HRH The Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh

Whittington Parish Council are deeply saddened by the news of the death of His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh. Our thoughts are with Her Majesty The Queen and her Family at this terribly sad time. The Duke of Edinburgh visited the Infantry Junior Leaders Battalion at Park Hall Camp on 26th May 1967 and many residents will have participated in his award scheme – The Duke of Edinburgh Award.

Road Closure: Boot Street, Whittington

tart Date: 11th April 2021

End Date: 26th April 2021

Purpose: Site 415 Road Closure for Surface Dressing – Dressing Dates 11-13 April Daytime Working Lining 22-26 April Daytime Working PLEASE NOTE WORKS ARE WEATHER DEPENDENT AND DATES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE

Works Promoter:   Shropshire Council

Works Promoter Ref: UJ211SD-000415

Enforcement pattern for Boot Street, Whittington:
All the time

You can view the closure and diversion route by clicking here:  https://one.network/?tm=121810818

Should you have any queries regarding this closure, please call Customer Services on 0345 6789006, or contact the Street Works Team on streetworks@shropshire.gov.uk.

Road Closure: Former Railway Bridge to New Marton Junc, Hindford

Start Date: 28th April 2021

End Date: 30th April 2021

Purpose: Road Closure – Hydrant Renew

Works Promoter:   Severn Trent Water

Works Promoter Ref: LB9141201-000012721230

Enforcement pattern for Former Railway Bridge to New Marton Junc, Hindford:
All the time

You can view the closure and diversion route by clicking here:  https://one.network/?tm=121826106

Should you have any queries regarding this closure, please call Customer Services on 0345 6789006, or contact the Street Works Team on streetworks@shropshire.gov.uk.

Census Support In Shropshire

Census Support in Shropshire

● If you require support to complete the census you can share your access code with family and trusted friends who can complete the census on your behalf.
● During week commencing 8th March: every household will receive an information pack that includes your access code.

Online Completion
Complete the census online using your access code. Online help is available at
https://census.gov.uk/ including a Web Chat facility. The online census is compatible with Assistive technology for screen readers & magnifying technology

Telephone support
The National Contact Centre Helpline 0800 141 2021 provides 3 options:
● Option 1: automated service to request a paper form using your access code
● Option 2: listen to the answers of Frequently Asked Questions
● Option 3: speak to an adviser
● You can complete the census with a Telephone Capture service where you answers
will be completed by an adviser
● Ring 0800 587 2021 to use a translation service featuring 53 languages ( the
census can only be completed in English or Welsh
● There is a Text Relay service at 18001 0800 141 2021
● You can order a large print census form from the Contact Centre

Shropshire Library Service Census Support Centres
Unfortunately due to Covid 19 it is not currently possible to visit the centres but they will provide telephone help, telephone completion and Microsoft Teams meetings to help people complete the census. Ring these libraries for local help:
Shrewsbury: 01743 255308
Oswestry: 01743 250351
Ludlow: 01743 250010
Whitchurch: 01948 662238
Market Drayton: 01630 652105
Bridgnorth: 01746 76335

Grants for Shropshire and beyond!

SHROPSHIRE INFECTION CONTROL GRANT FUND

Shropshire Council has provided Shropshire Rural Community Council with funding to set up a one-off grant fund in order to support small charities and community groups in Shropshire to continue to deliver services to people, particularly to vulnerable people, during the pandemic.

 Funding is available to purchase personal protection equipment (PPE) to enable staff and volunteers to safely meet with people without transmission of coronavirus through the community.

How much can you apply for?  Each organisation can apply for a maximum of £500 each.

Who is eligible?  Any community organisation, charity, CIC’s or mutual aid groups operating in the ‘care sector’ in a broad sense, including those organisations working with vulnerable people (and people made vulnerable as a result of Covid-19) at a preventative level, can apply. Applicants do not have to be registered charities, but they must be a constituted group with a bank account. If your group is otherwise eligible but does not have a bank account, please contact the RCC for advice.

For more information, please click here to find out more

COVID-19 WINTER SUPPORT FUNDING AVAILABLE FOR YOUTH ORGANISATIONS IN ENGLAND
A new fund for local and national youth organisations, designed to help mitigate the impact of lost income during the winter period due to the coronavirus pandemic, is open for applications. Applications will be accepted from grassroots youth clubs, uniformed youth groups, and national youth and umbrella organisations based in England. Applicants must be one of the following:

  • A registered charity.
  • An incorporated not-for-profit organisation.
  • An incorporated Community Interest Company.

Grants are intended to cover essential business expenditure, such as staff salaries and operational costs, incurred between 1 November 2020 and 31 March 2021 that enable the organisation to remain viable, open, reopen or partially reopen, where this represents a value for money approach and where their service delivery is in line with Government COVID-19 guidance.

The following maximum levels of support are available:

  • Local organisations may request funding of up to whichever is the lower of:
    • 25% of their annual income; or
    • Deficit from November 2020 to March 2021; or
    • £250,000.
  • National organisations may request funding of up to whichever is the lower of:
    • 25% of their annual income; or
    • Deficit from November 2020 to March 2021; or
    • £2 million.

All grants must be spent by 31 March 2021.  The deadline for applications is 12 February 2021 (5pm).  Click here to find out more.

LOCAL CONNECTIONS FUND
Coming in the summer!  Grants from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) and the National Lottery Community Fund.  The budget of £2m will be split between regions according to population and the following groups are eligible to apply providing that they have an annual income of £50,000 or less: 

  • A voluntary or community organisation
  • A registered charity
  • A not-for-profit company or Community Interest Company
  • A faith group as long as the funding is not for religious activities.
  • A constituted group or club.

Parish Grants – Apply Now!

The Council is an active supporter of the community it serves and sets a budget each financial year to enable it to make small grants to assist local groups and organisations. 

Who may apply?

(a) Local Clubs / Societies / Groups / Voluntary or Charitable Groups

(b) Regional/National Charitable Bodies providing a service, which may benefit the local community.

When and how to apply?

Applications for small amounts (unlikely to exceed £100) should be submitted in writing by a responsible member of the organisation and sent to the Parish Clerk for consideration.  Applications must be received by the Clerk before the end of December for consideration at the Council meeting held in January each year.

Members judge applications on merit and approved grants will be paid after the Council’s meeting in January.

To apply – please contact the Parish Clerk for an application form – clerk@whittingtonpc.com

Community Reassurance Update from Shropshire Council – 1st December 2020

As we move into National Tier Two restrictions from Wednesday 2nd December, many of us will welcome the easing of restrictions and the chance to prepare for a very different festive season to usual. It is hearting to see the infection figures moving slowly in the right direction, and it’s reassuring to know that testing in Shropshire is readily available (details below). This week also sees a welcomed boost to business grants, a generous offer from the Shropshire Rural Communities Charity (RCC) to fund PPE for community groups, and a plea for information from The Shropshire Food Poverty Alliance.

New Covid-19 Business Grants

The second phase of Covid-19 Business Grants is now live. The additional discretionary grant fund will be awarded in three levels and will see more firms eligible for support.

Testing in Shropshire

What is available in Shropshire? Where can I go locally?

Public Health, Shropshire Council have provided Mobile Testing Units and Localised Testing Sites in our county for you to attend if you are showing signs of Coronavirus or a particularly concerned you may have it.  

Please see the following table with a description of each model and where and how you can access it:

Name of ModelWhat does this mean?Where can I go?How do I book?
Mobile Testing SiteRegional resource that are designed to be more flexible and responsive to outbreak scenarios or areas of increased positivity rates. Drive through only.FROM THE WEEKEND Newport Road Car Park Newtown, Market Drayton TF9 1JTTests can be booked for yourself or any member of your household. Residents can register by calling NHS Test and Trace on 119 or by clicking here.
Localised Testing SiteIs a community-based, walk through testing facility that can be accessed by members of the public showing symptoms of Covid-19. The test sites are placed in areas that enable the local community to access them without the need for transport (via a car or public means). This is still available as a drive through.Beatrice Street Car Park, Beatrice Street  (Old Morrisons Site)                       Oswestry                       SY11 1QWLaunched: Friday 27th November 2020 Tests can be booked for yourself or any member of your household. Residents can register by calling NHS Test and Trace on 119 or by clicking here.
Localised Testing SiteLondon Road Car Park Shrewsbury                 SY2 6NS  Tests can be booked for yourself or any member of your household. Residents can register by calling NHS Test and Trace on 119 or by clicking here.
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Shropshire RCC Infection Control Fund

Shropshire Council has provided Shropshire Rural Communities Charity (RCC) with funding to set up a one-off grant fund in order to support small charities and community groups in Shropshire to continue to deliver services to people, particularly to vulnerable people, during the pandemic. Funding is available to purchase personal protection equipment (PPE) to enable staff and volunteers to safely meet with people without transmission of coronavirus through the community. Please see attachments for more information on how to apply.

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Description automatically generatedShropshire Food Poverty Alliance – improving food security for Shropshire Children

Please help with this new project from SFPA – with 30% of children in Shropshire living in poverty, improving access to healthy food is a vital issue. The Shropshire Food Poverty Alliance is calling for evidence. We want to make a strong case for Shropshire to secure the resources to ensure children have access to food 365 days a year.   Please go to the link below to share your insights and experiences on the barriers and solutions to improving children’s food security in Shropshire.  

https://www.shropshirefoodpoverty.org.uk/childrens-food-insecurity

Concerns about business compliance to Covid-19 regulations: if there are any concerns about businesses adhering to Covid-19 regulations please email them to advicecompliance@shropshire.gov.uk

Shropshire Councils Covid-19 Helpline 0345 6789 028 – this phoneline is designed to receive enquiries and concerns associated with Covid-19, of a non-medical nature.

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2021 Census in Shropshire

The Office of National Statistics (ONS) will carry out the 2021 Census on 21st March 2021. The

Census will provide a picture of England and Wales, revealing the size and characteristics of the population and providing valuable information that will be used to inform policy development, funding allocations and future service planning. The 2021 census will be predominantly an online Census with paper forms made available to people that are unable to take part online.

Each household in Shropshire will receive a postcard during the 22nd-27th February 2021 raising awareness of the 2021 Census, followed by an initial contact pack (during the 3rd-12th March 2021) requesting each household to complete the Census questionnaire online or by requesting a paper questionnaire. A reminder phase begins after the 22nd March 2021 for non-respondents involving reminder letters and finally visits from field staff. Completing the Census is a legal requirement and as a last resort ONS have the option of taking court action against non-respondents.

Help will be available to Shropshire households via support centres located in the libraries in Shropshire’s largest six market towns (Shrewsbury, Oswestry, Bridgnorth, Market Drayton, Ludlow and Whitchurch), via online guidance, a national helpline and via trained field staff. The questionnaire can be completed using a mobile phone and during rehearsals ONS have found younger family members have frequently helped complete the questionnaire.

ONS 2021 Census plans will be responsive to the latest guidelines from central government on social distancing during the Covid-19 pandemic and so may be subject to change.

In order to ensure that the 2021 Census is as successful as possible, the ONS has recruited Roger

Belham, a long-term resident of north Shropshire, as the Census Engagement Manager (CEM) for Shropshire. Roger is tasked with ensuring that people in Shropshire are aware of the 2021 Census and that they are encouraged and supported to take part on the 21st March 2021. This will include people living in households and people resident in communal establishments such as hospitals, care homes and student halls of residence.

ONS have identified ten key population groups in Shropshire to help Roger Belham prioritise his work which are set out below. This list is not limited, and Roger will be guided by the knowledge he is gathering locally. Recognising access to broadband and the internet may be an issue in parts of rural Shropshire he is keen to ensure enough paper questionnaires are readily available.

People from minority ethnic groups including Eastern Europeans, where language may present a barrier
People whose physical / mental / learning impairment may prevent them from responding
Adults aged 80 years and overVeterans
People living in low income householdsLGBT+ community
People lacking digital skills aged 65 years and over
Transient communities such as;Bargees and continuous cruisers
Homeless and rough sleepersGypsy and traveller communities

Reaching out to these key population groups and encouraging their maximum participation in the 2021 Census is key to the success of the 2021 Census in Shropshire. To achieve this Roger Belham enthusiastic to work with town and parish council’s, voluntary / charitable organisations, community groups, businesses and other organisations throughout Shropshire to help build trust amongst Shropshire communities.

ONS recognise that the endorsement and influence of community leaders can help local people understand the value of the 2021 Census and raise awareness of where they can find help if needed. It is important local people understand that their questionnaire responses will not be shared with anyone other organisations and will be stored securely for 100 years for the benefit of future generations.

Shropshire Council is supporting ONS in delivering the 2021 Census in Shropshire in a number of ways including providing local intelligence and staff expertise, supporting Roger Belham in his community engagement work and raising awareness of recruitment opportunities.

Roger Belham is happy to present further information and respond to any questions that town and parish councillors may have. In particular he would welcome suggestions and contacts that he could pursue to further spread awareness of the 2021 Census. Roger Belham is also able to provide posters and other materials to town and parish councils upon request. Further information is available on the ONS website https://census.gov.uk/ and for recruitment https://www.censusjobs.co.uk/.

Roger Belham’s contact details are:

roger.belham12@field.census.gov.uk

07452 928132

Community Speed Watch

A Community Speed Watch Scheme is initiated in a Village when ‘speeding traffic’ has been identified as a community road safety concern by the Parish Council.

However, several criteria must be met before a scheme can be established:

  • The area must have a 30mph or 40mph speed restriction.
  • Speed data collected by the Safer Roads Partnership must show that speed levels in the area do not meet the national industry requirements for police enforcement.
  • No other enforcement activity is currently in place.
  • There must be a minimum of six volunteers in a Community Speed Watch Scheme.
  • Speed checks must be conducted by at least three volunteers at any one time.

Back in May 2019, a representative from West Mercia Police attended the Annual Parish Meeting to deliver a presentation on the Community Speed Watch Scheme, in the hope of setting one up in Whittington. Since then, the Parish Council has been advertising for volunteers to come forward and we are now happy to report that the scheme is up and running in Whittington.

Unfortunately, the Covid-19 pandemic has delayed the process and the volunteers are awaiting the training they require to be able to carry out the speed monitoring. Once lockdown restrictions are lifted and the training can take place, volunteers will be out and about around the Parish with their speeds guns!

The monitoring sites are selected by the Police and must meet stringent criteria. The sites they have identified are as follows:

1: Opposite the church by the castle.

2: Top Street on the Ellesmere Roadside

3: Either Walsham Avenue or Fitzgwarine Drive on Station Road

4: Bus stop at Babbinswood

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, please contact the Parish Council – clerk@whittingtonpc.com

Community Reassurance Update from Shropshire Council – November 2020

I hope that everyone is well and has managed to process the implications of the new lockdown in England, outlined here. As we know, a lockdown situation can make it even more challenging for vulnerable residents to access basic supplies and the risk of becoming lonely and isolated increases. I wanted to share a short PowerPoint presentation with you, which outlines the support on offer from Shropshire Council and our voluntary and community partners. Please see the attached document entitled ‘Lockdown Support Information’

Shielding Guidance – more evidence is now available about which people are more likely to become very unwell as a consequence of COVID-19 infection. As a result, the UK Chief Medical Officers have instructed that two new conditions be included in the “high risk” criteria:

These are-

  • Adult with Down’s syndrome
  • Adult with kidney impairment (Stage 5 Chronic Kidney Disease)

Full guidance associated with this the protection of clinically extremely vulnerable can be found here

We will continue to cascade relevant information and news to you as the situation develops, however, if you have specific questions concerning the pandemic then please don’t hesitate to contact the Community Reassurance Team via: CommunityReassurance@shropshire.gov.uk or by coming directly to one of the three area leads: