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SuSuperfast Broadband Project Update September 2017

Click on the link below to read the project update for September 2017

newsletter 17-09 – Contract 3

 

Live Jazz Supper Evening at Earlswood Village Hall

See the attached flyer for our first fund raising evening of the Autumn 2017 session.

Promises to be a cracking evening – £10 p p including hot supper – hope you can join us.

Fiddlebop

September Community Forum cancelled

The Community Forum which was to be held in Studley on Thursday 14th. September 2017 has been CANCELLED.

We will let you know when the new date is scheduled.

Thank you to all who have been voting for the police priorities for the Community Forum. We have asked that those votes are retained for the next meeting.

Best wishes,

Jenny Buckley

Aggravated car related burglary - hand over your keys

If you are the victim of aggravated burglary which is car related, current police advice is to hand over your car keys.
Nobody wants to do this of course but we have had an incident where car thieves broke into an occupied house, causing extensive damage and injury to the occupants.  They wanted the car parked on the driveway and were prepared to use brute force and a knife to get the keys.
Rather than risk injury, should you be in this situation, all advice is to hand over your keys and hopefully avoid any injury to yourselves.
If you have a BMW/Audi or other sports vehicle then please put it in your garage out of sight if you can.  This was a frightening experience for those involved and while we do not want to panic people being prepared is best.
They are not interested in older or modest family cars so most of us won’t be affected but for those who are then we hope this advice will be timely.

Right Service, First Time - Is it the police you need?

Has an offence been committed? Is my complaint a police matter? These are some of these questions which have been addressed on the website  https://www.warwickshire.police.uk/RSFT

If it is not the responsibility of the police they  would like to help by directing you to the right partner agency who will be able to assist you. If you are unable to find the answer to your query on the website, you can continue to look for advice by clicking on this link  https://www.askthe.police.uk/content/@1.htm  or, alternatively, if you need to speak to the police about the matter contact us on the non-emergency number 101.

Crime Prevention Advice from the local police

We have seen a number of social media reports of incidents on the main roads from Redditch into Alcester relating to what people are calling ‘Crash for Cash’ accidents.

Definition: to stage or deliberately cause a road traffic collision solely for the purpose of financial gain.   The following information is taken from the Insurance Fraud Bureau website. Follow this link for more information:- https://www.insurancefraudbureau.org/insurance-fraud/crash-for-cash/     “Costing around £340m a year, ‘Crash for Cash’ scams are run by fraudsters who manufacture collisions, sometimes with innocent road users, hoping to profit from fraudulent insurance claims. With claims from a single collision potentially worth tens of thousands of pounds, organised fraudsters are orchestrating scams that involve multiple collisions and can be worth millions of pounds.”

Identifying a ‘Crash for Cash’ scam.  There are 3 different types of scam – Staged Accidents, Induced Accidents and Ghost Accidents.

Tell-tale signs that you’ve been in a Crash for Cash scam:

  • •The other driver is far too calm for someone that’s been involved in a car accident
  • •They have already written down their insurance details before the accident happened
  • •Any injuries appear to be completely at odds with the force of the impact

What to do if you think you’ve been targeted:

  • •Note as much information as you can about the event, the driver, any passengers and the circumstances
  • •Take photos of the incident, if you are able and it is safe to do so.
  • •Call the police and report your suspicions
  • •Call the IFB’s Cheatline on 0800 422 0421 – your information may help us connect your accident to a wider, organised scam

Home and Garden security

Most victims of burglary are concerned that they have been specifically targeted or watched for a period of time prior to their burglary, to determine what their movements are. However, most burglaries are opportunistic. Burglars choose houses that:

  • •have little or no obvious security
  • •appear unoccupied
  • •have easy, unobserved access to the side and rear
  • •provide them with the chance to gain entry without being seen or heard

So it is possible to dramatically reduce burglaries by taking simple security measures to deter burglars and remove some of the opportunities that present themselves as easy targets. The best way to approach your home security is to start from the boundaries and work your way into the centre, treating each area as a layer, until you reach the targeted contents. This is known as the ‘onion peeling principle’.

Although the layers differ for each household, generally they can be broken down as follows:  Follow the links for further information on our website.

•Boundaries              https://www.warwickshire.police.uk/Boundaries

•Outbuildings           https://www.warwickshire.police.uk/article/5381/Outbuildings

•Buildings                 https://www.warwickshire.police.uk/article/5382/Buildings

•Contents                  https://www.warwickshire.police.uk/article/5383/Contents

 

Earlswood Wildlife Partnership Newsletter

Latest newsletter for the Earlswood Wildlife Partnership with details of forthcoming events

Earlswood Wildlife Partnership – Newsletter 25

Be aware of opportunistic thieves

There have been reports of males on motorcycles cruising around our area and taking advantage of open doors etc. to steal whatever is to hand.
In Valley Road on Tuesday 4th July, two men broke into a house and, after searching, stole various items including the car. This was at 17:30  in daylight. They made off on a motorbike, so a quick escape.

There were also reports about a black car, later committing a burglary on The Common.
It is tempting in this lovely hot weather to open up our houses but please be aware of opportunistic thieves, they want to get in and out quickly. Don’t make it easy for them. 
Please report any suspicious activity, be it motorbikes cruising around or cars doing the same. 
Phone 101, ask for Warwickshire Police and report what you have seen. If there is a crime in progress  phone 999.

P3 Your local advice centre in Stratford

P3 YOUR LOCAL DROP IN SERVICE IN STRATFORD-UPON-AVON

We can help you with:

• Benefits • Health
• Housing • Other related issues • Money management

1pm – 4pm Every Monday (except Bank Holidays)

WHERE TO FIND US:

Tyler House, Tyler Street, Stratford-upon-Avon, CV37 6TY

We want to improve the quality of people’s lives by promoting independence and encouraging people to build on their existing strengths.

We offer a range of support through 1-1 appointments, community drop in sessions and telephone support. If you or someone you know could bene t from this support then please get in touch.

Please note that this service is for 25+ only.

FOR MORE INFORMATION

Call: 01789 336279

Email: warks@p3charity.org
Follow us on Twitter : @P3Warwickshire Or visit our website: www.p3charity.org

CPRE Campaign against building in the Green Belt

The CPRE has issued the following press release about building in the Green Belt:

 

Monday, 3rd July, 2017

PRESS RELEASE

MORE GREEN BELT BEING LOST WITHOUT TACKLING HOUSING CRISIS

425,000 houses now planned for Green Belt, of which more than 70% are unaffordable

The Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) today reveals a significant increase in houses planned for the Green Belt, and yet most of these houses will be unaffordable to those who need them.

Based on local and city-regional planning policies and new data from planning consultants Glenigan [1], CPRE’s annual Green Belt Under Siege report shows that more than 70% of houses proposed for development are not expected to be ‘affordable’ [2]. It also demonstrates that just 16% of houses built on Green Belt land since 2009 outside local plans were classed as ‘affordable’ [3].

In total, 425,000 houses are now planned for Green Belt land. This is an increase of 54% on March 2016, and the biggest year-on-year increase in building proposed in the Green Belt for two decades [4]. Green Belt in the North West, West Midlands and South East is under particular pressure.

urthermore, Government funds are handsomely rewarding the development of Green Belt land the Government supposedly promised to protect, but without delivering the much-needed affordable homes the funds were designed to encourage. CPRE estimates suggest that the Government’s New Homes Bonus initiative will reward councils with £2.4 billion for the proposed 425,000 new homes [5]. CPRE recognises the urgent need for new homes. It recently illustrated that rural affordable housing provision is in steep decline, exacerbating an already stark affordable housing shortage [6]. CPRE believes that Government should help councils build again and help fund genuinely affordable homes, including on small rural sites.

 

Tom Fyans, director of campaigns and policy at the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE):

“As we engage in a much-needed debate about the type, tenure and quality of housing local communities need, it is important to look at what housing is currently being planned and where it is being delivered.

“Green Belt is being lost at an ever faster rate, yet the type of housing being built now or in the future will do very little to address the affordable housing crisis faced by many families and young people. We must not be the generation that sells off our precious Green Belt in the mistaken belief it will help improve the affordability of housing. The only ones set to benefit from future Green Belt development will be landowners and the big housebuilders, not communities in need of decent, affordable housing.

Protecting the Green Belt is part of, not a barrier to, solving the housing crisis. It encourages us to focus on the 1 million plus homes we can build on suitable brownfield sites, and avoid the environmental costs of urban sprawl. The Green Belt makes our towns and cities better places to live. It provides quick access to the countryside. The Government must do more to protect it.” [7]

While the Conservative manifesto pledged to ‘maintain the existing strong protections on designated land like the Green Belt’, recent proposals in the Government’s Housing White Paper could prompt further Green Belt loss [8]. Under the plans, local authorities could be expected to review Green Belt boundaries every five years, and allocate more land for development if developers fail to build at the required speed [9].

Councils are expected to consider environmental and planning designations, such as Green Belt, when calculating their housing targets, yet many have chosen to ignore this requirement. The release of Green Belt is most often justified by ‘exceptional circumstances’.

Green Belt was first designated in 1955 to prevent urban sprawl [10]. A poll marking the Green Belt’s 60th anniversary demonstrated its widespread support amongst the public [11].