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Environment and Planning 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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: Feb 23, 2014

    Bedford Borough Schools have received another major boost after a £48 million investment programme was approved by Mayor Dave Hodgson's Cabinet last week. The Schools Capital Investment Plan is part of Bedford Borough Council commitment under Mayor Dave to support schools to continue the remarkable recent progress locally in education, which includes confirmation that Bedford Borough is the best place in the country for a child to attend primary or lower school according to Ofsted gradings, for example, and a remarkable uplift in GCSE performance.

  • Dave Hodgson with Town Bridge behind
    Article: Feb 14, 2014

    Mayor Dave Hodgson has spoken about the actions being taken to ensure everything is being done to prepare for any deterioration in the flooding situation across Bedford Borough. These include the following:

    • Bedford Borough Council flood response officers have been contacting homes that could be affected by continued heavy rainfall.
  • 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.

  • Grant Palmer, Dave Hodgson and Andy Campbell of Stagecoach at Bedford Bus Station Prior to Demolition
    Article: Jan 21, 2014

    Works to demolish Bedford Bus Station begin on Monday 27th January. The works are part of the much-anticipated regeneration project which will see a brand new bus station built and opened later this year, bringing to an end decades of disappointment at the way this current gateway to Bedford lets the town down. Bedford Borough Council is working with bus operators to minimise disruption during the period of construction of the brand new Bedford Bus Station, and is making information available as widely as possible prior to its commencement on Monday 27th January. Tomorrow, 22nd January, sees the second of two bus station information road shows in Church Square, from 9.30am to 3.30pm, while details of the project and the interim arrangements during construction are available online at www.bedford.gov.uk/busstation.

  • New Bedford Bus Station and Improved Allhallows Car Park Illustration by The Amazing Exhibitionists www.theamazingexhibitionists.co.uk
    Article: Jan 18, 2014

    Mayor Dave Hodgson has announced that works to demolish the existing Bedford bus station will begin later this month, with a brand new bus station to be constructed and opened by the end of the year.

    The regeneration project for the Bedford bus station area under Mayor Dave is already well underway, with improvements including a new surface car park and new public toilets already completed. The refurbishment of the multi-storey car park is in progress, and additional improvement works in the area will include new shop fronts, environmental improvements and new paving.

  • 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: