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  • Mayor Dave Hodgson marks the start of extended free parking arrangements in Bedford Town Centre
    Article: Dec 19, 2016

    • New, extended free parking arrangements for Bedford Town Centre now in operation after Mayor Dave Hodgson brought them forward earlier this month

    • Queen Street Multi Storey is now free for your first two hours, from Monday to Saturday, meaning Bedford Town Centre offers a free parking option every day of the week.

  • Bedford Town Centre at Christmas
    Article: Dec 16, 2016

    With a free parking option available every day, markets running every day until Christmas and a fun fair and amusements for children, there is every reason to enjoy Christmas shopping in Bedford. And on the eve of the last Christmas shopping weekend before the big day, Mayor Dave Hodgson has issued a rallying cry, encouraging people to shop local this Christmas, both in the town and with local traders across the Borough.

  • Coins
    Article: Dec 15, 2016

    Despite overwhelming calls nationally across charities, patients groups, care providers and the entire social care sector for more cash to tackle the care crisis, a government funding announcement has taken yet more money away from Bedford Borough, with a further £700,000 cut.

    A heavily-spun government announcement trumpeted a new 'social care grant', but this money is taken from existing local government funding in the form of the New Homes Bonus, with the net effect for Bedford Borough being a £700,000 cut. This is on top of the already-planned cut in the council's main government grant of a massive £7 million.

  • Dave Hodgson with Town Bridge behind
    Article: Dec 14, 2016

    Mayor Dave Hodgson has criticised reported government plans to require councils to increase council tax further in order to help pay for the rising cost of care. Ahead of Thursday's Local Government Finance Settlement announcement, it is widely reported that the government will announce plans for councils to raise council tax by an additional 6% over two years, on top of any other increase for services as a whole.

  • Mayor Dave Hodgson over the approach to the Black Cat Roundabout on the A421
    Article: Nov 29, 2016

    Mayor Dave Hodgson welcomed the recent Autumn Statement's commitment to two key transport schemes which are hugely important to Bedford Borough, namely the East-West Rail project and the Oxford-Cambridge Expressway.

    Government support for delivery the East-West Rail project was confirmed with the announcement of £100m to take forward delivery of the western section between Oxford and Bedford, with a further £10m for early work on plans for the central section, onwards from Bedford to Cambridge.

  • Bedfordshire Flag Flying at Borough Hall
    Article: Nov 28, 2016

    Mayor Dave Hodgson has wished everyone a very Happy Bedfordshire Day. Bedfordshire Day was first celebrated only last year. Today's date was chosen after a public vote organised by the the Friends of Bedfordshire Society found the anniversary of the birth of John Bunyan to be the most popular suggestion.

    You can find out more about the society, and Bedfordshire Day, on its website

    Bedford Borough Council has been flying the Bedfordshire Flag today in celebration of the day, and Mayor Dave posted the photo seen here to his Facebook page, with the comment:

    "Happy Bedfordshire Day! Not much of a breeze today, but we've been flying the flag proudly at Borough Hall.

    It's a Happy Birthday to John Bunyan, too. Bedfordshire Day, which was first held last year, coincides with the anniversary of Bunyan's birth following a public vote organised by the Friends of Bedfordshire Society, which found it to be the most popular suggestion for our County Day.

    I think it's only right that like other counties, we should have a special day to celebrate our county. So once again, Happy Bedfordshire Day to all!"

  • Social Care
    Article: Nov 27, 2016

    Mayor Dave Hodgson has condemned the Government's disregard for elderly and vulnerable people following an Autumn Statement which included no new funding to tackle the 'full-scale crisis' in the country's social care system.

    Across the health and care sector there is an overwhelming recognition that social care services are massively underfunded and in sore need of additional resources, with patients groups, charities, care providers, NHS organisations and councils all sending the message loud and clear to the government and the Chancellor in the run up to the Autumn Statement earlier this week.

  • Mayor Dave Hodgson at the entrance to Allhallows Car Park
    Article: Nov 25, 2016

    Mayor Dave Hodgson has announced plans for an extension to the free parking offer in Bedford Town Centre, in support of local shoppers and traders.

    The proposals, which will go to a meeting of Mayor Dave's Executive on Wednesday 30th November, retain and extend the Mayor's Free Parking Deal, Bedford's flagship offer which gives shoppers two hours' free parking on Saturdays in town centre council car parks, alongside all day free parking on Sunday.

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