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  • Mayor Dave Hodgson with Cllr Sylvia Gillard and Cllr Phil Merryman outside Putnoe Library
    Article: Jan 3, 2015

    In the first of a 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 library.

    A recent national library survey found that over 300 libraries have closed across the country since 2011, but here in Bedford Borough under Mayor Dave the Council has managed to direct the huge savings it has had to make away from these fantastic, vital community facilities. In a marked contrast with the experience of many communities right across the country, there have been no library closures across the Borough and no reduction in opening hours.

  • Dave Hodgson with Town Bridge behind
    Article: Dec 31, 2014

    In a short messge in which he looks ahead to a big year in store for Bedford Borough, Mayor Dave Hodgson has wished a very happy new year to all. He also highlights the new series of Bedford Borough Resolutions which will appear here on mayordave.org.uk over the coming days. Here's Mayor Dave's message in full:

  • Dave Hodgson with Town Bridge behind
    Article: Dec 29, 2014

    Mayor Dave Hodgson has said that the recent confirmation of a further huge reduction in the Council's funding is evidence of the importance of the ongoing fight to save services which he is leading at Bedford Borough Council. While communities across the country have seen the loss of libraries, leisure centres, children's centres, weekly bin collections and more, under Mayor Dave Bedford Borough Council has bucked the trend and saved key services on behalf of the community despite unprecedented cuts in funding.

  • Happy Christmas
    Article: Dec 24, 2014

    Writing before the Christmas break, Dave Hodgson has wished a very Merry Christmas to all:

    "I want to take this opportunity to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas.

    A special thanks to all emergency services staff working over the Christmas holiday period. This time last year there were concerns over rising river levels and flood waters following sustained heavy rainfall. Fortunately no such weather emergencies are forecast this year, but whatever the weather, our emergency services will be working on behalf of us all, as they do all year round, twenty four hours a day, seven days a week.

  • Classroom with School Children
    Article: Dec 23, 2014

    Ofsted's recently-published Annual Report has confirmed that Bedford Borough continues to be the best place in the Eastern Region - and the 6th best in the country - for a child to attend a primary or lower school.

    The report revealed 95% of primary pupils attended good or outstanding schools, meaning lower and primary school children are more likely to attend a good or outstanding school in Bedford Borough than anywhere else across the whole eastern region. The proportion of pupils attending good or outstanding upper and middle schools is 77%.

  • Dave Hodgson in front of the town bridge
    Article: Dec 19, 2014

    Latest unemployment figures for Bedford Borough have revealed that the dramatic fall in the number of people claiming Jobseeker's Allowance (JSA) is continuing. The figures show that a further 126 people came off JSA in November 2014, meaning the number of claimants has fallen by a massive 49% since the early part of last year. The proportion of claimants now stands at 2.2%, having fallen for nine consecutive months.

  • Christmas Lights on The Embankment, Bedford
    Article: Dec 18, 2014

    Mayor Dave's latest montly column for the Bedford Times and Citizen newspaper has a festive theme, including the events taking place around the Borough in the run-up to Christmas, Dave's visit to thank the postal workers for their efforts at this time of year and a few words on support for good causes at a time at which we think of those in need. Here's the full text of the piece:

  • The Carousel at Bedford's Christmas Fair
    Article: Dec 12, 2014

    Bedford Town Centre's big Christmas Fair is underway, and continues through the weekend until Sunday 14th December. The fair offers visitors the chance to experience the sights, sounds and smells of a traditional Christmas with stalls throughout the heart of the Town Centre selling an array of seasonal gifts, foods and treats. Throughout the fair's three days there will also be an array of madcap seasonal street entertainment, music and shows that are filled with fun characters.

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