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  • Mayor Dave Hodgson in the Bedford Borough mobile library
    Article: May 4, 2015

    In the face of unprecedented reductions in the council's funding from government and massive financial pressures, Mayor Dave Hodgson has a striking record on saving local services in Bedford Borough, with no libraries, leisure centres or children's centres closed, with weekly collections protected and with bus services maintained and expanded. Here are the facts:

  • Pile of coins
    Article: May 3, 2015

    With the crucial mayoral election approaching on Thursday 7th May, this is the first of a short series here on MayorDave.org.uk setting out the facts on a number of key issues and looking at the remarkable record of Mayor Dave Hodgson in getting the best for Bedford Borough.

    Despite unprecedented reductions in the council's funding from government and massive financial pressures, this is Mayor Dave Hodgson's record on council tax:

  • Dave Hodgson with Town Bridge behind
    Article: Apr 28, 2015

    In a short statement for the Times and Citizen on why he is standing for re-election as Mayor, Mayor Dave Hodgson has explained how he has worked successfully to turn long-talked about key projects for Bedford Borough into a reality, while keeping council tax down and saving services being lost elsewhere. Here's his full statement:

  • Aerial Photo of construction of the final phase of the Bedford Western Bypass - Looking East
    Article: Apr 24, 2015

    The rapid progress of the construction of the crucial final section of the Bedford Western Bypass is continuing, with the roundabout at its western end on Bromham Road at Deep Spinney near completion.

    The vital project to construct the road, which is taking place after Mayor Dave Hodgson's success in clearing the barriers which had blocked its development, commenced in the autumn, and is due to be complete in the first half of 2016. The project is approaching a major milestone with the completion of the roundabout, which is being increased in size hugely in order to accommodate the traffic which will be using the new route. Completion of the roundabouts requires weekend closures at the location along Bromham Road, starting this weekend, from 6am on Saturday 25th April through to 8pm on 26th April.

  • Mayor Dave Hodgson with Tomasz Marszalek at the 70th Anniversary of The Polish Club in Bedford
    Article: Apr 22, 2015

    Bedford's Polish Club, or Klub Polski, on Alexandra Road celebrated its 70th Anniversary last week at a special event which recognised the rich contribution of the club across its history to community life. Mayor Dave Hodgson gave a speech at the event which highlighted the club's origins, having been founded by men who had served with the Allied Forces in World War II and who settled in Bedford as they were unable to return home to Poland due to Soviet occupation. The original members included, amongst others, veterans of II Corps of the Polish Army and also members of 303 Squadron, which had a major involvement in the Battle of Britain.

  • Aeneas Mackintosh Blue Plaque at Beverley Crescent, Bedford
    Article: Apr 19, 2015

    A Blue Heritage Plaque was unveiled last week at the former Bedford home of the Polar Explorer Aeneas Mackintosh. Mayor Dave Hodgson was in attendance at the formal unveiling at 43 Beverley Crescent, which Mackintosh rented in 1914 in order that his wife could be close to her relatives while he was away leading the Ross Sea Advance Party of Sir Ernest Shackleton's Trans Antarctic Expedition.

  • Numbers 99 and 101 High Street, Bedford During Restoration Work Under the Bedford Townscape Heritage Initiative
    Article: Mar 30, 2015

    Restoration work on two more Bedford High Street properties has started on site under the heritage-based regeneration programme which is delivering £4.5 million of investment into the High Street area. No.'s 99 and 101, towards the northern end of the High Street, are being restored together, and follow a string of succesful restoration and regeneration works on and around the High Street. These include the dramatic transformation of the 'Coffee With Art' building, and the ongoing work to bring the fifteenth century 1-4 St Paul's buildings back into use after forty years standing derelict in one of Bedford town centre's most prominent locations.

  • LED Street Light
    Article: Mar 26, 2015

    A Bedford Borough Council project to replace all street lights with low energy, low cost, high quality units by 2018 has won £5.3 million in government funding. The Council's invest-to-save project beat off competition from around the country to become one of only 28 successful bidders to the Department for Transport's Highway's Maintenance Challenge Fund, out of well over 100 applicants.

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