SMALL BUSINESS GRANT FUND
Stratford-on-Avon District Council have launched a new grants scheme to support small shops (particularly in rural villages), within Stratford District.
The scheme aims to give a helping hand to local shops and businesses by providing a one off grant of up to £200 towards the cost of purchases that can enhance or promote the business. Eligible purchases can include anything from a new till to printing promotional flyers.
The scheme is open to applications from shops and businesses within the District, with the exception of the Market Towns (Stratford-upon-Avon, Shipston-on-Stour, Alcester and Southam). Priority will be given to applications from smaller rural locations that have not had the benefit of previous funding schemes and initiatives.
Further details and a copy of the application form can be downloaded from the SDC website (external link). Closing date for applications is Friday 1 July 2016.
For further assistance please contact the project officer, Lana Long on 01789 260609 or 01789 260803 or email: email@example.com
EU REFERENDUM PARTNER GUIDE
The Electoral Commission is hoping to get as many voters as possible to take part in the EU Referendum on Thursday 23 June 2016.
The document below contains graphics, posters, tweets and sample messages you can share with your members, staff, customers, clients and supporters to make sure they don’t miss their chance to have their say.
PERKINS' EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATION AWARDS 2016/17
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 2016.
THE QUEEN'S 90TH BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION
The Parish Council has agreed to support the Bell Boat Regatta event on the Big Meadow which is taking place on Saturday 18 June and is encouraging members of the local community to enjoy the day – taking part in the regatta and perhaps having a family picnic by the river!
The Parish Council is also keen to support local residents should they wish to hold a street party on Sunday 12 June and has allocated £2,500 toward this, with a maximum of £250 per event.
If you are planning such an event, please send full details to the Clerk, including the area and the number of people taking part.
Please ensure your request is sent no later than Friday 27 May. The Parish Council will consider each request on its merit taking into account the amount allocated for the event.
SUPERFAST BROADBAND NOW AVAILABLE IN BIDFORD, BROOM AND MARLCLIFF
We are delighted to announce that superfast broadband is now available in parts of Bidford on Avon. Various cabinets have been upgraded, meaning that properties connected to these cabinets may now be able to order the improved service.
- Cabinet Bidford on Avon 14 (located in the Tower Hill area of Shipston)
- Cabinet Bidford 11 (which serves Barton)
- Cabinet Bidford on Avon 7 (Marlcliff)
It is worth noting that some lines that were previously connected directly to the exchange in Bidford have now been routed through Cabinet 14 and so will also be able to order faster broadband.
For residents to check which cabinet they are connected to and what speeds they might achieve, they should visit www.dslchecker.bt.com (external link). For the best results they will need to be able to enter a BT landline number for the property. If they do not have this then they can use their address, but it may be less accurate. It should be noted that customers are not restricted to buying a service from BT and that can go to any Internet Service Provider (ISP).
There are a number of different Internet Service Providers (ISPs), and it is best to check carefully as there are a wide range of packages available, with some including telephone calls and even TV options. For impartial advice and to see which might be best for specific needs visit Money Saving Expert (external link).
The CSW Broadband website (external link) has lots of information about Internet Service Providers, a useful jargon buster to help people to get through the sometimes baffling terms surrounding broadband, and lots of self-help guides so that users can get the most from the new, improved service.
Please note: Even though these cabinets have been upgraded, not every property connected to them is guaranteed to achieve superfast speeds due to some properties’ distances from the cabinet and/or quality of copper connections.
LIVING IN WARWICKSHIRE SURVEY
Warwickshire County Council has launched the Living in Warwickshire survey, which gives Warwickshire residents the chance to have their say on a range of public services within Warwickshire.
Please show your support and encouraging residents to complete the survey online at: warwickshire.gov.uk/survey (external link).
This is an opportunity for people to have their say on what living in Warwickshire is really like. The research will gather people’s views on a variety of topics including health and wellbeing, community safety, local neighbourhoods, transport, and public service provision.
Please complete the survey by 31 May 2016.
BUS ROUTE CHANGES
With effect from 6 June 2016, Bus No. 28/28a will no longer be running.
They are being replaced by Bus No. X18, which will operate very 30 minutes from Coventry, via the A46 to Leamington, then along Myton Road to Warwick, Barford, HRI (Wellesbourne), Wellesbourne Village and Dovehouse Estate, Charlcote, Tiddington, Stratford, Bidford-on-Avon, Salford Priors and Evesham.
This should represent an improvement as it will allow residents to travel to Warwick, Leamington Spa and Coventry by bus.
TEMPORARY CLOSURE OF C103 BROOM LANE, DUNNINGTON
Warwickshire County Council has made a Temporary Traffic Order closing C103 Broom Lane, Dunnington from a point outside property numbers 29 and 30 and for a distance of approximately 280 metres east of the bridge over A46 to vehicular traffic. The closure is required to safely facilitate the replacement of a dangerous manhole surround and cover.
The Order will commence on 9 May 2016 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 11 May 2016.
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:
BIG MEADOW OPENING 2016
The Parish Council is pleased to announce that The Big Meadow will open from Friday 1 April 2016 (weather permitting) and will remain open until Friday 30 September 2016.
WCC PUBLIC HEALTH AWARDS COMMUNITY AND VOLUNTARY SECTOR FUNDING 2016
Warwickshire Council Council, Public Health offered community and voluntary sector organisations the opportunity to bid for funding, with the aim to kick-start small projects across all of Warwickshire that pilot new ideas focussing on:
- Using and improving green spaces for exercise and/or health;
- Reducing Loneliness and Social Isolation;
- Reducing the harm caused by drugs and alcohol;
- Mental health and wellbeing.
A total of £60,000 was awarded to 10 projects throughout Warwickshire, including Age UK, Bidford on Avon Parish Council, Harbury Parish Council, Coleshill Town Council, Nuneaton and Bedworth Healthy Living Network, Outreach and Community Action Project, Parkinsons UK Rugby, Warwickshire Reminiscence, WREP and Warwickshire Wildlife Trust.
The Parish Council has been awarded funding for outdoor gym equipment to be installed on the Big Meadow in Bidford-on-Avon.
To find out more about the projects visit the Warwickshire News Blog (external link)
NOTICE OF ELECTION
The document below relates to the upcoming election on Thursday 5 May 2016.
PETITION TO STOP PHARMACY FUNDING CUTS
Some of you may be aware that the government is planning to cut pharmacy funding.
Currently there is an online petition to 'Stop cuts to pharmacy funding and support pharmacy services that save NHS money'. Should you wish to sign up to this petition (it requires 100,000 signatures to facilitate a debate by Parliament) you can do so on the Government Petitions website (external link).
Alternatively, there are hard copies at Bidford Pharmacy.
TEMPORARY CLOSURE OF PUBLIC FOOTPATH FROM CROMPTON AVENUE TO TOWER HILL
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 29 February 2016 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 11 March 2016.
Access to and egress from properties and land situated adjacent to the length of footpath to be closed, if any, will be maintained where possible.
Further details of the closure can be read below:
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.
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.
RESULTS OF THE RECENT ELECTIONS
The documents below relate to the elections on Thursday 7 May 2015.
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
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.
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.
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
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.