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Henry Vann

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 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

  • 20200806 Bedford Borough Coronavirus Infographic
    Article: Aug 7, 2020

    The Government has announced that Bedford Borough is a Coronavirus area of concern. Mayor Dave Hodgson is urging residents to continue to follow social distancing advice to avoid a local lockdown - as we have seen in Leicester.

    Locally, there has been a rise in the number of cases over the past three weeks with 97 cases recorded since the 13th July and the Borough has now been added to the governments' "areas of concern".

  • Cllr Tim Hill
    Article: Aug 6, 2020

    Thursday 6th August is Cycle to Work Day, and this year's event has a new twist. With many people's circumstances changed due to the coronavirus pandemic, Cycle to Work Day organisers this year are encouraging people to ride anywhere, for any reason and with anyone, and Bedford Borough Liberal Democrats are backing the initiative.

  • Coronavirus graphic
    Article: Aug 5, 2020

    Following interim findings published last month, the Bedford Borough COVID-19 Deep Dive Final Report has now been published this report does not provide answers to some of the key questions about what has happened since the start of this crisis. Those questions would need a different sort of inquiry, this Report looks at transmission.

  • Cllr Jon Abbott
    Article: Aug 4, 2020

    The Chair of Bedford Borough Council's Planning Committee has warned that the Government's extension of 'Permitted Development' (PD) rights will further reduce local people's influence over their own communities and could lead to poorer quality, unpopular development taking place.

    The government introduced new legislation last week extending PD rights for certain kinds of development to take place without planning permission via the local planning authority. They include demolition of certain buildings and their replacement with housing, and upward extensions of up to two storeys on certain existing homes. Removing the requirement for planning permission for these developments will mean there is no opportunity for the views of local residents, parish councils and others to be considered before they can take place.

  • Henry Vann
    Article: Aug 3, 2020

    A list of potential schemes to be delivered using 'Town Deal Acccelerator' funding includes projects to enhance sustainable transport, event infrastructure and the street scene in Bedford town centre.

    The schemes form a working list which is shaped by the fact that the criteria for accessing this government funding is extremely restrictive, including a requirement for projects to be "shovel ready" - in other words deliverable by March 2021, just a matter of months away.

  • Daisy Cooper (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/)
    Article: Aug 2, 2020

    Responding to the statistics released this week showing that self-harm incidents in custody have risen again, reaching a record high, Liberal Democrat Justice Spokesperson Daisy Cooper said:

    "Our prisons are in crisis. The number of self-harm incidents, especially in women's prisons, is shockingly high and rising.'

  • Cllr Charles Royden
    Article: Aug 1, 2020

    From this weekend, all Bedford Borough Council play areas will be open apart from Kingfisher play area in Wixams.

    The Council has been working to get its over 120 play areas ready for reopening, in line with Government guidance to keep the public safe.

    This work has included the removal of some equipment to help maintain social distancing and getting signage ready to publicise the rules that people must follow to stay safe when using the play equipment.

  • Eid Mubarak from the Liberal Democrats
    Article: Jul 31, 2020

    Bedford Borough Liberal Democrats send best wishes to all Muslims across Bedford Borough celebrating Eid al-Adha.

    Eid al-Adha commemorates the Prophet Ibrahim's test of faith. It also marks the end of Hajj, the Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca.

    Unfortunately, with the ongoing need for social distancing, there are no outdoor Eid prayers taking place this year in Bedford Borough. You can see guidance on staying safe while celebrating Eid-al-Adha from NHS Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group here