Urgent notice re opening of play and fitness equipment.

Play and fitness equipment

The Government has said that play areas can reopen again from this weekend. On Monday 29th June they published 10 pages of guidance on how this should be done.

The Parish Council has to do a Risk Assessment, check the condition of the equipment and are required to look at social distancing and limiting numbers in the field area.

We are keen to get our facilities reopened and have started this process, but we cannot complete it by this Saturday. The play equipment will not reopen until we have met government guidelines and we have identified measures to keep people safe.

The Council will be discussing this at the monthly Parish Council meeting on 8th July and will report what we intend to do. We will not be able to clean the equipment regularly, so a key feature of any reopening plans will be that residents and children will need to take responsibility for using their own hand gel and wipes to clean equipment before use.

We would appreciate your co-operation in ensuring that the play equipment and gym facilities  are not used at this time. 

 

West Mercia Police Q & A session

Worcestershire Communities given the chance to put their questions to the Police Crime Commissioner and West Mercia Police Superintendents.

For details of how to put your question to the Team, date to be submitted etc please see attachment.

Covid-19 (Coronavirus) update: 12 June 2020

Vovid-19 - here the help you through this

Welcome to our latest update, we hope you find it useful.

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

If you are aware of anyone who is vulnerable and in need, please make sure they fill in the form or call the number on the Worcestershire Here 2 Help website.

If have any concerns or need specific support related to the Covid-19 outbreak you can contact  or ring 01386 565168.


Test and Trace service

The new NHS Test and Trace service launched across England on 28 May. This means that anyone who develops symptoms of coronavirus can quickly be tested to find out if they have the virus, and also includes targeted asymptomatic testing of NHS and social care staff and care home residents.

The service will help trace close recent contacts of anyone who tests positive for coronavirus and, if necessary, notifies them that they must self-isolate at home to help stop the spread of the virus.


Update on council services

  • Our Customer Contact Centres in Droitwich, Evesham and Pershore remain closed. You can still use our online services or contact us by phone.
  • The Exceptional Hardship Fund has been temporarily replaced with the Covid-19 (coronavirus) Council Tax Hardship Fund 2020-2. Visit the page for further information Exceptional Hardship Fund.
  • All children’s play areas are closed. Our parks remain open but you must follow social distancing rules.
  • Droitwich, Evesham and Pershore Leisure Centres are closed.
  • Public toilets – Broadway Activity Park and Pershore High Street (due to maintenance issues) are closed.
  • Libraries (run by Worcestershire County Council) are closed. You can still download free audio books.
  • Committee meetings are being held virtually.
  • Our bulky waste collections have re-started. Garden waste and waste and recycling collections are unaffected.
  • Our licensing functions have also been affected. Visit the Worcestershire Regulatory Services website for more information.
  • Car parking – all of Wychavon’s Pay and Display Car Parks are now free to use. NHS Staff and health care staff can also park for free in any on-street parking bay, for any length of time, while carrying out essential duties, as long as they are displaying evidence of employment. See our parking page for more information.

Household recycling centres

The HRCs in Droitwich and Hill and Moor are now open and operating in line with the social distancing requirements.

Residents are being encouraged to check the website for full details of the social distancing measures, opening times and other restrictions before they visit an HRC. These measures include a ‘one in, one out’ access policy, no staff assistance to remove items from vehicles so those visiting need to be able to remove their own waste, and additional services such as compost sales and charity reuse points will be closed until further notice.

Sites are expected to be very busy so residents may have to queue for a long time before they are able to access the site as only a limited number of cars will be allowed in at any one time. Worcestershire County Council has worked with colleagues in Highways and will have traffic management in place where possible and will monitor this to try and keep disruption to the network to a minimum.


Support for businesses

By the end of May we had paid 2,347 of business grants to Wychavon businesses totalling £27.4 million.

In addition we have been given £1.5million of discretionary grant funding to help businesses not eligible to receive either the cash grant for retail, hospitality and leisure businesses or the small business grant.

Guidance has been issued by the Government and the types of business that are expected to benefit from this new funding are:

  • Businesses in shared offices or other flexible workspaces. Examples could include units in industrial parks, science parks and incubators which do not have their own business rates assessment
  • Regular market traders with fixed building costs, such as rent, who do not have their own business rates assessment
  • Bed & Breakfasts which pay Council Tax instead of business rates
  • Charity properties in receipt of charitable business rates relief which would otherwise have been eligible for Small Business Rates Relief or Rural Rate Relief.

Businesses must also demonstrate they have been significantly affected by the Covid-19 outbreak. Visit our website for more details and how to apply. The deadline for applications is 5pm on 19 June 2020.

Our Covid-19 information business page contains lots of other information and advice for businesses including reopening businesses safely, making shops Covid-19 safe, links to government guidance for different types of businesses and other sources of financial support.


Crowdfund WYCHAVON launched

All community groups operating in Wychavon can apply for funding as part of our Spacehive crowdfunding platform. Crowdfund WYCHAVON has now been launched and the deadline for expressions of interest is 15 June.

Supporting our communities to respond to the coronavirus pandemic isn’t just about dealing with the immediate crisis. It also requires a long-term commitment to helping our residents and businesses recover from the impact of the virus. Helping our local economy and our communities to rebuild is important to our overall recovery plan for the district.

We want to get behind projects that have the support of the community and make a positive difference, we believe that Wychavon’s community groups are a key part of this. We have pre-selected some groups and organisations that we know are providing important services and support and would benefit from additional financial help to allow them to continue their vital work.

To support groups to reach their target, we will pledge up to 50% to each group, funding a maximum of £200. The remaining funds will need to be pledged by members of the community and other interested funders, over a six week period unless the total is reached sooner. Groups will receive support from both Wychavon District Council and Spacehive to generate interest and access other sources of funding.

Expressions of interest can be completed here. If successful, a group’s crowdfund will be live shortly afterwards and will run until 31 July.

If you have any questions, please email 


Changes to electoral canvass

The Government has extended the date revised electoral registers need to be published by in response to coronavirus.

The annual electoral canvass starts in July and will pose some difficulties this year due to social distancing rules, availability of volunteers and concerns about door-knocking. As a result, the Government has amended the final date for the publication of this year’s revised registers from 1 December 2020 to February 2021. This will give councils more time to complete their canvassing and maintain the accuracy of their registers.


And finally …..

Don’t forget to check our Support for community groups and charities page for the latest sources of funding support available to community groups and charities affected by the Covid-19 outbreak.  We are adding new sources of funding regularly.

Some of you have been asking about the third round of Wychavon Community Legacy Grants.  Expressions of interest will not open before September 2020 at the earliest.  When we have a definite timetable we will be in touch with parish and town clerks.

 

Walking in Worcestershire

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Notice of Public Rights and Publication of unaudited Annual Governance and Accountability Return year ending March 31st 2020

Documents in relation to accounts year ending March 31st 2020 and notice of public rights can be viewed in the Finance section of this website.

WDC- Covid-19 (Coronavirus) update: 15th May 2020

This week the Prime Minister announced some changes to the lockdown restrictions which came into force on Wednesday (13 May). The Government has produced some FAQs on what people can and cannot do to help them understand the changes. Although the infection rate is coming down, the virus has not gone away and we all still have a responsibility to keep each other safe.

In line with the Government’s guidance, most of our staff are continuing to work at home and can be contacted by email or on their usual phone numbers.

Thank you for all that you continue to do to support and keep your communities safe at this time.  Please do share information from this latest update with residents and groups in your area.


Grants for village halls

We have ascertained that village halls not owned by a parish or town council are eligible for existing business grant support payments available to retail, hospitality and leisure businesses. Village halls qualify as they are classed as ‘public halls’. We are now working on contacting eligible village halls and making payments as quickly as possible.

To qualify for the money, village hall organisations need to provide us with their bank details and confirm that the ratepayer is not the town or parish council.  Unfortunately, the rules do not allow us to pay these grants to town and parish councils.

Village halls can register on our website here.

Please share this information with the relevant village hall organisation/s in your parish or town and encourage them to register.


Guidance on social distancing in outdoor spaces

The Government has issued new guidance on what people can and cannot do outdoors following the easing of lockdown restrictions this week. You can find the advice here.

Guidance has also been issued to help owners of parks and public spaces help people to follow the rules on social distancing. You will find it here.

The guidance makes clear that play areas should still remain closed.


Update on council services

Contact Centres – these remain closed for face-to-face queries but we are still available on the phone or by email. We are reviewing this in light of the Government’s announcement this week and are making preparations to reopen when the time is right.

Public toilets – these remain closed but we are making preparations to reopen them with social distancing rules in place. We hope to make an announcement next week.

Play areas – these remain closed but our parks are open.

Recycling issues – we are starting to see used tissues and disposable gloves, masks etc appear in the recycling we are collecting from households.  These items should not be put in with recycling as they create an infection risk for the workers at the sorting facility and may also mean we are unable to recycle whole loads of recycling.

Household Recycling Centres (HRCs) – these are run by Worcestershire County Council. Some opened this week but with restrictions. There have been some complaints from residents that the HRC at Droitwich is not yet open. Worcestershire County Council is working on a plan to reopen the remaining four HRCs in the near future but have set no date yet.

Find out more about visiting a Household Recycling Centre during the coronavirus outbreak.

A full list of affected services is available at www.wychavon.gov.uk/coronavirus


Planning and development management

The Government has announced a series of measures that have implications for our planning team. They include

  • Allowing builders to agree more flexible construction site working hours with their local council, such as staggering builders’ arrival times, easing pressure on public transport
  • Allowing local councils and developers to publicise planning applications through social media instead of having to rely on posters and leaflets, helping to unblock the service
Read the full announcement.

The Government has also published updated advice on the following:

  • Community Infrastructure Levy
  • New time-limited permitted development rights
  • Validation of applications
  • Determination timescales
  • Publicity and consultation for planning applications
  • Virtual planning committees
  • Local Plans
  • Neighbourhood Plans
  • Compulsory purchase
  • Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects

Read the update in full.


Covid-19 Memory Bank Project

The Covid-19 outbreak is undoubtedly a significant moment in human history. We are keen to capture information about what happened locally to inform future generations. That is why we have launched the Covid-19 Memory Bank and we’d like your help to promote it.

People are encouraged to send in messages of goodwill they have received from neighbours, rainbow pictures they have drawn, messages of thanks they have left for key workers, diary entries the may have made during lockdown, video blogs, pictures, video footage, poems, songs or artwork.

The subject can be anything from how people felt during this time to the way the community pulled together, the weekly clap for our carers event, response of key workers on the front line and the challenges or joys of home schooling.

The information received will be used in a future art project or exhibition and then handed over to the archive at The Hive or locally for preservation.

You can find out more about the project and people can upload their contributions at www.wychavon.gov.uk/memorybank


Here 2 Help update

As of 12 May, the Here 2 Help service had received 2,504 requests for help. 385 of these were from Wychavon. Help with accessing food and medicines makes up most requests but unsurprisingly poverty is now becoming an issue that is appearing more and more.

The number of requests are going down, again as expected seven weeks into a lockdown situation, but the complexity of cases is increasing.

A new campaign is planned for Volunteer Week in early June to raise awareness of the fact Here 2 Help can offer support with more mundane tasks, such as gardening or walking the dog, as well as crisis response.

If you are aware of anyone who is vulnerable and in need, please make sure they fill in the form or call the number on the Worcestershire Here 2 Help website.


Other updates in brief


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.

If have any concerns or need specific support related to the Covid-19 outbreak you can contact  or ring 01386 565168.

 

Worcestershire Community Foundation (WCF) COVID-19 response.

Worcestershire Community Foundation (WCF) are in receipt of funding from the National Emergency Trust. The group is looking to support charities and voluntary organisations across the county who are doing great work in response to the health crisis.

The funding is also available to services supporting victims of rape and sexual abuse, and as they are yet to receive any requests for funding in this area, WCF would particularly welcome any applications.

Below is the basic criteria outlined for grant giving by WCF :

• Groups that support the ongoing needs of vulnerable people to ensure that their health and well being is maintained

• Organisations in support of activities that relieve pressure on local statutory services, particularly emergency or health and social care provision, or compliment their responses

• Groups and activities that support vulnerable people self-isolating (the elderly, people with pre-existing medical conditions etc)

• Support for food banks and organisations working to combat hardship caused by the pandemic including child hunger

• Community response coordination

• Groups that have been specifically established to respond to the crisis

• Volunteer costs for new and existing organisations responding to the effect of the pandemic.

• Additional costs of working remotely and adapting services delivered in the wider community

• Additional support as required for emotional support, mental health and bereavement support

If you would like any more information or to make a grant application please contact:

David Shaw, Chair, Worcestershire Community Foundation, COVID-19 Response Board

Tel: 07961 565978  Email:

Perkins’ Educational Foundation Awards for the Academic Year 2020-2021

Perkins’ Educational Foundation Awards for the Academic Year 2020-2021

The Governors of this charity, founded in 1656 by William Perkins of Salford Priors and London, invite applications for awards from young people under the age of 25.  Grants are available to help with expenses in courses of study in further and higher education, vocational training such as apprenticeships, and in some circumstances, structured programmes of personal development such as overseas visits. Awards are not normally given to those under 17 years of age.

Applicants must have been resident in one of the following parishes – Salford Priors, Bidford, Kings Broom, Cleeve Prior or Harvington –for not less than two years immediately prior to their application.

Application forms are available, upon written request, from the Clerk to the Governors, email .

Alternatively, an application form can be downloaded from the website: www.williamperkinscharity.org

Forms can be submitted by post to the address below, or by email.

Completed forms should be returned to the Clerk not later than 15th October, 2020.  Please note that first time applicants also require a written testimonial from a teacher or employer.

No applications received after that date can be accepted for consideration by the Governors for the academic year 2020-2021.

Applicants may be required to attend before the Governors for an interview at a time and place to be notified in due course by the Clerk.

Dated this 1st day of May, 2020.

The Clerk to the Governors

Perkins’ Educational Foundation

10 Elm Court

Arden St

Stratford-upon-Avon

Warwickshire CV37 6PA

Registered Charity No: 528678

COVID – 19

COVID-19: Working together to beat the virus

The Coronavirus is a concern for us all across West Mercia and during these uncertain times we must work together to ease the situation. We all have our part to play and there are many ways to offer support to our communities’ most vulnerable whilst ensuring personal safety. I have seen communities come together throughout Worcestershire to provide services such as collecting prescriptions, shopping or even offering phone calls to ensure those most vulnerable are still cared for and not lonely. As Commissioner I would encourage you all to keep safe and listen to guidelines issued by the Government and local authorities but keep community spirit going and look out for each other.

More information about offering support across Worcestershire can be found here: http://www.worcestershire.gov.uk/here2help

Police and Crime Commissioner John Campion