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  • An image taken from the webcam trained on the Bedford Bus Station Redevelopment Works
    Article: Mar 12, 2014

    A new webcam trained on the bus station is now available via the Council's website, allowing local residents to keep an eye on this major project for Bedford Town Centre. Still images of the works, which have seen demolition on the main bus station building itself begin this week, are updated every few minutes, meaning even those who do not visit the site frequently are able to stay righ up-to-date with progress on this major development for their town.

  • Mayor Dave Hodgson with apprentices from the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives
    Article: Mar 5, 2014

    This week is National Apprenticeship Week, with a range of events going on around the Borough to promote the benefits to individuals of seeking apprenticeship opportunities, and to employers of providing those opportunities. In January Mayor Dave Hodgson announced the Apprenticeship Challenge: "2016 in 2016". This followed an apprenticeships summit Mayor Dave convened where the Council, training and education providers and employers sat down and agreed to set an ambitious target to reflect the ambition they all have for increasing high quality apprenticeship opportunities for young people and adults. So, while we have already seen huge growth in apprenticeships in Bedford Borough recently, the Apprenticeship Challenge sets the shared challenge of achieving the annual figure of creating 2016 new apprenticeships in 2016.

  • Dve Hodgson with Bill Murphy of BT following the signing of the contract to deliver the local broadband plan
    Article: Feb 28, 2014

    Following the Government's announcement of the 'Superfast Extension Programme', Mayor Dave Hodgson has confirmed that he will ensure that the project to ensure 95% of homes have superfast broadband access by 2017 will be delivered in Bedford Borough.

    Bedford Borough Council has already been involved successfully in the first phase of the Government's national broadband project to make superfast broadband available to 90% of homes by 2016 and broadband speeds of at least 2 Mbps available to all homes.

  • Mayor Dave Hodgson with the car parks sign on Horne Lane, Bedford
    Article: Jan 31, 2014

    All parking charges in Bedford town centre have been frozen for 2014, in a further major boost for local shoppers and businesses. The freeze applies to all town centre car parks and all on-street parking charges, meaning the real cost of parking in Bedford is falling yet again. The move means that 2014 is the fourth straight year of town centre car park charge freezes and is more good news for motorists following the introduction of the Mayor's Free Parking Deal, which sees two hours' free parking in all Council-owned town centre car parks on Saturdays.

  • Mayor Dave Hodgson outside the Town Hall office block following commencement of demolition works
    Article: Jan 28, 2014

    Yesterday, Monday 27th January, saw two major projects delivering real regeneration to Bedford Town Centre get underway. At Bedford Bus Station, where regeneration is already underway in the form of a new surface car park, public toilets and ongoing multi-storey refurbishment, the old bus station is being pulled down, to be replaced by a brand new facility which will open this year. Meanwhile, the Town Hall office block and annex (and the Riverside House Office Block) are also being demolished to make way for a large new public square by the river, opening up the riverside to the town centre.

  • Mayor Dave Hodgson Outside Bedford Town Hall Office Block
    Article: Jan 22, 2014

    Monday 27th January will see the start of not one but two major projects which will help revitalise the heart of Bedford Town Centre. Not only is the bus station demolition beginning, but works alos commence on pulling down the Town Hall Office Block. This work will see the vast grey office building looming over St Paul's Square replaced with a public riverside square for everyone to enjoy.

  • Dave Hodgson with Town Bridge behind
    Article: Jan 20, 2014

    Following dramatic growth in the number of apprenticeship places provided in Bedford Borough in recent years, an ambitious challenge has been set following an Apprenticeships Summit convened by Mayor Dave Hodgson: 2016 in 2016. Mayor Dave brought together key employers, training and educaction providers at the summit, which achieved a shared commitment that Bedford borough would see at least 2016 apprenticeships created per year by 2016. challenging themselves and each other to deliver a further dramatic rise in annual apprenticeships in Bedford Borough, or '2016 in 2016'. With dramatic growth in apprentice numbers already having been achieved in recent years, the '2016 in 2016' target would represent a further increase of 50% against current figures.

  • Dave Hodgson with Town Bridge behind
    Article: Dec 31, 2013

    Writing in his monthly column in the Times and Citizen newspaper, Mayor Dave Hodgson has looked back at some of local economic highlights of 2013, and identified some of the challenges and opportunities for 2014, in particular around major infrastructure projects. The full article is reproduced below:

  • Dve Hodgson with Bill Murphy of BT following the signing of the contract to deliver the local broadband plan
    Article: Dec 21, 2013

    Details were announced this week of the project which will see 8,000 additional homes in Bedford Borough receive 'superfast broadband' by 2016 and all homes have access to a minimum 2MB broadband. Working with partner authorities, Bedford Borough Council has successsfully secured over £1 million of investment in improving local broadband, especially across rural parts of the borough.

  • Bedford Borough's newly-opened B & Q Store, by Kempston Interchange
    Article: Nov 28, 2013

    Earlier this month, I was invited to help mark the opening of Bedford's own B&Q store, which sits on a newly-developed site across the roundabout from Kempston Interchange Retail Park. This large new store will be welcomed by shoppers, with new choice and competition introduced. Crucially, the new store creates ninety new jobs, and as store manager Lee Carter explained to me, the vast majority of those recruited are local.