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  • 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:

  • Dave Hodgson with Town Bridge behind
    Article: Dec 8, 2017

    Mayor Dave Hodgson has announced 'Transporting Bedford 2020', an £18 million investment in tackling traffic congestion across Bedford town centre.

    Major works will take place at key points in the Bedford road network to reduce congestion, with the key schemes as follows:

    1. Manton Lane / Clapham Road & Great Ouse Way: Introduction of traffic lights and linking existing Manton Lane lights to control the flow of traffic and reduce congestion. Increasing capacity at Great Ouse Way (new bypass) junction.
    2. Ashburnham Road / Shakespeare Road / Bromham Road: Introducing a traffic light junction to replace the mini roundabouts.
    3. Britannia Road / Ampthill Road / Kempston Road: Traffic light modifications to increase capacity for vehicles.
    4. Cow Bridge (Ampthill Road): Additional pedestrian/cycle bridges over the railway to increase road space and capacity for vehicles.
    5. Cauldwell Street / St. John's Street: Modifications and traffic signal modifications to improve capacity.
    6. Ampthill Road: Introduction of a 'Smart Corridor' using the latest technology to assess traffic volumes linked to traffic signal controllers to reduce congestion and manage the flow of traffic.

  • Mayor Dave Hodgson at the entrance to Allhallows Car Park
    Article: Nov 30, 2017

    Bedford town centre's shoppers and traders have been given a pre-Christmas boost, after Mayor Dave Hodgson and his Cabinet confirmed that all car park charges will be frozen for 2018, with the array of free parking options maintained.

    Local residents and visitors to our town will continue to be able to park for free:

  • Placards from a Residents' Demo in Stewartby against the plans for an incinerator nearby
    Article: Nov 9, 2017

    Mayor Dave Hodgson has declared that the fight against the massive Covanta incinerator near Stewartby is far from over, as local councils submitted a powerful case against the proposed facility to the environment agency.

    Bedford Borough and Central Bedfordshire Councils' joint response to the consultation on the environmental permit application for the site details a series of grounds on which the permit should be rejected.

  • building site
    Article: Nov 8, 2017

    Mayor Dave Hodgson has slammed the government's proposal to impose a housebuilding target on Bedford Borough which would increase the amount of building needed at new sites by a massive 82%.

    A consultation on the government's proposal to impose a standard formula from Westminster for new housing development concludes at 11.45pm on Thursday 9th November, and Mayor Dave has issued the following rallying cry on his Facebook page for people to have their say against the massively out-of-scale impact this would have on Bedford Borough and its infrastructure:

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