Neighbourhood Plan Update – January 23

South Lenches Parish Council Neighbourhood Plan Update January 2023

Happy New Year! It was great to see so many people rallying round to discuss a recent planning application in Church Lench, and proof that there remains enthusiasm for the right level of development in the Parish. Since the last time the Neighbourhood Plan Steering Committee met in 2022, we have been busy behind the scenes, developing the Vision, Aims and Objectives of the Neighbourhood Plan followed by the Policies, supported by all the evidence that the community has brought together in the previous years.

There are 3 critical consultation milestones that we need to reach for the Neighbourhood Plan to be adopted. Regulation 14 – when the draft Plan is reviewed by the whole Parish.

Regulation 16 – when the draft Plan (including any changes from the Parish consultation) is reviewed by Wychavon District Council; then final Examination (from an external Planning

Examiner) and Referendum to approve the Plan from the whole Parish.

The Neighbourhood Plan Steering Committee is due to meet on January 16th, 2023, when we will discuss the steps to be taken to get the Neighbourhood Plan ready for Parish consultation. The aim is to have the Plan ready by Spring this year and to reach final adoption by the end of this year.

To meet these targets, we need your help and support. The people on the Steering Committee along with the Parish Council are representing you and your views of how our Parish should develop in the coming years. But it is YOUR plan. A Plan that will play a vital role in the future development of the South Lenches communities.

There are many tasks and activities to be completed before we reach the Regulation 14 consultation – if you have some time to volunteer and can be a part of our Steering Committee, please let us know! We will update you via the Parish magazine again next month.

Carolyn Hodges.


Notice of Conclusion of Audit ending March 2022

Advice 2-Step Verification and why it can protect you and your family

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Criminals are clever these days and protecting your life on the internet is just as important as locking your front and back doors. Setting up 2SV can help protect your online accounts, even if your password is stolen.

What is 2-Step Verification (2SV)?

2-step verification (often shortened to 2SV) provides a way of ‘double checking’ that you really are the person you are claiming to be when you’re using online services, such as banking, email or social media. It is available on most of the major online services. 2-step verification (2SV) is also known as two-factor authentication (2FA) and multi-factor authentication (MFA).

When setting up 2SV, the service will ask you to provide a ‘second step’, which is something that you (and only you) can access. This could be a code that’s sent to you by text message, or that’s created by an app.

Why should you use 2SV?

Passwords can be stolen by cyber criminals, potentially giving them access to your online accounts. However, accounts that have been set up to use 2SV will require an extra check, so even if a criminal knows your password, they won’t be able to access your accounts.

The NCSC (National Cyber Crime Centre) recommends that you set up 2SV on your ‘important’ accounts; these will typically be the ‘high value’ accounts that protect things that you really care about and would cause the most harm to you if the passwords to access these accounts were stolen. You should also use it for your email, as criminals with access to your inbox can use it to reset passwords on your other accounts.

Some online services will already have 2SV switched on. However most don’t, so you will need to switch it on yourself to give extra protection to your other online accounts, such as email, social media and cloud storage. If available, the option to switch on 2SV is usually found in the security settings of your account (where it may also be called ‘two-factor authentication’).

The Cyber Aware pages on the NCSC website contain up-to-date links to the instructions on how to set up 2SV across popular online services such as Gmail, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Outlook.

What if 2SV isn’t available?

While many major services do offer it, there are still some that do not. If 2SV is not available on one of your important accounts, like email, you should ensure that it has a strong unique password. You may even want to consider changing services to one that does offer 2-step verification.

For more information and advice, visit our website.

Report it

Parish Issues – Who to report to?

Please contact  in regard to the following:

Potholes, Drainage/Flooding/Spillage issues on the road; overgrown shrubbery causing obstruction/visibility issue; other issues with roads and pavements; streetlights; public rights of way.

If your report relates to an immediate public safety issue, please contact the Police.

Wychavon District Council:  also has a section on items to be reported e.g.  Dog Fouling; Japanese knotweed; Nuisances (opens in a new window) i.e. smoke, noise, light, accumulations, dust/odour insects/flies, bonfires); problem with a litter or dog bin; Abandoned Vehicles; Damaged Street Sign; Dead Animal; Fly Tipping; Travellers on public land; Untidy front gardens; On street parking;  Report a planning enforcement issue


Footpath BP-543 Bishampton and CL-526 Church Lench for its entire length.

Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 (As Amended)
(Footpath BP-543, Bishampton and CL-526, Church Lench) (Temporary Closure Order) 2022
Order made: to close Footpath BP-543 Bishampton and CL-526 Church Lench for its entire length.
The Order is being made to allow for the construction of ground mounted solar farm.
Exemptions: to permit access to any land or premises having a frontage to the highway affected where there is no other form of access; and to allow the necessary works to be undertaken.
Alternative route: Bishampton footpaths BP-519, BP-523, BP-516 and BP-517; Church Lench footpath CL-525; C2022 and vice versa.
The proposed Order will continue in force for a period not exceeding 6 months or until the works which it is proposed to be carried out have been completed, whichever is the earlier.
However, it is anticipated that the Order will only be operative for 6 months commencing on 1 August 2022.

Map attached.

Code of Conduct

South Lenches Parish Council has adopted the new 2022 model Code of Conduct.

Community Infrastructure Levy Neighbourhood Fund.

Please view attached financial statement for the year ended 31st March 2021 in relation to Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL).


Worcestershire County Council “Here2Help” poster attached giving details on how to search for services available,  access support, volunteering etc.


Make the Right Call.

Is it an emergency? Does it feel like the situation could get heated or violent very soon? Is someone in immediate danger? Do you need support right away? If so, please call 999.

If you’re deaf or hard of hearing, use our textphone service 18000 or text us on 999 if you’ve pre-registered with the emergencySMS service.

As an alternative to calling 101, in order to help people contact the right service first time, there are pages on our website advising who would be the best agency to contact for a number of issues including:

  • fly-tipping
  • noise complaints
  • nuisance parking
  • abuse on social media
  • fireworks
  • civil disputes
  • annoying phone calls and unwanted visits

Make The Right Call | West Mercia Police


Report a crime | West Mercia Police

Is it an emergency? Is there a crime in progress or someone is at risk of harm? Call 999

If you’ve witnessed or been the victim of crime please report it to us. Reports are dealt with by our control room in exactly the same way whether you report it online or call 101.

Before you give us the details of the crime, we will ask you a few questions to make sure you go to the relevant online form.

Please see our website to find out what else you can report online:

  • Anti-social behaviour
  • Domestic abuse
  • Fraud
  • Road traffic incidents
  • Lost / found property
  • Lost / stolen vehicle

Online reports are dealt with by our control room in exactly the same way whether you call 101 and may save you time during busy call periods.

Home | West Mercia Police

These are the details of some of our partner agencies who are able to assist with advice and guidance for other matters (click on the attached links for more information):

Abandoned Vehicles

You can report an abandoned vehicle like a dumped car to the local council.

Report an abandoned vehicle – GOV.UK (


There is no law in England and Wales that prevent people from having bonfires. But there are circumstances that may occur which may result in the consequence of a bonfire (ie. material type, smoke and nuisance) which may give rise to specific environmental offences. Smoke from a chimney is not covered in this page, please follow the link to our Smoke pages.

Bonfires | Worcestershire Regulatory Services (

Civil Disputes 

Unless a crime has been committed or someone is in immediate danger, the police are unlikely to intervene in civil disputes. However, we’ll put you in touch with the groups and organisations who can help.

Search – Citizens Advice

Advice line (England): 0800 144 8848

Action Fraud 

You can report fraud or cybercrime to Action Fraud any time of the day or night using our online reporting tool. Reporting online is quick and easy. The tool will guide you through simple questions to identify what has happened and our advisors are available twenty four hours to give you help and advice if you need it.

Action Fraud


Your local council is usually responsible for removing graffiti from things like public buildings, monuments, benches and bins.

Report graffiti – GOV.UK (


Contact the Home Office if you think someone is:

  • living or working in the UK illegally
  • employing someone who isn’t allowed to work in the UK
  • involved in smuggling
  • involved in illegal immigration

Report an immigration or border crime – GOV.UK (

Modern Slavery

Modern slavery is real and happening all around us. The good news is anyone can play a part in stamping out exploitation. Keep a look out for the signs of slavery described below, and call the Modern Slavery Helpline or report online if you see anything amiss.

The free Unseen App gives you a short guide to spotting the signs in your pocket, and enables you to report at the click of a button.

08000 121 700

File a report (

Mud, Oil or Spillage on a Road

Report | Worcestershire County Council


If you’re having a problem with noise like loud music, noisy pubs, rowdy parties or barking dogs in your neighbourhood, your council can help you.

Report a noise nuisance to your council – GOV.UK (

Noise | Worcestershire Regulatory Services (

Obstruction in the Road 

Unless there is an obvious danger to road users, you should report obstructions on the road, such as mud, illegal signs, overhanging tree branches, hedges, builder’s skips or scaffolding, to the local council or Highways England.

Report an obstruction on the road – GOV.UK (

Stray Dog 

If you find a stray dog and cannot contact the owner, you must report it to the council.

To report a lost dog contact our Duty Officers at Worcestershire Regulatory Services on 01905 822799 between the hours of 9am – 5pm Mon – Fri. Or use our on-line Lost Dog Form.

All stray dogs picked up by WRS Dog Wardens will have their details (breed, colour size etc.) recorded, a duty officer will be able to check if a dog matching the description of your dog has been found in the Worcestershire area.

The Police can also get involved if a dog displays aggressive behaviour to a human or it attacks livestock. However, if a dog attacks someone else’s pet (such as another dog or a cat) then this would be a civil matter between the animals’ owners.

Report a stray dog – GOV.UK (

Suicide Prevention

If you feel overwhelmed – you are not alone. Please do not suffer in silence.

There are so many people who care for you – and countless places you can turn to. This site does not seek to replicate other excellent resources already in existence but offers signposting and information that we hope will make a difference.

Suicide prevention | Worcestershire County Council

Links to the websites of your local Councils for their reporting process and further information:

Report it – Wychavon District Council




Reading Friends – Tackling loneliness in Worcestershire through the power of reading!

Reading Friends is the new scheme from Worcestershire libraries, dedicated to tackling loneliness and social isolation by bringing people together to read, share stories, meet new friends, and have fun!

The scheme is centred around three key library services:

  • Library Service at Home – helps Worcestershire residents who are unable to access the library because of age, disability or long-term illness, and who have no relatives or friends who can visit on their behalf. Books are picked and delivered to the customer’s home each month based on their preferences and format needs.
  • Connect Bubbles – small, group chat sessions which take place online using Zoom and are led by library staff and volunteers. Giving people a safe, online space to connect with others over a shared interest or activity.
  • Reading Friends One-to-One calls – volunteers provide one-to-one calls for those unable to access library Connect Bubbles online or who prefer to talk over telephone. Library Service at Home customers can also request one-to-one calls to discuss the books they have read each month.

Anyone interested in learning more about the Reading Friends Scheme can email , visit or read the flyer attached.

Reading Well at Worcestershire Libraries supports people to better understand and manage their health and wellbeing using helpful reading.

Managing our health and wellbeing has never been more important and accessing free self-help books through your local library can be a great first step to managing everyday mental health issues such as stress, anxiety, depression or how to cope with long term health conditions.

There are five Reading Well collections available through 21 libraries across Worcestershire. All books are recommended by health experts, as well as people with lived experience of the conditions and topics covered:

  • Reading Well for mental health
  • Reading Well for children
  • Reading Well for young people
  • Reading Well for long term conditions
  • Reading Well for dementia

To find out more and to browse and reserve Reading Well titles, including those available to download as e Book and e Audiobook visit

For further information about Worcestershire Libraries and the benefits of library membership visit