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Bidford-on-Avon Parish Council

Bidford-on-Avon Parish Council

Save Our Library

This page contains information about the threat to close Bidford Library, which the Parish Council strongly opposed, and which resulted in the establishment of Bidford Community Library in April 2012.

The parish council, together with the local community, will do everything it can to ensure Bidford Library remains open and that it continues to offer the full range of community and information services which are so vital in this rural area.

Forming the parish council steering group for this campaign are Cllrs. Fleming, Gerrard, Mrs. Keeley and the Parish Clerk.

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

Library Volunteers Needed

Progress with Bidford Community Library Ltd. is being made and it is envisaged that the new library/hub will open on 2 April 2012.

The parish council would delighted to hear from any resident who would like to volunteer to help at the new library. If you would like to volunteer, please complete the form below and return it to the Parish Clerk.

Posted: 30 January 2012

Library Opening Hours Proposals

Consultation November and December 2011.

July Cabinet approved the reduction in opening hours and we are now consulting on the pattern of opening hours at 16 libraries. Consultation is taking place on the pattern of opening hours for the following libraries: Alcester, Atherstone, Bedworth, Coleshill, Kenilworth, Leamington, Lillington, Nuneaton, Polesworth, Rugby, Shipston, Southam, Stratford, Wellesbourne, Whitnash, Wolston.

Stockingford and Warwick libraries are excluded from the consultation as it was agreed that the opening hours for Stockingford Library will match those of the Early Years Centre and Warwick Library opening hours will match those of Shire Hall Meet & Greet.

The consultation runs from Monday, 14 November 2011 to Sunday, 11 December 2011.

We will continue to look for opportunities where we can work with partners to see if opening hours can be increased in the future, however, we have to implement a revised pattern of opening hours so that the revised staffing structure can be in place by 1 April 2012.

There are two options for each library. They are based on feedback already received from the previous consultation exercise held earlier this year about the consultation process, and current usage of libraries and are intended to establish a memorable pattern of opening.

Paper surveys are available in all libraries; alternatively the surveys can be downloaded from the library webpages or completed online at All up to date information will also be available at

We are encouraging people to take this opportunity to have their say on the pattern of opening hours at their library.

Once the results have been analysed the outcome of the consultation will be published. The intention is to implement the revised opening hours from 1 April 2012. The option selected for each library will be based on the majority preference.

Draft Business Plan for Bidford Library

A local residents' meeting to discuss the future of Bidford Library was held on Thursday 11 August 2011. Those present at the meeting agreed to pursue the idea of a Bidford Community Library.

Residents expressed a wish to be able to look at, comment and make suggestions about the Business Plan that will be sent to WCC. The draft Business Plan and Income/Expenditure Spreadsheet can be read below.

All comments/suggestions are to be made to the Parish Clerk by Thursday 18 August 2011, so please do not delay in letting the Clerk know what you think.

Library Workshop Presentation

A presentation by Warwickshire County Council, dated 22 July 2011, to those members of the 16 locations where the libraries are being closed for the purpose of assisting them in producing a business plan to ensure the libraries remain open.

Letter from Bidford Parish Council to Councillor Hayfield

A letter sent from Bidford Parish Council to Councillor Hayfield, Portfolio Holder at WCC, dated 27 May 2011, as a follow-up to their earlier letter objecting to the proposed closure of the library.

Report from Parish Council

A report by Cllr. Gerrard, dated 19 May 2011, detailing the actions taken by the Parish Council since the county council announced its intention of closing the library at the end of the year.

Consultation Presentation

A presentation by Warwickshire County Council's Library and Information Service made at the Alcester/Bidford Community Forum in May 2011, explaining the challenge to the library service budget and how the proposals may affect Bidford and Alcester.

Letter from Bidford Parish Council to Councillor Hayfield

A letter sent from Bidford Parish Council to Councillor Hayfield, Portfolio Holder at WCC, dated 18 March 2011, in which the parish council sets out objections to the proposed closure of the library.

Letter from Bidford Parish Council to Warwickshire County Council

A letter sent from Bidford Parish Council to the members of the cabinet at WCC, dated 17 March 2011, in which the parish council highlights points it believes the Cabinet should take into account when considering the proposed closure of Bidford Library.

Libraries Consultation - Tell Warwickshire County Council What You Think!

Warwickshire County Council must make unprecedented savings of more than £60 million across all its services by 2014.

They have to cut £2 million from their £7.4 million Library and Information Service budget over the next three years.

To do this, major reform of all their services is necessary. Warwickshire has 34 libraries and has identified 16 which are no longer sustainable in their current form - including Bidford Library - is considering shorter library opening hours in the remaining libraries and reducing its mobile libraries from five to three.

WCC are conducting a 12 week public consultation on the proposed Library and Information Service changes so people's views can be considered before any final decisions are made. The consultation will run from 18 March to 9 June 2011.

The document below gives more information on the proposed future service, and contains the consultation questionnaire which you can complete to tell them what you think.

Letter from Bidford Parish Council to David Carter

A letter sent from Bidford Parish Council to David Carter, Strategic Director of the Customers Workforce and Governance Directorate at WCC, dated 15 February 2011, following a parish council meeting at which it was overwhelmingly resolved to strongly oppose the proposed closure of Bidford Library. The letter spells out the important grounds for the parish council's objections.

Have Your Say

Your opinions are important.

Please attend local public meetings and show your support in keeping Bidford Library open.