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  • Classroom with School Children
    Article: Jan 29, 2014

    Mayor Dave Hodgson has repeated his congratulations to students and school staff after national figures published by the Department for Education confirmed the dramatic rise in 2013 in attainment at GCSE level across Bedford Borough Schools. In a year which saw the proportion of young people achieving five A* - C grades falling nationally, here in Bedford Borough this figure rose by a massive 6.3%, from 53.4% to 59.7%. This was by far the biggest improvement in performance across the Eastern region, and places Bedford Borough schools' GCSE performance above the national average.

  • Mayor Dave Hodgson outside the Town Hall office block following commencement of demolition works
    Article: Jan 28, 2014

    Yesterday, Monday 27th January, saw two major projects delivering real regeneration to Bedford Town Centre get underway. At Bedford Bus Station, where regeneration is already underway in the form of a new surface car park, public toilets and ongoing multi-storey refurbishment, the old bus station is being pulled down, to be replaced by a brand new facility which will open this year. Meanwhile, the Town Hall office block and annex (and the Riverside House Office Block) are also being demolished to make way for a large new public square by the river, opening up the riverside to the town centre.

  • Coins
    Article: Jan 24, 2014

    Bedford Borough Council's proposed 2014/15 budget saves key frontline services, freezes Council Tax and protects the most vulnerable, while delivering exciting investment in the Borough's future.

    The Budget plans were approved by the Mayor's Cabinet this week, and will now go forward to Full Council next month.

  • Mayor Dave Hodgson Outside Bedford Town Hall Office Block
    Article: Jan 22, 2014

    Monday 27th January will see the start of not one but two major projects which will help revitalise the heart of Bedford Town Centre. Not only is the bus station demolition beginning, but works alos commence on pulling down the Town Hall Office Block. This work will see the vast grey office building looming over St Paul's Square replaced with a public riverside square for everyone to enjoy.

  • Grant Palmer, Dave Hodgson and Andy Campbell of Stagecoach at Bedford Bus Station Prior to Demolition
    Article: Jan 21, 2014

    Works to demolish Bedford Bus Station begin on Monday 27th January. The works are part of the much-anticipated regeneration project which will see a brand new bus station built and opened later this year, bringing to an end decades of disappointment at the way this current gateway to Bedford lets the town down. Bedford Borough Council is working with bus operators to minimise disruption during the period of construction of the brand new Bedford Bus Station, and is making information available as widely as possible prior to its commencement on Monday 27th January. Tomorrow, 22nd January, sees the second of two bus station information road shows in Church Square, from 9.30am to 3.30pm, while details of the project and the interim arrangements during construction are available online at www.bedford.gov.uk/busstation.

  • Dave Hodgson with Town Bridge behind
    Article: Jan 20, 2014

    Following dramatic growth in the number of apprenticeship places provided in Bedford Borough in recent years, an ambitious challenge has been set following an Apprenticeships Summit convened by Mayor Dave Hodgson: 2016 in 2016. Mayor Dave brought together key employers, training and educaction providers at the summit, which achieved a shared commitment that Bedford borough would see at least 2016 apprenticeships created per year by 2016. challenging themselves and each other to deliver a further dramatic rise in annual apprenticeships in Bedford Borough, or '2016 in 2016'. With dramatic growth in apprentice numbers already having been achieved in recent years, the '2016 in 2016' target would represent a further increase of 50% against current figures.

  • New Bedford Bus Station and Improved Allhallows Car Park Illustration by The Amazing Exhibitionists www.theamazingexhibitionists.co.uk
    Article: Jan 18, 2014

    Mayor Dave Hodgson has announced that works to demolish the existing Bedford bus station will begin later this month, with a brand new bus station to be constructed and opened by the end of the year.

    The regeneration project for the Bedford bus station area under Mayor Dave is already well underway, with improvements including a new surface car park and new public toilets already completed. The refurbishment of the multi-storey car park is in progress, and additional improvement works in the area will include new shop fronts, environmental improvements and new paving.

  • Dave Hodgson with Town Bridge behind
    Article: Dec 31, 2013

    Writing in his monthly column in the Times and Citizen newspaper, Mayor Dave Hodgson has looked back at some of local economic highlights of 2013, and identified some of the challenges and opportunities for 2014, in particular around major infrastructure projects. The full article is reproduced below:

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