STAUNTON ON WYE “OLD SCHOOL”

As Clerk to the Parish Council I have been approached recently by a number of local residents about the old school and specifically about a recent incident that resulted in the Police attending the school. I have since contacted one of our local CPOs Dean who very helpfully informed me of the details of the incident.

It would appear that three children were seen playing in the grounds of the old school and attempting to gain entry. On arrival the Police investigated the building and found a broken window to the rear with a chair placed against the wall thereby giving access. The Police have expressed concern that whilst no one was found inside the building the conditions within could prove dangerous.

I should make it clear that the building and grounds are no longer owned either by the Parish Council or by the Jarvis Trust. They are owned by a Mr Kingholm. On behalf of the Parish Council and on behalf of yourselves as a local community I have been in contact with Mr Kingholm in two respects.

Firstly a request that the building is made completely secure. Whilst children should not be using the building as an adventure playground the building itself should be secured properly.

Secondly I am asking Mr Kingholm and his representatives to inform the Parish Council of just how they see the building and the land being developed. The school is a Grade Two listed building and is a central part of the community.

Finally, the Police have agreed to patrol the area around the school more regularly so if they are seen in the village that is certainly likely to be the reason.

Can I thank those residents who have been in contact with me and the Police for their co-operation.

Stephen Grist

Clerk : Staunton on Wye Group Parish Council

Playground

STAUNTON ON WYE PLAYGROUND

It has now been three months , since the 4th July , that the Playground in Staunton on Wye was re-opened following closure due to the Corona-19 virus. At the time I wrote a piece to residents asking that users of the playground treat the equipment with care and to ensure that they took their rubbish home and also to provide their own sanitizers and wipes for their children. In this manner we could all ensure as safe an environment as possible for our children.

Can I thank you for your co-operation and for the way in which this has worked.

However, can I bring to your attention comments that I have received regarding pieces of wood and metal that have been found lying both in the Playground and upon the football pitch. These items are sharp and could cause injury should a child fall upon them. I hope that I am correct in assuming that these items have fallen there accidentally however should this be a continual occurrence it would have to be treated as non-accidental. Please keep your eyes open for any items that may place a child at risk. The last thing that your Parish Council would wish is to undertake another closure.

Stephen Grist

Clerk : Staunton on Wye Group Parish Council

Addendum to Forthcoming PC Meeting

I have received a number of communications regarding the forthcoming Parish Council meeting to be held in the Village Hall on the 7 September. Following upon those communications it has been agreed that –

1 – The meeting will be held in the “large room” in the Village Hall where social distancing will apply.

2 – Face Masks will be worn within the premises of the Village Hall at all times.

These two measures have been agreed by your Chairman and Vice Chairman. They are also applicable to members of the public who may wish to attend. Should any person not wish to adhere to these measures they will not be allowed access to the meeting.

Two Councillors have been in contact with myself and have expressed a wish not to attend the meeting. I have agreed to Minute them as having proffered their apologies.

Regards

Stephen Grist

Clerk to Staunton on Wye Group Parish Council

PC Meeting Agenda Sept 2020

STAUNTON 0N WYE GROUP PARISH COUNCIL


PARISH COUNCILLORS ARE SUMMONED TO ATTEND A MEETING OF THE GROUP.


PARISH COUNCIL ON MONDAY 7 SEPTEMBER 2020 AT 7.30 PM IN THE STAUNTON ON WYE VILLAGE HALL.


SOCIAL DISTANCING WILL BE OBSERVED.


AGENDA

  1. APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE
  2. DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST
  3. MINUTES OF THE LAST PARISH COUNCIL MEETING – 2 DECEMBER 2019
  4. MATTERS ARISING
  5. PLANNING MATTERS
  6. PLAYING FIELD
  7. HIGHWAY MATTERS
    a) Proposed 20mph limit in Staunton on Wye
    b) White lines and potholes
  8. PARISH COUNCIL WEBSITE
  9. GENERAL CORRESPONDENCE
  10. DEFIBRILLATOR
  11. FOOTPATHS
  12. FINANCE
    a) Accounts for 2019/2020
    I) Certificate of Exemption
    ii) Internal Audit Report
    iii) Annual Governance Statement
    b) Accounts for 2020/2021
    I) Confirm Clerks remuneration
    ii) Signatories for chaques
    iii) Responsible Financial Officer
    iv) Internal Auditor for 2020/2021
    v) Account for 2020/2021
  13. Any Other Business
    a) Code of conduct
    b) Telephone Boxes
  14. DATE OF NEXT MEETING

Fraud Alert

Courier Fraud – Urgent information from West Mercia Police 
Fraudsters are back in action claiming to be from the police, banks and fraud squads in order to extort money from the  vulnerable.
 
There have been a couple of incidents in Hereford where couples in their eighties have been targeted. 

One man was conned into withdrawing an amount of cash from his personal bank account after being told his credit cards had been cloned. They then sent out two separate couriers to collect the cash from his home address.
 
In a second incident they asked for an amount of cash which has been collected by a “courier”. Before the individual was about to send over a much larger amount of cash West Mercia Police officers were able to step in and offer the support needed to the victim and prevent the transaction taking place.
 
Detective Inspector Emma Wright said: “This type of fraud often targets older and more vulnerable people and we would urge everyone to tell someone, by passing on the information about the bogus callers to relatives, friends and neighbours who may not have heard about the local telephone scam in operation.
 
“There are many alias’ that the impostors use but always remember that no police officer from any force or department will ever ask you to hand over money or transfer funds, regardless of their name or unit.
 
The deception can also be carried out in several ways, such as:

A phone caller pretending to be a police officer who is investigating unidentified activity/ fraud in their bank account and that they must cooperate with the ‘investigation’. The victim is then persuaded to withdraw funds and hand them over to the ‘investigators’, either by some remote means or in person to a courier. The victim is told that if the bank cashier queries the large withdrawal that they are to say it is for a large purchase e.g. work/repairs in the home.

Alternatively the victim may be asked to hand over bank cards, vouchers or other valuable items. They may also be asked to transfer funds to another account, which is controlled by the fraudsters. 

“These scams can be extremely convincing and manipulative. The fraudsters may give (alleged) crime numbers, investigation details, and job titles. They will always claim that the transaction must be done in secret. The fraudsters condition their victim not to trust bank branch staff, which can make it hard for those staff to help.
 
“These calls are not genuine and payments should not be made. No legitimate bank/building society, police officer, or business will ever phone you to ask you to give them your card, your PIN, or your cash in the way we’ve described above.
 
“Don’t trust anyone who calls you about your bank details. Always hang up and wait 10 minutes to ensure the call has disconnected.
   

Old school, Staunton on Wye

OLD SCHOOL : STAUNTON ON WYE

There has been a recent misunderstanding expressed in the Parish regarding the ownership of the old school in Staunton on Wye. I can assure you it is not owned either by the Parish Council or the Jarvis Trust. However as Clerk to the Parish Council I am in regular contact with the owners and any plans for development will be shared with the Parish Council for discussion before implementation.

Steve Grist

Annual Canvass Update

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The Annual Canvass and Canvass Reform 2020

The purpose of the Annual Canvass is to identify everyone who should be on the electoral register.

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Waste Bin Problem

Staunton on Wye Village Hall Car Park

There has been considerable anxiety expressed over the last few weeks at the state of the rubbish bin in the Village Hall car park in Staunton on Wye. Unfortunately, even with the bin full people have continued to push rubbish in, to the point that waste has spread around the car park. Clearly, particularly regarding circumstances around  Covid-19, this is unacceptable.

Arrangement has now been made for the emptying of the bin. Such arrangement has been made on the condition that the bin is NOT used for the disposal of dog faeces. If that happens then consideration will have to be given to the removal of the bin.

Can I ask for everyone’s co-operation in this matter?

Stephen Grist

Clerk : Staunton on Wye Group Parish Council

Staunton on Wye Playground

I am pleased to announce that as of 9am on Saturday 4 July the playpark in Staunton on Wye will be open following the recent lockdown. The re-opening is being undertaken by Staunton on Wye Group Parish Council following advice from Herefordshire Council who have in turn been advised by National Government. I have in turn read the advice contained within the document held on-line set out by the Ministry of Housing , Communities and Local Government.

There will be a sign on the front gate advising those who are about to use the playpark to maintain social distancing. Given that there are no staff controlling the playpark this clearly has to be left up to the discipline of users. However the current government advice to which I have access states “ 2 metres or 1 metre with risk mitigations ( where 2 metres is not viable ) are acceptable “.

The Government and local Council are advising parents to bring hand sanitiser gel or wipes to clean their children’s hands more often than usual, for 20 seconds using approved gel and foam sanitiser, particularly at the beginning and end of play.

Users of the equipment should not touch their faces and should cough or sneeze into a tissue or arm when a tissue is not available Adults and children should not put their mouths on equipment or their hands in their mouths.

The Parish Council is putting into effect the cleaning of the playpark equipment at touch points and those points on the gates. At the moment such cleaning will take place on a weekly basis which is likely to be carried out on a Saturday morning at approximately 9am.

At this point in time we are asking those using the playpark for the following assistance. Please be aware that the consumption of food or drink on play equipment is banned. Please try to ensure that your child behaves properly on the equipment provided. Please take home any rubbish that you may accrue during your visit to the playpark and do not leave it loose.

The opening of the playpark is coming at a period when much of the effects of Covid-19 are as yet unknown. The decision has been made by the Government advising the Local Authority that it is appropriate to open this playpark. However the Parish Council is mindful that circumstances may change and that closure of the playpark may be undertaken again.

If you have any queries please contact your local parish Councillor or myself as Clerk ( 07818 087255 ).

Stephen Grist

Clerk : Staunton on Wye Group Parish Council