathering pace.

    The 2014 festival saw visitor numbers reach an amazing 250,000. This year's River Festival promises to be even more popular with 100 boats already signed up to attend, twenty three of which will be first-time participants at this renowned occasion.

  • A Classroom
    Article: Apr 27, 2016

    Writing in the the Bedford Bulletin, Mayor Dave Hodgson has set out how the move to a two-tier schools system is being done with schools, not to them, and is being delivered with major investment to ensure a successful transition.

    Here's the text of the column, which can also be read in April edition of the magazine online:

  • Mayor Dave Hodgson, John Breheny and Children from St James School in Biddenham mark the opening of the final section of the Bedford Western Bypass
    Article: Apr 25, 2016

    The final section of the Bedford Western Bypass has been opened to traffic by Mayor Dave Hodgson.

    The northern section of the Bedford Western Bypass, which links the A4280 at Biddenham with the A6 at the Clapham roundabout, completes a north-south route bypassing Bedford ending a 50-plus year wait since it first began appearing in local and national plans and strategies. Construction took p[lace after Mayor Dave took decisive action in launching the successful strategy of pursuing compulsory purchase order proceedings, which were successful in helping to clear the logjam blocking progress on the scheme.

  • Bedford Hospital
    Article: Apr 23, 2016

    The Bedfordshire Health Services Review, which has placed the future of key services at Bedford Hospital under threat, has announced a further delay in its programme, causing an even more prolonged period of uncertainty and concern for patients and staff.

    The announcement comes shortly after news of the spiralling cost of the review, which has reached at least £4.5 million.

  • Bedford Park Cafe building
    Article: Apr 22, 2016

    Mayor Dave Hodgson has ruled out any prospect of Bedford Borough Council imposing a charge for the use of Bedford Park for the popular Bedford parkrun event, following a recent decision by another Council to introduce charges for its local Parkrun.

    Bedford parkrun is a volunteer-run, free event which sees hundreds of people come together in Bedford Park every Saturday morning for a timed five kilometre run.

  • Dave Hodgson with Town Bridge behind
    Article: Apr 21, 2016

    Bedford will tonight join hundreds of other towns and cities across the UK in holding public celebrations of celebration of the Queen's 90th Birthday, as Mayor Dave Hodgson lights a beacon on Castle Mound in Bedford.

    The Prince of Wales will invite Her Majesty The Queen to light the Principal Beacon at Windsor Castle. This will be followed by the lighting of over 1,000 beacons throughout the United Kingdom, and across the world in celebration of this landmark birthday.

  • Bedford Western Bypass Summer 2015 Video Still Image
    Article: Apr 8, 2016

    Mayor Dave Hodgson will open the northern section of the Bedford Western Bypass on 25th April, it has been announced today.

    The final works are currently taking place on the road, which will be named The Great Ouse Way, in time for its official opening by Mayor of Bedford Borough, Dave Hodgson. Following the opening ceremony, motorists and residents alike will benefit from a new road that will ease congestion, reduce delays and connect the A4280 at Biddenham with the A6 at Clapham, improving the traffic infrastructure of the Borough overall.

  • Dave Hodgson lending a hand on site during pothole repair work on Wentworth Drive in Bedford
    Article: Apr 7, 2016

    Commenting on the Government's announcement today of an allocation of £137,000 for Bedford Borough from its Pothole Action Fund, Mayor Dave Hodgson has revealed that this is a 'tiny fraction' of the investment required to keep local roads in a decent condition.

    The borough's allocation from the fund was announced as part of a national funding package which, according to the Local Government Association, would have needed to be 230 times larger to bring the country's roads up to a good standard.

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