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  • The opening of the Hydropower Plant on the River Great Ouse in Bedford in 2012
    Article: Feb 27, 2015

    The pioneering Hydro Power facility at the Boatslide Weir Bridge on the River Great Ouse in Bedford has exceeded income generation expectations for 2014. When the facility, which uses 'Archimedes Screw' trechnology to generate renewable energy from the fall between the upper and lower river, was opened in 2012, the estimated income generation was £32,000. However, between 01/01/14 and 31/12/14 the Hydro Power facility generated £33,400.

  • Dave Hodgson with representatives of Newnham Middle School and Former Pupils from the School's First Ever Cohort at the Opening of its new Atlas Centre
    Article: Feb 25, 2015

    Mayor Dave Hodgson was joined pupils from Newnham Middle School's first ever cohort to celebrate the opening of the school's new permanent classroom block, which is being delivered under the Council's £48million School Capital Investment plan,

    The Atlas Centre is a two-classroom block which has been constructed by Kier, which was contracted by the Council to work with the school to design and build high quality facilities which meet the needs of pupils now and in the future. The classrooms will be dedicated to the teaching of history and geography and feature a modern look, new technology and even underfloor heating.

  • Mayor Dave Hodgson with Cllr Sylvia Gillard and Cllr Phil Merryman outside Putnoe Library
    Article: Feb 23, 2015

    Writing in his latest monthly column for the Times and Citizen Newspaper, Mayor Dave Hodgson reflects on the fact that the unanimously-approved Council budget not only freezes council tax for the fifth straight year but also continues the Council's record of saving services lost or cut in neighbouring areas and across the country. He looks at three recently published national surveys which reveal the scale of this ongoing task, and the importance of keeping up the fight to protect front line services for communities across Bedford Borough.

  • Owain Lister of ARJ Construction, Putnoe Ward Cllrs Rosemary Bootiman and Michael Headley and Goldington Ward Cllrs Sylvia Gillard and Philip Merryman with Mayor Dave Hodgson to mark the start of construction of the new Iceland store at Church Lane
    Article: Feb 19, 2015

    Following on from the recent opening of a brand new medical centre at the popular Church Lane Development, Mayor Dave Hodgson joined local Liberal Democrat Ward Councillors and others to mark more good news for the site recently, as works began on the construction of a new Iceland store. The new store is being constructyed at the oppostie end of the redeveloped site from the Aldi store, and will be open as early as this summer.

  • Mayor Dave Hodgson with Mowsbury Golf and Squash Centre club professional James Koncewicz at the refurbished driving range
    Article: Feb 18, 2015

    The latest upgrade to Bedford Borough Council's leisure facilities being delivered as part of a £3million upgrade programme has been opened by Mayor Dave Hodgson. Mayor Dave opened the newly-refurbished driving range at Mowsbury Golf and Squash Centre in Bedford recently and, as shown in this photo, received a few tips from club professional James Koncewicz while he was there!

  • Mayor Dave with pupils at Bromham C of E Lower School
    Article: Feb 12, 2015

    Mayor Dave Hodgson's programme to replace all temporary classrooms across all Bedford Borough schools with high quality permanent facilities continued recently with the opening of two brand new classrooms in a new building for Bromham C of E Lower School.

    The school is on two sites and had an old temporary unit on each site. These have been replaced with a new permanent building with two classes on the Village Road site.

  • The Rainbow Flag Flying at Borough Hall in Bedford
    Article: Feb 2, 2015

    The rainbow flag was flying from Borough Hall today to mark the start of LGBT History Month. LGBT History Month is an opportunity for people to learn more about the histories of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in Britain, and celebrate their lives and achievements.

    Commenting last week, Mayor Dave Hodgson said: "The Rainbow Flag flying at Borough Hall is a small but important symbol of our commitment to equal rights, and I hope it sends a clear message of support and solidarity with LGBT residents living in Bedford.'

  • Dave Hodgson with Town Bridge behind
    Article: Jan 31, 2015

    In his latest monthly article for the Times and Citizen newspaper, Mayor Dave Hodgson has highlighted how a strategic approach of targetting savings in Borough Hall rather than out in the community has enabled £81 million of required ongoing savings to be made since 2010 while protecting frontline services and freezing council tax, with the freeze proposed to continue for a fifth consecutive year.

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