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  • Mayor Dave Hodgson Alongside Members of the Riders Branch of the Royal British Legion at the Service of Dedication for the Memorial Bench on the Embankment, Bedford
    Article: Nov 12, 2018

    Mayor Dave Hodgson has thanked all the groups and individuals who organised or took part in any of the vast array of Remembrance events and activities across Bedford Borough over the weekend. He said a particular thanks to the Bedford and District branch of the Royal British Legion, who 'did themselves and service members past and present proud' on a 'truly remarkable' weekend.

  • Mayor Dave Hodgson by Borough Hall in Bedford
    Article: Nov 8, 2018

    Schools across Bedford Borough are facing a combined cut of £1.3m as their budgets are slashed by the Conservative Government. The amount allocated to Bedford Borough for each child in school is being cut, leaving the whole area with over a million pounds less to fund our schools in 2019/20.

    News of the cut comes despite promises of a new national funding formula putting right the massive underfunding of local schools. The reduction will see schools receive £1,000 less per primary school class and £1,600 less per secondary school class than they would if per pupil funding was retained at current levels.

  • Placards from a Residents' Demo in Stewartby against the plans for an incinerator nearby
    Article: Nov 7, 2018

    Mayor Dave Hodgson has described the High Court ruling which against Covanta Incinerator's (BACI) claim to quash the environmental permit for the Covanta Incinerator at Rookery South Pit near Stewartby as a 'dreadful blow' to nearby communities.

    Mayor Dave Hodgson said: "This is a dreadful blow to communities in the vicinity of the planned giant incinerator. The BACI team of volunteers deserve huge credit for the incredible battle they have fought on behalf of local residents. At the very least a clear message has been sent to Covanta and all regulatory bodies that every move will be watched closely and that residents will fight tirelessly for the good of their community."

  • Mayor Dave Hodgson by the River in Bedford
    Article: Nov 7, 2018

    Mayor Dave Hodgson has wished all who are celebrating a happy Diwali.

    Writing on both his Twitter and Facebook pages, Mayor Dave offered his best wishes and a very happy Diwali to everyone celebrating today.

    On Sunday, Mayor Dave attended the Festival of Lights event at the John Bunryan Sports and Fitness‬ Centre in Bedford. The event was organised by the Bedford Indian Community group, and they have posted photos from the event on their Facebook page, including with Mayor Dave.

  • Mayor Dave Hodgson Promotes the Free Parking Deal for Bedford
    Article: Nov 6, 2018

    In a major boost for local shoppers and traders, Mayor Dave Hodgson's Cabinet has resolved that all car park charges will be frozen for 2019, with the wide array of free parking options for Bedford Town Centre maintained and even extended.

    The freeze cuts the real cost of parking for a second successive year, delivering a pre-Christmas boost for local traders and shoppers alike. The freeze applies to all charges, covering both on street parking and Council car parks.

  • Foster Hill Road Cemetery
    Article: Nov 6, 2018

    Remembrance events and activities are already underway across Bedford Borough, and on Sunday Mayor Dave Hodgson attended the Scots Society's Remembrance Service at Foster Hill Road. The service was a remembrance for all service personnel who have lost their lives in the armed forces, and it commemorates the large number of members of the Highland regiments who were stationed in Bedford prior to heading to the Front in the First World War, and who sadly lost their lives in large numbers due to infection and illness.

  • Hand-held poppy.
    Article: Nov 5, 2018

    This weekend will see a range of events in Bedford marking the centenary of the end of the First World War and remembering those members of the Armed Forces who have lost their lives. The weekend of events will culminate in the lighting of a 'Beacon of Light', as part of the 'Battle's Over' National Tribute on 11th November.

  • Mayor Dave Hodgson at Bedford Charter Market in St Paul's Square
    Article: Nov 2, 2018

    Mayor Dave Hodgson has issued a rallying cry in support of local markets, in the week that his Executive agreed a freeze in the cost of pitches in support of local market traders.

    Markets provide important additional footfall at a time when town centres across the country are facing major challenges, and they are an important and historic feature of Bedford. In support of the Bedford Charter Market and Kempston Market, Mayor Dave Hodgson's Excecutive this week agreed an inflation-defying freeze for pitch hire in 2019, cutting real costs for traders.

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