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Members – Can we have your email address?

As with many organisations, we want move more of our communication with members to email and through the website.  This will enable more effective communication  and deliver some  cost savings thus making your membership fee stretch further.  However, we will always use other means to contact those members who don’t have access to the internet, an email address or find it easier to read hard copy.
So we would be very grateful if you could download the form below, complete and return as instructed so we can update the membership register.

ASB and Traffic Issues Working Party

The RA Committee had a meeting on the 17th June 2020 at 18.30 and resolved to join with the PC in setting up a working party, under the auspices of the PC, to attempt to resolve the myriad of ASB and Traffic issues in the area.  The initial working party will be formed of six members, three from each of the PC and the RA.  The RA’s Committee members elected to serve are: Ewen Cunningham, Sarah Adams and Jo Wilday.  They will join the members elected at the PC’s meeting of 16th June 2020, who are: Councillors Dermot O’Brien, Dave Burgess and Jason Adams.  The first meeting of the working party is the 18th June 2020.

WCC public consultation on a proposed change to the Home to School Transport Policy

Just in from our County Councillor, John Horner:

Warwickshire County Council is running a public consultation on a proposed change within the Home to School Transport Policy which could affect the way in which a pupil’s Qualifying School is determined. 

Currently, a pupil’s qualifying school is defined as the closest school to the pupil’s home with a space available and with the distance being measured by the shortest available route (driving route if over the statutory walking distance or walking route if the journey is less than the statutory walking distance). This may, therefore, not be the pupil’s priority area school but will be the one physically closest to their home address.

The proposed amendment to the policy would mean that a pupil’s qualifying school could be one of the following:

1) The school is the closest to the pupil’s home address that has places available and that provides education appropriate to the age, ability and aptitude of the pupil and takes into account any special educational needs that the pupil may have;

OR

2) It is the priority area school in which the pupil resides.

This could mean that some pupils would have two qualifying schools.

The way that transport is determined for pupils attending selective and faith schools will remain unchanged.

The consultation opened on 8 June 2020 and will close on Friday 17 July 2020.

Further information on the proposal and ways to provide feedback can be found on the Ask Warwickshire consultation pages.

Parish Council Meeting regarding ASB and Traffic issues around the Lakes

The Parish Council has called a virtual meeting next Tuesday (16th) evening at 19.30.  The meeting is a virtual meeting on Zoom but has a public forum prior to commencement of the meeting.  There is only one topic for the meeting to consider:

“Proposal to form a working party with full delegated powers consisting of 3 members of the Parish Council and 3 members of the Earlswood and Forshaw Heath Residents’ Association to investigate anti-social behaviour and traffic issues causing distress to residents in the vicinity of The Lakes and Malt House Lane.”

All the information regarding the meeting is contained in the documents that can be accessed via the hyperlinks below.

Response from the Warks Police and Crime Commissioner to the RA’s letter of 28 May

If you would like to read the PCC’s response our letter of the 28th May to the PCC, it can be accessed by clicking on the link below.

W.C.C. Family Information Services Newsletter

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The link below will take you to the newsletter for the 26th of June 2020

https://mailchi.mp/warwickshire/family-information-service-newsletter-information-on-covid-1190920?e=19f6ad7280

In this edition of the Family Information Service Newsletter you will find information about where you can find mental health support, changes to guidance for clinically vulnerable “shielded” residents, support for parent/carers about coronavirus and much much more. 

Warwickshire’s Family Information Service provides support, advice and one-to-one support for families, parents, carers and professionals on a variety of issues including family relationships, housing, parenting support, childcare, health and wellbeing and much more.

Your Say on Community Safety

In Warwickshire a range of organisations including local Councils, Fire and Rescue, the Police, the Probation Service, Health and Third Sector organisations work together to address community safety through the Safer Warwickshire Partnership Board. The Board aims to create safer communities and wants to understand what residents and businesses are currently concerned about in relation to community safety.

To complete the survey go to https://ask.warwickshire.gov.uk/insights-service/yoursayoncommunitysafetysurvey2020/

Update – Police Issue Dispersal Order 30 May

Notes on phone meeting with the Police on 28 May

The RA was involved, along with the PC and others, in a phone meeting with Sergeant Eagles last Thursday afternoon. 

The RA sent a letter to the Police and Crime Commissioner a couple of hours before the meeting – see below – and, by the time that the meeting took place the main players in the police force and councils (county and district) were aware of its content and had reacted to it.  It is obvious that the police are taking this seriously and trying hard to work out how to deal with it.  We need to support them as far as possible.

Some of the points to come out of the meeting are:

  • The police admitted that they have been swamped and that it has become too big for them to handle now, bearing in mind that this is a small part of their whole patch;
  • They are now pulling in police support from other areas;
  • They are now pulling in traffic police support;
  • The Police and Crime Commissioner is aware of the issues;
  • The Chief constable is aware of the issues;
  • Everyone must report ASB issues to either 101 or 999 depending on the severity and urgency of the matter, otherwise it won’t be recorded in the statistics and the statistics are what the police use to allocate resources;
  • Nadhim Zahawi, our MP, has agreed to a meeting after lockdown ends;
  • A police “tactical, tasking and control group” is considering the current issues;
  • We also posed further questions/points from the RA to the police:
  • Can the Rural Crime Network help? – Sgt Eagles said that this was more of a lobbying organisation;
  • Were the Police aware that the area is attracting large groups of youths as it is being advertised as a venue for raves? Yes, they are looking into this;
  • Is a Public Space Protection Order a good option?  This is currently being looked in to, to see if it is an option.  This would need to be led by SDC; and
  • The RA is worried that vigilante groups could be formed if residents are unhappy. – This is being discussed by the  Chief Constable.
  • Subsequent to the meeting we have contacted sergeant Eagles to ask if he has considered measures contained in The Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994 (c.33) to help resolve ASB issues.  This act was passed in 1994 when raves were at their height and one of its main aims was to stop them in their tracks.

I apologise if some of you feel that we’re not supporting the area by making sufficiently strong representations but we are doing our best.  Please also remember that we are representing everyone, members and non-members alike, impartially at the moment. Please remember too that we are representing the community on other issues as well and trying to juggle our resources to the best of our abilities.

You can contact the RA through me at: chair@earlswood-forshawheath.org.uk

Ewen, chair E&FHRA

RA Letter to the Warks Police and Crime Commissioner

If you would like to read our letter of the 28th May to the PCC, it can be accessed by clicking on the link below.