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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, Liberal Democrat Mayor of Bedford Borough, Dave Hodgson - please click here.

Recent News

  • Climate change logo
    Article: Jan 19, 2022

    Last week at a meeting of Full Council a Liberal Democrat amendment to a motion calling on divestment from fossil fuels was passed with cross-party support.

    The amendment, proposed by Liberal Democrat Councillor Jake Sampson and seconded by Conservative Councillor Graeme Coombes, called on Bedfordshire Pension Fund and Border to Coast Pension Partnership to divest from fossil fuels. It also highlighted the fantastic work the Council has done in combatting climate change since Mayor Dave Hodgson was elected in 2009 on its march to become carbon neutral by 2030. Prior to the meeting, there was a lot of hard work and cross-party discussion to establish a motion that all members would be happy to vote for. At Full Council, the amended motion was passed almost unanimously, with Green Party Councillor Ben Foley the only member to vote against.

  • GP Shortages
    Article: Jan 18, 2022

    The Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes area (BLMK) is one of the worst hit areas in the country by the growing shortage of GPs, new analysis by the Liberal Democrats has revealed. It comes as many people are struggling to book an appointment with their GP, with services increasingly under pressure from rising demand.

  • Wixams Station Map
    Article: Jan 17, 2022

    A preferred design for the much anticipated railway station in Wixams has been selected, allowing the project to progress further ahead of the planned opening in 2024.

    Commenting on the selection of the design, Portfolio Holder for Rail Councillor Michael Headley said "I'm very pleased that we have been able to progress to this next stage. This design had the best support from the railway stakeholders and will provide a great passenger experience for local residents. This keeps us on track to deliver a station in Wixams in 2024."

  • Coronavirus Snapshot 20220112
    Article: Jan 16, 2022

    The latest weekly Coronavirus snapshot for Bedford Borough has been published.

    The figures show that in the seven days up to 9th January:

    • 6,527 PCR tests were taken
    • There were 2,819 Coronavirus cases (198 fewer than the previous week)
    • The weekly positive cases per 100,000 population was 1,613.7 (down from 1,727.1 in the previous week)
  • Cllr Michael Headley
    Article: Jan 13, 2022

    Applications for the new Omicron Hospitality and Leisure Grant are now open on Bedford Borough Council's website.

    The Government announced that further support will be provided to businesses affected by the Omicron wave through the Omicron Hospitality and Leisure Grant.

    The amount eligible local businesses will receive are:

  • Mayor Dave Hodgson
    Article: Jan 11, 2022

    Bedford Borough Council has published the proposed 2022/23 Budget that outlines plans to keep Council Tax rises below inflation, improve efficiency at Borough Hall to prevent cuts to frontline services and includes major investments to support residents and protect the environment.

    Finance Portfolio Holder Councillor Michael Headley said "This Budget ensures that we can continue to provide quality services and support for residents when they need it most. It ensures we are taking real action to meet our zero carbon target and tackle the climate emergency. And it ensures our Borough continues to improve and prosper, so that it remains a brilliant place to live and work."

  • Mayor Dave Hodgson and Linda Jack at Kempston Mill Bridge
    Article: Jan 10, 2022

    Works to repair and reopen Kempston Mill Bridge will begin on Monday 10 January.

    The right of way over this bridge was closed due to rotting planks causing structural concerns, making the bridge unsafe.

    As the bridge was privately owned, the process to assess, procure and organise the works has been slower than was hoped. However, these works are starting next week and the bridge is expected to be open by early spring, subject to disruption caused by bad weather or COVID-19-related issues.

  • Coronavirus Snapshot 20220105
    Article: Jan 9, 2022

    The latest weekly Coronavirus snapshot for Bedford Borough has been published.

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

    • 7,049 PCR tests were taken
    • There were 3,017 Coronavirus cases (774 more than the previous week)
    • The weekly positive cases per 100,000 population was 1,727.1 (up from 1,284.0 in the previous week)