Biodiversity at heart

We are delighted to confirm that Town Councillors supported, on a 10 to 1 (abstention) basis the resolution laid by Dom and Alex to place Biodiversity at the heart of management of Town Council green spaces.   The resolution, which was amended in the meeting by IB Councillor Tom Lomax to include banning council use … Read more

Becky Addy Wood saved for future generations

IB Councillors have today successfully led plans to purchase Becky Addy Wood on behalf of the town.  The move, funded jointly with Friends of Becky Addy Wood and the Preservation Trust, with promises of further support from the local Area Board, provides protection for the area, which has been a popular alternative route to Avoncliff … Read more

A thank you. And a plea.

Without being rhetorical, we are in unprecedented times. Not since the Second World War – and never in peace time – has a government needed to take such swingeing measures to address a national emergency. The closure of social businesses like pubs and restaurants, government stepping in to ensure wages can be paid, the closure … Read more

2020 precept announced

IB Councillors have backed a small increase in the Town Council precept this year, in preparation for taking on a swathe of new places, spaces and services from Wiltshire Council in mid-2020, as well as supporting actions around the Climate Emergency and Youth Services. In a statement to the Town Council, Dom said: “Members are … Read more

Ideal Bulletin — 3rd September

Ideal Bradford Audio Bulletin Podcast

Council Leader Dom Newton joins Veronica Bark to catch up about a wide variety of topics: a recap of what’s been happening over the summer, new youth services, solar panels on St Margaret’s Hall, becoming a plastic-free town, taking on playing fields from Wiltshire Council, Women’s 100, commemorating the end of WWI, a massive owl, … Read more

Town Gathering — May 17th

Deputy Mayor Alex Kay and Mayor Dave Garwood of Bradford on Avon

On May 17th, the Town Council is hosting the Town Gathering — a meeting it’s required to hold every year for electors of the town. As you may have guessed, this year will be a little different! The Town Council is hoping to lay on a band and bar (after the main meeting has finished), … Read more

2018-19 Budget Announcement

Donut chart displaying breakdown of Council spending over 15 areas

Under Ideal Bradford leadership, the Town Council has voted to approve a highly progressive budget for the town for 2018-19. As part of a robust process running from November to January, Councillors proposed and discussed priority areas, and we were happy to see those proposals backed by all councillors at a Full Council meeting on January … Read more

Ideal Bulletin — 15th August

Councillors Emma Franklin and Dom Newton talk through recent Town Council business, including steps towards being a dementia-friendly town, Wiltshire Music Centre’s 20th anniverary concert, using the local defibrillators, grants for some some great local enterprises such as Group 5 furniture recycling and Made In Bradford on Avon, planning wrangles about the proposed phone-mast near … Read more

Ideal Bulletin — 17th July

It’s been a busy couple of weeks… The first committees are now being held under our new structure — and we’re starting to be able to use the new procedures we’ve brought in to make the Town Council’s work more visible, engaging and efficient. In our latest audio update we catch up with Dave Garwood, Chair … Read more

Ideal Bulletin — 23rd June

Dom Newton, Ideal Bradford leader, reviews the progress made at the most recent meeting of the full Town Council, looks ahead to forthcoming action in the new streamlined committee structure and celebrates Council grants for the Fringe Festival and the fixing of a zip-wire. [soundcloud url=”″ params=”auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false&visual=true” width=”100%” height=”450″ iframe=”true” /] Forthcoming Meetings: 27th June … Read more