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  • Mayor Dave Hodgson and Rt Hon Sir Vince Cable
    Article: Jan 11, 2019

    Mayor Dave Hodgson welcomed leader of the Liberal Democrats Rt Hon Sir Vince Cable to Bedford Borough yesterday, with the former Business Secretary hailing Bedford Borough's remarkable record on investment and jobs growth under Mayor Dave.

    Their first visit was to the emerging Bedford Link Logistics Park west of Kempston. When completed, this development will feature five commercial units, with hundreds of new jobs being created on site. Mayor Dave and Sir Vince conducted media interviews and were then shown more of the site by representatives of the development.

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

    Mayor Dave Hodgson has thanked the firefighters who tackled the large fire at the Shires House building on the former north wing hospital site in Bedford.

    Up to 60 firefighters tackled the blaze on Thursday night at the disused, Grade II listed building, which was destroyed. There were no casualties.

  • Dave Hodgson with river behind
    Article: Jan 1, 2019

    Mayor Dave Hodgson has wished a very Happy New Year to all.

    Writing in his latest email update, Mayor Dave offered his best wishes to all for 2019, and also looked ahead at some of the major projects for which 2019 will be a very important year.

    You can sign up to receive regular email updates here, and in the meantime here's what Mayor Dave had to say in his email today:

  • Mayor Dave Hodgson unveils the Blue Plaque in honour of Amy Walmsley in The Crescent, Bedford
    Article: Dec 31, 2018

    On the 100th anniversary earlier in December of women being able to stand as MPs, Mayor Dave Hodgson was invited to unveil a new blue plaque in honour of Amy Walmsley, the renowned educationalist and pioneering politician.

    The plaque is located in The Crescent in Bedford, on the site of the Froebel Kindergarten School and Training College which Amy Walmsley led for many years, and which became Bedford Training College for Teachers.

  • Mayor Dave Hodgson in his Christmas Jumper
    Article: Dec 24, 2018

    Mayor Dave Hodgson has wished everyone a very Merry Christmas, and paid tribute to members of the emergency services working over the Christmas period.

    Mayor Dave said: "I want to wish everyone very Merry Christmas. A special thanks at this time of year to everyone who has to work at Christmas and be away from their loved ones, especially members of the emergency services who work on behalf of us all to help keep people safe and well."

  • Mayor Dave Hodgson Using his Orange-Lidded Recycling Bin
    Article: Dec 23, 2018

    With changes to Bin collection days over the Chirstmas and New Year period, you can check your collection days on the Bedford Borough Council website here.

    Mayor Dave Hodgson also posted the link on his Facebook Page, while hailing the efforts of the refuse collection teams throughout the year, as follows: "Thanks as always to all members of our refuse collection crews for the job they do throughout the year, in all weathers. They've had it all this year, from snow and ice early in the year, soaring temperatures in the summer and plenty of wet and windy days to boot. Thanks again to all of them."

  • Article: Dec 23, 2018

    Commenting on the sad news last night of the death of former Liberal Democrat leader and former Bedford School boy Paddy Ashdown, Mayor Dave Hodgson said:

    "Very sad to hear the terrible news about Paddy Ashdown. Paddy was a Bedford School boy who went on to serve his country with distinction in the military, as a politician, and as a diplomat.

  • Mayor Dave Hodgson by the River in Bedford
    Article: Dec 21, 2018

    Mayor Dave Hodgson and Bedford Borough Council have acted swiftly to protect local bus users from Stagecoach cuts described by Mayor Dave as 'unacceptable'.

    Stagecoach announced changes to local bus timetables starting from 30th December 2018 which will lead to disruption and delays, particularly for those travelling from Cotton End and Shortstown and for users of the number 51 between Rushden and Oakley, through to Bedford.