Worcester Safer Streets survey

Calling all women and girls in Worcester.

Are there local places that make you feel unsafe?

Have your say at Worcester Safer Streets Survey (surveymonkey.co.uk)

West Mercia Police, Worcester BID, Worcester City Council and University of Worcester plan to apply to new Gov fund to improve safety in public spaces.

worcester safer streets survey

New secondary school for Worcester consultation

Worcestershire County Council would like to hear your views about a new secondary school for Worcester.

In February this year Worcestershire County Council Cabinet approved the creation of a new 600 place secondary school, in Worcester, to meet the increased demand for school places.

Making sure children across the county have access to good quality education is a long-term priority for the Council and they would like to hear from a range of stakeholders about what matters most in the delivery of a new school.

The location of the site of any new school will consider several factors including reducing pressure from oversubscribed schools and helping parents to fulfil their preference in choice of secondary school for their children.

The school will be delivered by Worcestershire County Council and run by an Academy Sponsor. The process to appoint the Academy Sponsor will run in the Autumn Term of 2021 and will follow the Department for Education (DfE) Free School Presumption Process.

Your responses to the survey will help the Council to shape the school design specification and outline in detail what is expected from an Academy in applying to run this school.

The survey runs from 11 May to 11 June and you can submit your response online at www.worcestershire.gov.uk/newsecondaryschool. If you require a paper copy of the questionnaire, please email 

 

The Annual Parish Meeting will be held on Friday 28th May 2021 at the Lyppard Hub, commencing at 7.00 p.m.

Members of the public are invited to attend

AGENDA

  1. Councillor apologies
  2. The past year
  3. The Neighbourhood Plan
  4. Towns Fund / Future High Street
  5. A plan for the Parish Council
  6. Annual report from County Councillor Andy Roberts
  7. Annual report from Ward Councillors – Cllr. Lucy Hodgson, Cllr. Stephen Hodgson, Cllr. Nida Hassan, Cllr. Andy Roberts
  8. To invite the public to raise any matters of interest

Robyn Norfolk

Parish Council Chair

 

 *Covid safety measures will be in place – see attached

Proposed new fibre internet cabinet at entrance of Hoskyns Avenue

Warndon Parish Council has recently been advised of a proposal to install a new FTTP fibre broadband cabinet at the entrance of Hoskyns Avenue, beside the southern pavement near the junction with Woodgreen Drive. Please see images of location and approximate size.

proposed cabinet position

This is not a typical “pre-planning application” consultation; the installer plans to apply for a “street works permit” end May. The installer wishes to avoid complications, arising from unforeseen issues, by consulting local stakeholders. Technically, they do not need consent from the Parish Council or local residents, but they want to avoid any costs or delays that could be prevented via a pre-start consultation with local stakeholders. Feedback from us by 24th May is desired.

This proposed cabinet is part of the Fibre To The Premises (FTTP) rollout, which will bring much faster broadband speed to residents. Residents will then have alternatives to BT for fast broadband (typically 3 additional Internet Service Providers: including the likes of Vodafone, Plusnet and TalkTalk).

This main cabinet will feed a network of 500-home sub-cabinets (details of these to follow) serving 5000 homes in total, most of which will be in Warndon Parish. It should be operational by Sept 2021. Additional main cabinet sites are planned for end 2021 in London Road (by Waitrose), Newtown Road and near Homestead Avenue. The installer advises that significant effort has been made to determine the most efficient cabinet locations and that less digging will be required to install network to homes than in past years, as they can now make use of existing BT Openreach infrastructure, rather than having to overbuild.

The default colour for these cabinets is grey (RAL 7038) but a dark green colour may be possible if that would not cause technical problems such as overheating in summer. One colour only (not two-tone) is offered.

If you know of a compelling reason why this main cabinet should not be installed here, outweighing the advantages of greater choice of faster broadband internet access for the Parish, please contact Warndon Parish Council https://warndonparishcouncil.org/contact-us advising your reasons.

Vacancy for Members of the Independent Remuneration Panel

Are you interested in how Local Government works and what Councillors are paid?

We are seeking applications from people living or working within the following Local Government areas – Bromsgrove, Malvern Hills, Redditch, Worcester, or Wychavon to fill vacancies on the Independent Remuneration Panel.

The Panel recommends to each District Council in Worcestershire the level of allowances to be paid to Councillors and other non-elected people such as co-opted members. The aim of the Panel is to ensure that the setting of such allowances is open to robust, independent, and local scrutiny.

If successful you will join a Panel consisting of five members. The Panel currently meets up to 6 times a year for up to 2 hours at a time with occasional ad-hoc meetings for IRP related projects.

Although some knowledge of local government would be an advantage it is not essential as the Panel receives support and advice from council officers. Panel members should be able to approach issues with an open mind and undertake applicable research.

The term of office is four years from July 2021 which may be renewed.

Travel and subsistence expenses are reimbursed, including childcare if appropriate. An honorarium of £700 per year is also paid.

Interested? To find out more and request an application form, please contact Mel Harris on (01386) 565427 or at or:

Mel Harris

Senior Member Support Officer

Wychavon District Council

Civic Centre

Queen Elizabeth Drive

PERSHORE

WR10 1PT

 

Closing date for application forms is 5.00 pm on 10 June 2021

Interviews are to be held on 1 or 2 July 2021

Clerk & Responsible Financial Officer – VACANCY

We now have a vacancy for a Clerk & RFO, working flexibly around 60 hours monthly. You will be home based but must be prepared to attend evening meetings at least twice monthly, generally including the first Monday.

The major focus of the role is providing comprehensive administrative support for our eight Councillors and their committees, including liaison with residents and with both City and County Councils who provide the majority of our services to residents. As the Responsible Financial Officer, you will manage all the administration of the Parish Council’s finances and financial records, including liaising with the independent auditors. You will also run the Council’s website.

You should be able to demonstrate excellent communication skills, both written and verbal; the ability to understand and interpret local government law; financial accounting experience; plus a willingness to develop the role – our Parish Council has ambitions to increase its engagement with residents. Experience of servicing committees is essential and facility in Microsoft Office (ideally including TEAMS data management) is desirable.

Ideally you will hold the CiLCA qualification or be prepared to work towards achieving that; starting salary will depend on qualifications and relevant experience, in the range  LC2 SCP 24 – 28 £28,672 – £32,234, pro rata.

Short-listed candidates will be asked to complete a formal application form, including details of referees, although these will only be contacted after an offer of employment has been made and accepted. These candidates will also be given the opportunity of asking questions by telephone.

Applicants will be invited to attend a panel interview in the week commencing 24th May and the successful candidate will be invited to attend the full Parish Council meeting on Monday 7th June, ideally taking up the appointment by 1st July.

To apply, please send the current Clerk your CV with a covering letter explaining why this appointment interests you and what you believe you can contribute to the smooth working of the Parish Council; the closing date for applications is 6pm on Friday 7th May.

Please send your CV and covering letter to .  We look forward to hearing from you !

Further particulars are attached.

Further information about the Parish Council can be found on the About & Around section of the website.

Warndon Parish Council joins the nation in mourning the sad passing of HRH Duke of Edinburgh

We offer our deepest condolences to the Royal Family at this very difficult time and pay tribute to the life of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.

Residents can pay their respects to Prince Philip at the online Book of Condolence for Worcestershire. A national book of condolence is also available on The British Monarchy website.

The gates of the Guildhall will be open to allow people to leave flowers in tribute to His Royal Highness. These flowers will, at an appropriate time, be moved to the Cathedral. The Cathedral will also be open 7:30 a.m. -10.00 p.m. for the laying of flowers and lighting of candles.

Worcester residents who want to pay tribute by other means can donate to the Worcestershire Community Foundation.

The Union Flag is being flown at half-mast at City Council buildings, including the Guildhall, and at Cathedral Square. The Guildhall will be illuminated in purple during the national period of mourning.

Warndon Parish Council will be engaging with the local community in due course and considering ideas for a memorial to be located within the Parish, to recognise and remember HRH Prince Philip and his service to the country.

Worcestershire County Council Budget 2021/22 approved

Follow link for further details

https://www.worcestershire.gov.uk/news/article/2445/budget_proposals_for_202122_approved

 

 

 

 

Elections – 6th May 2021

Elections are expected to be held on 6th May 2021. Polling stations will be COVID secure, however if you prefer not to vote in person you can apply to vote by post or proxy. You should do this as early as possible to ensure that accurate poll cards and postal ballot papers reach you in good time.

For more information go to Elections – Worcester City Council https://www.worcester.gov.uk/councillors-democracy/elections

 

 

Beware – oil pollution

Please be cautious when using the footpath which runs from Trotshill Lane East to Dugdale Drive and adjacent to Mabbs Field and Allotments, especially if you are walking with dogs and/or small children. Sadly, there has been a leak from a heating oil tank at a nearby property which has seeped into the pond adjacent to this footpath. The Environment Agency have inspected the site and Oracle Environment Services are at work commencing the clean-up process. Specific timescales for the completion of the work are unknown, however could extend to several weeks. The area is very muddy and whilst the ground is being disturbed unavoidably there will be a strong oily smell.