Article: Nov 10, 2021
Mayor Dave Hodgson recently visited Bedford Foodbank to discuss their work.
Mayor Dave was told that the Foodbank are now feeding over 1000 people a month. This has increased from 800 people a month earlier this year and is up from 600 a month in 2020.
Mayor Dave said "I am grateful for everything that Bedford Foodbank does for the most vulnerable people in our communities. I am pleased to have been able to support the Foodbank as one of my Mayor's Charities by providing funds when possible. The Foodbank provides crucial support to those in need across Bedford Borough and sadly we have seen more people in need over the last few months and I fear this will increase in the run up to Christmas."
Article: Nov 9, 2021
Mayor Dave Hodgson and Councillor Charles Royden recently visited the roadworks at the Clapham roundabouts to see the progress being made by the contractor Henderson and Taylor.
Work is ahead of schedule to provide new traffic light controlled crossings and feeder lanes to cut congestion. There will also be safer crossings for pedestrians and cyclists.
Article: Nov 8, 2021
Commenting on the Empty Homes Update to the Housing Committee that shows the number of homes empty for over five years has decreased by 35% since 2014, Liberal Democrat Housing Spokesperson Councillor Dean Crofts said "This update is very encouraging. It shows that the programme has been a big success and as a council, we have brought wasted resources and space back into use. This means buildings that may have previously attracted anti-social behaviour are now being restored back into our communities for people to live in."
Article: Nov 7, 2021
The latest weekly Coronavirus snapshot for Bedford Borough has been published.
The figures show that in the seven days up to 31st October:
- 8,174 PCR tests were taken
- There were 797 Coronavirus cases (2 less than the previous week)
- The weekly positive cases per 100,000 population was 456.2 (down from 457.4 in the previous week)
Article: Nov 7, 2021
Mayor Dave Hodgson attended the Highland Division Service of Remembrance at Foster Hill Cemetery this morning.
You can find out more about the Bedford Highlanders here.
Contemporary Intervention by Leading Artist Arabel Lebrusan Opens at The Higgins Bedford: Blunt BladesArticle: Nov 7, 2021
Blunt Blades, a new display exploring our complex relationships with knives and their variety of roles by leading visual artist, Arabel Lebrusan, opens at The Higgins Bedford on Thursday 11 November 2021.
Knife crime in the UK is the highest it has been in over a decade. Informed by years of research after Arabel received three crates of confiscated knives and weapons from Bedfordshire Police in 2013, this display explores whether the meaning of an object can be re-established and transformed to evoke different emotions.
Article: Nov 6, 2021
Bedford Borough Council is consulting on its new Corporate Plan 2022-2026: 'Together Bedford Borough, Place- People- Communities'.
The Council's vision in this Corporate Plan is "We want Bedford Borough to thrive as a place, a location that people are proud of, want to live in and move to. To do this we need a growing and strong local economy and an active response to climate change. From this foundation our residents will be able to thrive and realise their potential, supporting and celebrating our diverse and inclusive communities."
Article: Nov 5, 2021
The Council has recently completed a project to upgrade bins across Bedford Park, Jubilee Park, Allen Park and Mowsbury Park. All old bins have been removed, whilst at the same time new bigger bins with a separate side for recycling were installed.
These new bins may not be in the same place as they used to be, as bins are being installed in high footfall areas and known litter spots to ensure it is as easy as possible for people to find and use them.