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  • A Classroom
    Article: May 11, 2016

    Mayor Dave Hodgson has welcomed the announcement of the Government's u-turn on forcing all schools to become academies by law as the 'only logical course of action' it could take on its 'misguided, dogmatic plan.'

    Commenting, Mayor Dave said: "I welcome the Government's u-turn on forcing all schools to become academies against their wishes, as it was the only logical course of action it could take.'

  • Mayor Dave Hodgson with Liberal Democrat candidate for Bedfordshire Police and Crime Commissioner Linda Jack
    Article: May 5, 2016

    With polls open until 10pm this evening, Mayor Dave Hodgson has encouraged everyone to use their vote in today's election for Bedfordshire Police and Crime Commissioner.

    In a post on his Facebook page this afternoon, Mayor Dave wrote: "Make sure you use your vote in the Police & Crime Commissioner election today. Polls are open across Bedford Borough through to 10pm. I'm backing Linda Jack!"

  • Boats in the Parade at the Bedford River Festival
    Article: Apr 29, 2016

    The 19th bi-annual Bedford River Festival is taking place this year on Saturday 16th - Sunday 17th July, and preparations are already gathering pace.

    The 2014 festival saw visitor numbers reach an amazing 250,000. This year's River Festival promises to be even more popular with 100 boats already signed up to attend, twenty three of which will be first-time participants at this renowned occasion.

  • A Classroom
    Article: Apr 27, 2016

    Writing in the the Bedford Bulletin, Mayor Dave Hodgson has set out how the move to a two-tier schools system is being done with schools, not to them, and is being delivered with major investment to ensure a successful transition.

    Here's the text of the column, which can also be read in April edition of the magazine online:

  • Mayor Dave Hodgson, John Breheny and Children from St James School in Biddenham mark the opening of the final section of the Bedford Western Bypass
    Article: Apr 25, 2016

    The final section of the Bedford Western Bypass has been opened to traffic by Mayor Dave Hodgson.

    The northern section of the Bedford Western Bypass, which links the A4280 at Biddenham with the A6 at the Clapham roundabout, completes a north-south route bypassing Bedford ending a 50-plus year wait since it first began appearing in local and national plans and strategies. Construction took p[lace after Mayor Dave took decisive action in launching the successful strategy of pursuing compulsory purchase order proceedings, which were successful in helping to clear the logjam blocking progress on the scheme.

  • Bedford Hospital
    Article: Apr 23, 2016

    The Bedfordshire Health Services Review, which has placed the future of key services at Bedford Hospital under threat, has announced a further delay in its programme, causing an even more prolonged period of uncertainty and concern for patients and staff.

    The announcement comes shortly after news of the spiralling cost of the review, which has reached at least £4.5 million.

  • Bedford Park Cafe building
    Article: Apr 22, 2016

    Mayor Dave Hodgson has ruled out any prospect of Bedford Borough Council imposing a charge for the use of Bedford Park for the popular Bedford parkrun event, following a recent decision by another Council to introduce charges for its local Parkrun.

    Bedford parkrun is a volunteer-run, free event which sees hundreds of people come together in Bedford Park every Saturday morning for a timed five kilometre run.

  • Dave Hodgson with Town Bridge behind
    Article: Apr 21, 2016

    Bedford will tonight join hundreds of other towns and cities across the UK in holding public celebrations of celebration of the Queen's 90th Birthday, as Mayor Dave Hodgson lights a beacon on Castle Mound in Bedford.

    The Prince of Wales will invite Her Majesty The Queen to light the Principal Beacon at Windsor Castle. This will be followed by the lighting of over 1,000 beacons throughout the United Kingdom, and across the world in celebration of this landmark birthday.

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