A message from Dr.Kathryn Cobain, the Director for Public Health in Worcestershire 

A message from Dr.Kathryn Cobain, the Director for Public Health in Worcestershire 

Dear Residents,

I know that the news of a new lockdown for England, will be frustrating and upsetting for many people. Worcestershire has tried very hard to keep Covid-19 cases down, and many of you have made sacrifices to protect yourselves and others. We have all had to make changes to the way we live our lives in recent months, and that included over Christmas, when so many were not able to spend time with loved ones.

But some stark realities remain for us all. Worcestershire’s infection rates are at the highest we have ever seen. In the past 7 days alone, the county has 1,888 positive Covid-19 cases, which is more than all positive cases seen during May, June, July, August and September 2020 combined. I am concerned about this level of spread, and the risk it poses to our health and the lives of our vulnerable and elderly residents. We need to act now to protect one another, prevent the virus spreading further and reduce the demand on our hospitals.

The pandemic continues to dominate our daily lives, cases are rising nationally and we know the new variant of Covid-19 spreads very quickly. Our NHS is also facing considerable pressure on its services. All of these factors have led to the government’s announcement of a new lockdown across England. This means once again, we are facing tough restrictions on our way of life. I know this is hard, but by doing as we are asked, we are saving lives. The restrictions have been brought in to protect every one of us.

Please now stay at home, don’t go out unless you need to, for example to buy food or collect medicines. The Government has set out the clear limitations of the lockdown and I ask you to read the restrictions and follow the rules. You can read a full explanation of all the restrictions on the government’s website; https://www.gov.uk/guidance/national-lockdown-stay-at-home

Once again, Worcestershire County Council’s Here2Help service is available to anyone who needs support or is clinically extremely vulnerable (shielding). If you have no-one to turn to for help, our service can respond and provide help such as collecting medicines and getting shopping. You can reach the service online; https://www.worcestershire.gov.uk/here2help

If you are on the Government’s shielding list, you will be receiving guidance about what to do now. It is key that you socially distance, and you reduce your physical contact with others. The governments webpages are updated regularly and you can read detailed guidance at; https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-on-shielding-and-protecting-extremely-vulnerable-persons-from-covid-19/guidance-on-shielding-and-protecting-extremely-vulnerable-persons-from-covid-19

While we are all at home, please do remember to check on vulnerable or isolated residents. Just a phone call or a text message can provide a vital link to the outside world, and can ensure those who need comfort or help, have someone to turn to.

You will know that a programme of vaccination has begun nationally, and we are already seeing Worcestershire residents receiving the first doses. This process is being co-ordinated by central Government, and following a strict order for administering the doses. Worcestershire County Council is supporting NHS colleagues to ensure the roll-out is progressing. The vaccines are safe, and if you are called forward to receive one, I strongly urge you to do so. In the meantime, please keep following the rules, wear face coverings, wash your hands, keep your distance. These simple measures help reduce the spread of the virus.

We are all in this together. Throughout the pandemic, you have shown your resilience, kindness and compassion for others. We have seen many examples of people supporting one another, lending a hand or going the extra mile. The situation has demonstrated how working together, we are able to support one another and get through. I am asking you to do this once again. The single most important thing you can do for everyone, is to stay home. Please do this for yourself and for others. We all want to protect people who are precious to us, our family and friends. Let’s take care of each other, and work together.

Thank you for doing this. Our actions now will hopefully bring brighter days for us all in 2021.

Best wishes

Dr. Kathryn Cobain

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If you have a query regarding Coronavirus please refer to Public Health England guidance and/or call NHS 111 which has a dedicated Coronavirus helpline.

https://www.gov.uk/government/topical-events/coronavirus-covid-19-uk-government-response

 

Wychavon District Council- Flooding Avice.

The Environment Agency will issue any flood warnings across the district. Drivers are being asked to take care on the roads and to adjust their driving according to the conditions.

View latest flood warnings and alerts

Road closures

Keep up to date with the latest on the roads by following Worcestershire Highways Twitter account @WorcsTravel

Sandbags

We do not have a statutory duty to provide sandbags. However, in the event of heavy rainfall with a possibility of imminent flooding we will provide the following assistance to householders:

Householders may collect up to 6 full sandbags from:

 Please note that there is limited stock available, therefore only take what you need.

Pensioners and Disabled Householders

Filled sandbags may be delivered to pensioners and disabled householders where there is an imminent risk of flooding. Please call Client Services on 01386 565018 (9am to 5pm) if you require assistance. Out of hours please call 01562 733180. Subject to availability of resources.

Be prepared

If you are not currently at risk of imminent flooding but wish to prepare for a possible future event, sandbags can be purchased from a local builders merchant.

Advice and warnings

For more information contact:

Client Services
Wychavon District Council
Telephone: 01386 565018 – 9am-5pm,  Monday to Friday
E-mail: 

Wychavon Parish News – December 2020

Wychavon Parish News – December 2020

2020 has been a year we probably all want to forget, but one that we probably never will. From dealing with a flooding emergency in February to a global health pandemic and now a bird flu outbreak, it certainly has been challenging.

Despite all of this though, public services, communities and businesses have pulled together and shown tremendous creativity, ingenuity, and resilience.

We’d like to take this opportunity to thank you, our parish and town councils, for everything you have done to support your communities and to help the vulnerable during this extraordinary year. Thank you. 

Have a happy, safe, and restful Christmas and let’s hope 2021 turns out to be much less eventful.

Changes to Christmas bubbles

At the weekend the Prime Minister announced changes to the rules on forming Christmas bubbles. This is in response to rising case numbers and the discovery of a new variation of the Covid-19 virus which is more easily spread.

You are now only allowed to form a Christmas bubble, with up to two other households, on Christmas Day.  This should be considered a maximum and not a target to aim for.

Read the new rules on forming Christmas support bubbles.

At all other times you must follow the rules for Tier 2.

Read more about what you can and cannot do in Tier 2.

Dr Kathryn Cobain, Worcestershire’s Director of Public Health, has issued a Christmas message explaining more about the mutation of the virus and top tips to help you and others stay safe.

Read Dr Cobain’s Christmas message.

One in three cases of coronavirus are transmitted by people who do not have symptoms. That’s why you are urged to act as if you do have the infection and to make sure you follow the rules and do the basics – wash your hands regularly, wear face coverings and keep a safe distance from others.

Food, medicines and other support for the vulnerable

Worcestershire Here 2 Help continues to provide support for vulnerable people who need help accessing food, medicines or other support.

We are also working with other organisations to support families in need during the school holidays.

Read more about how we are tackling holiday hunger.

Christmas and New Year bin collection changes

We are making changes to our waste and recycling collections over the festive period.  You can read about these here.

We have also produced some top tips to help residents recycle right at Christmas and reduce your waste.

Bird flu outbreak

Public Health England has confirmed an outbreak of bird flu among wild birds in Worcestershire. The risk to public health is low but please do not touch dead or sick birds. Residents who keep poultry or captive birds, even as pets in their back garden, need to take action.

Read more about the bird flu outbreak.

Help us support rough sleepers

We are currently running a campaign to encourage people to tell us if they see someone sleeping rough.  People are being encouraged to provide information through Streetlink either online www.streetlink.org.uk, by the smartphone app or by calling 0300 500 0914. StreetLink will pass the details to our housing team or outreach service who will go and find the individual and begin working with them to offer help and support.

We have helped 36 people to get off the streets since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Sadly, a few people have chosen not to take up the help offered. We continue to work with them and to offer support.

Emergency shelters will be opened on cold nights to make sure people who have chosen to continue to sleep rough have somewhere to go when temperatures fall.

New Homes Bonus

We contacted parish and town clerks back in September to inform them about the  arrangements for closing our New Homes Bonus scheme. Since then we have received proposals to spend remaining New Homes Bonus allocations from a number of parish and town councils. If you still have uncommitted New Homes Bonus you have until 31 March 2021 to submit your proposals to us.

Community Legacy Grants

We received a flurry of last minute expressions of interest for round three Community Legacy Grants just in time for the deadline on 7 December. We received 26 expressions of interest in total and have invited parish and town councils to proceed to full application for 18 projects.  The closing date for full applications is 5 March 2021.

Census 2021

On 21 March next year households across the district will be asked to take part in the nationwide survey of housing and the population. It has been carried out every decade since 1801, with the exception of 1941.

For the first time the Census will be carried out mainly online. Households will receive a letter with a unique access code in the post, allowing them to complete their questionnaire online. Paper questionnaires will be available on request.

A number of temporary jobs are available to help carry out the Census.

Find out more about Census jobs and apply.

And finally …..

Keep up to date with all our public messaging by following our social media accounts or checking the coronavirus update page on our website

Wychavon District Council- Help us to support rough sleepers this Christmas

Help us to support rough sleepers this Christmas

Residents are being urged to help rough sleepers this Christmas by letting Wychavon’s housing team know about people they see on the streets.

People can play their part this festive season by remembering to see, say, support.

See – if you spot someone sleeping rough.

Say – tell StreetLink what they look like and where they are online at www.streetlink.org.uk, on the app or call 0300 500 0914.

Support – StreetLink will pass the details to Wychavon’s housing team or outreach service who will go and find the individual and begin working with them to offer help and support.

Wychavon has already helped 36 people to get off the streets since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Sadly, a few people have chosen not to take up the help offered. Wychavon continues to work with them and to offer support.

Emergency shelters will be opened on cold nights to make sure people who have chosen to continue to sleep rough have somewhere to go when temperatures fall.

If people want to do more then they are encouraged to donate to local registered charities for the homeless or offer to volunteer their time with them.

If residents see a person collapsed on the street, they should call the emergency services immediately.

Cllr Christopher Day, Executive Board Member for Housing, Health and Wellbeing on Wychavon District Council, said: “If you want to help support rough sleepers this Christmas the best thing you can do is let us know by using StreetLink.

“The sooner we know about someone, the quicker we can find them and start to work with them to find a solution. Not everyone accepts our offer of assistance, which is their choice, but we will never walk away and will continue to engage with them until they are ready to be helped.”

Wychavon helping to feed those in need

Wychavon helping to feed those in need

Wychavon is working with schools and partner organisations to make sure families in need do not go hungry during the Christmas holidays.

Almost £100,000 from the Government’s Winter Covid-19 Grant has been made available to voluntary and charitable organisations working with those in need and will be distributed through Worcestershire Community Foundation.

Worcestershire County Council has also made £650,000 in vouchers available for pupils who receive free school meals so the hardest hit families can still access food during the Christmas break.

Wychavon is also working with the county council and Worcestershire Children First to support the Ready, Steady, Worcestershire scheme. This combines the efforts of a range of organisations and food banks to provide a community response to holiday hunger.

This is on top of £101,000 Wychavon has also passed on to local food banks and almost £27,500 through its Social Mobility Grant.

More than £17,400 has been given to 27 schools to provide food and drinks for all pupils through breakfast and after school clubs and snacks for free school meal pupils.

Various positive activities providers are also being funded to deliver programmes aimed at tackling holiday hunger over Christmas and New Year. This includes providing Christmas meals to young people in bubbles, 40 breakfast hampers to vulnerable families in Evesham and 120 gift packs for families in Droitwich.

Overall, Wychavon has provided about £2.7million supporting people in need and the community response to Covid-19. This includes help for people self-isolating, to pay their fuel costs and their Council Tax bill.

Cllr Bradley Thomas, Leader of Wychavon District Council, said: “No child should go hungry, especially at this time of the year, so we are doing all we with our partners in local government and the voluntary sector to make sure we support those in need both during and after this pandemic.”

Anyone who finds they are struggling to access food should visit www.worcestershire.gov.uk/here2help for advice and support. Information about Ready, Steady, Worcestershire and other advice and support can also be found through www.wychavon.gov.uk/coronavirus.

Festive bin collection changes in Wychavon 2020

Festive bin collection changes in Wychavon 

Changes are being made to bin collections in Wychavon during Christmas and New Year.

Waste and recycling collections will take place as normal from Monday 21 December to Christmas Eve.

The following changes will then take place:

 

Normal collection day Festive collection day
Friday 25 December Monday 28 December
Monday 28 December Tuesday 29 December
Tuesday 29 December Wednesday 30 December
Wednesday 30 December Thursday 31 December
Thursday 31 December Saturday 2 January
Friday 1 January Monday 4 January
Monday 4 January Tuesday 5 January
Tuesday 5 January Wednesday 6 January
Wednesday 6 January Thursday 7 January
Thursday 7 January Friday 8 January
Friday 8 January Saturday 9 January

 

Residents should check their copy of the WYCHAVON magazine, delivered this month, or our dedicated web page www.wychavon.gov.uk/Christmas for full details.

 

The web page also features a naughty and nice guide to recycling to help residents put the right things in the green bin this festive season.

 

There is also advice on waste reduction, particularly how to avoid throwing away food. The average family household in Worcestershire wastes £700 a year on food and more food waste is usually generated at Christmas. Across the UK the equivalent of 2 million turkeys, 5 million Christmas puddings and 74 million mince pies are thrown away.

 

Household Recycling Centres (HRCs) will be open except for Christmas Day, Boxing Day, and New Year’s Day. Residents are also being urged to delay having a new year clear out until later in January as social distancing restrictions remain in place at HRCs and too many people turning up at once may cause issues.

 

Charity shops are open and accepting donations, but restrictions are in place. Please call ahead before you visit with a donation. A list is available on our Christmas web page. Residents are urged not to leave donations on the street outside charity shops that are closed as this is fly-tipping and may lead to a fine or prosecution.

 

People are also encouraged to make reducing their waste a New Year’s resolution and to have a go at the 30-day zero waste challenge on the web page.

 

Cllr Emma Stokes, Executive Board Member for Environment and Street Scene on Wychavon District Council, said: “We have seen an increase in recycling since March but the amount of waste people are generating is also on the increase. Reducing our waste is just one small way we can all play our part in protecting our planet and living more sustainably. I urge everyone to make it their New Year’s resolution for 2021.”

 

Our top festive tips for recycling and waste reduction this Christmas are:

 

  • Eat what you buy, plan your portions, and use up leftovers.
  • Use the scrunch test on wrapping paper. If it holds its shape when scrunched into a ball, then it can go in with your recycling.
  • Plastic pots, tubs, and trays – including those used for dips and nibbles – can be recycled as long as they aren’t black in colour.
  • Send an electronic card to reduce waste this year. If you do receive an actual card, save it for next year and use for gift tags.
  • Foil can’t go in your green bin but it can be recycled at Household Recycling Centres. Scrunch it up into a ball and store it until you next have to make a visit.
  • Plastic toys and clothing can’t go in your green recycling bin. If in good condition, please donate to charity or sell online.

Visit www.wychavon.gov.uk/Christmas for more information.

 

Catalytic Convertor Thefts

Catalytic Converter Thefts

Dear Householder,

There have been a series of Catalytic Converter Thefts in the South Worcestershire

We are working to apprehend the offenders but you could assist us by following this advice to protect your vehicle;

Protect your vehicle from catalytic converter thieves

  • If you can, park your vehicle in a locked garage when it is unattended.
  • If it’s not possible to garage your vehicle, park it in a busy, well-lit area as close to your property as possible.
  • Consider installing a Thatcham approved alarm to your vehicle. Ones that activate if your vehicle is lifted or tilted are particularly effective.
  • Use a catalytic converter protection device or marking system.

 

 

catalytic converter

http://www.catsafe.org.uk/

 

Further information on crime prevention products can be found at the below Police              approved websites

https://www.thatcham.org/what-we-do/security-certification/

https://www.soldsecure.com/

https://www.securedbydesign.com/member-companies/accredited-product-search

 

Catalytic converters control and convert exhaust emissions from your vehicle into less toxic substances. If yours is stolen, you will know because your vehicle’s engine will sound different.

If you suspect your catalytic converter has been stolen, report it to us immediately by calling 101.

If you require any further assistance or information do not hesitate to contact your Safer Neighbourhood Team. If you have information about a crime, phone the police on 101 or anonymously contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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Tier Two restrictions for Worcestershire from 2nd December 2020

Tier Two restrictions for Worcestershire

 

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Today, the Government announced Worcestershire will go into Tier Two category of restrictions, once the current lockdown finishes on December 2nd.

Worcestershire has worked very hard during the lockdown to reduce the number of cases of Covid-19 in the county.

We have seen some good progress, which has resulted in the county avoiding tier 3 restrictions. We now need to continue the good work and bring the number of Covid-19 cases down further.

From Wednesday 2nd December, everyone in Worcestershire will need to observe Tier Two restrictions.

Tier Two restrictions include:

  • you must not socialise with anyone you do not live with or who is not in your support bubble in any indoor setting, whether at home or in a public place.
  • you must not socialise in a group of more than 6 people outside, including in a garden or a public space – this is called the ‘rule of 6’.
  • businesses and venues can continue to operate, in a COVID-Secure manner, other than those which remain closed by law, such as nightclubs.
  • pubs and bars must close, unless operating as restaurants. Hospitality venues can only serve alcohol with substantial meals.

The full list of restrictions are available on the dedicated pages of the Government’s website.

These restrictions are considered necessary because the infection rate remains too high. The virus doesn’t stay in a single area but spreads where people are mixing. It is very important that we all now follow these new rules, to reduce the number of Covid-19 cases and stop the virus spreading further.

Dr Kathryn Cobain, Director for Public Health for Worcestershire said:  

“I would like to thank you all for your continued hard work in helping to stop the spread of Covid-19. During these recent restrictions, we have seen some positive signs that Covid-19 cases are starting to stabilise in the county.

The tier we will be in from December 2nd, will be reviewed every two weeks so it is important that we keep these figures heading in the right direction. Therefore, we need to continue to follow the measures in place to protect us all. We need to keep following the rules and keep building on the hard work we have done so far.

This is a real opportunity, to take control of the virus, get our figures down and reduce the risk of transmission, especially with Christmas around the corner.

It is up to us all now to keep going with the good work, by social distancing, by wearing a face covering, by washing our hands regularly and limiting our contacts.”

Councillor John Smith, Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing and Chairman of the Health and Wellbeing Board added: “These new measures represent a renewed opportunity to get our numbers down even more. If we keep working together to follow the rules, we will keep the people of Worcestershire safe and reduce the transmission of the virus.”

For the latest information on the restrictions and what you can do over the Christmas period visit the dedicated pages of the County Council’s website.

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Wyre Piddle Parish Council Ordinary Parish Council Meeting on Thursday 26th November 2020 at 7.30pm via Zoom

Wyre Piddle Parish Council is staging their November Ordinary Parish Council meeting via zoom at 7.30pm on Thursday 26th November 2020

Those interested in attending need to pre-register prior to the day of the meeting and they will be sent an email with a secure code for entry.

Register in advance for this meeting:

https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZIqceyqrT8rHdC1tLHJNuCMiPql0WY27Ukb

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.