Severe concerns that Bedford Borough is being marginalised by a major review of local health services which could affect the future of Bedford Hospital were raised by Mayor Dave Hodgson and councillors at a full council meeting this week.
Sustainability and Transformation Plans (STP) for the future of health and social care are being developed across the country. This is a different process from the Bedfordshire and Milton Keynes Healthcare Review by the Bedfordshire and Milton Keynes Clinical Commissioning Groups. This has proposed a downgrade of Bedford Hospital including an end to maternity services in Bedford, including no more hospital births locally. The Healthcare Review is currently 'paused' with the future direction still unknown.
Mayor Dave Hodgson has issued a resounding 'thank you' to all volunteers, staff and visitors following a record-breaking Bedford River Festival. Initial estimates suggest that the 2016 festival was the best attended ever, with over 300,000 revellers over the two action-packed, sun-drenched days.
Commenting, Mayor Dave Hodgson said: 'Thanks and congratulations are due to all of the staff, volunteers and organisations involved in putting on a hugely successful Bedford River Festival.'
Bedford River Festival is taking place this weekend! This huge, free festival for people of all ages to enjoy takes place across a 105-acre site on Saturday and Sunday. Over 65 local bands and groups are performing over the weekend across a series of stages, while a vast range of activities and entertainment on and off the river will be providing a spectacle like no other.
With the Bedford River Festival is just over two weeks away, Mayor Dave Hodgson has encouraged people to look into the opportunities to get involved in this 'genuine community event'. The event takes place on Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th July, and a vast array of activities and entertainment will be on offer at what is one of the biggest free family events in the country.
Following the EU referendum, Mayor Dave Hodgson has issued a clear message of unity to Europeans and all residents living in Bedford Borough that 'this community belongs to all of its residents equally'.
The polls opened across Bedford Borough at 7am this morning for the EU Referendum, and Mayor Dave Hodgson is calling on everyone to use their vote and take part in this important decision for the future of Bedford Borough and the country at large.
Commenting, Mayor Dave said: "Make sure you cast your vote on this defining decision for Britain's future. I am supporting remaining in the EU for a stronger, safer, more prosperous future. The polls are open through until 10pm, so take part and have your say!"
Mayor Dave Hodgson has been awarded an MBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours List, and has thanked everyone sending their congratulations.
Commenting on the award, Mayor Dave added: "I moved to Bedford as a young boy, and my mother and father were both teachers locally, and it is nice to receive recognition for serving the community that has been my home for most of my life."