Pinvin Parish Council Meeting on Tuesday 6th October 2020 at 7.30pm via Zoom

Due to Zoom Hacking at another local Parish Council meeting Pinvin Parish Council Meetings will now be via a secure connection where all attendees have to register PRIOR to the meeting to attend.

The next meeting is Tuesday 6th October 2020 at 7.30pm via zoom

To register for this meeting you need to have signed up to a FREE Zoom Account

You must Register in advance for this meeting by clicking on the link below:

https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZIpcuyspjktHNJvWieVwFywdwuL-s_A3QYo

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email from zoom containing information about joining the meeting.

On the evening of the meeting give yourself plenty of time to setup as the first time can be confusing.

Download Agenda Here

 

Wychavon flies the flag for Merchant Navy Day

Wychavon flies the flag for Merchant Navy Day

Wychavon District Council marked Merchant Navy Day today (Thursday) by raising the Red Ensign flag.

The commemoration, which took place at the Civic Centre in Pershore, joined those around the UK in remembering all of the Merchant Navy sailors from Great Britain’s proud naval past, and also to show support for today’s British seafarers.

At the ceremony, Wychavon’s Chairman, Cllr Robert Raphael gave a short reading of thanks from HRH The Earl of Wessex, before raising the Red Ensign.

The flag will be raised in hundreds of villages, towns and cities across the UK to show support for the Merchant Navy, as well as to help highlight the work Seafarers UK, the charity that supports the maritime community.

Merchant Navy Day was established in 2000 by HM Government and is on 3 September every year, the anniversary of the start of the Second World War when the merchant ship SS Athenia was torpedoed and sunk, with the loss of 128 passengers and crew.

In the First and Second World Wars, the merchant fleets suffered heavy losses from German U-boat attacks. The tonnage lost to U-boats in the First World War was nearly 8 million, and around 14,661 merchant seafarers were killed.

In the Second World War, German U-boats sank 2,828 Allied ships, amounting to nearly 14.7 million tonnes. The UK alone suffered the loss of 11.7 million tonnes and 32,000 merchant seafarers were killed.

Cllr Robert Raphael, Chairman of Wychavon District Council, said: “It is an honour to fly the flag in memory of the brave merchant seafarers past and present who have sacrificed so much for our nation. Merchant Navy Day is a time to show our appreciation for everything they have done, and continue to do, for us.”

Visit www.merchantnavyfund.org/merchant-navy-day/ for more information.

 

Here 2 Help You! Find out more about Crowdfund Worcestershire at latest online event

Here 2 Help You! Find out more about Crowdfund Worcestershire at latest online event

Has lockdown given you an idea of how you could improve things for your local community? If so, the County Council wants to hear from you.

Charities, local organisations and individuals across the county are being encouraged to join an hour long online event to learn about how they could fund their community project ideas through Crowdfund Worcestershire.

The latest event is running on Friday 4th September from 12-1pm.

Worcestershire County Council, alongside Malvern and Wychavon District Councils, are inviting anyone who may have a project idea that will support their local community, no matter how big or how small to join the latest online event.

Your project idea must be around the following themes:

    • Food Poverty – predominately focused on families
    • Social isolation/befriending – looking at virtual community connections / or adapted schemes that comply with social distancing.
    • Return to work – helping people prepare for a return to work or helping them into work.
    • Maintaining our volunteering offer – helping to create a legacy of community and volunteer action post Covid-19.
    • Healthy communities – activities to improve the health and wellbeing of your local community
    • Ticket to ride – transport projects that are sustainable, innovative, citizen-led and community-based to support increase resilience and boost connectivity of communities in Wychavon and Malvern by improving local people’s ability to travel to services and opportunities for social interaction.

The Crowdfund Worcestershire initiative has been launched to help build on the success of its Here2Help community campaign.

It is there to give anyone who lives locally who might have ideas about how to improve their community the opportunity to gain much needed funding through Spacehive, a crowdfunding platform.

Worcestershire County Council will be working with Spacehive on the initiative with a funding pot of £85,000 which they hope will at least double for the projects through the crowdfunding they will carry out themselves, with help and support along the way from Spacehive.

This funding, via the same Spacehive platform, will be led by Malvern Hills and Wychavon District Councils and there’s pledges of up to £50,000 up for grabs for this first round.

 

Spacehive is a funding platform that brings together people, businesses, councils and foundations to collaboratively fund projects that communities want.

Councillor Lucy Hodgson, Cabinet Member with Responsibility for Communities, said: “It’s great that we’re able to continue the community spirit generated from Here 2 Help, it has proven really successful, and we must hold on to it, as we look forward to the future and the recovery phase.

“So if you have an idea on how a to support your local community, then join the online event to find out more about how Crowdfund Worcestershire may be able with funding to get your project off the ground or improve on what you are already delivering.

The hour long event is a great way to learn more and ask any questions you may have. It could be the gateway to getting funding from the Council and from your local community.

“You know what your community needs best as you understand the challenges and opportunities your  local area and this model puts you and your ideas in the driving seat.”

If local people and organisations have an project idea they will need to register their idea on the Crowdfund Worcestershire platform by 30th September, clearly outlining how they may be able to help maintain progress in the key areas.

To find out more information about Crowdfunding Worcestershire and book your place on the event on 4th September, please visit the dedicated pages on Spacehive.

 

WDC and WCC Councillor Liz Tucker update report

District/County Councillor: Cllr. Liz Tucker

Station Road: The August Bank holiday closure of the Pershore Station Road Wyre Road junction for Persimmon to complete their outstanding Section 278 road work obligations was cancelled.  Persimmon have been pressed to get on with this by County Highways Development Control for ages without effect.  Persimmon needed to arrange for the shallow gas main near the entrance to Mill Lane to be raised before they could start on the required road works and failed to do so.

This was too late for the zebra crossing work at the other end of Station Road to be brought forward out of school term time.  Weekend closure will be required but mostly 2 way traffic control.

Northern Link: Latest update confirms that reptile translocation is still ongoing at the Link Road ( circa 350 translocated to date ) and will continue until the Ecologist determines a date for surveys to end ( expected early Oct .) The Great Crested Newt traps and translocation hibernaculums have just been installed last week and a 30 day trapping exercise started yesterday. Again hopeful that the Ecologist will give us a green light by early Oct.  It is still the intention to award contract in November but until they have the ecological clearance they cannot say for certain

Front Plot The Old Piggeries– I’m still seeking evidence of the leased grazing land required to meet DEFRA rules which needs to be clarified before any decision can be taken.  A new prefabricated building/shed has appeared near the entry which I have reported to Planning Enforcement.

20/00585 Land Between North End And Amajen House Upton Snodsbury Road Pinvin:  Amended plans came in this morning 1st September.  The tenure split would now be 20 affordable rent (1 to 4 bed) and 14 shared ownership (2 to 3 bed).  Previously the proposed split was 25 rented and 19 shared ownership.  Once all the plans and documents are loaded onto the web-site, new consultations and neighbour notifications will be sent out.

The agent’s summary of the changes is:

– A reduction in the overall number of dwellings from 44 to 34

– A reduction in the density of the development from 39dph to 30.6dph

– Increase in Green Infrastructure from 40% to 48%

– Relocation and re-profiling of attenuation basin within public open space

– Removal of private driveway from Upton Snodsbury Road

– Increased garden sizes on some plots

– Reorientation of plots on the western side of the estate road

– Increased landscaping and tree/hedge planting throughout

– Amended house type designs to include additional features such as Chimneys

The tenure split would now be 20 affordable rent (1 to 4 bed) and 14 shared ownership (2 to 3 bed).  Previously the proposed split was 25 rented and 19 shared ownership.

Once all the plans and documents are loaded onto the web-site, new consultations and neighbour notifications will be sent out.

Speeding and HGVs  through Main Street – Kieran Hemstock has given a summary of the speeds and number of HGVs for the speed lines put down 15th – 21st July at the Spion Kop end of the village as follows:

All Vehicles: Mean speed = 27.8mph, 85th percentile = 32.8mph

Heavy Goods Vehicles: Mean speed = 26.4mph, 85th percentile = 30.9mph

As a general rule, we would be looking for mean speeds to be at, or below, 30mph in a 30 limit.

To add further context, the Police will consider camera enforcement where 85th percentile speeds are >35mph.

Pinvin Memorial Hall – Good news that the interim secretary of the committee has managed to put in the application for a £10k government business rates grant just before the deadline of the grant opportunity closing.  The hall AGM continues on 10th September in order to appoint new committee members.  I believe strongly that it is of great importance to every village that there is a public hall of some sort available to residents for public business, social activities, clubs, meetings etc.  Community First has a knowledgeable advisor who provides a subscription service for village halls https://www.comfirst.org.uk/village_halls which could help the new committee.

Outdoor Film This Friday 4th September – Wychavon have arranged an outdoor film event on Abbey Park starting at 8 pm.  It is called Monsters Inc.  it will be free and organised to be as Covid safe as possible.  On Saturday The Lion King (original) will be shown on King George V Play Fields, Droitwich Spa and on Sunday it is the turn of Evesham with The Greatest Showman  on Corporation Meadow.

Wychavon District Council- Annual Residents’ Survey Returns

Annual Residents’ Survey returns

Residents are being encouraged to share their views on a variety of different topics as part of Wychavon’s Residents’ Survey.

The annual questionnaire, which will run from 6 September to 4 October, will give people across the district an opportunity to say what they think of their local area and services.

This year, the survey includes questions on how the Covid-19 pandemic has impacted residents, as well as the response and support provided by the council. It will also ask questions about such issues as litter and homelessness.

Feedback will be used to improve services and the ongoing recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic. A summary of the results will be published anonymously on the council website.

Last year, the survey received 1,140 responses, with traffic congestion, crime, public transport, litter and recycling voted as the top priorities for Wychavon residents.

The survey takes about 15 to 20 minutes to complete but progress can be saved so it can be completed in stages.

Cllr Bradley Thomas, Leader of Wychavon District Council, said: “The views of our residents really matter to us and we are encouraging as many people as possible to tell us what they think. This year has been difficult for everyone and we have been amazed at the community spirit across the district.

“We would like to thank all of our residents for their amazing volunteering efforts as well as our staff and councillors at Wychavon who have gone above and beyond to maintain services and to provide support. Receiving feedback on this will allow us to make improvements where needed”.

To be the first to receive the survey, please sign up for email updates by visiting www.wychavon.gov.uk/consultations. The survey will also be available at this link from 6 September until midnight on 4 October.

Paper copies can be sent on request, please call Customer Services on 01386 565000

Worcestershire County Council- #HandsFaceSpace campaign

Worcestershire County Council is creating a #HandsFaceSpace video campaign to encourage people to follow social distancing rules – wash your hands regularly, wear face coverings and keep a safe distance – and they need your support.

The campaign is focused on asking people to create short videos to tell us why sticking to the ‘Hands, Face, Space’ guidance matters to them.

We want you to share your story by sending us a 50 second max, selfie-style video (landscape if possible), explaining why the government’s #HandsFaceSpace guidance matters to you personally. Maybe your loved ones have been shielding, or getting your business going relies on everybody following the guidelines? Perhaps you haven’t been able to regularly see your grandchildren, or you’ve really missed meeting up with friends?

We want to encourage more people to follow the guidelines and will be sharing your video across our website and social media channels.

Watch an example video using this link: https://we.tl/t-qOdDvXPrJU

Tips for recording your video:

 Use a smartphone and if possible, record your video in landscape

  • 50 seconds max
  • Don’t worry if it’s not perfect, we just want to hear from you
  • Please don’t read from a script, just chat normally.
  • We’d like personal stories, to help others understand why it matters to everyone to follow the guidance.
  • Don’t worry about the public health messages, we will add a slide at the end of the video, which reminds everyone of the hands, face, space message.

Video files are usually too large for email so we suggest sending them to us using www.wetransfer.com. Just follow the instructions on screen to attach your file and in the ‘send to’ box use the email

Sharing your #HandsFaceSpace message will help us to continue keeping people safe. Many thanks for your support

 

 

Pinvin Parish Council Newsletter – August 2020

PINVIN PARISH COUNCIL NEWSLETTER

In April this year Wychavon District Council carried out a postal housing needs survey for the residents of Pinvin. This survey included a section on resident’s view of Pinvin as a place to live. The results of this survey showed several areas of concern. This newsletter aims to update residents on the actions that the Parish Council have taken and plan to take to tackle these issues.

Speeding of vehicles through the village

In 2017 the Parish Council met with a representative from Worcestershire County Council highways department to ask for advice on how to slow the speed of vehicles through Pinvin. We followed his recommendations and installed village gates at the 30mph entry and painted dragon’s teeth markings on the road at the 40mph entry near to Long Lane. We purchased a second vehicle activated speed sign.

The council also investigated setting up a volunteer-run Community Speed Watch to allow residents to take an active part in monitoring speeding in the village. This was deemed not to be viable at the time by the Speed Watch coordinator due to the average speed of vehicles which led to Pinvin having regular visits from the speed van, parked opposite the Hayfields estate.  The Operations Manager for West Mercia Police Road Safety has told the council that the speed of vehicles through the village has decreased on average since the presence of the speed van, but the speed van has not visited recently due to the lockdown. We are pushing again for Community Speed Watch to happen in Pinvin.

Several residents have approached the Parish Council to volunteer to help with fundraising or who are willing to donate towards further methods to reduce traffic speeds. The suggestion has been made to install speed indicator sign near to the Gosney Fields and Hayfields estates. This would cost around £4,000. Councillor Liz Tucker (WCC) has promised £1,000 from the funds for community projects and the Parish Council will provide £1,000 from its funds. We hope the remaining £2,000 would come from the village through donations and fundraising.

If anyone is willing to organise/help with fundraising or willing to make a donation, please contact the Parish Council Clerk, Carole Hirst  at .

Increasing number of HGVs

The Parish Council is constantly monitoring this issue. WCC highways laid speed monitoring in 2016 which recorded the number and type of HGV’s as well as the speed.  Cllr Tucker organised for monitoring to be laid across Main Street before lockdown this year. The latest results have not been sent to us as yet, but when we have received them we will take any action we can if the numbers have increased substantially in the last four years. The Parish Council has limited powers as the road through Pinvin is a ‘B’ road and the airfield at Throckmorton has been given planning permission for various storage depots.

Community Spirit

The Parish Council, over the last two years, has bid for and been awarded £40,000 from New Homes Bonus and Section 106 funding. This money is for community initiatives asked for by residents.

So far £20,000 has been spent on new playground equipment, and there is now play equipment suitable for pre-school children as well as the older age group. The playground has recently had fencing erected around it to make it a safer environment. We have also installed a new picnic bench in the play area.

A further £8000 will be spent on a teen shelter and basketball hoop, to be installed in the autumn at the edge of the playing fields. These two items have been asked for by residents. The shelter will be enclosed with clear plastic sides and roof so will also provide shelter for dog walkers, walkers and family groups.

The final £12,000 is earmarked to be spent on developing a community orchard. This will be planted between the allotments and the playing fields. If anyone would be interested in planning and developing the orchard please contact Parish Council clerk, Carole Hirst .

Memorial Hall

The Memorial Hall is managed by the Memorial Hall Committee. They have an AGM on Thursday 20 August at the Memorial Hall, please go along and support them.

Playing Fields

The playing fields are managed by the Playing Fields Committee.  With no organised teams in the village and little support, they have decided to close the charity.  This means that management of the playing fields will revert to the Parish Council once the legal process is completed. The Parish Council is looking to organise the removal of the burnt-out container and the repair or removal of the other buildings.

Public Meeting

The Parish Council will be organising a public meeting to discuss traffic issues in early September, provided the Memorial Hall proves suitable with social distancing rules!

 

Calling Community Project Creators!!! £85,000 funding available!!

Crowdfund Worcestershire has been launched by Worcestershire County Council to help local organisations gain funding through the Spacehive crowdfunding platform – www.spacehive.com/movement/worcs

Worcestershire County Council has a funding pot of £85,000 available through Crowdfund Worcestershire to support organisations in their bid to help in the county’s recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic – https://www.spacehive.com/movement/worcs/supporters

This is an opportunity for organisations that have project ideas, which need financial backing, to create a project on Spacehive and pitch for a pledge via the Crowdfund Worcestershire platform by 30th September 2020, clearly outlining how they may be able to help maintain progress in these five key areas:

o             Food Poverty – predominately focused on families.

o             Social isolation/befriending – looking at virtual community connections / or adapted schemes that comply with social distancing.

o             Return to work – helping people prepare for a return to work or helping them into work.

o             Maintaining our volunteering offer – helping to create a legacy of community and volunteer action post Covid-19.

o             Healthy Communities – activities to improve the health and wellbeing of your local community.

Projects may also qualify for pledges from the County Councillor’s Divisional Fund.

In addition, organisations in Malvern Hills and Wychavon will also have the chance to tap into pledges for community based transport projects. This funding, via the same Spacehive platform, will be led by Malvern Hills and Wychavon District Councils and there’s pledges of up to £50,000 up for grabs for this first round.

If you would like to find out how you can create a project and access funding please register for the FREE on-line events taking place on the 13th August and 4th September  by visiting https://www.spacehive.com/movement/worcs/news  Project Creator Workshop and click on BOOK A PLACE.

 

New crowdfunding initiative set to boost funding for local projects 

New crowdfunding initiative set to boost funding for local projects 

Charities and local organisations in Worcestershire are to get a helping hand with new projects thanks to an exciting funding scheme being launched by the County Council

The initiative, called Crowdfund Worcestershire, has been launched to help local organisations gain funding through Spacehive, a crowdfunding platform.

Worcestershire County Council, keen to build on the success of its Here2Help community campaign, has set up the initiative to give anyone who lives locally who might have ideas about how to improve their community the opportunity to gain much needed funding.

The Council will be working with Spacehive on the initiative and has an initial funding pot of £85,000 which they hope will at least double for the projects through the crowdfunding they will carry out themselves, with help and support along the way from Spacehive.

Councillor Lucy Hodgson, Cabinet Member with Responsibility for Communities, said: “It’s great that we’re able to continue the community spirit generated from Here 2 Help, it has proven really successful, and we must hold on to it, as we look forward to the future and the recovery phase.

“Crowdfund Worcestershire is a great way for everyone to come together and help their local communities in whatever way they can.  Working in this way means that we’re able to do a better job of offering grant funding that can be increased with support from local residents and businesses, in order to better help those who need it. Local people are best placed to understand the challenges and opportunities in their local area and this model puts them and their ideas in the driving seat.”

The first round looks to support organisations in their bid to help in the county’s recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic. The County Council is keen to hear from organisations that have project ideas which need financial backing around the following five key areas:

    • Food Poverty – predominately focused on families
    • Social isolation/befriending – looking at virtual community connections / or adapted schemes that comply with social distancing.
    • Return to work – helping people prepare for a return to work or helping them into work.
    • Maintaining our volunteering offer – helping to create a legacy of community and volunteer action post Covid-19.
    • Healthy Communities – activities to improve the health and wellbeing of your local community

Spacehive is a funding platform that brings together people, businesses, councils and foundations to collaboratively fund projects that communities want.

In addition to county wide project creators having the opportunity to pitch for the £85,000, available for ideas that support the wider county’s recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic, organisations in Malvern Hills and Wychavon will also have the chance to tap into pledges for community based transport projects.

This funding, via the same Spacehive platform, will be led by Malvern Hills and Wychavon District Councils and there’s pledges of up to £50,000 up for grabs for this first round.

Charities and local organisations are being encouraged to create a project on Spacehive and pitch for a pledge via the Crowdfund Worcestershire platform by 30th September, by clearly outlining how they may be able to help maintain progress in the above key areas.

Spacehive will lead a programme of events for anyone who is interested in learning a little bit more or might want to discuss ideas that they would like to put forward. Free online events are taking place on the 13th August and 4th September. To book a place on these events, visit https://www.spacehive.com/movement/worcs/news

To find out more information about Crowdfunding Worcestershire, please visit the https://www.spacehive.com/movement/worcs or email

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