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  • A Classroom
    Article: Nov 13, 2015

    Bedford Borough Council has launched a consultation on plans to deliver a transition from a three-tier education system to a two-tier system with primary and secondary schools.

    Having worked with schools during the applications process for this programme and received their applications, the Council now wants to hear from parents and as many people as possible about their views.

  • Bedford Magistrates' Court
    Article: Nov 12, 2015

    Mayor Dave Hodgson has said that it is 'absolutely essential' that local access to justice in Bedford is maintained, after details of Bedford Borough Council's forceful response to the consultation on the Government's plan to close Bedford Magistrates' Court was revealed.

    In a wide-ranging submission to the Government, the Council has detailed the array of harmful effects this proposal would have on its own operations and resources, on the local administration of justice and on local residents' access to justice.

  • Standard Bearers at the Royal British Legion Armistice Day Commemoration in Bedford
    Article: Nov 11, 2015

    A busy and bustling Bedford Town Centre on market day fell silent earlier today as tribute was paid to members of the armed forces who have lost their lives in service. The Royal British Legion's Armistice Day Commemmoration once again took place on 'Boots Corner' near the junction Midland Road and Harpur Suite, and hundreds of people gathered for a poignant service and an immaculately observed two minutes' silence.

  • The 2014 Remembrance Service at the War Memorial on the Embankment, Bedford
    Article: Nov 6, 2015

    On Sunday, Remembrance Services taking place include the wreath laying and Remembrance Service in Bedford at the War Memorial on the Embankment, and in Kempston at the War Memorial following the Kempston Remembrance Day Service and Parade.

    Mayor Dave Hodgson will be laying wreaths on behalf of the Borough at both events.

  • Bicester Chord First Train
    Article: Nov 5, 2015

    Mayor Dave Hodgson has spoken out about the damage which would be done if the Oxford to Bedford section of East West Rail were delayed, as is being considered by Network Rail. In the summer, the government asked the Chairman of Network Rail, Sir Peter Hendy, to review all rail enhancements to be delivered by 2019, and it is understood that a recommendation to delay completion of the Oxford to Bedford link by three years to 2022, and other elements of the western section of the line to as late as 2026.

  • Standard Bearers at the Scots Society of St Andrew, Bedford, Remembrance Service at Bedford Cemetery
    Article: Nov 4, 2015

    Mayor Dave Hodgson was in attendance representing the Borough at the Scots Society of St Andrew's 'deeply moving' Service of Remembrance at Bedford Cemetery, Foster Hill Road on Sunday.

    Commenting on his Facebook page on Monday, Mayor Dave Hodgson wrote:

    "The Scots' Society of St Andrew, Bedford, held a deeply moving Service of Remembrance yesterday at Bedford Cemetery, Foster Hill Road. I was honoured to be invited to take part and to lay a wreath. The Standard Bearers pictured did a superb job, in keeping with the service.

  • Bedford Western Bypass Summer 2015 Video Still Image
    Article: Oct 30, 2015

    A recent video made by the Council's contractors Breheny has illustrated the impressive progress that had been made by this summer on the crucial project to construct the final phase of the Bedford Western Bypass.



    Introducing the video on his Facebook page, Mayor Dave Hodgson wrote:

    "This video released last month by the Council's contractors reveals just how far work had progressed by this summer on the crucial final phase of the western bypass.

  • Dave Hodgson with Town Bridge behind
    Article: Oct 26, 2015

    In a letter published in the Bedfordshire on Sunday newspaper, Mayor Dave Hodgson has pledged to fight alongside colleagues to save as many services as possible in the face of 'brutal' government cuts, while reiterating his call for fairer funding for crucial services to have a 'fighting chance'.

    You can sign Mayor Dave's petition for fairer funding from the Government for local services in Bedford Borough here

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