Bidford Bridge is now OPEN again!
The repairs to Bidford Bridge, carried out by Warwickshire County Council, together with other relevant agencies, have now ben completed and the bridge is now open to traffic.
The Parish Council would like to take this opportunity to thank Richard Roberts, the Project Manager, who ensured disruption was kept to a minimum and worked very hard to finalise the work within the scheduled timescale of 4 to 6 months.
Details of the work carried out, including photographs, are available on Warwickshire CC's Bidford Bridge page.
Residents can report any illegal crossings of the bridge directly to Warwickshire County Council by using this Heavy Goods Vehicle Monitoring Form (pdf).
NOTE: The Bridge will be temporarily closed on 19 and 20 November, from 10.00am to 3.00pm, for the installation of some bollards.
Bidford-on-Avon Parish has a population of approximately 5,000 people. It comprises the villages of Barton, Bidford-on-Avon and Marlcliff, which make up the Bidford-on-Avon Ward and are represented by nine councillors, and the village of Broom which makes up the Broom Ward and has its own representative, making a total of ten councillors. Both Bidford and Broom are mentioned in the well known Shakespeare drinking rhyme – drinking Bidford and beggarly Broom.
The Parish Council, which has been in existence since 1895, belongs to the Stratford-on-Avon District and has three ward councillors as well as a county councillor. The Parish Council has a very good relationship with all its District and County Councillors, who regularly attend the monthly Parish Council Meetings. It also as a very good working relationship with the local Community Beat Officer and PCSO.
The Council has a long time lease on its Parish Council Office and Meeting Room which are situated in the School/Library complex on Bramley Way. It is also the Trustee of the Crawford Memorial Hall, which is the Village Hall. Broom also has a Village Hall which reopened in September 2006. Both village halls are the venues for a number of local events – check the Upcoming Events page for details.
A Parish Appraisal, known as B50 for the local postcode, was carried out in 2003 and has now been adopted by District Council. The Parish Council is in the process of ensuring that all the matters which can be 'driven' by the Parish are implemented and, where necessary, monitored.
Bidford-on-Avon itself has grown quite considerably in the last decade, with some considerable developments being built in the fringes of the village: St. Laurence, just off the Waterloo Road; Old School Mead, on the site of the old school; and further developments at Friday Furlong and Waterloo Road. The Parish Council is very concerned about what it considers the over-development of the village and is trying to stop further back garden developments taking place, although it is not finding this easy.
One of the main features of Bidford-on-Avon is a twenty-six acre riverside meadow, called the Big Meadow, which the Parish Council leases together with the adjacent field known as Monie Meadow from the Trustees of Alice, Duchess Dudley. It is open all year round for walkers and in the summer, for a small charge, visitors can park their cars there – this is free to residents of the village on production of a card which they can obtain at the Parish Council Office.
Apart from the Big Meadow, the Parish Council is responsible for other open space areas: Marleigh Road, Jubilee Close, The Leys and King's Lane (Broom) all of which are leased, and Dugdale Avenue which it has recently acquired. It is responsible for the maintenance of all these areas which includes mowing, strimming, trees, hedge trimming, litter collection, dog bins, play equipment inspection and, where relevant, toilet cleaning, gate keeping etc.
The Parish Council owns the Bidford Youth Club site, two cemeteries and two allotments sites, and has a maintenance contract for the closed churchyard of St. Laurence.
There are three distinct conservation areas in Barton, Bidford-on-Avon and Broom with a number of listed and noteworthy buildings, including the Parish Church of St. Laurence which celebrated its 800th year in 2006. The hamlet of Marlcliff, which is situated near the bank of the River Avon, includes a number of well kept traditional Warwickshire cottages.
Latest Additions to this Website
- 25/11/15: Agenda - for Parish Council Meeting on 30 November 2015.
- 25/11/15: Rural Cinema - screening dates for 2016.
- 25/11/15: Rural Cinema - new coming soon poster.
- 24/11/15: Events - Bidford Rural Cinema film for 8 Jan 2016.
- 22/11/15: Contact Us - new postal address for the Parish Council.
- 11/11/15: Notice - Parish Council objection to Site 8, Broom Court Farm.
- 11/11/15: Library - an appeal for volunteers.
- 10/11/15: Minutes - from October's Planning Committee meeting.
- 05/11/15: Events - Christmas Lights switch-on ceremony with celebrity guest, David Neilson.
- 05/11/15: Events - Healthwatch Warwickshire public meeting.
- 05/11/15: Agenda - for Planning Committee Meeting on 9 November 2015.
- 02/11/15: Notice - new community outreach for free mental health information at Bidford Library.
- 02/11/15: Events - Bidford Bowling Club Coffee Morning.
- 02/11/15: Events - Bidford Library's Christmas Cracker.
- 02/11/15: Events - poster for Bidford Area Community Choir Winter Warmer Concert.
- 28/10/15: Minutes - from September's Parish Council meeting.
- 22/10/15: Events - Public Consultation Event re: development of new homes in Broom.
- 22/10/15: Events - Bidford Area Community Choir Winter Warmer Concert.
- 21/10/15: Agenda - for Parish Council Meeting on 26 October 2015.
- 21/10/15: Broom Village Hall - new contact information.
- 17/10/15: Events - change of venue for English Serenata Agincourt concert.
- 17/10/15: Minutes - from September's Planning Committee meeting.
- 06/10/15: Agenda - for Planning Committee Meeting on 12 October 2015.
- 06/10/15: Events - Flood Trailer Events week.
- 06/10/15: Notice - temporary closure of footpath from Crompton Ave to Tower Hill.
- 02/10/15: Notice - Parish Office temporary closure dates.
- 02/10/15: Notice - Parish Council survey on use of the village centre.
- 02/10/15: Events - Village Quiz Night.
- 02/10/15: Events - Bidford Rural Cinema film for 27 Nov 2015.
- 02/10/15: Events - poster for the Halloween Dance at Broom Village Hall.
- 02/10/15: Finance - items of expenditure over £500 from July to September 2015.
- 02/10/15: Minutes - from August's Parish Council meeting.
- Previous Updates
This website was last updated on 28 November, 2015