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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.

 

Superfast broadband project July Newsletter

To read the latest newsletter  click newsletter 18-06

Could you be a school governor?

One of the great advantages that Tanworth School & Nursery has enjoyed is the extent to which people in our local community, not necessarily connected with the school or Church, have been willing to serve as governors and thereby help the Headteacher and her staff provide the very best education for our children.

Some of our governors are parents who, despite all the demands of having a young family and, usually, full-time jobs, are prepared to give up their precious time to bring their unique perspective to running our school and nursery.  Other governors have an education background and are able to use that experience to help shape and monitor the learning that we offer.

Equally important are those who can bring a strong business background and experience to the governor role.  These have typically been experienced business professionals who have perhaps recently retired or are reaching the end of their full-time careers but are keen to offer their knowledge and experience to help with the financial and business management of the school and nursery.  This is essential if we are to allow the headteacher and her staff to focus on helping our children to learn and achieve their best.

At present we would be very interested to hear from anyone with a business background, particularly in commercial accounting or financial management, or in buildings and asset management, either from the private or public sector, who would consider becoming a school governor. 

If this is something that you think that you might be interested in please give me a call on 07891 432881 or e-mail me at perks_robert@hotmail.co.uk.

Bob Perks

Chair of Governing Board   

Earlswood Lakes Update

Update from Ian Lane – Acting Regional Director – West Midlands Canal and River Trust

21 June

Emergency Dam Repairs

The general investigation will commence w/c 25/6/18 to investigate the mechanisms of the slip – this is being managed through the Canal and River Trust geotechnical team & Arcadis. They’ve given an estimate of 4-6 weeks for the production of a site report, which will inform the design – so potentially on site in mid-August.

Lady Lane Embankment Emergency Repairs

Design works are ongoing, hopefully on site for the repairs in mid to late July.

Windmill Pool Valve Repairs

The plan is still to dewater Engine Pool & balance the two pools prior to valve repair works in October.

 

Affordable housing handover at Long Compton

Having been involved every step of the way, local councillors have given the thumbs up to Warwickshire Rural Housing Association’s new development in Long Compton.

Parish Councillor Janet Blackwell and Council Clerk, Elizabeth Gilkes, who have attended all the site meetings, along with Renata Mosz, District Housing Enabler from Stratford-on-Avon District Council and Sarah Brooke-Taylor, Rural Housing Enabler at Warwickshire Rural Community Council (WRCC), were invited to view the brand new homes which have been developed at Weston Court.

Five homes for affordable rent and four for local market sale have been completed, with a mix of houses and bungalows to meet local need.  All are being offered to people with a local connection to Long Compton and the adjoining parishes.

WRHA Development Officer, Neil Gilliver, said: “The Long Compton scheme has been truly community led from start to finish.

“The Parish Council has shaped the entire development and given its full support throughout the build.  It seemed fitting to invite the councillors to be the first to view the new homes which will make a big difference to their parishioners.”