CSW Broadband are delighted to advise you that all the hard work has paid off and that superfast broadband is now available in certain parts of Great Alne. Cabinet Great Alne 2 has been upgraded, meaning that properties connected to the upgraded cabinet may now be able to order the improved service. Cabinet 2 is opposite the Huff Cap which roughly means any premises on the Alcester side of the Memorial Hall.
For residents to check which cabinet they are connected to and what speeds they might achieve, they should visit https://www.dslchecker.bt.com/. 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).
COMMUNITY HEARTBEAT TRUST- DEFIBRILLATOR IN GREAT ALNE?
The Parish Council is considering the possibility of adopting the BT kiosk on School Road and installing a defibrillator- with the help of the Community HeartBeat Trust (CHT).
What are your views on this? We shall be discussing this item at the next Parish Council meeting in July. Meanwhile you might like to review the literature on the right hand side of the page. There are seven documents in all- headed up CHT.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 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.email@example.com
GREAT ALNE & KINWARTON MEMORIAL HALL
The long awaited cloakroom modernisation project at Great Alne & Kinwarton Memorial Hall has been completed. The cloakrooms were formally opened at a 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.
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 membership increases so does buying power. In August 2015 the lowest ever price of 28.97p per litre was secured, (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. Kerosene is now also available
If you would like any further information on Energy Warwickshire please visit wrccenergy.org.uk or phone 01789 472419
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
U-Bus - a unique community transport scheme designed for residents living within the Stratford-on-Avon District. The scheme is for you if 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. It cannot be used to attend medical appointments (please use the volunteer drivers scheme operated through VASA).
UBUS vehicles are fitted with low-floor steps or tail lifts to ensure access for everyone.
The service operates from 9.30am to 2.30pm Monday to Friday. It is FREE to register with UBUS (see telephone number below) irrespective of age and status.
Journeys for residents living in Great Alne cost:
Single Journey: £2.70 / Return Journey: £5.40
Travel on 'Magic Monday' and pay only one way on a return journey.
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. The earlier you book the more likely you will be able to travel at your preferred time.
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.