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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


We can help you with:

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

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


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.


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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



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].


Superfast Broadband Project Update June 2017

newsletter 17-06 – Wave 7

Views of Rural Residents Wanted

As the dust settles on the recent election, Rural England are keen to find out what the key issues are that matter to people in rural areas.  Supported by the Rural Services Network, Rural England have commissioned a short survey with CCRI.

It is vitally important to hear your opinions and experience of life in rural England so that we can start to shape a new agenda for the countryside.

You should complete this survey individually. If there is more than one person in your household, please encourage them to also complete the survey as their opinions may differ. We would also request that only people aged 15 or over complete the survey.

As a thank you for completing the survey, RSN are kindly offering an Amazon voucher worth £10 to 10 lucky respondents chosen at random. The survey will close on 23rd July.

You can complete the survey here .


Form for reporting incidents of anti social behaviour

Incident diaries have been distributed relevant local residents to help us establish the level of anti social behaviour we experience in our locality. A copy of the form and explanatory letter are available via the the links below. Please feel free to download and complete.

Dear Resident Incident Diaries 2017

Incident Diary for Collection 2017

Superfast Broadband Project Update May 2017

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May Newsletter

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Superfast Broadband project update April 2017

Click on this link newsletter 17-04 to read the newsletter

Join us for a Lakes clean up

Keep Earlswood Lakes looking their best.

We are looking for more volunteers to join our group. In order to keep the Lakes clean and tidy, a loyal band of volunteers
remove the rubbish that is left behind by users of the lakes.  See the photos of our last clean below:


We need more people to come forward.  Now, it’s not always fun as we go out in all weathers but sometimes it is beautiful
weather and there is a lot of satisfaction to be gained from doing this worthwhile task.

It’s a friendly group and we need to expand. If you live nearby, or visit the Lakes regularly, you might consider getting in touch.

The Canal and River Trust supports us, provide equipment and insurance cover.

It’s a great opportunity for families to get out together and young people do enjoy themselves.

We start at 10.00am on certain Sunday mornings, usually doing around 2 hours.  We meet in Malthouse Lane car park.

Our next clean up is on Sunday 7th May 2017.

Give it a go, just turn up if you like but even better, contact Jenny on 01564703695 or

You will then be contacted before each date and also contacted should it be cancelled for any reason.

Good for your health, spirits and that halo!  Sunday lunch will taste even better after a session cleaning up.

Best wishes,

Jenny B.