Bewdley Town Council
Welcome to Bewdley, situated in the Wyre Forest District and described as the most perfect small Georgian town in Worcestershire. Located on the River Severn, its name says it all - from the French words Beau Lieu - "beautiful place".
Bewdley is a popular town with both visitors and its residents. Within the town there is a lot to see including its river walks, museum, churches, beautiful gardens, not to mention well over 20 pubs, takeaways and restaurants.
Bewdley has major events running throughout the year, ranging from Spring/Easter and Harvest Fairs through to its regattas and the annual Bewdley Festival. We also have two market days in the town on the first and third Sunday in the month. But there is a lot more than just the town to see. Bewdley is the ideal location to stay and visit:
- The Severn Valley Railway (Bewdley station, 10 mins walk from town centre)
- West Midlands Safari Park (1.5 miles from the town centre)
- The Wyre Forest (2 miles from town centre)
On this website you can find details of major events, local community events, where to stay, eat and have a drink plus details of the many active local community organisations and local businesses.
We look forward to seeing you very soon.
About The Town Council
Bewdley Town Council was created in 1974 following the reorganisation of local government in England & Wales before which it had been a Borough within Worcestershire. It now forms part of the district of Wyre Forest which is one of six districts within Worcestershire.
Bewdley Town Council has 13 Town Councillors all of whom are elected for a term of four years. For voting purposes, Bewdley is divided into three Wards which are Bewdley West (4 Councillors) and Bewdley East (4 Councillors) on the west side of the river and Wribbenhall (5 Councillors) on the east side.
The Town Council Elections last took place on 22nd May 2014. The next election is due to take place in 2018 although this may change to 2019 subject to a consultation on local electoral cycle arrangements.
Information (including contact details) about your Town Councillors can be found in the Your Council section.
The Town Council year begins officially with the Annual Meeting of the Town Council. This is also known as “Mayor-Making” when the Town Councillors elect a Mayor, a Deputy Mayor, the Town Council’s Committees and Advisory Groups, and representatives to outside bodies. The Annual Meeting took place this year on Friday 13th May 2016 where Councillor John Beeson was elected Mayor and Councillor Philip Edmundson was elected as Deputy Mayor for a second term.
The Town Council and Planning Committee meet once a month. They generally do so on the first Monday of each month unless that happens to be a Bank Holiday in which case they take place a day later.
The Town Council is actively involved with a number of organisations in Bewdley on which it has representatives including Bewdley Civic Society, Community Transport Helpline, Bewdley Development Trust and Bewdley Medical Practice Patients’ Advisory Group.
In addition, the Council has representatives on the following organisations: County Association of Local Councils Executive (CALC), Wyre Forest Citizens Advice Bureau and Wyre Forest Community Emergency Planning Forum.
Some local services are provided by Wyre Forest District Council and Worcestershire County Council. We work very closely with these organisations to ensure that our town is represented, with District and County Councillors also attending Town Council meetings.
You can contact the Council by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or in writing to:
Bewdley Town Council, The Guildhall, Load Street, Bewdley DY12 2AH
So what does the Town Council actually do?
The Town Council currently carries out the following activities:
- Consider and comment on all planning applications falling within the Bewdley Town Council boundary as a consultee;
- Manage the Load Street public conveniences;
- Provide the town Christmas lights;
- Provide the annual early summer/Carnival firework display;
- Provide and maintain 9 bus shelters;
- Provide and maintain 20 public bench seats;
- Supply the town hanging baskets and town centre planters;
- Support a range of charities and organisations with their activities through practical help and grant funding;
- Provide and maintain the town notice boards;
- Operate a website and Facebook page to provide news and information;
- Operate the town Lengthsman Scheme in partnership with Worcestershire Highways;
- Work with and support the neighbourhood policing team in tackling anti-social behaviour;
- Assist and support organisations with planning and running events in the town;
- Gather and represent the views of residents and traders on issues important to them and facilitate appropriate action;
- Operate and maintain the town clock in partnership with St Anne’s Church;
- Maintain the war memorials at St Anne’s and All Saints Churches;
- Lead on Neighbourhood Planning and other strategic planning activities;
- Provide and maintain 6 lifebelts at the riverside;
- Operate 2 vehicle activated (speed) signs;
- Maintain a community emergency plan in partnership with relevant organisations;
- Represent the town at civic events in Worcestershire and support nominated charities through the Mayoralty;
- Support events and activities for lonely and isolated residents in the town through the Together Project;
- Support the involvement of young people in local decision making in partnership with Bewdley School through the Young Mayor Scheme;
- Fund the provision of Wyre Hill Play Area;
- Maintain and promote the Millennium Green open space in Wribbenhall;
- Work with and support Wyre Forest DC and Worcestershire County Council in improving and enhancing services provided by them in Bewdley.
- Organise the monthly Vintage, Antiques and Handmade Market, Local Produce Market and annual Christmas Lights Switch On Event and Market.
The Council intends to look at other ways in which it can provide, enhance, support and encourage so Bewdley can thrive as a great place to live, work and visit.
You can find out more about the powers of Town and Parish Councils by viewing the file below.
Annual Report of the Town Council 2015/2016
Below you can click and view the Annual Report of the Town Council for the year ending 31st March 2016.