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Welcome to North Bedfordshire Liberal Democrats

Welcome to the website for the North Bedfordshire Liberal Democrats for 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

  • Henry Vann
    Article: Jun 17, 2019

    Bedford Borough Council has commissioned experts to look at the impact of converting residential properties to shared houses, also known as 'Houses in Multiple Occupation' or 'HMOs'.

    Currently, houses can be converted into what are called 'small HMOs' for up to six people, without the need for planning permission.

  • The Logo for The Higgins Bedford
    Article: Jun 14, 2019

    The Higgins Bedford is joining Bedford Central Library, The Place Theatre, A Different Brew Café and other partners to celebrate Refugee Week 2019.

    Refugee Week is a national programme of arts, cultural and educational events that celebrate the contribution of refugees in the UK. There will the chance to discover stories of displacement, explore the lives of refugees and the people who welcomed them through the generations, all around this year's theme of 'You, Me and Those Who Came Before. '

  • Silver Street in Bedford Town Centre on a Busy Shopping Day
    Article: Jun 13, 2019

    Thanks to the Town Centre Champions community group and 77 independent businesses who have signed up to take part, Bedford's first Fiver Fest is under way and runs through until Saturday 15th June.

    Fiver Fest is a celebration of small businesses and shops, with local traders putting on special £5 offers over 1 week to help promote and showcase the range and quality of retailers and attractions in the town centre, and to thank those who support them. It is running for a week, having kicked off on Saturday 8th June.

  • Cllr Wendy Rider
    Article: Jun 11, 2019

    There are an estimated 2,678* unpaid carers in Bedford. That's 2,678 people who spend their life putting other people first and looking after their loved ones. Yet many people still don't identify themselves as carers - they simply see themselves as spouses, parents, sons, daughters or friends.

    10 - 16 June is Carers Week, a week dedicated to supporting local residents who care for others while recognising that they are individuals with their own needs.

  • Network Rail logo
    Article: Jun 10, 2019

    Network Rail are holding a public information event about the works they are carrying out on the Bromham Road Bridge later this month, that will last until 2020. The Network Rail event will take place on Tuesday 11th June between 3pm and 7pm at The Bedford Centre Hotel on St. Mary's Street.

    As well as Network Rail, Govia Thameslink Railway and Stagecoach will be attending to answer your questions.

  • New rescue equipment to help get people out of trouble in Bedfordshire’s waterways
    Article: Jun 8, 2019

    To help rescue people in trouble in open water, Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service (BFRS) is working with partners to install rescue equipment in areas noted as high-risk.

    The rescue equipment is attached to water safety boards and is being installed in 12 locations across Bedford Borough, Central Bedfordshire and Luton.

    Since 2013, In Bedfordshire, there have been over 20 incidents recorded as accidental drowning across the county and the Service attended more than 70 water related incidents.

    These incidents involved people who got into trouble in Bedfordshire's waters, whether by accidentally falling into the water or by getting into difficulties when swimming.

    David Lynch, BFRS Area Community Safety Officer, said: "In many cases people put themselves at risk when trying to save someone from drowning. This rescue equipment enables people to help save someone in trouble in the water without putting themselves at risk. We are pleased to work with colleagues to get these rescue boards in place and look forward to their successful use to save lives."

    The rescue equipment is kept in locked cabinets that can only be opened by a code obtained from the fire service, ensuring protection against anti-social behaviour. The code to unlock is given to a caller making a 999 call after they give the location of that board.

    The boards come in three styles;

    • Throw bag only - containing a float and line to help someone gain buoyancy and be pulled to safety
    • Dual throw bag and reach pole - with the addition of an extendible pole to reach someone in trouble and pull them to safety
    • Reach pole only

    Each board has instructions on how to access and use the equipment and advice can be given by calling 999 and asking for the fire service.

    The boards will be placed in:

    • 4x Bedford
    • 1x Harrold
    • 2x Wixams
    • 1x Sandy
    • 2x Biggleswade
    • 1x Leighton Buzzard
    • 1x Luton

    Bedfordshire Police Superintendent Nick Lyall added: "Tragically, we have experienced a number of incidents in which people have lost their lives while enjoying Bedfordshire's outdoor spaces. Whenever such a terrible incident occurs, we work in close partnership with our colleagues in the fire service to do our very best to assist those in distress. However, the availability of such equipment will help members of the public to safely offer aid to those who need it, and hopefully prevent serious injury or loss of life. We would still always advise residents to never be tempted to enter rivers or open water, but are pleased to announce this important development in partnership BFRS."

  • Mayor Dave Hodgson by the River in Bedford
    Article: Jun 7, 2019

    In his latest monthly column for the Bedford Borough Bulletin, Mayor Dave Hodgson has highlighted the strength of his new Cabinet and stressed the importance of 'hitting the ground running in the task of continuing to save services, create jobs and protect our environment.'

    The column notes the inclusion of a new Portfolio in the form of Cllr Henry Vann's Town Centres and Planning brief, adding that Cllr Vann's 'passion and commitment to our towns' will help to deliver the strong and effective response we need in the context of the growing challenges for all UK town centres.

  • Pegasus Bridge [Site of one of the earliest operations of D-Day 1944, WW2]
    Article: Jun 6, 2019

    On the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings in Normandy, Mayor Dave Hodgson has paid tribute and highlighted the 'extraorindary, eternal debt of gratitude we all owe.'

    Commenting on a graphic setting out the numbers involved in the D-Day landings, which you can see here, Mayor Dave said: "A sombre reminder, from BBC History Magazine, of the scale of the D-Day landings, and of what an extraordinary, eternal debt of gratitude we all owe."