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

Document here

The Annual Canvass and Canvass Reform 2020

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

To download full information:

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

Staunton on Wye Football Field

STAUNTON ON WYE FOOTBALL FIELD / PLAYGROUND

After consultation with Herefordshire Council I can confirm the football field in Staunton on Wye has been opened as of the 25 June at 9am.

Residents may be aware that the Prime Minister made a statement in the House of Commons earlier this week which stated that Playgrounds may be opened on the 4 July. As soon as the Parish Council receives a copy of that statement I will ensure that it is placed on this website. Until that time the Playground will remain closed.

May I thank residents for their co-operation in this matter.

Stephen Grist

Clerk : Staunton on Wye Group Parish Council

Staunton on Wye News

TELEPHONE BOXES

I am pleased to be the bearer of good news in respect of the telephone boxes in Staunton on Wye and in Monnington on Wye. It has been confirmed that both have now been successfully adopted by the Parish Council. The telephone equipment has been removed and the power into the boxes remains. Clearly there is a lot of work that needs to be undertaken to bring the boxes up to their former glory. The first being that the vegetation that is growing around and partially inside the boxes  needs to be cut back. Is there anyone out there that could volunteer to undertake this task. Obviously at a later stage I will be looking for cleaners and painters but we need to undertake this step by step. If you are interested please contact me directly on my e-mail address stephengrist@btinternet.com or my mobile 07818 087255.

PARISH COUNCIL

Given the current situation in respect of Covid-19 it has been difficult for your Parish Council to conduct  business in anything approaching the usual manner. I have had to rely on ‘phone calls and e-mails and no face to face contact through the usual meetings. That has led to some misunderstandings as to what business the Parish Council is conducting and just what business it should be involved in. To clarify the situation I have spoken with the Chairman of the Parish Council and we have agreed that I communicate with villagers through the website and the Signal. That I keep you informed of those areas of business that the Parish Council is dealing with officially and that I am a contact point for anyone wishing to raise business with the Parish Council or to make comment. Can we see how that goes.

COVID-19

I know that local residents are incredibly grateful to Nick Price and to the staff at Oakchurch. Through their incredibly hard work people have been kept supplied with all their main requirements. I find it quite remarkable that all this has been achieved with amazing good humour on the part of Nick and his staff. So thank you all.

Stephen Grist

Clerk : Staunton on Wye Group Parish Council