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Welcome to North Bedfordshire Liberal Democrats

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

This website also has information on how to contact your Lib Dem Councillors, their surgery details and information about work they are doing for you. For news from the directly elected, Lib Dem Mayor of Bedford Borough, Dave Hodgson- please click here.

We hope you find this website useful, if you have any queries or would like to get involved with the North Beds Lib Dems, please do get in touch:

Recent News

  • Bedford Hospital
    Article: Oct 30, 2014

    Mayor Dave Hodgson has slammed the delayed £3.2 million review into local health services which threatens Bedford Hospital with a major downgrade, after it published a 'progress report' which serves only to prolong the uncertainty around the hospital's future. The report recommends a downgrade for either Bedford or Milton Keynes Hospital, but says that 'further work' is needed before NHS Commissioners take proposals to public consultation.

  • Coffee With Art
    Article: Oct 21, 2014

    As promised, this is a before and after picture of the work done at the property that is now 'Coffee With Art' on the High Street as part of the 'Bedford High Street Townscape Heritage Initiative' (THI).

    To find out more about the work happening through the THI, please click here.

  • Cllr Charles Royden
    Article: Oct 21, 2014

    Two new scooters will help Bedford Borough Council enforce against unlawful parking.

    The two scooters will help officers enforce across the wider borough area, ensuring routes are kept clear to avoid congestion and keep children safe outside schools. The scooters also have the advantage of being able to be rapidly deployed with great flexibility and so can respond quickly to requests from the public on matters such as blocked driveways.

  • Mayor Dave Hodgson Horne Lane Town Centre Car Parks
    Article: Oct 20, 2014

    Bedford Borough Council has announced more good news for Bedford Town Centre and local shoppers with the introduction of free parking on Sundays in all town centre car parks.

    Free parking on Sundays in all Council-operated car parks will be implemented from 2 November, in time for the crucial Christmas period. This is the latest in a series of parking initiatives backed by the Council's Executive to support shoppers and traders alike including the Free Parking Deal on Saturdays, 24-hour opening and four years of town centre car park charge freezes.

  • Mayor Dave Hodgson signs the all-important decision to authorise the appointment of the contractor for the construction of the final phase of the Bedford Western Bypass
    Article: Oct 20, 2014

    - Breheny Civil Engineering appointed to commence £18.6million project

    - Construction to begin in weeks after decades of waiting for a complete Western Bypass for Bedford

    - Council has overcome extraordinary obstacles to secure delivery of road

    The construction of the crucial final phase of the Bedford Western Bypass is due to begin within weeks after a Mayoral Decision authorised the appointment of the contractor to carry out the works. Breheny Civil Engineering won the tender process after scoring highest for both quality and price.

  • Start of Work at 1-4 St Paul's Square
    Article: Oct 16, 2014

    Work is well underway to restore derelict buildings on St Paul's Square to their former glory and provide much-needed affordable town centre housing for local people.

    The buildings have been left empty and unused for around 40 years. However, this project will restore the outside as well as refurbishing the inside, creating 10 new affordable flats for local people and regenerating an important part of the town centre.

  • Cllr Charles Royden
    Article: Sep 29, 2014

    New 24-hour toilets have been opened at Lurke Street bringing the total of Bedford Borough Council-operated toilets to seven in the town centre alone, as well as having 12 partners in the Community Toilet Scheme which launched in April 2013.

    This means there are now more toilet facilities available in Bedford Town Centre than ever before. The opening of the toilets will complement Lurke Street Car Park which has moved to 24-hour opening since May this year.

  • Dave Hodgson
    Article: Sep 22, 2014

    The ill-gotten gains of Bedford fraudster Hendrick Meniru are going to be put to good use by Bedford Borough Council.

    The Council has put forward plans to allocate £450,000 to fund 15 apprenticeship places annually over the next three years. The places will be working within the Council which will partner with Bedford College as its training provider.

  • Harrold Lower School Temporary Classrooms Alongside Newly-Built Permanent Replacement
    Article: Sep 22, 2014

    Mayor Dave Hodgson visited Harrold Lower School recently to see the brand new permanent classrooms which have been constructed as part of the programme to abolish temporary classrooms across all Bedford Borough schools.

    Earlier this year, Bedford Borough Council confirmed it will invest more than £48 million in schools over the next three years. The School Capital Investment Plan set out the Council's ambition to:

  • Dave Hodgson
    Article: Sep 8, 2014

    Dozens of potential employers will be on hand when The Jobs Market returns to Bedford this week.

    This year's event is on Wednesday, 10 September from 10am - 3pm at the Bedford Corn Exchange. As well as employers advertising their job opportunities, there will be careers advice and guidance available, plus information on starting a business.