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  • 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."

  • The Higgins Bedford
    Article: Sep 26, 2014

    The second Bedford Film Festival is taking place this weekend, with a range of exciting and varied workshops and film screenings today, tomorrow and Saturday. The main venue is once again The Higgins Bedford, and festival-goers will benefit from enhanced facilities which have been installed in advance of the festival.

  • Bedford Hospital
    Article: Sep 22, 2014

    With the 'Your Health in Bedfordshire' report on the future of Bedford Hospital due to be published this week, Mayor Dave Hodgson has declared that the the campaign for the future of Bedford Hospital must go on and fight for key services if a downgrade is proposed, as expected.

    The campaign has achieved a series of successes, with NHS Commissioners declaring that proposals such as the closure of all beds at Bedford Hospital along with the paediatric and maternity units have been scrapped, despite having previously scored them highest in the evaluation of their short-listed options. However, the latest papers from the Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group indicate that a severe downgrade is still very much in prospect for the Bedford Hospital, and Mayor Dave has called for the campaign's momentum to be maintained.

  • Dave Hodgson with Town Bridge behind
    Article: Sep 21, 2014

    Writing in his latest monthly column for the Times and Citizen newspaper, Mayor Dave hodgson has encouraged local residents to have their say on the latest Council savings proposals, which once again put front-line services first in the face of unprecedented funding pressures.

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