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Welcome to North Bedfordshire Liberal Democrats

Welcome to the website for the North Bedfordshire Liberal Democrats for information from the party and the latest news from the Council.

You can also find out how to contact your local Lib Dem Councillor, their surgery details and information about work they are doing for you. You can also follow us on twitter @BedfordLibDems or on facebook here.

For news from the directly elected, Lib Dem Mayor of Bedford Borough, Dave Hodgson- please click here.

Recent News

  • Cllr Sarah Holland at Shortstown Surgery
    Petition: Apr 12, 2016

    Ongoing NHS delays have short-changed Shortstown residents who were promised a new, permanent doctors surgery.

    In 2007 a doctors surgery was opened, supposedly on a temporary basis, and many local people left their long-term family doctor's with the expectation that a new permanent surgery was just around the corner.

  • Bedford Western Bypass Summer 2015 Video Still Image
    Article: Apr 11, 2016

    Mayor Dave Hodgson will open the northern section of the Bedford Western Bypass on 25th April, it has been announced today.

    The final works are currently taking place on the road, which will be named The Great Ouse Way, in time for its official opening by Mayor of Bedford Borough, Dave Hodgson. Following the opening ceremony, motorists and residents alike will benefit from a new road that will ease congestion, reduce delays and connect the A4280 at Biddenham with the A6 at Clapham, improving the traffic infrastructure of the Borough overall.

  • Cllr Tim Hill
    Article: Apr 8, 2016

    Dear Resident

    This is the latest of my regular electronic community newsletters from me as your local Liberal Democrat Borough Councillor.

    Since my last Elstow, Stewartby and Kempston Hardwick Echo, here are some of the issues I have progressed, in some cases with the help of the relevant Parish Council:

  • Pile of coins
    Article: Mar 16, 2016

    Bedford Borough Council has revealed a new three-year budget forecast in the light of massive funding reductions from central government.

    The publication of the Medium Term Financial Strategy follows the announcement of the final Local Government Finance Settlement, which included a cut of 80 per cent of the main government grant over the four years from 2015/16 to 2019/20. This has left Bedford Borough Council with a budget gap of £21 million by 2019/20.

  • Mayor Dave Hodgson, Pot Hole Hit Squad
    Article: Feb 24, 2016

    An extra £200,000 will be spent on repairing damage to Bedford Borough's roads caused by the winter weather this year and in previous years.

    The money will fund the repair of at least 2,000 extra potholes across the Borough, in addition to the 1,100 pothole repairs already made each year.

    The Council has had to make difficult decisions as part of the budget setting process for 2016/7 but releasing funds to repair roads damaged by severe weather is seen as a priority measure to ensure the right infrastructure is in place to support residents and businesses.

  • Dave Hodgson
    Article: Feb 23, 2016

    The Bedford Borough Council budget proposed by Mayor Dave Hodgson and his Cabinet for 2016/17 won unanimous support at a recent Full Council meeting. All Councillors present, across the Liberal Democrats, Labour, Conservative and Independent groups voted in favour of the budget, which included measures required to bridge a funding gap of over £9million due to brutal government cuts and rising need for care services.

  • Dave Hodgson
    Article: Feb 15, 2016

    Bedford town centre once again bucked the national trend with 2015 seeing a 2 percent increase in town centre footfall.

    The figures are taken from official statistics (Springboard) collected across the country.

    In contrast to national and regional figures for High Streets, which saw footfall numbers fall by 2 percent, Bedford's increase shows that people are choosing the town centre and supporting their local shops and businesses. 2015 was a bumper year with many new, quality independent businesses also choosing Bedford as their home including Seventh Heaven, Gallones , Animal Gallery, Herd, Lost & Found, Smoke Shack, George James Bridal boutique, Pride Kitchens, Épanoui, Délices, GCH Fishmongers, Rogans Books to name a few.

  • Dave Hodgson
    Article: Feb 3, 2016

    An empty building and former school fields could be transformed under plans which would see the creation of a new public open space alongside homes and care facilities for the elderly.

    The former Putnoe Lower School site, in Overdale, has been empty since 2011 when the school relocated. As required by law, the council had to seek consent from the government for the sale of the site for alternative uses, and this was granted for the area to be sold in March 2015.