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IM Properties Mercia Park - construction and highways update                          14th May 2021

Here is the latest Mercia Park project community newsletter for your information.  

This includes an update on construction, details of the forthcoming programme of highways work on the Junction 11, M42 roundabout, as well some information about some of the organisations that have been benefitting from the Community Fund.

Warwickshire County Council Elections 2021                                                           11th May 2021


All the Warwickshire County Council election 2021 results are available to view online. Visit: https://apps.warwickshire.gov.uk/

Chair's Report 2020-21                                                                                                 11th May 2021

Please click here to read the annual report from the Chair of Austrey Parish Council.

Update from Mercia Park                                                                                               7th May 2021

Click here for an update from IM Properties about construction at Mercia Park, including a forthcoming programme of highways works on the M42, Junction 11 roundabout.

Defibrillator Fundraiser Update                                                                                    5th May 2021

So far, the efforts of Austrey residents have raised an amazing £1450 to fund a second defibrillator in the village. That means we only need £150 to meet our target.

Do you know that for every minute someone is in cardiac arrest without CPR and access to a defibrillator, their chances of survival drops by up to 10%. Having a public access defibrillator available in an emergency can be life saving, especially in rural areas where ambulance response times may be longer.

We very sadly had a situation recently where a defibrillator was used on one of our village residents and one of the key success factors in using a defibrillator is being able to access one in a very short time frame. To this end, we are looking to purchase another defibrillator to place in the village and also to arrange some training for this post COVID.

If you would like to make a donation, please click here.

Village Litter Pick                                                                                                              4th May 2021

On Sunday 9th May, Austrey Parish Council is organising a litter pick around the village, and everyone is invited to take part. We will be meeting outside the village hall at 11.30am, but please remember to respect social distancing guidelines, and to wear a mask.

Bin bags, litter pickers and water will be provided. We hope to see you there!

Warwickshire Police 'Safer Neighbourhoods Team' Newsletter                           29th April 2021

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Open Consultation: Improving Broadband for Hard to Reach Premises            26th April 2021

The Department of Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) wants to hear views and experiences of consumers’ broadband connectivity in rural and remote areas of the UK, and to receive information on both the known benefits of broadband services and the current barriers to deployment and take-up.

The evidence gathered will enable DCMS to assess the options available for delivering improved connectivity to areas where the costs of delivering better digital infrastructure have so far proven to be a barrier to deployment.

If you are a resident household or a business user of rural broadband services then please complete the call to evidence via the online survey.

Latest Changes to Warwickshire Library Services                                                   15th April 2021

Following Government guidance regarding step 2 of the roadmap out of lockdown, all Warwickshire County Council libraries will provide a Grab & Go service from 12 April 2021, replacing the current Click & Collect service; visit for 30 minutes to browse, borrow, collect requests and return. Visit at any time during the library’s opening hours. Please continue to pre-book computers.

We understand you may not be able to visit so the return date for all items on loan has been extended until at least April 30 2021; overdue fines do not currently apply.

If you visit a library you should wear a mask unless exempt and sanitise your hands. You will be asked to provide contact information for NHS Test and Trace.  Adhere to the national restrictions and stay at home if you have any symptoms of coronavirus.  

Check what library services are currently available

Important Notice: April's Meeting Cancelled                                                           12th April 2021

Following the death of His Royal Highness, The Duke of Edinburgh, a period of national mourning commenced on 9th April and will conclude on 17th April inclusive. Parish councils have been advised by the National Association of Local Councils that the period of mourning triggers the provisions of s243 of the Local Government Act of 1972, meaning that our Parish Council meeting scheduled for Wednesday 14th April cannot go ahead as planned: 3 clear days notice were not given by Austrey Parish Council before the mourning period commenced. Our next meeting is scheduled for Wednesday 5th May 2021 to be held via Zoom. Joining details to follow.

Speed watch volunteers required                                                                              10th April 2021

Fed up with cars speeding through our lovely village?

 

Then we would welcome your help please!

We are planning to purchase a speed gun which is accredited through North Warwickshire’s Safer Neighbourhood team and we need a team of volunteers to man it; the more the better. We already have some volunteers and if you feel you can support with maybe a shift a month, or more if you can, we would love to hear from you. Full training and equipment will be provided.

If you can assist with this, please contact parishclerk@austrey.co.uk or any member of Austrey Parish Council. 

Austrey & Warton Scout Group Update                                                                     5th April 2021

We are starting to look at how we can return to Face to Face meetings at Austrey and Warton Scout  Group, but we have to recruit more adult help both at the Group Meetings and to support the Group as a whole. We currently are running with 3 Leaders and 4 Sectional Assistants which is not enough for the number of young people we have as members, especially as we are asked to restrict our movement between sections. We need at least 4 adults per section every week. We currently have 2 members of our Exec and Fundraising committee. Again we need a minimum of an additional 5. 

Job roles available are: Section Assistant Leader, Section Assistant, Occasional Helper, Group Chair, Group Secretary, Group Equipment Manager, Group Web Manager, Group Recruitment and Group Supporters. 

We have a Group Treasurer, one Exec member and Badge Secretary in place.

Please drop me an email at fionarouse@yahoo.co.uk or message me on 07939115360 if you would be interested in helping with any of the above roles or have particular skill/contact that could be helpful, (and this is without obligation!) My plan is to organise some small meet ups so I can talk to people face to face about the roles they may be considering.

Please feel free to share as helpers can be anyone, over the age of 18, regardless of whether they have a youngster at the Group or not. Please see this Facebook post for more details. 

Austrey Village Hall Survey                                                                                           3rd April 2021

The village hall committee would like to gather your ideas and opinions. 
As you know, the hall has been closed for most of the past year during which time they have made improvements to the building. Now they want to know exactly what it is you want the building to do for you. Do you know what clubs are available? Are there other clubs or activities you wish were hosted? Do you know you can hire the hall for your personal use?

Please click here for the survey. 

Newsletter Editor Required                                                                                     22nd March 2021

As we start to move out of lockdown, we are looking to restart the village newsletter but after several years, our former editor has decided to step away. We are looking for someone to pick up this role on a self employed basis, whilst being supported by the Parish Council. Briefly, the role consists of:

*formatting the newsletter, which is published every other month. We previously used publisher and have a template that you can work from; 

*proof reading articles and amending as necessary;

*writing some articles;

*sending the finished edition to the printers.

*folding the newsletters

We will pay for this service which should take around 10 hours per edition. If you're interested, please send an email with your relevant experience to parishclerk@austrey.co.uk and we'll be in touch.

Defibrillator Fundraiser                                                                                           18th March 2021

Do you know that for every minute someone is in cardiac arrest without CPR and access to a defibrillator, their chances of survival drops by up to 10%. Having a public access defibrillator available in an emergency can be life saving, especially in rural areas where ambulance response times may be longer.

We very sadly had a situation recently where a defibrillator was used on one of our village residents and one of the key success factors in using a defibrillator is being able to access one in a very short time frame. To this end, we are looking to purchase another defibrillator to place in the village and also to arrange some training for this post COVID.

Austrey Parish Council has set up this fundraiser and we would welcome any donations that residents can give please. The cost is around £1600 so we would ask you to give what you can. Just think, you could save the life of one of our fellow villagers.

Austrey Parish Council Casual Vacancy                                                                17th March 2021

A casual vacancy has arisen on Austrey Parish Council to be filled by co-option. Notice of Vacancy

Austrey Parish Council is made up of 7 volunteer councillors who meet once a month to discuss and act on issues of importance to the local community.  The Parish Council sets and monitors how a proportion of local taxes are spent in the Parish, make comment on planning applications in the Parish and consider projects to help maintain, improve or enhance the local area.  Local Government is changing and Parish Councils are seeing an increase in the responsibilities and opportunities to influence decisions made that affect our local community.

Please click here for more information, eligibility requirements and an application form.

Austrey Residents Association needs new members                                          11th March 2021

This group is open to all residents of Austrey. It provides support where and when needed including many issues of concern to the village, including concerns over planning applications, support for the Neighbourhood Plan, financial support for village activities, a regular monthly news bulletin and direct help with problems such as surface water drainage and its effects. 

If you would like to join Austrey Residents' Association please contact David Rowse on 01827 830342 or email davidwrowse@btinternet.com. Membership is free and the committee welcomes new members and fresh ideas.

Village Hall Access Ramp Complete!                                                                   8th March 2021

Following a grant from IM Properties and a donation from Austrey Parish Council, the Village Hall Committee have been able to get an access ramp installed at the entrance to the hall. Once COVID restrictions are eased and lifted and events can resume at the hall, it is marvellous to know that there are no longer any restrictions on gaining entry!

Click here for photos of the completed project. 

Register to Vote                                                                                              28th February 2021

Elections will be taking place across the county on Thursday 6 May 2021 for Warwickshire County Council and the Police & Crime Commissioner.

The deadline to register to vote is Monday 19 April 2021. You can apply online in just 5 minutes here.

Understanding Mental Health & Wellbeing in Warwickshire - Survey         27th February 2021

We are carrying out a Mental Health and Wellbeing Joint Strategic Needs Assessment to understand the needs of adults living in Coventry and Warwickshire.  This survey is a chance for people to tell us about their own mental wellbeing and services they have used.  This includes understanding any impact that the Covid-19 pandemic may have had.  The survey can also be completed by carers of people with mental health difficulties and  professionals working in the field of mental health and wellbeing. To find out more please click on this link or visit  www.warwickshire.gov.uk/ask

This survey closes on March 26th.

Warwickshire Country Parks Survey                                                         26th February 2021

Warwickshire country parks survey

Warwickshire's Country Parks Service is undertaking a survey of visitors and non-visitors to help with a whole service review we are undertaking in 2021. Taking part in this survey will help us to explore future options for Warwickshire's parks and greenways. To find out more please click on this link or visit www.warwickshire.gov.uk/ask.

This survey closes on March 18th.

Community-based support during COVID 19 - Survey                          25th February 2021


This survey is part of a national evaluation of the NHS Volunteer Responders (GoodSam) scheme. Warwickshire County Council (in partnership with other organisations across Coventry and Warwickshire) want to understand how people have received or provided community-based support during the pandemic. This research will feed into the national evaluation programme and will also inform thinking around future volunteering and support models locally. To find out more please click on this link or visit www.warwickshire.gov.uk/ask

This survey closes on March 9th.

Fake NHS COVID Vaccination emails                                                    23rd February 2021

Warwickshire residents have reported receiving very genuine looking NHS COVID19 vaccination booking emails. The emails direct recipients to a ‘booking website’ at which time they are asked for a £5 fee!

  • The vaccine will always be free on the NHS

  • NHS staff will never ask for, or accept, cash or other payment methods for vaccines

  • The NHS will never ask you for your bank account or card details, your PIN or bank password

  • NHS staff will never arrive unannounced at your home to administer the vaccine

  • The NHS will never ask you to prove your identity by sending copies of personal documents such as your passport, driving licence, bills or pay slips

More advice from NHS England.

Other scams reported recently in Warwickshire include: bogus driving licence renewal website, fake banking texts, arrest warrants and online trader warning. Go to Safe in Warwickshire and sign up to their email alerts.

To make a consumer complaint or for consumer help and advice, contact the Citizens Advice Consumer Service on 0808 223 1133.

Click here for more consumer help and advice, including details of WCC's approved trader scheme.

Warwickshire Police Rural Crime Team Newsletter                          23rd February 2021

View the newsletter here

Census Day 2021 is coming                                                                    18th February 2021

Census Day is Sunday 21 March 2021 in England and Wales.

Nearer the time, you will receive a letter with an access code to take part online. There's plenty of help available for those who need it.

Find out more at https://census.gov.uk/ 

Green Bin Collection Service                                                                  17th February 2021

From April 2021, there will be an annual cost of £40 per green bin for fortnightly collections of your garden waste. If you would like to continue the service, you will need to sign up with North Warwickshire Borough Council. 

For more information and to sign up visit: http://orlo.uk/lANjU

Home Library Service Offers More Than Books                                  13th February 2021

As part of the wider package of support that WCC's home library service has offered to vulnerable residents, over 3,500 doorstep book deliveries have been made since April 2020.

In addition to the Home Library Service, a ‘befriending calls’ service was set up. This involves a friendly member of Warwickshire Libraries’ staff phoning residents for a regular chat, to check how they are getting on and direct them to other services that may be able to help them - as well as to discuss the books that they have been reading and suggest other books that they might enjoy.

Staff are able to offer the home library service as an option and tell people about how they could download eBooks and eAudiobooks online if they wanted to. Sometimes residents are referred to the library service’s ICT and learning officers, so they could receive a telephone call to help them set up their tablets or laptops step-by-step, as part of Warwickshire Libraries’ ‘digital help’ offer to shielding customers.

Staff can select up to 4 books per customer to be collected from over 150 designated locations around Warwickshire. If a resident can’t get to the library due to ill health or disability and does not have someone to collect books for them, there is a free mobile library service. Please contact the Mobile Library Team on 01926 851031 or mobilelibraryservice@warwickshire.gov.uk.

Access Community Transport                                                                12th February 2021

Being vaccinated is an essential reason to travel. You can ask a member of your family or support bubble to take you. To stay as safe as possible when sharing a vehicle, it is advised to wear a face covering, sit as far apart as possible, open windows for ventilation and wipe down surfaces.

If you have no other means of transport, please contact NHS Volunteer Responders or your local voluntary transport service.

NHS Volunteer Responders: To book transport call 0808 196 3646. For queries or to cancel an appointment call 0808 196 3382
 
Voluntary transport services in North Warwickshire: Nuneaton and Bedworth contact Volunteer Friends (Medicar): Use 024 7664 0088 – Monday to Friday between 9 30am and 12 30pm. Or email: info@volunteerfriends.org.uk

Contact Beeline: 01827 717074 - Monday to Friday 9am to 1pm

Austrey Parish Council Casual Vacancy                                                          February 2021

Following the resignation of Cllr Anne Wilde, a vacancy has arisen on Austrey Parish Council.

As a councillor you can become a voice for your community and be involved in real change. It helps if you're a "people person" who enjoys talking to other residents but, more importantly, you need to have the concerns and best interests of the parish as a whole at heart. Councillors are community leaders and should represent the aspirations of the public that they serve.

Click here for more information, or take to any member of the parish council for more information. 

HS2 Jobsite                                                                                                  8th February 2021

Clink on the link below for a brand-new HS2 jobs-site to promote the 20,000+ roles that the project will support over the coming years.

 

https://www.hs2.org.uk/careers/careers-with-our-supply-chain/jobs

Warwickshire Recycles Newsletter                                                         8th February 2021

In the February/March 2021 edition of the e-newsletter

  • Home Composting in early Spring

  • Help bees by not mowing dandelions

  • Discounted compostable caddy liners

  • Discounted compost bins

  • Wash hands for workers

  • How clean does my recycling need to be?

  • Good news for clothing

  • Green Shoots community support grant launched

Click Here for the newsletter

Play Area Refurbishment                                                                            1st January 2021

As part of their play area capital programme, NWBC will be consulting on its proposals for the refurbishment of some of its play areas. Austrey play area (off Hollybank Estate) is due to be refurbished next year and NWBC have created a short video that shows which pieces of play equipment need replacing and suggests some items that would fit in their place.
When you have a few minutes spare, please can you watch the video on the link below and let NWBC know your comments and if you have any other ideas.

www.northwarks.gov.uk/playarearefurb has more information on the consultation, or click here to watch the video.

Update from HS2 on the Eastern Leg Phase 2b                                       November 2020

Towards the end of 2020, the Government made clear in its response to the Oakervee Review its commitment to Phase 2b of HS2, extending high-speed rail from the West Midlands to the North, ensuring we boost capacity, improve connectivity between our regions and share prosperity.

As part of this, the Government plans to present an Integrated Rail Plan for the North and Midlands by the end of the year, informed by an assessment from the National Infrastructure Commission, which will look at how to deliver HS2 Phase 2b, Northern Powerhouse Rail, Midlands Rail Hub and other rail programmes better and more effectively. In the meantime, the Government has asked HS2 Ltd to pause work on the Eastern Leg.

The Government has asked HS2 Ltd to proceed with the development of the Western Leg of Phase 2b (from Crewe to Manchester). Subject to the Integrated Rail Plan, a Western Leg Bill is being prepared for deposit to Parliament in early 2022, or sooner if possible. Whilst plans may be subject to change following the Integrated Rail Plan, the potential for significant change to the Western Leg is more limited.

Western Leg (Crewe to Manchester)

On 7 October 2020 the Minister of State for Transport announced a consultation on four proposed changes to the design of the Western Leg of Phase 2b. To find out more about the consultation and how to respond to it, as well as information about other changes to the Western leg, please visit www.hs2.org.uk/phase2b. Although this consultation only relates to the Western Leg of Phase 2b, anyone is welcome to comment on the proposals.

Reporting faults to WCC                                                                              November 2020

As of November 2020, Warwickshire County Council will be changing some of their 'Report It' forms as part of improving their customer journey.  They are replacing embedded FixMyStreet Forms with Firmstep Forms in line with other Report It functions, which allows them to integrate with corporate systems and improve the customer experience. 

https://www.warwickshire.gov.uk/reportaproblem

 

The dedicated Warwickshire County Council Highways fault reporting telephone number is remaining the same - 01926 412515