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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

  • Pile of coins
    Article: Dec 21, 2015

    The Government has announced a 29% cut in the main grant for Bedford Borough Council, in a move described by Mayor Dave Hodgson as a 'devastating blow for local services.'

    Yesterday's announcement of the Local Government Finance Settlement on the final day of Parliament sitting this year saw Bedford Borough's Core Government funding cut from £30.1 million down to £21.4 million for 2016/17.

  • Pile of coins
    Article: Dec 17, 2015

    Bedford Borough Council is asking for views on further proposals put forward to help it meet an estimated funding gap of £25 million a year by 2019.

    The proposals join those released earlier this year and are on top of the £81million savings already put in place as a result of cutting staff numbers, reducing back office services and introducing new ways of working. These proposals come as Bedford Borough Council tries to fill an estimated funding gap of £25 million a year, by 2019, brought about by unprecedented cuts in government funding and increased demand for council services.

  • The Carousel at Bedford's Christmas Fair
    Article: Dec 11, 2015

    The Bedford Christmas Fair is taking place throughout the pedestrian area in Bedford Town Centre from today, Friday 11 December through to Sunday 13 December. The fair offers the chance for people to enjoy can experience the sights, sounds and smells of a traditional Christmas, with numerous attractions and stalls throughout the heart of the Town Centre selling an array of seasonal gifts, foods and treats.

  • Bedford Town Centre Christmas Tree at night
    Article: Nov 20, 2015

    Mayor Dave Hodgson has announced that in a further measure to support local shoppers and businesses during the important Christmas trading period, the first two hours' parking in Queen Street multi storey car park will be free every day throughout December.

    The offer is in addition to the hugely successful 'Mayor's Free Parking Deal,' which sees all Council-run town centre car parks offer 2 hours' free parking on Saturdays. The Council's shoppers car parks and on street parking are also free all day on Sunday and on-street parking is free after 6pm.

  • Cllrs Michael Headley and Rosemary Bootiman at Church Lane Community Centre
    Article: Nov 19, 2015

    Community Centre Refurbishment Agreed:

    Followning the opening of the Iceland store, the funding for refurbishing the Community Centre has now been agreed by the Council. The centre will get a new front entrance and much improved rooms inside. Local Lib Dems have been calling for this for many years and it's great to see this now agreed.

  • school
    Article: Nov 19, 2015

    Bedford Borough Council has launched a School Structural Consultation on the future organisation of schools in Bedford Borough, and invites as many people as possible to have their say in response to it.

    In July this year, Bedford Borough Council announced that it would work alongside schools in the borough to design and deliver a transition from a three-tier education system (with lower, middle and upper schools) to a two-tier system (with primary and secondary schools).

  • Bedford Park Cafe building
    Article: Nov 12, 2015

    Bedford Borough Council has invited tenders to develop and run a café in the visitors centre at Priory Country Park. The multiple award-winning country park, which was awarded Green Flag status for the fourteenth year running this summer, already provides wonderful facilities for families, dog walkers, water sports, fishing and nature fans. However, in order to go even further and provide refreshments for those who wish to enjoy the park, the Council has invited businesses to tender.

  • Car parking
    Article: Nov 11, 2015

    Despite Bedford Borough Council facing an unprecedented financial challenge, the Council has gone above and beyond to protect local businesses and boost the economy with new proposals to keep parking costs competitive.

    In the context of massive cuts in the Council's available resources, proposals have been produced which maintain the popular offers of 2 hours Free Parking on Saturday and all day free parking on Sunday. They would also introduce new opportunities to park for free in the evening in the town centre, as part of an overall package designed to ensure Bedford businesses and the local economy can continue to thrive.