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  • Dave Hodgson in front of the town bridge
    Article: Dec 19, 2014

    Latest unemployment figures for Bedford Borough have revealed that the dramatic fall in the number of people claiming Jobseeker's Allowance (JSA) is continuing. The figures show that a further 126 people came off JSA in November 2014, meaning the number of claimants has fallen by a massive 49% since the early part of last year. The proportion of claimants now stands at 2.2%, having fallen for nine consecutive months.

  • Christmas Lights on The Embankment, Bedford
    Article: Dec 18, 2014

    Mayor Dave's latest montly column for the Bedford Times and Citizen newspaper has a festive theme, including the events taking place around the Borough in the run-up to Christmas, Dave's visit to thank the postal workers for their efforts at this time of year and a few words on support for good causes at a time at which we think of those in need. Here's the full text of the piece:

  • The Carousel at Bedford's Christmas Fair
    Article: Dec 12, 2014

    Bedford Town Centre's big Christmas Fair is underway, and continues through the weekend until Sunday 14th December. The fair offers visitors the chance to experience the sights, sounds and smells of a traditional Christmas with stalls throughout the heart of the Town Centre selling an array of seasonal gifts, foods and treats. Throughout the fair's three days there will also be an array of madcap seasonal street entertainment, music and shows that are filled with fun characters.

  • Borough Hall in Bedford
    Article: Dec 9, 2014

    Mayor Dave Hodgson has paid tribute to Cllr Carole Ellis, who has passed away following a long illness. Cllr Ellis, who represented Great Barford Ward, was a long standing member of Bedford Borough Council, and was Conservative group leader from 2009 to 2012.

    Cllr Ellis was Civic Mayor in 1999 - 2000, and led the team that welcomed Nelson Mandela when he visited Bedford.

  • Dave Hodgson with Town Bridge behind
    Article: Dec 6, 2014

    Today is Small Business Saturday across the UK, and Mayor Dave Hodgson has issued a rallying cry for people to support Bedford Borough's excellent local traders.

    Commenting, Mayor Dave said: "We have a much higher proportion of independent retailers in Bedford than other towns including Milton Keynes, Northampton and Cambridge. This is a crucial time of year for our small traders, so I would encourage everyone to shop locally this Christmas and enjoy the wealth of fantastic smaller retailers and all that they have to offer.'
  • Mayor Dave Hodgson at Bedford Delivery Office with Ravi Matu, Darren Auty, James Richardson and Malcolm Swann
    Article: Dec 4, 2014

    Mayor of Bedford Borough Dave Hodgson this morning visited Royal Mail's Bedford Delivery Office to pass on Christmas wishes and thanks to postmen and women at their busiest time of year.

    Mayor Dave was shown around the office by Delivery Office Manager, Darren Auty, and spoke to postmen and women working hard sorting and delivering mail in the Bedford area in the run-up to Christmas.

  • Queuing Traffic on the Approach to the Black Cat Roundabout
    Article: Dec 1, 2014

    Mayor Dave Hodgson has given an emphatic welcome to today's Government announcement of a major project to link the dualled A421 east of Bedford to the dual carriageway section of the A428 west of Cambridge, creating a continuous dualled link and, crucially, achieving the all-important 'Grade Separation' of the Black Cat Roundabout.

  • Dave Hodgson talks to BBC 3 Counties Radio About the Council's new Gritting Quad Bike
    Article: Nov 28, 2014

    With the first cold spell of the winter having come and gone earlier this week, Mayor Dave Hodgson has confirmed that Bedford Borough Council has taken a series of measures to help keep the Borough moving through the winter, and to keep residents up to date with the latest information.

    The Council has secured over 5,000 tonnes of gritting salt during the spring and summer months to ensure its stocks are topped up and ready if needed. In recent years, Bedford Borough Councl has defied national shortages of gritting salt which have caused roads to grind to a halt elsewhere, thanks to the determination to secure ample supplies in advance, and the same approach has been pursued this year.

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