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Bidford-on-Avon Parish Council

Bidford-on-Avon Parish Council

Save Our Fire Station

Bidford Fire Station

This page contains information about the proposals for changes to the Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service which include the closure of Bidford Fire Station.

See our Upcoming Events page for local meeting/presentation dates associated with this exercise.

Also see Bidford Fire Station's own website.

The documents, notices or events below are set out in chronological order, newest first.

Goodbye to Watch Manager Brian Wilkes

Watch Manager Brian Wilkes is leaving Bidford on Avon fire station after 31 years service. His last day will be 28 November 2010.

Brian joined Warwick County Fire Brigade on 26th September 1979 serving at the old Bidford fire station in Icknield Street, then moving to the current station in Bramley Way in 1983. He is the last serving firefighter to have served at the old fire station - a milestone for the village. Over the 31 years he has served with 43 Bidford Firefighters and held the ranks of Firefighter, Leading Firefighter and Sub Officer in charge of the station. In the modernisation change from rank to role he became the Watch Manager.

Brian's experience and humour will be sorely missed by all at Bidford fire station. He also maintained the award winning gardens at the station using his own plants and unpaid time.

On 25th November the Bidford Young Firefighters held an awards evening at which Brian was presented with a statue to mark his 31 years service by the station's Young Firefighters and operational firefighters. Watch Manager John Wilson, Bidford's full time supervisory officer based at Fire & Rescue HQ, made a presentation on behalf of Warwickshire Fire & Rescue Service of a certificate and a pair of cut glass goblets to mark his service.

All at Bidford fire station wish him well for the future and thank him for all his hard work on behalf of the station and for the community of Bidford and Warwickshire.

Bidford Fire Station to Remain Open!

The Parish Council is pleased to advise that at its meeting on Tuesday 20th July 2010, Warwickshire County Council voted to keep Bidford Fire Station open.

This good news is, of course, tempered with sadness that our neighbours in Studley will close, together with the stations in Brinklow and Warwick.

The Council would like to extend its thanks to all the people of Bidford, Barton, Broom and Marlcliff, the Bidford Support Group, Bidford Fire Fighters, Bidford Young Fire Fighters, County Councillor Barnes, Nadhim Zahawi MP and his researcher Simon McIntyre for an excellent campaign - IT DID MAKE A DIFFERENCE!

Documents Explaining the Threat to Bidford

All documents below are pdf files, unless otherwise stated.

Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Authority Integrated Risk Management Plan 2013 to 2017:

The report from the Chief Fire Officer, which was presented at the Council meeting of Tuesday 20 July.

The main consultation document, from the Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service, setting out the proposals for changes to the service in the area. The second document is the questionnaire that allows you to submit your answers/response. The third document contains guidelines to help you complete the Questionnaire - although people should use their own words when completing the forms.

A map detailing the current fire service provision (stations, appliances, crews, etc) across the county, as well as the proposed provision.

Tables showing the number and type of incidents occurring within Warwickshire county boundaries in 2008/09.

Information on the current status and capabilities of Bidford Fire Station, plus a summary of proposed changes. Both documents produced by the Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service.

A resident's view of the questions asked in the consultation, and comments made in reply, with ideas for consideration.

The Fire Brigades Union will be strongly campaigning against the plans and urge the Warwickshire community to oppose them by taking part in the consultation process. Read their draft response in the document below.

A list of meetings, between 28 September and 19 November, at locations across the county. Presentations to be made by the Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service.

The Council and Public Response

These documents are set out in chronological order, newest first.

The draft minutes of the County Council Meeting on 20 July 2010 where the decision of the future of Warwickshire Fire and Rescues Service was made.

The link below is to a debate in the House of Commons which took place on 14 July 2010 regarding the issue of retained firefighters, in which Mr Zahawi MP participated on behalf of Bidford-on-Avon and Studley.

The letter below, dated 14 July 2010, was written by Bidford Parish Council and sent to County Council Cabinet Members, as well as to the leaders of the Labour and Lib Dem parties, Cllr Barnes, Bidford's Member, and the Independent Member of Whitnash. Copy was also distributed internally to all Councillors in time for the meeting on Tuesday 20 July.

The letter below, dated 12 July 2010, was written by Mr Nadhim Zahawi, MP for Stratford on Avon, addressed to the leader of Warwickshire County Council urging him to support saving Bidford and Studley Fire Stations.

A detailed alternative proposal from the Bidford Community first presented at the Local Community Forum in Bidford on Tuesday 10 November 2009. The presentation was revised on 10 December 2009, and the local solution document added.

The reply to the consultation document by John Maples, MP, Member of Parliament for Stratford on Avon, dated 2 December 2009.

The Parish Council's official response to the current consultation document, as sent to the Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service on 1 December 2009.

The presentation below was made at the public meeting in Bidford on Wednesday 30 September. It dissects the Consultation Document and points out much of the political marketing 'spin' found throughout it.

Two sets of notes resulting from the consultation meeting held in Alcester on 30 September 2009, particularly detailing the question and answer session at that meeting.

The Corporate Services and Community Safety Overview and Scrutiny Committee met at the Shire Hall, Warwick on 16 September 2009. Questions were posed by the Parish Council. The questions asked, and the reply from the committee can be read in the document below.

The letter below was sent by the Parish Council to Warwickshire County Council and others concerning rumours about the possible closure of Bidford Fire Station. Dated 28 July 2009.

Public March - Sunday 6 December 2009

The public march and rally against the fire service cuts started at Warwick Racecourse (Hill Close Gardens Entrance) and progressed to Shire Hall, Warwick Market Square.


Have Your Say

Your opinions are important.

Please send your responses to the questions asked in the Consultation Document, plus your own ideas and suggestions to the address on the final page of the document, and also to:

Jim Graham, Chief Executive WCC, Shire Hall, Warwick CV34 4SA, or by email.

Please also copy the Parish Council.