Cardboard Recycling Bins Closed
Due to a long period of unsatisfactory service provided by R&S Recycling the Parish Council along with MHDC have terminated their contract. A legal letter has been sent asking for the recycling bins to be removed from the Village Hall car park, as this should have been done before Lockdown but was not carried out.
MHDC have confirmed residents can leave their cardboard out for their bi-weekly collection.
Any cardboard left at the current site in the Village Hall car park will be treated as fly-tipping and fines will be issued.
We are sorry for any inconvenience caused but until a new reliable contractor can be found this site has been closed.
Thank you for your co-operation.
NPCC Speeding Campaign
Monday, 18 May 2020, saw the launch of the National Police Chiefs' Council (NPCC) speed enforcement operation.
With the gradual relaxing of lockdown restrictions police forces throughout the UK will be taking part in a two phase operation to remind motorists of the importance of travelling within the speed limit. This operation is deliberately timed as travel restrictions start to ease, to keep people safe as the volume of traffic increases.
In phase one from 18th May, forces will be sharing messages across social media and other platforms encouraging the public to slow down and save lives, in addition to normal speed enforcement activity.
Phase two from the 25 May will see forces step up visible speed enforcement activity for the following two weeks, focussing on roads and areas where speeding is known to be an issue or there is a history of serious collisions.
Chief Constable Anthony Bangham, Roads Policing Lead for NPCC, said:
"With the gradual move out of lockdown and with traffic volumes starting to increase, this national operation is an important way of highlighting the dangers of speeding, particularly when so many people have not been out on the roads for quite some time.
"Unsurprisingly, the lockdown saw very quiet roads. Many forces reported increased speeding in a general sense and some forces reported instances of very excessive speeding. It is also of particular note that we have seen an increase in pedal cyclists at this time, many of whom may be unfamiliar with busier roads. Pedestrians and runners have also got used to empty roads.
"Put this together with better weather, lighter evenings, motorcyclists itching to ride out across our country roads and you have the concerning combination of factors for a significant increase in people being killed or seriously injured. I am determined for this not to be the case."
Police want to remind motorists of the devastating impact speeding can have, not only increasing the risk of a collision but the severity of the impact at higher speeds.
Figures show that on average 17 people are killed and 126 are seriously injured every month in the UK, where speeding is believed to have been a significant factor.
At 30mph, vehicles are travelling at 44 feet or about 3 car lengths each second. Even in good conditions, the difference in stopping distance between 30 mph and 35 mph is an extra 21 feet or 6.4 metres, more than 2 car lengths, this could make all the difference in avoiding a collision. The distance required to stop safely, significantly increased at higher speeds.
Chief Constable Bangham went on to say, "Speeding kills, and driving within the speed limits makes our roads safer. Please slow down and save lives."
**End of message**
(Circulated CMS all communities West Mercia).
The Police and Crime Commissioner is keen to make you aware of a Worcestershire based foundation that may benefit residents in your community during the current COVID-19 pandemic.
Worcestershire Community Foundation (WCF) are in receipt of funding from the National Emergency Trust. The group is looking to support charities and voluntary organisations across the county who are doing great work in response to the health crisis.
The funding is also available to services supporting victims of rape and sexual abuse, and as they are yet to receive any requests for funding in this area, WCF would particularly welcome any applications.
Below is the basic criteria outlined for grant giving by WCF :
I would be grateful if you could pass this opportunity on to any voluntary organisations or charities within your community that you think may benefit. If you would like any more information or to make a grant application please contact:
Worcestershire Community Foundation
COVID-19 Response Board
Best wishes and take care,
West Mercia Police and Crime Commissioner
.Please find below an update on the reopening of a number of our Household Recycling Centres (HRC’s) from Monday 11 May.
We will be communicating the following information to the public at 12pm today and I would like to ask that you do not communicate this information until then.
We will be opening 7 of the 11 sites and these are:
* Bromsgrove (Quantry Lane)
* Malvern (Newlands)
* Pershore (Hill & Moor)
* Redditch (Crossgates)
* Stourport (Bonemill)
* Worcester (Bilford Road
This recognises the additional resourcing required to operate the sites in line with the new requirements, e.g. social distancing.
It is important to note that journeys to HRCs must only be undertaken if your waste or recycling cannot be stored at home safely or disposed of safely by other means.
I need your help to try and get the message to residents that this means they should only be visiting if the waste cannot be stored at their home without causing risk of injury, health or harm. There is no other reason the journey will be considered a legitimate purpose for travel. If the waste can be temporarily stored, recycled or disposed of in a way that does not pose a risk to safety or human health, then this should be done.
We are encouraging residents to check the website for full details of the social distancing measures, opening times and other restrictions before they visit the HRC. These measures include a ‘one in, one out’ access policy, no staff assistance to remove items from vehicles so those visiting need to be able to remove their own waste, and additional services such as compost sales and charity reuse points will be closed until further notice.
We expect the sites to be very busy so residents may have to queue for a long time before they are able to access the site as only a limited number of cars will be allowed at any one time . We will have traffic management in place where possible and will monitor this to try and keep disruption to the network to a minimum. We also have included at the bottom of this email the detail that we will be putting on the website, www.letswasteless.com<http://www.letswasteless.com>, at 12pm. This will give you a good overview of what we have put in place.
If you have any questions, let me know. Please communicate this to your Parish Councils. Your Borough and Town councils will be informed.
Thank you for your assistance throughout this very awkward time. Keep safe – Keep well.
1. Do not visit the HRC unless it is ESSENTIAL for you to do so.
* Essential means you must only visit if your waste or recycling cannot be stored at home safely or disposed of safely by other means.
§ By this we mean the waste cannot be stored without causing risk of injury, health or harm. There is no other reason the journey will be considered a legitimate purpose for travel. If you can temporarily store your waste or recycling in a way that does not pose a risk to yours or others safety or human health, then you must do so.
* DO NOT visit the site if you or a member of your household are unwell, as you should be following the Government guidance on self isolation.
1. Social distancing measures will be put into place at each of the sites:
* Only a limited number of residents will be allowed on site at any one time.
* A ‘supermarket style’ system will be implemented, with a ‘one out, one in’ access policy.
* No assistance will be provided on site so only load items you can unload yourself.
* No walking in of waste will be allowed.
* No soil improver / compost sales.
* No reuse charity drop off points.
* Alternate parking spaces / bays will be blocked off.
* Access to each skip would be by one resident at a time.
* The deposit of some materials may not be possible if the re-processor is unavailable as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak – check individual HRC webpages for more details
* The Commercial Vehicle and Trailer Permit scheme will remain in operation.
1. We are expecting the sites to become very busy and we would like to ask residents to:
* visit the website for more information on restrictions BEFORE you travel and to check opening times at www.letswasteless.com<http://www.letswasteless.com>
* Keep to the 2 metre distancing rules AT ALL TIMES
* Ideally come alone and wear gloves and suitable footwear (no open toe sandals)
* Stay in your vehicle while queuing to aid with social distancing and wait to be directed to a parking bay by staff.
* Please be patient. Remember that going to HRCs will be different from the way the system operated before lockdown, that safety is paramount and that it will be a while before social distancing restrictions are lifted.
2. Please act responsibly towards other visitors and staff:
* Severn Waste Services, who run the sites our behalf, will not tolerate any form of abusive behaviour towards its staff and will take action against offenders
* If you do not comply with social distancing guidance, you will be asked to leave the site and the site may have to close temporarily.
Cabinet Member with Responsibility for Environment
Worcestershire County Council, County Hall, Spetchley Road, Worcester, WR5 2NP
Tel: 01905 846756
On behalf of our community The Parish Council wish to thank Mike and Sarah for their hard work and good spirits in keeping Great Witley Post Office open during this difficult time .It has meant so much to everyone.