Chairman’s Report 2017

In 2015/16 our main aim was to put in place procedures and processes to make the council transparent in its dealings and bring about more participation from parishioners in our locality. I believe we’ve gone a long way in this area, although we must keep working to improve our performance. To this end we are encouraging councillors to attend training throughout this year.

Our other aim, in previous years, was to have a more representative membership on the parish council as well as acquiring skills in the area of planning. We have been mostly successful in this aim; we have Angela Tyler an ex planning officer, Andrew Coultas who is a resident of Shelwick and for a time we had a representative from the Furlongs.

We did lose Sally Robinson; an ex Ward Councillor who’s hard work and skills we miss greatly. However, we now have a full membership on the parish council which includes: myself Mark Millmore, our Vice Chair Marc Mohan, Neil Jenkins from Wentworth Park, Neil Duggan who possess an intimate local knowledge, Jane Davies from the western end of the Roman Road, Angela Tyler and Andrew Coultas who I’ve just mentioned and our two new councillors Gitta Ferguson and Neil Flanagan.

So what have we achieved since the last Annual meeting?

The answer is quite a lot and much of it is thanks you the parishioners of Holmer and Shelwick – you have kept us informed and on our toes for example:
The dangerous Furlongs Footpath leading out onto Munstone Road – We Thank Judy Alan who brought it to our attention – this footpath, with its skateboard friendly slope blindly leading onto a 60 mph road, has now been closed.

Mike Andrews from Meadow Park delivered a survey he’d carried out on the lack of street lighting and parking space on the estate. This survey has helped shape our procedures for future large planning applications

Traffic Calming

For many years residents have complained about rat running speeding vehicles – Now after much badgering the powers that be we have begun our parish wide traffic calming project that the section 106 money was allocated for all those years ago. We set up a working group consisting of Andew Coltas, Marc Mohan, Neil Jenkins and with the invaluable help of James Fishlock, from Belfour Beatty, the project is now underway. A public consultation meeting will be held later this year.

This type of participation from residents has enabled us get better as a parish Council and I hope you all continue to remain involved.

The worn white lines on the Roman Rd at the Junction of Attwood Lane/Old school lane were a serious safety hazard – it took many months of repeat letter writing but we final got the job done.

Notice Boards

Neil Duggan has increased the number of Notice boards within the parish so that we have a line of communication other than the internet.

Besides the notice boards at Coldwells Road, the Munestone bus stop, Shelwick, Shelwick Green and the western Roman Road we now also have one in the Fulongs and Orchard Close.

On the subject of the internet we have increased our website subscribers to 183 and with the tracking software we’re using we know most of those people are reading our newsletters.

The Burial Ground

We’ve just completed refurbishments to the Burial Ground (we apologise for any inconvenience during this process) – We noticed last year that the hedges and trees were vigorously taking over the landscape. We waited until the autumn when the trees were dormant and then had a massive cutback – in the process graves that had not seen the light of day in decades were revealed. 60 one ton git bags of debris were removed from the site (I would like to thank Marc Mohan who spent a number of weekends disposing of this rubbish). With the exception of replacing the notice board this work is now complete. We intend to continue ongoing maintenance so this will not be such a big job in future.

Dog Fouling Bins

One area where we could have done better was on the dog fouling bins – this got delayed after our old clerk resigned but it is now in hand and you should expect to see some progress in the coming months.

Holmer Park Spa

I would like to thank our old clerk Rebecca Gill for her work over the years one of her last acts was to organise the move of venue to Holmer Park Spa which is a far more comfortable location and I would also like to thank Steve Chadwick, the manager here at Holmer Park Spa, he was a frequent visitor at our meetings and offered this room free of charge as well as looking after our comfort by laying on tea and coffee.

Footpaths

It seems to me that toward the end of last year we got lucky – there was the move here then we got a new footpaths officer, Duncan Smart, who is doing a fantastic job on our footpaths. He began by making a survey of the entire footway network, he reported that the way mark and fingerpost signing needed improvement, liaised with the Locality Steward at Balfour Beatty on our behalf then, for a donation, got the Ramblers Association to undertake clearance work, He also reported that the Bridleway HO18 needed clearing and was not fit for equine use. On 3rd April this year he organised a four man Ramblers’ Working Party to clear the Bridleway right through to join up with where the Balfour Beatty team had chain sawed fallen and overhanging trees. To be honest we were unaware of the Bridleway and Duncan is worth his weight in gold to this parish.

Our New Clerk

The other bit of luck to come our way was the appointment of David Hunter-Miller as our clerk – I think we can all agree that in the short time he’s been with us he’s improved the performance of this parish council and I hope he’ll be with us for many years to come.

The Neighbourhood Development Plan

Finally the other major project we’ve begun – again with the enthusiastic support of the residences – is the Neighbourhood Development Plan – Lynda Wilcox from HALC came to two of our meetings and on the second meeting, which was attended by 40 parishioners, she gave an excellent talk which inspired more than 30 people to sign up for the steering group. A meeting was later held and Sarah Saville was voted to be the Coordinator. Unfortunately, there was a hiatus in pushing the NDP forward while we got the new clerk in place. But now things are moving, we’ve selected Kirkwells as our consultants and we’re now applying for the grant monies – so from now it’s full steam ahead.

I’d like to thank the Residents, Councillors, our Ward Councillor and all who have contributed to making this the best year for Holmer and Shelwick Parish Council.

Mark Millmore Chairman.

Safer Neighbourhood Team May 2017

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May 2017

Police are receiving an increase in dog related reports. Please read the following guidelines on How to be a responsible dog owner …

It’s against the law to let a dog be dangerously out of control anywhere, such as:

  • in a public place;
  • in a private place, e.g. a neighbour’s house or garden;
  • in the owner’s home.

The law applies to all dogs. Some types of dogs are banned.

Out of control
Your dog is considered dangerously out of control if it:

  • injures someone;
  • makes someone worried that it might injure them.

A court could also decide that your dog is dangerously out of control if either of the following apply:

  • it attacks someone’s animal;
  • the owner of an animal thinks they could be injured if they tried to stop your dog attacking their animal.

A farmer is allowed to kill your dog if it’s worrying their livestock.

Penalties
You can get an unlimited fine or be sent to prison for up to six months (or both) if your dog is dangerously out of control. You may not be allowed to own a dog in the future and your dog may be destroyed.
If you let your dog injure someone you can be sent to prison for up to five years or fined (or both). If you deliberately use your dog to injure someone you could be charged with ‘malicious wounding’.
If you allow your dog to kill someone you can be sent to prison for up to 14 years or get an unlimited fine (or both).
If you allow your dog to injure an assistance dog (e.g. a guide dog) you can be sent to prison for up to three years or fined (or both).


Latest updates

Crimes and incidents of interest 30th March 2017 to 30th April 2017

Holmer/Shelwick/Lyde
Shelwick – Theft of Manitou telescopic loading shovel from rural location. The plant machinery was situated down a 300mtr track secured by a heavy duty yard gate. Exit from the site was through the same entrance and the tyre tracks of the MANITOU could be seen going along the lane and to the road. MANITOU weighs roughly 4 tones and is worth between £5000 – £8000.

Lower Lyde – Theft of red vintage Massey Ferguson tractor from victim’s shed between 17th and 20th April. The tractor is 60years old, has no lights or registration number.

Sutton St Nicholas/Marden/Moreton on Lugg
Moreton-on-Lugg -SNT are keen to speak to the owners of a grey and white dog described as being a Staffordshire bull terrier; seen in the area of St Peters Close. Please contact SNT with information.
Sutton St Nicholas – On 29th April at 22:30 police were notified of a group of youths in the play park near Orchard Close for anti-social behaviour.

Dormington/Mordiford/Fownhope/Tarrington/Stoke Edith/Hampton Bishop
Dormington – Reports of domesticated cats being shot at by air rifle. Please report any similar incidents or information.
Mordiford – Luckshall Caravan Park – Between 24th and 25th April; located within the site is a red call box. 2 males have been caught on CCTV causing damage to the cash box.
Tarrington – SNT have been making enquiries in the area of Barrs Orchard. Tensions in the area remain high; mainly regarding parking in the area. Please report any issues at the time or contact SNT with concerns or for advice.

Credenhill/Breinton/Stretton Sugwas/Swainshill
Little Breinton – On 10th April, report received that person’s unknown have been trespassing on private land causing concern to landowner. The incident had occurred the day before. No further information given at this time.
Breinton – Theft of strimmer between 30th and 31st March. Damage caused to victim’s shed lock in order to gain access. Strimmer stolen from within.
Breinton – Report received on evening of 29th April that a male was riding a quad bike in the area of Brienton Common. The concern raised was that the rider was not wearing a safety helmet.
Section 34 of the Road Traffic Act 1988 makes it an offence to drive any vehicle on ‘any common land, moorland or land of any other description, not being land forming part of a road, or any road being a footpath, bridle way or restricted byway’ apart from some exceptions like to save a life!

Burghill/Tillington

 

Bartestree/Lugwardine/Westhide/Withington/Whitestone/Preston on Wynne
Withington – reports from residents of Withies Close regarding a red Nissan Micra seen driving in an anti-social manner in the village hall car park and Withies Close. Police have identified Red Nissan Micra N275 WVJ in the area believed to be vehicle involved. Please report at the time if vehicle is witnessed causing further ASB.
Whitestone – Victims yellow Komatsu 210 excavator was broken into whilst sited at a building site between 20th and 21st April. Once inside the vehicle, offender(s) have stolen two control leavers by cutting the wires.

Canon Pyon/Kings Pyon/Westhope

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