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Quiz Evening 23 February

Earlswood Village Hall, Shutt Lane, Earlswood, Friday 23rd February 2018 – starting 7.30pm (doors open from 7pm)
Teams of six, if you do not have six in your team, don’t worry – all will be sorted on the evening
All funds go towards the Earlswood Lakes Fundraising Committee (ELF), who raise funds for the benefit of the local
Tickets are £7.50 each or a family ticket for 2 adults and 2 young people £25.00 and include a fish and chip supper.  Veggie burgers also available.  Raffle and reasonably priced bar, so no need to bring your own.  Prizes for the winning team.
Tickets available on 01564 702145.

Better internet security in two minutes

A message from Action Fraud

Domain Name Systems (DNS) are like public phone books for the web. They are the reason you only need to remember a website’’s name and not its IP address (think of these as phone numbers for computers). When you type “” into a browser, a DNS service translates that into the associated IP address ( for you.

Imagine a phone book that automatically filters and removes phone numbers known to be used for fraud. That’s what Quad9 does for websites. Quad9 provides an automated way to protect yourself and your business by blocking access to known malicious websites, like phishing sites designed to steal personal or banking details.

Quad9 checks the website to determine if it’s malicious.

Visit for a step-by-step guide on how to improve your online security in two minutes.

Vacancies for two parish councillors to be filled by co-option



The Senior Electoral Officer of Stratford District Council has confirmed that the regulation 10

requests from electors have not been fulfilled and the Council can now fill the casual vacancies by co-option.

NOTICE is hereby given that pursuant to Rule 8 of the Local Elections (Parishes and Communities) Rule 1986

the council will fill the casual vacancy by co-option.

Provided a person is 18 years of age or older on the day they become nominated for election and also satisfies at

least ONE of the following they may apply:

  • They are registered as a local Government elector for the parish
  • They have during the whole of the preceding twelve months occupied as owner or tenant, any land or premises in the parish.
  • Their principal place of work during the preceding 12 months have been in the parish
  • They have during the whole of the preceding 12 months resided in the parish or within 4.8km (3 miles) of it.

The council may co-opt any person who is legally qualified to hold such office, and who is willing to serve provided they are a British citizen, or a citizen of the Commonwealth or the European Union, and are neither the subject of a bankruptcy restriction order or interim order or have, within five years before the day of the election, been convicted in the United Kingdom of any offence and have had a prison sentence (whether suspended or not) for a period of over three months without the option of a fine.

The Parish Council meets on the first and third Thursday of each month. If you would like any further information please call the Parish Clerk on 01564 703 200 or e-mail

Julie White

Parish Clerk

National Fraud Survey

The Neighbourhood Watch Network wants to learn more about people’s experience of fraud and the support available to victims.
Can you spare two minutes to take part in their national survey ?

All results are completely anonymous and will help them understand how Neighbourhood Watch can improve the support offered to victims of fraud.

Click on the link below to take the survey.  

Please note the survey will close on Wednesday 10th January 2018.

Planned upgrade to the M42/M40 interchange

Highways England plans to improve the M40 and M42 motorways between M42 Junction 3 and 4 and M40 J16 by making them smart motorways. The work should start by March 2020. More information


Superfast broadband -cabinet 3 is now live

We are delighted to advise you that all the hard work has paid off and that superfast broadband is now available in parts of Earlswood. Cabinet Earlswood 3 has been upgraded, meaning that properties connected to the upgraded cabinet may now be able to order the improved service.

For residents to check which cabinet they are connected to and what speeds they might achieve, they should visit For the best results they will need to be able to enter a BT landline number for the property. If they do not have this then they can use their address, but it may be less accurate. It should be noted that customers are not restricted to buying a service from BT and that can go to any Internet Service Provider (ISP).

There are a number of different Internet Service Providers (ISPs), and it is best to check carefully as there are a wide range of packages available, with some including telephone calls and even TV options. Websites like and Broadband Genie can give free, impartial advice on cheap broadband dealsand provide information on which packages might be best for specific needs.

The ‘About Broadband’ section on the CSW Broadband website has lots of information about Internet Service Providers, a very useful jargon buster to help people to get through the sometimes baffling terms surrounding broadband, and lots of self-help guides so that users can get the most from the new, improved service.


Finalised Neighbourhood Development Plan (NDP) is on the horizon in January 2018

The parish council is now reviewing the final NDP consultation document, which has been prepared primarily by Mike Saunders and Jonathan Ashcroft. After this review and agreement by the parish council, it is intended to consult all parishioners as to the content. The results of this consultation will form the basis of the NDP which will then be annexed to Stratford District’s Core Strategy.

Briefly, once the NDP is prepared, it will be put to a referendum of everyone in the parish. If it passes, it will be inspected and then adopted by Stratford District Council (SDC) and sit as a part of their planning “Core Strategy” document which determines the planning requirements of the District up until 2031.

The NDP, once adopted, will have a strong influence on the quantity and quality of planning decisions taken as SDC will then have to take the preferences stated in the parish NDP into account when taking any decision.

Although the whole parish is within the Green Belt, SDC has identified three Local Service Villages (LSVs) [Earlswood, Tanworth and Wood End] where the scale, communication routes and support services are sufficiently developed that they can sustain further development. Each village now has a “Built Up Area Boundary” {BUAB) within which development can take place. Because it’s all in the Green Belt, development is much more restricted than the parishes in the south of the SDC area.

The most likely developments will come from “limited infill”.   However, the consultation NDP has identified 3 sites where developments of a much larger scale could take place. One is in Earlswood, one in Tanworth and one in Wood End.

The Draft NDP has identified Earlswood village centre as a potential site for improving the crossroads and increasing the parking behind the shops. This will obviously have to be paid for and the quid pro quo for this would be to develop a couple of fields behind the shops – probably 100ish houses in order for it to pay for the redevelopment around the crossroads.

The Residents’ Association believes that this will be on a scale that will totally alter the village. Part of the reason for identifying this as a potential development scheme is that, when the NDP process was inaugurated 6 years ago, there was a requirement for NDPs to identify potential development sites within their respective areas. However, as the process has matured, things have become clearer and we now believe that there is no requirement to identify any future development sites if we don’t want to. We also understand that there is now a requirement for the affected landowners of any potential future development sites to have given their agreement to make the land available for such developments. No such undertakings have been given in this instance.

This is by far and away the most contentious issue for residents of Earlswood to consider in the consultation NDP. If the consultation is in favour of it, it will be an integral part of the NDP. However, if the consultation produces a rejection of it, we need to ensure that it is removed in its entirety as reference to it may come back to haunt us in the future. Rejection and removal is the Residents’ Association preferred option but you should reach your own opinion based on the available information.

It is of the utmost importance that everyone considers what development they want in the village in future and attend a consultation meeting when they are announced (expected to be early 2018). It will be in the interest of everyone that the village has made its preferences known at the consultation stage as the NDP will be based on these decisions and a vote will be taken by all voting age parishioners to adopt or reject it. Rejection will add large amounts of work for the volunteers who have spent the last few years researching and preparing it. We believe that we will be better served by having a NDP, as we will have some say as to how development is shaped in future. If we don’t have a NDP, planning decisions will be solely down to SDC Planning Dept.

Further information can be obtained from Julie White, the Clerk to the Parish, at the parish council office behind the Village Hall or by phone on 703200. There will also be information available on the parish council website following the NDP links. We will also post information on this website  as we receive it, however, it may not be complete and it may give our preferred position on some sections.

Public meetings will be held so please look for info on these. It is vital that you have your say on this document. We will get the dates of public meetings out as soon as we have them.

Never to trust texts or calls from banks asking you call them on a specific number about a problem

I know we are all very savvy but there was a worrying story in the Guardian
newspaper recently warning never to trust texts or calls from banks (however
trustworthy they appear) that urge us to use a specific telephone number to
dial about a problem.

The scammers may say or text there has been what they think is a large
withdrawal or some mistaken transaction. We need to contact the bank’s fraud

The answer is always phone the bank back on a known number such as that
given on the back of a debit or credit card.  Never use the one the
fraudsters suggest and always check the telephone line has disconnected
before dialling any number after a call to you.  Perhaps dial another number
first before the bank to clear the line.

The Guardian says this scam could happen because a third party like Uber may
have been hacked giving access to name, telephone number, address and part
of debit or credit card number.

Of course, none of us would ever fall for a trick like that.

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