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  • Dave Hodgson with Town Bridge behind
    Article: Dec 6, 2014

    Today is Small Business Saturday across the UK, and Mayor Dave Hodgson has issued a rallying cry for people to support Bedford Borough's excellent local traders.

    Commenting, Mayor Dave said: "We have a much higher proportion of independent retailers in Bedford than other towns including Milton Keynes, Northampton and Cambridge. This is a crucial time of year for our small traders, so I would encourage everyone to shop locally this Christmas and enjoy the wealth of fantastic smaller retailers and all that they have to offer.'
  • Mayor Dave Hodgson at Bedford Delivery Office with Ravi Matu, Darren Auty, James Richardson and Malcolm Swann
    Article: Dec 4, 2014

    Mayor of Bedford Borough Dave Hodgson this morning visited Royal Mail's Bedford Delivery Office to pass on Christmas wishes and thanks to postmen and women at their busiest time of year.

    Mayor Dave was shown around the office by Delivery Office Manager, Darren Auty, and spoke to postmen and women working hard sorting and delivering mail in the Bedford area in the run-up to Christmas.

  • Queuing Traffic on the Approach to the Black Cat Roundabout
    Article: Dec 1, 2014

    Mayor Dave Hodgson has given an emphatic welcome to today's Government announcement of a major project to link the dualled A421 east of Bedford to the dual carriageway section of the A428 west of Cambridge, creating a continuous dualled link and, crucially, achieving the all-important 'Grade Separation' of the Black Cat Roundabout.

  • Dave Hodgson talks to BBC 3 Counties Radio About the Council's new Gritting Quad Bike
    Article: Nov 28, 2014

    With the first cold spell of the winter having come and gone earlier this week, Mayor Dave Hodgson has confirmed that Bedford Borough Council has taken a series of measures to help keep the Borough moving through the winter, and to keep residents up to date with the latest information.

    The Council has secured over 5,000 tonnes of gritting salt during the spring and summer months to ensure its stocks are topped up and ready if needed. In recent years, Bedford Borough Councl has defied national shortages of gritting salt which have caused roads to grind to a halt elsewhere, thanks to the determination to secure ample supplies in advance, and the same approach has been pursued this year.

  • Dave Hodgson with Town Bridge behind
    Article: Nov 27, 2014

    Mayor Dave Hodgson's latest monthly column for the Times and Citizen looked at the dramatic fall in unemployment revealed by the latest figures for Bedford Borough, including a 46% drop in jobseeker's allowance claimants since February last year. Here's the piece in full:

    Latest figures show a dramatic fall in unemployment in Bedford Borough. Since February last year, the number of people claiming Jobseeker's Allowance has dropped by a staggering 46%. The age group with the highest proportion of claimants, 18 -24 year-olds, saw numbers drop by 16% between September and October alone, much faster than the regional reduction.

  • Fireworks at Bedford's Big Christmas Lights Switch-On
    Article: Nov 25, 2014

    Bedford's Christmas Lights Switch-On event is taking place tomorrow, Wednesday 26th November, with a spectacular firework display set to mark the start of the Christmas period in Bedford in dramatic fashion. The free family event kicks off at 7pm, along The Embankment, with people of all ages invited to attend to enjoy the entertainment including music, lights and fireworks.

  • Dave Hodgson with Town Bridge behind
    Article: Nov 19, 2014

    New figures from the Office for National Statistics have revealed the extent of the continuing fall in unemployment in Bedford Borough. The number of people claiming Job Seeker's allowance has fallen by 46% - more than 2,000 people - since February last year. Meanwhile, the age group with the highest proportion of claimants, 18 -24 year-olds, saw a particularly high month-to-month fall between September and October, with the numbers dropping by 16%. This is considerably faster than the regional reduction.

  • Mayor Dave Hodgson presents the Bedford Borough Council Wreath to the RBL Riders
    Article: Nov 15, 2014

    Royal British Legion Riders visited Borough Hall last week to be presented with a wreath by Mayor Dave Hodgson on behalf of Bedford Borough Council. The wreath was taken to Tyne Cot Cemetery in Belgium, the largest Commonwealth Cemetery in the world of either the First or Second World War, with 11,954 burials.

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