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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

  • Survey: Oct 21, 2016
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    New Survey Coming soon - check back later!

  • school
    Article: Oct 17, 2016

    Mayor Dave Hodgson lent a hand as the first sod was cut to mark the start of work that will create two new schools at a site in Green Lane, Wixams.

    Mayor Dave was joined by Wixams Academy Principal Paul Spyropoulos and other representatives involved in this exciting building project for the Wixams community. Pupils from Lakeview Primary were also in attendance as, once built, their natural progression would be into the secondary school, Wixams Academy.

  • Cllr Tim Hill
    Article: Oct 10, 2016

    Ward Wide Issues:

    Traffic issues at Cow Bridge junction - Arranged meeting for an Abbey Fields resident with the Highways Officer managing the Southern Gateway Project. The resident has his own proposal - a link road between the A6 and the Abbey Fields access road. The Highways Officer has asked the Southern Gateway Project consultants to review the proposal and feedback.

    Mayor's Annual Village Tour - Mayor Dave Hodgson and I held Advice Surgeries in Elstow, Kempston Hardwick and Stewartby on 23 Sep 16. We had seven residents attending the Elstow one, three at Kempston Hardwick and none at Stewartby. I suspect none at Stewartby was more to do with it being pitch black by the time we started, rather than no one having any issues!

    Boundaries Commission Proposals for 2020 General Election - Move my entire Ward into Bedford Constituency - I have submitted a comment that on balance, it may be a good idea. Whilst there are obvious concerns about the urban dominating the rural, it may be good for democracy (but not me) if this goes ahead. Bedford is a marginal seat and to move my entire Ward into Bedford Constituency may mean we see more of the other parties throughout the year, rather than the just for a couple of weeks before some polling days that we get now!

    Abandoned vehicles and cars backfiring - Following the receipt of several complaints from local residents throughout my Ward on these issues, I have been working with all interested parties, the Borough Council and the police to resolve the various issues.

  • Coins
    Article: Sep 22, 2016

    Bedford Borough Council is taking further action to balance the books in the face of brutal government cuts in funding for local services.

    The government cuts will see the Council's main grant cut from £30 million in 2015 to under £6 million in 2019, in spite of a sharply rising need for services.

  • Bedford Hospital entrance
    Article: Aug 30, 2016

    Mayor Dave Hodgson has said that the flawed work of the Bedfordshire and Milton Keynes Healthcare Review, which culminated in proposals to close maternity services at Bedford Hospital, must be scrapped altogether and not continued within the successor STP (Sustainability and Transformation Plan) process.

  • Priory Country Park Cafe
    Article: Aug 26, 2016

    This month Priory Country Park visitor centre has taken on a new lease of life with a brand new café!

    The Cloverdale Retreat Café opened its doors last week and owner Glenda Mansfield and her partner Steve are getting to know park users ahead of the grand opening later this month. The café is open to the public seven days a week from 10am to 4pm; serving a range of teas, coffee, savoury snacks and cakes. Glenda and Steve also hope to launch a new menu of hot food and chef's specials as their customer base grows.

  • Article: Aug 26, 2016

    Rail fares are set to go up again for Bedford and Kempston commuters, with the Government announcing that another 1.9% increase is on the cards.

    Rail fares have increased at twice the rate of wages over the last six years, even though our rail fares are already the highest in Europe!

    On top of this, Bedford and Kempston commuters are getting one of the worst deals in the country with only 78.3% of Govia Thameslink route trains arriving at their final station on time, over 5% lower than the next worst.

  • school
    Article: Aug 26, 2016

    Initial GCSE results figures from local schools show an improvement overall both in terms of students' attainment and the progress made by students. The figures show that Bedford Borough students have, overall, made more progress than their peers across other parts of the country, and have made a greater improvement than would be expected for students with similar 'prior attainment'.