PARISH OFFICE CLOSURE DATES
The Parish Council Office will be closed from Monday 8 to Friday 11 December 2015 for the Parish Clerk's annual leave.
During her absence, anyone wishing to look at building plans may do so at:
- The Planning Applications page on this website
- Stratford-on-Avon District Council, Elizabeth House, Church Street
PARISH COUNCIL RESPONSE TO SITE 8, BROOM COURT FARM
Having carefully considered the site assessment carried out by WCC, Bidford-on-Avon Parish Council resolved to OBJECT to the inclusion of this site on the following grounds:
- Air pollution - the small dust particles, which are the inevitable consequences of sand and gravel extractions, will be carried by the prevailing southwesterly winds towards to village and having serious impact on the health of the 13% of the adults over the age of 34 with respiratory issues. Furthermore, there is also the potential increase in the risk of harming the health of young children, which may result in long-term respiratory problems.
- Adverse visual impact on the large recreational area known as the Big Meadow, which is to the east of the site. The Parish Council has invested heavily in making this an attractive area for families to enjoy bringing their children to play on the various pieces of play equipment and is investing in outdoor gym equipment. It is also a popular Heart of England walk, as well as offering fishing opportunities for anglers. These activities will be seriously endangered if sand and gravel extraction at Broom Court Farm were to take place.
- The proximity of the east of the site to Salford Road cemetery.
- The proximity of the east of the site to Bidford Riverside Allotments.
The Parish Council trust you will give due consideration to the objections raised and remove this site from the Preferred Options.
BIDFORD COMMUNITY OUTREACH FOR BETTER MENTAL HEALTH
Want to learn more about mental health and wellbeing? Come and speak to us at our new community outreach for FREE mental health information and support.
On Mondays from 11.00am to 1.00pm at Bidford Community Library, Bramley Way, Bidford, B50 4QG.
For more information and other services visit our website at www.springfieldmind.org.uk or call our office on 01789 298615.
TEMPORARY CLOSURE OF FOOTPATH FROM CROMPTON AVENUE TO TOWER HILL
Warwickshire County Council made a Temporary Traffic Order closing the Public Footpath from Crompton Avenue to Tower Hill, Bidford on Avon to all traffic. The closure was required to safely facilitate a gas mains replacement.
The work has been rescheduled to commence 9 November 2015 with anticipation of completion by 20 November 2015.
Access to and egress from properties and land situated adjacent to the length of footpath to be closed will be maintained where possible. An alternative route will be signed and is available via: Crompton Avenue, Waterloo Road, Tower Hill (and vice versa).
Further details of the closure can be read below:
PARISH COUNCIL SURVEY ON USE OF VILLAGE CENTRE
The Parish Council and People and Places Partnership are currently reviewing Bidford-on-Avon as part of the nationally recognised Town Benchmarking system. Town Benchmarking has been used in over 350 locations and evaluates village, town and city centres on key performance indicators such as Retail Offer, Vacancy Rates, Car Parking, Footfall, Business Confidence and Customer Satisfaction.
Thus, whether you use Bidford-on-Avon village centre frequently, infrequently, or have perhaps even stopped visiting, we would like your views and opinions by clicking the link below and completing the two-minute survey.
All the results of the Benchmarking analysis will be available in February 2016. Many thanks!
- Village Centre Survey (external link)
PARISH COUNCIL SURVEY ON RUNNING A BUSINESS FROM HOME
People and Places Partnership are conducting a benchmarking review on behalf of Bidford-on-Avon Parish Council. Benchmarking has been conducted in over 300 towns and villages in the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland and involves capturing data on 12 Key Performance Indicators (KPI’s) to measure village and town centre performance. The KPI’s include; Retail Offer, Footfall, Car Parking, Business Confidence, User Satisfaction and Shopper Origin. In terms of Business Confidence all the commercial units in the village will receive a survey, however People and Places would also like to ascertain the views and opinions of those running a business from home in Bidford-on-Avon.
Thus, if you run a business from home in the parish please take two minutes to complete the survey below.
The information gathered from Benchmarking will be presented in an overall report. The report will be used by stakeholders so they can focus their regeneration efforts on building on existing strengths and addressing any specific issues in Bidford-on-Avon.
If you have any questions or queries before completing the survey, please contact Mike King, People and Places Director. Tel: 01908 776940, Mob: 07788 286337 or email: email@example.com
- Running a Business from Home Survey (external link)
NOTICE OF CONCLUSION OF AUDIT
Notice is hereby given that the audit of accounts for Bidford-on-Avon Parish Council for the year ended 31 March 2015 was completed on 26 August 2015.
Clerk to the Parish Council
- Full Notice of Audit (pdf)
TAYLOR WIMPEY STATEMENT ON PUBLIC OPEN SPACE AT FRIDAY FURLONG
The statement below is from Taylor Wimpey, who are currently developing Friday Furlong, regarding an application from Cranbrook Homes Ltd to develop land appointed as 'Public Open Space' (POS). Whilst Cranbrook Homes Ltd are free by law to submit a planning application, Taylor Wimpey do not intend to sell the POS land.
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.
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:
- Map of Closure (pdf)
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
- Presentation (pdf)
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.
- Full Notice (pdf)
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: email@example.com
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.