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NEWS 


COVID-19 / CORONAVIRUS UPDATE

 

Update from Cookhill Parish Council – Tuesday 17th March 2020

At this time of extreme uncertainty concerning the spread of Covid-19 / Coronavirus in the UK, Cookhill Parish Council are very aware that there will be residents who are feeling extremely vulnerable, who may be self-isolating, and have no access to essential supplies. If you know of a member of the community who is struggling please make contact with the Parish Clerk on 07584687283 or via email at info@cookhillparishcouncil.com and we will see if there is a way we can help.

Following Government advise for venues / public gatherings, Cookhill Village Hall will be closing from Saturday 21st March 2020 until further notice. For more information please visit their website. This closure means the postponement of the next Parish Council, and Annual Parish, meetings due to take place on Tuesday 14th April 2020. Further information will be available following briefings from NALC (National Association of Local Councils).

We can confirm that the Nevill Arms have kindly offered to continue with their takeaway menu for people to collect.

As always should you be concerned, or require medical assistance, please phone 111 for non emergencies and 999 in an emergency.

Please refer to the Government website for the current guidelines regarding the symptoms of Covid-19 and what you should do to protect yourself, and others.


 

What’s On – Digital Copy

 

During the current Government recommended lock-down to slow the spread of the Coronavirus, the monthly community magazine – What’s On – will only be available online. Click here to download your copy.


 

Community Consultation

 

NEW HOMES BONUS SCHEME

There are currently funds of £6,262 available for Cookhill to use for community projects, via the New Homes Bonus Scheme.

The Parish Council would like to apply for funding to replace and install a new, larger bus shelter at the top of Church Lane, outside the Village Hall. Have you got an idea for a suitable community project – large or small? We would love to hear your suggestions, so please get in touch!

What is the New Homes Bonus Scheme?

The New Homes Bonus is a grant paid by central government to local councils to reflect and incentivise housing growth in their areas. It is based on the amount of extra Council Tax revenue raised for new-build homes, conversions and long-term empty homes brought back into use.

The Parish Council would welcome your comments on this, and future projects, whether you are in support or not, by 19th March 2020. Please contact the clerk on 07584 687283 or via email info@cookhillparishcouncil.com


 

Revised Code of Conduct

 

At the January 2020 meeting of the Parish Council, Councillors voted to formally adopt the revised Code of Conduct as recommended by Wychavon District Council.

There is a requirement for all local authorities to have in place a code of conduct of their choosing which outlines the behaviour required of councillors. Wychavon have worked closely with other Worcestershire districts, and the County Council, to produce a Worcestershire wide code based on the government model code.

The Committee on Standards in Public Life (CPSL) evidence supports the view that the vast majority of councillors maintain high standards of conduct. They did however, find cases of bullying, harassment, disruptive behaviour and increased examples of how not to use social media. It was felt that the Code of Conduct should be reviewed and amended to tackle these issues.

You can view the Council’s Code of Conduct and other policies here.


Cookhill Allotments

VACANCIES

The allotments are situated off the Ridgeway, Astwood Bank a short distance on the left past the Why Not Public House, when travelling towards Redditch. There are currently 34 plots, owned and run by Cookhill Parish Council with the assistance of Cookhill Allotment Association.

There are currently 3 plots available at the allotment site, if you are interested in taking on a plot, and reside within 5 miles of the Parish of Cookhill, please contact:
The clerk on 07584 687283 or David Claydon, Cookhill Allotment Association on 01527 894317

Cookhill Cricket Club

Cookhill CC will again be running All Stars Cricket for a 3rd year. All Stars Cricket is the England and Wales Cricket Board’s entry level participation programme, aimed at providing children aged five to eight with a great first experience in cricket.

Every child that registers will receive a backpack full of goodies including a cricket bat, ball, activity book, personalised shirt and cap.

Fun filled Sessions start on the 18th May and run for 8 weeks so come along and join in the fun at Cookhill Cricket Club by registering here.

For more information please contact Billy Harris at Cookhill Cricket Club on 077515 80069 or email cookhillcricketclub@yahoo.co.uk. You can also visit the club’s website here or visit the Facebook page.
Further information about the National All Stars Programme can also be found on their website.

Internet Connectivity in Wychavon

Wychavon District Council are currently focusing on internet broadband connectivity issues and would like to know where the internet blackspots are in the region.

Please contact the clerk at info@cookhillparishcouncil.com if you would like to report connection problems and she will pass this on to Wychavon.

Public Access Defibrillators in Cookhill

Did you know that there are four public access defibrillators in the Parish?

A recent emergency in Cookhill almost called for the use of the Village Hall defibrillator. Thankfully the ambulance arrived quickly, meaning the defibrillator wasn’t needed on this occasion but the knowledge that it was there gave the parishioner peace of mind.

To learn more about the Cookhill defibrillators and their locations here.


SCAM CALLERS!

There has been an increase in the number of scam callers in the area over the last few months.

One of the scam calls doing the rounds requests access to your computer remotely, claiming that BT will shut down your connection if you do not do this. Another reports that your internet connection will be terminated if you do not click through to another department.

Please remember that if a caller asks to access your computer remotely, or asks for personal information and bank details, you should end the call immediately and use another method to verify the request.

For more information on how to stay safe online, and to report fraud and cyber crime, please visit the Action Fraud website.


Fly-tipping in Cookhill

The Parish Council have been made aware of a number of incidents involving the dumping of waste around the Parish, this illegal dumping is known as ‘fly-tipping’.

Fly-tipping is an offence and perpetrators may be liable to prosecution. Please note that leaving scrap of any kind on land that does not belong to you is classed as fly-tipping.

Any waste that cannot be taken away by authorised kerbside collection should be taken to an authorised waste and recycling centre. Details of your local centre can be found here.

If you would like to report an incident of fly-tipping in the Parish please contact the clerk on 07584 687 283.


Cookhill Neighbourhood Watch

If you would like to report any suspicious behaviour in and around Cookhill you can either contact the clerk, on 07584 687 283, or the Neighbourhood Watch representative – details below.

Cookhill Neighbourhood Watch – Contact Cllr Terry Bennett on 07765 447997


ON THE COOKHILL PARISH COUNCIL WEBSITE

You can also find links to  other services supplied by Worcestershire County Council and Wychavon District, as well as organisations and groups that help bring you the everyday things we need and enjoy.