In a major intervention in support of Bedford Hospital, Bedford Borough Council has published new proposals which show that the Hospital can be sustainable in the future while retaining key services such as A&E, maternity and children's care.
The report, published today, was commissioned by the Council in order to illustrate that vital services can be saved at Bedford Hospital for the future, in the face of proposals being considered by the Bedfordshire and Milton Keynes Healthcare Review which would impose a major downgrade and loss of services.
Bedford's Big High Street Showcase is back tomorrow, Saturday 4 June, offering an array of entertainment and activities and celebrating Bedford's historic High Street and surrounding area.
In an economic landscape for UK town centres which has seen many high streets elsewhere declining alarmingly in recent years, the Big High Street Showcase is one of many actions being taken locally in support of a vibrant, successful town centre.
Mayor Dave Hodgson has offered his thanks to all of the volunteers at The Higgins Bedford, with the number of people giving their time to the art gallery and museum tripling since January.
The announcement of the additional volunteer numbers coincided with Volunteers' Week, an annual national celebration of the fantastic contribution millions of volunteers make across the UK, organised by the National Council for Voluntary Organisations.
With a number of events taking place this week to help mark Love Your Local Market week, Mayor Dave Hodgson has encouraged people to get along and enjoy Bedford's markets, both this week and throughout the year.
On Tuesday 31st May, stalls were available free of charge to market stall holders old and new, with new starters offered a 50% discount for the rest of the week.
Mayor Dave Hodgson has joined forces with all parties on Bedford Borough Council in the fight to save vital services at Bedford Hospital.
Mayor Dave has insisted throughout the process which has seen NHS reviews place key services under threat locally that it is vital that a broad-based campaign speaks with one voice in support of saving Bedford Hospital as we know it. Mayor Dave and all Council Group Leaders have backed the commissioning of specialist work to help secure a sustainable future for the hospital, retaining key services on which local residents depend.
Writing in the Bedford Bulletin, Mayor Dave Hodgson has highlighted some of the economic and social benefts of the now-completed Bedford Western Bypass, following its opening last month. He also looks back briefly at the successful effort to get the final section built and bring to an end over half a century of waiting for a full western bypass for Bedford.