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DEFIBRILLATOR IN GREAT ALNE- NOW ACTIVE

The Parish Council has been successful in:

  • Purchasing the telephone kiosk on School Road from BT. NB The public telephone has been removed from the kiosk. An emergency phone has been installed
  • Obtaining a grant from the Big Lottery Fund for the purchase of a defibrillator. We have worked in conjunction with the Community HeartBeat Trust (CHT) to complete this project and a Lifeline View defibrillator has been installed in an unlocked Rotaid cabinet in the phone box and this is now active
  • The Parish Council have organised awareness sessions/training in the use of the defibrillator for Thursday 11 January at 7pm and Saturday 27 January 2018 at 10.30am in the Memorial Hall. Please make a note of the dates in your diaries. All are welcome!

A second defibrillator in the village is also being considered. A further defibrillator is located in the Marketing Suite at Maudslay Park (see below).

PROPOSED HOUSING DEVELOPMENT SPERNAL LANE- PLANNING PERMISSION GRANTED

The planning application for 17 new homes at Spernal Lane went to Planning Committee on 22 February 2017 and was successful. The amended Section 106 Agreement has been finalised and planning permission granted. Detailed construction drawings have been produced. Linfoot Country Homes Ltd aim to be onsite in early 2018.

The new homes are proposed to meet the housing needs of Great Alne parish, as identified through Housing Needs Surveys from 2010 and 2014. Occupancy of the new homes would be restricted to local people by way of a Planning Agreement.

It should be noted that the affordable homes (ie not local market homes) will be allocated using the system “Home Choice Plus" which will be administered by Stratford on Avon 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 housingadviceteam@stratford-dc.gov.uk 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.osborne@midlandsrural.org.uk

BUS SERVICE IN GREAT ALNE

Just a quick reminder of the following bus services in Great Alne:

  • X19 operated mainly by Stagecoach with some peak journeys by Diamond Bus- 6 days a week including Bank Holidays (not Sundays)
  • Flexibus 212 operated by A & M Group - One journey a day on Tuesdays and Fridays
  • Flexibus 512 operated by A & M Group - One journey a day on Mondays
  • The UBUS community transport service can be used for a wide range of individual travel needs in the district, such as visiting friends, attending social groups, leisure activities, lifelong learning and, of course, shopping. Please note it cannot be used to attend medical appointments (please use the Volunteer Drivers scheme operated through VASA). The service operates from 9.30am-2.30pm Monday- Friday. Requires registration, please telephone 01789 264491 (See below for full details)

THE UBUS COMMUNITY TRANSPORT SERVICE

UBUS is 3 years old!

The UBUS community transport service has been running for 3 years now. Previously known as Community Links, UBUS came into effect in June 2014 and since then an amazing 30,000 journeys have been made across the district by over 800 registered users.

UBUS is a ring and ride community transport service operating within Stratford District.

UBUS is available to anyone in the district who struggles to access public transport due to mobility issues, health problems or who lives in an area with no, or infrequent, public transport.

Passengers can travel between 9:30am and 2:30pm.

UBUS will collect passengers from their door, drop them off at their destination, pick up again at the agreed point and drop off back at home. Drivers can assist passengers to get on & off the bus and will help with up to 3 shopping bags or a trolley if necessary.

All UBUS vehicles can accommodate a wheelchair.

Depending on where residents live in the district, a single journey costs £2.10, £2.70 or £3.40. Return journeys £4.20, £5.40 or £6.80. Great Alne residents would fall in the £2.70/£5.40 price range.

Residents living in an Orbit property are eligible for a £0.60 discount on their journey.

Journeys need to be booked in advance. Passengers can book up to seven days in advance.

UBUS provides transport in different parts of the district on specific days.

• West of Stratford - Operates on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays & Fridays (includes Great Alne)

• East of Stratford – Operates on Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays

• South of Stratford – Operates on Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays

• Stratford Town - Operates on Mondays to Fridays

• Southam & Surrounding area – Operates on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays

UBUS can be used to visit friends, attend social groups, leisure activities or go shopping. It cannot be used to attend medical appointments. Residents interested in registering with the service should ring 01789 264491. For further information contact Marie Darwen at Stratford District Council on 01789 260108.

CSW BROADBAND

CSW Broadband are delighted to advise residents that all the hard work has paid off and that superfast broadband is now available in certain parts of Great Alne. Cabinet Great Alne 5 has now been upgraded, meaning that properties connected to the upgraded cabinet may now be able to order the improved service. This includes properties on Henley Road (B49 6HR and 6HX), Park Lane (B49 6HS) and Mill Lane (B49 6JA).

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).

MAUDSLAY PARK UPDATE- AUGUST 2017

  • Helical Bar are confident about the phase of build and sales that are now in and that progress still remains positive on site
  • Show cluster now has 10 plots completed and 4 units now occupied by residents
  • Later this year the apartment blocks will come online and the street scene will begin to develop
  • Please note, there is an automatic electronic defibrillator located just inside the entrance to the Marketing Suite

If you have any concerns about Maudslay Park please contact either the Clerk or Cllr Mrs Louise Bennett who is the nominated portfolio holder on the Parish Council for this development.

NEW CARERS WELLBEING SERVICE

Warwickshire has a new service aimed at carers- Warwickshire's Joint Adult Carers Strategy and Carer Wellbeing Service. The service will be delivered by the Carers Trust Heart of England over the phone, at GP surgeries tailored to suit the needs of the carer. A wellbeing check will be offered to carers to include a discussion of the carers situation, provision of advice and support- including emotional support, emergency planning and signposting to other services where required. Carers can be referred or contact the service themselves directly on 02476 101040 (Option 4) or by email at carerssupport@carerstrusthofe.org.uk. Please see the downloadable PDF poster on the right hand side of the page.

PARISH ASSEMBLY

Great Alne Parish Council held their Parish Assembly on Saturday 20 May 2017 between 10.30am- 12.30pm at Great Alne & Kinwarton Memorial Hall. Refreshments were provided. There was an opportunity during the morning for local clubs/organisations to showcase their activities to both new residents and those more familiar with village activities.

The Chair of the Parish Council gave his Annual Report and the feedback suggested that this was a worthwhile morning.

COMMUNITY SPEED WATCH

Whilst the the Community Speed Watch programme is now up and running....the Parish Council is still looking for two more volunteers to assist with this initiative. Could you be one of them?!

NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH

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.

MOVING PICTURES

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

'REPORT IT!'

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 info@greatalne-pc.gov.uk.

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.

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 info@greatalne-pc.gov.uk

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.





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