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  • Computer
    Article: Jun 18, 2014

    Following on from Bedford Borough's successful inclusion in the Government's 'Rural Broadband Programme' to roll out Superfast to 90% of premises and at least basic broadband to all, Mayor Dave Hodgson has confirmed the Council's commitment to provide the £1 million required to ensure the Borough benefits in full from the Superfast Extension Programme to expand superfast access to at least 95% of properties by 2017.

  • Bedford's Big High Street Showcase
    Article: Jun 12, 2014

    Following the tremendous success of last year's first ever Big High Street Showcase in Bedford, this Saturday will see Bedford High Street once again taken over by a very special summer festival of fun showcasing the best of the High Street, the wider town centre and of Bedford Borough.

    In an economic landscape for UK town centres which has seen many high streets elsewhere declining alarmingly in recent years, this event is one of many actions being taken locally in support of a vibrant, successful town centre. It is intended not only to provide a great day of free family fun but also to showcase the wealth of excellent local business in Bedford and the many reasons to visit and enjoy the town centre.

  • Dave Hodgson with Town Bridge behind
    Article: Jun 10, 2014

    Mayor Dave Hodgson has said that the seizing of four misused blue disabled parking badges in a series of recent spot checks in Bedford town centre should send a message to blue badge fraudsters that they can expect to be caught if they break the rules.

    Officers from Bedford Borough Council's Parking Enforcement and Counter-Fraud Teams patrolled town centre streets and car parks to check blue badges were being used legally.

  • Mayor Dave Hodgson Welcomes School Crossing Patrol Staff to the Mayor's Parlour to Mark Crossing Patrols' Diamond Jubilee 2013
    Article: May 30, 2014

    All Bedford Borough Council school crossing patrols have been given cameras to protect their safety and that of the children they help cross the road.

    Mayor Dave Hodgson was interviewed by ITV Anglia for a recent report on this new initiative, which is available to view on its website here: http://www.itv.com/news/anglia/story/2014-05-13/mobile-cameras-for-bedford-crossing-patrols/

  • Bedford Hospital
    Article: May 29, 2014

    Mayor Dave Hodgson has welcomed the announcement of the return of junior doctors to BedfordHospital's Paediatrics Department from August, and called on NHS decision-makers to commit to return full children's services to the hospital.

    Nearly a year on from the shock withdrawal of paediatrics services, families with children requiring inpatient care of more than a single day are still facing the strain of having to travel to access it. Instead of the return of junior doctors signalling the reinstatement of inpatient care which was lost when they were removed, this situation will continue while NHS Commissioners continue the delayed £3.2 million review into 'reconfiguring' services at Bedford and Milton Keynes hospitals. This is in spite of the CQC's inspections showing that Bedford Hospital performs at least as well as other hospitals nearby, and in many cases better.

  • Kite
    Article: May 23, 2014

    Mayor Dave Hodgson is encouraging people to get along to Russell Park on Saturday or Sunday (or on both days!) to enjoy the ever-popular Bedford International Kite Festival. The fun takes place from 10am to 6pm on Saturday and from 10 to 5 on Sunday, while the bank holiday festivities in Russell Park continue into Monday, with the free Battle of the Bands event.

  • Dave Hodgson with Town Bridge behind
    Article: May 23, 2014

    Mayor Dave Hodgson has congratulated the new Liberal Democrat Councillor for Putnoe Ward Cllr Rosemary Bootiman after her resounding victory in yesterday's by-election. Cllr Bootiman won with a majority of over 650 votes, and takes her place as Putnoe Ward Cllr alongside her Liberal Democrat colleague Cllr Michael Headley.

  • Dave Hodgson with Town Bridge behind
    Article: May 22, 2014

    Mayor Dave Hodgson is encouraging everyone to use their vote in today's important elections taking place in Bedford Borough, with the European elections across the Borough and the council by-election in Putnoe.

    Commenting, Mayor Dave Hodgson said: "Voting is underway, and the polling stations are open right through to 10pm. Make sure you have your say in these important elections. In Putnoe Liberal Democrat candidate Rosemary Bootiman served previously as both a Borough and County Councillor for Putnoe, and is running for the opportunity to continue the Liberal Democrats' record of hard work and getting the best for Putnoe. In the Europen elections, vote for the Liberal Democrats if you want to vote for a party committed to Britain remaining in Europe, working to reform it while standing up for British jobs."

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Dates for Your Diary

Kite Festival: 24th-25th May

River Festival: 19th-20th July