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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 also find out how to contact your local Lib Dem Councillor, their surgery details and information about work they are doing for you. You can also follow us on twitter @BedfordLibDems.

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

Recent News

  • Mayor Dave Hodgson on site to see roads maintenance taking place
    Article: Jun 18, 2018

    An extra £2 million will be spent on road and pavement improvement work across Bedford Borough in the current year, after a further funding boost was agreed by Mayor Dave Hodgson's Cabinet this week.

    The further £1 million investment in roads and pavements was made possible by savings achieved elsewhere across the council during the financial year just gone. It follows on from another £1 million boost for 2018/19 confirmed earlier in the spring.

  • Councillor Michael Headley outside Putnoe Library
    Article: Jun 14, 2018

    Putnoe Councillors Michael Headley and Rosemary Bootiman the Liberal Democrat Focus Team are pleased that the footpath outside Putnoe Library has now been fixed.

    The Councillors reported in problems with the footpath not being level which caused puddles across the whole width of the pavement when it rained.

  • Car Park
    Article: Jun 12, 2018

    Now open - a new public car park on the south side of the river in Bedford, giving visitors to Riverside Bedford and the town centre another parking option. Just like the other town centre council-run car parks, St Mary's Car Park offers free parking every Saturday for your first two hours and all day on Sunday.

  • homeless hero
    Article: Jun 11, 2018

    Crisis have launched a new plan to end homelessness within ten years.

    Their Everybody In campaign calls for emergency accommodation to be available for those that need it, time limiting temporary accommodation, building more social housing, personalised support for all rough sleepers and Housing First to be the default option for anyone who is homeless and have complex needs.

  • Trains
    Article: Jun 8, 2018

    A summary of the government's specification for the next East Midlands rail franchise, published yesterday: Bedford is almost entirely removed from from the intercity rail network. We'll be a stop on a Corby to London 'commuter-style' service instead, with the exception of a couple of trains in the morning northbound and 3 in the evening southbound.

  • House
    Article: Jun 7, 2018

    Responding to reports that the proportion of parents lending money to their children for housing deposits has risen to 27%, Liberal Democrat Housing campaigner Dean Crofts, said "A broken housing market that routinely relies on parents lending cash to young home-buyers flies in the face of fairness."

    Dean added "Not only does this inhibit social mobility, preventing those without wealthy parents from getting on the property ladder, but it is also symptomatic of the deep intergenerational divide. Ministers must help first time buyers by making deposits more affordable through Government-backed tenancy deposit loans. Unless the Tories take radical steps to help fix our broken housing market, they will continue to fail this country's young people."

  • Article: Jun 6, 2018

    Liberal Democrat Mayor Dave Hodgson met with Govia Thameslink this morning and made clear the extent of the impact of the utter failure of the new timetables on Bedford Borough residents. Dave reminded them that Bedford rail users have been hit doubly hard by the daily chaos currently taking place, because these failing services are those we have left *after* the government has taken away peak-time fast intercity trains.

  • Bedford River Bridge
    Article: Jun 4, 2018

    2018's Bedford River Festival will be bigger than ever before, with the Festival expanding further down the River to include St Marys' Gardens.

    St Mary's Gardens will host a stage, an arts and crafts marquee as well as a marquee for The Higgins Bedford. There will also be giant games and circus skills area, as well as an Adventure Village with a low rope course, bushcraft activities, and canoe trail.