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  • Pile of coins
    Article: Jul 9, 2015

    Recently announced government cuts to local authority budgets in the current financial year are set to strip £500,000 from Bedford Borough Council this year and every subsequent year. The Council's 2015/16 budget was consulted on extensively and was approved unanimously in a public vote in February. It included £10 million of savings, due in part to huge government cuts which have seen the council's main grant cut by a third in just two years.

  • Dave Hodgson with Town Bridge behind
    Article: Jul 3, 2015

    In a statement published today, Mayor Dave Hodgson has announced Bedford Borough Council's commitment to supporting schools to change to a two tier system of primary and secondary schools.

    The statement follows meetings held today at Borough Hall between the Council and School Leaders. All Head Teachers and Chairs of Governors were invited by Mayor Dave and Cabint Member for Education Clr Henry Vann to come and discuss directly the Council's plan to provide strategic leadership to ensure that the move to a two-tier system, which is already being pursued by a number of schools across the Borough, is coherent, coordinated and serves the interests of all local children.

  • 1-4 St Paul's Square, Bedford, following refurbishment
    Article: Jun 30, 2015

    Following a stunning refurbishment programme, medieval properties in one of Bedford's most prominent town centre locations which have stood derelict for nearly fifty years are coming back into use this week, as affordable homes. 1-4 St Paul's Square buildings have been transformed into ten good quality afforable homes for rent, to be managed by Aldwyck Housing Association, after the heritage regeneration 'THI' project led by Mayor Dave Hodgson kick-started a partnership project which is breathing new life into buildings last used back in 1969.

  • Bedford Armed Forces Day Celebrations 2015 Poster
    Article: Jun 27, 2015

    This Sunday, 28th June, a day of celebration and activities to mark Armed Forces Day is taking place in Bedford town centre, and Mayor Dave Hodgson has encouraged everyone to come along, enjoy the entertainment and thank past and present members of the Armed Forces for their 'extraordinary contribution' to our country.

  • A 'meridian' train in East Midlands Trains livery
    Article: Jun 26, 2015

    Mayor Dave Hodgson has slammed yesterday's announcement by the government that Network Rail's infrastructure projects up to 2019 are being reviewed, with the electrification of the Midland Mainline north of Bedford to be 'paused'. The announcement comes after months of excessive noise at all hours, roads disruption and more have been suffered by residents in villages along the route in north Bedfordshire. Meanwhile, the announcement that the delivery of infrastructure projects in this period are to be reviewed also places a question mark over the timescales for the much-heralded East West Rail link between Bedford and Oxford.

  • The Departure Hub at Bedford Bus Station
    Article: Jun 17, 2015

    The latest improvement to facilities for local bus users is now in operation, following the opening of the new Departure Hub at Bedford Bus Station on Sunday.

    Providing a safe and sheltered area for passengers using bus services 3, 4, 7, 8 and 10, the new Departure Hub is a considerable improvement on the shelter facilities which were previously in place for users of these 'minibus' routes, the buses on which cannot use the bus bays in the bus station itself.

  • Bedford's Big High Street Showcase Logo
    Article: Jun 12, 2015

    Tomorrow, Saturday 13th June, Bedford High Street will be taken over once again by a special summer festival, as Bedford's Big High Street Showcase returns!

    Following on from last year's hugely popular event, which attracted tens of thousands of people to the High Street, a range of local businesses, community groups and entertainers are all coming together on Bedford High Street and Mill Street for a free showcase in the heart of Bedford.

  • Kite
    Article: Jun 6, 2015

    This weekend sees the hugely popular Bedford Kite Festival return to Russell Park, as one of a huge range of events taking place across Bedford Borough this weekend.

    The 13th Annual Kite Festival is on today, Saturday 6th, and Sunday 7th June between 10am and 5pm. In addition to spectacular displays by international kite-fliers from around the world, the event sees Russell park jam-packed with food stalls and entertainment.

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