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Earlswood ASB and Traffic Issues Working Party Update 27 August 2020

Please find the Working Party’s latest report attached, along with the finalised survey report from SDC attached here. Please click on the appropriate link below.

Befriending aid for communities in Warwickshire

Social prescribing service ConnectWELL are offering to support people across Warwickshire who are isolated and feel in need of extra support.

The Rugby-based organisation has started up the new befriending service in response to the recent Covid 19 crisis.

The telephone befriending service started weekly calls on weekdays 9.00am-5.00pm from this month, targeting those people isolated or at risk of isolation and who are therefore less able to access the help they need by other means.

The ConnectWELL telephone befriending service is open to referrals from health professionals and local Covid 19 support groups. Other professionals such as sports and leisure, arts, council or voluntary organisations can also refer clients to the free-to-use service.

Gemma Smith, ConnectWELL Manager explained: “ConnectWELL has been operating throughout the recent pandemic, staying in touch and reaching out to vulnerable people to support the effort to stay well and protect the NHS.

“We have seen that many people – for example those who are shielding – are often very isolated even though local communities have responded so positively to help out their neighbours.

“That’s why we have started up our new free, telephone befriending service. If anyone needs a regular call then we will be able to help. While we are at it, we will make sure people aren’t missing out on support available from their local community.”

For more information, or to refer someone to ConnectWELL, call 01788 539572 or email

Consultation on a proposed CCTV camera on Malthouse Lane

Stratford-on-Avon District Council is consulting residents about siting a CCTV camera near the junction of Malthouse Lane and the causeway.  A letter and freepost survey has been sent to all residents within view of the camera and there is an online survey snap survey for anyone else to complete (this has the same questions as the residents survey). To complete it just click on this link 

The closing date is 9 September 2020

Covid-19 Survey

To understand how the Covid-19 pandemic has affected people, Warwickshire County Council is inviting people to complete a short survey. Responses will help the council to shape future support.

The survey is an opportunity for residents to give their opinions about the different ways in which Covid-19 has impacted their lives and covers a variety of topics including health and wellbeing, local town centres and high streets, transport and green spaces.

The results from the survey will highlight key issues experienced by people throughout the Covid-19 pandemic and will help to inform how our services and communities recover to be the best they can be following the initial pandemic response.  

The survey, which should take around 15 minutes to complete, is available online at All respondents must be aged 18 and over. Anyone who would like to complete the survey but does not have internet access can call 01926 731484 and someone can complete the survey over the phone on your behalf.

Cllr Les Caborn, Warwickshire County Council’s Portfolio Holder for Health, said:

“Throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, everyone has adjusted to a new way of living to help reduce the spread of the virus. We are hugely grateful for how communities have adapted, looked after each other and carried on in very difficult circumstances.

“To understand more about the impact of the pandemic on the lives of Warwickshire residents we are asking people to take a few minutes to complete the survey so we can develop and shape our recovery plans with your input.”

For more information about keeping safe and well throughout the pandemic and to access council services visit

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 –

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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.