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Response to Mark Roberts, Loxton Developments

On 12 January Mark Roberts, Loxton Developments, posted a message on Tysoe Village Noticeboard Facebook page (12) Tysoe Village Noticeboard | Facebook  Tysoe Parish Council have agreed the following response.

The permission granted for the development on the Meadow Lane site originally included 3 affordable homes as was required under the District Council’s Core Strategy policies. Mr Roberts purchased the site with this permission and re-applied for permission to take out the affordable homes, against the wishes of the PC, and agreed to pay SDC a sum of money under a S.106 agreement, this he has now done. The PC and the then District Council Ward Member for Tysoe negotiated with SDC to have this sum ear-marked for use in Tysoe within three years of it being paid. The money must be used to fund an affordable housing scheme in the village. If it is not used within three years, it will go into SDC’s central pot of S.106 money to be used elsewhere in the District. So, instead of getting the affordable housing that the PC and village wanted we have a sum of money available to part fund a scheme if we can find one that fits the bill. The PC have been in discussion with SDC for about two years now and SDC will not allow the money to be used on a scheme that is put forward as a mixed market/affordable development unless there is significant “additionality” – i.e., the affordable homes are of very high specification or represent significantly more than the minimum required under SDC’s policy. However, SDC would consider the use of the funds in the case of a “community lead” scheme whereby the homes were predominantly affordable rather than market homes.

Mr Roberts refers to an area to the rear of the Meadow Lane site as a possible development site. No offer has ever been made by Mr Roberts to the Parish Council regarding this land. Residents have consistently objected to any development on this site during numerous and lengthy consultations on the Neighbourhood Plan. That site is now part of the Strategic Gap proposed in our Plan and is outside the proposed Built-up Area Boundary and as such is protected from development.

The other monies that Mr Roberts referred to, which he was obliged to pay as part of his development permission, will be utilised by the PC to improve various facilities in the village in due course. It is certainly not unusual for such funds to accompany a development of this sort.

We would rather have had the three affordable homes that were originally granted permission for on the site, but we are where we are and will do all we can to utilise the £500,000 that was paid to SDC in lieu of building the affordable homes. Residents should be aware that the PC has formed a new Affordable Homes sub-committee to pursue all opportunities to introduce much needed affordable homes into the village and we have been working with Cameron Homes on their proposed development scheme off Sandpits Road to ensure that it includes adequate affordable houses for residents or those with a close association with the village.

8th February 2021

 

Your views on new Health & Wellbeing Hub Requested

South Warwickshire Health and Wellbeing Partnership  in partnership with Healthwatch Warwickshire are asking for your views on the services you would like to see at the new Health and Wellbeing Hub on the Ellen Badger site in Shipston.

Services at the  Hub will be for all residents in this area to access and therefore your views as to what should  be provided are important in shaping the service provision.

You can access the survey by one of the methods mentioned on the Survey poster, or if you prefer a paper copy with FREEPOST reply please contact Gill Roache on 01295 680309.

Closing date for responses is 12 February 2021.

Slurry Tankers in Tysoe

We have had several complaints about the tractors that are travelling through Tysoe throughout the night.

The Parish Clerk has spoken to the farmer concerned to understand more. He explained what is happening:

Two drivers, with a tractor and tanker are working 24 hours a day to move pig slurry from the pig farm on the A422 to Epwell. The direct and cheapest route for their journey is through Tysoe.  The slurry must be moved to sandy farmland in Epwell because it cannot be spread in and around Oxhill and Tysoe because of the predominantly clay soil. Spreading slurry onto wet clay soil would likely cause run off into the water table which is illegal.

To keep pace with the production of new slurry and clear the backlog from the year before, we can expect one tractor to be moving through the village twice an hour, 24 hours per day during January – March. This season will be extended if there is heavy rain or snow. The tanker collects the slurry from the pig farm and then returns through Tysoe with a full load.
When entering the village, to be considerate of residents, the tractor speed is restricted to 15 miles/hour and flashing lights are turned off.

When asked if there was an alternate route for the tractor to take, the farmer explained that going via Sunrising Hill adds a further 10miles to each trip and increases the time it takes the tractor to complete a pickup and drop off. The tanker takes 12 journeys (and 12 hours) to remove the slurry created by the pigs in one day. The rest of the trips take away the stored slurry that has built up in the previous year. Any change to the route would extend the time it would take to move the slurry and reduce the farmer’s margins.

The farmer in question has been performing this same job annually for over 10 years. He appreciates and understands the feedback from the village and is happy to engage with residents via the Parish Council.

Avian Influenza

Do you keep poultry on your land? Are you complying with the Government’s current requirements related to Avian Influenza?
From 14 December 2020 all bird keepers in England (whether they have pet birds, commercial flocks or just a few birds in a backyard flock) have been required by law to take a range of biosecurity precautions including keeping their birds indoors except in very specific circumstances. See the posters below for further information.
Government encourage all keepers to register their birds and to keep contact details up to date, so that they can make contact with you quickly if there is a disease outbreak in the area and you need to take action.
If you have more than 50 birds, you are legally required to register your flock within one month of their arrival at your premises. If you have less than 50 birds, including pet birds, you are still strongly encouraged to register. Find out how to register your birds by following the link.

Make a Change – Become a Councillor

Written applications are now being received for the vacancy of Councillor to Tysoe Parish Council. Deadline for applications is 01/02/2021 with the intention of our new Councillor being in post for the new financial year.
 
For most information please go to https://www.tysoe.org.uk/parish-council/parish-councillors-areas-of-responsibility/
Please email your application to parish.clerk@tysoe.org.uk or deliver to 6 Middleton Close.

WCC Creative Arts Offer

Warwickshire County Council and the five District and Boroughs are offering a suite of creative arts packs for those residents who are clinically extremely vulnerable during Lockdown 2 to improve mental health and wellbeing.   If you are interested for yourself or a neighbour in the Parish please contact the relevant artist:

Creative arts offer
1. FREE Storytelling Activities Pamphlet
At its heart this course will be about storytelling and the fact that every one of us is a natural storyteller.  Through thought-provoking exercises and games, each of the six lessons will introduce various techniques used in the art of storytelling so that, without realising it, you will build up confidence and skill. By the end of the lessons you will have grown in your ability to express yourself and have some solid tools and exercises that you can use for storytelling and creative writing in the future. Contact
Jenny Davis for the activities pamphlet 07946 585978 jenny@artsuplift.co.uk

2. BIG PICTURE SHOW @HOME Inspiring films and activities for you to enjoy at home. We will post out a DVD containing a number of inspiring short films suitable for a wide range of ages. The pack will include suggestions for ways to explore the films fully and ideas for related activities. You will need a DVD player connected to a TV, computer or laptop so you can watch the films on the disk. Some of the activities may suggest using everyday household objects, but these are completely optional and no specialist equipment is required. Please contact Live & Local on 01926 402173 or admin@liveandlocal.org.uk to request your DVD pack.

3. Sundragon Community Pottery will send out a pack containing air-drying clay, tools, paints and an ideas and instruction booklet. Participants can follow our instructions to make particular projects eg a container and decorative tiles or they will be able to follow their own ideas. We hope that participants will find that working with clay is calming, focussing, enables self-expression, offers skill development, distraction from worry – all disguised as fun. For would be participants contact phone number: 077611 45720., email address: sundragonpackpics@gmail.com

4. The Escape Box – Creative Journaling Pack
A gift with all the art materials you need to create your own creative journal and keepsake box. Lots of guided creative activities to have a go at make things personal to you, all delivered to your door. To receive yours contact info@escapearts.or.guk or call (01789) 532110 (answer machine in operation).

AN UPDATE – SOUTH WARWICKSHIRE NHS FOUNDATION TRUST

Plans for a local Southam-based COVID vaccination programme are developing well. As a PCN we have to deliver at one site only for our practice population of just over 30,000. South Warwickshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is running the Covid vaccination programme for the GP surgeries in the Southam Area.
We have been informed by our local Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) that the local programme is aiming to commence as early as next week in Southam. We will of course keep you posted, and will inform any patients as and when they are eligible for the vaccination.
We are asking all patient to still adhere to the national lockdown rules once they have been vaccinated to control to spread of the virus. The vaccination roll out will be in line with the national guidelines and we will start with our over 80’s. Our Care Home and housebound patients will have their vaccines delivered by the Coventry and Warwickshire Partnership Trust this is being done as a service separately to the Southam Hub service.
Before the Covid vaccination became available, the government asked the CCGs around the country to provide a Covid vaccination service. The CCGs, in turn, asked their local PCNs whether they wished to take the responsibility for this. If the PCN did not wish to do so, then the CCG would run the vaccination programme themselves. You will know that many of the other local PCNs decided to take responsibility for the programme. However, all the practices in the East PCN had concerns about how they could provide the service. All the practices are small and have limited capacity regarding available staff. Since all the practices needed to be fully on-board with doing it, the East PCN decided to leave the CCG to provide the service. The PCN practices based the decision to ask the CCG to provide the service due to Staffing of the site.
Many of our practices have branch surgeries and if we were to staff a Covid hub then this would mean the temporary closure of our branches and therefore have a great impact on patient care. With Covid itself our staffing levels may be impacted due to pandemic and again our first thoughts were to protect the day to day primary care we deliver. The date of delivery of the vaccine would not be released until 2 days before arrival, during which time batches of 1000 people would need to be invited. This in itself would be a challenge as we are 5 individual small sites and this could mean high vaccine wastage due to the short shelf life of the vaccine. We have not been able to have the contract changed to meet the challenges of a small rural practice populations we have asked
If we were to have an extra cold freezer (at -70oC) we did not have a site with the capacity to house this
A GMC registered doctor (i.e. not retired) must be on site at the “hub” to sign a legal document for each of the patients stating that there were no contraindications to that patient having the vaccination. This is possible when we vaccinate our own practice’s patients, but not possible when we don’t know patients from other practices.
A doctor must sign a document confirming that they are satisfied that the person giving the vaccination is competent and has completed full training to do so. Once again, this is possible for our own practice staff but very difficult with staff from other practices.
This was a very difficult and morale decision and we based it on the safety of all of our patients knowing that keeping our doors open and our dispensary running especially over the winter pressure months was for us paramount but that we also would offer the CCG support in administration to invite our patients in for the vaccine and to also help staff the hubs are also be a channel for those people wishing to volunteer to help.
In some parts of the county, Covid vaccinations have already started. But not in all areas. Not all PCNs are in wave 1. The vaccines are being rolled out to some PCNs ahead of others. Patients of the East PCN will not miss out.
We are asking patients to please not call the surgery to find out about the vaccination programme but to please bear with us and know that they will be invited in very soon.

Notice of Conclusion of Audit

Please note that the audit of accounts for Tysoe Parish Council for the year ended 31 March 2020 has been completed and the accounts have been published.

The Notice and the relevant pages from the Annual Governance & Accountability Return are available here.

You are able to print a copy from the website but if you do require a printed copy please contact parish.clerk@tysoe.org.uk.  There is a fee of £10 for printed copies.  The Annual Governance & Accountability Return is available for inspection.  Please contact parish.clerk@tysoe.org.uk to arrange a mutually convenient time to view the records.