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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

  • Cllr Charles Royden Solar Panels Allhallows bus station
    Article: Dec 10, 2016

    Bedford Borough Council has been announced as National Champion for sustainability at the Public Sector Energy & Sustainability Awards 2016. The award recognises major investment in green energy production including, solar energy, hydro power and biomass.

    Mayor of Bedford Borough Dave Hodgson said: "Through targeted investment and a commitment to sustainability we have slashed our carbon emissions and have turned the council into a flagship for green energy and environmental good practice. I would like to congratulate everybody across the council who has helped contribute to this national success."

  • Mayor Dave Hodgson at the entrance to Allhallows Car Park
    Article: Nov 29, 2016

    Mayor Dave Hodgson has announced plans for an extension to the free parking offer in Bedford Town Centre, in support of local shoppers and traders.

    The proposals, which will go to a meeting of Mayor Dave's Executive tomorrow, retain and extend the Mayor's Free Parking Deal, Bedford's flagship offer which gives shoppers two hours' free parking on Saturdays in town centre council car parks, alongside all day free parking on Sunday.

  • Social Care
    Article: Nov 28, 2016

    Mayor Dave Hodgson has condemned the Government's disregard for elderly and vulnerable people following an Autumn Statement which included no new funding to tackle the 'full-scale crisis' in the country's social care system.

    Across the health and care sector there is an overwhelming recognition that social care services are massively underfunded and in sore need of additional resources, with patients groups, charities, care providers, NHS organisations and councils all sending the message loud and clear to the government and the Chancellor in the run up to the Autumn Statement earlier this week.

  • Fireworks at Bedford's Big Christmas Lights Switch-On
    Article: Nov 23, 2016

    Bedford's Christmas Lights Switch On event will take place on Thursday 24th November, at 7pm, along The Embankment. Everyone is invited to attend this free Christmas event when Bedford Borough Council will light up the town with another magnificent firework display to mark the start of the Christmas period.

  • Article: Oct 31, 2016

    Bedford Borough Executive has made a commitment not to close any libraries despite over 340 libraries closing across the country over the last 6 years.

    However, with significant and on-going Government cuts squeezing the Council, savings have to be made. From 2015/16 to 2019/20, the main Government grant to the Council will be cut from £30million to £5.8million - an 80% reduction. While the Council has, and will continue to work to reduce running costs, difficult decisions have to be taken.

  • Dave Hodgson at the opening of Robinson Pools and Fitness
    Article: Oct 26, 2016

    Robinson Pools & Fitness (formerly Robinson Pool)- celebrated the opening of its £1.3m redevelopment on Saturday 22nd October, with an official opening hosted by the Mayor of Bedford Borough, Dave Hodgson and a family fun day to give the community the chance to try everything it has to offer.

    The centre has had a complete overhaul and now has a fitness suite with the latest and best fitness equipment, featuring over 100 stations. There are also three new fitness studios which will hold over 100 classes a week, a dedicated indoor cycling studio and a new training studio that offers specialist high intensity small group classes.

  • 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.