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

Apply early to vote by post or proxy in this May’s elections

Residents are being urged to apply early if they are thinking of voting by post or proxy in the upcoming May elections.

Voters go to the polls on Thursday, 6 May to elect a new West Mercia Police and Crime Commissioner and councillors to represent them on Worcestershire County Council.

Arrangements are being made to make sure people can vote in person at these elections. Covid-19 Secure measures will be in place at polling stations including one-way systems, regular sanitising of common touchpoints and ventilation where possible. Because of this people may not be able to vote at their usual polling station so should check their poll card carefully when they start to arrive at the end of March/early April.

Voters will also be asked to bring their own pen or pencil to make their mark on their ballot paper and will have to wear a face covering unless legally exempt. Social distancing will also be in place.

Anyone who would prefer to vote from the safety of their own home though can do so by applying for a postal vote or can send someone else to vote for them – known as a proxy vote.

The deadline for applying for a postal vote for this election is 20 April 2021 at 5pm and a proxy vote at 5pm on 27 April 2021.

Details of how to apply can be found at www.wychavon.gov.uk/elections.

Anyone who has recently moved house or just turned 18 may need to register to vote. This can be done online at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote.

Elaine Dicks, Electoral Services Manager for Wychavon District Council, said: “We will do everything we can to make voting in-person on 6 May as Covid-19 Secure as possible. If people would prefer to vote by post or proxy then we would urge them to apply as soon as possible. By applying early, it will give people the maximum time possible to receive and return their postal ballot or confirm arrangements for their proxy vote.”

PARISH LENGTHSMAN Vacancy- for Contract Services Provider

WYRE PIDDLE PARISH COUNCIL

Lengthsman

Wyre Piddle Parish Council are seeking to appoint a Lengthsman (preferably qualified) for 2021/22.

Deadline for applications 5/03/2021

Interested parties should contact The Clerk at

Quoting the hourly rate you will charge for 2021/22 and giving 2 references, one of which must be an existing employer.

The Parish Lengthsman is a self-employed person who can really make a difference to the community environment by maintaining roadside verges and drainage. The work may be expanded to include other small-scale maintenance work.  Appropriate basic training on the hazards of working in the highway and standards of work to be achieved will be provided.

This contract for services is for one year only but may be extended. 

Contract commencement will be April 1st 2021.

Lengthsman duties include:

Drainage:

  • Clear gully grates.
  • Clear verge grips.
  • Clear headwalls, outfalls.
  • Rod blocked drains if practical.
  • Advise landowners and frontagers when their ditches need cleaning.
  • In especially difficult circumstances clear ditches – only with prior agreement of the Manager.

Vegetation Clearance:

  • Remove vegetation obstructing signs.
  • Remove vegetation at junction visibility splays.
  • Removal of basal tree growth from highway trees.
  • Pulling / cutting of noxious weeds following site specific approval from the Manager.
  • Side out footways to normal width and spread arisings on verge where possible.
  • Negotiate with frontagers for them to cut back overhanging vegetation.

Miscellaneous:

  • Rotation and charging of mobile Vehicular Activated Signs (VAS) following site specific approval and authorisation from the Manager.
  • Clean dirty signs and/or retighten brackets, reposition signs which have been knocked out of place where no excavation is required (except illuminated signs).
  • Painting of heritage cast iron direction signs.
  • Snow clearance and gritting / salting by hand.
  • Removal of illegal fly posting.
  • Maintenance and repainting of highways approved visibility fencing.
  • Cleaning of subways.
  • The Lengthsman will be required to travel around the parish at short notice

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE Lengthsman application form – January 2021 WP

Operation SNAP – West Mercia Police

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As part of Operation Snap, members of the public can report and submit digital footage showing potential traffic offences via a secure online form

This can range from driving dangerously or carelessly to overtaking on solid white lines, using a mobile phone while driving, ignoring traffic lights or dangerous driving around other road users, such as horse riders and cyclists.

Your submission will be sent to West Mercia Police where the evidence will be reviewed by one of our road traffic police officers.

Due to the large volume of submissions received each week, we are unable to update each submitter regarding the outcome of their allegation. However, all submissions are dealt with pro-actively to help reduce risk taking and poor driving on our counties roads.

Any footage submitted through the portal can be used by us to help educate other road users and to advise on case results.

For more information, please see the Frequently Asked Questions section or email 

Click the following links for information on speeding tickets and speed camera information.

Click below to link to Operation Snap.

https://www.westmercia.police.uk/police-forces/west-mercia-police/areas/west-mercia/campaigns/campaigns/2019/operation-snap/

 

Wychavon District Council COVID Update

Covid-19 update

Cases have risen rapidly across our district since the end of the second Lockdown at the start of December. Worryingly, the impact of Christmas mixing is still to filter through into the figures.

The expectation is we will continue to see cases rise for the next 7 to 10 days. This will lead to further hospitalisations and inevitably deaths. This will add to the already significant pressure our NHS locally, and nationally, is under.

We cannot stress enough how serious the situation is and we ask you all to continue to play your part in encouraging our residents to stay at home and follow the rules and thank you for your efforts so far.

Infection rates are now reported daily on the Worcestershire County Council website and they are also broken down by local area. We will use this data to target communications in areas where we see cases remaining higher than elsewhere in the district.

Coronavirus dashboard

Dr Kathryn Cobain, Director of Public Health for Worcestershire, has issued a message to the public encouraging them to play their part, which you can share on your own channels – Message from Dr Kathryn Cobain

Our Council Leader Cllr Bradley Thomas has also released a message which you can view here and are again encouraged to share and a video message has been prepared and will be released shortly on social media.

Communications
We are ramping up our communications on social media and signs are being printed to put around our parks and public spaces urging people to stay apart and limit the time they spend outdoors. Our sign is attached if you would like to use it locally in your area.

The Government has produced the attached poster which briefly explains the rules which again you are welcome to use on social media. Again, please put this up on noticeboards and around your local area.

Attached is a Covid-19 advice leaflet which we have produced and intend to distribute as soon as possible to as many households as we can. You are welcome to put this on any local websites or social media groups.

We will be using supermarkets to get the bulk of them out but would also like some delivered locally door to door.

We will be asking our voluntary sector, but you as our town and parish council colleagues to help.

If you have contacts for local shops/stores that would be willing to take some of these leaflets then please email with the details and the suggested quantity.

Also, if you or your parish/town councillors are able and willing to deliver some of these door to door in your area, then please let Ian Dipple in the communications team know how many copies you will need and we will make arrangements.

Please point people towards www.wychavon.gov.uk/coronavirus for support and advice.

People in need of help
As always, if people need help accessing food or other essentials then please ask them to contact www.worcestershire.gov.uk/here2help. They will then direct them to support locally.

Impact on services
We are keeping our public toilets and playgrounds open in-line with government guidance. We intend to maintain key services, as we have done throughout this pandemic, and have plans in place to redeploy staff to support that ambition if needed.

Parking in all of our car parks is now free until further notice. On-street parking restrictions and time limits in waiting bays remain in place and will be enforced.

We are, for the time being, no longer offering face to face pre-booked appointments in our reception but remain available by email or phone.

Libraries are offering limited services and Household Recycling Centres remain open.

Use of village and community halls
The guidance on the use of village and community halls has been updated. While most must close there are a small number of activities, they can still be used for in a Covid-19 Secure way, this includes hosting blood donation sessions, as polling stations etc.

If you do not directly operate your town or village hall, then please pass this on to the relevant people.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-guidance-for-the-safe-use-of-multi-purpose-community-facilities/covid-19-guidance-for-the-safe-use-of-multi-purpose-community-facilities

Lateral flow testing – can you help?
Worcestershire public health is urgently looking for places to undertake rapid result Lateral Flow Testing of asymptomatic people.

In order for them to be able to do this they need your help.  Please could you let them know if you have any indoor space available such as a community centre, village hall or sports hall, that could be used to support their extended testing programme.  In order to enable their testing teams to use the indoor space you have it needs to:

  • Have toilets
  • Be accessible to wheelchair users
  • Have heating
  • Have parking or be near facilities where parking is available
  • Be available for use until the end of March 2021

If you think you have a space that might be suitable please let their logistics team know on :

They can then discuss it with you and decide if the property is suitable. There would be no obligation to use it if you or your organisation did not want to once you know more details.

Please pass this on to any contacts you may have locally that could help.

Vaccination info
The Covid-19 vaccine has begun to be given to people in this area in accordance with the nationally set priority list.

If you find people are asking you about when they may receive the vaccine, the message is that the NHS will contact people in priority groups when it is their turn to receive the vaccine and they should not contact their GP practice, or local hospital, directly asking for an appointment.

Below is a table setting out the order of prioritisation and a statement explaining how this has been reached.

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Statement on prioritisation of Covid-19 vaccine.

Covid-19 vaccine scam
The police have made us aware of a scam relating to the vaccine.

People due to receive the vaccine have received a text messages, claiming to be from the NHS, telling them they need to complete a form for their first vaccine and providing a link to a very official looking site. They are then asked to fill in an official looking online form looks and after completing it, they are then asked for their bank details.

This is a scam, and a despicable one at that. In other versions of the scam people are being cold called and being asked to pay a charge for the vaccine.

You do not need to provide your bank details to receive the vaccine and there is no charge. The NHS will not ask you to send a text or push a button on a keypad to confirm you want the vaccine.