Announcing his intention to run for mayor, Labour's Tim Douglas is scathing of the Borough Council's decisions to take the easy options when it comes to development.
Identifying the new bus station as a case in point, Douglas pointed out that the face-lift offers little substantive change to the past. There is no extra capacity, not one extra bus to serve the community, and no link with the railway station.
Douglas also levelled his sights at the Riverside North development. He explained, 'There is just no evidence that Bedford needs a large cinema than the one that is already struggling'. He also questioned the need for another economy hotel given that others are operating at 60% capacity. Additionally, he predicts that 'new riverside restaurants will be attractive, of course, apart from the great lumps of concrete they'll be sitting next to'.
The Clapham resident has worked in many large organisations and tackled many HR problems. He believes that by aiming at difficult goals and getting the right team together, he can achieve better outcomes for Bedford.
Tim Douglas is not convinced that enough is being done to leverage the town's advantage. He sees the mayor's role as pivotal in achieving greater economic activity in the area.
Based on an article which appeared in the April 2015 Castle Quarter.