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  • Dave Hodgson with river behind
    Article: Oct 11, 2019

    Mayor of Bedford Borough, Dave Hodgson, has expressed delight at the Council passing a motion on 'Out of Area Placements' unanimously.

    Mayor Dave said "There are nearly 40 residential properties in Bedford Borough being used for unregulated post-16 semi-independent living placements by other local authorities. Whilst the local authorities who place children in Bedford continue to be responsible for those children, we have concerns about the impact this is having on young people in these properties and also residents in neighbouring properties."

  • Mayor Dave Hodgson visits the 'Somewhere Safe to Stay' Hub
    Article: Oct 10, 2019

    On World Homeless Day, Mayor Dave Hodgson visited the soon to open 'Somewhere Safe to Stay' Hub.

    The Hub will officially open next week and is being run by SMART. The Hub will offer somewhere safe to stay, warm and dry for rough sleepers as well as offer rapid and intensive support.

    Rough sleepers accessing the hub will receive a same day assessment and somewhere safe to stay for between 3-7 days, during which time they will be provided with a safe place to sleep and concentrated support from SMART workers alongside dedicated statutory housing support from Navigator's within the Council teams. The aim of the hub is to find the appropriate housing solution for each individual service user by the end of their stay.

  • New 101 call handling poster
    Article: Oct 9, 2019

    Bedfordshire Police have changed the way they habdle 101 calls to improve the service for people who need it the most, and manage call wait times.

    Calls are now assigned based on the threat, risk and harm. Callers are prioritised through a triage team and transferred to a relevant call handler, who will deal with their matter depending on the nature of their call and the urgency of the required police response.

  • Mayor Dave Hodgson with Councillors Tim Caswell and Christine McHugh campaigning to save Bedford Hospital
    Article: Oct 8, 2019

    You can read Mayor Dave's latest column in the Bedford Independent here.

    In the column Dave reports that local NHS bosses have finally committed to keeping key services at Bedford Hospital in a huge win for local residents and supporters of the campaign to save Bedford Hospital.

    Dave also tells us of his concerns about the future of the Putnoe Walk-in Centre, which you can support by the signing this petition.

  • Mayor Dave Hodgson and Councillor Sue Anderson unveil Elstow Gate
    Article: Oct 7, 2019

    At the weekend Mayor Dave Hodgson and Chair of Elstow Parish Councillor Sue Anderson unveilled the new Elstow Village Gateway, featuring John Bunyan.

    You can see more photographs and read about the unveilling at the John Bunyan's Bedford website.

  • Bedford Park Cafe building
    Article: Oct 6, 2019

    Bedford Borough is fortunate to have great park run events, and this week marks a special occasion for Park Run in the UK as it celebrates its 15th birthday.

    Bedford Park Run was the first Park Run to be established locally, in 2011, followed by Great Denham Park Run in 2018. They are also joined by The Bedford Junior Park Run, which takes place in Jubilee Park. The Park Runs see large numbers of all ages and abilities taking part every Saturday morning at 9am, thanks to the efforts of their many dedicated volunteers.

  • Cllr Jake Sampson
    Article: Oct 5, 2019

    Councillor Jake Sampson's will be holding a Young People's Political Workshop as part of BedPop Fun Palaces at 11am this Sunday (6th October) at The Higgins Bedford.

    Newnham Liberal Democrat Councillor Jake Sampson became the youngest Member of Bedford Borough Council in May's elections.

    The workshop will explore the fundamentals of UK politics and the role that young people themselves can play both locally and nationally.

  • Mayor Dave Hodgson with Councillors Tim Caswell and Christine McHugh campaigning to save Bedford Hospital
    Article: Oct 4, 2019

    Local NHS bosses have finally committed to keeping key services at Bedford Hospital in a huge win for local residents and supporters of the campaign to save Bedford Hospital.

    NHS bosses recently told a meeting of local NHS and Local Authority leaders that Bedford would retain its maternity services, accident and emergency and 24-hour children's wards.

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