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  • Covanta Incinerator Demonstration Placards
    Article: Apr 9, 2019

    The Court of Appeal will consider Bedfordshire Against Covanta Incinerator's Challenge to the Environmental Permit issued for the facility by the Environment Agency on July 2nd/3rd, and BACI has launched its fundraising appeal for the case.

    Mayor Dave Hodgson, who has opposed the plans for the vast incinerator at every stage, has approved a further contribution from Bedford Borough Council of £2,499 to this community campaign, an amount identified by BACI and agreed following discussion with the group.

  • Mayor Dave Hodgson by the River in Bedford
    Article: Apr 7, 2019

    The Mayoral election is now under a month away, and Mayor Dave Hodgson has written about how he is fighting a positive campaign based on his record of action and the promise of more.

    In his latest email update, Mayor Dave writes:

    With the Mayoral and Council elections now in full swing, I'm campaigning on my record of action for Bedford Borough, and a promise to keep getting the best for our communities.

  • Mayor Dave Hodgson and Cllr Sarah Gallagher at Bedford Central Library
    Article: Apr 6, 2019

    The Easter holidays are underway for schools in Bedford Borough, and there are a huge range of events and activities for children and families available locally.

    At Bedford Borough Libraries, there's something planned for every day of the holidays that the libraries are open. You can find details of all the events and activities planned here

  • Mayor Dave Hodgson by the River in Bedford
    Article: Apr 5, 2019

    Mayor Dave Hodgson was invited along to Putnoe Primary School this week, where he congratulated pupils and staff on winning the prestigious Platinum Artsmark award.

    The Artsmark scheme is run by the Arts Council England and gives recognition to education providers who maximise the opportunities and benefits of arts and culture in education. The platinum award is the very highest award in the scheme, and has been won by just 65 establishments across the whole country.

  • Liberal Democrats Campaigning to Save Putnoe Walk-In Centre from Closure
    Article: Apr 4, 2019

    Health bosses have publicly acknowledged the important role played by Putnoe Walk-In Centre relieving the pressure on A&E over the winter period, which was one of the central arguments made by Mayor Dave Hodgson during the successful campaign to save the centre from closure.

    At the Bedford Borough Council Adults and Health Scrutiny Committee meeting earlier this week, the Bedfordshire NHS Clinical Commissioning Group (BCCG) acknowledged the importance of the Putnoe Walk-In Centre and how it helped relieve the pressure on A&E and the new Urgent Treatment Centre (UTC) over the Winter period. The BCCG had planned to close the walk-in centre last year on the basis that it would not be required in light of the new UTC on the Bedford Hospital South Wing site.

  • Mayor Dave Hodgson by the River in Bedford
    Article: Apr 2, 2019

    Mayor Dave Hodgson has thanked the 150 volunteers and numerous local groups who joined forces to collect 107 bags of rubbish at Saturday's Bedford Rivercare 2019 event.

    Commenting on Facebook, Mayor Dave said: "A huge thank you to everyone who took part in Saturday's Bedford RiverCare 2019 event, which saw a massive 107 bags of rubbish collected from the River Great Ouse and along its banks.'

  • Mayor Dave Hodgson at Bedford Hospital
    Article: Apr 1, 2019

    In his latest regular email, Mayor Dave Hodsgon has written of the importance in his role of standing up for Bedford Borough, especially in the face of government attempts to reduce and remove vital local services. Mayor Dave has led campaigns against repeated attempts by Government and NHS bosses to downgrade Bedford Hospital and remove key services, for example, and he stands ready to carry on the fight to get the best for Bedford Borough in the four years ahead.

  • Bedford Railway Station Sign
    Article: Mar 31, 2019

    In his latest monthly column for the Bedford Borough Bulletin, Mayor Dave Hodgson has paid tribute to local road users' patience during Network Rail's ongoing Bromham Road Bridge works.

    He also vows to keep making the case for better services for Bedford rail users in the face of the Conservative Government's downgrade plans, and strikes a positive note in looking ahead to the benefits the congestion-busting Transporting Bedford 2020 programme will bring.