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Bidford-on-Avon Parish Council

Bidford-on-Avon Parish Council

Informational Notices

This page holds older notices (previously posted on the Latest Notices page) which may still be relevant to residents.

VASA: VOLUNTARY ACTION STRATFORD-ON-AVON DISTRICT

VASA is a Stratford District based charity, funded by a variety of charitable trusts, county, district and parish councils and through our own fundraising to help overcome loneliness and isolation and promote well being and independent living.

To learn more, phone 01789 262889 or visit www.vasa.org.uk (external link)

TACKLING DOG FOULING IN STRATFORD DISTRICT

One of the biggest environmental issues for residents in the district is dog fouling. It is time to take action and clamp down on culprits.

The aim of the Safer Stratford campaign is to raise awareness of the risks to public health and the environment of dog faeces. Furthermore, failure to clean up after your dog is a criminal offence, and could result in a fine.

Full detailsof the campaign can be read in the leaflet below:

STOP UNWANTED JUNK MAIL

Warwickshire County Council have a web page with step-by-step instructions for a junk mail free door mat. Read all about it at www.warwickshire.gov.uk/junkmail (external link).

POWER CUT? CALL 105

Tips and instructions on what to do in case of a power cut:

ACTIVITIES AND SUPPORT FOR DEMENTIA IN STRATFORD DISTRICT

The document below gives details and contact information for various support providers and activities in Stratford District for people with dementia and their carers:

BIDFORD COMMUNITY LIBRARY: COTTON CARRIERS FOR SALE

Reusable cotton carrier bags are now available at an introductory price of just £3.99 at Bidford Community Library.

This is a great way of supporting this unique community service.

WARWICKSHIRE FLOATING SUPPORT SERVICE

From 1 August 2016, P3 will launch a new countywide floating support service for adults over 25. This will be a new approach, ensuring that people in Warwickshire who need help to manage and maintain their accommodation receive the right support, at the right time, and in the right place.

This flexible service will provide a bespoke package of support centred around the individual, addressing the very reasons they are struggling to maintain their property, with the purpose of helping them to move forward and continue living in their own home.

We will provide support:

  • Directly in people’s homes,
  • Via our Mobile advice vehicle,
  • At our new 'Navigator' drop-in centres (located in Nuneaton and Rugby),
  • In community venues across the county.

We’ll also be operating a 24hr helpline for people using our services to ensure there’s always someone trained, friendly, and ready to help at the end of the phone. Making a referral is easy and quick through our online referral form, or by downloading a referral form, which you can email or post to our Nuneaton office.

Our mobile drop-in centre will be hitting the roads too, taking our services wherever they’re needed with a particular focus on older people. If you’d like us to visit your area, please give us a call to let us know.

The leaflet below gives an overview of what our service can offer. If you have any questions, want to know more, or would like to drop-in and see us for yourself, call our Freephone number on 0808 164 6220.

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.

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.

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.

SAVE MONEY ON NHS PRESCRIPTION CHARGES

If you need more than 13 prescriptions in a year you could save money with a Prescription Prepayment Certificate.

For more information contact your local Citizens Advice Bureau or buy a certificate online at www.nhsbsa.nhs.uk/ppc (external link).

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

'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.

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.

HELP WITH FLOOD INSURANCE COVER

Do you have difficulties trying to get flood cover for your home or business? Are you finding the insurance premium and/or the excess unaffordable? Do you find the process you have to go through stressful?

The National Flood Forum has an insurance telephone helpline, dedicated to support people while they try to gain flood insurance cover.

GUIDANCE FOR DISPLAYING POSTERS AND OTHER MATERIAL

The leaflet below is from Stratford District Council and explains the guidelines for displaying notices, posters, and other similar material in the local area.

MARCLIFF FLOOD ALLEVIATION SCHEME UPDATE

The notice below is specifically for Marlcliff residents after a post inspection of the flood alleviation scheme showed that some remedial work is required, which the Environment Agency hope to carry out in the new year.

HOME FIRE SAFETY CHECKS

Having a home fire safety check may save the lives of you and your family.

A member of Warwickshire Fire and Rescue will come to your house to carry out a check. They will offer help and advice to fit your individual circumstances, including:

  • Escape routes;
  • Smoke detectors;
  • Kitchen and electrical safety;
  • Fitting smoke alarms free of charge if your current ones do not meet the recommended minimum safety standards. Subject to eligibility.

Please call 01926 466282

DON'T LEAVE YOUR CAR RUNNING WHEN NOT ATTENDED ON COLD MORNINGS

Although vehicle crime is low across Warwickshire and West Mercia, cars are stolen from driveways every winter because owners leave them unattended, with the keys in the ignition, while they warm up and the windscreens defrost.

Some vehicle owners nip inside for just a few seconds to collect a bag or finish the last mouthful of coffee – but that’s all the time an opportunist thief needs.

Insurance companies may not pay out for cars stolen in this way – and if your house keys are taken as well, you’re making your home vulnerable.

Freeze out car thieves on frosty mornings:

  • Clear windscreens with de-icer and a scraper
  • Sit in your vehicle while the heater de-mists the windscreen.

For more vehicle security advice visit: www.warwickshire.police.uk or www.westmercia.police.uk

NEW MAPS HELP PREPARE FOR FLOODING

Improved flood maps published today show a reduction in the number of people classed at risk of surface water flooding and will help communities and businesses protect their properties from flooding.

The maps show areas of the country at risk of flooding from rivers and the sea as well as new national scale maps of surface water flooding, making them some of the most comprehensive anywhere in the world.

Visit www.environment-agency.gov.uk/flood (external link) to check the new flood maps on the Environment Agency website.

The Environment Agency is aware of an error in the data provided for Broom. It shows the area of Mill Close as Medium Risk when it should be Low Risk. This will be amended in February 2014 which is the next time the site is updated.

DRIVING VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

Do you live in South Warwickshire, own your own car and have a clean driving licence? Do you have a few spare hours a week?

If so, come and join Coventry and Warwickshire Partnership NHS Trust in driving patients to and from home to hospital appointments and day care centres.

For more information contact Trish Sheasby
Telephone: 024 7696 8165
Email: patricia.sheasby@covwarkpt.nhs.uk

RECYCLE EVEN MORE FROM APRIL 2013

Did you know, you can collect the following additional items to put out as part of our district-wide kerbside collection service: Unwanted Small Electrical and Electronic Equipment, Textiles, Household batteries.

These items can be put out for collection every week, next to your grey refuse bin or your blue-lidded recycling bin. Please put these items in standard-sized carrier bags and place them at the side of your wheeled bin (not in it). Please do not mix different materials in the same bag, eg. use one bag for textiles, one for batteries and another for small electrical and electronic equipment. Ensure the bags are tied.

It is really easy to use the service, simply put the items out in separate carrier bags, tie up the bags and place them along side either you grey refuse bin or blue-lidded recycling bin on your normal collection day.

In order to collect these items, all collection vehicles have been fitted with a small compartment so the materials can be stored separately. They will not be put into the back of the vehicles.

To ensure they can be collected, items must be small enough to fit into a standard-sized shopping carrier bag.

Please leave any cables and plugs attached to the electrical items and please remove all batteries from the electrical items and place them in a separate bag.

Read full information in the poster below:

CENSUS PROFILE FOR BIDFORD-ON-AVON

The document below contains information from the 2011 Census on Bidford-on-Avon, including statistics on population, health and care, ethnicity, education, housing, travel and economic activity.

WELFARE REFORM FILM

Below is a link to a very interesting short film about changes to housing benefit which may well affect households in our area. This is one of a planned series of films, which is being produced via BRANCAB on behalf of the Warwickshire Financial Inclusion Partnership. The films are being used as another channel of communications for the forthcoming Welfare Reforms:

VEHICLE CRIME INFORMATION SHEET

Warwickshire Police would like to offer the following advice to help the public protect themselves against vehicle crime:

BIDFORD-ON-AVON HOUSING NEEDS SURVEY

Below are the results of the Housing Needs Survey carried out by Warwickshire Rural Community Council on behalf of Bidford-on-Avon Parish Council. The report is dated August 2012.

STREET LIGHTING - CHANGING TO PART-NIGHT OPERATION

WCC are carrying out changes to street lighting across the county, with 80% of county council owned street lights being put on a part-night basis (no lights from midnight to 5.30am).

The map below shows which lights will remain on all night and which ones will switch off:

BIDFORD RESIDENTS GET CITIZENS ADVICE BUREAU OUTREACH SERVICE

The start of a new year is the ideal time to take advantage of the new outreach Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB) service which has launched in the library.

Stratford district is one of the largest rural districts in England, and for many people making the journey into Stratford can be problematic. Stratford CAB is now operating a fortnightly service for Bidford residents at the Library and Information Centre on Bramley Way.

The service is available on the first and third Fridays of each month. It is free and completely confidential.

248 REDDITCH-ALCESTER-BIDFORD-EVESHAM BUS ROUTE

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

The timetable is valid from 4 September 2011 until further notice.

HEATING AND DIESEL OIL THEFT

Theft of heating and diesel oil has been a problem for many years and the Police have always noticed an increase in this type of crime whenever the price of crude oil rises.

The leaflet below offers advice on siting oil tanks, security locks and lighting, defensive planting and other security measures.

PUT A STOP TO RURAL CRIME

Your rural business has become a target for thieves, Now is the time to act... Rural businesses will be targeted as long as thieves see them as soft targets. The short guide below provides a series of key points to reduce the likelihood of you becoming the next victim.

The advice and information provided is designed to make it harder for the thief and safer for you and your employees, who you have a legal obligation to protect under health and safety legislation.

POTHOLES, PAVEMENT REPAIRS, HIGHWAY AND STREET LIGHTING PROBLEMS?

Report it to:

  • Telephone: County Highways on 01926 412515
  • Website: www.warwickshire.gov.uk/roads
  • Email: countyhighways@warwickshire.gov.uk
  • Text: Lighting (followed by location and defect details) on 07950 081082

FLOOD WARNING SERVICE INFORMATION

The Environment Agency provides a flood warning service throughout England and Wales in areas at risk of flooding from rivers or the sea. Using the latest available technology, other staff monitor rainfall, river levels and sea conditions 24 hours a day and use this information to forecast the possibility of flooding.

WARWICKSHIRE VOLUNTARY SNOW WARDEN SCHEME 2010/11

From Warwickshire County Highways Policy Group:

As I'm sure you will remember, last winter we had a lot of snow and ice across the UK and this led to most local authorities having to concentrate on main roads, and not clearing quieter roads and pavements. We've already had our first spell of snow and ice, with more likely over the coming weeks, so how do we make sure we can still get around on foot safely?

As snow wardens you will endeavour to enlist help from your neighbours, and clear, pavements, drives and cul de sacs and in so doing greatly assist the local community and vulnerable people.

This will let the council focus on its priority routes used by 90 per cent of county's traffic. We will still grit the main routes, that's obviously our responsibility – but this is a practical way of getting resources to areas that are more isolated and will be based on your local knowledge as a priority to your community.

We thank you for volunteering to be a Snow Warden, your local input will be most appreciated during any severe weather spells.

TIPS AND ADVICE ON CLEARNING SNOW AND ICE

There is no law stopping you from clearing snow and ice on the pavement outside your property, pathways to your property or public space.

If an accident did happen, it's highly unlikely that you would be sued as long as you are careful and use common sense to make sure that you don't make the pavement or pathway clearly more dangerous than before. People using area affected by snow and ice also have responsibility to be careful themselves.

Warnings and Scams

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.