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  • Bedford Magistrates' Court
    Article: Feb 12, 2016

    Mayor Dave Hodgson has slammed the government's decision to close Bedford Magistrates' Court, saying it will have damaging, long term effects on access to justice for local residents.

    The decision to close Bedford Magistrates' Court follows a severe downgrading of it previously via the 'de-listing' of the majority of cases, a move which Mayor Dave warned looked like the Government's first step towards closure.

  • Mayor Dave Hodgson with Bromham Lower School Headteacher Virginia Gilks
    Article: Feb 11, 2016

    Mayor Dave Hodgson visited Bromham Lower School yesterday morning, where he met pupils and staff and talked to them about the move to a two-tier schools system. For Bomham Lower, this will mean current Year 3 pupils staying on in September 2017 as the school's first Year 5 pupils, who will then stay on into Year 6 in 2018/19 as the school becomes a fully fledged 4-11 primary school.

  • The Mayor's Charity Crest
    Article: Feb 3, 2016

    The Bedford Mayor's Charity will benefit from a special screening of Blazing Saddles this Friday, 5th February 2016 thanks to the support of Bedford Film Festival and The Place Theatre.

    The screening came about after Mayor Dave Hodgson nominated the Mel Brooks' cult comedy classic Blazing Saddles for Bedford Film Festival's Bedfringe screenings. Narrowly missing out on winning a chance to be screened then, The Place Theatre suggested the film could instead be a great chance to raise cash for some local charities.

  • Petition: Jan 31, 2016

    I/we call on the government to return the money paid though average-speed cameras to
    Bedford Borough to fund maintenance and installation to keep the Borough's roads safe.

  • school sign
    Article: Jan 31, 2016

    Bedford Borough's schools will move to a two-tier system, after a unanimous vote of the Council's Executive. The decision follows extensive work alongside schools and a public consultation which revealed emphatic support for the change.

    The Borough Council will provide strategic leadership and support to ensure a coherent, coordinated transition in the interests of all local children.

  • Dave Hodgson with Town Bridge behind
    Article: Jan 29, 2016

    An empty building and former school fields could be transformed under plans which would see the creation of a new public open space alongside homes and care facilities for the elderly.

    After the former Putnoe Lower School site in Overdale was vacated when the school moved in 2011, the Council had to follow the legal requirement to seek consent from the government for the sale of the site for alternative uses. This was granted for the area to be sold in March 2015.

  • Bedford's Royal Charter 850th Anniversary Logo
    Article: Jan 8, 2016

    In his latest message to subscribers to his email updates, sent out on New Year's Eve, Mayor Dave Hodgson has wished everyone a Happy New Year, and looked ahead to a year of events and activities to help mark the 850th anniversary of the granting of Bedford's Royal Charter in 1166. A special logo has been produced for the anniversary, which will be available for groups and organisations to use and promote through the year, and which you can see here alongside this story.

  • Design Produced by Tabitha Mary for Mayor Dave Hodgson's Christmas Card
    Article: Dec 24, 2015

    Writing before the Christmas break, Mayor Dave Hodgson has wished a very Merry Christmas to all:

    "I want to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

    I particularly want to thank all those members of the health services and emergency services and indeed all those who are working over the holiday period in order that a safe and peaceful time can be enjoyed across the Borough.

    I also know that a great many local residents give time, energy and more at this time of year to helping more vulnerable members of our society, as thoughts in particular turn to those less fortunate.

    Whatever you are up to over the Christmas Period, I want to wish you and your family a peaceful and happy time.

    Merry Christmas


    The image posted here was produced by Tabitha Mary (www.tabithamary.co.uk), for Mayor Dave's Christmas Card.

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