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  • Mayor Dave Hodgson Speaking at Launch of The Beesness and Garden Friends Pop-Up Shop at BedPop, April 2014
    Article: Apr 24, 2014

    Mayor Dave Hodgson yesterday attended the launch of the latest 'BedPop' Pop-Up shop at 68 High Street, Bedford, where two small Bedfordshire businesses will be trading until Saturday. for a unique chance to see what it's like to have a shop in a major town centre.

    Sue Lang from 'The Beesness' who currently sells her jams, honey & other preserves at farmers' markets & craft events, and Mark & Val Howson from 'Garden Friends Farm Shop & Vegetable Box Scheme' who currently work from their cabin based in Roxton Garden Centre selling Bedfordshire grown vegetables and deliver veg boxes in Bedford, have taken up the challenge to get a feel of what it would be like to be based in Bedford town centre.

  • Allhallows Multi Storey Car Park at Night
    Article: Apr 23, 2014

    On the eve of its reopening last Thursday following its latest phase of refurbishment, Mayor Dave Hodgson visited Allhallows multi-storey car park at the bus station to check on the progress of its transformation as part of the regeneration of the area. The much-needed, multi-million pound refurbishment of the car park is a major feature of the bus station regeneration works which also include new toilets, a new surface car park, new shop fronts and more, all in addition to a brand new bus station.

  • Demolition of Bedford Town Hall Annex Office Building
    Article: Apr 11, 2014

    This photo taken this week from River Street car park shows what little is left of the Council office buildings which stand, or rather stood, beside the Town Hall Office Block alongside the River Great Ouse. The Town Hall Office Block and neighbouring council blocks are being demolished to make way for a large, public riverside square and for new restaurants and retail outlets as part of the development which is bringing town centre cinema back to Bedford. This week the developers Coplan announced the operators that have been signed up to date, which include Vue Cinema and restaurants Zizzi, Chimichanga and Bella Italia.

  • Dave Hodgson with Town Bridge behind
    Article: Apr 9, 2014

    Mayor Dave Hodgson has announced proposals for Bedford Borough Council to issue fines for anyone caught spitting or urinating in public in Bedford Borough.

    Two recent test cases brought by a local authority show that this approach can be upheld by law, so Mayor Dave has moved to implement an enforcement regime here in Bedford Borough. The Council's approach will only be supported by the courts if there is evidence of public support for the introduction of the powers, and Mayor Dave is calling on people who agree with him that action should be taken to make their views known.

  • Dave Hodgson with Town Bridge behind
    Article: Mar 26, 2014

    Last Thursday, Mayor Dave Hodgson was BBC Radio 1's 'Mayor of Where', a feature on the station's drivetime show, presented by Greg James. The format of the feature sees a Mayor quizzed by newsreader Chris Smith in an attempt to identify the town, city or Borough led by the Mayor. Mayor Dave was invited by the BBC to take part on the day, and the live interview saw Dave answering a variety of questions including famous sons and daughters of the area and any foods for which it is welll known. As you would expect, the Bedfordshire clanger was discussed!

  • Dave Hodgson with children from Shortstown Lower School and Others Assembled for the turning of the first sod at the site of the new Shortstown Primary School
    Article: Mar 24, 2014

    Writing in his latest monthly column for the Times and Citizen, Mayor Dave Hodgson has congratulated local students and teachers for the remarkable recent achievements of local schools. In the article, Mayor Dave also writes about the recently-announced school investment plan, which will see all temporary classrooms in the borough replaced with high quality permanent facilities.

  • Launch Photo for Women's Tour Stage 2 Culmination
    Article: Mar 21, 2014

    Mayor Dave Hodgson yesterday joined Bedfordshire resident and leading cyclist Helen Wyman, Women's Tour organiser Guy Elliott and sponsors University of Bedfordshire, the Harpur Trust and BedfordBID to officially unveil the race route through Bedford for the culmination of stage two of the inaugural Women's Tour Elite International Cycle Race in May.

  • Bedford Hospital
    Article: Mar 13, 2014

    Mayor Dave Hodgson has welcomed the news that Bedford Hospital has had its overall grading increased by the Care Quality Commission under its latest quality and risk review, which was published today. The move into 'Band 5' places Bedford among the best performing hospitals in the country.

    Mayor Dave has highlighted how confirmation of the continuing improvement at further emphasises the scandal of attempts to downgrade the hospital and force local patients to travel further for vital hospital services.

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