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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.

PROPOSED PUFFIN CROSSING ON SALFORD ROAD NEAR BIDFORD MEADOWS

Warwickshire County Council hereby gives notice of its intention to install a Puffin Crossing on Salford Road near Bidford Meadows, Bidford-on-Avon in accordance with the planning condition for a Persimmon Homes housing development.

Further details can be read below:

HOUSING NEEDS SURVEY REPORT

The report from the Housing Needs Survey commissioned in September 2017 can be read below:

GENEROUS DONATION FROM VINTAGE GATHERING

Mr Mark Smith, organiser of the Annual Vintage Gathering in Bidford-on-Avon, has donated £800 to each of the selected local organisations for this year’s event: Bidford Cricket Club and Bidford Juniors FC.

BIDFORD CRICKET CLUB

The 2017 season is starting in May. We are looking for new families to join our club and enjoy some great local sport and social events.

We have an adults team who play on Saturdays in the Cotswold Hills League. Our under 15s team in the juniors league, under 9s taking part in local cricket festivals, and we welcome children of all ages to the Big Meadow for lots of fun and different activities.

Practice Night is Fridays from 6.30 to 8.00pm. The bar is open for the grown-ups, too.

See our Facebook page for more information.

BETTER BROADBAND SUBSIDY SCHEME

The UK government is committed to providing every home and business across the country with access to a basic broadband service.

If you can’t get a broadband speed of at least 2Mb per second, you could qualify for a subsidised connection worth up to £350 to boost your internet speed.

Visit the Government's Basic Broadband Checker website (external link) to find out if you are eligible for a subsidy.

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.

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.

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: virtual.ppg@bidfordhc.nhs.uk

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:

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.

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).

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.

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.

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:

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.

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.

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.

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.