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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

  • 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.

  • Bicester Chord First Train
    Article: Nov 10, 2015

    Mayor Dave Hodgson has spoken out about the damage which would be done if the Oxford to Bedford section of East West Rail were delayed, as is being considered by Network Rail. In the summer, the government asked the Chairman of Network Rail, Sir Peter Hendy, to review all rail enhancements to be delivered by 2019, and it is understood that a recommendation to delay completion of the Oxford to Bedford link by three years to 2022, and other elements of the western section of the line to as late as 2026.

  • Cllr Tim Hill by the A6
    Article: Nov 9, 2015

    Following huge investment in cycling across Bedford, improvements are on route for cyclists and pedestrians south of the town with a walking and cycling track alongside the A6 being designed this year, set to be built in 2016/17.

    The Council has been working to find a way to deliver this track despite a lack of existing developer funds. Following the efforts of local Councillor Tim Hill working with officers, Highways England has taken on this project with additional national funding.

  • Cllr David Sawyer and Cllr Henry Vann with bollards at Chiltern Avenue and Putnoe Lane
    Article: Nov 6, 2015

    Cllr David Sawyer and Cllr Henry Vann, your two local councillors for De Parys, have been campaigning for safer junctions in the ward. The first new bollards have been installed at the junction between Chiltern Avenue and Putnoe Lane, where a number of crashes have taken place.

    David said "There have been a number of crashes and near misses, and we have supported residents' calls for improvements in safety at this junction; we will also improve Park Avenue and other junctions."