Warwickshire Police and Crime Commissioner Ron Ball wants to hear your views as he considers setting the police budget for 2016/17. He is asking all members of the public if they are willing to contribute around a penny a day extra in order to maintain frontline policing levels.
In November, the Government announced plans in its Comprehensive Spending Review to keep policing budgets at current levels during the life of this Parliament. As has now been made clear by the Home Secretary in a letter to PCCs, the only way that police funding will remain at the same level will be if the police precept – the small portion of each council tax bill that pays for policing – is raised by the maximum permitted amount of 1.99% each year by every PCC. Without this, Government resource funding to policing will actually be reduced by 1.3% in real terms over four years.
If the current police precept rate was frozen, Warwickshire Police would lose around £0.709 million next year and £0.709 million in each subsequent year, resulting in a financial gap of around £2.836 million by 2020. This would have a significant impact on frontline policing and could reverse the recent efforts which have seen the proportion of officers on the frontline increase to 95 percent, which is above the national average.
As a result, the Commissioner is proposing that the police precept is raised by 1.99% next year - equivalent to 31p per month or £3.75 per year on average for a Band D property – less than the price of a coffee and a cake at a leading high street coffee shop.
You can find more detail and give your feedback on this proposal by completing an online survey, which asks the simple question:
“Are you willing to spend an extra 31p per month for an average Band D property in order to maintain frontline policing levels?”
Or write to Warwickshire Police and Crime Commissioner, 3 Northgate Street, Warwick CV34 4SP, again indicating whether you wish to answer ‘yes’ or ‘no’ to the question and including any other supporting comments.
The consultation will close at midday on Monday, 18 January 2016.
Warwickshire County Council will be commissioning a new ‘pan-equalities’ service which will begin providing services across the county in July 2016. This will promote equality for people with all characteristics protected under the Equality Act 2010 (including disability, sex, race, gender reassignment, sexual orientation, religion or belief, age, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity).
Warwickshire County Council is seeking the views of people with an interest in this new service. This will help them to finalise the details of the service requirements. They have commissioned brap, a national equality charity to help conduct this research.
Over the next month (up to the 17th December) brap is seeking the views of potential providers of the service, other organisations with an interest in how the service is run (e.g. commissioners or other service providers) and potential customers that might use the service.
There are two surveys which we are using to capture these views (please click on the links below):
Please can you share the links for these surveys far and wide with those you know and work with in the county to ensure as many people have a say about this important new service as possible.
If you would like to share your thoughts over the phone or in person with brap, or if you can help brap to meet and talk to potential customers of the service (e.g. people who use your service and may require support in the future to respond to discrimination or inequality) please get in touch with Asif Afridi from brap on email@example.com or 0121 272 8455.
Alcester North SNT Police Priorities December 2015 - 2016
Voting for the next three months Policing Priorities is now live, and one of the issues under consideration is extra patrols to target anti-social behaviour in Bearley.
The three suggested priorities receiving the most votes will become Alcester North Police Team’s Priorities for the next three months.
30 / 40 mph Speed Limit - Bearley
Warwickshire County Council is to advertise a Traffic Regulation Order to reduce a section of the existing 40 mph speed limit along the Snitterfield Road and introduce a 30 mph speed limit.
As part of this proposal an amendment to the existing 40 mph speed limit along Snitterfield Road is to be made.
This proposal will provide a consistent speed limit for motorists within Bearley and will help improve road safety and the environment for residents and all road users.The scheme will incorporate improved signing and road markings.
A copy of the proposed Order, together with a plan showing the length of road affected and a statement of the Council's reasons for proposing to make the Order, may be inspected at the Main Reception, Shire Hall, Market Place, Warwick, at the Stratford-on-Avon District Council, Elizabeth House, Church Street, Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire and at the Stratford-upon-Avon Library, 12 Henley Street, Stratford On Avon, Warwickshire, CV37 6PZ during usual opening hours.
Any objections to the proposals, which must be in writing and specify the grounds on which they are made, should be addressed to Debbie Poynton, Communities Group, Traffic and Road Safety, Warwickshire County Council, PO Box 43, Shire Hall, Warwick, CV34 4SX. (Objections will normally be treated as public documents and may be communicated to other persons affected). Objections must be sent so as to be received by the 18th December 2015.
Warwickshire Fostering Service is keen to find new parent and child assessment foster carer placements. Parents, particularly young mothers, who are unable to meet their child’s most basic needs and protect them, sometimes need a nurturing family environment where they can be supported in looking after their baby or young child.
Parent and child foster placements may help a family to stay together and provide a positive alternative to residential care, which can be expensive and isolating. Potential foster carers provide both practical and emotional support to help the parent to develop the skills required to meet their own and their child’s needs. Once the parent has successfully completed an assessment within their fostering placement, they are then supported to live independently with their child.
People who have had some childcare experience or have raised children of their own would be ideal foster carers for a parent and child due to the life skills involved in this type of fostering. Full training and support is given to foster carers, who are matched to one or more of the different foster care schemes, depending on what suits their lifestyles and commitments. Carers are paid an allowance which reflects the real cost of looking after a child.
The Parent and Child Assessment Arrangement project is currently looking to recruit 5 foster families who can meet the needs of these placements.
If you are interested in finding out more about Fostering for Warwickshire please contact Central Fostering on freephone 0800 408 1556 or register your interest online at www.warwickshire.gov.uk/fostering
Warwickshire County Council needs to make overall savings of around £92m by 2018.
Each year, the Council spends around £15 million per year on home to school transport. The savings target allocated to this area of work as part of the One Organisational Plan is £3.7m.
As a local authority we currently provide free or assisted transport to certain groups of children with no legal entitlement to such support. The current cost of the discretionary element of our transport provision is at least £2.9 million. This includes our Vacant Seats and Post 16 schemes that generate around £1.2 million of income per year.
Further details on the consultation are attached via the following link:-
Stress free, convenient and environmentally friendly – the benefits of bus travel are being heralded as Catch the Bus Week approaches.
National Catch the Bus Week gets under way on Monday 29 June and runs to Sunday 5 July, and Warwickshire County Council is conducting a survey to find out what users and non-users think of public bus services in the county.
The Catch the Bus Week campaign is aimed at driving awareness of the benefits of taking the bus as a vital lifeline for the elderly and infirm, a way to get to work quickly and easily, a valuable link to social activities and shopping centres and a whole host more.
According to Greener Journeys, the group behind the campaign, bus users make 1.4 billion shopping trips and spend an estimated £27 Billion on retail goods annually, half of 16-19 year olds are regular bus users, and if everyone switched to just one bus journey per month it would mean 1 Billion fewer car journeys on the roads producing a saving of 2 million tonnes of CO2.
Cllr Peter Butlin, Warwickshire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Transport and Planning, said: “We constantly seek the feedback of regular and non-regular bus users with a view to making improvements or little tweaks where we can".
“We would like as many people as possible to use our bus services and that’s why we are also seeking the views of those who have never used our services as well as those who use them every day.”
Cllr Philip Johnson, Chair of the county council’s Overview and Scrutiny Committee for Communities, said: “Bus travel is a convenient and cost effective way to travel. Hopefully during National Catch the Bus Week we will see even more people giving buses a go.”
The survey can be completed online by going to www.warwickshire.gov.uk/buses and following the link or a paper version is available by contacting the Transport Operations department on 01926 412929 and selecting option no 2 from the menu.
Or write to Catch the Bus Week Survey, Transport Operations, Warwickshire County Council, PO Box 43, Warwick, Warwickshire, CV34 4SX.
The survey will go live at 9am on Monday 29 June and will close at midday on Sunday 12 July.
Everyone completing the survey will be invited to enter a Prize Draw to win one of three Kindle Fire HD7s. Perfect for reading a book or catching up on social media while on the bus.
Alcester North Police Priorities for Forum 11th June 2015 Voting for the next Community Forum Policing Priorities is now live, and one of the issues under consideration is the problem of dirt bikes in Bearley.
The three suggested priorities receiving the most votes will become Alcester North Police Team’s Priorities for the next three months.
Notice of Pre-submission Consultation Draft of NP from Startford Town Council Bearley Parish Council has received the Pre-Submission Consultation Draft of the Neighbourhood Plan from Stratford-upon-Avon Town Council for comment.
The document is available from http://www.ourstratford.org.uk. Paper copies are available for inspection at Stratford on Avon District Council, Elizabeth House, Church Street, CV37 6HX; Stratford-upon-Avon Town Council, Town Hall, Sheep Street, CV37 6EF; and Stratford-upon-Avon Library, Henley Street, CV37 6PZ.
Comments should be submitted by 11.59 pm on Friday, 3 July 2015 electronically using the form provided in the above website or by requesting a form from FREEPOST RTJX_GHEE_ZUCS, stratford-on-Avon District Council, Consultation Unit, Elizabeth House, Church Street, Stratford-upon-Avon CV37 6BR and returning the form provided to the same address.
IMPORTANT NOTE The report entitled “BEARLEY NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN SURVEY RESULTS A CLEAR VISION FOR BEARLEY Final Report 2015” prepared by Consultation Unit Stratford-on-Avon District Council, engaged as independent professional analyst, has now been published. A copy will be posted on bearley.org website under the neighbourhood Plan / Documents tab, click here to go there now.
A paper copy will also be printed and made available for inspection at the Village Hall and further copies can be requested from the Parish Clerk at 7 Brick Kiln Close, Norton Lindsey, Warwick CV35 8DL or by leaving a message on (07760) 819436.
Jennifer Bendall Bearley Parish Clerk
IMPORTANT PARISH COUNCIL ELECTIONS 7th MAY 2015
The Parish Council Elections will be held on 7th May 2015 at the same time as the Parliamentary and District Council Elections. Prospective candidates will need to complete nomination papers and submit them in good time as correcting mistakes close to the deadline for submitting papers can be difficult.
It is now a requirement that nomination papers must be hand-delivered to the ReturningOfficer's office at Elizabeth House in Church Street, Stratford upon Avon either by the candidate or their representative (this can include the Parish Clerk). A member of the election staff will check the papers to ensure they are valid. Nomination papers delivered bymeans other than hand-delivered may be invalidated. The period of time for submitting papers will commence on Monday 23rd March ending at 16:00 on Thursday 9th April. The first week (23rd March to 27th March inclusive) will be dedicated solely to the receipt of parish council papers so that week is recommended as longer delays may occur in the twosubsequent weeks owing to the receipt of nomination papers for parliamentary and district council elections. It is important to note that if papers are completed early then the candidate's consent to nomination form may only be completed within the one month priorto close of nominations. If this form is completed and dated more than one month before 16:00 on 9th April then it will be invalid.
The nomination papers will be posted on the "bearley.org" website and can also be obtained from the Parish Clerk Jennifer Bendall at 07760 819436 or by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org. The Clerk will also have a copy of the March Register of Electors which should be used when completing the forms to check that the proposers and seconders are registered on the Electoral Roll.
The following relevant information was supplied by the Graham Raspin, Senior Electoral Officer, Corporate Support at Stratford on Avon District Council.
1. The required full complement of Parish Councillors for Bearley is 7 (seven) Councillors.
2. A minimum of 3 (three) Councillors nominations are required to form a quorum and if they are elected other Councillors then be co-opted later to make up the complement of seven.
3. If up to 7 (seven) nominations are received the election will be regarded as "uncontested" and will only cost the parish £100.00 in fees for the election officers.
4. If more than 7 (seven) nominations are received the election will be regarded as "contested" and will cost the parish £400.00 in fees for the election officers as votes will have to be counted and may have to be recounted.
5. If there are less than 3 (three) nominations the Parish Election will be run again June or July 2015 and this time the cost to the parish will be £1000.00 in fees for the election officers as on this occasion the cost will not be a shared cost with any other election.
6. If there is no quorum following the June/July Election then the District Council will be obliged to appoint administrators to run the affairs of the parish.
At least three Councillors of the current complement have declared that they will not be standing as candidates for the forthcoming election. Achievements of the last three years confirms so much more can be achieved with an elected full complement of Councillors.
Bearley Parish Clerk
IMPORTANT NOTICE DISSOLUTION OF THE BEARLEY PLAY AREAS ASSOCIATION
Bearley Parish Council has received notice from the Bearley Play Areas Association of their decision taken at their AGM on 5th February 2015 to dissolve the Committee and hand over financial management for the running of the Bearley Park back to Bearley Parish Council. This will be an agenda item for discussion at the 30th March 2015 meeting of the Parish Council. All relevant documents including the Trust Deed of the Bearley Play Areas Management Committee, Bearley Play Areas Association Constitution, the audited accounts, the inventory of play area equipment and the notes of meetings are available for public inspection at www.bearley.org under Play Area tab. They are also available from the newly appointed Parish Clerk, Jennifer Bendall through e-mail email@example.com or phone 07760 819436 or through Cllrs Carolyn Phillips at firstname.lastname@example.org and 01789 730621, James Maiden at email@example.com and 01789 730338. As the two ex-officio members nominated by the Bearley Parish Council serving on the Committee Cllrs Phillips and Maiden will be available to address any queries in relation to the Association documentation.
The Village now has Superfast Broadband
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Information provided by Stratford-on-Avon District Council, Warwickshire County Council may be accessed through the Newsletter tab on the Parish Council Tab
A message from Henley Medical Centre
For the latest information from the Henley-in-Arden Medical Centre. Please click on the residents page.
The telephone number for the Centre is 01564 792434 or 01564 793333
Like them or loathe them they are a necessity to some and a plain nuisance to others. Please click on to the Residents page for more.
www.bearley.orgis the website of the village. It is there for the village to communicate with other villagers whether it is the Parish Council, the many organisations we have in the village or maybe to get something off your chest.
However you will see we have a new tab The Bearley Beacon.Each copy of the Beacon will be available electronically approximately two weeks after publication and distribution.