SAVE MONEY ON NHS PRESCRIPTION CHARGES
If you need more than 13 prescriptions in a year you could save money with a Prescription Prepayment Certificate.
For more information contact your local Citizens Advice Bureau or buy a certificate online at www.nhsbsa.nhs.uk/ppc (external link).
- Poster/More Information (pdf)
HELP WITH FLOOD INSURANCE COVER
Do you have difficulties trying to get flood cover for your home or business? Are you finding the insurance premium and/or the excess unaffordable? Do you find the process you have to go through stressful?
The National Flood Forum has an insurance telephone helpline, dedicated to support people while they try to gain flood insurance cover.
- Full Notice (pdf)
GUIDANCE FOR DISPLAYING POSTERS AND OTHER MATERIAL
The leaflet below is from Stratford District Council and explains the guidelines for displaying notices, posters, and other similar material in the local area.
MARCLIFF FLOOD ALLEVIATION SCHEME UPDATE
The notice below is specifically for Marlcliff residents after a post inspection of the flood alleviation scheme showed that some remedial work is required, which the Environment Agency hope to carry out in the new year.
HOME FIRE SAFETY CHECKS
Having a home fire safety check may save the lives of you and your family.
A member of Warwickshire Fire and Rescue will come to your house to carry out a check. They will offer help and advice to fit your individual circumstances, including:
- Escape routes;
- Smoke detectors;
- Kitchen and electrical safety;
- Fitting smoke alarms free of charge if your current ones do not meet the recommended minimum safety standards. Subject to eligibility.
Please call 01926 466282
- Full Information (pdf)
DON'T LEAVE YOUR CAR RUNNING WHEN NOT ATTENDED ON COLD MORNINGS
Although vehicle crime is low across Warwickshire and West Mercia, cars are stolen from driveways every winter because owners leave them unattended, with the keys in the ignition, while they warm up and the windscreens defrost.
Some vehicle owners nip inside for just a few seconds to collect a bag or finish the last mouthful of coffee – but that’s all the time an opportunist thief needs.
Insurance companies may not pay out for cars stolen in this way – and if your house keys are taken as well, you’re making your home vulnerable.
Freeze out car thieves on frosty mornings:
- Clear windscreens with de-icer and a scraper
- Sit in your vehicle while the heater de-mists the windscreen.
For more vehicle security advice visit: www.warwickshire.police.uk or www.westmercia.police.uk
- Cold Mornings Leaflet (pdf)
NEW MAPS HELP PREPARE FOR FLOODING
Improved flood maps published today show a reduction in the number of people classed at risk of surface water flooding and will help communities and businesses protect their properties from flooding.
The maps show areas of the country at risk of flooding from rivers and the sea as well as new national scale maps of surface water flooding, making them some of the most comprehensive anywhere in the world.
Visit www.environment-agency.gov.uk/flood (external link) to check the new flood maps on the Environment Agency website.
The Environment Agency is aware of an error in the data provided for Broom. It shows the area of Mill Close as Medium Risk when it should be Low Risk. This will be amended in February 2014 which is the next time the site is updated.
- Full Press Release (pdf)
DRIVING VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
Do you live in South Warwickshire, own your own car and have a clean driving licence? Do you have a few spare hours a week?
If so, come and join Coventry and Warwickshire Partnership NHS Trust in driving patients to and from home to hospital appointments and day care centres.
For more information contact Trish Sheasby
Telephone: 024 7696 8165
RECYCLE EVEN MORE FROM APRIL 2013
Did you know, you can collect the following additional items to put out as part of our district-wide kerbside collection service: Unwanted Small Electrical and Electronic Equipment, Textiles, Household batteries.
These items can be put out for collection every week, next to your grey refuse bin or your blue-lidded recycling bin. Please put these items in standard-sized carrier bags and place them at the side of your wheeled bin (not in it). Please do not mix different materials in the same bag, eg. use one bag for textiles, one for batteries and another for small electrical and electronic equipment. Ensure the bags are tied.
It is really easy to use the service, simply put the items out in separate carrier bags, tie up the bags and place them along side either you grey refuse bin or blue-lidded recycling bin on your normal collection day.
In order to collect these items, all collection vehicles have been fitted with a small compartment so the materials can be stored separately. They will not be put into the back of the vehicles.
To ensure they can be collected, items must be small enough to fit into a standard-sized shopping carrier bag.
Please leave any cables and plugs attached to the electrical items and please remove all batteries from the electrical items and place them in a separate bag.
Read full information in the poster below:
- Recycling poster (pdf)
CENSUS PROFILE FOR BIDFORD-ON-AVON
The document below contains information from the 2011 Census on Bidford-on-Avon, including statistics on population, health and care, ethnicity, education, housing, travel and economic activity.
WELFARE REFORM FILM
Below is a link to a very interesting short film about changes to housing benefit which may well affect households in our area. This is one of a planned series of films, which is being produced via BRANCAB on behalf of the Warwickshire Financial Inclusion Partnership. The films are being used as another channel of communications for the forthcoming Welfare Reforms:
- YouTube: Housing Benefit Changes 2013 (external link)
VEHICLE CRIME INFORMATION SHEET
Warwickshire Police would like to offer the following advice to help the public protect themselves against vehicle crime:
BIDFORD-ON-AVON HOUSING NEEDS SURVEY
Below are the results of the Housing Needs Survey carried out by Warwickshire Rural Community Council on behalf of Bidford-on-Avon Parish Council. The report is dated August 2012.
- Housing Needs Survey (pdf)
STREET LIGHTING - CHANGING TO PART-NIGHT OPERATION
WCC are carrying out changes to street lighting across the county, with 80% of county council owned street lights being put on a part-night basis (no lights from midnight to 5.30am).
The map below shows which lights will remain on all night and which ones will switch off:
BIDFORD RESIDENTS GET CITIZENS ADVICE BUREAU OUTREACH SERVICE
The start of a new year is the ideal time to take advantage of the new outreach Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB) service which has launched in the library.
Stratford district is one of the largest rural districts in England, and for many people making the journey into Stratford can be problematic. Stratford CAB is now operating a fortnightly service for Bidford residents at the Library and Information Centre on Bramley Way.
The service is available on the first and third Fridays of each month. It is free and completely confidential.
248 REDDITCH-ALCESTER-BIDFORD-EVESHAM BUS ROUTE
Below is the timetable for the Sunday bus service from Redditch to Evesham via Alcester, Wixford, Bidford, Salford Priors and Norton (and vice-versa).
The timetable is valid from 4 September 2011 until further notice.
- Bus Route 248 Timetable (pdf)
HEATING AND DIESEL OIL THEFT
Theft of heating and diesel oil has been a problem for many years and the Police have always noticed an increase in this type of crime whenever the price of crude oil rises.
The leaflet below offers advice on siting oil tanks, security locks and lighting, defensive planting and other security measures.
PUT A STOP TO RURAL CRIME
Your rural business has become a target for thieves, Now is the time to act... Rural businesses will be targeted as long as thieves see them as soft targets. The short guide below provides a series of key points to reduce the likelihood of you becoming the next victim.
The advice and information provided is designed to make it harder for the thief and safer for you and your employees, who you have a legal obligation to protect under health and safety legislation.
- Stop Rural Crime Guide (pdf)
POTHOLES, PAVEMENT REPAIRS, HIGHWAY AND STREET LIGHTING PROBLEMS?
Report it to:
- Telephone: County Highways on 01926 412515
- Website: www.warwickshire.gov.uk/roads
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Text: Lighting (followed by location and defect details) on 07950 081082
- Poster (pdf)
FLOOD WARNING SERVICE INFORMATION
The Environment Agency provides a flood warning service throughout England and Wales in areas at risk of flooding from rivers or the sea. Using the latest available technology, other staff monitor rainfall, river levels and sea conditions 24 hours a day and use this information to forecast the possibility of flooding.
- Fact Sheets (pdf)
WARWICKSHIRE VOLUNTARY SNOW WARDEN SCHEME 2010/11
From Warwickshire County Highways Policy Group:
As I'm sure you will remember, last winter we had a lot of snow and ice across the UK and this led to most local authorities having to concentrate on main roads, and not clearing quieter roads and pavements. We've already had our first spell of snow and ice, with more likely over the coming weeks, so how do we make sure we can still get around on foot safely?
As snow wardens you will endeavour to enlist help from your neighbours, and clear, pavements, drives and cul de sacs and in so doing greatly assist the local community and vulnerable people.
This will let the council focus on its priority routes used by 90 per cent of county's traffic. We will still grit the main routes, that's obviously our responsibility – but this is a practical way of getting resources to areas that are more isolated and will be based on your local knowledge as a priority to your community.
We thank you for volunteering to be a Snow Warden, your local input will be most appreciated during any severe weather spells.
TIPS AND ADVICE ON CLEARNING SNOW AND ICE
There is no law stopping you from clearing snow and ice on the pavement outside your property, pathways to your property or public space.
If an accident did happen, it's highly unlikely that you would be sued as long as you are careful and use common sense to make sure that you don't make the pavement or pathway clearly more dangerous than before. People using area affected by snow and ice also have responsibility to be careful themselves.
- Advice (pdf)