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Jas Parmar Police and Crime Commissioner Candidate for Bedfordshire 2021 (NBLD)

Welcome to the website for Bedford Borough Liberal Democrats, where you can find information from the party and the latest news from the Council.

You can also keep up-to-date with news from Jas Parmar, the Liberal Democrat candidate for Bedfordshire Police and Crime Commissioner in the May 2021 election. You can follow Jas on Facebook, too, at @JasParmar4PCC

You can find out how to contact your local Lib Dem Councillor, and you can also follow us on twitter @BedfordLibDems and on Facebook @BedfordLD.

For news from the directly elected, Lib Dem Mayor of Bedford Borough, Dave Hodgson - please click here.

Recent News

  • Coronavirus graphic
    Article: May 14, 2021

    BLMK CCG, Bedford Hospital and Bedford Borough Council secured a limited supply of Coronavirus Pfizer vaccines that would otherwise go to waste. The vaccine has been used to help control the rising rate of infection in Bedford Borough.

    With a number of cases reported recently among students of in some educational settings in the Borough, a limited number of vaccination appointments were offered to staff, parents and carers aged 30-39 years old.

  • Letter to the JCVI May 2021
    Article: May 13, 2021

    Bedford Borough Council is calling for vaccines to be made available for over 16s in the Borough as cases of Coronavirus rise rapidly including the appearance of a variant of concern.

    The Council has been notified of a number of cases of a Coronavirus Variant of Concern (first identified in India) with mounting evidence that this variant is spreading rapidly in the borough.

  • Flowers at The Embankment Spring 2021
    Article: May 12, 2021

    Bedford Borough Council is supporting Mental Health Awareness Week and the theme this year is Nature.

    Research on the mental health impacts of the pandemic showed going for walks outside was one of our top coping strategies and 45% of us reported being in green spaces had been a vital for our mental health.

  • Cllr Jake Sampson
    Article: May 11, 2021

    A Councillor has issued a call for local organisations to consider whether they can 'share in the benefits' of Bedford Borough Council's Climate Change Fund, following a discussion of the scheme's many successes at last night's Climate Change Committee Workshop.

    The Climate Change Fund helps to reduce the carbon emissions of the borough via match-funded energy efficiency improvements and renewable energy installations on community buildings, cutting both carbon emissions and the running costs of the not-for-profit organisations who run them. Improvements delivered with support from the fund have included solar panels, air source heat pumps, efficient LED lighting and much more.

  • Bedford Railway Station Sign
    Article: May 10, 2021

    A report looking at options around the East West Rail route north of Bedford Midland has shown that the service could run effectively using just the existing four lines, and avoid the need to demolish any homes in the Poets area.

    Bedford Borough Council commissioned SLC Rail, specialists in rail projects, to conduct a technical review of this section of the route in response to the East West Rail Company's current consultation proposing six tracks to run north of the station. This would require over 50 homes to be compulsorily purchased and potentially demolished, nearly 50 more to lose some of their land or gardens and another rebuilding of the Bromham Road Bridge causing further disruption to local residents on this busy route into the town.

    This report shows that East West Rail trains could run on the existing lines, as in a standard hour of train services there is still 28 minutes - nearly half of the time - where the line is free and an East West Rail service could run. It also shows that this free time could be extended to 40 minutes in the hour with some relatively minor changes to the track layout within its existing boundaries.

    This report concludes that with efficient timetabling and some track layout adjustments it is possible to bring the East West Rail service through Bedford Midland without the need to demolish homes. This would also be a cheaper option than the proposed six tracks.

    Mayor Dave Hodgson said "This report confirms what we have said all along - that there is no need for extra lines on the section of track north of Bedford station to Fairhill. The rail experts producing this report for the Council have demonstrated that with a few relatively minor adjustments to the track layout there is ample capacity for East West Rail trains to and from Cambridge, without the need for the government to compulsorily purchase homes in the Poets area. We can also see that Network Rail came to this same conclusion in a report they have recently released. We will now continue to push the East West Railway Company to adopt this revised approach, so that our community can benefit from this once in a generation investment that will bring jobs and businesses to Bedford Borough without the loss of homes in the Poets area."

  • Bedford Borough Coronavirus Snapshot published 6th May 2021
    Article: May 9, 2021

    The latest weekly coronavirus statistics for Bedford Borough have been published.

    The figures show that in the seven days up to May 2nd:

    • 1,490 people were tested (165 fewer than the previous week)
    • There were 69 Covid-19 cases (25 more than the previous week)
    • The weekly positive cases per 100,000 population was 39.8 (down from 25.4 in the previous week
  • Ballot box
    Article: May 7, 2021

    The results in the Police and Crime Commissioner Election have been announced. They are as follows:

    1st Preference Vote

    Festus Akinbusoye (Conservative) - 51,700 (42.4%)

    David Michael (Labour) - 42,708 (35%)

    Jas Parmar (Liberal Democrats) - 15,983 (13.1%)

    Patrick Hamill (Independent) - 8,279 (6.8%)

    Antonio Vitiello (English Democrats) - 3,387 (2.8%)

    The final result, following reallocation of second preference votes from the votes for candidates other than the two leading candidates:

  • Cllr Christine McHugh
    Article: May 7, 2021

    From today, May 7th, councils in England are no longer permitted to hold meetings remotely, after the Government did not legislate to extend their ability to do so and a High Court Claim to establish councils' ongoing legal right to do so was lost. Bedford Borough Liberal Democrat Group Leader Cllr Christine McHugh has commented on the 'utterly absurd' circumstances that see Councils compelled to meet in-person even while indoor gatherings are still banned on public health grounds, while also warning that progress in public access and participation in Council meetings held remotely is at risk of being lost.