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PROPOSED HOUSING DEVELOPMENT SPERNAL LANE- PUBLIC CONSULTATION EVENT 14 JANUARY 2016

Great Alne Parish Council, in partnership with Warwickshire Rural Housing Association and Warwickshire Rural Community Council, is holding 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 will be held at Great Alne & Kinwarton Memorial Hall from 3pm to 7pm. There will be an opportunity to see plans for the new homes, ask questions and comment on any aspect of the proposal. It is intended to be a ‘drop-in' event so people can come along at any time.

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.

If you have any questions regarding the event please contact WRCC:

- telephone 01789 842182

- enquiries@wrccrural.org.uk

*Great Alne Phone Box
*Phone Box on School Road

WARWICKSHIRE PCC LAUNCHES POLICE PRECEPT CONSULTATION

Warwickshire Police and Crime Commissioner Ron Ball wants to hear your views as he considers setting the police budget for 2016/17. He is asking all members of the public if they are willing to contribute around a penny a day extra in order to maintain frontline policing levels.


In November, the Government announced plans in its Comprehensive Spending Review to keep policing budgets at current levels during the life of this Parliament. As has now been made clear by the Home Secretary in a letter to PCCs, the only way that police funding will remain at the same level will be if the police precept – the small portion of each council tax bill that pays for policing – is raised by the maximum permitted amount of 1.99% each year by every PCC. Without this, Government resource funding to policing will actually be reduced by 1.3% in real terms over four years.

If the current police precept rate was frozen, Warwickshire Police would lose around £0.709 million next year and £0.709 million in each subsequent year, resulting in a financial gap of around £2.836 million by 2020. This would have a significant impact on frontline policing and could reverse the recent efforts which have seen the proportion of officers on the frontline increase to 95 percent, which is above the national average.

As a result, the Commissioner is proposing that the police precept is raised by 1.99% next year - equivalent to 31p per month or £3.75 per year on average for a Band D property – less than the price of a coffee and a cake at a leading high street coffee shop.

You can find more detail and give your feedback on this proposal by completing an online survey, which asks the simple question:

“Are you willing to spend an extra 31p per month for an average Band D property in order to maintain frontline policing levels?"

For more information and to take part in the consultation online, please visit: www.warwickshire-pcc.gov.uk/preceptsurvey

Alternatively, you can:

  • Email opcc@warwickshire.gov.uk and stating ‘yes' or ‘no' to the question, plus any other supporting comments.
  • Or write to Warwickshire Police and Crime Commissioner, 3 Northgate Street, Warwick CV34 4SP, again indicating whether you wish to answer ‘yes' or ‘no' to the question and including any other supporting comments.

The consultation will close at midday on Monday, 18 January 2016.

WE HAVE A NEW COUNCILLOR!

We welcome Mrs Marie Holding to the Parish Council and are delighted that we are up to our full quota once again. Marie was co-opted at the Parish Council meeting on 9 November. By way of introduction she writes:

"I moved to Great Alne just over 5 years ago, having lived in Solihull all my life (apart from a brief, but very sunny 6 months in the south of Spain where I taught English to children and adults ). I live here with my husband Andy; and we love life in this beautiful village. As we both work full time (I'm a HR Business Partner for a logistics and freight forwarding company) and have no children, it is sometimes difficult to get involved in the community – although we do make lots of effort to interact with the locals through regular visits to the Huff Cap! So when a vacancy arose for a Parish Councillor I saw it as a great opportunity to not only find out what is going on in Great Alne, but to play a part in the decision making and to do my best to represent the interests of all of us who are lucky enough to live here. I have never done anything like this before, but am very much looking forward to being part of the Parish Council."

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 asifa@brap.org.uk 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.

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 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

'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.

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 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.

Great Alne Parish Council, in partnership with Warwickshire Rural Housing Association and Warwickshire Rural Community Council, is holding 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 will be held at Great Alne & Kinwarton Memorial Hall from 3pm to 7pm. There will be an opportunity to see plans for the new homes, ask questions and comment on any aspect of the proposal. It is intended to be a ‘drop-in' event so people can come along at any time.

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.

If you have any questions regarding the event please contact WRCC:

- telephone 01789 842182

- enquiries@wrccrural.org.uk





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