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  • Dave Hodgson with Town Bridge behind
    Article: Mar 6, 2018

    Bedford Borough Council and Charles Wells Ltd have submitted a planning application for an exciting new employment and leisure development at Fairhill, adjacent to the Great Ouse Way (the newest section of the Bedford Western Bypass), on the north side of Bedford off the Clapham/A6 roundabout.

    A detailed application by Charles Wells has been submitted for a new four-acre brewery and visitor centre which forms part of a wider development of the land by Bedford Borough Council. Meanwhile, The Council is in negotiations with David Lloyd to take the 5 acres for his new multi-activity centre, Adrenalin World, in conjunction with his funding partners, UK Adventure Parks Ltd and Burleigh Estates Ltd, subject to planning.

  • Mayor Dave Hodgson in a kitchen at Clarence House
    Article: Feb 28, 2018

    Mayor Dave Hodgson today visited the Council's brand new facility for rough sleepers with complex needs, and spoke of the 'major, exciting advance' it represents in the support th Council can provide for vulnerable local homeless people

    The 29 bed Clarence House in Bedford will provide 24-hour specialist, intensive support to some of Bedford's most vulnerable people so they can they break the cycle of homelessness.

  • Dave Hodgson in front of the town bridge
    Article: Feb 26, 2018

    Mayor Dave Hodgson has paid tribute to council staff and all workers and volunteers who are keeping people safe and keeping the Borough moving during the freezing weather conditions.

    Writing on his Facebook page, Mayor Dave commented:

    "A huge, huge thanks to all Council staff and all workers and volunteers who are going out in awful conditions supporting the vulnerable and helping to keep the Borough safe and keep it moving.

  • Mayor Dave Hodgson at the site of local highway works
    Article: Feb 23, 2018

    Mayor Dave Hodgson's Cabinet has approved £1million of additional local road and footway improvement works across Bedford Borough. The funds are set to deliver extra road resurfacing, footway maintenance and upgrade schemes in 2018/19.

    Bedford's road condition scores are in the top quarter of councils across the UK (DfT figures Jan 2018). The proposed additional funding is intended to help keep local roads and footways safe and in good condition. It is funded from savings in delivering this year's budget, and will enable the Council to extend the existing road resurfacing programme.

  • 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:

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