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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

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

    Bedford Borough Council is freezing all of its parking charges for the coming year, meaning 2015 will be the fifth straight year of Mayor Dave Hodgson's town centre car park charge freeze.

    The freeze approved by Mayor Dave's Cabinet applies to all Council car parks and all on-street parking. The ongoing fall in the real cost of parking is in stark contrast to the situation in towns elsewhere nearby and across the country, with charges rising with inflation or more in some cases, as massive government cuts to local authority funding continue. Here in Bedford, Mayor Dave's drive to support a thriving town centre is instead delivering this further boost for local shoppers and traders, in defiance of inflation and parking running costs.

  • Building of Bedford Bus Station, November 2014
    Article: Nov 20, 2014

    The next stages of the multi-million pound project to create a new Bus Station for Bedford are now underway with works commencing on 14-28 Allhallows, the parade of shops which back on to the bus station building.

    The improvement works include: re-roofing, new shop fronts, windows and cladding panels and external improvements including a refurbishment of the canopy, all of which will help to integrate the shop parade with the new bus station buildings.

  • Cllr Sylvia Gillard
    Article: Nov 10, 2014

    Enthusiastic and committed leaders and a focus on individual support are just two of the reasons Goldington Family Centre has achieved a Good rating from Ofsted in its latest report, released on Friday 31 October.

    A high priority given to safeguarding children and an increase in service users are among other highlights which have seen the Bedford Borough Council service vastly improve since an inadequate rating last year.

  • Mahmud Rogers, Public Meeting
    Article: Nov 6, 2014

    Mahmud Rogers, the Liberal Democrat prospective parliamentary candidate for Bedford and Kempston will be speaking at a public meeting organised by Bedford CND this Saturday: "Nuclear Weapons? At What Cost?"

    If you are interested in hearing from Mahmud, as well as the current Conservative MP and Labour prospective parliamentary candidate, please go along to St Andrews Church Centre on Kimbolton Road, Bedford this Saturday at 7pm (more information on the flyer opposite).

  • 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.