Wychavon District Council News – Grab your Covid-19 vaccination this weekend

Grab your Covid-19 vaccination this weekend

A pop-up vaccination clinic is set to open in Evesham this weekend.

Anyone aged 16 or over who needs to have their first or second vaccinations, can Grab a Jab.

The walk-in vaccination clinic will be open from 10am until 5pm on Saturday, 25 September and Sunday, 26 September at Bengeworth Club in Coronation Street. There is no need to book or be registered with a GP, people can just turn up and have a vaccine. The vaccine being given will be Pfizer.

Public Health in Worcestershire, Evesham Volunteer Centre and Wychavon District Council are working together to make it easier and more convenient for people to get vaccinated.

The walk-in clinic is part of an ongoing initiative to give those who haven’t already had their first vaccination an opportunity to do so, as well as encouraging the take up of second doses.

Cllr Christopher Day, Executive Board Member responsible for Health and Wellbeing on Wychavon District Council, said: “Getting the COVID-19 vaccine will help protect you and your loved ones from the virus and help us continue our journey back to normality.

“I’m grateful to all partners and volunteers for supporting us to set up this ‘Grab a Jab’ clinic that will make it even easier for our residents to get their first or second vaccine dose.”

Dr Kathryn Cobain, Director of Public Health for Worcestershire, said: “We are so grateful to everyone who has got their vaccination so far. This is a really good opportunity for those who haven’t been able to get it yet to pop in and get their jab. COVID-19 is still in our community and getting vaccinated is one of the best things we can do to protect ourselves, our family and our community.”

Anyone unable to attend the clinic can find out more about the Covid-19 vaccine and how they can get it by following the links from the coronavirus page on our website at www.wychavon.gov.uk/coronavirus.

Parish Councillors update reports September 2021. 

Parish Councillors update reports September 2021.

Cllr. Paul.

Smith’s meadow

I am receiving many comments about the amount of younger people (from outside the village) using the meadow to gather, playing loud music, jumping in the river. The meadow is for all to use however I completely understand those concerns people have, we as a council have had many conversations around how to manage this and unless we close the meadow ( which would affect all villagers) we can’t see a solution, we are not the police therefore unable to ask them to leave, if you feel that it is causing unsociable behaviour then you should report this to the police on 101 . If anyone has any other ideas or thoughts around resolving this issue please get in touch.

Community speed cameras 

I have been in communication with west Mercia police around speeding through the village, they are planning on conducting a survey in 4 locations, if the results come back that we have an issue we will be looking for volunteers to be trained on the usage and process of the community speed cameras. I will update you further on any results we get.

Remembrance Sunday 

At this point in time plans are being made for Remembrance Sunday to be held at the war memorial outside the village hall, the poppy wreath has been ordered. More information will be available closer to the time.

George Lane 

The works on the railway bridge have been completed however there is still some work to do on the road just through the bridge, I have reported this to highways so hopefully will see completed soon.

Village hall defibrillator

Emergency ready.

Public right of way

We are still looking for someone to be a public right of way warden, if you would be interested in doing this role or would like more information please get in touch.

Parking on Pavements and grass verges 

There are a lot of vehicles around the village parking on pavements and grass verges, please can I ask that residents reframe from doing this and ask their visitors and tradesmen not to also, it is not only illegal to obstruct the pavements but causes safety issues for pushchairs and wheelchairs having to manoeuvre on to the road to get by and also causing damage to the pavements from the vehicle’s.

Dog Excrement 

Many parishioners are complaining about the amount of dog excrement being left by inconsiderate dog owners, please can I ask that all offending owners pick up after their dogs. This also comes with an up to £1000 fine.

Over hanging tree Smith’s Meadow

Tree planned to be coppice in autumn once the leaves have dropped off.

Cllr. McFarland.

Neighbourhood Watch

Following the recent spate of break-ins in Wyre Piddle I set up a village Neighbourhood Watch WhatsApp group which will enable villagers to quickly share information about suspicious activity or concerns.  The group now has just under 40 members. It will be more effective if the majority of people in the Village join in the WhatsApp group.

We Don’t Buy Crime 

I continue to offer Smart Water kits to new-comers to the Village.

Wyre Bridge

Wyre Bridge has been cleaned of moss and growth of saplings by WCC Highways.

Preaching Cross 

Estimate from Browns Hardware for planted troughs:

Composite troughs £180

Compost £20

Winter Pansies £100*

Spring Bulbs £25

Summer Flowers £50*

Initial cost (includes delivery) £375

*Annual flower replacement £150

4 Movement alarms (if required) £120

I plan to invite parishioners to adopt a trough for watering and replenishing flowers each year (WPPC to buy plants).

Wyre Piddle Conservation Area Appraisal Group. 

Wyre Piddle Parish Council and Wychavon District Council are undertaking a review of Wyre Piddle Conservation Area and its boundaries. The aim is to outline the history of the area and identify and explain what is special about it. The document will also contain guidance on how to protect and enhance the character and appearance of the area.  As part of the process, a group has been set up and so far has undertaken a few village walks to assess what areas to propose for inclusion or removal from the Conservation Area.

Cllr. Searle.

Eastern Bridge and Wyre Road

I met Cllr Boatright regarding the traffic still using the bridge, and the suggestion regarding closing a section of Wyre Road to vehicles once the Northern Link Road is open. Following e-mails from myself and Cllr Townsend to him, Cllr Boatright had already been in touch with the Traffic Signals department and Cllr Amos the chairman of the Highways and Transport committee and has put our suggestions to them. He has been told that such a road closure has never been done in a rural environment and that it would not happen. I pointed out that leaving the road open without a footpath/cycle way is dangerous to pedestrians and cyclists and that if the road was not to be closed, we would want a footpath and cycle way built, which would be very expensive. Cllr Boatright said that we would have to start with getting a footpath along the full length of the B4083 and he would start pushing for that.

The” Bridge” group (no, not the card game) are continuing to report the police any vehicles they see crossing the bridge. However, with the speed that vehicles go through the village it is often difficult to get the number plates for any action to be taken.

I have noted an increase in vehicles using the bridge, especially at weekends.

I am drafting a questionnaire to ask villagers whether they would like the bridge permanently closed, and if not, to prevent it being used as a cut through to/from Pershore, would they like to see a section of Wyre Road closed.  Vehicles would then have to use the Northern Link Road rather than Wyre Road to get to/from Pershore, thus encouraging road users to use the bypass rather than come through the village. The other benefit of closure of part of Wyre Road would be a safer pedestrian and cycle route from the village towards Pershore. A map will be enclosed with the questionnaire showing the proposals.

Planning Issues

I am continuing to review and to comment on relevant planning applications within the village, and the SWDP review. Please see my planning report. The consultation period over the Travellers and Travelling Show People Sites has now ended. The Parish Council comments were submitted to the consultation.

Grass Verges

I have now received the section 96 licence which is required to enable wildflowers to be sown on the grass verges. The Lengthsman has cut the grass and the area has been raked. The wildflower seed has been purchased in preparation to sowing in the next few weeks. The wildflower seed has been purchased, at no cost to the parish council.

 

Hill and Moor CLG

The meeting for this was cancelled on the 14 and 19 July and was rearranged for the 16 August. I was unable to attend this day. I understand from Cllr Boatright that he does not want to re-arrange a further meeting until he has got members from all parishes local to the refuse site.

 Cllr. Lister.

Smith’s Meadow

  • Picnic Bench Burnt area
    • Seeded grass area quite well established now. Removed barrier tape.
    • Picture sent to parish Council
  • Still evaluating what is the best type of bench to replace burnt one. Discussed getting a metal sheet to cover top of benches to protect from burning. Not sure, this is the correct option as they may get very hot during summer and cause personal injury.
  • Overall Smith’s Meadow in good condition and a big thank you from me to all the villagers who do their bit in clearing up litter.
  • Last checked 19th September

Play Park

  • Checked weekly.
  • In good condition, lengths man is doing a great job in looking after park.
  • No structural issues with apparatus.
  • Last checked 19th September 2021

Bus Shelter

  • All fine structurally but does get messy at times.

Telephone Box

  • One large and one small pane missing

Cllr. Townsend.

Anchor Defibrilator.

Ready for use. Pads are due to expire November 2021. I have asked the new manager of the Anchor if they are happy to continue supporting the home for the unit and this is fine.

Pershore Infrastructure

I have sent a request to Mark Mills WCC asking for an update on progress of the Northern bypass and the footpath. He is checking to see if he can pop along to our meeting to update all of us but if not convenient he says Cr. Dan Boatright will be able to provide it.

Eastern Bridge

PC Brown, Barry Barnes, Cllr. Dan Boatright, Lew and myself are all confirmed attendees for a meeting about the bridge. The delay is being caused by Barry not providing the data on the light trials, risk assessment etc. I have asked Barry to confirm date now when this is ready but have also said we will need to go ahead soon as the traffic and speeding issues are not going away.

Cllr. Butler.

Outstanding questions from the last meeting/report.

  1. Occupants of the Mears were advised that although Carl will keep the V cut clear, if they have a problem with flooding they would need to contact the council.
  2. Footpath 501. A request has been put in to WCC and this has been acknowledged.

Lengthsman Report for July and August

As usual Carl is doing a good job, and things continue to run smoothly.

1.I have asked for the yellow temporary sign that is padlocked to the post just off the mini roundabout, to be removed and replaced with a more prominent/permanent sign saying the bridge is closed to traffic.

  1. The PROW between the Anchor and the building plot, as we suspected, is not dealt with by the Lengthsman. I have therefore reported the problem to WCC and received an acknowledgement. However, Carl did pop his head around the gates and it would appear that it will need quite a bit of work to get it back into anything like a safe place for people to walk on. With a lot of debris as well as weeds.

 

  1. I have spoken with Barry Barnes about applying for costs for a footpath to run from the railway bridge to the garage. There is something called 106 monies, which can be made available for this sort of thing. In order for us to apply for these monies we have to have the support of our local councillor. I contacted Dan Boatright. Dan is happy to support anything that provides for active travel. However, he stated that he was looking how we can reduce the traffic flow over these bridges (the one into Wyre Piddle and the other into Pershore from Pinvin. They’re both lacking footpaths and cycle ways and his idea had been to wait until the bypass was in, and then strike with a three-council supported plan to make these bridges more pedestrianised (so limiting rather than stopping traffic and making them unattractive for those just passing through but making them safer for pedestrians and cyclists. It will obviously take more time but Dan feels it will be harder for the powers that be to argue with the three pronged attack!

The question is do we want to wait and make a potentially stronger case for cycle paths and footpaths or do we want to go ahead and apply for just the footpath from where it currently ends to the garage?

4 We have been donated two bird boxes, which Carl has erected in Smiths meadow.

 

5  Carl has sided out the area that is going to be planted with wildflower seeds.

  More than £4.3million will be spent by Wychavon improving the energy efficiency of fuel poor homes across the district after several successful funding bids.

£4.3million for improving home energy efficiency

 

More than £4.3million will be spent by Wychavon improving the energy efficiency of fuel poor homes across the district after several successful funding bids.

 

Wychavon has received a share of £5.8million from the Government’s Social Housing Decarbonisation Fund as part of a joint bid with Rooftop Housing Group, Trent and Dove Housing Group, Citizen Housing Group and Trident Group.

 

Some £3million of the money will be spent in Wychavon on installing energy efficient solar and solar thermal panels, external wall insulation and loft insulation. Work is being targeted at low income households in fuel poverty and homes with a poor energy efficiency rating. The rest of the money will be spent on homes in Staffordshire and Birmingham.

 

More than 260 properties will be improved in total saving households up to £450 a year on their fuel bills and helping to cut carbon emissions as part of Wychavon’s Intelligently Green Plan.

 

Wychavon has also received £700,000 from the first phase of the Government’s Green Homes Grant Local Authority Delivery Scheme. This money is being used to improve the energy efficiency of 155 homes across the district through the installation of solar panels, solar thermals and draught proofing.

 

Another £650,000 has already been pledged to Wychavon as part of the second phase of the scheme. The money will again be targeted at fuel poor households and details are being worked up about how the funding will be distributed to make the maximum impact.

 

Cllr Chris Day, Executive Board Member for Housing, Health and Wellbeing on Wychavon District Council, said: “I’m delighted we have been able to secure this money which, together with our partners, allows us to make a very significant investment in improving the energy efficiency of homes across Wychavon. This will help us to cut carbon emissions to support the fight against climate change, as well as save people money.”

 

Wychavon District Council Waste Reduction and Recycling Survey

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Wychavon District Council are looking for Local residents to fill in the survey below and to share it with family and friends.

 

The deadline is 16 May. The direct hyperlink is:https://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/XT2YYB/

Wychavon News Update- Pupils become ‘litter warriors’ in anti-litter fight

Pupils become ‘litter warriors’ in anti-litter fight

School pupils across the district are taking on the litter louts thanks to free education sessions funded by Wychavon.

More than 500 children have already taken part in Covid-19 Secure outdoor anti-litter sessions since the scheme launched in mid-March. They learn about why littering is anti-social, the damage it does to the environment and the risk it poses to wildlife.

Pupils also take part in a litter pick with an added challenge to hunt out the oldest bit of litter they can find. The prize so far goes to a pupil at Abbey Park Middle School in Pershore who found a crisp packet dating back to 1981.

Teachers are also given a lesson plan to run follow-up sessions and are encouraged to sign up for the Wychavon Adopt a Street volunteer litter picking scheme, so pupils can continue to keep their community clean and tidy.

The sessions are run by local company Little Litter Warriors and funded as part of Wychavon’s anti-litter campaign. Every school across the district will be offered the chance to host at least one session per class every year.

Sharon Casswell, Client Services Manager for Wychavon District Council, said: “It is fantastic to see so many children getting involved in learning about the damage littering causes and doing something about it by signing up to become part of our Adopt a Street volunteer litter picking team. They are setting a fantastic example to others who I hope will be inspired to follow their lead and start putting their rubbish in the bin.”

Karen Blanchfield, Director of Little Litter Warriors, said: “This is an exciting opportunity educating pupils through schools on the impact of litter pollution. As a litter heroes ambassador for Keep Britain Tidy, I am passionate about educating children on why they should take individual responsibility with their litter decisions and why it is important to dispose of this litter responsibly.

“The litter pick practical sessions are a great way to engage the children in a fun outdoor litter hunt that brings to light just how long a piece of litter has remained in the environment. The teacher classroom sessions allow the children to share their ideas on how they can implement Wychavon’s Adopt a Street initiative to help manage the litter around their school community. I am delighted to be working with Wychavon who are investing in the environment for future generations.”

Schools in the district can book their free session by visiting www.wychavon.gov.uk/littering and following the link.

 

Caption 1: Pupils from Cleeve Prior Primary School cleaned up after taking part in one of our litter prevention sessions.

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Caption 2: Pupils from Upton Snodsbury C of E First School took part in one of the sessions and are now part of Wychavon’s Adopt a Street scheme with a commitment to look after the footpaths around the school.

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Caption 3: Pupils from Abbey Park Middle School in Pershore where a crisp packet dating back to 1981 was found.

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WORCESTERSHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL PUBLIC NOTICE-(Footpaths PS-564, PS-565, PS-566(part), Pershore, PV-530, Pinvin and WP-508, Wyre Piddle) (Temporary Closure Order) 2021

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WORCESTERSHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL PUBLIC NOTICE

Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 (As Amended)

(Footpaths PS-564, PS-565, PS-566(part), Pershore, PV-530, Pinvin and WP-508, Wyre Piddle) (Temporary Closure Order) 2021

Order made: to close Footpaths PS-564, PS-565, PS-566(part), Pershore, PV-530, Pinvin and WP-508, Wyre Piddle for their entire length in order to allow works to be carried out on construction of a new road.

Exemptions: to permit access to any land or premises having a frontage to the highway affected where there is no other form of access; and to allow the necessary works to be undertaken.

Alternative route: No alternative route.

The proposed Order will continue in force for a period not exceeding 6 months or until the works which it is proposed to be carried out have been completed, whichever is the earlier. However, it is anticipated that the Order will only be operative for 6 months commencing on 1 May 2021

Following the sad passing of HRH The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, a Book of Condolence for Worcestershire has opened online.

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The Book of Condolence is open for residents to pay their respects and show their love and support for the Royal Family.

Due to the current COVID-19 restrictions, traditional physical books of condolences are not being made available for people to record their messages.

As an alternative, you can leave your message by following the below link. Your message will be shown on an online book of condolence and it is anticipated that the content of the online book of condolences will eventually be retained as part of the historical records at the Worcestershire Archive and Archaeology Service.

Here is the link to the Online Book of Condolence

If you are unable to leave a message via the online book of condolence or are unable to ask a relative or friend to complete on your behalf, please call 01905 765765 select option 9 and a member of staff can complete the online form on your behalf.

Opening hours are 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday.

The Book of Condolence will close at 8am  on Sunday (18 April)

Condolences on death of His Royal Highness, Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh.

Wyre Piddle Parish Council is deeply saddened to learn of the death of His Royal Highness Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh and joins with the rest of the country and indeed with people and nations around the world in extending our deepest sympathy to Her Majesty the Queen and the Royal Family at this time.

Under normal circumstances, the Council would provide a venue for the signing of Books of Condolence and the laying of floral tributes, but unfortunately, that is not possible due to the on-going Covid-19 pandemic, and encourage the public to pay their respects safely from home.

Cllr. John Paul – Chair of Wyre Piddle Parish Council.

Wychavon District Council -Let’s get back to supporting traders safely

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Let’s get back to supporting traders safely

‘Let’s get back to supporting local traders safely’ is the message from Wychavon ahead of the next stage of the country’s lockdown easing road map next week.

From Monday, 12 April non-essential retailers, hairdressers and other personal care services can reopen. Pubs, restaurants and cafes will also be able to serve people outside and outdoor attractions, like zoos, can also reopen.

To support the reopening Wychavon has developed its ‘Let’s get back to supporting local traders safely’ campaign, which encourages people to get out and back local businesses but to remember to follow the rules to keep everyone safe.

Residents are being advised to remember the following while out shopping or using other services:

  • Keep a safe distance from others, including when queuing
  • Wear face coverings indoors (unless legally exempt) and properly so they cover the nose and mouth at all times
  • Sanitise hands when entering a business and try not to touch products unless intending to buy them
  • Pay by contactless if possible
  • Try and shop at times when shops are likely to be less busy and continue to make use of their delivery and click and collect services
  • Follow the rules on group mixing when using outdoor hospitality

 

Car parking will continue to be free in Wychavon’s pay and display car parks for now but on-street parking restrictions will apply. Rules allowing most non-essential retailers to open from 7am until 10pm Monday to Saturday have also been relaxed.

Wychavon has so far spent £44million supporting businesses through the last 12 months of lockdowns and disrupted trading. Several million more will be paid out under the new Restart Grant scheme, offering payments of up to £6,000 for non-essential retailers or £18,000 for hospitality and leisure businesses, is due to go live shortly.

Cllr Bradley Thomas, Leader of Wychavon District Council, said: “Every business that has closed their doors has played a vital role in getting this virus under control in our district. Now it’s time to repay them by getting out on to our high streets and supporting local traders. You can support them not only by giving them your custom but also by following the rules. This will help keep people safe and a lid on the virus so we don’t have to go through any more damaging lockdowns.”