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  • Mayor Dave Hodgson Cuts the Ribbon at the Opening of the Bedford House Dental Practice
    Article: Oct 21, 2016

    Mayor Dave Hodgson helped Bedford House Dental Practice mark its opening recently at its new Bedford High Street premises.

    Remarkably, the practice will be open from 8am to 8pm, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.

    Commenting, Mayor Dave said: "It is extremely impressive that Bedford House Dental Practice will be open from 8am through to 8pm, on 365 days of the year. It is crucial that people can access good quality dental care locally, so the opening of this new centrally-located practice is great news. It also continues the regeneration and investment we have seen on Bedford High Street, adding to the services available and attracting more visitors. I wish the practice every success "

  • Mayor Dave Hodgson with Lakeview Pupils at Sod Turning for new Wixams Schools
    Article: Oct 14, 2016

    Mayor Dave Hodgson lent a hand as the first sod was cut to mark the start of work that will create two new schools at a site in Green Lane, Wixams.

    Mayor Dave was joined by Wixams Academy Principal Paul Spyropoulos and other representatives involved in this exciting building project for the Wixams community. Pupils from Lakeview Primary were also in attendance as, once built, their natural progression would be into the secondary school, Wixams Academy.

  • Mayor Dave Hodgson with St Paul's Church
    Article: Sep 30, 2016

    Mayor Dave Hodgson has slammed the 'scandal' of 'chronic underfunding by the Government of local health and social care services in Bedford'. The effects of this include not only the ongoing extreme pressure on Council services at a time of rising need, but also the consideration by local NHS Commissioners of drastic measures such as the deferred proposal to end all IVF treatment on the NHS in Bedfordshire.

  • Computer
    Article: Sep 29, 2016

    Over 14,000 local residents have already have signed up to Bedford Borough Council's Stay Connected email bulletins since they were introdced earlier this year.

    Email bulletins are a simple, fast and free way to stay right up to date with what's going on locally and with news and service updates from Bedford Borough Council. You can choose how and which bulletins you would like to receive. Additionally unsubscribing is easy if you change your mind!

  • Bedford Hospital
    Article: Sep 27, 2016

    Sustainability for health and social care services can only be achieved by a real commitment to integration, not by the government's chronic underfunding and a crude focus on cuts and closures. That's the message of a forceful recent column by Mayor Dave Hodgson in the Times and Citizen newspaper.

    Here's the text of the article:

  • Coins
    Article: Sep 21, 2016

    Bedford Borough Council is taking further action to balance the books in the face of brutal government cuts in funding for local services.

    The government cuts will see the Council's main grant cut from £30 million in 2015 to under £6 million in 2019, in spite of a sharply rising need for services.

  • Dave Hodgson with Town Bridge behind
    Article: Sep 6, 2016

    Mayor Dave Hodgson has welcomed the merger of the South East Midlands Local Enterprise Partnership (SEMLEP) and Northamptonshire Enterprise Partnership (NEP), which recently received approval from Government.

    SEMLEP is a public private partnership set up to drive growth across the South East Midlands, featuring representation from business and local government leaders. Mayor Dave is a SEMLEP board member, and has said that the merger is the right move in order to remove any confusion and possible duplication.

  • Dave Hodgson in front of the town bridge
    Article: Aug 31, 2016

    In his column for the September issue of the Bedford Bulletin, Mayor Dave Hodgson has written about the bad deal which Bedford's rail users get on the Thameslink line. He calls on the government, which has 'considerable powers at its disposal', to start doing its bit on behalf of beleaguered commuters.

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