Welcome to Alderton Parish Council
April 2020 meeting cancelled due to CoronaVirus
Annual Parish Meeting Postponed
CORONAVIRUS/COVID 19 HELP – Every household in the parish will now have received a hand delivered Coronavirus support leaflet. The leaflet provides residents with contact details for two named volunteers who can be contacted for support throughout the period of the Coronavirus. Volunteers can help with picking up shopping, urgent supplies, posting mail or a friendly phone call. If you cannot contact the two named volunteers on your support leaflet, or have any queries, then please contact one of the Co-ordinators: Mark Watts-Jones – 01242 620567 Keith Page – 01242 620630 or Helen West – 01242 620587.
Please contact your volunteers if you need them – they are all villagers who are more than happy to help!
Thank you to all those who have set up and co-ordinated this scheme, along with the 80 volunteers offering support to their community.
As you can appreciate this is a constantly changing situation and we will try and communicate any important changes to everyone, through the village website www.aldertonvillage.co.uk, social media or hand delivered newsletters. We are receiving daily updates from Tewkesbury Borough Council who are responding to the latest advice from the government and local public health agencies.
Following government advice to stay at home and avoid all but essential travel, please consider using the village shop for some food supplies and the Gardeners Arms local takeaway service. Also, Alderton Garage remains open – ‘phone 620220.
Unfortunately, on government instructions, all play areas, including ours are now closed. Please respect this.
COMMUNITY HELP HUB – If you currently require help that cannot be provided by family, neighbours or the village volunteers then please contact the Community Help Hub on 01452 583519, Monday to Friday between 8.30am and 5pm or www.gloucestershire.gov.uk/helphub
TEWKESBURY BOROUGH COUNCIL – GARDEN WASTE SERVICE. As of 31.3.20 the Borough Council has had to suspend the garden waste service for at least the next two weeks. Whilst it was hoped that this service could be maintained, it has come to the point where this is no longer possible. The price for the service will be reviewed next year, based on the length of the suspension, to ensure that customers don’t lose out.
Information For Helping In the Current Environment
The government have said there are only five reasons why people should leave their homes:
to shop for necessities
for medical reasons i.e. to go to a hospital
to exercise once a day
to travel to work if absolutely necessary
to care for a vulnerable person
You may want to help a neighbour, a family member or a friend who is currently in isolation.
You may want to help in your local community, and if you sign up with Gloucestershire County Council’s Community Help Hub, you can tick specific things that you can assist with, such as walking someone’s dog for them, putting their bins out, picking up food or medicine for them or preparing meals for the freezer - https://www.gloucestershire.gov.uk/covid-19/
You can only provide support to people who are in isolation if you fulfil ALL of the conditions below:
1. You are well and have no symptoms like a cough or high temperature and neither does anyone in your household;
2. You are under 70;
3. You are not pregnant;
4. You do not have any long-term health conditions that make you vulnerable to coronavirus.
How to help safely:
1. You should not go inside the homes of anyone you do not live with, especially vulnerable people or people who believe they may be infected and are self-isolating.
2. If you are picking essential items up for people, such as prescriptions or groceries, try to limit the amount of time you spend outside of your home by collecting your essential items during the same trip.
3. You should stay 2m or six feet away from anyone you do not live with at all times. Do not share car journeys with people you do not live with.
4. If you have offered to help other people, be mindful of situations where you may feel unsafe, for instance helping late at night.
You can find a lot more information on this and other related Covid-19 issues by following the link below.
This is the end of the message - Best Wishes and Stay Safe
Message Sent By
Simon Bailey (Police, Neighbourhood Watch Officer, Glouce)
Alderton Parish Council help to provide a wide range of services and are always working hard to improve standards. The council operates efficiently and in accordance with rules and procedures as laid down by the Local Authorities Act 1972. Our friendly team of dedicated Councillors have a reputation for accessibility. If you have any questions or problems, why not make us your first port of call?
Alderton Parish Council
The council exists to serve you.
Your council is a corporate body, a legal entity separate from that of its members. Its decisions are the responsibility of the whole body. The council has been granted powers by Parliament including the important authority to raise money through taxation (the precept) and a range of powers to spend public money.
Services and information
They can play a vital part in representing the interests of the communities they serve and improving the quality of life and the local environment. Furthermore they influence other decision makers and can, in many cases, deliver services to meet local needs. In other words, you and your council can make a difference.
What does your Council do?
Planning, highways, traffic, community safety, housing, street lighting, allotments, cemeteries, playing fields, community centres, litter, war memorials, seats and shelters, rights of way – these are some of the main issues that concern parish government. The Government is encouraging local councils to deliver more services and play a greater part in their communities.
Diversity is Strength
Most local councils were set up in 1894 by an Act of Parliament. This created the civil parish, separating it from the church after its long history of delivering local services such as care for the poor, maintenance of roads and collecting taxes. In 2007 the government brought in legislation to allow local councils in London not permitted since the 1960s. In the first decade of the 21st century 200 new councils were created.
The diversity of local councils is their strength. Each can make a unique response to the needs of their community with a sensitivity that is more difficult for principal authorities to achieve.
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