Police in Worcester are warning residents about rogue roofers operating in the area.

Yesterday two people – a man and a woman – were arrested on suspicion of fraud after poor quality work was carried out at an address in Tolladine.

The man, aged 34 and woman, aged 33, remain in police custody.

Inspector Glenn Jones said: “Rogue traders and doorstep callers may do unnecessary work, or to a poor standard, or the price may rapidly increase. They may also use intimidating and aggressive behaviour to demand substantial amounts of cash for shoddy workmanship.

“We want residents to be on their guard and be aware there are individuals using unscrupulous behaviour to carry out substandard work. We would also ask the public to be neighbourly and look out for people may be vulnerable in their communities if they feel they can help.”

Police are advising residents not to open their doors to anyone cold calling offering repair work on their home. If in doubt, shut them out. For more information or to report rogue traders visit Contact the consumer helpline – Citizens Advice

Anyone who feels threatened and in danger, or if a crime is taking place, call 999.

Tips to remember:

·  do not buy goods or services from doorstep traders

·  do not open the door if you do not know the caller

·  do not let a stranger into your home

·  do display a warning card that you do not buy goods or services at the door

·  do use a door chain on both the front and back door

·  do check ID cards

·  do make a note of any vehicle details (the registration number, any business name, etc.)

·  do report suspicious callers to Trading Standards (the Citizens Advice Consumer Helpline number is 0808 223 1133) or the Police on 101.

Be suspicious if you are told:

·  the work is urgent, and you need to act quickly

·  there are broken roof tiles, or a leaking gutter, etc. Take your time to get informed and seek the opinion of a reputable trader before making any decisions

Notice of Elections – Worcester City Councillor and County Councillor

Worcester City Council Elections 2023

Following the sad death of Cllr Andy Roberts, a by-election was held in the Warndon Parish South ward of Worcester City Council on 19 October 2023.

As Cllr Roberts also sat on Worcestershire County Council there was also a vacant seat in the Warndon Parish division of that authority. The City and County Council by-elections were run on the same timetable.

Katie Collier (Green Party) was duly elected a Worcester City Councillor representing Warndon Parish South ward.

Warndon Parish South results

Election of a County Councillor for Warndon Parish on Friday 19 October 2023

Shane Flynn, being the Deputy Returning Officer at the above election, gave notice that

Andrew Jonathan Cross  (Green Party) was duly elected County Councillor

Warndon Parish results

 

Objection to proposal for new waste site at Hindlip

West Mercia Police & Crime Commissioner John Campion, West Mercia Police and Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service have objected to proposals for a waste site to be built next to the joint police and fire headquarters in Hindlip.

️ “It is disappointing to see that a planning application has been submitted for such a substantial site, with no regard for how the work carried out there will impact an operational police and fire headquarters.”

Read more: https://www.westmercia-pcc.gov.uk/emergency-services-submit-planning-objection-to-protect-public-safety/

Warndon Parish Council has also objected to proposal due to insufficient information on the application.

Worcestershire County Council Independent Remuneration Panel Members

Are you interested in local democracy and how Councillors carry out their role?

Worcestershire County Council is looking for two members of the public to join its Independent Remuneration Panel (IRP) which advises the Council on the allowances to be paid to Councillors.

Meetings normally take place 3 times per year at County Hall, Worcester, although some may be held on-line.  More frequent meetings will be required when a full review of the scheme is being undertaken. Such reviews usually take place in the year prior to Local Government elections. The next full review is taking place during 2023/early 2024.  The IRP, whilst supported by officers, is entirely independent of the elected members of the Council.  It considers evidence and views on the payments to elected members and makes recommendations to the Council.

This post is on a voluntary basis and the appointment will be for an initial four-year period, which may be renewed. The duties involved may require travelling and such expenses will be re-imbursed.

Members of the Independent Remuneration Panel can come from all walks of life and backgrounds.  There are no specific qualifications needed to become a Panel Member. Personal qualities are more important, such as the ability to approach questions with an open mind, to examine critically and to draw conclusions.  Panel Members cannot be an elected Member of the Authority or a member of any committees of the authority and must not be disqualified from becoming a member of the Authority.

Details are on the Council’s website at  https://www.worcestershire.gov.uk/about-council/your-councillors/councillors-area   More details are available in the pack which is on the website and applications must be completed and returned to by 5pm on Wednesday 4 October 2023

Councillor Andy Roberts

We are sorry to say that Councillor Andy Roberts has passed away following a short illness.

Each of us will have our own memories of Andy, he was an integral part of our community and will be remembered as a friend and as a dedicated Councillor representing Warndon Villages at the County Council and Worcester City Council.

He will be deeply missed and our thoughts are with Fran and his family.

 

It has now been confirmed that Andy’s funeral service will take place at Worcester Cathedral at 12.30pm on Monday 4th September. There will then be a wake at the Guildhall.

The Guildhall are happy to welcome people whilst the family attend a private burial following the service.

Two Charities have been selected for donations, if people wish to do so, in memory of Andy. These are the Worcester Community Trust and Worcester Environment Group. If people wish to donate, they can do so via the organisations’ websites below or by using a QR link which will be available at the Guildhall on the day.

https://www.justgiving.com/worcestercommunitytrust

https://www.theweg.org.uk/shop-and-donate

Anyone who knew Andy is more than welcome to attend both the service and wake to celebrate his life.

Have your say on timing of parish council elections

Worcester residents are being asked for their views on the timing of elections for the city’s two parish councils, Warndon and St Peter the Great.

Consideration is being given to moving the elections to coincide with those for Worcester City Council, which are changing from taking place in three years out of four to only happening once every four years from 2024.

Holding parish council elections on the same day as the City Council polls enables costs to be split proportionately between the different authorities.

The two parish councils have only recently held elections in May 2023, and the next are currently due in 2027.

Options in the consultation at www.worcester.gov.uk/voiceit include the parish councils going ahead with polls in 2027, but for all parish councillors to only serve a one-year term before more elections in 2028 and then every four years thereafter.

Other possibilities are for the parish councillors to have their terms extended by one year so that the next elections are in 2028, or for the 2027 polls to go ahead, followed by an election in 2032 and then every four years after that.

Shane Flynn, Returning Officer at Worcester City Council, said: “With the City Council moving to all-out elections every four years from 2024, the parish councils need to consider whether they should also move their own polls onto a similar timetable. I would encourage people who live in St Peter’s and Warndon Villages to have their say on any proposed changes at www.worcester.gov.uk/voiceit.”

Residents have until Sunday 17 September to give their views on the full range of possible changes at www.worcester.gov.uk/voiceit.

 

 

 

Age UK Herefordshire and Worcestershire Community Group Launches

The Creative Arts Social Group will be starting on Friday 9th Junefrom 1-3pm, here at our Malvern Gate Office, WR2 4BN.  

https://www.ageuk.org.uk/herefordshireandworcestershire/activities-and-events/creative-arts-social-group2/

  • Everyone’s first session is Free and £3 per session following. 
  • The sessions will run every Friday at the same times unless stated otherwise. 
  • Art equipment, materials and refreshments are all included.  
  • Any skill level is welcome and a great opportunity to meet new people whilst learning new skills.  
  • We are also recruiting for volunteers for this event. 

 

The Worcester Community Garden Group is starting Wednesday 7th June, from 11am-1pm at Worcester Community Garden on Pitchcroft Racecourse, WR1 3EJ 

  • This is Free to attend 
  • Bring your own refreshments, lunch and gardening gloves if you have any. 
  • Remember to wear suitable clothing and footwear.  
  • We also are recruiting for volunteers for this event. 

 

 

Have your say on planning in Worcestershire

The planning consultation database for the county is being refreshed and Worcestershire County Council would like to invite residents and businesses to register so that they can have their say on planning matters.

The Council plays a significant planning role across the whole of Worcestershire including policies and strategies about minerals and waste and major infrastructure projects like new railway stations and bridges.

Councillor Marc Bayliss, Worcestershire County Councillor with Responsibility for Economy Infrastructure and Skills, said:

“Community engagement plays a vital role in the way we make our plans, and I cordially invite residents and businesses to register to participate and influence this process. Our work includes developing important strategies relating to ecology and biodiversity that
make Worcestershire distinct and special, as well as planning for infrastructure such as schools and highway projects.
This is a great way for people to hear about what is going on and get involved in the planning work we do.”

You can find out how to sign up to be consulted about the topics you are interested in and see a more detailed explanation of what each topic area covers by visiting: https://www.worcestershire.gov.uk/get-involved-planning.

Notes to Editor
District Councils are the local planning authorities that residents can apply to for planning permission if they wanted to make changes to their property.

Worcestershire County Council’s planning role includes policies and strategies about minerals and waste and major infrastructure projects like new schools, railway stations and bridges etc

An update from the Police

UPDATE | Police operation following speeding complaints in Worcester

Last Saturday (3 June) we responded to numerous calls from members of the public in relation to ‘Street Racers’ close to the KFC restaurant in Nunnery Way in Worcester.

Our officers attended and witnessed numerous driving offences including a road traffic collision where a black BMW skidded off the road and crashed down an embankment. The driver of this vehicle and three others were reported for driving offences and will receive points on their license.

On Sunday afternoon (4 June) following the complaints received on Saturday we were in this area again ensuring that street racers did not congregate and speed detection equipment was used by our officers on this 40mph stretch of road. As a result of this operation 11 further motorists will be reported for speed related offences with one vehicle captured at 72mph.

Inspector Andy Tanner said: “We will continue to monitor this area, we take the issue of street racing and the illegal use of the strategic roads network very seriously and the safety of the public is at the heart of everything we do.

“I would like to reassure local residents that we are listening to them, and we will respond to reports of dangerous anti-social driving on our roads. I would also like to take this opportunity to thank members of the public who assisted officers by reporting offences and remind those motorists with video evidence of motoring offences that we run Operation SNAP where footage can be downloaded to enable Police to educate or prosecute motorists committing offences.

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For more information, please see the Frequently Asked Questions section or email

Annual Parish Meeting 17 May

Warndon Parish Council
Annual Open Meeting

will be held on

Wednesday 17th May 2023
7.30 p.m.
at the Lyppard HUB

 

Rebecca Lashley (Environmental Projects Officer)

Worcestershire County Council

will be speaking about

 

Worcestershire Green Infrastructure Strategy

Local Nature Strategy & Biodiversity Net Gain

and how the this will shape future delivery of green

infrastructure in Worcestershire

 

Parish Councillor Andy Taylor will be providing an update on the

Warndon Parish Neighbourhood Plan

 

It will also be an opportunity to meet your new Parish Councillors

We hope you can join us