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  • The Departure Hub at Bedford Bus Station
    Article: Jun 17, 2015

    The latest improvement to facilities for local bus users is now in operation, following the opening of the new Departure Hub at Bedford Bus Station on Sunday.

    Providing a safe and sheltered area for passengers using bus services 3, 4, 7, 8 and 10, the new Departure Hub is a considerable improvement on the shelter facilities which were previously in place for users of these 'minibus' routes, the buses on which cannot use the bus bays in the bus station itself.

  • Bedford's Big High Street Showcase Logo
    Article: Jun 12, 2015

    Tomorrow, Saturday 13th June, Bedford High Street will be taken over once again by a special summer festival, as Bedford's Big High Street Showcase returns!

    Following on from last year's hugely popular event, which attracted tens of thousands of people to the High Street, a range of local businesses, community groups and entertainers are all coming together on Bedford High Street and Mill Street for a free showcase in the heart of Bedford.

  • Kite
    Article: Jun 6, 2015

    This weekend sees the hugely popular Bedford Kite Festival return to Russell Park, as one of a huge range of events taking place across Bedford Borough this weekend.

    The 13th Annual Kite Festival is on today, Saturday 6th, and Sunday 7th June between 10am and 5pm. In addition to spectacular displays by international kite-fliers from around the world, the event sees Russell park jam-packed with food stalls and entertainment.

  • Dave Hodgson with Town Bridge behind
    Article: May 24, 2015
    Responding to to the latest developments in the sorry saga of the finances of the body which is responsible for commissioning NHS services locally, Mayor Dave Hodgson said it would be a 'travesty' if local patients were forced to pay the price of Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group's financial failings in the form of reduced services. He also slammed the BCCG for the resources it has dedicated to an unjustifiable review which has sought to downgrade local hospital services, while its own finances were spirallIng out of control.
  • Dave Hodgson with Town Bridge behind
    Article: May 19, 2015

    Following his re-election with an increased majority, Mayor Dave Hodgson has announced changes to his Cabinet. The new Cabinet sees Mayor Dave joined by four Liberal Democrat and four Labour Members, representing groups comprising well over half of the seats won in the recent Council elections. The appointments allow for the continuation of the extremely successful partnership work of the groups on the Cabinet, which, despite huge reductions in the Council's funding, has protected services and cut or frozen council tax for five straight years.

  • Dave Hodgson with Town Bridge behind
    Article: May 16, 2015
    Commenting on BBC Three Counties Radio this week, Mayor Dave Hodgson called for an end to the uncertainty and distress caused to patients and staff by the proposals of the CCG-led healthcare review 'Your Health in Bedfordshire'. The £3 million review's long overdue 'Progress Report', published at the end of October, concluded that either Bedford or Milton Keynes Hospitals must be downgraded to become an 'Integrated Care Centre. In practice, it is likely that this would mean a series of urgent care services reduced, with fewer births, for example, and a reduced Accident and Emergency service.
  • Dave Hodgson and Liberal Democrat Colleagues Celebrate his Success in the 2015 Bedford Borough Mayoral Election
    Article: May 9, 2015

    Mayor Dave Hodgson has thanked voters across Bedford Borough, after a stunning victory in the mayoral election. Mayor Dave was re-elected with a majority of 8,789 over Jas Parmar, the Conservative candidate in second place, following the re-allocation of second preference votes under the supplementary voting system. The margin of victory was nearly 3,000 more than in the previous mayoral election in 2011.

  • Mayor Dave Hodgson shows children from Wootton Lower School the plans for the school's new Fields Road extension site
    Article: May 7, 2015

    Under Mayor Dave Hodgson Bedford Borough Council has invested in the Borough's future, with improved school buildings and facilities, extra capacity created to avert the primary places crisis seen elsewhere and rising school standards. Here are the facts:

    • Ofsted's latest annual report ranks Bedford Borough as one of the top six places in the country for a child to attend lower or primary school, based on the proportion attending good or outstanding schools.

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