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  • Mayor Dave Hodgson is shown some of the high quality products available at Interphase Interiors
    Article: Jul 11, 2014

    Mayor Dave Hodgson joined Bedfordshire Branch Chairman of the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) Ian Cording on 4th July - 'Independents Day - to promote the range of small businesses which Bedford has to offer and to support the FSB's 'Keep Trade Local' campaign. Mayor Dave and Mr Cording visited a range of Local indpendent businsees in Bedford, namely Sharman Law, Interphase Interiors, Harrison and Simmonds, and Wrighton and Barker.

  • Mayor Dave Hodgson addresses the Save Riverbank Ward Rally in July 2013
    Article: Jul 9, 2014

    Mayor Dave Hodgson has consistently warned of the ongoing agenda of NHS Commissioners to force through a permanent, major downgrade of Bedford Hospital, in spite of the growing population it serves and the fact that it is a higher-performing hospital than others to which local residents will be forced to travel to access vital services. Commissioners' plans under the latest, £3.2 million review of services have now been revealed, with proposals for cuts including plans which would leave 'no beds on site' at all. In his latest monthly column for the Times and Citizen newspaper, written as the full extent of NHS Commissioners' plans for a major downgrade of Bedford Hospital were being revealed, Mayor Dave Hodgson slammed the 'crude' proposals as unacceptable, and called for a united campaign to fight them 'every step of the way'. Here's the full article:

  • Bedford Hospital
    Article: Jul 4, 2014

    Having warned for well over a year of NHS Commissioners' plans to downgrade Bedford Hospital via the current health review, Mayor Dave Hodgson has attacked the 'devastating' proposals for the Hospital's future which have been revealed this week.

    The plans, which will be subject to public consultation in the autumn, present three likely options for the future of the hospital, with each of them representing a major reduction in key hospital services locally. One of the three options will feature, in the words of the Commissioners, 'no beds on site', and will be a daytime, GP-led centre.

  • Dave Hodgson at the Clapham end of the planned final section of the Bedford Western Bypass
    Article: Jun 30, 2014

    Bedford will have a completed western bypass after Mayor Dave Hodgson announced that the battle to overcome the array of obstacles blocking the vital project has been won. A complete Bedford Western Bypass has featured in local and national plans for over 50 years, and now construction of the crucial final section will begin as early as this autumn after the success of Mayor Dave's campaign for the array of obstacles to be tackled and overcome for the good of the borough.

  • Bedford Town Centre
    Article: Jun 25, 2014

    New figures show that Bedford town centre's shop vacancy rate continues to fall, bucking the national trend and outstripping neighbouring towns.

    The figures, released by Experian, show Bedford town centre's empty floorspace rate has fallen from 10.7% in 2013 to 9.2% this year, well below the national average of 10.6 %, which saw a slight increase over the same period. Bedford's empty shop vacancy rate is also considerably lower than those of neighbouring town centres such as Luton, Milton Keynes and Northampton.

  • Deputy Mayor Cllr Charles Royden and Mayor Dave Hodgson in front of the location of the planned new Bedford Town Centre bridge
    Article: Jun 20, 2014

    • Plans Being Drawn Up for Council's Planned New Road Bridge Linking River Street and Kingsway

    • £500,000 to be allocated to kickstart work on the new bridge

    • Plans will transform local transport system, cutting journey speeds for all road users and creating more space for pedestrians

    • Project continues widespread town centre regeneration including new Bus Station, return of town centre cinema, new riverside restaurants and more

  • Dave Hodgson with Town Bridge behind
    Article: Jun 19, 2014

    Mayor Dave Hodgson has welcomed the latest unemployment figures which show the jobless rate in Bedford Borough has fallen by a massive 32% since February last year. Figures published by the Office of National Statistics show that the proportion of people of working age claiming Jobseeker's Allowance in May fell to 2.9%, the lowest level since 2008 and down from over 4% one year ago, in May 2013.

  • 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.

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