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  • money pound save savings
    Article: Feb 13, 2018

    Mayor Dave Hodgson's Cabinet's budget has been approved with unanimous support from all councillors, of all parties plus independents.

    The unanimous approval comes at a time when news headlines are being made by nearby councils hitting severe financial crisis, while other areas are seeing more and more drastic cuts to services proposed such as three weekly bin collections, for example, and widespread library closures.

  • Mayor Dave Hodgson with local campaigners at a demo against the Covanta incinerator near Stewartby
    Article: Jan 31, 2018

    Mayor Dave Hodgson has slammed the Environment Agency's decision to award a permit for the giant Covanta waste incinerator, describing it as 'riding roughshod' over local communities.

    Commenting on his Facebook page, Mayor Dave said:

    "The Environment Agency's approval of the permit for the incinerator near Stewartby is another decision which rides roughshod over local communities. That's been a recurring theme ever since Bedfordshire Conservatives identified Rookery South Pit near Stewartby as their preferred incinerator location.

    Alongside residents we've made a powerful case against the plant at every stage, taking the fight through planning, through parliament and wherever it has taken us. But a series of unaccountable bodies, remote politicians and complacent regulatory agencies have combined to let local people down.

    The scale of it is mind-blowing: 594 lorry journeys over local roads every day, bringing nearly 600,000 tonnes of waste per year. Bedford Borough Council collected just 38,000 tonnes of black bin waste last year, for goodness sake!

    There is simply no need for a monstrous regional-scale rubbish burner here. It's scandalous that it's been waved through at every stage, in the face of the evidence and of overwhelming local opposition."

  • Putnoe Med Centre
    Article: Jan 24, 2018

    Bedfordshire NHS Clinical Commissioning today announced a six month reprieve for the Putnoe Walk In Centre, announcing an extension to its contract from 31st March to 30th September, 'while a new Urgent Treatment Centre is set up in Bedford.'

    Commenting on the news, Mayor Dave Hodgson said: "While this is better than closure in just a couple of months' time, I do not agree that the Putnoe Walk In Centre should close at all. I believe that the Urgent Treatment Centre at Bedford Hospital should be additional to the Walk-In Centre, as it serves a different purpose, in a different location and fulfils a distinct, important need.'

  • Dave Hodgson with Town Bridge behind
    Article: Jan 23, 2018

    Following the publication of an update report by Bedfordshire CCG prior to its Governing Body meeting on Thursday 25th January, Mayor Dave Hodgson has slammed the closure of Putnoe Walk-In Centre as 'unacceptable', addiing that the uncertainty over ongoing walk-in care in Bedford 'beggars belief'.

    Writing on his Facebook page, Mayor Dave said:

  • Bedford Hospital
    Article: Jan 20, 2018

    Mayor Dave Hodgson has issued a rallying cry for people to sign up as hospital foundation trust members and ensure a strong local voice for Bedford Hospital.

    Under the hospital's planned merger with Luton & Dunstable Hospital, it will become part of a merged trust which will formally be a continuation of the L&D Foundation Trust.

  • Christmas Lights on The Embankment, Bedford
    Article: Dec 24, 2017

    Mayor Dave Hodgson has wished a very merry Christmas to all, and highlighted a particular campaign promoting an excellent local charitable cause.

    Writing on his Facebook page (www.facebook.com/davethemayor), Mayor Dave offers warm Christmas wishes to all, and also alerted readers to local charity King's Arms Project's Nightshelter appeal. Here's his full message:

  • Dave Hodgson with Town Bridge behind
    Article: Dec 22, 2017

    In his December column for the Bedford Bulletin, published earlier this month, Mayor Dave Hodgson wrote about the Mayor's Free Parking Deal, which he introduced in the autumn of 2013 and which has coincided with four straight years of town centre footfall growth for Bedford in spite of the national crisis for UK high streets.

  • Dave Hodgson with Town Bridge behind
    Article: Dec 11, 2017

    Sign Mayor Dave's petition against the cuts here: http://mayordave.org.uk/bedfordtrains

    Mayor Dave Hodgson has slammed the Government's 'betrayal' of local rail users following cuts announced today which remove all peak-time fast intercity services to and from Bedford.

    The changes will be introduced in new timetables from May 2018, and will apply for three hours per day southbound and another three hours per day northbound. They will be in place for at least two years, and are summarised as follows:

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