Electoral services in Wychavon are looking for staff to work at polling stations on Thursday 6 May.

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Electoral services in Wychavon are looking for staff to work at polling stations on Thursday 6 May. Due to covid-19 restrictions they need to employ more staff than usual.

Poll clerk positions are available at stations across Wychavon, from 6am to 10pm. A Poll Clerk would be paid £180 and would be allocated to work with an experienced Presiding Officer.

It’s a day out, getting to know our district and residents. The role involves greeting electors, issuing ballot papers, keeping the station clean and maintaining queues. Full training will be given online before polling day.

All staff will be provided with masks and other PPE to protect them against Covid-19. Electors will be asked to wear a mask and maintain social distancing.

Please feel free to pass this to anyone you think may be interested.

For further information or to express an interest in working as a poll clerk please get in touch

Wychavon – 01386 565437

Thank you for your support.

Elaine Dicks, (AEA Cert.)

Electoral Services Manager

Deputy Returning Officer / Deputy Electoral Registration Officer

Wychavon District Council, Civic Centre, Queen Elizabeth Drive, Pershore, Worcs. WR10 1PT

Telephone: (01386) 565162

Fax: (01386) 565290

email: elaine.dicks@wychavon.gov.uk     

website: www.wychavon.gov.uk/elections

Census 2021 in full swing in Wychavon

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Census 2021 in full swing in Wychavon

With 21 March fast approaching, Census 2021 is in full swing in the Wychavon District.

Letters with unique access codes have been sent out to residents across the district and responses are already being sent in.

Residents are required by law to complete the census on Sunday, 21 March or as soon as possible after. There is a risk of a £1,000 fine if not completed.

A completed questionnaire can be submitted before this date if it is known who will be in the household on that day.

Field officers will be sent out across the country (operating in line with the Government’s latest Covid-19 guidance) to contact those who have not responded. They will also offer help and advice to those who need it.

The questionnaire includes questions about age, sex, work, health, education, household size and ethnicity.

For the first time, there will be a question asking people whether they have served in the armed forces, as well as voluntary questions for those aged 16 and over on sexual orientation and gender identity.

Results will be available within 12 months, although personal records will be locked away for 100 years, kept safe for future generations.

Cllr Bradley Thomas, Leader of Wychavon District Council, said: “The census is so important, and we are encouraging everyone to take ten minutes out of their day to fill it in. The results will not only help us plan and fund our services in the future, but it will also help guide services such as transport, education and healthcare.”

Iain Bell, Deputy National Statistician at the Office for National Statistics, said: “A successful census will help give the best picture of the needs of everyone living in England and Wales. It helps us understand what our society needs now and what it will likely need in the future. We’ve had a fantastic response so far, with so many of you completing the questionnaire on your laptops, phones and computers. If you can’t get online, there are paper forms available for those who need them. Now is the time to make your mark on history.”

To complete your census, and to find out how to get help, please visit www.census.gov.uk or call 0800 141 2021.

OVERGROWN HEDGES AND TREES BORDERING ROADS AND PATHS

OVERGROWN HEDGES AND TREES BORDERING ROADS AND PATHS

Dear Parishioners,
You may not be aware that there are strict rules governing the growth of trees and hedging bordering paths and roads.

1. There should be clearance of at least 2.2m (7’ 2’’) above a footway, pavement, or verge to allow pedestrians free passage.

2. Hedges/vegetation should be cut back to the boundary line so as not to overhang or encroach onto the highway (meaning carriageway, footway or verge)

We would request that you check any of your boundaries to make sure that you are compliant with the above.

It is very easy for hedges to get thicker just by a little bit each year, despite being cut back regularly, to the extent that they eventually take up quite a lot of space on a pavement. That hedge may require some radical pruning to put it back where it should be. Indeed, your hedges may need more than one pruning session to keep them inside your boundary line.

All hedge/ tree cutting should be completed by 1st March.

NB Health and Safety take precedence so wherever there is a danger to the public caused by overgrown hedges they can be dealt with irrespective of date.

There is a process to be followed as shown below:

– If required, the Parish Council will send a letter to individual landowners to notify them that their hedges/trees need some remedial work.

– If the problem is not rectified then the matter would be passed to County Highways. They will then contact the Landowner to ask for that work to be done. If not completed within a certain time period they will undertake the work themselves and may then present a bill to the landowner.

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD LEAFLET ON OVERGROWN HEDGES AND TREES BORDERING ROADS AND PATHS

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Flag flown to mark Commonwealth Day 2021

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Flag flown to mark Commonwealth Day 2021

The Commonwealth flag has been raised by Wychavon District Council to mark Commonwealth Day 2021.

This morning (Monday 8 March), as the flag was raised outside the Civic Centre in Pershore, it became one of more than 1,000 other Commonwealth flags being raised in the Commonwealth countries around the world.

Commonwealth Day is held on the second Monday in March each year and is an opportunity for individuals, communities and organisations to promote the values of peace, democracy and equality that the Commonwealth stands for.

The theme this year is centred around the same theme as last year which is: ‘Delivering a Common Future: Connecting, Innovating, Transforming’.

 

This theme highlights how the 54 member countries in the Commonwealth family are ‘innovating, connecting and transforming’ to help achieve some of its biggest goals, like fighting climate change, promoting good governance and boosting trade.

Cllr Robert Raphael, Chairman of Wychavon District Council, said: “Wychavon is showing its support for Commonwealth Day by flying the flag outside the Civic Centre. The flag represents the strong bond and connection between the district and the communities across the Commonwealth”.

 

Visit www.thecommonwealth.org/commonwealth-day for more information about Commonwealth Day.

The Commonwealth flag has been raised by Wychavon District Council to mark Commonwealth Day 2021.

This morning (Monday 8 March), as the flag was raised outside the Civic Centre in Pershore, it became one of more than 1,000 other Commonwealth flags being raised in the Commonwealth countries around the world.

Commonwealth Day is held on the second Monday in March each year and is an opportunity for individuals, communities and organisations to promote the values of peace, democracy and equality that the Commonwealth stands for.

The theme this year is centred around the same theme as last year which is: ‘Delivering a Common Future: Connecting, Innovating, Transforming’.

 

This theme highlights how the 54 member countries in the Commonwealth family are ‘innovating, connecting and transforming’ to help achieve some of its biggest goals, like fighting climate change, promoting good governance and boosting trade.

Cllr Robert Raphael, Chairman of Wychavon District Council, said: “Wychavon is showing its support for Commonwealth Day by flying the flag outside the Civic Centre. The flag represents the strong bond and connection between the district and the communities across the Commonwealth”.

 

Visit www.thecommonwealth.org/commonwealth-day for more information about Commonwealth Day.

WCC- Pershore Infrastructure Improvement Scheme- March Update

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Pershore Infrastructure Improvement Scheme

Works on all elements of the Pershore Infrastructure Improvement Scheme have accelerated since the return to sites, following the Christmas shutdown.

Work on Pinvin Junction has now been completed and improvements to traffic flows through the junction have had an immediate impact. The contractor has moved and has set up a site compound on the south side of the new proposed Link Road and work is due to start imminently.

Persimmon Homes has closed Wyre Road for six weeks to complete junction improvements to Station Road / Wyre Road. This junction will eventually allow traffic travelling north out of Pershore to use the Wyre Road and the new Link Road to gain access to the A44. Once the Link Road is open, Wyre Road will become the A4104 and Station Road will become the B4083.

Further improvements to Wyre Road will include the provision of a cycleway and footway on the northern side, the installation of a new kerb line, improvements to drainage and additional streetlighting. The speed limit for Wyre Road and the new Link Road will become 40mph, which for Wyre Road is a reduction from the National Speed Limit currently in place.

Following approval by Wychavon District Council, some hedgerow removal has taken place on the north section of Wyre Road, in advance of the main contract.

A section of hedge adjacent to properties in Mirabelle Gardens has been left in place to provide security and screening and will not be removed until later in the year. A replacement fence, hedge and trees will be installed along the new boundary line, following completion of the works.

Temporary fencing has been erected behind the removed hedge and material from the hedge has been used to provide reptile shelter, following advice from ecologists and in consultation with local members, the town council and the Wildlife Trust. Photos are available on the County Council website.

The main contract to install the new cycle/footway on Wyre Road will start in the summer. Once completed a continuous cycle/footway will link Station Road and the new Link Road.

We will provide another update, ahead of works starting in the summer, which will provide more detail about the scheduling of the works on Wyre Road.

You can find out more about the scheme by visiting www.worcestershire.gov.uk/pershore

Should you have any further queries about the scheme, please contact .

Regards

The Major Projects Team

Worcestershire County Council

Planning Application Received for consultation. 20/02795/LB Associated Ref:20/02794/HP- The Manor House, Main Road, Wyre Piddle

Application Number : 20/02795/LB Associated Ref:20/02794/HP
Location: The Manor House, Main Road, Wyre Piddle, Pershore, WR102HU
Description of Proposal: Repairs and restoration of the principal elevation and replacement windows, rebuilding of chimney tops and works to front wall, fencing and gates.
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responses to the application within 21 days from 4 March 2021 

Consultation on SWDP Review sustainability appraisal

Consultation on SWDP Review sustainability appraisal

A public consultation has started on an important document supporting the development of new homes across South Worcestershire over the next two decades.

The sustainability appraisal sets out how sites and policies in the revised South Worcestershire Development Plan (SWDP) balance economic and social factors with protecting the environment, which is officially referred to as sustainable development principles.

Where it is not possible to meet sustainable development principles, the sustainability appraisal explains how the impacts can either be lessened or achieved with certain changes.

The document was first published in autumn 2019 alongside the preferred sites for development in the revised SWDP. In response to the thousands of comments received to that consultation, and to take into account the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, the sustainability appraisal has now been updated and is out for consultation again.

The consultation runs from 1 March to 19 April and people can have their say by visiting www.swdevelopmentplan.org where they can read the document in full and respond to the online survey.

The consultation is not considering proposed sites for development or polices in the revised SWDP. Comments submitted on these subjects will not be considered.

A further round of consultation on the plan overall is expected to start in October 2021 when the first draft of the revised SWDP is published. It will then be submitted to the Secretary of State in February 2022 for independent public examination, which is expected to take place later that year.

Cllr Lucy Hodgson, Chair of the SWDP Joint Advisory Panel, said: “The updated sustainability appraisal is an important document which shows how we will meet the requirements for new housing and economic development, while balancing our responsibilities to the environment and helping to tackle climate change.”

Visit www.swdevelopmentplan.org for more information.

The revised SWDP sets out how a Government requirement to build another 14,000 new homes across Malvern Hills District, Worcester City and Wychavon District by 2041 will be met. This is on top of the need for 28,400 new homes by 2030, more than half of which have already been built, set out in the current plan.

 

South Worcestershire Development Plan Review Preferred Options Further Regulation 18 (III) Sustainability Appraisal Consultation, Monday 1 March to Monday 19 April 2021

South Worcestershire Development Plan Review Preferred Options Further Regulation 18 (III) Sustainability Appraisal Consultation, Monday 1 March to Monday 19 April 2021

The South Worcestershire Councils (SWC) i.e. Malvern Hills, Worcester City and Wychavon are undertaking a further Regulation 18 (III) consultation as part of the South Worcestershire Development Plan Review (SWDPR).

Since the completion of the SWDPR Preferred Options consultation in December 2019, work has been progressing on the Publication version of the SWDPR (Regulation 19). However, the review of the SWDP has been delayed due to the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on our ability to collect evidence. The intention was for the next Regulation 19 stage of the consultation on the SWDP Review to be undertaken in the autumn of 2020, however lockdown restrictions have made it much more difficult to complete several technical assessments and evidence gathering needed to support the plan within the timeframe. Further, in updating the evidence base, legal advice from Counsel recommended that an additional round of consultation is factored into the SWDPR timetable prior to Submission of the plan for Examination to allow for updates relating to the Sustainability Appraisal to be made available for consultation.

Accordingly, an updated Local Development Scheme (LDS) for 2020-2023 was approved by each local authority in September 2020 (effective from 1 October 2020). The 2020-2023 LDS includes an updated SWDPR timetable, which has moved back the Publication version of the plan to October/November 2021. This allows for additional time to finalise the technical evidence base updates and also to include an additional further Regulation 18 (III) consultation to provide greater clarification and updates to elements of the Sustainability Appraisal evidence base work.

The Sustainability Appraisal is an ongoing process which tests the plan’s sites and policies against a Sustainability Framework, with a report published at each stage of the plan-making process. The Regulation 18 (III) Sustainability Appraisal update will provide information to help clarify the report published during the previous Regulation 18 (II) Preferred Options consultation carried out in November/December 2019.

A full Sustainability Appraisal (Environmental Report) will be produced for the Regulation 19 stage of the plan making process. This version of the appraisal will assess the sustainability of the proposed submission version of the SWDP Review.

Consultation Details

The public consultation will run for seven weeks from Monday 1 March to Monday 19 April 2021.

This Regulation 18 (III) consultation is focused on the Sustainability Appraisal and will be technical in nature:

  • The consultation is not seeking views on an updated version of the SWDP Review.
  • This stage is not a further opportunity to make comments on proposed site allocations or policies published in the SWDP Review Preferred Options (2019); any such comments will not be considered.

Therefore, the material published for this consultation only relates to updates to the Sustainability Appraisal evidence base.

 

Further details relating to the consultation, including how to comment, can be viewed on the SWDP Review Regulation 18 (III) consultation webpage using the following link: https://www.swdevelopmentplan.org/swdp-review/swdp-review-regulation-18-3-sa-consultation.

 

The SWC have also published the schedule of summaries of the responses made to the SWDP Review Preferred Options consultation, conducted in November and December 2019; this can be viewed on the SWDP Review Preferred Options webpage using the following link: https://www.swdevelopmentplan.org/swdp-review/swdp-review-preferred-options-consultation.

 

If you have any queries you can contact us by phone 01386 565 000 or by email .

 

Yours faithfully,

Corin Beames, Acting Planning Policy Team Leader, Worcester City Council

 

Fred Davies, Planning Policy Manager, Malvern Hills District Council and Wychavon District Council

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Households asked to take part in Census 2021

Households asked to take part in Census 2021

Households across the Wychavon District will be asked to take part in the next census in spring.

Run by the Office for National Statistics (ONS), the census will be held on 21 March and is a once-in-a-decade survey that provides the most accurate estimate of all the people and households in England and Wales.

Letters will soon be sent out with online codes explaining how to take part. It will be the first census to be run predominantly online, allowing people to complete the questionnaire on their computers, phones or tablets.

Questions will include age, sex, work, health, education, household size and ethnicity. For the first time, there will be a question asking people whether they have served in the armed forces, as well as voluntary questions for those aged 16 and over on sexual orientation and gender identity.

Data collected from the census will inform where billions of pounds of public funding is spent on services like transport, education and health – on cycle routes, schools and dental surgeries. Charities and voluntary organisations often use it as evidence to get funding.

It also helps businesses to understand their customers and, for example, decide where to open new shops. Plus, those doing research, like university students and people looking into their family history, use census data. It provides important information on population diversity, allowing organisations to know whether they are meeting their responsibilities and triggering action where necessary.

Results will be available within 12 months, although personal records will be locked away for 100 years, kept safe for future generations.

According to the last census in 2011, 116,944 people lived in Wychavon, 14.9% of people (8,750) worked mainly at or from home and the district was made up of 179 different ethnicities.

Cllr Bradley Thomas, Leader of Wychavon District Council, said: “The census is so important as it provides an understanding of the needs of our residents, as well as helps us to plan and fund our services in the future. It is mandatory for all households to complete the census otherwise there is a risk of prosecution, a hefty fine or even a criminal record”.

Iain Bell, Deputy National Statistician at ONS, said: “The census provides a unique snapshot of our communities. It benefits everyone. Based on the information you give, it ensures millions of pounds are invested in emergency services, mental health care, school places, hospital beds, houses, roads, GPs and dentist services. No-one should miss out. Everyone can complete on online with a new search-as-you-type ability and paper forms for those who need them.”

Visit www.wychavon.gov.uk/community-and-living/census-2021-information for more information.

Major Pershore Infrastructure improvements progressing well

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Major Pershore Infrastructure improvements progressing well

The major improvements taking place to reduce congestion and improve traffic links in and around Pershore continue to progress well.

 

Last year, works focused on the reconfiguration of Pinvin Junction, which included works to introduce a new slip road from Pinvin Main Street to the A44 to move some traffic away from the main crossroads, widen the approaches to the junction to increase capacity and add new footways to improve cycling and walking links.

 

As these works are almost complete, the focus has now shifted to the installation of the Pershore Northern Link Road, where the site compound is being set up and the site is being prepared for this part of the scheme to begin.

 

Councillor Ken Pollock, Worcestershire County Council’s Cabinet Member with Responsibility for Economy and Infrastructure, said: “It’s great to see this scheme progressing so well, especially considering the heavy restrictions that prevented work at the start of the first lockdown and some that remain due to Covid-19.

 

“The improvements that have already been made, and will be made in future, will make a huge difference to improve journey time reliability for people travelling by car, as well as offering enhanced facilities for walkers and cyclists.

 

“The works here are a key part of the Council’s commitment to reducing congestion on the roads and improving ‘active travel’ such as walking and cycling, throughout the county.”

 

Advanced works are also set to get underway this month, ahead of works that will take place later this year on Wyre Road to introduce additional walking and cycling facilities.

 

These works will take place from week commencing 22nd February and will include vegetation removal, to allow for the wider shared use foot/cycleway to be installed.

These works are being carried out now, ahead of bird nesting season and will take place during the closure of Wyre Road by Persimmon Homes. Replanting of vegetation will happen following the completion of the scheme.

 

The Pershore Infrastructure Improvement Scheme is being delivered by Worcestershire County Council and includes improvements to the Station Road/Wyre Road Junction, the reconfiguration of Pinvin Junction, the development of the Pershore Northern Link Road and the construction of a new footway/cycleway to link Station Road with the new link road.

 

For more information about the scheme, visit www.worcestershire.gov.uk/pershore