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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.

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

Recent News

  • school
    Article: Aug 19, 2016
    Students across Bedford Borough are celebrating exam success. Based on returns from 8 upper schools, provisional A Level results show 99.3% of pupils achieved one or more A* - E grades.
    Cllr Henry Vann, Portfolio Holder for Education at Bedford Borough Council, said: "Congratulations to everyone who got their results and thank you to all the parents, carers, teachers who have helped you on the way. I would like to give recognition to the hard-working students, and their dedicated teachers, who have secured these results as they look to take their next steps into the world of work or on into further and higher education: Well done!"
  • Green Flag
    Article: Aug 3, 2016

    Four parks in Bedford Borough have been judged to be among the best in the country after receiving a prestigious Green Flag Award - the mark of a quality park or green space.

    Priory Country Park, Harrold Odell Country Park, Addison Howard Park, and Bedford Park will all be flying their new Green Flags on site this summer. The Green Flag Awards are judged by an army of more than 700 green space experts, who visit applicant sites and assess them against eight strict criteria, including horticultural standards, cleanliness, sustainability and community involvement. A Green Flag flying overhead is a sign to the public that the space boasts the highest possible standards, is beautifully maintained and has excellent facilities.

  • Cllr Tim Hill
    Article: Aug 1, 2016

    This is the latest of the regular electronic community newsletters from Cllr Tim Hill as the local Liberal Democrat Borough Councillor for Elstow and Stewartby Ward. If you would like more information on any of these, Tim's contact details can be found here.

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

  • Dave Hodgson
    Article: Jul 30, 2016

    Mayor Dave Hodgson made the case for the retention of key services at Bedford Hospital in a recent meeting with NHS England Chief Executive Simon Stevens.

    At the meeting in Bedford last month between Mayor Dave, the Council's Chief Executive, and Mr Stevens, Mayor Dave impressed upon the NHS Chief that the Bedfordshire and Milton Keynes Healthcare Review's proposal to downgrade Bedford Hospital and remove maternity services is illogical for a growing town.

  • Cllr Charles Royden
    Article: Jul 28, 2016

    Bedford Borough Council is hoping to ease congestion on Bedford's busy Ampthill Road with a bid for £5.1 million of funding to enable improvements to the road to be made.

    Bedford Borough Council has submitted an application to the South East Midland Local Enterprise Partnership (SEMLEP) to be included in their bid for government funding for transport improvements.

  • Dave Hodgson, War on Weeds
    Article: Jul 26, 2016

    Mayor Dave Hodgson has announced a 'War on Weeds' to tackle the rapid weed growth which has taken place across the Borough on roads and pavements. Due to the amount of warm, wet weather this year, weeds have taken the opportunity for rapid growth. Over the next three weeks the whole of the Borough's highways will be sprayed with green-friendly weed killer spray. In addition, a Council Hit Squad will be sent out manually ripping weeds out of the ground.

  • Dad's Army Boat on Parade at the Bedford River Festival
    Article: Jul 20, 2016

    After a busy weekend down on The Embankment and in Russell Park, everything is packed away and Bedford looks back on the River Festival 2016.

    People travel from all over the world to attend Bedford's biennial River Festival, which has been running since 1978. The 2014 festival saw visitor numbers reach an amazing 250,000 and although official figures are still to be announced there is no doubt that the River Festival 2016 was the busiest and most popular yet. Early estimations put this year's visitor figures at least 300,000!

  • Raft Racing at Bedford River Festival
    Article: Jul 15, 2016

    With the River Festival almost upon us, here's a whistle stop guide to what you can expect to see, hear and taste at this year's event.

    River Events

    Events on the river include - the ever popular illuminated boat parade; the kayak slalom; a Jet Boots display and the River Swim. In addition, the River Festival hosts two new events this year, a hover craft display and a paddle board race. Dragon Boat heats will take place throughout Saturday with the final at 7pm. While those signed up for raft racing on Sunday should by now be hard at work creating something that will stay afloat long enough to get them through to the final at 3.30pm!