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  • Article: Oct 25, 2014

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  • Mayor Dave Hodgson in the digger at the start of construction on the final phase of the Bedford Western Bypass
    Article: Oct 25, 2014

    Mayor Dave Hodgson marked the formal commencent of works on the crucial final phase of the Bedford Western Bypass at a ceremony on site yesterday, and welcomed the start of construction as 'a big day for Bedford Borough'.

    Commenting, Mayor Dave Hodgson said: "This is a big day for Bedford Borough, with a completed western bypass now becoming a reality after over fifty years of existing only on national and local plans. We are delighted to have overcome the obstacles which had blocked progress for so long and to have broken the logjam via a Compulsory Purchase Order and extensive, ultimately successful negotiations.'

  • Article: Oct 24, 2014

    EU leaders have made a historic decision to tackle climate change by agreeing on a new climate and energy deal to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 40% by 2030.

    The deal includes also includes plans to boost the use of renewable energy to 27% in the total energy mix and increase energy efficiency to at least 27%.

  • Charles King, Broadway Site Demolition Underway
    Article: Oct 24, 2014

    Mayor Dave Hodgson has welcomed the commencement this week of the demolition of the infamous former Charles King Ford buildings on the Broadway in Bedford Town Centre. The works precede development of the site as extra care housing (flats adapted to help enable older people to live independently).

    Commenting, Mayor Dave Hodgson said: "It's great to see that the owners of the site have got demolition underway. This is a prominent location in Bedford, and the work to clear the derelict, unsightly buildings in order that redevelopment can follow is not a moment too soon."

  • Street lights
    Article: Oct 24, 2014

    Essex County Council's Cabinet Member for Highways (Cllr Rodney Bass) has hinted that MORE street lights in Essex could be switched off, despite mounting evidence of concern from the public and the police.

    An Essex CC Scrutiny Committee recently investigated the "Lights Off" process and made a number of recommendations to Cllr Bass. In a letter to the committee which met yesterday (23 October), Cllr Bass said (among other things) that rolling out his policy could involve switching off MORE lights in future. He also criticised the committee for having the cheek to call in all his decisions for review!

  • Article: Oct 24, 2014

    GDP figures released today by the Office for National Statistics provide further evidence that our economic plan is working.

    The latest statistics show that in the three months to September the UK economy grew by 0.7%.

    Commenting, Liberal Democrat Chief Secretary to the Treasury, Danny Alexander said:

    "Our recovery is now well established and creating jobs in record numbers.

  • Dave Hodgson with Town Bridge behind
    Article: Oct 23, 2014

    At its meeting this week, Mayor Dave Hodgson's Rural Affairs Committee approved grant awards totalling £48,000 to three important projects in Bedford Borough's Rural Communities. The applications for support were made to the Council's Rural Grants scheme and the Committee of the Executive, chaired by Mayor Dave, approved funding for:

  • Article: Oct 23, 2014

    Today Simon Stevens, the Chief Executive of NHS England, published his 5-year Forward Look setting out the challenges facing our health and care system in the coming years.

    It makes sobering reading. Simon Stevens sets out the huge scale of the financial challenge facing us in the years ahead as we continue to adapt to an ageing population, and increasing numbers of people living longer with multiple chronic conditions. We also need more investment to ensure that people with mental health problems can get the same standard of care and support as with physical health.

  • Article: Oct 23, 2014

    Liberal Democrat International Development Minister Lynne Featherstone has called for the international community to do more to stop people with disabilities being left behind.

    Speaking at the Disability Date Conference in London, Lynne said better global disability data is needed in order to improve support for those affected in developing countries.

  • Article: Oct 23, 2014

    Nurseries, childminders and other early years providers across the country are set for a £50m cash injection to help three and four-year-olds from disadvantaged families.

    Children from low income families have often fallen behind more well off classmates before they even start school.

    But from April 2015, the Early Years Pupil Premium - which has been backed by groups like Barnados, 4Children and the Child Poverty Action Group - will mean extra money to make sure every child gets a fair start.

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