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Condover, Dorrington, Ryton and Stapleton
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Condover Parish Council have recently started sending out e-newsletters about the latest local news and information relating to our Parish. These e-newsletters are delivered straight to your inbox and have been subscribed to by many residents in and outside of the Parish already. If you would be interested in receiving these updates, you can sign up to the list here.

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THERE IS A VACANCY  FOR THE ROLE OF CLERK AND RFO FOR CONDOVER PARISH COUNCIL

FOR MORE INFORMATION AND IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN APPLYING FOR THIS ROLE, PLEASE SEE THE DOCUMENTS BELOW:

 pdfClerk Advert (203.38KB)  pdfJob Application Form (139.2KB)  (By Post)

pdfClerk Job Description (154.43KB)pdfClerk Personal Specification (170.84KB)

docxEmail Job Application Form (22.63KB) 

The Parish Council deadline for accepting applications is now the 16th February 2016.

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Defibrillator

CALLING FOR DEFIBRILLATOR VOLUNTEERS IN CONDOVER

Condover Parish Council is committed to having a defibrillator in all four wards in the Parish. Dorrington, Ryton and Stapleton now have the people and equipment in place and as the most populated village we would now like to ask everyone's in Condover for help, to put yourselves forward as a volunteer to use the defibrillator.

Following the meeting on Monday 1st February a group was formed who have agreed to support the introduction of the Condover Defibrillator at Condover Community Room, Brook Close.

We still need volunteers in Condover to go on a list to be called upon to take the equipment to a resident in the village that needs assistance. Full training will be given and no medical experience is needed as the defibrillator prompts the user through each stage so we can give the patient immediate help.

I'm sure many of us have experienced a family member or friend that could have benefited from immediate action in a time of an emergency and to have this available could literally be...

A LIFE SAVER
 
For more information about getting involved please call Claire Tolley for an informal chat without committing yourself, on 01743 873608.

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Appeal Decision relating to planning application for 47 houses east of Station Rd Condover.

The Inspector's Summary:

 "The proposed development would provide additional market housing and a relatively small number of affordable dwellings which would help boost the housing supply in Shropshire. It would also provide some community benefits, including additional school and recreational facilities. However, I have found that it is contrary to adopted development plan policies and would fail to represent sustainable development in accordance with the Framework. Given this and my findings that the Council has demonstrated a 5 year supply of deliverable housing land, the proposed development would be contrary to the Plan-led system, and residential development at that scale outside the settlement boundary is not justified in the current circumstances. Therefore, having regard to all matters raised, I conclude that the appeal should fail."

The Parish Council is overjoyed with this decision which supports their SAMDev submissions to Shropshire Council.

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Rural Day of Action & Crime Prevention


The aim of this event is to ensure anyone with any concerns or who may feel vulnerable can be reassure that they can take advantage of the advice on offer at the event and ensure everyone feels safe within their own homes.

In partnership with the Police, a Day of Action will take place in Condover Parish at Condover Village Hall on Wednesday 17th February from 11am-3pm.

For more information about this event, you can view the following poster which will be on noticeboards and publicised around the Parish.
pdfDay of Action Poster (967.48KB)
 

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Shropshire Council Big Conversation

Shropshire Council would like to thank everyone who took part in the councils Big Conversation survey. The first view of the results have now been collated.

A total of 2,271 people and organisations took part in the survey which ran from 17 November until 6 January 2016.

The Big Conversation survey is the first phase of a five-year conversation the council wants to have with Shropshire people to ask them what council services are most important to them, and what they can do to help and make the remaining resources it has go further.

You can find out more about the 
Financial Strategy issued by Shropshire Council on how to combat the financial challenge they face in providing services due to government cuts.

You can also read the full article from Shropshire Council about what the 
results from the survey showed as the most important services to protect from reductions in spending.

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CONDOVER PARISH COUNCIL'S LATEST INITIATIVE:

Condover Parish Council's Annual Parish Community Recognition Scheme 2016

The Parish Council wish to introduce this new scheme which will involve presenting awards to those people, organisations or businesses who are recognised by the Community and Parish Council for contributing significantly to the quality of life of those living in the parish by their community/public activity.

Special recognition may also be given to an individual/group for a very special activity; which not only benefits the parish but beyond!

The Parish Council believes that such community work, often voluntary, should be recognised.

Local nominations by the residents of Condover Parish are sought and are to be considered by the Parish Council in time for the results and the winners to be announced at the Annual Parish meeting which is scheduled to be held on Tuesday 19th April 2016.

Nominations should be made on the form provided below and must submitted to the Parish Clerk by 31st March 2016 at the latest.

Example Categories are:

  • Young Person of the Year

  • Good Neighbour
  • Exemplary Achievement

Recognition is given for an exceptional contribution, performance or commitment in the past year.

To download the form, click the link and select "Save" when prompted:
docxCommunity Recognition Scheme Application Form 2016 (59.64KB)

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Shropshire Health and Wellbeing - Shropshire Together

Shropshire Together

To find out more about activities going on, news and updates about Health and Wellbeing in our county you can view the Shropshire Together's latest newsflash or for more detail about the work they do and events held, you can visit their website.

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PARISH NEWSLETTER

The Latest edition of our Parish Newsletter has been compiled. Recently councillors have been finding it increasingly difficult to deliver your edition of the Newsletter to your door. To be sure to receive it electronically, please send an email to the editor: laurenhackett@yahoo.com from the address you wish it to be sent to stating that you would like an electronic copy of the newsletter. Paper copies will also be made available in Condover & Dorrington Post Offices. Alternatively you can simply download the .PDF version of it from this website:

pdfCPC Parish Newsletter - January 2016 (3801.01KB)

Also available online for anyone in the Parish, although it will be more appealing to residents of Ryton, is the August/September 2015 Edition of the Ryton Village Newsletter:

pdfRyton Village Newsletter #72 (1761.22KB)

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Putting Patients First - Maintaining Safe, Effective and Dignified Urgent and Emergency Care Services

In a packed edition of the Putting Patients First newsletter from The Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust you will see that patients and staff at Shropshire's two acute hospitals-and across Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin and mid Wales-are being asked for their views on how the Trust which runs them can maintain services in a safe, effective and dignified way while awaiting the outcome of the NHS Future Fit Programme. 

To view the full December 2015 edition of Putting Patients first you can 
click here.

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Green Futures 2016 Seminars
from The Rural Hubs Partnership

Once again the Green Futures Team are working together to help farming businesses comply with cross compliance, environmental issues & legislation by organising seminars across the region and as such, those interested are invited to attend a Shropshire Seminar in:

 

Prees Cricket Club, Brades Road, Prees, SY13 2DX
on Tuesday February 2nd 2016, 2pm - 4pm

or

Craven Arms Community Centre, Craven Arms, SY7 9PS
on Tuesday February 2nd 2016, 7pm - 9pm

 

The Seminars at these events will include:

  • Farming Advice Service: Cross compliance - including 2016 update and inspection issues.
  • NFU: Basic Payment Scheme claim for 2016, Greening & EFAs
  • Campaign for the Farmed Environment: Making sense of margins
  • Environment Agency: NVZ's - storage of silage, slurry and agricultural fuel oil regulations
  • Natural England: News of the Countryside Stewardship Schemes in 2016
  • Catchment Sensitive Farming: Help with local initiatives and schemes
  • CLA: An update on local, regional & national funding initiatives

 

These events are likely to be heavily subscribed so to book a place please contact Herefordshire Rural Hub Tel: 01432 353465 or Email: bookings@herefordshireruralhub.co.uk


For more information on the Rural Hubs Partnership & their work, you can visit their website.

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 SHROPSHIRE RURAL HUB NEWSLETTER

The latest edition of the Shropshire Rural Hub Newsletter is available to view online below. The Shropshire Rural Hub is an informal producer-led network of rural businesses which aims to work with partners to stimulate and support innovative and dynamic rural enterprise and achieve a sustainable rural economy for Shropshire.

pdfShropshire Rural Hub Newsletter Dec'15-Jan'16 (277.34KB)

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P3 GATE & STILE SPONSORSHIP SCHEME

Church Stretton Parish Paths Partnership, in conjunction with Shropshire Council, are piloting a sponsorship scheme where old path stiles and gates can be replaced with new oak gates to enable walkers to gain easier access to the Countryside.

Under this scheme a message or name can be carved on to the gate serving as a memorial for many years to come. There is also the unique opportunity for businesses to advertise on these gates, whilst also helping their local community by helping connect them through the Rights of Way paths these gates and stiles fall upon which many enjoy walking along.

If you are interested in sponsoring a gate in your local community, either as a business or as a memorial, please contact David Hardwick for more information on 01743 791984 or email: david.hardwick@shropshire.gov.uk


The Parish Paths Partnerships (P3) are groups of community volunteers who work throughout Shropshire, in their local parishes, to identify local priorities for countryside access and to help maintain their local Rights of Way network.

If you enjoy being outdoors and are interested in volunteering with a P3 group or becoming a walk leader, you can visit the P3 Group page of this website to find out more about the P3 group for the Condover Parish and getting involved in their work.

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Connecting CONNECTING SHROPSHIRE UPDATE

Some 500 premises in Condover parish can now upgrade to fibre broadband from their chosen internet service provider. We cannot guarantee that everybody is able to order a fibre broadband package, you'll need to contact your chosen internet service provider to check availability. You might like to take this opportunity to shop around to see if you can get a better deal elsewhere on a comparison website, for example: https://www.cable.co.uk/connectingshropshire/   

Most of the other premises in the parish are connected to either cabinet 1 or cabinet 3 in the Dorrington exchange, both of which will be upgraded to a fibre to the premises solution, which can deliver download/upload speeds of up to 300/30mbps.

Cabinet 1 in Stapleton serves about 70 premises in the parish and work to provide fibre broadband to this area is expected to be completed at the end of 2016. 

Cabinet 3 - Following an update from BT Openreach about the FTTP build in the Ryton and Condover Park area (served by the Dorrington #3 Cabinet). The Parish Council have been informed that in order to connect up the areas of Ryton and Condover Park, a road closure and diversion via the A49 will have to be put in place. This has been scheduled in for mid-February 2016, so the current forecast for the completion for the area to get fibre broadband potential is for late April 2016.

REMEMBER: To connect to fibre broadband, people need to contact their chosen internet service provider to upgrade their broadband package, the broadband speeds won't increase automatically.

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To stay up-to-date with Connecting Shropshire news, you can read the latest Christmas e-newsletter from them.

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 SHROPSHIRE HATE INCIDENT UNDER-REPORTING RESEARCH INCIDENT SURVEY 2015 - FRESh

FRESh (Fairness, Respect, Equality Shropshire Ltd) is a community co-operative. We promote equality, diversity and the elimination of unfair treatment and discrimination for people in and beyond Shropshire.

Every year tens of thousands of people in Britain are upset or hurt in some way because of how they are seen by others. It can include physical violence and brutality, as well as harassment such as being spat at, being called names, being threatened, being bullied through social networking sites or text messages and damage to your house or car. These are all called hate incidents and affect all kinds of people from all walks of life. Sometimes incidents might seem trivial at the time, but when repeated they can cause the same enormous damage to victims, their families and friends, and to wider communities as bigger incidents.

http://www.freshshropshire.org.uk/hate-incident-survey/

This short survey can be found in the link above. It is anonymous and shouldn't take longer than ten minutes to complete.

We understand that remembering these incidents can be unpleasant, but it will help us to find out how often and what kinds of hate incidents happen in Shropshire. This will guide improvements in how hate incidents are reported, recorded and in the support given to victims. We'd be grateful for your help in filling it in, either online, or by emailing it to us at fresh.shropshire@gmail.com or by posting it to: FRESh, c/o 7 Severn Bank, Castlefields, Shrewsbury SY1 2JD

 FRESh

Support available

Hate incidents can cause misery and distress, whether physical, mental, financial, emotional or spiritual. If you need support, please contact Victim Support on 0300 303 1977 (free & confidential).

Reporting hate incidents

If you want to report a hate incident that happened to you or someone else, you can contact the police or a third-party reporting centre. The police don't have to be involved and you can report anonymously.

Addresses and phone numbers for reporting in Shropshire are in this leaflet, or download a reporting form directly. Anonymous online reporting can be done via Crime Stoppers.

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SHROPSHIRE OUTDOOR PARTNERSHIPS SURVEY

Shropshire Outdoor Partnerships Service is the part of Shropshire Council that maintains and develops recreational access; conserves and enhances the natural environment and encourages people to improve their wellbeing by being active outdoors. Every year we ask our users to complete our online survey to enable us to identify trends in usage and form clear priorities for future delivery.

If you could take 10 minutes to fill out this survey it would be much appreciated. Follow the link below and click on "How to Get Involved"

http://new.shropshire.gov.uk/get-involved/outdoor-recreation-annual-public-survey/

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IMPORTANT - NEW NUMBER FOR SHROP DOC

There is a new number for the out of hours "Shrop Doc" service that is provided to all residents in Shropshire. The new telephone number is now live:
0333 222 66 55

Call charges to 0333 numbers from any landline is dependent on the originators calling tariffs, but are generally charged at the same rate as a local call. (From BT landlines call costs will be 1ppm) .Calls from mobiles to 0333 numbers are generally included in originators call minutes package

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Shaping Your Outdoors Newsletter

The latest edition of Shaping your outdoors, the newsletter of Shropshire Council's Outdoor Partnerships Service, is now available to view online. The newsletter highlights the work they do to improve Shropshire's public rights of way network, countryside parks and sites, green spaces and play areas

Autumn 2015 Edition of Shaping your Outdoors  can be accessed here.

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THE 2015 PARISH PLAN IS NOW FINISHED

to view the finished document online, please follow this link:
pdf2015 Parish Plan (5584.49KB)

If you would prefer to have a physical copy of the Parish Plan booklet then you can contact your local parish councillor or the clerk to receive one. To find out more about the Parish Plan, please visit the Parish Plan Revisited page of this website.

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 SHROPSHIRE's FUTURE FIT Plan

To find more information about this and other healthcare news in our area you can also look on the NHS Future Fit website here: http://nhsfuturefit.org/

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POLICE COMMISSIONER REPORT

Available for viewing and may be of interest to residents in the Parish is the PCC's quarterly update - including updates on the policing budget, rural crime and the new deal on services for victims of crime. It can be accessed by visiting the following website: www.westmercia-pcc.gov.uk 

For more information on Police Matters in our parish please visit the Police page of this website here.
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Both Warwickshire and West Mercia police have new improved websites which make it easier to find information on staying safe online and in your community as well as important information for victims and witnesses as well as information for offenders.

You can find the new websites at the links given here:

www.warwickshire.police.uk and www.westmercia.police.uk

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ADVICE ABOUT STAYING SAFE ONLINE

There is a lot of interesting and importance information in the Shropshire Rural Hub Newsletter; the following is an extract from the February Edition of their newsletter but is very important for anyone who uses the internet, whether on a daily basis or only sporadically:

On December 1st 2014, Warwickshire Police and West Mercia Police launched the #Be Cyber Smart campaign to raise awareness of internet-related crime and to give people the knowledge they need to protect themselves. The first phase focuses on online shopping; Here are a few simple tips and safety checks:

Don't Transfer Money
Always pay for items you buy online by card on a secure payment page, by cheque or by cash, in person. However desperate you are to secure an item, never transfer money into the seller's account, as you may never see the goods or your money ever again.

Check that Payment Pages are Secure
Before you enter your card details on a payment page, make sure it is secure by checking that the address starts with "https‟ (the "s‟ stands for "secure‟) and there's a padlock or unbroken key symbol in the browser window.

Use a Credit Card
Remember that you have more chance of getting your money back in the event of problems if you pay by credit card rather than debit card. Some sellers may charge a premium, but it could well be worth the extra for your peace of mind.

Use Auction Sites Safely
Many of us buy from online auction sites. Always use trusted and well-known payment methods instead of paying sellers directly. Read the site and seller's conditions. For your personal safety, if you're collecting in person, take someone with you or let people know where you're going.

Check Out Bargains with Care
If you find, or are emailed about an item that seems just too much of a bargain, it could be a scam, fake goods or it doesn't match the description. Remember, if it seems too good to be true, it probably is.

Use Social Networks Safely
Social networks are a popular medium for scams and are becoming increasingly so. If you see a post promising something free of charge, free entry to a competition with a fantastic prize or perhaps an offer that seems just too good to be true, consider very carefully before following it up.

Use Email Safely
An email urging you to click on a link to reveal a special offer, to open an attachment containing some great news, or to "confirm details" or "reset your account", could well be a scam, even if it appears to come from a reputable source. If in doubt, delete the email and don't respond to or forward it.

Look After That Smartphone or Tablet
Protect your smartphone or tablet by downloading a reputable internet security app and make sure it's safeguarded with a PIN. Install parental control software on kids' mobile devices and chat to them about how to use the internet safely.

Remember to Log Out
When you've finished your online shopping or banking session, always log out of the website or app... it only takes a second. Sometimes, just closing the window doesn't mean you've logged out, and someone else could gain access to your account and personal details. Don't forget to check and save purchase confirmation emails.

Make Sure Wi-Fi is Secure
Wherever you are, make sure the Wi-Fi is secured. When you're out and about, in the caf?, the pub or a hotel for example, you can't guarantee it's secured even if you have to enter a code. When you're shopping, banking or making other online payments, it's better to connect with 3G or 4G, even if it's slower.

Beware of Scam Phone Calls
If someone posing as a retailer calls you to confirm an online purchase, it could well be a scam. The idea is that you won't remember the purchase, and call your bank. However, the fraudster stays on the line, and tricks you into revealing your financial details. If this happens, hang up, don't call back, but report it to Action Fraud.

Check Bank Statements
Check your bank and credit card accounts regularly for irregular or unauthorised transactions. If you spot any entries you don‟t recognise, contact your bank without delay. Make sure your bank has your up-to-date contact details so they can alert you if they spot anything unusual.

For more information about staying safe online and the scams to look out for, go to 
www.getsafeonline.org and www.cyberstreetwise.com 
If you think you have been a victim of fraud report it to Action Fraud, the UK's national fraud reporting centre, by calling 0300 123 20 40 or by visiting: www.actionfraud.police.uk.

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NATIONAL PLANT MONITORING SCHEME

The National Plant Monitoring Scheme was launched this year and is the first of its kind and asks for volunteers across the United Kingdom to visit a kilometre square local to them and record the plants they find there in several different plots. The scheme will enable us to explore how plants in different habitats are responding to changes in the environment.

This is done through the examination of the plant species in the square plot, volunteers receive training and are expected to survey their plot 2 times a year. Volunteers for the scheme may be individuals or small groups.

If anyone in the Parish is interested in becoming a volunteer of the scheme you can find out more by reading the following document: pdfEvery Flower Counts NPMS (208.16KB)

or visiting the National Plant Monitoring Scheme Website: www.npms.org.uk  

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USE FOR DEFUNCT TAX DISC HOLDERS

The Emergency information holders are the brainchild of a West Mercia Police officer looking at a way of utilising the now defunct tax disk holders. The idea is that the disk is easily identifiable by emergency services as it only makes the information available after access to the vehicle is gained, thus keeping your personal data out of sight.

pdfEmergency Contact Disc (125.36KB)

 Above is a poster detailing how the emergency contact details can be put into the tax disc holder and is available for you to print-out, cut-out and place in your car.

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