Last Chance – Crime Prevention Surgery

Warwickshire Police, in partnership with Stratford District and Warwickshire County Councils, is holding a crime prevention and property marking surgery tonight to  help residents keep their property safe and secure.

Pop along to speak to them about security and obtain crime prevention advice.  Bring anything from lawnmowers to laptops, tools to bicycles and the police will security mark it, free of charge.

Wednesday 13th December 2017, 6pm – 8pm, in the forecourt of 133 Earlswood Common

 

(Source: Warwickshire Police)

 

Beware of Scams

 

Warwickshire Police ask residents to be aware of a number of current email, phone and text scams.

One is a so called phishing email that tries to get the unwary to click on an apparently innocent link in what seems to an email from the Police themselves.

The email says that the recipient is being summoned to court as a witness and asks them to follow a link.  By clicking on the link a virus or malware can be downloaded on their computer.

It uses a police.uk heading and suggests it is from the Crown Prosecution Service portal, but is  not official and represents a risk to security.

If any members of the public receive such an email they are advised not to click on any links and delete the email from their accounts as soon as possible.

I know we are all very savvy but there is a worrying story in the Guardian newspaper this week warning never to trust texts or calls from banks (however trustworthy they appear) that urge us to use a specific telephone number to dial about a problem.

The scammers may say or text there has been what they think is a large withdrawal or some mistaken transaction. We need to contact the bank’s fraud department.

The answer is always phone the bank back on a known number such as that given on the back of a debit or credit card. Never use the one the fraudsters suggest and always check the telephone line has disconnected before dialling any number after a call to you. Perhaps dial another number first before the bank to clear the line.

The Guardian says this scam could happen because a third party like Uber may have been hacked giving access to name, telephone number, address and part of debit or credit card number.

Of course, none of us would ever fall for a trick like that.

 

(Source:  Tom Ross)

Next Stage in NDP Process

 

The group drawing up a Neighbourhood Development Plan (NDP) for the whole of Tanworth parish presented its latest draft to a meeting of the full Parish Council on Thursday 16 November.

An NDP is a central government sponsored scheme to allow communities, among other things, to have a say on where housing and other developments should be located and what they should look like. 

Suggesting no housing development was thought  not to be an option for an NDP to “qualify” legally , however our latest advice is that two parish councils in Stratford District have not identified any sites at all.   

NO sites would clearly now be an option for Tanworth but the NDP has identified three possible sites for “affordable” housing.  The list of such sites finally agreed by the Parish Council and deemed to conform to other policies by an Inspector will eventually be put to residents in a referendum.   The community would be free to suggest any or all of these sites to go forward to the next stage of the process.  Any sites recommended would be in addition to those already permitted under existing Green Belt legislation – such as Cank Farm and Doctor’s Close.

A simple majority of those voting in the final referendum will be required for the adoption of the whole NDP.

Stratford District Council has identified three Local Service Villages (LSVs) – Tanworth, Wood End and Earlswood – where it thinks housing would be appropriate so long as any proposals conform with existing Green Belt Rules. In general these have to be either brownfield, limited infill and small scale developments.

Once the Parish Council has agreed the text of the latest consultation exercise residents will be able to view   the particular sites that have been identified by the NDP group under Mike Saunders and Jonathan Ashcroft and the criteria for identifying them on the Tanworth NDP site.   These document should be available soon.  

 If you want more information please contact the Clerk, Mrs Julie White, on 703200.

It is anticipated that public meetings will be held in each LSV in coming months to allow residents to give their views on these proposed sites and the draft document as a whole.

Two of the three sites – behind the Warwickshire Lad pub on Broad Lane and in Butts Lane near the school – are expected to be particularly controversial.

The hope is that, by discussing these sites at an early stage and judging whether they are likely to attract wide public support, the eventual referendum can be less contentious. 

Other sites could still be proposed at this time. It could even be decided to reject any or all of the sites.  The decision will be down to individual residents to make an effort to acquaint themselves with the proposals as soon as possible and express their opinion on each site to Mike and Jonathan.

 

 

(Source: Tom Ross)

Vacancies on Parish Council

Following the resignations of Andy Wilkins and Sylvia Stanton there are now two vacancies for the Tanworth ward on the Parish Council.

For more information contact the Parish Clerk on 703200.

 

 

 

(Source:  Tanworth Parish Council)

Bellfield Lock-ups Sell for £126k

At the auction held on Monday 17 July in London the 14 empty lock-up garages between Bellfield and Doctor’s Close  sold for £126,000 to an unknown buyer. The guide price was £30,000.

Orbit Housing, who took over responsibility for the former Stratford District Council housing stock from the South Warwickshire Housing Association, have been selling off similar sites all over the County.

Last week’s  Stratford Herald confirms that a clawback clause means SDC may benefit from the sale of  the 19 sites by as much as £1million.  SDC, therefore, stands to make £63,000 from this sale.

Tanworth Parish Council made several approaches through our local District Councillor and our MP to see if the important site – the last open space at the centre of the village – could be secured in the public interest but was rebuffed at every attempt.

 

(Source:  Tom Ross)

Beware Intruders!

Warwickshire Police report that over a couple of days at the end of June a number of householders in Tanworth, Earlswood and Hockley Heath suddenly became aware of masked intruders in the kitchens of their homes.

All the events took place in early evening and the intruder or intruders in each case made off in a black car of some sort.

Please be careful not to leave back doors unlocked and report any suspicious circumstances to 999.

 

(Source:  Warwickshire Police)

Watch out for Lead Thieves!

The Police advise that there has been a spate of thefts of lead from churches in the West Midlands.

Insomniacs and other residents are asked to keep a look out during the night for people behaving suspiciously in the vicinity of the church and to dial 999 if they believe the theft of roof lead is in progress.

Replacing lead after a theft is an expensive business and insurance does not always cover the full amount of replacement.

 

(Source:  BBC Midlands Today)

 

 

Refuse Bags Offer

Warwickshire residents are now able to buy 6 rolls of 25 compostable bin liners for their Green Kitchen caddies at what is said to be a special discounted price.

You can order the 150 liners for £7.95 (including post and packing) from:

www.biobag-uk.com/warks

 

(Source: WCC)

Warning: Rogue Tradesmen

 

Warwickshire County Council would like to draw the attention of residents to the actions of so called tradesmen who are cold calling, offering to remove moss from roof tiles.

An elderly customer who doesn’t wish to be named has been charged £2000 for this ‘service’. If she didn’t pay cash tshe was told hey would have to charge her more + Vat. They even went back for a tip!

If you see any elderly or vulnerable neighbours with ‘tradesmen’ working at their homes, be nosey! You can do it tactfully. And if in doubt, contact the Police .

 

(Source: Warwickshire County Council)

 

Bogus Emails Warning

Fraudsters are sending out a wave of scam emails purporting to be from the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) that claim you have to appear in court.

Concerned members of the public have reported receiving the email entitled You’ve been witness summoned to court.

The email encourages the recipient to click on a link to view their start time and case details.

This link is likely to lead to malware which could affect your computer.

This email has no connection to the CPS and anyone receiving the email should not download any attachments or click on any links.

If you receive one of these messages rreport it to Trading Standards via Citizens Advice Consumer Service on 03454 040506.

(Source:  Warwickshire Police)