Bidford Recreation Strategy
Bidford-on-Avon Parish Council are researching what the village requires to meet the recreation needs of our growing community - both sporting and leisure, indoors and outdoors - all of which help to promote local health and wellbeing.
Survey forms are being delivered to every household in the parish, but you can access the survey online at https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/7CND6XZ.
Please would your household help us by responding to this survey by 30th September 2021. If members of your household would like to respond separately, you can do this online from separate devices, otherwise please contact the parish clerk to ask for an extra survey form for each household member.
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Many thanks in advance for all your comments on the future of recreation in Bidford. We look forward to discussing the outcome of the survey with you during Autumn 2021, leading to a recreation strategy and further project work to meet identified local needs.
Long-term residents of Bidford will have noted the population increase over time:
- 1971 – 2,822 (census)
- 2001 – 4,830 (census)
- 2011 – 5,350 (census)
- 2019 – 6,316 (estimate, to be confirmed by the 2021 census)
The Parish Council have appointed experienced parish clerk Andrew Maliphant to take the project forward, with a remit to:
- Quantify the recreation needs of the expanding village population
- Consult with current clubs and venues about their own aspirations
- Review local green sites
- Help to develop recreation facilities as shown to be required
- Involve all local residents in the process
A survey of youth requirements in 2019 concluded:
- Responses from the consultation identified gaps in community provision for young people, particularly teenagers.
- A new Youth Centre will help to address this gap.
- Not all young people will want to attend a Youth Centre; a Youth and Engagement Leader will be able to identify other suitable activities for young people and help to integrate young people into existing activities.
- Another clear priority was a desire across all age groups for increased access to physical and outdoor activity, with many ideas for activities being promulgated.
The next step is to send a wider recreation survey to every household in the parish, to collate the needs and aspirations of all local residents, many of whom have arrived in the parish since 2019. The results of the survey will be used to prepare a draft recreation strategy for the Parish Council to discuss with parishioners during Autumn 2021.
For further information please contact Mrs Elisabeth Uggerløse the Parish Clerk on 07718 628925 or via firstname.lastname@example.org – we look forward to being in touch.