An extra £200,000 will be spent on repairing damage to Bedford Borough's roads caused by the winter weather this year and in previous years.
The money will fund the repair of at least 2,000 extra potholes across the Borough, in addition to the 1,100 pothole repairs already made each year.
The Council has had to make difficult decisions as part of the budget setting process for 2016/7 but this one-off funding boost to invest in the repair of
roads damaged by severe weather is vital to keep the roads in good, safe condition for all users.
The Bedford Borough Council budget proposed by Mayor Dave Hodgson and his Cabinet for 2016/17 won unanimous support at a recent Full Council meeting. All Councillors present, across the Liberal Democrats, Labour, Conservative and Independent groups voted in favour of the budget, which included measures required to bridge a funding gap of over £9million due to brutal government cuts and rising need for care services.
A special public service celebrating the 850th anniversary of the sealing of Bedford's Royal Charter by King Henry II in 1166 is set to take place this Sunday at St Paul's Church in Bedford.
The Charter gave special rights and freedoms to the people of Bedford including the right to set up courts of law, freedom from manorial dues and other tolls and the right to hold a market. The Bedford Charter is one of the oldest in the country. The original is in the Bedfordshire Record Office at Borough Hall. A framed copy is on the Mayor's Parlour wall. There is also a copy on the wall of a painting, by K Petts, of the burgesses collecting the charter from the King in Rouen, France where he and his troops were fighting.
Bedford town centre once again bucked the national trend in 2015, with figures revealing a 2 percent increase in footfall while national footfall numbers for town centres declined.
In contrast to the 2 per cent reduction in footfall for towns both across the country and and regionally, Bedford's increase shows that people are choosing the town centre and supporting their local shops and businesses.
Mayor Dave Hodgson has slammed the government's decision to close Bedford Magistrates' Court, saying it will have damaging, long term effects on access to justice for local residents.
The decision to close Bedford Magistrates' Court follows a severe downgrading of it previously via the 'de-listing' of the majority of cases, a move which Mayor Dave warned looked like the Government's first step towards closure.
Mayor Dave Hodgson visited Bromham Lower School yesterday morning, where he met pupils and staff and talked to them about the move to a two-tier schools system. For Bomham Lower, this will mean current Year 3 pupils staying on in September 2017 as the school's first Year 5 pupils, who will then stay on into Year 6 in 2018/19 as the school becomes a fully fledged 4-11 primary school.
The Bedford Mayor's Charity will benefit from a special screening of Blazing Saddles this Friday, 5th February 2016 thanks to the support of Bedford Film Festival and The Place Theatre.
The screening came about after Mayor Dave Hodgson nominated the Mel Brooks' cult comedy classic Blazing Saddles for Bedford Film Festival's Bedfringe screenings. Narrowly missing out on winning a chance to be screened then, The Place Theatre suggested the film could instead be a great chance to raise cash for some local charities.