Covid-19

posted 6 Apr 2020, 05:13 by Clerk

We would like to express our thanks to all residents who are helping relatives and neighbours during these challenging times and hope you are able to continue to do so.

If you are in need of help or know someone who needs help or you would like to offer your assistance, please contact:

Life Central Church in partnership with Hagley Parish Council are able to help, please call 0121 501 3542 or email clerk@hagleyprsihcouncil.gov.uk

or

Worcestershire Here2Help website (www.worcestershire.gov.uk/Here2Help) which is the County website where anyone in Worcestershire can register if they are in need of support or would like to offer their help. BDC, RBC, BARN and others are working with colleagues at the County Council to try and help ensure co-ordination locally.

or

‘Support Bromsgrove’ www.supportbromsgrove.com – For anyone in need or would like to help across Bromsgrove District during this COVID-19 outbreak BARN (local volunteer centre) has set up this new website, working with local voluntary and community groups, including three local foodbanks. The telephone number and email address for anyone in need of support is linked to the Bromsgrove Community Support Facebook Group (www.facebook.com/groups/BromsgroveCommunitySupport) which has over 4000 members.

Corona Virus

posted 3 Apr 2020, 04:59 by Clerk

Telephone: 0121 501 3542 or email clerk@hagleyparishcouncil.gov.uk

If you are self-isolating due to COVID-19 or are in a particularly vulnerable category (i.e. elderly or with underlying health conditions), Lifecentral Church in partnership with Hagley parish Council can help with:


Picking-up shopping/prescriptions 
A phone call
Posting mail 
Pet support 
Other urgent supplies

Cleaner domestic burning of solid fuels and wood

posted 27 Feb 2020, 05:05 by Clerk

DEFRA has released information regarding cleaner domestic burning of solid fuels and wood, following a consultation carried out in 2018. This BBC article provides an overview and the full consultation response is on the DEFRA website

This may well be generating some interest in your wards/parishes.  

 

Changes will mean:

  • Sales of bagged traditional house coal will be phased out by February 2021, and the sale of loose coal direct to customers will end by 2023
  • Sales of wet wood in small units (less than 2m3) will be phased out required to have a moisture content of 20% or less from February 2021. Small foresters have until February 2022 to become compliant. Wet wood in volumes greater than 2m3 will also have to be sold with advice on how to dry it before burning
  • Makers of solid fuels will also need to show they have a very low sulphur content and only emit a small amount of smoke.

 

It is not banning wood or coal burning stoves.

 

The reasons behind this legalisation and other advice around burning the right things in the right way is to reduce the risk of:

·         air pollution and associated health problems

·         carbon monoxide poisoning

·         chimney fires/house fires

 

Worcestershire Regulatory Services are responsible for providing technical support in respect of air quality in Bromsgrove and Redditch and have some links on their ‘Smokeless Zones’ page to useful information for anyone with a solid fuel appliance/wood burner, whether or not they are in a smokeless zone.

https://worcsregservices.gov.uk/nuisances/smoke/smokeless-zones.aspx

Neighbour disputes

posted 17 Oct 2018, 01:11 by Assitant-Clerk   [ updated 17 Oct 2018, 01:11 ]

Message from locl Policing Team

Neighbour Disputes
 

We would all like to live in peace with our neighbours, but unfortunately that is sometimes not how things work out. Here is what you can do if you are having problems. 

Unless a crime has been committed or someone is in immediate danger, the police are unlikely to intervene in neighbour disputes. However, we will put you in touch with the groups and organisations who can help. 

Examples: 
“I am having a dispute with a neighbour about our property boundaries”. 

If you can not find an amicable solution with your neighbour, we suggest seeking the advice of a solicitor to resolve this. You could also contact your bank, building society, or whoever holds your deeds, to confirm the boundary lines. 

The following resources may also be of use: 

The Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) www.rics.org 
The Land Registry www.gov.uk 

“I am having a dispute with a neighbour about their CCTV camera pointing at my property”. 

Many people are installing closed circuit television (CCTV) as a home security measure as it has proved to be an effective tool in fighting crime. Cameras used for limited household purposes are not subject to the Data Protection Act 1998. However, if the footage covers areas beyond this, such as neighbouring streets or other properties, problems may arise. There could be issues regarding privacy and harassment if you are being recorded in your home. 

In the first instance, speak to your neighbour to see if it is possible to reposition the camera so that it does not point at your property. If this is not successful, and you want to take further action, we recommend seeking legal advice from a solicitor. 

To find a local independent solicitor visit The Law Society web site www.lawsociety.org.uk 

This information is provided courtesy of Ask The Police 

“My neighbour plays music to an excessive level”. 

The GOV.UK site allows you to submit a noise complaint to your local council online. 
If you live in a rented property or local housing then please contact your landlord or the housing association who will be able to provide relevant support and guidance. 

Further advice on what to do to resolve a neighbour dispute can be obtained from the Gov.UK website www.gov.uk 

This independent website also offers advice www.problemneighbours.co.uk 

If you live in a rented property or local housing then please contact your landlord or the housing association who will be able to provide relevant support and guidance. 

Protecting yourself from fraud

posted 25 Jul 2018, 02:35 by Assitant-Clerk

Message from Local Policing Team:

Protecting yourself from fraud


If you receive a request to provide personal or financial information, you need to take a moment to reflect and step back from the situation. 

Even if they say they're the bank or other trusted organisation, you still need to take the time to stop and think about what's really going on. Deep down, you probably already know these basic rules on how to beat financial fraud - you just need to take a breath and stay calm enough to remember them. 


1. Requests to move money: 

A genuine bank or organisation will never contact you out of the blue to ask for your PIN, full password or to move money to another account. Only give out your personal or financial details to use a service that you have given your consent to, that you trust and that you are expecting to be contacted by. 

2. Clicking on links/files: 

Don't be tricked into giving a fraudster access to your personal or financial details. Never automatically click on a link in an unexpected email or text. 

3. Personal information: 

Always question uninvited approaches in case it's fraudulent. Instead, contact the company directly using a known email or phone number. 

4. Don't assume an email or phone call is authentic: 

Just because someone knows your basic details (such as your name and address or even your mother's maiden name), it doesn't mean they are genuine. Be mindful of who you trust - criminals may try and trick you into their confidence by telling you that you've been a victim of fraud. Criminals often use this to draw you into the conversation, to scare you into acting and revealing security details. Remember, criminals can also make any telephone number appear on your phone handset so even if you recognise it or it seems authentic, do not use it as verification they are genuine. 

5. Don't be rushed or pressured into making a decision: 

Under no circumstances would a genuine bank or some other trusted organisation force you to make a financial transaction on the spot; they would never ask you to transfer money into another account for fraud reasons. Remember to stop and take time to carefully consider your actions. A genuine bank or some other trusted organisation won't rush you or mind waiting if you want time to think. 

6. Listen to your instincts: 

If something feels wrong then it is usually right to question it. Criminals may lull you into a false sense of security when you are out and about or rely on your defences being down when you're in the comfort of your own home. They may appear trustworthy, but they may not be who they claim to be. 

7. Stay in control: 

Have the confidence to refuse unusual requests for personal or financial information. It's easy to feel embarrassed when faced with unexpected or complex conversations. But it's okay to stop the discussion if you do not feel in control of it. 

If you've taken all these steps and still feel uncomfortable or unsure about what you're being asked, never hesitate to contact your bank or financial service provider on a number you trust, such as the one listed on their website or on the back of your payment card. 

Report fraud 

The first thing you should do if you've been a victim of fraud is to contact Action Fraud. You can report a fraud via their online fraud reporting tool, or by calling Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040. 

If there is a crime being committed right now or if you are in danger you should call the police on 999. 

Message from West Mercia Police - cyberbullying and online harassment

posted 22 May 2018, 04:27 by Clerk

Advice on cyberbullying and online harassment


Cyber bullying and online harassment can be extremely distressing. It can be classed as a criminal offence but there is lots of help available to support you. 

Tips to stay safe online 

Think before you post - when posting or commenting on the internet, consider what you say and what effect this may have. Never post comments that are abusive or may cause distress to others. 

Keep personal information personal - avoid saying things or publishing pictures that might later cause you or someone else embarrassment. Be aware of what friends post about you, or how they reply to your posts, particularly about your personal details and activities. 

Make the most of privacy settings - keep your profiles closed, allowing access only to your chosen friends and family. 

Report cyberbullying to internet service providers - lots of content on social media that is offensive or upsetting is not necessarily a criminal offence. However, cyberbullying often violates the terms and conditions established by social media sites and internet service providers. Report cyberbullying to the social media site so they can take action against users abusing the terms of service. 

Social media help sections can show you how to block users and change settings to control who can contact you. You can get advice and support on using the following social media sites, including the ability to report content to them. 

Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/help/ 


Twitter - https://support.twitter.com/ 


Instagram - https://help.instagram.com/ 


LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/help/linkedin 


Google+ - https://support.google.com/plus#topic=6320382 


YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/yt/policyandsafety/en-GB/reporting.html 


Pintrest - https://help.pinterest.com/en 


Tumblr - https://www.tumblr.com/abuse 


Snapchat - https://support.snapchat.com/en-GB 


If you believe that you are the victim of an offence, always keep a record of the content by taking a screenshot, for example. If you are worried that your child or a loved one might be the victim of cyberbullying here are some signs to look out for: 

Low self-esteem 


Withdrawal from family and spending a lot of time alone 


Reluctance to let parents or other family members anywhere near their mobiles, laptops etc 


Finding excuses to stay away from school or work 


For further signs and advice visit bullying.co.uk 

Message from West Mercia Police - Reporting a crime

posted 22 May 2018, 04:17 by Clerk

Reporting Incidents

Please do not report crime or other incidents via Twitter or other forms of Social Media ? Please call 101 or 999 in an emergency. Additional information is often required by officers in order for the police to act upon any information given. 

Please view the advice below on which number you should ring. 

999 is for reporting emergency situations only; below is a helpful mnemonic to remember when to use it. 

P - Phone 999 only if 
O - Offenders are nearby 
L - Life is at risk 
I - Injury is caused or threatened 
C - Crime or disorder is in progress 
E - Emergency situations 

What is 101? 

101 is now the number to call when you want to get through to your local police when it is less urgent than 999. It is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Calls to 101 from land lines and mobile networks cost 15 pence per call, no matter what time of day you call or how long you are on the phone. 

When should I use 101? 

If you have had a minor traffic collision. 
If your property has been damaged. 
If your car has been stolen. 
If you suspect drug dealing. 
If you have been burgled and there are no offenders on scene. 
If you have witnessed a crime. 
If you have information about criminals in your local area. 
If you have seen a missing person. 
If you need crime prevention advice. 
If you want to speak to a local police officer/ your local Safer Neighbourhood Team. 
If you want to speak to the police about any other incident that doesn't require an immediate response. 
If you want to make us aware of any policing issues in your local area. 


What happens when you call 101? 

When you call 101, you will be greeted by an automated system that will automatically identify your location and offer you the option of being connected to your local police force. 

If you would like a different force you will be given the option to speak to an operator to select your chosen area. Your call will be answered by police contact handlers in the control room of that local police force. 

If you are anywhere in the UK you can still dial 101 and you will be given the option of speaking to police contact handlers within West Mercia. If your selection is not correct, you will be given the option to speak to an operator. 

CCTV - Message from West Mercia Police

posted 3 May 2018, 01:38 by Assitant-Clerk

CCTV, can I use it? Do I need it?

There a number of ways in which you can help improve the security of your home and property. You may wish to consider purchasing a CCTV system. CCTV can help deter, detect and identify criminals. 

CCTV can be an effective tool. It can discourage anti-social behaviour and reduce crime because offenders do not want to be caught on camera. 

The first thing you need to consider is if you really do need CCTV. In the first instance you may wish to consider looking at other, less costly ways to improve the security of your home before considering purchasing a good quality CCTV system. 

If you own the property then it is perfectly legal to install CCTV to protect your property against intruders and trespassers. However, you cannot put cameras up on other peoples property without their consent. 

Whilst it is lawful for you to monitor your own property for security purposes, you should however make sure that your field of view does not extend beyond your boundaries or focused on adjacent private areas. 

For more information visit the Information Commissioner?s Office (ICO) website: https://ico.org.uk/for-the-public/cctv-on-your-property/ for their CCTV codes of practice document. You can also phone the ICO helpline on 0303 123 1113, the helpline is open from 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday. 

Parish councillor vacancy

posted 24 May 2016, 02:38 by Assitant-Clerk

There is a parish councillor vacancy. If you are interested please email the clerk at clerk@hagleyparishcouncil.gov.uk or call 01562 886239.

Hagley Neighbourhood Plan

posted 3 May 2016, 01:11 by Assitant-Clerk   [ updated 11 May 2016, 04:58 ]

Bromsgrove District Council 

Application to designate a Neighbourhood Plan Area

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that 

HAGLEY PARISH COUNCIL 

Have applied to Bromsgrove District Council for designation of a Neighbourhood Area under Part 2 of the Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations 2012. As amended by The Neighbourhood Planning (General) (Amendment) Regulations 2015 

This application and map of the Neighbourhood Area can be viewed on: http://www.bromsgrove.gov.uk/council/policy-and-strategy/planningpolicies/neighbourhood-plans.aspx 

Comments on this application can be made by email to: strategicplanning@bromsgroveandredditch.gov.uk or by post to:

Bromsgrove Strategic Planning Team 
Redditch Town Hall 
Walter Stranz Square 
Redditch
B98 8AH 

The relevant map and notice may also be viewed at Bromsgrove Library, Parkside, Market Street, Bromsgrove, B61 8DA and Hagley Library, Worcester Road, Hagley, DY9 0NW. 

All comments must be received by Monday 6th June 2016. 

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