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Bidford-on-Avon Parish Council

Bidford-on-Avon Parish Council


Friday 25 October 2019, 7.00pm at Crawford Memorial Hall.

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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

  • 19/10/19: Events - RSC free family fun activity at Bidford Library.
  • 19/10/19: Minutes - Minutes from September's Planning Committee meeting.
  • 10/10/19: Events - Remembrance Sunday parade and service.
  • 09/10/19: Agenda - for Planning Committee Meeting on 14 October 2019.
  • 09/10/19: Events - Bidford Rural Cinema film for 25 October 2019.
  • 09/10/19: Events - Community Litter Pick.
  • 07/10/19: Notice - temporary road closure of Welford Road, Bidford.
  • 07/10/19: Events - Bidford's Got Talent charity show.
  • 07/10/19: Events - Bidford Area Community Choir Winter Concert.
  • 07/10/19: Other Newsletters - Cyber Scam Update for October 2019.
  • 05/10/19: Events - Annual Christmas Tree Festival at St Laurence's Church.
  • 05/10/19: Events - Bidford Gardening Society events for 2020.
  • 05/10/19: Finance - items of expenditure over £500 from July to September 2019.
  • 05/10/19: Procedures - Advertising in Bidford Policy.
  • 03/10/19: Minutes - Minutes from August's Parish Council meeting.
  • 03/10/19: Events - an illustrated talk on Antarctica at Bidford Community Library.
  • 03/10/19: Events - Bidford Rural Cinema film for 1 November 2019.
  • 30/09/19: Cycleways and Pathways - the minutes of recent meeting.
  • 28/09/19: Events - Bidford Business and Craft Fair.
  • 28/09/19: Notice - pest control solutions in the Stratford district.
  • 28/09/19: Notice - a leaflet with advice and information on dog fouling.
  • 26/09/19: Agenda - for Parish Council Meeting on 30 September 2019.
  • 26/09/19: Notice - short-term rooms wanted for foreign students.
  • 26/09/19: Events - 2020 meetings for Bidford WI.
  • 24/09/19: Finance - conclusion of audit of Parish Council accounts for y/e 31 March 2019.
  • 21/09/19: Events - Logo Club events at Bidford Community Library.
  • 18/09/19: Events - Charity Breakfast.
  • 18/09/19: Events - Bidford's Big Bonfire and Fireworks.
  • 18/09/19: Other Newsletters - Cyber Scam Update for September 2019.
  • 14/09/19: Events - St Benedict's High School Open Evening.
  • 10/09/19: Events - Bidford Health Centre Dementia Information Evening.
  • 10/09/19: Events - 'Rubbish Friends' Community Litter Pick.
  • 10/09/19: Upbeat - a new page introducing the Community Band.
  • 05/09/19: Agenda - for Planning Committee Meeting on 9 September 2019.
  • 05/09/19: Minutes - Minutes from August's Planning Committee meeting.
  • Previous Updates

This website was last updated on 19 October, 2019

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Latest Notices

Road Closure: Welford Road, Bidford...

Pest Control: service from Stratford DC...

Dog Fouling: clean it up!...

Rooms Wanted: short term for foreign students...

Next Events

Sun 20 Oct: Business and Craft Fair...

Fri 25 Oct: Bidford Rural Cinema presents 'Late Night'...

Wed 30 Oct: RSC Free Family Fun Activity...

Fri 1 Nov: Bidford Rural Cinema presents 'The Lion King'...