Home Upgrade Grant scheme (HUGs)

The Home Upgrade Grant scheme (HUGs) is designed to tackle colder homes that do not have mains gas central heating. Homeowners and tenants in Worcestershire could benefit from a variety of measures to help reduce energy bills including: internal and external wall insulation, loft and cavity wall insulation, air source heat pumps, solar panels, draught proofing and many more.

Worcestershire County Council is working in partnership with Redditch Borough and Bromsgrove, Malvern Hills and Wychavon District Councils and Act on Energy to deliver this programme.

Worcester City Council and Wyre Forest District Council are administering their own HUG2 scheme and information can be found on their websites.

To qualify, households must not use mains gas to heat their home, have a gross annual income of less than £31,000 with a current Home Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) rating of D to G.

Funding is also available for landlords in the charity and private rented sector.

Those who qualify for the scheme will undergo a free technical survey to determine the most suitable energy efficiency measures.

For more information, including full eligibility, and to register your interest visit:www.worcestershire.gov.uk/home-upgrade-grant-scheme-hug2  OR  contact your local energy charity Act on Energy on their free advice line 0800 988 2881

All projects must be completed by March 2025.

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Download: Flyer (2 MB)

2024 Parish Council meeting dates

The Parish Council meet on the 3rd Wednesday of every other month, unless otherwise notified.

2024 dates are

20th March 7.30pm

15th May 7.30pm

17th July 7.30pm

18th September 7.30pm

21st November 7.30pm

A consultation on draft recommendations​ for division boundaries in Worcestershire has begun ​

Draft recommendations for new divisions, division boundaries, and division names for Worcestershire County Council have recently been published.

They are now inviting comments on those recommendations.

The consultation closes on 18 March 2024

You can take part in the consultation by clicking through to the website, which includes further information about the Commission and the review.

They encourage everyone who has a view on the draft recommendations to contact them, whether you support them or whether you wish to propose alternative arrangements.

They will consider every representation received during consultation, whether it is submitted by an individual, a local group or an organisation.

They will weigh each submission against the legal criteria which they must follow when drawing up electoral arrangements:

  • to deliver electoral equality: where each councillor represents roughly the same number of electors as others across the county;
  • that the pattern of divisions should, as far as possible, reflect the interests and identities of local communities;
  • that the electoral arrangements should provide for effective and convenient local government.

It is important that you take account of the criteria if you are suggesting an alternative pattern of divisions.

If you wish to put forward a view, they would also urge you to ensure that evidence supports your submission.

Public Consultation on H&W Fire & Rescue Services

Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service (HWFRS) would like to let you know that the Service have launched a public consultation exercise on the Service’s Resource Review proposals.  The Service would like to encourage individuals and organisations to share their views on the proposals which we have set out in a Resource Review Consultation Document along with an accompanying Data Pack and short questionnaire.  The consultation closes on 4th March 2024 and results and recommendations will be reported to the Fire Authority in June later this year.

The Resource Review examines the arrangement of operational response resources and considers how this can be improved. This Resource Review aims to ensure that HWFRS is making best use of its available resources, funding, and to assure the Fire Authority, stakeholders and the community that it is providing the most effective service possible across Herefordshire and Worcestershire.

Please note there is no proposal to close any of the Services 25 fire stations or reduce the crewing or emergency cover of the first fire engine, at any of the 25 locations. The introduction of the proposals in this Review would provide a more effective and efficient use of its resources and all the resources realised as part of the proposals will be reinvested in front line fire engine staff.

You can read more about the proposals in the Resource Review Consultation Document which is available on the Service website. A Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s) document will also be available through the website.

To help to gather views, we have engaged an independent research company, Opinion Research Services (ORS) to carry out the consultation for us. They have prepared a separate online questionnaire document, which should only take about 10 minutes to complete. You can access the questionnaire here.

During the consultation, ORS will also meet with a cross-section of residents and stakeholders to discuss the proposals in more detail.

We’d like to encourage your organisation to consider the proposals and respond to the consultation. Please feel free to share the consultation with your wider community to help to ensure we get a good cross-section of views to consider.

If you have any questions, would like any further information or to arrange some time to discuss in more detail, please contact us directly using our consultation@hwfire.org.uk email address.

M5 Junction 8 Carriageway Repairs

Notice received from the Highways Agency:

We’ll be carrying out a permanent repair to the M5 southbound at junction 8 following the deterioration of the carriageway and the embankment at the side of the road.

Our work will start on 8 January, and we expect to complete by Summer 2024. Most of our work will be carried out under narrow lanes which have been designed to reduce the impact on the road user and travelling public.

A reduced speed limit along with speed enforcement will be in place throughout to protect both our workforce and road users.

To install our narrow lanes safely, the M5 southbound will be closed overnight between junction 7 and junction 9, from 8 January to 19 January, Monday to Friday. During this time, we’ll also close the M50 eastbound from junction 1, including M5 junction 8 northbound exit slip.

We’ll also be closing the M5 southbound at junction 8 overnight between the exit and entry slip roads, from 29 January to 2 February, Monday to Friday. This work is to remove the road surface from the hard shoulder and lane one.

During closures, we’ll install a full signed diversion (see image below).

Before closures are in place, we’ll monitor traffic levels each night, and aim to have the road fully closed by 9pm, reopening at 6am each day.

Please plan ahead and allow additional time for your journey.

We’ll make every effort to ensure the impact on the local community and travelling public is kept to a minimum. We always aim to work to the programme; however unforeseen circumstances adverse weather conditions may mean changes.

Access for emergency service vehicles will be maintained throughout.

More information about our work can be found using the following link.

https://nationalhighways.co.uk/our-roads/west-midlands/m5-junction-8-carriageway-repair-scheme/

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Due to the nature of our work, there will be times when we need to close the road.

Notice of Uncontested Elections

Please find attached notification of uncontested elections for the Parish.

In addition to the notice of uncontested elections, please also note the list of all District Council elections that will be contested on the 4th May 2023.

Confirmation of all contested and uncontested elections have also been made available on the Wychavon District Council website  Voting and Elections – Wychavon District Council

Attachments

Total Attachments: 5

Download: Hadzor Results (10 KB) Download: Huddington Results (8 KB) Download: Himbleton Results (11 KB) Download: Oddingley Results (10 KB) Download: Statement of Persons Nominated - WYCHAVON DISTRICT COUNCIL (101 KB)

Wychavon District & Parish Councillor Elections

Please see attached flyers providing more information around the District and Parish Councillor Elections which will be coming up in May 2023.

Attachments

Total Attachments: 2

Download: Parish Councils E - H Notice of Election (71 KB) Download: District Council Notice of Election (71 KB)

Results of survey – new village hall for Saleway Parish

Following the news in late 2021 that Wychavon Council had a legacy grant fund application process, it was considered that a new village hall in Himbleton for the wider Saleway Parish, was something that could be considered.
There was limited time available prior to submitting the application so the Council took the decision to complete a brief survey to get an idea on local resident’s views.
The Council appreciated that this is not a detailed response and further work would be undertaken to complete a more robust plan, if the application was to go ahead.
Unfortunately the deadline passed for the fund applications so nothing further has been progressed at this time.
However there is potentially new grant funding available therefore the Council will be reviewing the project again soon. If anyone would like to be involved, please get in touch – salewayclerk@hotmail.co.uk

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Download: Survey Results (171 KB)

Wychavon Design code – consultation deadline 8th March 2023

Design code consultation – Wychavon Central and North

Wychavon is working with Create Streets to come up with a design code for the district. This is a chance for you to influence how your town, village or street is developed.

Design codes will become an important part of the planning system in the future. They will set out to developers, housebuilders and architects what is required, in detail, from their proposed plans before they are even submitted, guaranteeing standards are upheld and removing the uncertainty which can lead to delays in the planning process.

The codes can include everything from the type of material that can be used to whether buildings should avoid being north-facing so it’s easier to install solar panels on them.

Having a design code will not replace the need for planning permission or remove the rights of residents to object or comment on individual planning applications. But by requiring developers to build to the design code, it means planners can ensure new development is better suited to towns and villages and is good quality, sustainable and helps communities flourish.

Input from residents is critical to the process of producing the code and consultations for the Evesham, Pershore and Droitwich Spa areas are now live.

Using the links below, you can visit the Create Streets interactive map where you can comment on different buildings and aspects of current design in your area, as well as make your own suggestions about good design you would like to see more of in the future.

The deadline to have your say is 8 March 2023.

https://communities.createstreets.com/WychavonCentral

 

Next Parish council meeting – 18th January

Join us in the upstairs room at The Galton Arms in Himbleton for the first 2023 meeting of the Saleway Parish Council.

The agenda has been published on the site.

If you have any issues you want raised at the meeting but can’t attend, please email salewayclerk@hotmail.com