Piddle Post- September 2019- Parish Council Report

Piddle Post September 2019 Parish Council Report

The Eastern Railway Bridge
The bridge is now being monitored on a weekly basis and the traffic officers from Operation Snap are reviewing footage and taking appropriate action. This may mean that if you are a serial offender in using the bridge, you may soon be receiving summonses through the post on a regular basis. The bridge is closed to most traffic for a reason, and the parish council will ensure that the County Council and the Police continue to monitor the bridge on a regular basis. If you continue to use the bridge, you run the risk of prosecution.

Neighbourhood Watch
I have continued with Neighbourhood Watch duties, and membership is growing slowly. I have also had two volunteers for local coordinators in Church Street and the Poplar Avenue new estate area. You may not be a member of Neighbourhood Watch, but you can still download an app called WeAlert. It is a mobile phone app that allows users to easily share alerts by type, i.e. Burglary, Vandalism etc with each other, quickly and easily. It is another way we can all help to reduce crime in our village. If you have any questions, please contact Cllr Lew Searle on or on 07795 251549

We Don’t Buy Crime
We Don’t Buy Crime is a West Mercia Police initiative to reduce and disrupt the market for stolen goods, and to protect your home and possessions by making them less attractive to the would-be criminal. The police are working with a local business, SmartWater, to make use of the latest technologies to fight crime. Wyre Piddle has become a ‘We Don’t Buy Crime’ village, where every residential property has the opportunity to mark their possessions with SmartWater free of charge. Several events have been arranged for the distribution of Smartwater kits. The photo shows Timothy Williams from West Mercia Police putting up signs at the main entry points to the village accompanied by Cllrs Misan McFarland and Jenny Wilks. If you have not yet claimed your free kit contact Misan McFarland by email or on 07930 332363

Some of you may have noticed we now have a second defibrillator in the village situated on the side of the Anchor. I would like to say a big thank you to Fabio and Paul at the Anchor for allowing us to home the unit there and to Peter Hurst and Richard Attwood for making the install happen. Our next steps are now to identify a group of people who are willing to be trained and to book this in.

Cllr Carole Townsend

Street Lighting
Cllr Susan Essex has investigated the charges for electricity used and has found we have been overcharged. She has negotiated a backdated refund and a new charge for the year. She will also be looking at alternative providers to see if we can get an even better deal when the contract is due for renewal. She is looking at the possibility of LED lights being installed which are cheaper to run and more eco-friendly.

Worcestershire Passenger Transport Survey
It is still not too late to complete the survey form for the Worcestershire Passenger Transport Survey and have your say on rural transport. Just type in Worcestershire Passenger Transport Survey in one of the search engines and it will bring it up. You can read what the County Council are doing about transport and then complete the survey. It is important to hear from as many people as possible. If you can speak to those without transport or the elderly, ask what do they need from public transport? How do they get to the doctors or the hospital, how do they manage with their shopping? You can then include their views with your own. Thank you, Cllr Lew Searle
The next meeting of the Parish Council is on Thursday 26th September at 7:30 in the Village Hall. All welcome. For general enquiries contact our Chair: Cllr John Paul 07805 651502