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Warwickshire Minerals Plan Publication Consultation 2018

Warwickshire County Council is consulting on the latest version of the Minerals Plan. This stage is known as the Regulation 19 consultation and is the final public consultation before the Minerals Plan is submitted to the Planning Inspectorate for examination.

What is the Minerals Plan?

Warwickshire County Council is the Mineral Planning Authority for Warwickshire and has a statutory duty to produce the county’s Minerals Plan. This sets out the spatial strategy, allocated sites, vision, objectives and policies guiding minerals development up to 2032 and provides the framework for minerals development management, including implementation and monitoring.

Government guidance requires that Mineral Planning Authorities should plan for a steady and adequate supply of minerals including the provision of aggregates (sand and gravel and crushed rock). The Minerals Plan is the vehicle which enables this to be implemented through the allocation of minerals sites. This provides certainty to communities as to where mineral development should take place in the county. However, adopting the Plan does not grant planning permission for minerals development per se. Only an approved planning application will grant permission. Any planning application will need to cover the detailed design, layout, operation of development and mitigation measures based on detailed assessment. Local communities will be consulted on the planning application prior to determination.

A previous Regulation 19 consultation was carried out between December 2016 and February 2017. Since then, the plan requirements have significantly changed due to a fall in the most recent 10 year sales average from the Local Aggregates Assessment (LAA) 2017. Consequently, a further consultation on the plan based on the lower plan requirement for sand and gravel is required.

What can you comment on?

The purpose of this consultation is to allow further representations to be made on the Minerals Plan 2018 before submission to the Secretary of State and subsequent consideration at an examination in public.

For this consultation, you can respond to the following broad questions:

  • Is the Minerals Plan legally compliant?
  • Is the Minerals Plan sound?
  • Does it fulfil the duty to co-operate?

A Guidance Document is available with more information on what these mean and what you may wish to consider before making a representation.

For more information and to access the link to the minerals consultation portal please visit the Ask Warwickshire Minerals Plan Publication Webpage

This consultation closes at 5pm on Wednesday December 12th.

Could you benefit from the Gigabit Vouchers Scheme?

Gigabit vouchers can be used by small and medium-sized businesses, and the local communities surrounding them, to contribute to the installation cost of a gigabit capable connection.  One gigabit is the same as 1,000 megabits – so it’s a big leap forward in connection speeds that could benefit you and your business into the future.

Businesses can claim up to £3,000 against the cost of connection either individually or as part of a group project. Residents can benefit from the scheme as part of a group project, which also includes businesses, and can claim for a voucher of up to a value of £500.

Vouchers can be aggregated so that if, for example, a village or wanted to upgrade its connectivity then as long as there are businesses involved the vouchers can be pooled together to form one project covering the entire area. This would ensure best value for all concerned and would reduce costs overall.

To set up a local project it would be necessary to go through a supplier (as with single user vouchers). It is expected that the combined value of vouchers claimed by businesses in a scheme will be greater than the combined value of the residential vouchers.

The Gigabit Voucher Scheme is administered centrally by DCMS and all interface with suppliers is usually carried out on online. Not a lot of help when you have a very poor Internet connection!

In order to help those thinking of setting up a project CSW Broadband are running Gigabit Voucher Events, in partnership with some Borough and District councils. Around 60 people attended the Gigabit Voucher event in Stratford. There were 20 suppliers and partner organisations present, so that visitors had the opportunity to speak to a good range of providers about their requirements.

A further event is planned for 27thNovember in Nuneaton. It will run from 11-3 at the Town Hall on Coton Road. If you are a supplier and would like to take a stand, or just want to find out more, please contact either Matthew Bird or Chris Lawes at:

To find out more about the Gigabit Voucher Scheme visit

Superfast Broadband project October 2018 Newsletter

To read the newsletter click newsletter 18-10

Extortion Scam Alert Scam Alert

Tanworth in Arden Parish Council End of WW1 Centenary Commemoration – The Tommy Trail


Opening service Friday 26th October 12.00 noon at the War Memorial Tanworth Village Green

Followed by tea and cakes at Tanworth Village Hall- Do come and join us

Six  Tommy Silhouettes will be also seated at locations around the Parish :

  • Earlswood Village Hall
  • Earlswood Leisure Park – Malthouse Lane
  • Corner of Springbrook Lane and The Common
  • Outside Tanworth Village Hall
  • The War Memorial – Tanworth Village Green
  • St Mary Magdalene Church

There is a prize draw for a family ticket to Umberslade Farm Park. To enter take a photograph with each silhouette and then email the photos to the Parish Council office –

Names will be entered for the draw which will take place on Thursday 15th November 2018 at the Parish Council meeting.

It’s Flicking Blue Murder…….

Keep Britain tidy as launched a new national campaign – #BinTheButt – to stamp out cigarette litter, which causes significant damage to marine life.

Theycalling on smokers across the UK to rethink how they dispose of their cigarettes, as research* reveals that only half (53%) of Brits think that cigarette butts get washed into the sea if they get dropped, blown or washed down the drain.

Dropped cigarette butts are the most common form of littering, and just under four in ten (39%) smokers – equivalent to 3.6 million in the UK1 – admit to throwing a cigarette butt down a drain within the past month. However, one in ten (11%) do not even consider cigarette butts to be litter.

This research, made possible thanks to support from players of People’s Postcode Lottery, was carried out for Keep Britain Tidy by YouGov.

Only just over a third (38%) of smokers thought that cigarettes contain plastic, yet nearly four out of five (77%) smokers were concerned that the toxins from their cigarettes cause significant harm to marine life. Cigarette filters are comprised of thousands of chemical ingredients, including arsenic, lead and nicotine, all of which can leak into marine environments. In fact, studies have shown that just one cigarette butt per litre of water is highly toxic to fish2.

More than a fifth (22%) of Brits thought putting a cigarette down the drain was acceptable, which rose sharply to over half (52%) among smokers who smoke every day.

The research also showed that over a third of daily smokers (33%) thought that cigarette butts that get dropped down the drain were filtered out through the water treatment system, 8% thought they remained in the drains and 10% thought butts were biodegradable.

They are tackling the problem with their  new campaign,  to raise awareness amongst smokers and highlight the link between the cigarette butt they drop on the street or down the drain and the impact it has on the marine environment³.

In 2017, The United Nations Development Programme described throwing cigarette butts on the ground as ‘the last socially acceptable form of littering’ and we are determined to turn the tide and make throwing your butt on the floor as socially unacceptable as ‘lighting up’ in a pub or restaurant.

To support the campaign, they  have partnered with SEA LIFE Manchester to create a dramatic underwater seascape, which brings to life the impact of cigarettes in our oceans. Three one-metre ‘cigarette butt’ sculptures were installed inside one of the aquariums at SEA LIFE Manchester, creating a visual representation of what happens when cigarettes are littered in drains.  See  the website for more information.


UBUS Dial-a-Ride Community Transport Service

UBUS is a dial-a-ride community transport service operating within Stratford District.

It is available to anyone in the district who struggles to access public transport due to mobility issues, health problems or who lives in an area with no, or infrequent, public transport.

UBUS will collect passengers from their door, drop them off at their destination, pick up again at the agreed point and drop off back at home.  Drivers can assist passengers to get on & off the bus and will help with up to 3 shopping bags or a trolley if necessary.  All UBUS vehicles can accommodate a wheelchair.

Depending on where residents live in the district a single journey costs between £2.10 and £3.40. Return journeys from £4.20 to £6.80.   Residents living in an Orbit property are eligible for a 60p discount on their journey.

Sadly, bus passes are not accepted and travel can only be within the district so, for example, trips to Redditch and Solihull are not permitted.  It is available weekdays only.  Passengers can only travel between 9:30am and 2:30pm.

Journeys need to be booked in advance.   You can book up to seven days before you need to travel.

UBUS can be used to visit friends, attend social groups, leisure activities or go shopping.  It cannot be used to attend medical appointments.

To book call 01789 264491.

The number is much in demand at certain times of the day so you may be asked to leave a telephone number or need to call back if you prefer.


CSW Broadband News

Click on the link for the September Broadband Newsletter newsletter 18-09

Flicks in the Sticks Season 2018/19

Earlswood Village Hall Doors/Bar open from 7pm.

Admission: £4 members, £5 non-members.

21stSept.            Finding Your Feet

19thOct.             Suffragette

16thNov.             Darkest Hour

21stDec.             Hampstead

18thJan.              Victoria & Abdul

15thFeb.             A Street Cat named Bob

15thMarch          The Book Thief

19thApril             The Post

26thApril             The Greatest Showman


Scrap collectors, wheelie bins and nuisance phone calls

Scrap collectors

Anyone going door to door asking for, or collecting scrap from the roadside must have a Licence issued by the Local Authority. This Licence must be displayed in the vehicle so it can be easily read. If you have any scrap we advise that you contact a local Licenced Collector who will normally pick up for free depending on what the items are. A quick search on Social Media or the Internet will find the help you need. Unfortunately unlicensed collectors will sometimes go onto private land to look for items to take, often resulting in items being stolen. If you see a suspicious vehicle and / or people that appear to be looking for scrap, please report to Police on 101 with a description and the registration number of the vehicle.

Prevent theft of your wheelie bins

Here are a few tips on keeping them secure:-

  • Mark them with your postcode and house number. Other decorations on the side that make them easily recognisable are allowed.
  • Chain them together and to something secure when not being collected.
  • Bring them back in as soon after collection as possible. If you are unable to do this see if a neighbour or other trusted person would help.

Nuisance Phone Calls

Unsolicited nuisance phone calls from call centres and from those with a criminal intent are still a problem. Callers purporting to be from BT, Microsoft and HMRC are just some of the scams that we have heard of. These callers are trying to get your personal information, or are asking for payment to solve non-existent problems. There are a few ways that can prevent these calls getting through including Call-blockers and Caller ID screens. For further information on how you can prevent these calls check out the Internet or contact your phone provider. Here are some useful websites.