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  • 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:

  • W&H Peacock Auction Centre, Wallis Way, Bedford
    Article: Oct 30, 2017

    Mayor Dave Hodgson paid a visit to the impressive new home of Bedford Auctioneers W&H Peacock on Friday, on the eve of its first sale on Saturday 28th October. The £5 million project sees the longstanding Bedford firm moving its main operations from its Newnham Street premises (where smaller sales continue) to the stunning, purpose built facility at Eastcotts Park, on Wallis Way in Bedford.

  • Dave Hodgson with Town Bridge behind
    Article: Oct 27, 2017

    Bedford Borough Council has announced a £5 million scheme to help tackle congestion on two key A6 roundabouts on the north side of Bedford, as well as Manton Lane, after a successful bid to secure additional funds from the Department for Transport.

    With £3.5million in Government funding secured towards the council investment, improvements to the Manton Lane A6 junction along with the Clapham/Northern bypass junction are now set to go ahead through the 'Bedford Northern Gateway to Growth' project. This will increase capacity and help tackle the congestion in this area.

  • Mayor Dave Hodgson Speaks at the Public Consultation Meeting in Bedford on the East Midlands Rail Franchise
    Article: Sep 28, 2017

    Mayor Dave Hodgson slammed the Government's treatment of Bedford's rail users at a packed public meeting on its plans to remove peak intercity rail services on Monday night.

    It was standing room only at the event at the Park Inn Hotel in Bedford, with around 300 people in attendance to hear and to challenge the government's case for removing intercity rail services from Bedford.

  • House building
    Article: Sep 15, 2017

    Under government plans to impose new housebuilding targets on local areas, Bedford Borough Council will be required to plan for the building of 25,600 new homes, an increase of more than a third on current plans.

    The shock figures come as Bedford Borough Council is at an advanced stage in producing its local plan on the basis of an extra 19,000 homes by 2035. This was considered an ambitious figure itself, and was identified by an external organisation on the basis of local need.

    Now, the government is proposing to standardise the formula for new housing growth across the country, with areas already delivering rapid growth such as Bedford required to support growth on a huge scale in the coming years.

    Commenting, Mayor Dave Hodgson said: "We've never been anti-housing growth, because we know we need the homes that allow people to live in suitable housing for them and their family. But because we've done well in supporting growth to date, while many other areas haven't pulled their weight, the government is proposing a massive, unsustainable level of housebuilding here. It is far in excess of our locally identified need, and there's no regard for the infrastructure needed to cope.'

    "Quite simply, If the government goes ahead with this massive increase in our housebuilding target, it will mean a major extension of house building across the borough, with huge extra pressure on infrastructure."

    The government's proposals can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/planning-for-the-right-homes-in-the-right-places-consultation-proposals

  • Bedford Hospital
    Article: Sep 13, 2017

    Commenting on today's announcement that A&E, maternity and paediatrics services will stay at Bedford Hospital, under plans for the merger of Bedford with Luton and Dunstable Hospital, Mayor Dave Hodgson said:

    "We've been fighting for years to remove the threat to A&E, maternity and paediatrics at Bedford Hospital, and today's announcement commits to keeping those services. There are still questions to be answered and we await the details of the business case.

  • Riverside Bedford
    Article: Sep 1, 2017

    Mayor Dave Hodgson cut the ribbon to mark the official opening of Riverside Bedford today - and the Grand Opening continues through the weekend with a wide array of free family fun, offers and activities on Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd September.

    The entertainment on offer will include free tastings, live music, voucher giveaways and other activities.

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