LATEST UPDATES FROM THE PARISH COUNCILLORS as at 17 November 2020
(For earlier news items – please click on the News page on the top menu)
Both the Finance meeting (planned for 10 November) and the regular PC meeting (planned for 24 November) are both on hold for the time being whilst we are in this second Covid-19 lock-down. We will of course update you here as soon as we know when these meetings will next take place.
Live Lockdown Event
Director of Public Health, Karen Wright, will be involved in live Facebook event this Thursday (12 November) with the Ross-on-Wye Community Development Trust. The series of live community events launched last month, are designed to connect more effectively with the community and to address local issues affecting Ross-on-Wye and Herefordshire. The topic of this event will be ‘Life in Lockdown’ and aims to cover questions regarding the importance of the whole community following the Covid-19 safety rules put in place over the next four weeks.
The event starts at 6pm and can be found at www.facebook.com/rosscdt.
If you have a question for the panel, you can email email@example.com in advance of the event, or send in your questions live via the Facebook page.
Thank You to our Residents
|A letter of thank you to all Herefordshire residents for following the Covid-19 rules is available through link. An open letter from Herefordshire Council and local health partners|
- Covid-19 information can be found by visiting Herefordshire Council’s website -please click here
- A recent detailed COVID-19 analysis report (15 slides) of how things stand in Herefordshire can be downloaded by clicking here. This report is in .pdf format and contains useful links to other sites.
Informataion about Herefordshire Council’s support for vulnerable residents during the Covid-19 lockdown can be found at this website
Wellington Heath COVID-19 local helpline for residents in the Parish: Pat Beaumont & Sue Barnes have asked us to remind everyone that the Wellington Heath Battle Group remains available to provide local support to the Parish if needed. Pat & Sue have the following message for everyone:
“Well, here we go again, lockdown for another 4 weeks. As the Government’s strategy to combat and delay the spread of the Coronavirus starts to take effect, we are aware that some in the village may require more support than others. But not to worry the Wellington Heath Coronavirus Battle Group is here to help once again, so if anyone finds it difficult to get their groceries or medicines, then please give us a call. We have also agreed to open the outside lending library once again outside the Memorial Hall so when you go for your walk you can pick up a book to read when you get back home.”
“Don’t forget hands, face, space and stay safe.”
Contact Details : Pat Beaumont (01531 579347) & Sue Barnes (01531 248472)
Draft Minutes of the latest Parish Council Meetings held on Tuesday 29th September and the later ‘Extra Ordinary’ meeting held on Wednesday 14th October are now available by clicking here
The latest minutes from the 4th September 2020 Wellington Heath NDPWG (Neigbourhood Development Plan Working Group) review meeting (and previous meetings) can be found on this page here
Please also note that a revised version of the NDP for 2020 (in DRAFT) can be downloaded by clicking here
Fraudsters are back in action …….claiming to be from the police, banks, and fraud squad.
The deception is carried out in several ways, such as:
- A phone caller pretending to be a police officer who is investigating unidentified activity or fraud relating to your bank account and that you must cooperate with the ‘investigation’.
- You are then persuaded to withdraw funds and hand them over to the ‘investigators’, either by some remote means or in person to a courier.
- You are told that if your bank queries the large withdrawal that they are to say you are happy and it is for a large one-off purchase e.g. work/repairs in the home.
- Alternatively, you may be asked to hand over bank cards, vouchers or other valuable items. They may also ask you to transfer funds to another account, which is controlled by the fraudsters.
REMEMBER….THE POLICE WILL NEVER CONTACT YOU AND ASK FOR YOUR BANK DETAILS, BANK CARDS OR PIN, NOR WILL THEY ASK YOU TO TRANSFER, PAY OR WITHDRAW CASH.
“These scams can be extremely convincing and manipulative. The fraudsters may sound convincing and give (alleged) crime numbers, investigation details, and job titles. They sometimes claim that the transaction must be done in secret. The fraudsters convince their victims not to trust bank branch staff, which can make it hard for those actual bank staff to help prevent the fraud.”
“Remember : Most calls are not genuine, and payments should never be made. No legitimate bank/building society, police officer, or business will ever phone you to ask you to give them your card, your PIN, or your cash in the way we’ve described above.”
“Don’t trust anyone who calls you about your bank details. Always hang up and wait at least 30 minutes to call out again ….this ensures the caller has disconnected.”
There is great advice for the public on the West Mercia Police Fraud Website here.
Beware scam emails
Please also beware of emails which seem to come from contacts in your address book, familiar names in the village, or local businesses.
Parishioners have reported receiving fake emails from another villager asking for “help“.
Usually the wording used gives it away, but everyone is advised to be vigilant and to suspect & scrutinise any email received unexpectedly from a fellow parishioner .
That person may or may not be known to them – but the advice is if in doubt, contact them by phone before responding.
- 20mph speed limits continue to be in force in most parts of Ledbury Town centre under the Herefordshire Council’s emergency covid walking/cycling measures………..so keep an eye out for the temporary 20MPH signs.
- The Ledbury Recycling Centre re-opened on Wed 8 July.
YOU MUST BOOK YOUR SLOT ONLINE IN ADVANCE here. You will need to enter your PostCode, find your address from the pull-down list of properties, select the centre from the centres available and also enter your car registration number. You will be given the available days/time-slots (that have not already been booked). Simply select one, and confirm reservation, and you will be emailed an appointment pass which is numbered and which will need to be printed and displayed on your car dash. (or shown on a mobile phone when asked at the gate). NB: please remember only 2 visits are allowed every 14 days per household and please remember to turn up at the correct time.
- There are no roadworks scheduled for our Parish over the next 2 weeks apart from minor delays at the top bend of Ledbury Road (by Jack’s Lane) due to traffic signalling near the new development.
- However please drive carefuly around the village and watch out for large construction lorries using the Ledbury Road and The Common whilst various homes are being constructed. Please make sure cars are parked off the road, where possible, or tight against the kerbs to allow a safe space for the lorries (and buses) to pass.
You can search for planned roadworks by visiting: https://one.network/ Then searching for “Ledbury (Wellington Heath)” in the search box. (select the time period such as “Next two weeks” from the pull-down box of time periods above).
For the latest village information, including regular weekly news updates and village newsletters, be sure to visit the Village Website by clicking here.
Wellington Heath Councillors are:
Jennifer Jones (Chair)
David Williams (Vice-Chair & Chair of Planning Committee)
Clerk: Mary Barnett
Tel: 01531 635103
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