WARWICKSHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL LAUNCHES LIVING IN WARWICKSHIRE SURVEY
WCC has launched the Living in Warwickshire survey, which gives Warwickshire residents the chance to have their say on a range of public services within Warwickshire. The survey can be completed online at warwickshire.gov.uk/survey
This is an opportunity for people to have their say on what living in Warwickshire is really like. The research will gather people's views on a variety of topics including health and wellbeing, community safety, local neighbourhoods, transport, and public service provision.
Results from the survey will highlight key issues experienced by people on a day-to-day basis, including information on how they live, needs and challenges. This will inform council work programmes to address these local needs and shape services for the future.
The survey can be completed online only, all respondents must be aged over 18 years old and will have the opportunity to enter a prize draw to a win a Warwick Castle Family Annual Pass (for four people), a further 10 pairs of tickets to Warwick Castle will also be awarded.
The survey will close on Tuesday 31 May, to complete the survey today, visit: warwickshire.gov.uk/survey
ELECTION OF POLICE AND CRIME COMMISSIONER, WARWICKSHIRE
The Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) is elected every four years to ensure the local police meet the needs of the community. They are responsible for holding the Chief Constable and police force to account on the public's behalf. They overseee how crime is tackled in their area and aim to make sure the Police are providing a good service.
The statement of persons nominated to stand for election of the next PCC on Thursday 5 May 2016 can be downloaded from the right hand side of the page.
You can vote for your first and second choice candidate. To vote you must be over 18 years old and on the electoral register by 18 April. You can register by going to www.gov.uk/register-to-vote
Other elections this year include the European Referendum on 23 June 2016.
PROPOSED HOUSING DEVELOPMENT SPERNAL LANE- PUBLIC CONSULTATION EVENT HELD 14 JANUARY 2016
Great Alne Parish Council, in partnership with Warwickshire Rural Housing Association and Warwickshire Rural Community Council, held a Public Consultation Event on Thursday 14 January 2016 regarding the proposed development of seventeen new homes for local people off Spernal Lane.
The event was held at Great Alne & Kinwarton Memorial Hall from 3pm to 7pm. There was an opportunity to see plans for the new homes, ask questions and make comments on any aspect of the proposal. Please see the downloadable report of the event compiled by Sarah Brooke-Taylor, Housing Enabler at WRCC.
The new homes are proposed to meet the housing needs of Great Alne parish, as identified through the Housing Needs Survey. Occupancy of the new homes would be restricted to local people by way of a Planning Agreement.
The affordable homes (ie not local market homes) will be allocated using the system “Home Choice Plus" which will be administered by Stratford District Council. You must have a local connection with Great Alne to be eligible and you must also be registered in advance on the Stratford District Council Housing list in order to be able to bid for one of the new homes. For the definition of a “local connection", please contact Philippa Osborne on 0300 1234 009.
You can register on the housing list by visiting www.homechoiceplus.org.uk OR e-mailing email@example.com OR by telephoning Stratford District Council on 01789-260861 OR by visiting Stratford District Council at Elizabeth House, Church Street, Stratford upon Avon CV47 6HX.
In addition to the above, if you would like Warwickshire Rural Housing Association to inform you of when the properties are going to be advertised please complete one of their Register of Interest forms.
You can request a form from Philippa Osborne by emailing her at: Philippa.firstname.lastname@example.org
OPPORTUNITIES TO PLAY BOWLS
CSW Sport are in partnership with Health Trusts and the National Governing Bodies of Bowls to promote greater physical activity across the sub-region. Bowls as a sport can be played across all ages, cultures, faiths, social classes and has a range of rule sets that will accommodate all levels of aspirations.
But did you know...
Playing Bowls regularly has significant health benefits such as promoting flexibility, suppleness, fitness and stamina. It is ideal for the older person who (perhaps) would struggle with some types of sporting activity, and excellent for people who have health problems or body image issues where more rigorous activity is unrealistic.
Most Bowls clubs have a really active social scene. From barbeques to quiz nights, dances to celebrations in the clubhouse, bowls members have extended friendship networks and fairly full social calenders. Clubs are often situated in very attractive environments. There has been significant feedback from participants who have found that being a part of this vibrant social network has helped them through some very difficult times in their lives.
A number of targeted Leisure Centres and Bowls Clubs are piloting "ringfenced" sessions for those individuals who have a desire to become more active in their daily lives. Each of the participating facilities have additional activity and social programmes for those participants who wish to engage further, as well as Bowls instruction. (There is a small attendance charge (£2-£2.50) per visit.
Several clubs across the region are offering this facility in the pilot scheme eg Stratford Leisure Centre on Tuesday and Friday mornings. If you want any further information or have any questions please contact Ian McLean on 02476 574890 or visit www.cswsport.org.uk
WARWICKSHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL- NEW SERVICE- CAN YOU HELP?
Warwickshire County Council will be commissioning a new ‘pan-equalities' service which will begin providing services across the county in July 2016. This will promote equality for people with all characteristics protected under the Equality Act 2010 (including disability, sex, race, gender reassignment, sexual orientation, religion or belief, age, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity).
Warwickshire County Council is seeking the views of people with an interest in this new service. This will help them to finalise the details of the service requirements. They have commissioned brap, a national equality charity to help conduct this research.
Over the next month (up to the 17th December) brap is seeking the views of potential providers of the service, other organisations with an interest in how the service is run (e.g. commissioners or other service providers) and potential customers that might use the service.
There are two surveys which we are using to capture these views (please click on the links below):
Survey for potential providers / other organisations with an interest in how the service is run: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/LK62X7G
Survey for potential customers / users of the future service: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/9DXPLMQ
If you are able to share the links for these surveys far and wide with those you know and work with in the county to ensure as many people have a say about this important new service as possible then that would be extremely helpful.
If you would like to share your thoughts over the phone or in person with brap, or if you can help brap to meet and talk to potential customers of the service (e.g. people who use your service and may require support in the future to respond to discrimination or inequality) please get in touch with Asif Afridi from brap on email@example.com or 0121 272 8455.
GREAT ALNE & KINWARTON MEMORIAL HALL
The long awaited cloakroom modernisation project at Great Alne & Kinwarton Memorial Hall has at last been completed. The claokrooms were formally opened at the recent Community Coffee Morning. First mooted in 2009 the project has taken 6 years of planning and fundraising to achieve. The original cloakrooms at the entrance end of the building have been demolished and rebuilt to make better use of the space available. This has enabled two toilets to be fitted in the ladies cloakroom and an upgrade to the disabled visitor cloakroom to meet the latest building regulations. At the same time a second toilet has also been fitted in the ladies cloakroom at the stage end of the Hall.
The funding needed for the project was achieved with grants from the Big Lottery Fund (Awards for All) and Warwickshire Rural Community Council, two awards from the Waitrose Communities scheme and a number of gift aided private donations.
The success of the funding application was due in no small measure to the letters of support the Hall received from Mike Gittus, the local County and District Councillor, both Great Alne and Kinwarton Parish Councils, the Hall user groups and a number of disabled visitors. The Hall Trustees would like to place on record their grateful thanks to them all for their invaluable help.
There is a small group of Neighbourhood Watch in the Spernal Lane area. The work of the Neighbourhood Watch (NW) scheme and NW groups is to try to raise awareness about crime- what can happen and what can be done about it. For example, tamper proof number plate screws are available free of charge from the Police. It is intended that the Alcester model of communication, weekly reports and a monthly summary of incidents and advice by email, will be rolled out across the district. Current topical crimes are distraction burglaries- often in supermarket car parks and domestic fuel tank/oil thefts.
If you would be interested in rekindling the Neighbourhood Watch group in Great Alne then please get in touch with the Parish Clerk.
Great Alne has a Film Club with screenings usually on the third Thursday of the month at 7.30pm NB except during the summer.
For other information about what's going on at the Memorial Hall please click here for further details.
ENERGY WARWICKSHIRE- TOP UP YOUR OIL BEFORE PRICES RISE!
Energy Warwickshire (part of the charity WRCC) is a group buying syndicate which aims to reduce the costs of buying heating oil by purchasing in bulk. Households in rural communities, particularly those that are off the mains gas network, often find that they are paying substantially more for their heating than their urban counterparts. Energy Warwickshire was set up by WRCC in 2012 to help combat this. Energy Warwickshire collates one group order per month and negotiations then take place with various suppliers to obtain the best price for members. As our membership increases so does our buying power. In August 2015 we secured our lowest ever price of 28.97p per litre, (10.98p per litre less than the market high price) saving members £66.00 on an order of 1000 litres. We have approximately 500 members in Warwickshire who are now benefitting from our cheaper prices. Energy Warwickshire has a dedicated website which allows members to sign up to use the scheme and place their orders. The site also contains a wealth of information on running a household on heating oil, offers for boiler servicing and quotes from current members on the service they've received. We also offer discounts on LPG cylinders and have access to very competitive rates for bulk LPG supplies.
If you would like any further information on Energy Warwickshire please visit our website: www.energywarwickshire.org.uk
Please let the Parish Council know of any local issue that is causing you concern. You can use the Contact Us form in the Information section of this website, or ring the Parish Clerk on 07833 790375 or alternatively email firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you have something you would like to report to Stratford District Council you can do this using their on-line forms. Anything from abandoned vehicles, unruly dogs to fly tipping can be reported, just click on the link on the right of this page (External Links).
WARWICKSHIRE POLICE, ALCESTER SOUTH SAFER NEIGHBOURHOOD TEAM
Each month a Community Newsletter is produced by the Alcester South Safer Neighbourhood Team that includes details of crime in the area (including Great Alne) and an incident overview. Please see the website for further details and a contact list for the team.
THE UBUS COMMUNITY TRANSPORT SERVICE
As of June 2014, Stratford-on-Avon District Council's Community Links transport service became U-Bus - a unique community transport scheme designed for residents living within the Stratford-on-Avon District.
The scheme is for you where you have a general need for local transport and:
- Cannot access public transport because of mobility problems or other issues or
- Live in an isolated location with no, or infrequent, levels of public transport
The UBUS service can be used for a wide range of individual travel needs, such as visiting friends, attending social groups, leisure activities, lifelong learning and, of course, shopping.
The service operates from 9.30am to 2.30pm Monday to Friday in different parts of the District. It is FREE to register with UBUS no matter what your age and status.
The service operates in the Great Alne area on:
Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays
Journeys for residents living in Great Alne cost:
Single Journey: £2.50 / Return Journey: £5.00
You can book a UBUS journey by calling the booking team on 01789 264491 between 9.30am and 2.30pm Monday to Friday - have your Membership Number and journey details ready when you call. You can book a journey up to 7 days in advance or a minimum of a day before travel and all bookings are subject to vehicle availability.
PARISH COUNCIL NEWSLETTER
Regularly the Parish Council endevours to compile a newsletter containing relevant and up to date information about events and issues within the parish. It is the intention of the Parish Council that every home within the parish boundary receives a copy of this newsletter, however, things can go wrong and if you have not been receiving your newsletter then please let us know, or download a copy from the list on the right hand side of the page. If you would like to receive the newsletter by email then please let us know by contacting email@example.com
If you wish to suggest material to be included in the newsletter then please feel free to contact the Clerk, or make your suggestion known at the next Parish Council meeting - a full list of meeting dates can be found on the home page.