Worcestershire Community Foundation (WCF) COVID-19 response – Financial Support for Charities, Voluntary Sector and other Worcestershire based organisations.

The Police and Crime Commissioner is keen to make you aware of a Worcestershire based foundation that may benefit residents in your community during the current COVID-19 pandemic.

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 wellbeing 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 foodbanks 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

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

Tel: 07961 565978

dshawtri@live.co.uk

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 frontline 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 tracy.grubb@wychavon.gov.uk or ring 01386 565168.

Road Closure – Badgers Hill to Handgate Lane.

WORCESTERSHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL PUBLIC NOTICE Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984
(C2117 Badgers Hill to Handgate Lane, South Lenches)(Temporary Closure) Order 2020
Proposed Order: to close that part of C2117 Badgers Hill to Handgate Lane from its junction with U43606 Evesham Road to its junction with C2117 Hill Furze.
Reason: Lay new ducting by Grub Construction Ltd.
Exemptions: to permit access to any land or premises fronting the highway affected where there is no other form of access; and to allow the works to be undertaken.
Diversion Route – C2117 Hill Furze, C2022 Fladbury Hill, A44 Evesham Road, C2121 Chadbury Road, C2121 Lenchwick Lane, U43606 Hipton Hill, U43606 Evesham Road and vice versa.
Maximum duration: 18 Months. Anticipated duration: 5 days. Commencing: 15 June 2020

Community Legacy Grant Update

The Community Grant Legacy application was approved by Wychavon District Council at the end of March 2020.  The Parish Council will be considering the conditions applied by the District Council at their virtual meeting on the 11th May 2020.

Applications for an Independent Lay Member of the Wst Mercia Police & Crime Panel.

Applications for an Independent Lay Member of the West Mercia Police and Crime Panel are invited from members of the public. Closing date: 5 pm on Monday 18 May 2020.

 The Panel covers the geographical areas of Herefordshire, Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin and Worcestershire with support for the Panel provided by Worcestershire County Council.

The Panel is part of the governance arrangements for policing in the West Mercia area and its role is to maintain a regular check and balance on the performance of the directly-elected West Mercia Police and Crime Commissioner.

Information on Police and Crime Commissioners can be found via this link: http://www.worcestershire.gov.uk/info/20078/community_safety/861/police_and_crime_commissioners along with additional information on the recruitment process and an information pack.

 Should you wish to apply, please download and complete the application form http://www.worcestershire.gov.uk/downloads/file/12481/independent_lay_co-opted_member_-_application_form and return to Sheena Jones, Democratic Governance and Scrutiny Manager by 5 pm on Monday 18 May 2020 either by emailsjones19@worcestershire.gov.uk or by post: Sheena Jones, Democratic Governance and Scrutiny Manager, Legal and Governance, Worcestershire County Council County Hall, Spetchley Road, Worcester, WR5 2NP

In addition to the Worcestershire County Council website, details of this position can also be found in  LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter.

Vacancy for Parish Councillor.

If you are interested in applying please download the application form and email to the Clerk.

Worcestershire County Council are supporting the #Here2Help Campaign

Worcestershire County Council are supporting the #Here2Help campaign from @worcscc, encouraging our communities to come together to tackle #coronavirus. To find out more and to get involved go to www.worcestershire.gov.uk/here2help.

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Further information: http://www.worcestershire.gov.uk/coronavirus

Casual Vacancy for two Parish Councillors

South Lenches Parish Council will consider filling by co-option two casual vacancies for two parish councillors that has occurred due to resignations, at its meeting to be held virtually on Monday 11th May 2020.  Time to be confirmed.

Those who are interested in serving the community in this way and want to become a candidate for co-option should obtain an application form for candidacy from the Clerk.  Completed application forms should be returned to the Clerk by May 10th  2020.

Application form and information can be downloaded here.

Information on eligibility, the role of the Parish Council and its schedule of meetings may be obtained from the Clerk.

Clerk:

Mrs N Holland
Morton Wood Farmhouse
Morton Wood Lane
Abbots Morton
WR7 4LU

Tel:07835620613
Email: southlenchespc@gmail.com

Upcoming Parish Council Meetings

Due to COVID -19 the Annual Parish Council Meeting has been cancelled for 2020.

An Ordinary meeting will take place virtually using ZOOM on Monday 11th May 2019 at 2 pm.  For members of the public that wish to attend a ZOOM Parish Council meeting please contact the Clerk  for details to allow entry.

 Previous minutes can be viewed on the Parish Council Page of  this website.  Minutes of the March meeting can be viewed here.

 Minutes of the August 2019 Neighbourhood Plan Steering   Group  meeting can be viewed  here.

Annual Parish Meeting

Every year Local Parish Councils are required, by law to hold a “Parish Meeting”. Whilst the Parish Council arranges this meeting and provides reports upon Parish matters, it is not a meeting of the Parish Council. It is, specifically, a meeting for Parish Residents to bring up any matter, raise any question or put forward ideas and proposals, in relation to the Parish.

The meeting  which was to take place on Wednesday 1st April 2020 has been cancelled.  Due to COVID -19 the Parish Council will not be holding the meeting this year.