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Bidford-on-Avon Parish Council

Bidford-on-Avon Parish Council

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

  • 22/08/17: Minutes - from July's Parish Council meeting.
  • 22/08/17: Procedures - policy for Commenting on Late Planning Applications.
  • 22/08/17: Procedures - policy for Making Decisions Outside a Formal Meeting.
  • 22/08/17: Events - further details and posters for the Bidford Bash.
  • 18/08/17: Events - Talk on Cyber Crime and Staying Safe Online at Bidford Library.
  • 18/08/17: Events - Bidford WI meeting events for 2018.
  • 17/08/17: Agenda - for Parish Council Meeting on 21 August 2017.
  • 27/07/17: Bidford Businesses - advert for Pilates with Kim.
  • 15/08/17: Notice - Parish Office closure for the Clerk's annual leave.
  • 15/08/17: Survey - opinions sought on Parish Council improvements to The Big Meadow.
  • 11/08/17: Other Newsletters - Flood Risk Management Newsletter for July 2017.
  • 08/08/17: Minutes - from July's Planning Committee meeting.
  • 08/08/17: Events - Bidford Rural Cinema films for September 2017.
  • 02/08/17: Agenda - for Planning Committee Meeting on 7 August 2017.
  • 02/08/17: Minutes - from June's Parish Council meeting.
  • 27/07/17: Agenda - for Parish Council Meeting on 31 July 2017.
  • 27/07/17: Bidford Businesses - advert for Richard Fantom Eyecare.
  • 27/07/17: Notice - details of Stratford District based charity VASA.
  • 23/07/17: Events - free Sports and Games Events on The Big Meadow for children of all ages.
  • 23/07/17: Events - National Play Day activities at Stratford Bandstand.
  • 20/07/17: Events - Summer Reading Challenge activities at Bidford Library.
  • 16/07/17: Events - a poster for Top Gun: Bidford Outdoor Cinema event on the Big Meadow.
  • 16/07/17: Events - a poster for the Italian Market.
  • 14/07/17: Notice - details of the Contact the Elderly national organisation.
  • 14/07/17: Minutes - from June's Planning Committee meeting.
  • 14/07/17: Library - this Summer's Reading Challenge.
  • 07/07/17: Events - Bidford's annual Duck Race.
  • 07/07/17: Rural Cinema - new coming soon poster.
  • 05/07/17: Agenda - for Planning Committee Meeting on 10 July 2017.
  • 05/07/17: Notice - temporary road closure of Waterloo Road, Ryknild Street and Wixford Road.
  • 04/07/17: Events - Play Reading Group at Bidford Library.
  • 04/07/17: Minutes - from May's Annual Parish Council meeting.
  • Previous Updates

This website was last updated on 22 August, 2017

Survey on Big Meadow Improvements

We would like as many residents as possible to complete this very simple three-question survey on making improvements to The Big Meadow.

Please complete this survey on behalf of the Parish Council. End date 13 October 2017. Many thanks.

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Latest Notices

Parish Clerk: annual leave and office closure...

VASA: details of the Stratford District based charity...

Contact the Elderly: details of this national organisation...

Road Closures: Waterloo, Ryknild and Wixford Roads...

Next Events

Fri 1 Sep: Bidford Rural Cinema presents 'Wonder Woman'...

Thu 7 Sep: Talk on Cyber Crime and Online Safety...

Thu 14 Sep: Bidford WI...

Fri 15 Sep: Bidford History Society...