Parish Council Noticeboard
NOTICE OF VACANCIES ON TREDINGTON PARISH COUNCIL
Following the uncontested election on 7th May 2015, the following parish councillors were elected:
Mrs Michelle Aston
Mrs Sue Bailey
Mrs Deborah Williams
Mr Steve Unitt
Mr Nigel Dunn
Mr John Newbery
On 8th June, Mrs Belinda Bayes was co-opted onto the Council for Tredington Ward.
The parish council has 11 seats in total and therefore there are currently four vacancies - one in Newbold ward and three in Tredington ward. The parish council therefore invites applications for co-option onto the parish council. This allows new members to join the council without the need for an election.
The parish council works towards improving community well-being and providing better services at a local level by representing the community in local government decision making (including commenting on consultations and local planning applications), providing and maintaining community assets (including bus shelters, litter/dog waste bins, village greens, allotments and Tredington Playground) and liaison on local matters with other service providers (such as Warwickshire County Council, Stratford District Council). The parish council holds regular meetings: ten ordinary meetings, an annual general meeting and a parish assembly every year. Meetings are usually held on the second Monday of the month (except in August) at 7.30pm at the School in Tredington and are open to the public to observe proceedings. Extraordinary meetings are held from time to time to deal with urgent matters, such as commenting on planning applications within district council deadlines.
The parish council has a lot of work in the future, including:
· facilitating the implementation of the soon to be published parish plan which will set out the aspirations of the local community;
· commenting on local planning applications and representing the community in planning matters (including promoting the provision of housing that meets the need of local people);
· supporting the development of a neighbourhood plan so that we can better influence the type and scale of development and its location within the parish; and
· monitoring and promoting the provision of local services during times of continued budget cuts.
If you have a couple of hours to spare a week and would like to become involved in representing your community in these important matters, please consider joining the parish council. As a councillor, you can become a voice for your community and affect real change.
If you wish to apply for co-option, please submit a brief CV with a covering letter explaining why you wish to become a parish councillor and what skills you will bring to the council to the Parish Clerk at the above address by 4pm Wednesday 3rd June 2015. For further information or an informal chat, please contact the Clerk or any of the current parish councillors or visit www.WALC.org.uk.
Up-date from Coventry and Warwickshire Superfast Broadband
We are delighted to inform you that superfast broadband is now available in parts of Tredington! Cabinet Shipston on Stour 3 has been upgraded, meaning that properties connected to it can now order the improved service.
What should residents do now?
1. Check that their property is connected to this cabinet by going to
www.dslchecker.bt.com and entering their landline number
2. Sign up with an Internet Service Provider for superfast services. They should remember to check different providers for the best rates to meet their needs. For more information residents should check out an independent reviewer such as: http://www.moneysavingexpert.com/phones/cheap-broadband
What are the benefits?
Having access to superfast broadband not only lets you browse the web faster, but helps businesses stay competitive and allows individuals, families and communities to make use of opportunities that wouldn’t otherwise be possible:
· Choose the Internet Service Provider you want- the CSW Broadband project ensures that you are not limited in your choice of suppliers
· Get online instantly with no slow dial-up connections
· Talk face-to-face with friends and family using Skype or other software
· Stream HD films, TV shows and videos without buffering slowing you down
· Quickly and easily share your photos with friends and family
· Upload pictures and documents seamlessly
· Work from home when you want- now you can really compete in the global marketplace
· Reduce workplace costs by introducing remote working and hot-desking
Get the word out
Now that superfast broadband is available, it's important to make sure that all residents in your area can take advantage of its benefits and we need your help to do this. We are looking for people who live and/or work within our local communities to help us inform people that the new service is available. This would involve putting up posters on local notice boards and delivering leaflets to households in your area.
If you feel enthusiastic about the benefits of superfast broadband and would be willing to help us spread the word please email us at email@example.com
We also have copy available for you to use in your newsletters or on your website. This is a short piece, (approximately 200 words) that you can simply cut and past to help spread the good news. Please email us if you would like to use this.
Please Note: Even though this cabinet has been upgraded, not every property connected to it is guaranteed to achieve superfast speeds due to some properties’ distances from the cabinet and/or quality of copper connections.
Please note that information on road closures and diversions is now on the "Local Information" page.
Mud Hut, Newbold on Stour
The mud hut, as it is locally known, is a grade 2 listed cob and thatch building, thought to be an old drover's hut. As it is located on the village green in Newbold, it is included on the parish council's asset register. The parish council has in the past asked locals to consider ideas for how the small building could be used and become a community asset, however there has been little response.
The building is in urgent need of re-thatching and other maintenance and therefore the parish council is looking at a considerable bill (in excess of £5,000) to undertake the necessary works. Therefore, the council would be interested to know whether parishioners would have ideas for using and maintaining the building and whether increasing the precept to cover the cost of necessary works is acceptable. The council would be very pleased to hear from anyone with an interest in historical buildings who may be willing to research this interesting feature of Newbold or if a local group would be interested in taking over this building. Please let us have your views and suggestions : firstname.lastname@example.org.
Information About the Council
if you would like information about the parish council, browse the pages of this website for minutes, agendas, recent planning applications and other information which may be of interest. If you would like further information, please click on the link below and check the council's publications scheme for details of what information is routinely published by the parish council and how to obtain it. Please note that some charges apply.
Tredington PC_Publications Scheme
Ideas for parish council budgetting, community schemes or projects?
During December, the parish council will be developing the budget for spending in the financial year from April 2015 to March 2016. The budget and precept will be agreed at the parish council meeting in January 2015. If you have any suggestions for community projects which may require funding from the parish council during that period, please let the parish council know as soon as possible, so that they can be considered before the budget is finalised in January 2015. For more information, please contact the parish clerk. For a guide on what can be included as communty schemes, see the parish council's policy on grants here: ../images/page_images/TPC_Grants_Policy_Oct2014vers1.0.pdf
Last year (financial year ending March 2014), the parish council raised a precept of £17,000 (including council tax grants) and spent £18,365, as detailed in the finance report below. A summary of expenditure is given in the chart below the report. If you would like further information on the parish council's finances, budgets or expenditure, please contact the Clerk.
Do you think that there is a problem with speeding traffic in the parish?
Concerned residents have raised the issue of speeding traffic in certain areas of the parish. The Parish Council is therefore liaising with the local police and considering setting up a community speed watch scheme, whereby we will monitor the speed of traffic at certain hotspots, such as Armscote and the A3400 in Newbold on Stour. If you think that there is a problem with speeding where you live and you would like to be involved in the scheme, please contact the parish clerk. We need a certain number of volunteers for the scheme to go ahead. Please click on the link for more information.Community Speed Watch
Tredington Parish Council has a small stock of unfilled sandbags to help with flood prevention in the parish. Residents of the parish are able to collect some emply bags from Blackwell and fill them if needed for their own use. Please contact the parish clerk on 01789 450870 for details.
A flood forum for residents of the parish and Shipston has recently been formed. The group has email address for residents to send over any flood related issues to - so that these can be added onto the rolling action plan. It is email@example.com.
Allotment Gardens in Newbold on Stour
Tredington Parish Council manages the allotment gardens off Middlefield Lane in Newbod on Stour and we have cleared the waiting list for plots, by offering sub-divided plots. If you are interested in renting a plot or part of a plot, please get in touch with the parish clerk, as you will go straight to the top of the waiting list.
Tredington Parish Housing Needs Survey - June 2013
Many thanks to all residents of the parish who took the time to complete the recent Housing Needs Survey. The Parish Council has now received a report on the findings of the survey, undertaken by Warwickshire Rural Communities Council (WRCC). Approximately 640 survey forms were delivered to homes in the parish and 216 completed forms were returned to WRCC. This is considered a good response for a survey of this type.
12 respondents expressed a need for alternative housing in the parish, indicating a current need for a range of housing including two and three bedroomed houses and bungalows provided as local market ownership housing and rented accommodation from a housing association. The respondents in housing need required accommodation in Tredington, Newbold-on-Stour, Blackwell and Armscote.
If you would like further information on the Housing Needs Survey, or your are a resident of the parish and would like to receive an electronic version of the full WRCC report, please contact the clerk (firstname.lastname@example.org). A paper copy of the report can be provided, but a charge will be made to cover printing and posting costs.