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Public Consultation on Local Validation Checklist

Warwick District Council are consulting on a new Validation list. The consultation will run from Friday 16th March until 5.15pm on Tuesday 3rd April. For more information, please click on the link below:

Submitting a new planning application online

The benefits of applying online include:

  • Savings on printing and postage costs
  • Immediate delivery and acknowledgement
  • 24 hour a day service
  • Online help function when submitting your application

 

 

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Warwickshire County Council invests £300k to tackle homelessness

Warwickshire County Council is pleased to announce an investment of £300,000 to tackle homelessness. The two-year programme of work will focus on those with mental health, drugs and/or alcohol problems. The council will work with District and Boroughs, CCGs, Coventry and Warwickshire Partnership Trust, Warwickshire Police and third sector organisations to determine the best approach to support the local homeless population.

Every year in England, a rough sleeper count is carried out to give an estimate of numbers rough sleeping in local authority areas. During the last rough sleeper count, Warwickshire was estimated to have approximately 49 rough sleepers, the majority of them, choosing to sleep rough in the south of the county. This is an estimated increase of 20% from 2016 figures (MHCLG, 2017). This is only part of the picture with regard to homelessness. We also know that there are a proportion of people who have become homeless, but do not show up yet in official figures, sometimes known as ‘hidden homeless’. Often finding a temporary solution by making their own arrangements to stay with family members/friends (often known as sofa surfing) and in some cases living in unsecure accommodation or squats (Homeless Link, 2017).

In addition to rough sleeping and the hidden homeless, there are also individuals/households who are classed as statutory homeless, whereby they no longer have a legal right to occupy their accommodation or if it would no longer be reasonable to continue to live there, for example, if living there would lead to violence against them (DCLG, 2015).

Councillor Les Caborn, Portfolio Holder for Adult Social Care and Health said “Warwickshire County Council is delighted to fund this work, it will directly feed into the objectives of the Warwickshire Cares Better Together Programme, in particular the housing theme, by using an integrated approach to support vulnerable people. Homelessness also features in the 2017 Director of Public Health Annual Report, Valuing the Vulnerable, highlighting that homeless people die on average 30 years before the general population. We need to come together as statutory partners to find a joint solution to this challenge and this funding will strengthen our ability to do that”.

References
Department for Communities and Local Government (2015) Statutory Homelessness: October to December Quarter 2015
Homeless Link (2017) Homeless Link (2017)
Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) (2017) Rough Sleeping Statistics, Autumn 2017, England
National Housing Federation (NHF) (2017), Homelessness and Health: for disadvantaged groups

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Have Your Say on local healthcare services

An invitation to Have Your Say on local healthcare services

NHS South Warwickshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), the local NHS organisation which plans and buys health services for the local population in Warwick and Stratford Districts, is inviting local residents to share their views on health services in the area.

If you would like to give feedback on current services or hear plans for future services, then go along to their next ‘Have Your Say Day’ on Wednesday 14 March in the Lomas Suite at Stratford Hospital, Stratford CV37 6NX.

To help plan for catering please register your intention to attend by following the link below, although anyone is welcome to come along on the day.

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/have-your-say-day-nhs-south-warwickshire-ccg-tickets-42501776959

If you have any questions call the patient engagement team on 01926 353810.

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Temporary closure of the public footpath from Masters Road to Acre Close

Please be aware that it is the intention of the County Council to close the public footpath from Masters Road to Acre Close, to allow replacement street lighting to be installed. This should only last from 19th February - 20th February.

For more info, see the notice from the County Council below:

WARWICKSHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL

ROAD TRAFFIC REGULATION ACT 1984, SECTION 14

TEMPORARY CLOSURE OF PUBLIC FOOTPATH F18360 FROM MASTERS ROAD TO ACRE CLOSE, WHITNASH

Warwickshire County Council proposes to make a Temporary Traffic Order closing Public Footpath F18360 from Masters Road to Acre Close, Whitnash that runs from Langley Road to Acre Close recreation ground, to all traffic.

The closure is required to avoid the likelihood of danger to the public while works for the replacement of street lighting columns is in progress.

The Order will commence on 19 February 2018 and will last for a period of 6 months, or until the works are completed, whichever is the earlier. However, it is anticipated that the works will be completed by 20 February 2018.

Access to and egress from properties and land situated adjacent to the length of footpath to be closed, if any, will be maintained where possible.

An alternative route is available via: Langley Road, Masters Road, Brunswick Street, Whitnash Road, Heathcote Road, Acre Close and vice versa.

The Council regrets any inconvenience that may be caused. The team dealing with this Temporary Traffic Order at Warwickshire County Council is County Highways South (Tel: 01926 412515).

Any enquiries relating to the works being undertaken may be directed to the contractor dealing with this matter, Pete Wesson for Balfour Beatty (Tel: 07966 895 219).

S Duxbury, Head of Law & Governance, Shire Hall, Warwick, 1 February 2018

 

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Explore Volunteering in 2018

Every day thousands of Warwickshire residents give their time to a good cause. Warwickshire CAVA have organised an event to celebrate the hard work of all our volunteers, and to encourage others to join up to the volunteering community in 2018.

Helen Wilkinson, Volunteering Co-ordinator at WCAVA said…
‘Please visit us at our ‘Explore Volunteering’ event on Thursday 18th January. We have teamed up with local charities, each offering a range of different volunteering opportunities to give you a real sense of what’s out there and how you can get involved.’

WCAVA will be joined at the event that runs from 10.30am to 2.30pm in the Royal Priors Shopping Centre by groups who rely on volunteers to deliver their services. Included in the event are Helping Hands Community Charity, The Friendship Project, Guide Dogs, Citizens Advice, Girl Guides, Air Ambulance, PHAB, Warwickshire Vision Support and local community centres.

Between them, these organisations offer hundreds of very varied opportunities to volunteer. These include working with Children, animals, disabled adults, homeless people and local communities generally. Opportunities include amongst other things: befriending, cooking, fundraising, organising activities, reading, offering advice & guidance, puppy walking, administration and retail. Their message is that there is something for everyone.

‘There will be something amazing for you to do as a volunteer, whatever your interests or skills and however much time you can spare. Volunteering is about giving something back and is incredibly rewarding. We’d also like to say a big thank you to all of you who already give your time selflessly to help others. Please do come and see us at the event, we’d love to meet and thank you all in person!’

For further information on our ‘Explore Volunteering in 2018 event’ please contact Fiona Anderson or Helen Wilkinson on 01926 477512 or e-mail Fiona.anderson@wcava.org.uk helen.wilkinson@wcava.org.uk.
To sign up for volunteering on line visit: www.wcava.org.uk/volunteering-individuals

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