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NOTICE BOARD
Ongoing Event - Every Tuesday
SOUTHAM RETAIL MARKET

Market Hill, 9.00am to 2.00pm every Tuesday

Stalls offer a variety of produce - home-made marmalade, fresh fish and poultry, top quality plants. Regular visitors also recommend the market for household goods, toiletries and stationery.

Come and grab a bargain!

Interested in having a stall? Contact CJs Events Warwickshire by email: info@cjseventswarwickshire.co.uk

Byelaws: Pleasure Grounds, Public Walks and Open Spaces

Byelaws made by Southam Town Council under sections 12 and 15 of the Open Spaces Act 1906 with respect to pleasure grounds, public walks and open spaces referred to in the Schedule to the Byelaws:

Notice of Appointment to Inspect Town Council Accounts

Each year the Town Council's annual return is audited by an external auditor appointed by the Audit Commission. Any person interested has the right to inspect the accounts and make copies of the annual return.

For the year ended 31 March 2017, these documents will be available between 7 June and 18 July on reasonable notice by application to the Town Clerk between the hours of 9.00am and 1.00pm from Monday to Friday.

Would you like help with your Direct Payments?

WCC’s Independent Living Team are coming out into the community.

If you receive Direct Payments, know someone who does, or just want to find out more, we would love to see you at one of our drop in events. Full details below:

Important Changes to the Volunteer Drivers Service in Southam

VASA has closed the volunteer driver office in the Grange Hall, Southam. The Town Council will take over this service and the volunteers have agreed to continue to run it for the benefit of Southam Residents.

Southam Town Council will support the volunteers and will continue to pay for the journeys for those residents with a bus pass.

The new office will open on Monday 15 May 2017.

If you live in Southam and you need to book a volunteer driver for a journey from June onwards, please ring the new number: 01926 815817

If you have already booked a journey for May then this will be dealt with by the VASA office in Stratford. You can contact them by ringing the old number 01926 817525. Southam Town Council will pay for the journey for Southam residents as usual during May. If you book a journey after the end of May on this number you will be charged.

This new service is for Southam residents only. Residents of surrounding villages should continue to ring VASA on 01926 817525

PLEASE TELL ANYONE YOU THINK MIGHT USE THE SERVICE ABOUT THESE IMPORTANT CHANGES

Warwickshire Personal Assistant Finder

Are you a personal assistant or interested in a career in support in Warwickshire and looking for work? Join Warwickshire PA Finder and make finding the right job much easier. Full details below:

Town Council Casual Vacancy - Browns Bridge Ward

Notice is hereby given that due to the resignation of Mr J Ward a vacancy exists in the office of Town Councillor for the Parish of Southam – Browns Bridge Ward.

The vacancy will be filled by election if any ten local government electors for the said electoral area submit a written request to that effect in the manner prescribed below and if no such request is made the vacancy will be filled by the Town Council.

Any request for an election to be held to fill the vacancy must be in writing and must reach the Returning Officer, Stratford on Avon District Council, Elizabeth House, Church Street, Stratford upon Avon, CV37 6HX not later than Friday 12 May 2017.

Summer Strollers - Schedule for Walks May to August 2017

All walks on Thursdays, starting at 7.00pm from Wood Street car park. All are welcome. No charge. No transport required.

  • 11 May 2017: Southam Holt (3 miles)
  • 25 May 2017: Ufton Woods (4 miles)
  • 8 June 2017: Ladbroke (4 miles)
  • 22 June 2017: Stockton/Blue Lias (6 miles) to start at 6.30pm
  • 6 July 2017: Bascote (4 miles)
  • 20 July 2017: New Zealand/Stockton (4 miles)
  • 3 August 2017: Stoneythorpe Estate (3 miles)

See our web page (external link) or email us on southamramblers@gmail.com

Printable schedule can be read below:

Southam Carnival - Road Closures

Monday 29 May 2017 - various roads will be closed for Southam Carnival.

The roads affected are: Wood Street Car Park, crossing Daventry Street, along School Street, Pendicke Street, Banbury Road, Old Road, Abbey Lane, Warwick Street, Market Hill, High Street, Coventry Street, Welsh Road and St James Road.

Between 12.30 and 2.00pm, vehicular access will not be allowed to premises except for emergencies.

Full details can be found in the notice below:

Southam Retail Market

Following an announcement by Sketts earlier this week that it is withdrawing from the Southam retail market, Southam Town Council is pleased to announce that it has appointed CJ’s Events Warwickshire as the new Market Operator as of January 2017.

Leasing issues at Wood Street Car Park mean that the market will initially operate from Market Hill.

Over the past few years CJ’s Events Warwickshire has played a small part within the Southam Community by supporting local groups with events, they have worked with Southam Town Council in the past and with other groups in the town. This year they worked closely with Southam Christmas Lights Association to put on a brand-new Christmas lights switch on event – the event was hailed a great success.

Southam Town Council would like to thank Sketts for providing a market in Southam for several years and wish them all the very best for the future and they look forward to working with CJ’s Events Warwickshire on this new venture.

Jamie Walker of CJ’s Events Warwickshire said: "We’re pleased an opportunity has arisen to take over the running and management of the market. With our fresh and modern ideas with promotion, offers, and themed events, we will be looking at expanding and reviving it into a thriving community market which brings the local community and nearby villages together as it did in previous years. We will work closely with Southam Town Council to find ways to expand the market and attract new visitors and traders into the town".

He added: "We will be running the market as of Tuesday 3rd January, and be looking to have a re-launch event in April".

CJ’s Events Warwickshire currently operates Warwick, Leamington and Kenilworth markets on behalf of Warwick District Council, along with Bromsgrove and Bewdley Markets.

The Mop Fair - Road Closures

Road and Wood Street Car Park Closures

As in previous years, Coventry Street, High Street, Wood Street and Market Hill will be closed on the occasion of the Mop Fair on Monday 17 October 2016, from 9.30am to 12 midnight.

During the time of the road closure, vehicular access will not be allowed to premises except for emergencies.

Parked vehicles must be removed from the closed roads by 9.30am on Monday 17 October 2016.

Full details can be found in the notice below:

Notice of Conclusion of Audit

The audit of the Town Council's Accounts for year ending 31 March 2016 has been concluded on 23 September 2016 by Grant Thornton UK LLP.

Southam Town Council Grant Applications

Southam Town Council will consider Section 137 grant applications at its February and September meetings.

The Council's aim is to ensure that they distribute grant aid in a manner which is equitable, fair and in line with its Equality of Opportunity policy and which adds value to community projects.

Your completed form should be returned to the Council no later than the first Monday in February or September.

Get Your Dog Microchipped - it is the Law!

By 6 April 2016 all dogs should be microchipped.

Southam and Area New Website

Did you know that the official new website for Southam and Area is now live at www.southam.co.uk (external link)

It's easy to list your business, group or event for free:

Business directory

Community directory

Events calendar

Take a browse around this new and exciting website. Don't miss the opportunity for free publicity. If you need any help adding your own listing email info@southam.co.uk

Planning a Public Event in Southam

If you are planning a public event in Southam, the document below has information on making an application and other things to consider:

Southam Safer Neighbourhood Team

Names, email addresses and telephone numbers of the Southam Safer Neighbourhood Team can be read below.

To report a crime or incident please call 101.
In an emergency always call 999.

Main telephone number: 01926 684984
Team email: southam.snt@warwickshire.police.uk
Website: www.warwickshire.police.uk

Burial Ground Working Party Report to Southam Town Council

At its meeting in September, Southam Town Council considered a report from the Burial Ground Working Party and RESOLVED that

'Southam Town Council is minded to become a Burial Authority subject to the outcome of a local referendum, which it is hoped can be held in May 2015 to coincide with the General Election.'

A positive response in the referendum will be required in order for the Council to borrow the necessary funds and to increase the Council Tax.

Application for the Designation of a Neighbourhood Plan Area

Notice is given that Stratford-on-Avon District Council has received from the Southam Town Council an application to designate the area comprising the civil parish of Southam as a 'neighbourhood' - which means a Neighbourhood Plan can then be prepared for the area. Read full details below:

Driving and Parking Changes to Southam Town Centre

Warwickshire Council carried out a consultation with Southam Town Residents in Nov/Dec 2013 regarding proposals for various changes to road parking/waiting around the town centre. A majority of 82% responders in favour of the proposals:

  • Proposed Prohibition of Driving and Revocation of One Way – Wood Street
  • Proposed Waiting Restrictions – Market Hill, Park Lane, High Street, Coventry Street, Meadow Road, Wood Street
  • Proposed Disabled Parking - Market Hill

Any objections to the proposals must be received by 3 October 2014. The public notice and other information formally advertising the proposals can be read below:

Important Changes to the Community Links Service

From Monday 7 April 2014 the Community Links service will operate on a zoned basis. Users from different parts of Stratford District will be able to use the service on specific days of the week. Many long-term users will remember that this was the basis of the service when it first started.

Residents of the Stratford-upon-Avon Zone, including Stratford Town, Tiddington and Alveston, will be able to use the service every weekday.

Residents of the West Zone, including Alcester, Bidford, Studley and Tanworth-in-Arden will be able to use the service on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

Residents of the South Zone, including Quinton, Shipston-on-Stour and Tysoe, will be able to use the service on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.

Residents of the East Zone, including Kineton, Southam and Wellesbourne, will be able to use the service on Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays.

The map below shows the zones and the villages within them.

Further changes will be happening when the Community Links service is replaced by a new transport scheme after Monday 2 June 2014. More details will be released about this shortly.

For any queries about the zones and days and the new transport scheme please contact Community Links on 01789 264491.

Energy Saving Homes

New website will help residents cut fuel bills!

A new website aimed at helping householders across Coventry and Warwickshire to save money on fuel bills by making their homes more energy efficient has been launched by Warwickshire County Council.

The site - www.energysavinghomes.org.uk - has been funded through the government's Fuel Poverty Initiative, the council and partners such as Green Energy Networks and the Renewable Energy Technology Alliance and is to be managed by the region's energy efficiency charity Act on Energy.

It is part of a broader £1 million Coventry and Warwickshire wide campaign to help reduce fuel poverty, particularly in rural areas. The site includes an online calculator which suggests measures which could be installed, according to the age, type and size of property, the householder's budget and the likely savings. Visitors can register their details so they can return to them at a later date and add additional information.

Measures range from low cost suggestions such as lagging water tanks to longer term investments such as installing solar PV panels and biomass boilers. It will also point users to sources of funding – such as the government's Green Deal and grants for renewables - as offering to email contractors on their behalf for detailed quotes.

A number of real life case studies will give an idea of measures which other local people have carried out, the costs of the work and the savings achieved.

The site also contains information on community energy saving groups and contractors in the area, which offers the added bonus of keeping jobs local. Trades people are members of RETA or Act on Energy's Installer Network and new applications are invited through the site.

Customers can rate contractors in the form of 'Trip Advisor' style star ratings.

Those without internet access can contact Act on Energy by phone - 01789 842898 - to get an identical service – with the added bonus of human contact!

Act on Energy chief executive David Jullien said: "On behalf of all of the organisations involved in the project, we encourage anyone who wants to save energy to look at this new and extremely comprehensive website. You may find something you can do that improves your home, supports the local economy and saves money on your fuel bills. The site is aimed directly at householders in Warwickshire and Coventry, where you can see the benefits of energy saving improvements for some local homes and the local contractors who fitted them."

Guidance for Displaying Promotional Posters and Other Material

Stratford-on-Avon District Council is responsible for maintaining the high environmental standards of the district. This includes ensuring that any promotional material is displayed, and taken down, in a responsible manner.

We are committed to supporting local events and ask that any associated material is displayed in line with the guidance and the requirements set out below. Such material includes: posters, signs, banners, postcards/fliers and A-boards.

Please note, where material is displayed outside of the guidance, it is deemed to be 'fly posting' and the Council has the right to remove it or take action to get it removed.

Below is useful guidance on displaying promotional material for different categories of event:

Recycle even more in Stratford District

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.

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.

Read full information in the poster below:

Census Profile for Southam CP

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 econimic activity.

The Town Churchyard at St James Church

A Press Release from Southam Town Council and St James Parish Church

Most residents of Southam will, by now, be aware that the Town Churchyard at St James is rapidly running out of space for new burial plots and there are currently only four remaining. However, we wish to make it clear, that second burials in existing family graves can continue where there is space available and cremated ashes can also be placed in family graves as well as the reserved cremation area.

Stratford District Council was formally requested by St James Parochial Church Council to become a burial authority in May 2009 and to provide a municipal cemetery at Southam. This request was finally declined at the end of 2012. The situation so far as Southam Town Council is concerned is that it is not a burial authority, and to become one would incur considerable expense.

Coventry Diocese has been consulted but, although they will give what help they can, they will not develop a new burial ground.

Southam Town Council will discuss the matter at their meeting on 28th February 2013 in order to decide if it wishes to continue to try to find a solution to the matter. If it is resolved to take the matter forward the next step would probably be to hold a meeting at which the public could express their views.

This statement has been jointly agreed between the Town Council and St James Parochial Church Council.

February 2013

Home Delivery and Mobile Library Service

Do you know someone who enjoys reading books, or listening to audio books, but who finds it difficult to get out?

To find out about our Home Delivery Service contact the Home Delivery and Mobile Library Service on 01926 851031.

Warwickshire Community Oil Syndicate

Do you want to save money on the cost of your heating oil? So do we!

Join our new community-based Warwickshire oil syndicate and see how easy it is.

Telephone: 01789 472611
Email: oil@wrccrural.org.uk
Website: www.ruralwarwickshire.org.uk

Changes to Street Lighting Across the County
Warwickshire County Council

A decision has been made by Warwickshire County Council to operate approximately 80% of County Council owned street lights on a part night basis.

This will mean around 39,000 street lights will be switched off between the hours of midnight and 5.30am.

This will:

  • Save money
  • Reduce carbon emissions
  • Reduce light pollution

Read more in the documents below:

Southam RAFT (Residents Against Flood Threat)

Free Community Flood Alert

Working together RAFT and Southam Town Council, utilising Stratford District Council grants, have now installed a 'Community Flood Alert' early warning system. This will monitor the level of the River Stowe and provide for three automatic alarm conditions.

  • Level 1) an early warning that something is possibly going to happen! This would have been triggered on Sunday 29th April.
  • Level 2) you really should do something, eg. moving stuff upstairs, put IPP in place (flood barriers), etc!
  • Level 3) there's not much time left!

The system can send alarm messages via email, mobile and land line texts which ever is applicable to you (All three may be possible subject to total number of messages required?)

The system will be going live in June and in order to programme the messaging output we need to know some essential information if you wish to be included ie. YOUR NAME, PROPERTY ADDRESS and CONTACT DETAILS (email, land line and mobile phone numbers).

Please provide details by either a) post to the Town Council Offices, b) by visiting the Town Council offices or c) by email to clerk@southamcouncil-warks.gov.uk

IF YOU ARE IN RENTED ACCOMMODATION IN ADDITION TO PROVIDING YOUR CONTACT DETAILS PLEASE PASS THIS TO THE PROPERTY OWNER OR AGENT

Should you have any questions or would like further information please contact the Southam Town Council on 01926 814004 or John Smith on 01926 815658 or email johnsatstc@aol.com

GET ON THE RAFT IT MAY HELP YOU STAY OUT OF THE WATER

New Shipston to Southam Cycle Route

A new cycle route between Shipston-on-Stour and Southam has been developed as part of The Vision for Shipston partnership between representatives of the town and Stratford District Council.

Read full details in the news release below:

New Home Woodchipping Service

Warwickshire County Council are offering a subsided service available to Warwickshire householders from Monday to Fridays.

Read the leaflet below for full details.

How to Report Potholes, Pavement Repairs, Street Lighting Problems

If you know of any potholes, pavement repairs, highway and street lighting problems please report them to County Highways via any of these methods:

Telephone - 01926 412515
Online - www.warwickshire.gov.uk/roads
Email - countyhighways@warwickshire.gov.uk
Text - Lighting (followed by location and defect details) to 07950 082082

Environment Agency - Changes to our Flood Warning Service

On 30 November 2010 we made changes to our flood warning service. The changes make our service easier to understand and help you respond in a flood.

Flood symbols and messages

We changed our flood symbols and updated our warning messages so they are easier to understand, provide more local information and give clearer guidance about what people need to do.

 

Flood Alert

This replaces our current Flood Watch. A Flood Alert means that flooding is possible and that you need to be prepared. A Flood Alert will be used to warn people of the possibility of flooding and encourage them to be alert, stay vigilant and make early preparations for flooding. This will replace the previously used Flood Watches, and will have a new definition, icon and accompanying advice. A Flood Alert will be issued earlier than a flood warning, to give customers advance notice that flooding is possible.

 

Flood Warning

Means that flooding is expected and that you should take immediate action. You should take action when a flood warning is issued and not wait for a severe flood warning. A Flood Warning will be used to warn people of expected flooding and encourage them to take action to protect themselves and their property.

 

Severe Flood Warning

This means that there is severe flooding and danger to life. These are issued when flooding is posing significant risk to life or disruption to communities and we need to encourage customers to take action to protect themselves and to follow the advice of the emergency services.

Press Release: Objection to HS2

Southam Town Council objects to HS2 in its current form and urges neighbouring councils to join with it and local and national working groups in opposing the proposed high speed railway.

Free Home Fire Safety Checks

Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service is offering all Warwickshire residents a free Home Fire Safety Check.

A Home Fire Safety Check offers fire safety advice on all areas of high risk that are in your home, like kitchens, open fires, candles, electric blankets, and smoking materials.

An escape Plan is also a vital area which should be part of your Fire Safety Plan, which can also be discussed during the visit, along with the fitting of free smoke detectors where necessary, and remember this service is completely free.

If you would like to take advantage of this FREE offer call us on 01926 466 282 (please quote ref: 35 CVS).

Have you heard about Community Forums?

Community Forums are public meetings led by the County Council and Stratford-on-Avon District Council to engage the public in council business. Warwickshire Police promote 'Safer Neighbourhoods' through the Community Forums. Additionally the Safer Neighbourhood Teams hold a surgery prior to the forum during which time tea/coffee is available.

If you would like to suggest an issue for a future Community Forum meeting, or find out more, please contact Amanda Wilson-Patterson on 01789 260135 or email amandawilsonpatterson@warwickshire.gov.uk

Relaxed Rules at Recycling Centres

Warwickshire County Council's Vehicle Restriction Policy at the county's nine Household Waste Recycling Centres was relaxed in the spring of 2009. A 12 month review of the policy changes and service improvements has recently been conducted resulting in the following key adjustments:

  • A maximum trailer bed length of 1.83 metres (6 feet)
  • Exemption for unaccompanied bulky household electrical and electronic equipment delivered in vans to most recycling centres (fridges and freezers not accepted at Wellesbourne)
  • Exemption for larger trailers – up to 2.5 metres in length – for the disposal of unaccompanied compostable green waste on weekdays before 12 noon (not Bank Holidays).

The revised policy, updated webpages and Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) together with a downloadable vehicle permit application form for residents owning a car-derived van or twin-cab pick-up is at www.warwickshire.gov.uk/vehiclerestrictions

Vehicle permit application forms are also available from the Customer Service Centre on 01926 412593.

Sand Bags

A supply of unfilled sand bags is available free of charge to those residents whose properties are at risk of flooding.

Please collect from The Town Council Office at the Grange Hall, Coventry Road, Southam between 9.00am and 1.00pm, Monday to Friday.

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