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The Lakes – Complaints

If you wish to register a complaint about any activities that you perceive to be inappropriate around the Lakes at this time, please read the following as it will direct you to the correct recipient.

Parking

This is covered by Warwickshire County Council. 

They have advised us, on 21 May 2020, as follows:

“Following government guidance, Warwickshire County Council has scaled back parking enforcement to concentrate exclusively on dangerous or obstructive parking.

Civil Enforcement Officers (CEOs) are continuing to patrol, while following government guidance on social distancing but will only take enforcement action against badly parked vehicles which prevent access for emergency services and other critical support teams.  The Council is also working with the emergency services to focus patrols around key areas such as hospitals, ambulance and fire stations, while maintaining a presence in towns and residential areas to help motorists find a safe place to park. It is recognised that home-working may be placing an additional strain on parking.”

It is clear, form this, that they are not in a position to perform their whole range of statutory duties at present, as we start to relax lockdown.  Hopefully, they will start to get back to normal as the situation changes.  Please keep an eye on the following web page for updated info: http://news.warwickshire.gov.uk/blog/2020/04/04/warwickshire-county-council-updates-parking-guidance/

Parking where vehicles are left causing dangers and obstructions

This is covered by the Police:

For assistance with a vehicle which is parked causing an obstruction you may wish to contact the Police who have powers to take appropriate action.  The Police have the authority as the Highway Code states “You MUST NOT leave your vehicle or trailer in a dangerous position or where it causes any unnecessary obstruction of the road. [Laws CSDPA sect 21 & RTRA sects 5 & 8]”.  In such a case they may issue a Fixed Penalty Notice or arrange removal/relocation of the vehicle. 

We have been advised by the police to register complaints by phoning 101

Anti-social behaviour including social distancing, cycling, night fishing, etc

These issues are dealt with by Canal and River Trust (CRT):

Please do not contact any individual at CRT directly but email  enquiries.westmidlands@canalrivertrust.org.uk  We have been asked to use this address as your query will then be directed to correct department within CRT, allowing for it to be dealt with quickly.

Other points:

If you see a situation that you feel is unreasonable do not get involved in it to the point where it becomes a danger to your wellbeing.  Leave and report it.  If you can take photos without exacerbating the position, that would be helpful.  If you can time and date stamp the photos, that would be even better.  On both Android and iPhone devices, you can download an app that can be set to automatically time and date stamp your photos. 

If you contact the above organisations for any of the above reasons, can you please copy the RA in so that we can keep track of what’s going on, as we are in contact with CRT and the Police regularly:  chair@earlswood-forshawheath.org.uk

21/05/2020

Coronavirus Help & Advice Update 6 May

The letter below has been delivered to all accessible households in Earlswood and Forshaw Heath. We hope you find it useful. It was updated on 6 May.

Coronavirus Update 26/05/2020

  • Councils told secondary schools on Monday that they do not have to reopen to students on June 15, going against Boris Johnson’s wishes. On Sunday, Mr Johnson announced that Year 10 and 12 students would receive some contact time with teachers before the summer holidays in order to help them prepare for GCSE and A-level exams in the next academic year. But councils have repeated their opposition to Whitehall imposing start dates on schools in their areas, warning that students could be put at risk if they are brought back to the classroom too soon.
  • Responding to the Prime Minister’s announcement that retailers will be able to begin reopening all non-essential shops from June 15th, Helen Dickinson, chief executive of the British Retail Consortium, said: “We welcome the announcement of the Government’s road map for reopening a broader range of shops next month, which provides much needed clarity on the route ahead.”
  • Mr Johnson says these steps will only be successful if people continue to follow the rules and:
    •     Wash their hands
    •     Keep social distancing
    •     Isolate if they have symptoms and get a test
  • Mr Johnson says that he wants to give the retail sector “notice on our intention to re-open shops so they too can get ready. So I can announce that is our intention to allow outdoor markets to re-open from June 1…as well as car showrooms, which often have significant outdoor space where it is easier to apply social distancing,” he says.
  • In the glorious sunshine of Britain’s most popular beaches, lockdown no longer seemed to exist. As temperatures hit 25 degrees on Bank Holiday Monday, Britons packed picnics and travelled to beauty spots in their droves in order to enjoy the weather with their families.
  • Dominic Cummings has been accused of making a “mockery” of healthcare planning by travelling to Durham with his family during lockdown. Professor Jackie Cassell, deputy dean of the Brighton and Sussex Medical School, said the rules were very clear that people should not leave major cities to go to second homes in rural areas.
  • ITV’s Joe Pike is reporting that opposition groups are meeting tomorrow to discuss their next steps over the Dominic Cummings saga.
  • Ireland has reported no new coronavirus deaths for the first time since March, official figures show but NHS England has announced 59 new deaths of people who tested positive for Covid-19, bringing the total number of confirmed reported deaths in hospitals in England to 25,750.
  • Between 5 and 6 per cent of the British population had been infected with Covid-19 by the last third of April, according to a study from the University of St Andrews. The number is far lower than the 25 per cent predicted by researchers at the University of Manchester, who used local authority data to calculate the R-value within each authority area.
  • Known UK cases stand at 261,184 and deaths at 36,914 currently.

Smiles Better

  • A bride-to-be was walked down a supermarket aisle rather than a church aisle as her wedding was postponed due to the pandemic. Colleagues of Mandy Hamling, 42, decked out the Asda store in Leckwith, Cardiff, with balloons and banners to mark what would have been her big day with fiancé Michael Shire, 43.

26/05/2020

Coronavirus Update 25/05/2020

  • Boris Johnson stepped in to protect Dominic Cummings on Sunday night in a move which caused alarm among some members of the Cabinet. The Prime insisting he had “acted responsibly and legally and with integrity”. Cabinet colleagues, however, expressed fear that the move risked “seriously undermining” the Government’s lockdown strategy. Some even suggested the support for Mr Cummings could cost lives because the public will use it as justification for ignoring social distancing.
  • A modified track and trace system to be announced this week will be entirely reliant on the public handing over key personal data to call centre workers, amid warnings it will prompt a slew of phishing scams. The system will not involve the app but will instead require medical professionals to call those tested for coronavirus and ask them to provide the names and contact details of everyone they have spent any time with in previous days. But privacy and data protection experts said it would need the public’s full confidence if they were to be expected to divulge such information to a stranger on the phone, warning that such trust was currently lacking.
  • Cyclists should be “presumed” innocent in any road accident to help encourage more people to ride to work after lockdown, says former Olympic champion and cycling tsar Chris Boardman. Mr Boardman, a former world record holder and now Manchester’s first cycling commissioner, said Britain was one of only five countries in Europe that still placed the burden on a cyclist to prove a driver was at fault if they sought to sue. He urged the Government to change law to introduce “presumed liability” under which any road accident would be presumed to be the fault of the car, bus or lorry driver unless they could prove otherwise.
  • A council has apologised after giving a Michelin starred chef a child labour warning after he posted photographs of his family making free meals for the NHS. Andrew Pern, 50, who runs The Star Inn the City and Mr P’s Curious Tavern in York, was featured on the television after he and his children, aged 15 and 21, spent their free time cooking the dinners. Despite the fact the charity work was done in their own home and not on his restaurant premises, the council sent him a letter warning of child labour.
  • Jaguar Land Rover is reportedly seeking state support as car sales have collapsed under the lockdown. The high-end car maker could need more than £1bn of aid, Sky News reported, to help it bridge the slump in sales. Factories have gone back to work, but showrooms have yet to reopen meaning manufacturers face growing costs but limited revenues.
  • As Britain eyes an end to lockdown, one area is creating a particular headache for public health officials, scientists and politicians: Wales, and especially the old mining communities. The country has proportionally almost twice the number of cases as the rest of the UK while mortality rates in and around the Rhondda Valley have also been among the very highest in the country.
  • Amazon is selling hundreds of products that make bogus claims to shield consumers from 5G mobile signals, despite warnings from watchdogs that there is no evidence such devices work. In some cases, such “shields” have been found to interfere with a phone’s signal, causing it to use more power to communicate with the base station and possibly emit more radiation.
  • Known UK cases stand at 259,559 and deaths at 36,793 currently.

Smiles Better

  • The traditional English fried breakfast has staged a comeback as soaring numbers of stay-at-home Britons are enjoying tucking into a fry-up once again, according to a new report.  The latest data suggests the number of cooked breakfasts served at home has almost doubled as those locked down in their homes have reignited their love affair with the traditional full English.
  • Museums are considering exhibits children can smell rather than touch to adhere to new safety rules to prevent the spread of coronavirus. Instead of the standard hands-on displays which would be easily contaminated and impractical to clean, curious young visitors could more safely be immersed in scent.

25/05/2020

Coronavirus Update 24/05/2020

  • More than 54,000 people in the UK have lost their lives as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. Severe outbreaks have now been seen in almost every region of England, as the virus spread more widely than in countries which locked down earlier. As coronavirus subsides across the continent,  the UK excess death toll during the Covid-19 crisis is now one of the highest in Europe.
  • The contact tracing trial on the Isle of Wight is being undermined by people on UK mainland also downloading the technology, members of an ethics board overseeing its development have acknowledged. Sources close to the development of the Covid-19 tracking technology say the Government may now be forced to rush through a second trial before the contact tracing app is introduced in June.
  • The Government is set to miss its own target to test every care home resident, as new data shows that just six per cent of residents have had the coronavirus test in the last week. Despite the Government’s pledge to test all care home residents, new data estimates that only 6% of care home residents were tested in the last week.
  • Diabetics could be forced to shield at home against Covid-19 following a review by government scientists after it emerged sufferers are at significantly greater risk of dying if they catch the virus. Professor Peter Horby, chair of the New and Emerging Respiratory Virus Threats Advisory Group (Nervtag) advisory group, confirmed that diabetes was being considered as part of an “active review” of the most vulnerable groups. Almost one in three deaths from coronavirus in hospital had diabetes, it emerged this week, and the professor of emerging infectious Diseases and Global Health at Oxford’s Nuffield Department of Medicine is now in advanced discussions with other government advisors.
  • Lockdown caused more deaths than it saved, a Nobel laureate scientist said on Saturday, as he predicted the UK would emerge from Covid-19 within weeks. Michael Levitt, a Stanford University professor who correctly predicted the initial trajectory of the pandemic, sent messages to Professor Neil Ferguson in March telling the influential government advisor he had over-estimated the potential death toll by “10 or 12 times”.
  • Israeli researchers have developed a prototype face mask which can clean itself using electricity provided by a phone charger. The mask, developed by researchers at Technion’s Faculty of Materials Science and Engineering, uses an internal carbon fibre layer to destroy pathogens such as coronavirus which may accumulate on it. The carbon fibre layer is heated using an electrical current which can be provided by a common smartphone charging cable.
  • Shipments of horsemeat masquerading as beef have been seized across Europe as criminals take advantage of closed borders and industry shutdowns to peddle fake products.
  • Motorists whose cars breakdown face being abandoned because the independent roadside recovery industry is facing collapse due to the coronavirus lockdown, a new study has found. Research by an all party parliamentary group has found four out five rescue companies are warning they face bankruptcy in the next three months.
  • The Home Secretary confirmed that “air bridges” between Britain and other countries with a similar or lower coronavirus infection rate are expected to be brought in. Government sources said they would be rebranded as “travel corridors” because they also apply to ferries and the Channel Tunnel.
  • Known UK cases stand at 257,154 and deaths at 36,675 currently.

Smiles Better

  • Grant Shapps says the government is now looking at “creative ways” for business to safely re-open come July. He says he knows restaurants and bars want to start trading again, and the government was working with them to so people can enjoy “an outdoor summer… in a safe and responsible environment” .

24/05/2020

W.C.C. Family Information Services Newsletter

The link below will take you to the newsletter for the 22nd of May 2020

https://mailchi.mp/warwickshire/family-information-service-newsletter-information-on-covid-1190324?e=[UNIQID]

In this special edition of the Family Information Service Newsletter you will find out everything about the importance of playing in the lead up to the half-term break!

Warwickshire’s Family Information Service is here to help families, parents, carers and professionals with advice and one-to-one support on issues including family relationships, housing, parenting support, childcare, health and wellbeing and much more.

SDC’s Parish & Partner Briefing – COVID-19 Special.

Please click on the link below to view or download the latest issue of “Parish & Partner Briefing – COVID-19 Special” which has been produced by Stratford District Council.

Earlswood Wildlife Partnership

Newsletter 34 has been added to the EWP page

Earlswood Lake Sailing Club

Earlswood Lake Sailing Club has notified us that it is to “remain closed for formal sailing for the time being. There may be individuals tendering their boats but no organised sailing. Controlling movements whilst maintaining the distancing rules are complex and hard to enforce.”

17/05/2020

Lakes Update

Since the Government’s changes to the Covid-19 regulations and rules, which were implemented on Wednesday 13 May, we have been advised by CRT and the PC that the changes affecting The Lakes are:

  • Wood Lane Car Park is currently open;
  • Angling re-commenced on Wednesday, 13 May;
  • Malt House Lane car park will be opening from Saturday, 16 May. Opening hours are 08.30 to 19.00
  • The closing time alters throughout the year. Please check the notice board on arrival for the closing time.

Please note that cycling around the Lakes is still prohibited.

Warwickshire Mental Health Service Information

If you are concerned about mental health issues as a consequence of the Covid-19 outbreak, WCC has published an information leaflet that may be of help.

It can be viewed or downloaded by clicking on the link below:

https://www.warwickshire.gov.uk/downloads/file/18/warwickshire-mental-health-service-information-pdf-1-3-mb-