Telford & Wrekin Libraries – something for everyone
I have been increasingly concerned about the reduction or even loss of library provision and in particular a service that is available to the rural areas of the Borough.
I have had a number of meetings with officers of Telford & Wrekin and have been surprised at the range of services on offer.
Did you know you can use your library without visiting it? All you need is a library card, and it is now possible to join online. Telford & Wrekin Library Service subscribe to a range of online services, including Encyclopaedia Britannica, Access to Research, Theory Test Pro, Times Digital Archive and Newsstand which can all be accessed from the comfort of your own home via our website. Your library card also gives you access to eComics, eMagazines, eBooks and eAudiobooks. So why not get online and find out more?
Alternatively, do you love the feel of a book, and age, disability, transport or time has made getting to the library difficult for you? Or are you caring for someone and just aren’t able to get to the library anymore? Then, why not try the free Home Library Service.
Waters Upton Stores has agreed to help with this service. Every three weeks a volunteer will deliver a selection of books that have been chosen based on your preferences. We have a wide range of titles in several formats including large print and audiobooks on CD. You can request the service via our website or you can contact Wellington Library on 01952 382990.
Also, if you have some spare time, have you considered volunteering with the Library Service? They really value the help and support our volunteers give them and their customers. There are several ways you can volunteer including Home Library Service, IT help and community history. Each opportunity has a different level of time commitment so there is something to suit everyone. More information about the ways you can volunteer and the application form are on our website.
So why not visit www.telford.gov.uk/libraries to explore our different offers or you can email firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are interested in receiving books at home, for a three week period, please get in touch, either with the library service as mentioned above, or have a chat with someone at Waters Upton Shop. I will come along and help you with the initial setting up if it helps.
We will also be sending out a questionnaire, initially in Waters Upton Village, to enquire about your thoughts on a library service being provided in Waters Upton Parish Centre. If successful, this would be available to the entire Parish and neighbouring villages. More information will be in the next newsletter.
New Community Bus Service
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Following an enquiry from the Clerk of the Parish Council, the following reply has been received from Telford & Wrekin Council.
Free Nursery Places
Early education and childcare is crucial to a child’s development, giving them the opportunity to learn, thrive and play. It helps to equip young children with the skills they need to do well when they start primary school. You can send your child to either a childminder, nursery or school that accepts two year olds and T&WC have numerous facilities registered to accept them who have spaces available.
Many people could be claiming these free places but don’t know they are entitled to them. If you are unemployed, work part time or are on a low wage you may be entitled to claim this for your two year old.
If your child is two between 1 April – 31 August, then they are entitled to a place this September and if they are two between 1 September – 31 December, then they are entitled to a place in January 2016.
If you want to chat about whether your child is eligible give T&WC a call on 01952 385423 and they can check. You will need to tell them your national insurance number, date of birth and your surname and they can tell you there and then whether they are eligible. What have you got to loose?
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A Big Thank You from Katie Baker.
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Can You Help?
We’ve had a request from a lady in Australia who is trying to find out more about her family.
"The Dearn family lived in the village (Great Bolas) in the 18th century, apart from the Parish Records does anyone in the village know anything at all about them? Does anyone know why the church has the coat of arms of George the Third displayed within it?
Kim Dearn Sydney Australia, late of London”
If anyone has any information, contact Ray Hughes at email@example.com.
Rural communities face increasing challenges when it comes to getting a good energy deal
Citizens Advice Telford & the Wrekin have a number of projects which are aimed specifically at those who are having energy issues, which include:
High fuel bills, incorrect billing, complaints with suppliers, help accessing energy efficiency measures, a price comparison to see if you are on the best deal or accessing fuel due to being off-grid.
click on the link below for more details
GENTLE SEATED EXERCISE CLASSES
for older or less mobile people
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The Parish Council has received concerns regarding hedge cutting and the law.
Natural England states –
“Regarding hedges and roadsides – landowners and occupiers are required, by law, to trim any hedge next to a road, cycleway or footway (including rights of way) where growth prevents the passage or affects safety. It also states that all debris (inc hedge-cuttings) must be cleared away”
May we respectfully ask that you take a look at your hedges and if they need attention so as not to block a footpath or cause a visibility obstruction, please take action as soon as possible. When you have cut back a hedge (or had it cut by a contractor), the debris must also be cleared from the footway or road.
Anyone who has rights of way across their land, please can you ensure that the route is clear. If you find that way-markers are missing, or work is required on stiles, please let me know as soon as possible.
If you are walking a right-or-way and you come across an obstruction, please do let me know and we will contact the landowners and get the path cleared or re-instated.
Katrina, Clerk to the Parish Council.
Waters Upton Neighbourhood Plan
The Plan has now been prepared and the documents below refer to it.
The Plan can be viewed by clicking on the link below
Development Proposals for 200 homes in Waters Upton
On the right, under 'Recent Documents' You will see the letter which the Parish Council will be printing on the back of the leaflet advertising the forthcoming public meeting with BASE, regarding future development proposals. If you don't get a copy of the leaflet, make sure you read this letter, so that you know what is being proposed.
(We encourage members of the community of Waters Upton to register with our website by opening the "Community Services" button to the left (near top), and then "Register" Please Note that only those boxes marked with an * need be filled in.
An e-mail will be sent to you with your registration details and your password.
Registered community members have access to a wider range of information by logging on, and you can choose to receive e-mails about news items posted on the site as a convenient reminder.)
Traders who wish to advertise on this website can do so by either;
a) adding a link to their own website or,
b) creating a website using the template provided.
Please read the document 'Traders Terms & Conditions' under the 'All Information' tab on the left, for full details.
If you have any queries, or require any help, contact the Master Administrator by clicking on the link at the bottom of this page.
TELFORD & WREKIN LOCAL PLAN
Have your say on Wednesday 26th August 2015 - see details in the link below.
WATERS UPTON NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN UPDATE - July 2015
The Steering Group has continued to work on behalf of the community to move forward with the Waters Upton Neighbourhood Plan.
You may recall that the Publication Period for the Plan ended on 6th March 2015 and, since this time, we have been frustrated by further delays in the process which should lead to the submission of the Plan to the Independent Examiner for examination.
It has been a complicated process, hindered by differences of opinion between Government Guidance, legal opinions, Telford & Wrekin Council and ourselves.
However, on 3rd July, we believe we took an important step forward in the process and at a meeting between the Steering Group and Telford & Wrekin Council it was agreed that our Plan, as produced for the Publication Period, could be submitted to the Independent Examiner. The full evidence base, the comments received from interested parties throughout the Publication Period, and the further submission from Telford & Wrekin Council would accompany the document in order that the Examiner could undertake the Examination.
Within the spirit of openness, honesty and transparency, a further Consultation Period would take place over the initial two weeks of the examination. This part of the process is in addition to the Government Guidance, however, the Steering Group believed it was important that everyone had a further opportunity to comment on the TWC submission as part of the process. There would be a public announcement in the Shropshire Star and the period would end on 22nd July 2015. The Examiner had confirmed that he would ‘keep the file open’ until this date and confirmed that all comments would be taken into consideration in his deliberations.
The next stage is a report from the Independent Examiner which should be issued by the end of July. Providing he does not find any major problems with the Plan it will (at that stage) carry significant weight in local planning decisions. To complete the process, TWC will have to accept the Examiner’s Report at a Cabinet Meeting and then a referendum will be held in the Parish for all residents to vote in. We will need 50% or more to agree with the Plan in order that it can be ‘made’ by TWC and be used in ALL planning application considerations and future development decisions with Waters Upton Parish boundary.
On 7th May 2105, the local elections took place across the Borough. Our Ward, Ercall Magna has combined with Edgmond and became a two-member Ward for the first time. Both Councillor Stephen Bentley and Councillor Stephen Burrell were both re-elected to represent the Edgmond and Ercall Magna Ward on the Borough Council.
The Parish Elections also took place and Councillors Lynda Baker Oliver and James Griffin were both re-elected. They have been joined by Councillor Emma Thomas, Councillor Terry Revitt and Councillor Bryan Rothwell. Councillor Des Smith has since be co-opted back onto the Council to make the six.
I am sure you will have heard that Mark Pritchard MP was also re-elected as the Member of Parliament for The Wrekin.
The contact details for the Parish Council are shown below
The Parish Council meets on the 4th Wednesday of every month at 7.30pm in Waters Upton Village Hall and you are all invited to attend. The meeting schedule is shown below.
It is a legal requirement for us to publish the Screening Determination for the Waters Upton Neighbourhood Plan
A copy can be viewed by clicking on the link below -
Public consultation on Waters Upton Neighbourhood Plan
Telford & Wrekin Council is carrying out a public consultation on a neighbourhood development plan covering the next 16 years for the parish of Waters Upton.
The plan has been prepared by Waters Upton Parish Council to establish a long term plan for the village and help deliver the local community’s aspirations and needs.
It sets out key objectives and local planning policies which would help in determine planning applications in the Waters Upton area.
It will cover the period up tol 2031 and the plan together with supporting documentation can be viewed at www.telford.gov.uk/neighbourhoodplanning
Paper copies can also be inspected at First Point Telford, Southwater One in Telford Town Centre and the council’s Business and Planning First Point at Wellington Civic & Leisure Centre and Waters Upton Parish Centre.
Representations and feedback on the contents of the plan can be made up to no later than 5pm on March 6.
Comments can be made either online or in writing by post to Business & Development Planning, Telford & Wrekin Council, PO Box 457, Telford TF2 2FH or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org