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  • Mayor Dave Hodgson with The Great Ouse Way Road Sign
    Article: May 26, 2016

    Writing in the Bedford Bulletin, Mayor Dave Hodgson has highlighted some of the economic and social benefts of the now-completed Bedford Western Bypass, following its opening last month. He also looks back briefly at the successful effort to get the final section built and bring to an end over half a century of waiting for a full western bypass for Bedford.

  • The Davis Cup
    Article: May 16, 2016

    The Davis Cup - the 'World Cup of Men's Tennis' - will be on display in Bedford tomorrow!

    The trophy was lifted by the Great Britain team in November 2015 following their victory over Belgium in the final. The win was Great Britain's first Davis Cup victory in 79 years.

    Everyone is invited to see the trophy in Russell Park (opposite the Butterfly Bridge) from 10am to 2pm on Tuesday 17th May. There will also be 'come and try tennis' sessions on Longholme Meadow and in Russell Park. Refreshments will be available at the Kiosk at the Park.

  • A Classroom
    Article: May 11, 2016

    Mayor Dave Hodgson has welcomed the announcement of the Government's u-turn on forcing all schools to become academies by law as the 'only logical course of action' it could take on its 'misguided, dogmatic plan.'

    Commenting, Mayor Dave said: "I welcome the Government's u-turn on forcing all schools to become academies against their wishes, as it was the only logical course of action it could take.'

  • Mayor Dave Hodgson with Liberal Democrat candidate for Bedfordshire Police and Crime Commissioner Linda Jack
    Article: May 5, 2016

    With polls open until 10pm this evening, Mayor Dave Hodgson has encouraged everyone to use their vote in today's election for Bedfordshire Police and Crime Commissioner.

    In a post on his Facebook page this afternoon, Mayor Dave wrote: "Make sure you use your vote in the Police & Crime Commissioner election today. Polls are open across Bedford Borough through to 10pm. I'm backing Linda Jack!"

  • 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.

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