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Welcome to the website for Bedford Borough Liberal Democrats, where you can find 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

  • Mayor Dave Hodgson
    Article: Jul 20, 2020

    Bedford Borough Council has been successful in winning funding to help adults with their English language skills.

    As part of a nationwide initiative, MHCLG (Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government) has announced that Bedford Borough will receive £188,663.28 to deliver services for ESOL (English Speakers of Other Languages) through 2020/21.

  • River Festival 2021 logo
    Article: Jul 18, 2020

    River Festival 2020 had been scheduled for this weekend, before the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic forced its postponement until 2021. In his latest email update, Mayor Dave Hodgson has written about how he's already looking forward to River Festival 2021 and is determined to make it the best ever.

    You can sign up to receive regular emails from Mayor Dave here, and in the meantime here are his thoughts on what would have been River Festival weekend:

  • Dean Crofts
    Article: Jul 17, 2020

    Councillors have slammed the government's 'ludicrous and misleading claims' over its failed contact tracing app and test and trace system that it described as 'world-beating' when it was launched at the end of May.

    The comments followed an update and discussion on the track and trace system locally at this week's Bedford Borough Council Health Overview and Scrutiny Committee. The test and trace system involves trained teams calling people who have tested positive for coronavirus and those with whom they have been in contact, and asking them to self-isolate.

  • Cllr Christine McHugh
    Article: Jul 16, 2020

    Bedford Borough Councillors across all parties gave unanimous support last night to a motion in response to national data showing a higher risk of infection and of death from COVID-19 for people from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) groups.

    The motion, proposed by Liberal Democrat Group Leader Cllr McHugh and seconded by Labour's Cllr Abu Sultan, at last night's virtual Full Council meeting calls on the government to mandate ethnicity data collection for COVID-19 and other health and care data collection systems. This includes the collection of ethnicity data at death certification (with an opt-out for individuals who do not wish to specify).

  • Mayor Dave Hodgson
    Article: Jul 14, 2020

    The first stage of Bedford Borough's local plan review is underway, beginning a process which will set out where growth and development will take place in the borough in years to come.

    Local Plans set out where growth and development will take place, including everything from houses and jobs to schools and infrastructure.

  • Mayor Dave Hodgson
    Article: Jul 13, 2020

    The interim report into the 'deep dive' into Bedford Borough's high Coronavirus infection rate has now been published.

    The new local data from Public Health England and the Joint Biosecurity Centre shows that while Coronavirus infections are still high in the Borough, they are starting to decline.

    The interim findings of the deep dive, which were issued last week, outlines that, as elsewhere in the country, the greatest number of positive tests for COVID-19 are for women aged between 30-59. While there were no 'hot spots' in the general population the interim findings identified the highest number of cases in areas around the town centre. These are areas where the average age is higher due to number of care homes, retirement homes and supported living settings.

  • houses
    Article: Jul 12, 2020

    Bedford Borough Council is consulting on its draft Housing Strategy 2021- 26 and wants to know your views.

    Having a good place to live is key to an individual's health and wellbeing and this Strategy sets out the Council's four key objectives for local housing over the five year time period.

    These objectives include Understanding Housing Need; ensuring the Council has up-to-date information on what housing is needed, and Delivering the Homes Required.

  • Bedford's Embankment July 2020
    Article: Jul 10, 2020

    Bedford's Embankment is looking glorious this summer, with the Council planting over 20,000 plants along this stretch of river.

    These plants are now flowering, bringing a swath of brightness and colour to Bedford's Embankment and valuable nectar sources for Bedford's bugs and bees. Planting includes sunflowers, marigolds, petunias, salvias, geraniums, cosmos and verbena giving a beautiful variety of flowers over the summer period.