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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

  • Cllr Tim Hill, broken fence panel
    Article: Jul 17, 2014

    Elstow

    Bunyans Mead Residents Meeting - Residents have several concerns relating to Borough and BPHA responsibilities. The BPHA Warden invited Cllr Tim Hill and several reps from BPHA to a residents meeting to discuss these concerns. About 20 residents attended and lots of issues were raised. BPHA has now accepted it is responsible for maintenance of the pedestrianised area. Tim has also reported to BPHA residents issues on overgrown trees and street lights not working.

  • Mayor Dave Hodgson solar panels
    Article: Jul 17, 2014

    Community groups are invited to apply to the Climate Change Fund for match funding of between £5,000 and £20,000 to fund measures that will contribute to the reduction of carbon emissions within Bedford Borough.

    The fund is open to voluntary and community groups; not for profit organisations, registered charities and public sector bodies. Applicants will need to provide match funding of at least 50% of the total project cost and the project itself must be located within Bedford Borough.

  • Town Hall Demolition July 2014
    Article: Jul 15, 2014

    The demolition of Bedford's town hall office block building is scheduled to be finished by the end of this month. Now, you can keep an eye on the final days of the building's life with a dedicated webcam- click here.

    The town hall office block is making way for a brand new public square, which will link the River Great Ouse with St Paul's Square, as part of the multi-million pound riverside development.

  • Bedford River Bridge
    Article: Jul 8, 2014

    People travel from all over the world to attend this event, which is just on your doorstep if you live in the borough! Bedford's hugely popular River Festival will take place on Saturday 19th - Sunday 20th July.

    The 2012 festival saw record visitor numbers with over 320,000 spectators and participants on-site over the weekend. In 2014, we expect even larger crowds as the festival continues to build on previous successes with its colourful milieu of live entertainment, river events, parade, funfair and fete with activities as diverse as raft races, fireworks, sports, arts and heritage villages.

    Lib Dem Mayor of Bedford Borough, Dave Hodgson, said: "The River Festival delivers a wonderful atmosphere for people of all ages to enjoy. It is a genuine community event which celebrates the best of Bedford Borough and it really is not to be missed."

    Programmes are now available at the Tourist Information Centre (TIC), at No.13 and within borough libraries. For more information visit www.bedfordcornexchange.co.uk

  • Harrold Odell Country Park
    Article: Jul 8, 2014

    Bedford Borough's two country parks have both been awarded a 'Certificate of Excellence' by the world's largest travel site, TripAdvisor.

    Harrold Odell Country Park and Priory Country Park are ranked the #1 and #6 attractions in Bedford, with average visitor ratings of 4.5 and 4 out of a possible 5.

    The certificate states the parks have been awarded a Certificate of Excellence 2014, showing that it has "consistently earned outstanding feedback from TripAdvisor travellers."

  • Cllrs Sylvia Gillard, Phil Merryman and Mayor Dave Hodgson with a superfast broadband cabinet in Goldington
    Article: Jul 4, 2014

    Bedford Borough Council has worked with the Government and BT to bring the national broadband rollout programme to Bedford Borough. The "Spires" houses (Maskell Drive etc) and the houses on the new Orbit estate (Markham Rise etc) have received one of the new cabinets in this scheme. The cabinet is based on Maskell Drive but serves both areas.

  • Dave Hodgson at the Clapham end of the planned final section of the Bedford Western Bypass
    Article: Jul 4, 2014

    The construction of a completed western bypass will go ahead after Mayor Dave Hodgson announced that the Council has successfully overcome the array of obstacles blocking the crucial project. The Council is now issuing tender documents and building work is expected to start as soon as September.

    A complete Bedford Western Bypass has featured in local and national plans for over 50 years. The project to construct the long-awaited crucial final section was propelled forward following the decision by the Mayor to issue Compulsory Purchase Orders to acquire the land needed for the road, alongside work to seek the land and rights required by agreement. The Council has now reached agreement will all the principal landowners and all objections to the Orders have now been withdrawn.

  • Cllr Tim Hill Presenting Cllr Charles Royden with Petition
    Article: Jun 25, 2014

    Local Liberal Democrat Borough Councillor Tim Hill has been campaigning against the "boy racers" and "speed merchants" who have been treating Abbey Fields as a race track, especially during the summer months.

    Local residents will remember Tim collecting many signatures on his "Action on Abbey Fields Speeding" petition from homes across the Abbey Fields estate.

  • Deputy Mayor Cllr Charles Royden and Mayor Dave Hodgson in front of the location of the planned new Bedford Town Centre bridge
    Article: Jun 25, 2014

    Mayor Dave Hodgson has announced that work is underway on a radical Town Centre decongestion plan for Bedford Town Centre, with the construction of the Council's planned new Road Bridge over the river at its heart.

    The new Town Centre Bridge, which will link Kingsway to River Street in Bedford Town Centre, has long been desired locally as a measure which would make a fundamental difference in dealing with rising traffic levels.

  • Mayor Dave Hodgson and Cllr Tim Hill, Stewartby Way
    Article: Jun 19, 2014

    Local Liberal Democrat Councillor Tim Hill has been campaigning for several years against the "boy racers" and "speed merchants" who have treated Stewartby as a race track, especially during the summer months.

    Tim is very pleased to report that following his request, Mayor Dave Hodgson has included Stewartby in the programme of installing average speed cameras across the Borough in 2014/15.

Dates for Your Diary

Kite Festival: 24th-25th May

River Festival: 19th-20th July