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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

  • 07/12/17: Agenda - for Planning Committee Meeting on 11 December 2017.
  • 02/12/17: Events - Simon Kemp Gospel Music Show.
  • 02/12/17: Minutes - from October's Parish Council meeting.
  • 02/12/17: Minutes - draft minutes from November's Strategy meeting.
  • 25/11/17: Notice - Parish Clerk annual leave notice.
  • 22/11/17: Agenda - for Parish Council Meeting on 27 November 2017.
  • 22/11/17: Minutes - approved minutes from April's Finance and Strategy meeting.
  • 22/11/17: Events - Bidford Pantomime: Robin Hood and His Merry Men.
  • 16/11/17: Agenda - for Strategy Meeting on 20 November 2017.
  • 16/11/17: Notice - details of the UBUS Community Transport Service.
  • 14/11/17: Minutes - from October's Planning Committee meeting.
  • 14/11/17: Events - Ladies Pamper Evening at Broom Village Hall.
  • 14/11/17: Events - Cardiology Information Evening.
  • 14/11/17: Events - Bidford Christmas Lights Switch-on event.
  • 14/11/17: Events - a talk by local photographer Andy Page at Bidford Library.
  • 14/11/17: Events - Bidford Rural Cinema film for 1 December 2017.
  • 08/11/17: Agenda - for Planning Committee Meeting on 13 November 2017.
  • 08/11/17: Events - further 2018 meetings for Bidford WI.
  • 03/11/17: Events - Remembrance Sunday Parade and Service.
  • 03/11/17: Events - Annual Christmas Tree Festival at St Laurence's Church.
  • 03/11/17: Notice - how to enter this year's Christmas Tree Festival.
  • 03/11/17: Notice - SDC State of the District Report for 2017.
  • 03/11/17: Notice - the report from September's Housing Needs Survey.
  • 03/11/17: Minutes - from September's Parish Council meeting.
  • 03/11/17: Survey - opinions sought on the Outdoor Gym Equipment on The Big Meadow.
  • Previous Updates

This website was last updated on 7 December, 2017

Survey on Big Meadow Improvements

We would like as many residents as possible to complete this short survey on the use of the Outdoor Gym Equipment on The Big Meadow.

Please complete this survey on behalf of the Parish Council. End date 2 December 2017. Many thanks.

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Latest Notices

Parish Office: temporary closure for Clerk's annual leave...

UBUS: Community Transport Service...

Christmas Tree Festival: how to enter...

Report: SDC's State of District Report for 2017...

Next Events

Sat 9/Sun 10 Dec: Christmas Tree Festival...

Sun 10 Dec: Simon Kemp Gospel Music Show...

Thu 14 Dec: Bidford WI...

Fri 15 Dec: Bidford History Society...