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  • Dave Hodgson with Town Bridge behind
    Article: Feb 11, 2017

    Mayor Dave Hodgson has slammed the Government after leaks released this week suggested that special government support has been given to Conservative-run Surrey County Council to avert its now-reversed 15% Council tax rise.

    Text messages sent by the Leader of Surrey County Council revealed that Government officials were in direct contact with the authority, with one reading: "I'm advised that DCLG officials have been working on a solution and you will be contacting me to agree a memorandum of understanding."

  • Coins
    Article: Feb 8, 2017

    The Budget proposed by Mayor Dave Hodgson and his Cabinet was passed with overwhelming cross-party support, with 39 votes for and just 1 against.

    The context for the budget is a combination of a massive cut in government funding and a sharp rise in the need for services, especially social care for the growing elderly population. The Council's main government grant is falling from over £30 million in 2015 to just £5.8 million in 2019. By 2020/21, the authority faces a funding gap of £27.5 million.

  • A Classroom
    Article: Jan 31, 2017

    Mayor Dave Hodgson has repeated his congratulations to schools and students after the final published GCSE results data placed Bedford Borough at the top of the eastern region.

    The government's new yardstick for GCSE performance, Progress 8, measures the progress a pupil makes from the end of primary school to the end of secondary school. Under this new official measure, Bedford Borough's results were the very best across the eastern region.

  • Mayor Dave Hodgson cuts the ribbon at the opening of Bedford branch of BEW Electrical Distribution
    Article: Jan 28, 2017

    Mayor Dave Hodsgon helped mark the arrival of another new business in Bedford Borough this week, at the opening of BEW Electrical Electrical Distributors' Bedford branch.

    In addition to being invited to do the honours with the customary ribbon-cutting, Mayor Dave talked to staff and to local electricians and manufacturers about the new wholesale trader at St Martin's Business Park.

  • Holocaust Memorial Day Logo
    Article: Jan 27, 2017

    Holocaust Memorial Day was marked in Bedford Borough today with a multi-faith commemoration. The first part of the commemoration took place around the Anne Frank Tree in Russell Park, conducted by Reverend Ben Lewis from St Mary's Church, Goldington.

    Following this, a civic commemoration was then held at the Harpur Suite, led by the Reverend Cassandra Howes, Chair of Bedford Council of Faiths. The commemoration included readings, music, the recitation of The Kaddish - the Jewish mourning prayer, an interactive piece and the lighting of eleven candles. The theme for this years' commemoration was 'How Can Life Go On?'

  • Bedford i-lab
    Article: Jan 17, 2017

    Bedford i-lab, operated by Bedford Borough Council, has welcomed a number of new businesses, taking occupancy to record post-recession levels of over 90%.

    Based in the popular Priory Business Park, Bedford i-lab provides flexible and affordable office accommodation tailored towards innovative and exciting businesses including start-ups.

  • Christmas Tree Festival at St Paul's Church, Bedford
    Article: Dec 24, 2016

    Mayor Dave Hodgson has wished a very merry Christmas to all. In a post on his Facebook page, he has uploaded photos from the recent Christmas Tree Festival at St Paul's Church, Bedford, which takes place annually in the first week of December, and written:

    "A quick message to wish a very Happy Christmas to all. Here are a few photos from the Bedford Hospitals Charity/St Paul's Church Christmas Tree Festival which took place earlier this month, because there aren't many more Christmassy sights than the dozens of trees decorated beautifully by schools, charities, businesses and community groups, all of whom take part to help raise money for a fantastic local cause.

  • Before and After The Transformation of 82 High Street, Bedford
    Article: Dec 22, 2016

    The 'Townscape Heritage Initiative' (THI) regeneration project for Bedford High Street has formally come to a close, having achieved tremendous success in transforming a series of properties via the restoration of their heritage and historic features and comprehensive refurbishment.

    The project launched in September 2011 with an aim to offer grants to improve traditional properties that were either derelict, in poor repair and/or vacant.

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