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  • Petition: Jul 18, 2014
  • Raft Racing at Bedford River Festival
    Article: Jul 18, 2014

    This weekend is River Festival weekend, with a huge range of attractions and activities taking place across the vast festival site on both Saturday and Sunday. A full programme and site map can be found by clicking here: River Festival Programme and Map

    In his monthly column for the Times and Citizen, Mayor Dave Hodgson has written that it is the huge numbers of volunteers and visitors who make the River Festival a genuine community event. He also writes of the unique River Festival spirit, which is as strong as ever today even as the event has grown to become one of the biggest free festivals in the country. Here's the full text of the column:

  • Bedford Hospital
    Article: Jul 12, 2014

    Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group has announced that is has cut the options for the future of Bedford and Milton Keynes Hospitals down to a short list of five variations, all involving a major downgrading for one of the hospitals including the option of 'no beds on site'. In response, Mayor Dave Hodgson has said that the Borough faces proposals for a 'brutal dismantling of Bedford Hospital as we know it', and called for the proposals to be fought 'every step of the way.'

    Mayor Dave said: "This shortlist confirms the Commissioners' commitment to a severe downgrade of local hospital services. They have shortlisted appalling proposals for hospital cuts including those which would leave Bedford Hospital with 'no beds on site' at all. This flies in the face of the growing local population and the regulator CQC's assessment of the quality of services compared to other hospitals.'

    "It also shows they are ignoring the feedback they have received from the public under this multi-million pound review, and the devastating effect these plans would have on the entire community across Bedford Borough. We are facing proposals for a brutal dismantling of Bedford Hospital as we know it, and we need to stand up as a community and fight them every step of the way."

  • Mayor Dave Hodgson addresses the Save Riverbank Ward Rally in July 2013
    Article: Jul 11, 2014

    Mayor Dave Hodgson has issued a rallying cry against NHS Commissioners' shocking plans for a major downgrade of Bedford Hospital. Commissioners have revealed that the £3.2 million 'Your Health in Bedfordshire' review has narrowed the options for the future of Bedford Hospital to a list of just four, with all of them involving a major reduction of hospital services at one or both of Bedford and Milton Keynes hospitals.

  • Mayor Dave Hodgson is shown some of the high quality products available at Interphase Interiors
    Article: Jul 11, 2014

    Mayor Dave Hodgson joined Bedfordshire Branch Chairman of the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) Ian Cording on 4th July - 'Independents Day - to promote the range of small businesses which Bedford has to offer and to support the FSB's 'Keep Trade Local' campaign. Mayor Dave and Mr Cording visited a range of Local indpendent businsees in Bedford, namely Sharman Law, Interphase Interiors, Harrison and Simmonds, and Wrighton and Barker.

  • Mayor Dave Hodgson addresses the Save Riverbank Ward Rally in July 2013
    Article: Jul 9, 2014

    Mayor Dave Hodgson has consistently warned of the ongoing agenda of NHS Commissioners to force through a permanent, major downgrade of Bedford Hospital, in spite of the growing population it serves and the fact that it is a higher-performing hospital than others to which local residents will be forced to travel to access vital services. Commissioners' plans under the latest, £3.2 million review of services have now been revealed, with proposals for cuts including plans which would leave 'no beds on site' at all. In his latest monthly column for the Times and Citizen newspaper, written as the full extent of NHS Commissioners' plans for a major downgrade of Bedford Hospital were being revealed, Mayor Dave Hodgson slammed the 'crude' proposals as unacceptable, and called for a united campaign to fight them 'every step of the way'. Here's the full article:

  • Bedford Hospital
    Article: Jul 4, 2014

    Having warned for well over a year of NHS Commissioners' plans to downgrade Bedford Hospital via the current health review, Mayor Dave Hodgson has attacked the 'devastating' proposals for the Hospital's future which have been revealed this week.

    The plans, which will be subject to public consultation in the autumn, present three likely options for the future of the hospital, with each of them representing a major reduction in key hospital services locally. One of the three options will feature, in the words of the Commissioners, 'no beds on site', and will be a daytime, GP-led centre.

  • Dave Hodgson at the Clapham end of the planned final section of the Bedford Western Bypass
    Article: Jun 30, 2014

    Bedford will have a completed western bypass after Mayor Dave Hodgson announced that the battle to overcome the array of obstacles blocking the vital project has been won. A complete Bedford Western Bypass has featured in local and national plans for over 50 years, and now construction of the crucial final section will begin as early as this autumn after the success of Mayor Dave's campaign for the array of obstacles to be tackled and overcome for the good of the borough.

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Dates for Your Diary

Kite Festival: 24th-25th May

River Festival: 19th-20th July