Vacancy for a Councillor

Vacancy for a Parish CouncillorPublic Notice is hear by given

At the close of nominations at 4pm on Thursday 8th April Whittington Parish Council still has one vacancy.

If you are interested in being a Parish Councillor then please contact the Clerk at the address below by Monday 17th May at the latest.

The Parish Council will consider all applications received at their Parish Council Meeting to be held on Tuesday 25th May 2021.

Date of notice: 21.04.21

Amy Jones – Whittington Parish Clerk

T: 01691 829571

E: clerk@whittingtonpc.com

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.

The wishes of the Royal family and government guidance and public health advice s that there should be no physical books of condolences, but the public are invited to contribute to the national online book of condolence on the Royal website.  Laying of floral tributes are also discouraged and the public are encouraged to donate to one of His Royal  Highness’ charities as a fitting way of paying tribute to The Duke of Edinburgh. 

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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