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Budget News

  • Dave Hodgson with children from Shortstown Lower School and Others Assembled for the turning of the first sod at the site of the new Shortstown Primary School
    Article: Mar 24, 2014

    Writing in his latest monthly column for the Times and Citizen, Mayor Dave Hodgson has congratulated local students and teachers for the remarkable recent achievements of local schools. In the article, Mayor Dave also writes about the recently-announced school investment plan, which will see all temporary classrooms in the borough replaced with high quality permanent facilities.

  • Dave Hodgson with Town Bridge behind
    Article: Feb 25, 2014

    Writing in his latest monthly column for the Times and Citizen newspaper, Mayor Dave Hodgson has outlined some of the key features of the Council's 2014-15 budget, which was supported unanimously by councillors of all parties and of none at the recent budget Full Council meeting.

    The full text of the article is as follows:

  • Pile of coins
    Article: Feb 14, 2014

    Bedford Borough households will once again see their Borough Council tax frozen after the Mayor's budget won unanimous support from all Councillors. The budget also continues Mayor Dave Hodgson's remarkable record of protecting front line services being lost elsewhere, such as Children's Centres, libraries, leisure centres and rural bus services, while investing in key projects such as the brand New Bedford Bus Station and the completion of the Western Bypass.

  • Coins
    Article: Jan 24, 2014

    Bedford Borough Council's proposed 2014/15 budget saves key frontline services, freezes Council Tax and protects the most vulnerable, while delivering exciting investment in the Borough's future.

    The Budget plans were approved by the Mayor's Cabinet this week, and will now go forward to Full Council next month.

  • Dave Hodgson with Town Bridge behind
    Article: Nov 29, 2013
    By Dave Hodgson

    Earlier this month, my Cabinet agreed savings of over £18 million over the coming three-year period, as a vital contribution to the need for further vast spending reductions in that period in the face of unprecedented cuts to Council funding and rising demand for services.

    Once again, protecting the front-line is the priority. Savings are targeted in Borough Hall, not out in the community, as we continue to fight to avoid the service cuts and closures to facilities and services such as libraries, children's centres, leisure centres and weekly bin collections seen eslewhere. This was the topic of my latest 'In Borough Hall' column for the Times and Citizen newspaper. If you haven't seen it, here it is in full:

  • New Bedford Bus Station and Improved Allhallows Car Park Illustration by The Amazing Exhibitionists www.theamazingexhibitionists.co.uk
    Article: Jun 27, 2013

    Monday night saw a major step forward for our plans for a new bus station for Bedford, with the Council's planning committee giving them its unanimous backing.

    The new bus station is the central feature of our £8.8 million project to regenerate this area, which will also see the refurbishment of Allhallows multi-storey car park, new public toilets with improved disabled and baby change facilities, new shopfronts for the units below the car park, a brand new surface car park on Greyfriars and improvements to the area in front of the car park, with new paving, seating and more.

  • New Bedford Bus Station and Improved Allhallows Car Park Illustration by The Amazing Exhibitionists www.theamazingexhibitionists.co.uk
    Article: May 21, 2013

    We have submitted a planning application for our brand new bus station for Bedford, and these are the first images illustrating how the planned development will look. Bedford has been let down badly by the bus station for many, many years, and that's why we are making sure that after so many false dawns and dashed hopes, a brand new bus station and improved environment in that area are being delivered for our town.

  • Dave Hodgson with Town Bridge behind
    Article: Feb 27, 2013

    Earlier in the month I wrote on here about the all-party support for our 2013/14 Council budget, which in tough times saves services for residents, freezes annual Council tax once again and invests in schools and infrastructure. The budget was the subject of my monthly article in the Times and Citizen newspaper, which appeared in last week's edition. If you didn't see it, here's the full piece:

  • Pile of coins
    Article: Feb 15, 2013

    Having written here previously about about our budget proposals - featuring an average council tax freeze, the protection of front line services and investment for the future - I'm pleased to report that at its meeting last week the Full Countil approved the plans with support from all parties, and not a single vote against. The budget is a product of our relentless commitment to saving services and keeping tax down in tough times, so it's obviously very pleasing that it has received this overwhelming endorsement.

  • Pile of coins
    Article: Jan 31, 2013

    Last week's meeting of the Council Executive saw us approve the proposed budget for 2013/14, with the proposals underpinned by the three priorities of protecting front line services, keeping local tax bills down and investing in the Borough's future. That's why, subject to the approval of the Full Council, we will deliver a third straight average council tax freeze, major investment in schools and infrastructure and the protection of services being lost so commonly elsewhere such as weekly bin collections, libraries and rural bus services.