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Bidford-on-Avon Parish Council

Bidford-on-Avon Parish Council

Latest Notices

BUS SURVEY (AND KINDLE FIRE PRIZE DRAW)

Stress free, convenient and environmentally friendly – the benefits of bus travel are being heralded as Catch the Bus Week approaches. National Catch the Bus Week gets under way on Monday 29 June and runs to Sunday 5 July.

Warwickshire County Council is conducting a survey to find out what users and non-users think of public bus services in the county.

The Catch the Bus Week campaign is aimed at driving awareness of the benefits of taking the bus as a vital lifeline for the elderly and infirm, a way to get to work quickly and easily, a valuable link to social activities and shopping centres and a whole host more.

According to Greener Journeys, the group behind the campaign, bus users make 1.4 billion shopping trips and spend an estimated £27 Billion on retail goods annually, half of 16-19 year olds are regular bus users, and if everyone switched to just one bus journey per month it would mean 1 Billion fewer car journeys on the roads producing a saving of 2 million tonnes of CO2.

Cllr Peter Butlin, Warwickshire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Transport and Planning, said: “We constantly seek the feedback of regular and non-regular bus users with a view to making improvements or little tweaks where we can. We would like as many people as possible to use our bus services and that’s why we are also seeking the views of those who have never used our services as well as those who use them every day.”

Cllr Philip Johnson, Chair of the county council’s Overview and Scrutiny Committee for Communities, said: “Bus travel is a convenient and cost effective way to travel. Hopefully during National Catch the Bus Week we will see even more people giving buses a go.”

The survey can be completed online by going to www.warwickshire.gov.uk/buses (external link) and following the link.

The survey will go live at 9am on Monday 29 June and will close at midday on Sunday 12 July. Everyone completing the survey will be invited to enter a Prize Draw to win one of three Kindle Fire HD7s. Further information is available by emailing passengertransport@warwickshire.gov.uk

TEMPORARY CLOSURE OF CROMPTON AVENUE FOOTPATH

Warwickshire County Council has made a Temporary Traffic Order closing the Public Footpath from Crompton Avenue to Tower Hill, Bidford on Avon to all traffic. The closure is required to safely facilitate a gas mains replacement.

The Order will commence on 6 July 2015 and will last for a period of 6 months, or until the works are completed, whichever is the earlier. However, it is anticipated that the works will be completed by 17 July 2015.

Access to and egress from properties and land situated adjacent to the length of footpath to be closed will be maintained where possible.

Further details of the closure can be read below:

PERKINS' EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATION AWARDS

The Governors of this charity invite applications for awards from young people under the age of 25. Grants are available to help with expenses in courses of study in further and higher education, vocational training such as apprenticeships, and in some circumstances, structured programmes of personal development such as overseas visits.

Applicants must be resident in Salford Priors, Bidford, Kings Broom, Cleve Prior or Harvington.

Applications must be received prior to 15 October 2015.

NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT TO INSPECT PARISH COUNCIL ACCOUNTS

Each year the Parish Council's annual return is audited by an external auditor appointed by an external auditor appointed by the Audit Commission. Any person interested has the right to inspect the accounts and make copies of the annual return, etc.

For the year ended 31 March 2015, these documents will be available between 3 June and 1 July on reasonable notice by application to the Parish Clerk during parish office hours.

RESULTS OF THE RECENT ELECTIONS

The documents below relate to the elections on Thursday 7 May 2015.

OFF PEAK CLOSURE OF A46

Between A46/A44 Twyford Roundabout and A46/B439 Salford Roundabout
Start of Works: 5 May 2015
End of Works: 1 July 2015

This scheme is to replace existing worn out surfacing with low noise, low spay material and will provide a lower traffic noise for local residents and a safer surface for all users.

Total off peak night time closure of the A46 Northbound and Southbound carriageways between the junctions mentioned above will be required to complete the works.

Further details of the closure can be read below:

PARISH COUNCILLOR VACANCY

Notice is hereby given that, following the resignation of Cllr. Mrs C Randell, a casual vacancy has arisen in the Office of Councillor for the Parish Council.

In accordance with Section 89(3) of the Local Government Act 1972, where the vacancy occurs within six months before the day on which the councillor whose office is vacant would regularly have retired, an election shall not be held under Section 89(1) of the above Act, and the vacancy will be filled at the next ordinary election of councillors on 7th May 2015.

The Council may choose to fill the vacancy for the period until that election.

POST OFFICE PUBLIC CONSULTATION – PROPOSED BRANCH MOVE

Some of you may be aware that a Public Consultation concerning the proposed move of the Post Office from its current place in the High Street to Warner’s Budgens started on 21 January 2015 and will end on 5 March 2015.

You can find full details of this online at the Post Office website (external link), where you can also reply to the consultation.

TEMPORARY CLOSURE OF B4085 HONEYBOURNE ROAD

Warwickshire County Council proposes to make a Temporary Traffic Order closing B4085 Honeybourne Road, Bidford on Avon from Cleeve Road to the end of the bridge, to vehicular traffic. The closure is required for carriageway resurfacing.

The Order will commence on 5 January 2015 and will last for a period of 18 months, or until the works are completed, whichever is the earlier. However, it is anticipated that the works will be completed by 24 January 2015.

Pedestrian access to and egress from properties and land situated adjacent to the length of road to be closed will be maintained at all times. Vehicular access will be maintained where possible.

Further details of the closure can be read below:

THANKS FROM BIDFORD-ON-AVON WI

Bidford-on-Avon WI would like to say a very big 'thank you' to all that attended the recent Bingo Night at Bidford-on-Avon Bowling Club.

We raised a massive £300 for the Brain Injury Unit at Leamington Spa.

FUTURE OF ACUTE HOSPITAL SERVICES IN WORCESTERSHIRE

The Programme Board which oversees the Future of Acute Hospital Services in Worcestershire programme has unanimously confirmed its support for the proposed clinical model for acute hospital services in the county.

RURAL CRIME CO-ORDINATOR

Stratford-on-Avon District Council has launched a new role in September 2014 in the form of a Rural Crime Co-ordinator to help address concerns raised by residents within the Stratford District about crime in their rural communities.

Although overall crime levels have reduced, the Council is taking a proactive approach towards crime and its effects on those living in rural communities. The aim is to increase crime prevention awareness across the District, engage with rural communities and provide bespoke advice to victims of crime.

Funded by the Police and Crime Commissioner, who has made rural crime a priority, the post holder will be working closely with Partnership Agencies in particular with the Police Safer Neighbourhoods Teams and Watch Schemes, to ensure the best possible level of service is provided to its residents

You can contact the Rural Crime Co-ordinator

  • If you are a victim of crime, or are concerned you may be at risk and would benefit from Crime Prevention Advice.
  • If you would like to arrange a Crime Prevention Talk in your village.
  • If you would be interested in arranging a village crime prevention ‘marking’ day, where property such as bicycles, lawn mowers, power tools can be securely marked.

If you wish to speak to the Rural Crime Co-ordinator Lucy Lambert then contact her on 01789 260200 or 07970 588518 or email lucy.lambert@stratford-dc.gov.uk

POLICE PRIORITIES FOR NEXT THREE MONTHS

The presentation below explains the Warwickshire Police priorities for the next three months. It was presented at the Alcester and Bidford Community Forum meeting on Tuesday 16 September 2014.

28 STRATFORD-BIDFORD-PERSHORE BUS ROUTE

Below is the timetable for the Sunday bus service from Stratford to Pershore, via Bidford, Salford Priors, Harvington, Norton and Evesham (and vice-versa).

The timetable is valid from 6 September 2014 until further notice.

FUTURE OF ACUTE HOSPITAL SERVICES IN WORCESTERSHIRE

Press Release - 8 July 2014

NHS England confirms its support for the proposed clinical model for acute hospital services in Worcestershire.

NHS England has confirmed its support for the proposed clinical model acute hospital services in Worcestershire and has identified that further work needs to be done to complete the business case, before their approval for the start of public consultation.

An action plan to complete the additional work has been agreed by the Future of Acute Hospital Services in Worcestershire's programme team and the team is still working towards public consultation later this year with a final decision on the clinical model due early in 2015.

THE WAY WE REGISTER TO VOTE IS CHANGING

The way you register to vote has changed in 2014. Everyone is responsible for registering themselves instead of the 'head of the household' registering everyone who lives at their address.

You need to register yourself otherwise you won't be able to vote.

Find out how to register in the notice below:

FOSTER CARERS NEEDED

Can you make time to care for someone else's child? We always need more foster carers and we now offer:

  • Payment for skills
  • Good allowances
  • Comprehensive training leading to an QCF Diploma
  • Excellent support
  • Foster care helpline.

Interested? Telephone 0800 408 1556
Or see more at www.warwickshire.gov.uk/fostering (external link)

'OUR WARWICKSHIRE' NEW WEBSITE

Are you interested in local history and heritage? Then visit www.ourwarwickshire.org.uk (external link) - the new community history and heritage website for the county.

The website is a place where residents and visitors can upload information about the history, heritage or landscape of their Warwickshire town or village. There are articles and photographs, and space for local groups to advertise themselves and their events.

PLANNING PRESENTATION: JACKSON MEADOW

On Monday 14 April 2014, at the Planning Consultative Committee Meeting, Hunter Page Planning Ltd made a pre-planning presentation on behalf of Bloor Homes Western in respect of a proposed residential development of approx 40 dwellings on land to the south of Jacksons Meadow and east of Steppes Piece.

Below are the documents presented at the meeting: a location map, showing the land in question and a broad master plan (important to note this is what it is at the moment). During the presentation it was stated that a public consultation/exhibition was being planned and should take place within the next 6 to 8 weeks. This will give you, the local community, the opportunity to study the plan in more detail and make your comments.

BIDFORD HEALTH CENTRE PATIENT PARTICIPATION GROUP (PPG)

The Patient Participation Group is a selection of patients and practice staff who meet at regular intervals to consider ways of making a positive contribution to the services and facilities offered by the practice to patients.

This is a real opportunity for patients to influence decisions about which services are provided and how.

We would like to hear from anyone who feels they can contribute. There are usually around 6 to 8 meetings per year, however if you are unable to attend due to work/life commitments you could join our Virtual PPG and still be involved in surveys and feedback via email.

If you would like further information, or would like to join us, please contact Sarah Baker on 01789 773372 or by email: virtual.ppg@bidfordhc.nhs.uk

IMPORTANT CHANGES TO THE COMMUNITY LINKS SERVICE

From Monday 7 April 2014 the Community Links service will operate on a zoned basis. Users from different parts of Stratford District will be able to use the service on specific days of the week. Many long-term users will remember that this was the basis of the service when it first started.

  • Residents of the Stratford-upon-Avon Zone, including Stratford Town, Tiddington and Alveston, will be able to use the service every weekday.
  • Residents of the West Zone, including Alcester, Bidford, Studley and Tanworth-in-Arden will be able to use the service on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays.
  • Residents of the South Zone, including Quinton, Shipston-on-Stour and Tysoe, will be able to use the service on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.
  • Residents of the East Zone, including Kineton, Southam and Wellesbourne, will be able to use the service on Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays.

The map below shows the zones and the villages within them.

Further changes will be happening when the Community Links service is replaced by a new transport scheme after Monday 2 June 2014. More details will be released about this shortly.

For any queries about the zones and days and the new transport scheme please contact Community Links on 01789 264491.

WHY NOT CONSIDER HOLDING YOUR EVENT ON THE BIG MEADOW?

The Parish Council is keen to encourage use of The Big Meadow as a summer venue for events.

See the guide and booking form below for more information on the available sites, any applicable charges, and special conditions of use.

Scams and Warnings

See our separate Scams and Warnings page for information about scams, rogue traders and other alerts in our area.

Copies of Notices

Notices are also posted on the Parish Council's Notice Boards.

Featured Notices

Burial Charges

The document below lists the Parish Council's burial charges, effective from 31 March 2015:

Bidford Parish Council Burial Charges (pdf)

Hold Your Event on The Big Meadow

See the notice in the main body of this page for more information and an application form.