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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

  • Money
    Article: Sep 10, 2018

    Responding to the news that the Conservative Government is scrapping its pledge to abolish Class 2 National Insurance, hitting millions of workers by £150, Liberal Democrats Health Spokesperson Judith Jolly said "The Chancellor is wrong to go after the cash strapped self-employed. It is a desperate attempt to pinch pennies for the NHS. Instead, the Government needs a long-term funding plan. The Liberal Democrats are the only party with a serious plan for the NHS. We would raise money immediately by putting a penny in the pound on income tax, and guarantee its long-term funding through a new dedicated health and care tax."

  • Ed Davey (Chris McAndrew [CC BY 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons)
    Article: Sep 9, 2018

    Commenting on the Ofgem's proposed price cap, former Liberal Democrat Secretary of State for Energy Ed Davey said "As predicted the proposed price cap is underwhelming. People who have never switched will save just £75 a year, a far cry from the £300 they could save by switching to a new provider. We need to make sure that this price cap doesn't lull people into a false sense of security - Ofgem capping prices doesn't mean they're capped at a good rate."

  • SH Library Services
    Article: Sep 8, 2018

    Why not celebrate International Literacy Day today by visiting your local library?

    Each year September 8th marks UNESCO's International Literacy day, raising awareness globally on the issues surrounding adult and child literacy. First held in 1966 and now part of the UN's sustainable development goals program adopted in 2015, International Literacy day highlights the changes and improvements being made worldwide in literacy development.

  • Panto Poster
    Article: Sep 7, 2018

    Aladdin is brought to you by the award-winning Bedford Pantomime Company, who once again wave their magic wand to bring you traditional, family panto at its best. With a live band, fabulous lighting, glamorous costumes and gorgeous sets, it's a treat for the whole family that won't break the bank. There'll be slapstick and mayhem on stage and loads of opportunity for the audience to join in the fun to cheer the goodies and boo the baddies. With every child in the audience invited on stage to join the cast in a song, it will be extra special!

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    Brickhill Borough Councillors Update September 2018 From Wendy Rider and Charles Royden.

    Transporting Bedford 2020

    Over the school holidays work has been taking place on Manton Lane. Lots of phone cables and services will need to be moved but eventually there will be a lane to allow traffic to filter past cars entering Bedford Modern. Work on the roundabout and junction by Sainsburys and the by pass will take place between January and June next year.

    The pond on Brickhill Drive

    The fountain in the pond is currently not operation as we have had no water! As soon as the rain comes we will have it put back into use.


    We are still concerned about the poor service from Stagecoach with the Number 6 bus. The Mayor arranged a meeting with us and senior mangers from Stagecoach and they asked us to record times and dates of late or missed buses. Please give us details of any missed services so that we can take this up.

    Waveney Green Injunction

    The High Court Injunction has finally been granted to protect Waveney Green from travellers. It will now be an offence for anybody to go onto this land. It has taken a lot of work to provide evidence to satisfy the court but we believe that it will be worth it as the police should be obliged to enforce the court order. We are now seeking the same protection for the land off Brickhill Drive where we had another disgusting encampment over the summer. Large amounts of litter and human waste were left for the council to clear up. As soon as any encampments occur we give daily updates on www.puttingbrickhillfirst.com

    No Verge Parking

    This now operational in the roads off Bourneside. We have spoken to a number of residents who have expressed their support for the prosecutions which have already taken place. .

    School safety

    Additional bollards have been located on the pavement outside Scott School as parents have been driving down the pavements as children are walking on them! We have asked for additional zig zag lines to be added as the driving of some parents is unsafe.

    CCTV Brickhill Drive

    The cameras in the shops are being upgraded following several burglaries, this will provide better coverage.

    As your local councillors we will continue to work hard and keep you informed through regular deliveries of FOCUS, surgeries and our website where you can sign up for our Brickhill newsletter. www.puttingbrickhillfirst.com

    Wendy Rider, 23 Orwell Close, 01234 03254 wendyrider41@gmail.com

    Charles Royden, The Vicarage, Calder Rise, 01234 309175 charlesroyden@gmail.com

  • Mayor Dave Hodgson with Bedford Borough Map
    Article: Sep 6, 2018

    From Thursday 6th- Sunday 9th and Thursday 13th- Sunday 16th September, you can celebrate history and architecture across the Borough with Heritage Open Days 2018.

    There will be a free town centre guided walk of 'Bedford's Historical Plaques: Blue, Bronze and Others' giving visitors a chance to find out some of the fascinating history behind the ordinary doors and windows in Bedford. This will take place on Saturday 15th September from 11am; pre-booking is necessary and can done via sian.hughes@bedford.gov.uk or 01234 276257.

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  • Organ Donation Card
    Article: Sep 4, 2018

    Between 4-10 September, NHS Blood and Transplant, hospitals, charities and supporters of organ donation is encouraging people across the UK to talk about organ donation with their families.

    Most people support organ donation but a family's support is needed too, so that organ donation can go ahead.

    So we are reminding people that their family won't know how they feel about organ donation, unless they tell them.