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Parish Council EGM on 4 August – statement from the Residents Association

We feel that the meeting was badly handled and it appeared that not all the councillors had reviewed the results of the 2nd survey prior to the meeting or understood its purpose.

In retrospect, we feel, that, in not asking for a recommendation from the Working Party (WP) in respect of the Causeway, the Parish Council (PC) has missed out on guidance from those more deeply involved;

It’s not clear to us that the correct result has been reached based upon the responses from both surveys (1st Survey 20% for total closure / 2ndSurvey 54% for temporary closure). However, that said,

  • If the earliest that the Causeway closure trial can be conducted is April 2021, the PC needs to address the current Anti-Social Behaviour (ASB) issues as a matter of urgency now.
  • The PC must press ahead in researching and costing ANPR and CCTV cameras for the area.
  • The Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) should help but the PC must obtain a commitment from the enforcement authorities that it will be properly and fully enforced.
  • The PC should take County Cllr John Horner up on his offer of pushing for the causeway to become a clear way with immediate effect.

The PC should provide clear details of how ASB will be managed during the period before the introduction of the above-mentioned initiatives in the next PC Meeting,

Our understanding regarding the closing of the causeway is that it would be by installing barriers that can be opened and closed by emergency services and that pedestrian, and possibly cycle access would be maintained. This is helpful as, if the trial fails the test, the causeway can easily be reopened.  

The PC needs to set out, well in advance, clear objectives, that must be met in order to determine whether the causeway should be permanently closed or not.

If Parish Councillors are conducting their own researches, as stated last night, it would be useful if they would make their findings known to both the PC and the WP, to enable their incorporation into the WP plan.

Earlswood Wildlife Partnership Newsletter

Newsletter No 35 has been added to the EWP page. There is also a quiz that you can print and take along on your next walk around the lakes (there is also an answer sheet but we trust you not to cheat and look at the answers before you go.)

Parish Council Meeting

There is a Parish Council meeting on 28 July 2020 to receive the results of the ASB and Traffic Issues Working Party, to receive recommendations and to agree what action the Parish Council will take.

The meeting is virtual and on Zoom and the agenda and meeting details can be obtained from downloading the agenda document below.

You are welcome to attend but you will not be able to participate.

Please note that the Working Party has not received the finalised copy of the survey results yet but has been given the figures, which are correct. the survey will be published after receipt.

Dog Fouling Consultation

Stratford-on-Avon District Council will shortly consider making a public spaces protection order, effective across the whole district, to prohibit people from failing to pick up after their dogs.

Public spaces protection orders are designed to tackle anti-social behaviour in public places. The behaviour which the Council is looking to prohibit has been identified as detrimental to the area, persistent and unreasonable.

The Council is required to consult or notify you of any proposals to make public spaces protection orders. The Council would value your opinion in relation to this proposed order. Should you wish to take part in this consultation, please visit the Council’s  website

The last date for consultation responses is 20th August 2020

Joint Working Party Update 06/07/2020

Since the last update on the 28th June, we have been working hard on preparing the survey questionnaire and supporting documents.  We worked with SDC’s “Insight Unit” to fine tune it and submitted it as a finished document last Wednesday (1 July) morning.  SDC printed the documents off for us and delivered them on Thursday afternoon.  We bundled them into packs on Friday and had them all delivered on Saturday 4th July.  Thanks to all those involved in the process and, in particular to Simon at SDC, who opened their closed print room especially for us and to our deliverers who are not part of the Working Party (WP) but were just pleased to volunteer.

We had a Zoom meeting on the 30th June to finalise the content that we wanted included in all the documents that make up the survey bundle and we agreed all the amendments, additions and deletions.  One thing cropped up that’s worth mentioning and that is that WCC Highways has indicated that some solutions we are proposing “are not considered suitable”.  We have taken the decision that we don’t see it as being WCC’s prerogative to direct us in any particular direction, so we have included options that they don’t seem to like in the questionnaire.

We gave you details on the timeline that we hoped to operate to in the previous update and we’ve manged to keep to that, so thanks to everyone concerned.  Its progress is as follows:

  1. Draft of questionnaire and covering letter to SDC on 28 June;
  2. SDC’s computer analysis of the survey questions, resulting queries resolved with WP, survey and covering letter printed by SDC, documents packaged for delivery (including reply paid envelopes) and returned to the WP by close of business on 3 July;
  3. Survey packs delivered by Residents’ Association deliverers over weekend 4 and 5 July;
  4. Completed surveys to be returned by post to SDC, or placed in the PC letterbox, by first post Monday 13 July;
  5. All survey returns placed in the PC letter box to be delivered to SDC on 13 July;
  6. Data processing by SDC during the week commencing 13 July and the full results made known to the WP as soon as that work is completed.

We estimated that we were going to deliver 300 packs and we’ve delivered 296.  One or two houses are locked up, so if you haven’t received a pack and need one delivered please contact Ewen on and we’ll deliver as we know which houses we haven’t delivered to.

We have received some interesting emails as a consequence of the survey – the first one having arrived by lunchtime on Saturday.  Thanks to all for the input, it’s appreciated and helpful.  I think that I’ve acknowledged receipt of them all currently.  All your emails are being circulated within the working party and the points that you’ve made will be added to our matrix of issues and will be considered along with everything else when we come to make our recommendations to the Parish Council, hopefully around the 22nd.

A meeting was organised, on Sunday 28th June, at the entrance to Malt House Park to discuss possible traffic and parking control solutions.  All the WP committee members attended and we were again joined by James Lines. We invited James to become a member of the WP committee and we’re pleased to say that he’s accepted.  The meeting was useful and will give us a better perspective of the issues when we get the results of the survey back.  It was also nice, from our point of view, that residents were expressing their appreciation that we’re being seen to be out and about too.

Re CRT’s security personnel operation around the Lakes area, we wrote to Adnan complaining that night fishing had started up whilst the security guys were operating.  We also requested Adnan to change the security guards’ operating shift times from 18.00 – 00.00 hours to 20.00 – 02.00 or 21.00 – 03.00 hours as there were still partying activities being reported.

As you may have seen on the PC and RA websites, CRT has responded to our second email letter and we’re not happy with the response and have replied again.  You can view it by clicking the link on the website.  Adnan has, subsequently, asked to have a meeting to discuss the current issues and we agreed that that was a good idea.  However, he’s offered the 22 July as the first date he can make for a meeting and we have replied in the negative as it’s too far into the future. We’ve also asked CRT for the email address of the Chair of the Board of Trustees but they won’t release that to us.  Apparently, it’s “not policy”.  Not bad, considering that over £50m of income each year is made by way of grants paid from out of the public purse!

Well, this report doesn’t seem to be quite as exciting as the last one but we’ve been working at least as hard, so thanks again from me to everyone concerned.

Ewen Cunningham

Chair, ASB and Traffic Issues Working Party


Alcester Police North Safer Neighbourhood team (SNT) Latest Weekly Report.

Sunday 28th June 2020


·         *ASB / Sus Circs etc. We have received a few reports relating to the Lakes area of Earlswood this week. The area continues to be very popular with locals and those travelling from outside the County. The Team is continuing with its targeted patrols.

If it’s not 999, try going online – Warwickshire Police is encouraging the public to try reporting non-emergency crime online, by using the force’s website. Currently the vast majority of non-emergency reports come into the force via the 101 telephone line. However, since the force moved to the Single Online Home website platform in September last year (part of a national project to standardise police websites across the country), the public are now able to report incidents online.

The benefits of using the website are:

·         Incidents or crimes which don’t require an immediate police response can be reported in a user’s own time and at their own pace.

·         It offers exactly the same service as calling 101 – the force has a dedicated Digital Desk team who work on online reports.

·         It can save callers waiting in a queue to speak to someone on 101 – which unfortunately can sometimes get busy during peak periods.

·         It helps to keep resources free for emergency 999 calls.

·         When a report is submitted, the user will receive an email with all of their submitted details for reference.

·         As well as the online reporting feature, the website also contains lots of information and guidance, including advice on who you should report specific matters to.

Supt Emma Bastone, who oversees the force’s Operational Communications Centre (OCC), said: “Although our ‘new’ website was launched last September, we have seen a relatively low number of reports via the online system, and this is a feature we would really like to encourage the use of. “Not only does it help to keep our lines free for the most urgent calls, but for the public reporting online will also mean not having to wait to speak to someone (via 101), and the report can be filled out in your own time. The online form is very intuitive and straightforward, with specific short questions asked to help provide the answers we need. “Once a report is submitted, the information goes through to the force’s Digital Desk, where a dedicated team will make an assessment of the information and decide whether more details are needed. Users will then receive a reference number and will be contacted back with the next steps. “All reports which come into the force are THRIVE-assessed (which standards for Threat, Harm and Risk), which means that whichever way you report an incident to us, it will be graded and responded to accordingly, irrespective of whether it is called in or reported online. “For those who do not have access to the internet or do not feel confident using it, please be assured that our 101 number is still available 24/7, but we do ask that if it’s not an emergency and you are able to, please visit our website in the first instance.”

Reporting Anti-Social Behaviour Online – You can now report Anti-Social Behaviour online via our website –

The website also has a number of different topics that can reported this way.

If you have any questions regarding the above please contact us on the details below or via the Warwickshire Police website. If you would like to be removed from the Teams email circulation list – please let us know.



Team email –                                        

SGT 1284 Angus Eagles                  

PC 427 Sue Blundell –                      

PCSO 6273 Aadila Hussain –          

PCSO 6330 Sanjay Singh –             

PCSO 6350 Taylor Brooke               

PCSO 6336 Mark Lucas –                 

Alcester Police Office Phone Number – 01789 444816    (not to be used for emergencies or priority calls. Always report incidents on 101). Online reporting services are also available on our website –

Twitter –                                              @AlcesterCops

Facebook –                                        Alcester Police

Instagram –                                       southwarwickshiresnts

Website –                                 

We do not monitor our social media pages, so please do not use them to report incidents or to pass on important information. Please call us on 101, 999 or use the online reporting forms as required.

RA’s and WP’s email response to CRT’s response of 1 July 2020

If you would like to read our most recent response to CRT, please dowload the pdf by clicking on the link below.

Land Rover Defenders

Please be aware that the Police are concerned about an apparent spike in the number of Land Rover Defenders that are being stolen.

There is no obvious reason for their theft but Police think that it might be to cannibalise them for parts now that the old model Defender is out of production.

Please take care of your pride and joy!

Joint Working Party Update 28/06/2020

Since our last update on 22 June, the Joint Working Party (WP) has been working on producing a survey that will be distributed to the households who are directly suffering from the ASB, drug and traffic issues.  Thanks to everyone who has supplied information that we have been able to consider.

We have spoken to SDC’s “Insight Unit” and they are happy to prepare the survey and review the supporting documents using their specialist computer programmes and to analyse the results.  This will be an independent control to the WP’s work.

The WP has concluded its work on the questions that need to be asked in the survey and the anticipated timeline is currently:

  1. Draft of questionnaire and covering letter to SDC on 28 June;
  2. SDC’s computer analysis of the survey questions, resulting queries resolved with WP, survey and covering letter printed by SDC, documents packaged for delivery (including reply paid envelopes) and retuned to the WP by close of business on 3 July;
  3. Survey packs delivered by Residents’ Association deliverers over weekend 4 and 5 July;
  4. Completed surveys to be returned by post to SDC, or placed in the PC letterbox, by first post Monday 13 July;
  5. All survey returns placed in the PC letter box to be delivered to SDC on 13 July;
  6. Data processing by SDC during the week commencing 13 July and the full results made known to the WP as soon as that work is completed.

As you will appreciate, this is a tight deadline, especially considering the exigencies of Covid-19 working but we are pushing for no slippage. Please watch the PC’s and RA’s websites for updates and how to obtain a copy of the survey results.

 The WP had a cordial Zoom meeting with the Chair of Earlswood Area Safer Environment (EASE) on 24 June and we had a meaningful exchange of ideas and objectives, which was very helpful to the WP.

Thank you to EASE.

The WP held a second Zoom meeting on 24 June and the following items were discussed:

  • It was decided to look at the ANPR system that Barston has adopted.  It was decided that the Claverdon model, although a quick fix, is done on the cheap with a lack of monitoring. Investigation may need to be  followed up with a site visit.

Discussions have been instigated with Barston Village PC.

  • There was an indication from our County Councillor that WCC Highways were planning on closing the causeway without consultation.  It was decided that we would write to WCC to confirm this.

There has been a detailed reply to the effect that everything is still on the table for consideration, except for the clearway proposal, which has been shelved.

  • The Chair expressed frustration with CRT and, in particular, that they had not even acknowledged several emails that had been sent over the past two weeks.

This has now been followed up – see below.

  • A question was raised as to what our District Councillor (Tony Dixon) is doing to support our efforts.

TD was contacted and has subsequently replied saying that he is “happy to assist”, which we appreciate.

In view of our non-responses from CRT and, in view of the full-blown 999 response by the police on 24 June, we wrote an open letter to Adnan Saif, CRT’s WM Director.  The letter is still on the website. 

This resulted in an immediate response stating that, in the first instance, security guards would be on duty around the Lakes from 18.00 to 00.00 hours from that night, for a limited period.  The other issues raised were not dealt with satisfactorily and a subsequent (closed) letter has been sent. CRT promise to deal with these questions by 1 July.

Also, as a consequence of the 999 call-out on 24 June, we wrote to PC Sue Blundell and her team to thank all the responders concerned for their efforts, which have widely been appreciated by the residents. 

By return, Sue has sent a very nice thank you letter and is very appreciative of the positive feedback.

If you wish to download a copy of this document, please click on the hyperlink

Ewen Cunningham

Chair, ASB and Traffic Issues Working Party


The Lakes ASB and Traffic Issues Working Party update 26/06/2020

The Lakes ASB and Traffic Issues Working Party is currently receiving so much email etc that we haven’t got time to answer it all, otherwise we’d get nothing constructive done.  Everyone just needs to know that we’re reading it and adding pertinent bits to our matrix and that we appreciate everyone’s contributions, positive or negative, as it helps us continuously fine tune and clarify the position, so keep them coming and, if we don’t respond, please accept that we’re not trying to be rude or evasive, we’re just busy.

Please note that anything useful will be being posted on both the RA and PC websites and we will publish periodic updates to keep you in the picture.

Thanks, Ewen, Chair.