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  • Bedford Hospital
    Article: Jul 25, 2014

    Two proposals for a massive, permanent downgrading of Bedford Hospital have been identified by NHS Commissioners as preferred options under their ongoing health review. The two models for future care both involve major cuts across all services including an end to all maternity and dedicated children's services in Bedford. The move comes in spite of the hospital's high safety rating and the growing local population.

  • Bedford Town Hall office block mid-demolition
    Article: Jul 24, 2014

    If you have been down by the river in Bedford town centre recently, you will know that the town hall office block building is disappearing fast! In order to enable local residents to keep tabs on this major step for Bedford Town Centre, images from a live webcam have been made available to all by Bedford Borough Council.

  • Article: Jul 22, 2014

    Bedford River Festival Parade of Boats

    Mayor Dave Hodgson has expressed his 'huge thanks' to everyone who attended and everyone who took part in any way over what was a fantastic river festival weekend for Bedford.

    In a message on his Facebook page (www.facebook.com/davethemayor), Mayor Dave wrote of how the efforts of so many local people and local groups mean that the festival retains its 'unique character and community feel'. He also offered his thanks to the team who are now 'making it all disappear!'

  • Petition: Jul 18, 2014
  • Raft Racing at Bedford River Festival
    Article: Jul 18, 2014

    This weekend is River Festival weekend, with a huge range of attractions and activities taking place across the vast festival site on both Saturday and Sunday. A full programme and site map can be found by clicking here: River Festival Programme and Map

    In his monthly column for the Times and Citizen, Mayor Dave Hodgson has written that it is the huge numbers of volunteers and visitors who make the River Festival a genuine community event. He also writes of the unique River Festival spirit, which is as strong as ever today even as the event has grown to become one of the biggest free festivals in the country. Here's the full text of the column:

  • Bedford Hospital
    Article: Jul 12, 2014

    Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group has announced that is has cut the options for the future of Bedford and Milton Keynes Hospitals down to a short list of five variations, all involving a major downgrading for one of the hospitals including the option of 'no beds on site'. In response, Mayor Dave Hodgson has said that the Borough faces proposals for a 'brutal dismantling of Bedford Hospital as we know it', and called for the proposals to be fought 'every step of the way.'

    Mayor Dave said: "This shortlist confirms the Commissioners' commitment to a severe downgrade of local hospital services. They have shortlisted appalling proposals for hospital cuts including those which would leave Bedford Hospital with 'no beds on site' at all. This flies in the face of the growing local population and the regulator CQC's assessment of the quality of services compared to other hospitals.'

    "It also shows they are ignoring the feedback they have received from the public under this multi-million pound review, and the devastating effect these plans would have on the entire community across Bedford Borough. We are facing proposals for a brutal dismantling of Bedford Hospital as we know it, and we need to stand up as a community and fight them every step of the way."

  • Mayor Dave Hodgson addresses the Save Riverbank Ward Rally in July 2013
    Article: Jul 11, 2014

    Mayor Dave Hodgson has issued a rallying cry against NHS Commissioners' shocking plans for a major downgrade of Bedford Hospital. Commissioners have revealed that the £3.2 million 'Your Health in Bedfordshire' review has narrowed the options for the future of Bedford Hospital to a list of just four, with all of them involving a major reduction of hospital services at one or both of Bedford and Milton Keynes hospitals.

  • Mayor Dave Hodgson is shown some of the high quality products available at Interphase Interiors
    Article: Jul 11, 2014

    Mayor Dave Hodgson joined Bedfordshire Branch Chairman of the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) Ian Cording on 4th July - 'Independents Day - to promote the range of small businesses which Bedford has to offer and to support the FSB's 'Keep Trade Local' campaign. Mayor Dave and Mr Cording visited a range of Local indpendent businsees in Bedford, namely Sharman Law, Interphase Interiors, Harrison and Simmonds, and Wrighton and Barker.

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Dates for Your Diary

Kite Festival: 24th-25th May

River Festival: 19th-20th July