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  • Mayor Dave Hodgson on the water at the Bedford River Festival
    Article: Sep 25, 2018

    Mayor Dave Hodgson has marked the official start of autumn by saying a big 'thank you' to everyone who helped make this summer an exciting summer of events across Bedford Borough.

    He has posted a series of photos from events this summer on his Facebook page, with the following comment:

    "With summer now officially over, I want to take a brief look back and say a big thanks to everyone who organised, took part in or simply visited and enjoyed any of the fantastic events which happened across the Borough.

  • Priory Country Park in Bedford
    Article: Sep 21, 2018

    Priory Country Park has entered the TripAdvisor Hall of Fame having received a Certificate of Excellence for five years in a row.

    This entry to the Hall of Fame recognises five consecutive years of consistency high rates from travellers.

    TripAdvisor is an online travel site where people can review places they have visited. These 'Certificates of Excellence' are based on the public views of the park, so this achievement is a real testament to how highly Priory Country Park is valued by local residents and visitors to Bedford Borough.

  • Putnoe Medical Centre
    Article: Sep 17, 2018

    Bedfordshire NHS CCG has today announced that Putnoe Walk-In Centre will remain open, with a new two-year contract awarded to Putnoe Medical Centre to continue running the service.

    The news comes after the CCG brought a sudden halt to its consultation on the closure of the popular facility last month, in the face of overwhelming opposition to the plans. The new contract will see the walk-in centre operate with reduced hours on weekdays, from 8am-2pm, while weekend opening will remain as 8am to 5pm.

  • Bedford i-Kan
    Article: Sep 17, 2018

    Bedford i-Kan, a destination of choice for entrepreneurs and businesses in Bedford, celebrated its 10 year birthday this September. The centre was a pioneering project by Bedford Borough Council to provide flexible and affordable office accommodation tailored towards business start-ups and small businesses.

  • Dave Hodgson with Town Bridge behind
    Article: Sep 17, 2018

    Mayor Dave Hodgson described Alistair Cook's century in his final test innings as a 'fitting end to a wonderful England career' as he wished the former Bedford schoolboy congratulations on his fairytale farewell during England's fifth and final test versus India at the Oval last week.

    Commenting after seeing the news of Cook's hundred, Mayor Dave said: "Delighted to learn that former Bedford schoolboy Alastair Cook scored a century in his final ever test innings. A fitting conclusion to a wonderful England career - congratulations!‬"

  • Dave Hodgson in front of the town bridge
    Article: Sep 14, 2018

    Mayor Dave Hodgson has echoed the Chief Inspector of Prisons' call for the Government to take 'immediate and decisive action' to improve the situation at Bedford Prison after an inspection revealed more shocking details of disorder and an absence of control. The extraordinary findings come after the Government took the prison into special measures back in May. The Chief Inspector of Prisons has issued an 'Urgent Notification', giving the Government 28 days to respond with the measures it will take to improve matters at the facility.

  • Mayor Dave Hodgson over the approach to the Black Cat Roundabout on the A421
    Article: Sep 13, 2018

    In comments following the announcement of the preferred 'corridor' for the route of part of the Oxford to Cambridge Expressway road, Mayor Dave Hodgson has warned the Government that communities will not accept its demands for additional growth on the route if it cannot deliver the infrastructure to support it. His comments come after the start of work on the crucial Black Cat to Caxton Gibbett section of the Expressway was delayed by two years earlier this summer.

  • Dave Hodgson with Town Bridge behind
    Article: Sep 11, 2018
    • Mayor Dave Announces Plan to Bridge Funding Gap and Deliver Wixams Station
    • Original Planning Deal Failed to Secure Station
    • In absence of progress under original deal, Mayor Dave has stepped in to rescue the station, with Council set to include scheme in its capital budget

    Mayor Dave Hodgson has stepped in to rescue the planned station in Wixams after the failure of the toothless planning deal to deliver the long-planned project

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