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  • Mayor Dave Hodgson, Stephen Williams MP and Daniel Mouwad at the site of the planned Batts Ford Bridge river crossing in Bedford
    Article: Jan 29, 2015

    Bedford Borough Council's project to build a new town centre road bridge river crossing as part of a Town Centre Decongestion Plan received a major boost today with the news that it will receive a contribution from the Government's Local Growth Fund to help bring it forward.

    Mayor Dave Hodgson welcomed Liberal Democrat Local Government minister Stephen Williams MP to Bedford, where he made the announcement that £46.7 million will be awarded to the South East Midlands Local Enterprise Partnership to be allocated amongst ten successful projects, including the Batts Ford Bridge.

  • Dave Hodgson with Town Bridge behind
    Article: Jan 28, 2015

    Bedford Borough Council's draft 2015/16 budget freezes council tax, saves valuable services and invests in the Borough's future. Mayor Dave Hodgson's Executive's proposals include a fifth straight council tax freeze, the protection of frontline services and investment in our communities, including an extra £1 million for pavement resurfacing. The budget includes £9.1m of required savings in the face of unprecedented Government cuts and rising demand.

  • Anglian Water works in St Paul's Square, Bedford
    Article: Jan 23, 2015

    With works by Anglian Water to fix a broken water main in St Paul's Square set to continue through the weekend, the following statement has been released by the Council:

    "We have encouraged Anglian Water to address water related problems in St Paul's Square for many months. With water collecting on the roads and with freezing conditions overnight and during the day we again contacted Anglian Water last week to report this and request action to address it.

  • Artist's impression of one of the two new public squares which will feature as part of the forthcoming riverside regeneration in Bedford Town Centre
    Article: Jan 21, 2015

    The overwhelming confidence shown by commercial operators in the Bedford Town Centre riverside regeneration scheme has been further illustrated with news that the high quality restaurant operator Wagamama has signed up for a twenty-year commitment to Bedford. Wagamama joins a host of high quality restaurants in signing up for the exciting scheme.

  • Mayor Dave Hodgson shows children from Wootton Lower School the plans for the school's new Fields Road extension site
    Article: Jan 17, 2015
    In the week in which the extent of the national crisis in primary school capacity was revealed, the ceremony took place to mark the start of work on other school building project in Bedford Borough. A brand new extension site of Wootton Lower School is being constructed off Fields Road, in Wootton, and will cater for the housing growth caused by the new development there.
  • Bedford Hospital
    Article: Jan 15, 2015

    Mayor Dave Hodgson has slammed the decision by NHS Commissioners to pursue plans to downgrade Bedford or Milton Keynes Hospital despite a plea from Bedford Hospital itself to drop the proposals and take a different approach.

    In a response to the Progress Report of the £3.2 million 'Your Health in Bedfordshire' review which was amongst papers considered by Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group's Board meeting last week, Bedford Hospital delivered a damning verdict on the plans for the future of the two hospitals, including:

  • Bedford Park Cafe building
    Article: Jan 12, 2015

    In the second of a short series of posts here on mayordave.org.uk with suggestions for New Year's Resolutions on the theme of getting out and enjoying the facilities and attractions on offer in Bedford Borough, Mayor Dave Hodgson encourages everyone to use and enjoy their local parks and open spaces.

  • Bedford Hospital
    Article: Jan 7, 2015

    Mayor Dave Hodgson has offered his thanks and congratulations to staff at Bedford Hospital working in difficult conditions as capacity in Accident and Emergency is stretched to the limit, after new nationally-published figures on A&E waiting times revealed the Hospital's performance is amongst the very best in the country.

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