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  • Mayor Dave Hodgson in the digger at the start of construction on the final phase of the Bedford Western Bypass
    Article: Oct 25, 2014

    Mayor Dave Hodgson marked the formal commencent of works on the crucial final phase of the Bedford Western Bypass at a ceremony on site yesterday, and welcomed the start of construction as 'a big day for Bedford Borough'.

    Commenting, Mayor Dave Hodgson said: "This is a big day for Bedford Borough, with a completed western bypass now becoming a reality after over fifty years of existing only on national and local plans. We are delighted to have overcome the obstacles which had blocked progress for so long and to have broken the logjam via a Compulsory Purchase Order and extensive, ultimately successful negotiations.'

  • Charles King, Broadway Site Demolition Underway
    Article: Oct 24, 2014

    Mayor Dave Hodgson has welcomed the commencement this week of the demolition of the infamous former Charles King Ford buildings on the Broadway in Bedford Town Centre. The works precede development of the site as extra care housing (flats adapted to help enable older people to live independently).

    Commenting, Mayor Dave Hodgson said: "It's great to see that the owners of the site have got demolition underway. This is a prominent location in Bedford, and the work to clear the derelict, unsightly buildings in order that redevelopment can follow is not a moment too soon."

  • Dave Hodgson with Town Bridge behind
    Article: Oct 23, 2014

    At its meeting this week, Mayor Dave Hodgson's Rural Affairs Committee approved grant awards totalling £48,000 to three important projects in Bedford Borough's Rural Communities. The applications for support were made to the Council's Rural Grants scheme and the Committee of the Executive, chaired by Mayor Dave, approved funding for:

  • Dave Hodgson at the Clapham end of the planned final section of the Bedford Western Bypass
    Article: Oct 17, 2014

    In his latest article for the Times and Citizen, published in the paper this week, Mayor Dave Hodgson looked at the progress made in enhancing local transport infrastructure, including the commencement of works on the final phase of the Bedford Western Bypass. The start of these works is extremely welcome, he writes, especially after so many obstacles had to be faced down and overcome, while further projects such as East West Rail follow those already delivered and ongoing in making Bedford Borough even better connected for local residents and businesses. There is still more to be done, however, he concludes.

  • Mayor Dave Hodgson with the car parks sign on Horne Lane, Bedford
    Article: Oct 8, 2014

    In another major boost for shoppers and businesses, free parking all day on Sundays is being introduced across all Council car parks. The decision is the latest in a string of measures to support shoppers and encourage town centre trade under Mayor Dave, with four successsive years of shoppers' car park charge freezes, the Mayor's Free Parking Deal on Saturdays, the new surface car park opposite the bus station and much more.

  • Mayor Dave Hodgson signs the all-important decision to authorise the appointment of the contractor for the construction of the final phase of the Bedford Western Bypass
    Article: Oct 3, 2014

    Mayor Dave Hodgson has signed the decision to authorise the appointment of the contractor to construct the crucial final phase of the Bedford Western Bypass, meaning work will start on site within weeks. Breheny Civil Engineering have been appointed to carry out the £18.6million project to complete a route which has featured in local and national plans for over fifty years. Breheny won the tender after scoring highest on both quality and price, in a process launched after a series of obstacles blocking the project were overcome after Mayor Dave Hodgson launched Compulsory Purchase Order proceedings.

  • The new Bedford Bus Station taking shape during development
    Article: Sep 30, 2014

    Progress continues apace on the regeneration of the bus station area in Bedford, with the new facility itself now taking shape in front of both visitors' and webcam-viewers' eyes. Images from the camera trained on the development, which update every few minutes during daylight hours, can be found via the link on the Council's bus station webpage, and show the now-installed steel frame and emerging shape of the brand new bus station.

  • The Wootton Family of Schools Join Together in Remembrance at Cranfield War Memorial
    Article: Sep 27, 2014

    This weekend, a large delegation of children from schools in the Wootton Upper School pyramid are undertaking a remarkable trip to remembrance sites around Ypres in Belgium to mark the centenary of World War One. The visit has been organised with the help of the travel arm of the Royal British Legion, Remembrance Travel, and involves 440 children aged eight to 14, along with 46 adults.

    Earlier this month, Mayor Dave Hodgson visited Holywell Middle School and joined children from the schools taking part as collective tribute was paid to fallen soldiers at Cranfield War Memorial. Representatives of the Royal British Legion were also in attendance, along with retired Royal Navy Commander and battlefield tour guide, Tim Stoneman, the MP for Mid Beds and the leader of Central Beds Council.

    Commenting, Mayor Dave Hodgson said: "This trip will no doubt be a moving experience for everyone involved. It is a wonderful opportunity for the children to learn more about the experiences of the soldiers, and about the sheer scale of the loss of life of servicemen. There will be much for the children to reflect on as they come together in remembrance, one hundred years on from the outbreak of World War One."

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