T h e  P a r i s h  C o u n c i l - What is a Parish? 
 
There are two sorts of "Parish" and their boundaries don't always coincide. 
 
Ecclesiastical Parishes centred on the Anglican Church - each with a Parochial Church Council (PCC) to run them. 
 
Civil Parishes, which are part of local administration - and when the community has more than 200 electors - with a Parish Council (PC) to manage their affairs. 
 
The Civil Parishes are independent local democratic units which, in England and Wales, have been in existence since the Local Government Act of 1894. 
 
Every year a Civil Parish must, by law, hold a meeting for its eligible Local Government electors - this is known as the Annual Parish meeting. 
 
What powers does a Parish Council have? 
 
Many . . . but in brief, a PC has the power to improve the quality of community life by spending sums of public money on things which - in their opinion - are in the interests of the Parish inhabitants. Lately, the actions of PCs have become more important as District Councils and other unitary bodies have become larger and more remote. 
 
Parish Councillors tend to know their Parish well and represent its views to many other authorities and at public enquires. 
 
The PC is consulted on all planning applications within the Malvern Hills District and also regarding road schemes and environmental issues within Worcestershire County. 
 
How much does this cost? 
 
The PC is the most unbureucratic and least expensive type of local authority in existence! Our budget is just a tiny part of the Council Tax and is called the "precept". 
 
We receive very little in the way of Government grants, so there is every incentive to keep expenditure low and to be economical. Our financial commitments are numerous and diverse; they include contributions to the maintenance of Astley's burial grounds, essential subscriptions to local government and networking bodies, insurance, audit costs, grass cutting, grit for the roads in winter and maintenance of Parish property (e.g. the war and Baldwin memorials), contributions towards the upkeep of our footpaths and bridleways, the services of the Parish Clerk and (by no means least!) repayment of the loan taken out to build our excellent Village Hall. 
 
Who controls the PC? 
 
Well . . . you actually! The PC is a small "local authority" and councillors are elected for a 4-year term in the same way as other councils. The public will always be notified of an election - which are usually held at the same time as District or County Council elections - and anyone wishing to stand to serve their community, simply informs the Clerk of their intention . . . and the application forms will follow! 
 
All meetings of the PC are open to the public and everyone has an opportunity to "have their say" at every meeting.


                     Chairman               Mr. David Mortimer   01299 871070 
                   Vice Chairman        Mr. Roger Martin                879542  
                                               Mr. John Armstrong            877738 
                                               Mr. Peter Gorbing               826855  
                                               Mr. Martyn Herridge            825830  
                                               Mrs. Katherine Hinchley      822080 
                                               Mrs. Catherine MacDonald   878722  
                                               Mr. Jeremy Scholes             823082  
                                               Mrs. Helen Tanser              828418 
 
                  Clerk                     Pamela Perfect         01299 823554

All Parish Councillors freely give their time and expertise for the benefit of the community and are always willing to listen.  

You may contact any of the councillors with any issue relating to the Civil Parish - but it is worth remembering that a Councillor is only able to raise at PC meetings those issues which are within the remit of the Parish Council. 
 
We have no power to act on matters concerning the Village Hall or the playing field or car park (which is managed by the Village Hall Management committee), the school (managed by the LEA) or the Church (managed by the PCC).  
 

               County Councillor:  Mr. Phillip Grove    01584 811525 
 
       District Councillor:  Mrs. Pamela Cumming    01886 888832 
 
                 Malvern Hills District Council (Hub)    01684 862151 
 
             Worcestershire County Council (Hub)   01905 765765 
 
                                             Crimestoppers   0800 555111                         
                                        (Non emergency)    101   


                                                   2019

November      13th Wed at 7.15 pm

Venue - Astley and Dunley Village Hall, Astley.

                                           2020 
 
FEBRUARY 12th 
March 25th 
APRIL 29th Annual Parish Meeting
MAY 13th 
JUNE 24th 
AUGUST 12th 
SEPTEMBER 23rd 
NOVEMBER 11th 
 
MEETINGS TO COMMENCE at 7.15 p.m. on a Wednesday
Astley and Dunley Village Hall

Also see Astley and Dunley Parish Council Notice Board (adjacent to B4196 near to junction with Ridleys Cross) for dates and times of council meetings, plus other Council related information

                                                 ASTLEY AND DUNLEY PARISH COUNCIL 
 
                           
          The next meeting will be held on Wednesday 25th March, Astley and Dunley Village Hall  
                                                            commencing at 7.15 p.m. 
 
                                                    A G E N D A (Subject to alteration) 
     1. Apologies 
     2. Declaration of interest 
     3. Questions / Comments from members of the public 
     4. Correspondence 
     5. Minutes of meeting held on 12th February 2020 
     6. PARISH PLAN KEY ISSUES 
         A. Roads / Speed 
            i. Potholes 
            ii. A451 – Dunley 
         B. Communication 
            i. Current Situation 
            ii. County Council report 
            iii. Newsletter 
            iv. Siting of notice board 
            v. Telephone Kiosk and defibrillator – Astley Burf 
            vi. Adopt Code of Conduct 
         C. Planning 
            i. District Council report 
         D. Environment 
            i. Flooding 
         E. Crime / Safety 
         F. Transport 
         G. Young People 

     Accounts for payment 
 
     Just to confirm all District and County Council meetings, Great British Spring Clean etc. all
     postponed for the foreseeable future 

                                                   Astley and Dunley Parish Council

                                     Minutes of meeting held on 12th February 2020. 

Present: Mr. D. Mortimer, Mr. R. Martin, Mr. J. Armstrong, Mr. P. Gorbing, Mrs. K. Hinchley, Mrs. C. MacDonald, Mr. J. Scholes, Mrs. H. Tanser, Mrs. P. Cumming (District Council) and four members of the public. 

1/20: 1: Apologies for absence: Mr. M. Herridge, Mr. P. Grove (County Council). 

1/20: 2: Declaration of interest: none. 

Questions / Comments from members of the public – clerk to check dates of meetings etc. up to date on website. 

Correspondence: Nora Parson s Day Centre: request for donation. There are no longer any residents attending from this parish, and donation at present time given to Chat Club. 

1/20:3: Minutes of meeting held on 13th November, approved and signed. 
1/20:4: PARISH PLAN KEY ISSUES: (Mr. R. Martin will produce a PDF – further discussion at next meeting). 

A) Roads / Speed: 
   i) Potholes: Dark Lane, Church Lane looked at in November. The Parish Council is not
      happy with the standard of repair work and whether economically viable. Guidelines
      requested (HT). 
      Request to empty gullies and drains. 
    ii) A451 Dunley – trees, hedges - ongoing. 
    iii) VAS – it is understood Holt Parish has purchased a VAS machine, our lengthsman
         will no longer install / remove, 

B) Communication: 
    i) County Council: – report from Mr. P. Grove circulated to all councillors. 
    ii) Newsletter: Mrs. Tanser still awaiting copy and photos. Thanks to be recorded for
         the work undertaken.    
    iii) Parish Maps: Mr. Mortimer advised we could obtain for notice board. 
    iv) Notice board: order to be placed at £559 plus V.A.T. 
    v) Annual Parish Meeting: speaker: contact Mr. Tim Field. 
    vi) Defibrillator and phone kiosk: await official confirmation from BT. Funding to be
          raised towards purchase of defibrillator. Parish Council to make up deficit. 
    vii) Code of Conduct: circulate to councillors and adopt at next meeting. 

C) District Council and planning. 
    i) Mrs. Cumming advised that Mr. Jack Hegarty, Chief Executive to retire in July. She
        gave an update on the plan of action to cut carbon emissions by 50% by 2030,
        although little in the control of the District Council, and advised of a tree planting
        scheme with a budget of £250,000 to facilitate plus two million pounds to be spent      
        on The Malvern Splash. There is to be a review by the Boundary Commission, and
        views to be sought on the reduction of district councillors from 38 to 31. 
     ii) Mr. J. Armstrong raised the question of glass recycling. Mrs. Cumming would pass
         on to the relevant department at Malvern. 
    iii) Planning: 20/00077 – live / work – Sandhampton Cottage. The Parish Council had
         no objection to this, and it was considered an ideal use of the land. 

    19/01236: The Willows, Astley Burf – demolition of existing building and construction
                        of replacement dwelling out of flood risk plain - refusal. 
    19/00338 – retrospective – change of use from agricultural building – St.Michael’s
                          Farm, Great Witley – approved. 

    Review of the South Worcestershire Development Plan: details given of briefing
    sessions. 

    Chat Club - £50 .00 to be forwarded from District Council - Divisional Fund. Thanks to  
    be conveyed to Mrs. Cumming. 

    Thanks were given to Mrs. Cumming for attending and the report and advice given, 

D) Environment: 

    i) Flooding: there had been considerable discussion and emails between Mr. Mortimer
       and Mr. M. Hill with regard to flooding in the drive of The Old Police House. The
       village hall had also been flooded resulting in the floor of the main room having to be
       replaced. Mr. Mortimer gave an update on the current situation. 
    ii) Great British Spring Clean – arranged for Saturday March 28th, 10.30 outside the
         village hall. 

E) Crime / Safety: continue to be vigilant ,thefts of catalytic convertors and recent local
                                 break ins reported.  

F) Transport: Mr. Mortimer gave an update on the local bus services, Coniston pulling out
                         of the County Council contract, they will however continue until a new
                         contractor is found.  

G) Young People: nothing to report. 

The meeting closed at 8.55p.m. when the Village Hall Management Commitee joined with those present. An update was given on the water damaged hall floor, purchase of replacement crockery, fencing and outside lighting, a First Aid course – Miss J. Lewis, Mrs. MacDonald and Mrs. Tanser would be interested. 

It was agreed that the Management Committee could be joined with the Parish Council.
 
Miss Lowe asked about the situation with regard to Wi-fi for the hall and it was hoped there may be an update from Mr. Grove at the next meeting. 

Thanks were given from Mrs. Sheldon for the donation from Mrs. Cumming and Parish Council towards The Chat Club.  

Accounts for payment: Chat Club £100 (includes £50 from Divisional Funding), St. Peter’s Burial Ground - £500.00, Closed churchyard £700.00, Village Hall hire 13/2 £18.00, Notice Board Company £682.00, BT Payphones £1.00. 
 

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                                     Minutes of meeting held on 13th November 2019. 

Present: Mr. D. Mortimer, Mr. R. Martin, Mrs. K. Hinchley, Mrs. C. MacDonald, Mr. J. Scholes, and four members of the public. 

7/19:1: Apologies for absence: Mrs. P. Cumming (District Council), Mr. J. Armstrong,
Mr. P. Gorbing, Mr. M. Herridge, Mrs. H. Tanser.  

7/19:2: Declaration of interest: none. 

Questions / Comments: Member of the public Mr. Jonathan Haywood gave an
update on the path through Larford meadow. This area had been purchased by
the residents in 2014 from Severn Valley Sand and Gravel with a Section 31 deposit
in place. This land is today totally private. The Parish Counci is requested to write to
the County Council stating, that since nothing had been heard since 2006 and the situation had changed considerably, the path in question should not be included on
the Definitive Map. Mr. Mortimer will be obtaining Rights of Way map for the notice board. Mrs. Bishop asked about medical bins and the Parish Council would take this
up directly with District Council (Mrs. Cumming already dealing). 

Correspondence – being circulated. 

7/19:3: Minutes of meeting held on 25th September were approved and signed. 
7/19:4: PARISH PLAN KEY ISSUES: (Agenda February to arrange separate meeting). 

A) Roads / Speed: 
     i) Potholes – continue to be chased – it was understood there would be a visit
        from Highways during November. 
     ii) A 451 – nothing to report re. trees – contact Hannah Davies again with regard
         to the Green Team. 
    iii) Update given regarding grit bins.

B) Communication: 
     i) County Council – report from Mr. Grove emailed to all councillors. 
     ii) Newsletter – nothing further to report. Mrs. Tanser still awaiting copy. 
     iii) Superfast Broadband at Astley Burf – nothing to report except uptake only
           by 17 households – 40 needed to make go-ahead worthwhile. Check also
           on availability in School Lane – already installed around The Old Rectory with
           no cost to residents. 
     iv) Wi-Fi for village hall – take up with Mr. Grove re. installation and one year
           upkeep. 
     v) Seat in memory of Mrs. D. Oliver – Parish Council would contribute £100
          towards cost.  
     vi) Replacement notice board – nothing to report, the clerk to contact other
           possible suppliers for costs. 
    vii) Telephone kiosk – Astley Burf - to be decommissioned – Parish Council to
           purchase and the clerk to speak to Mr. Alan Deptford regarding cost of    
           defibrillator. Mr. Mortimer to contact the Ambulance Service. 
 
C) District Council: 
     i) Mrs. Cumming forwarded her report : The review of the SWDP now agreed
         for public consultation and the three councils having to find sites for 14
         thousand additional houses. It was decided to give priority to areas with rail
         access and roads where possible. The majority of housing therefore proposed  
         would be around Worcester Parkway, Pershore Station and a new railway
         station to be built at Rushwick. The balance of the housing has been allocated
         on the basis of suitable offered sites in settlements with recognition of where
         allocations in the current SWDP has been approved. This helped Astley after
         the SWDP. Planners were reminded that the Pearl Lane application had not
         been taken into full account. There are therefore no new sites included in
         Astley and Dunley. Regrettably planners have failed to address the traffic
         problems at the bridges at Holt and Stourport and this is being raised at every
         opportunity. The only other issue at present is The Climate Emergency called
         in July. 
    ii) Shavers End: Mr. Mortimer had spoken with Mr. Knight advising the Parish
        Council would be sympathetic to further plans but no further response yet
        received. 

D) Environment: 
     i) Residents had expressed concern with regard to the footpath through
         Dunley A451. It was understood from District Council that this should be
         swept every six months. 
    ii) Speed Signs (VAS) – next agenda. 

E) Crime / Safety: nothing to report. 

F) Transport: nothing to report. 

G) Young People: nothing to report. 

     Accounts for payment: Village hall hire 13/11 £18.00, CS Lengthsman to
     31/11/19 £312.00, CS Garden Clearance grass cutting and cleaning bus
     shelters £874.00, P. Perfect salary six months + expenses £2,432.93,  

     There being no further business, the Chairman closed the meeting at
     8.30 p.m. , thanking everyone for their attendance.  
                              ___________________________________________
   

                                     Minutes of meeting held on 25th September 2019. 

Present: Mr. D. Mortimer, Mr. R. Martin, Mr. J. Armstrong, Mr. P. Gorbing, Mr. M. Herridge, Mr. J. Scholes, Mrs. H. Tanser, Mrs. P. Cumming, Mr. P. Grove and four members of the public. 

6/19:1: Apologies: Mrs. K. Hinchley, Mrs. C. MacDonald. 

6/19:2: Declaration of interest: none. 

Questions / Comments: none. 

Correspondence to be circulated. 
6/19:3: Minutes of meeting held on 7th August were approved and signed. 
6/19:4: PARISH PLAN KEY ISSUES: (REVISE PARISH PLAN – FEBRUARY MEETING) 

Roads / Speed: 
Potholes: School Lane near Sandhampton. Forward all details to Mr. Grove re pothole repairs. At this point he was thanked with regard to the work recently undertaken in Weatherlane. 

Grit bins: it was agreed to request a bin for siting in the area of Chapel House, Astley Burf, one for A451 opposite Dark Lane, the purchase of replacement plastic bin for Bull Hill Lane, and to place an order for one ton of salt/grit.
 
Communication: 
County Council report circulated to all members. Mr. Grove advised that should there be a general election he would not be able to attend the next Parish council meeting (due to purdah). 

Newsletter: Mrs. Tanser advised the newsletter is now progressing. The clerk would ask the History Society to forward details. WI also to be chased. Mr. Mortimer suggested local businesses should be approached (discuss further). Mrs. Tanser was thanked for her work in this connection. 

Divisional Funding: Mr. Grove advised £800 available, Consider installation of Wi-fi at village hall. 

Superfast Broadband – Astley Burf. Two co-ordinators have agreed to deliver the relevant forms to all households in that area. Further information to follow. 

Notice board: Mr. Martin had been checking prices, and further details to be obtained. 

District Council report: 
Mrs. Cumming gave an update on the South Worcestershire Development Plan (draft being available in October for parishes to make representations regarding suggested sites etc.) 

Shavers End: nothing further to advise, report from the police circulated re vandalism etc. everything undermined. Perhaps now is the time for the owner to re-consider planning. Mr.Mortimer will contact Mr. Knight directly. 

Minerals Plan: Mr. Martin showed members the plan of the North West Strategic Corridor which includes Astley and Dunley, although this appears a low priority we should monitor. 

Wyre Forest Local Plan: Mr. Martin showed members map of proposal for 280 homes to be built along Ribbesford Road. 

Planning: 19/01257/HP – Wood Farm, Dunley demolition of existing outbuilding and erection of two storey side extension and single storey front extension and porch. 19/01098/LB Astley Towne House, replacement of windows and patio doors.  
Mrs. Cumming was thanked for her attendance and the report given. 

Environment: 
Concern was raised by member of the public with regard to footpath 537 A451 Dunley to The Burlins. The clerk would ask Messrs. Pains to re-instate.  

Crime / Safety: residents were recommended to purchase alarms for sheds and outbuildings, available at Tenbury Police Station. 

Transport: nothing to report. 

Young People: nothing to report. 

Accounts for payment: Village hall hire: 7/8, 25/9, £36.00, P. Perfect salary @ six months + expenses £2,432.93. Cheque received from A & D History Society re Hampstall Ferry Disaster £454.50, 

There being no other items arising, Mr. Mortimer closed the meeting at 8.35 p.m. thanking everyone for their attendance.

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                               Minutes of meeting held on 25th September 2019. 

Present: Mr. D. Mortimer, Mr. R. Martin, Mr. J. Armstrong, Mr. P. Gorbing, Mr. M. Herridge, Mr. J. Scholes, Mrs. P. Cumming and four members of the public. 

5/19:1: Apologies: Mrs. K. Hinchley, Mrs. C. MacDonald, Mrs. H. Tanser, Mr. P. Grove. 

5/19:2: Declaration of interest: none. 

Questions / Comments: discussion with Mrs. Borrill concerning potato crop and spraying to the rear of properties at Little Heath. Further letter received from Mr. Pain who would be seeking legal advice. Await next response. 
Correspondence to be circulated. 

5/19:3: Minutes of meeting held on 26th June were approved and signed.  

5/19:4: PARISH PLAN KEY ISSUES: 

A) Roads / Speed: 

i) Pothole repairs continue to be chased, particularly Church Lane and Dark Lane. Weatherlane – resurfaced. 
ii) A 451 Dunley – chase response from Highways. 
iii) Bollards now erected at Astley Burf. 

B) Communication: 

i) County Council: report circulated from Mr. P. Grove. 
ii) Newsletter: work in hand. 
iii) Superfast Broadband in Astley Burf – details to Mr. P. Gorbing and co-ordinator to be sought.  
iv) Community Solutions: circulate details of proposed scheme 
v) Notice board: Mr. Martin to check on prices. 

C) District Council: 

i) Mrs. Cumming gave an update on planning and the South Worcestershire Development Plan (SWDP) . Mr. Cumming would have further information on local sites in October. Retrospective planning must be stopped. The Bromford Homes site in Pearl Lane is now on the District Council website with final conditions. Highways has now removed its objection. Mrs. Cumming advised she had also contacted residents at Malvern Edge following concerns re flooding. 
ii) Other District Council issues were raised including the emergency state of climate change (MHDC to be carbon neutral) and Worcester Hospital Trust seeking Section 106 on new developments. 
iii) Shavers End: An update was given following meeting with Messrs. Mortimer, Martin and the clerk, Mr. and Mrs. Cumming and three members from Abberley Parish Council, with regard to safety issues and dangers at the quarry. Mr. Mortimer would speak to owner Mr. Steve Knight. The police were unable to offer any further suggestions and Mrs. Cumming would speak with Mr. Rob Rich at District Council.. 
Thanks were given to Mrs. Cumming for her help and advice. 

D) Environment: 

i) Footpaths: check 607 cleared at Burf Bank. 
ii) Gauge for Dick Brook in Netherton Lane to be taken over by the Parish Council. Full details to follow. 
iii) Tree Preservation Order: to be placed at Astley Cross. 

E) Crime / Safety: nothing to report. 

F) Transport: nothing to report. Recent Survey had been completed where possible. 

G) Young People: nothing to report. 

 Accounts for payment: Neil Davies (bollards) £1,754.40, CS Lengthsman to 30.6.2019 £156.00, MHDC uncontested election £36.00, P. Perfect ( ink cartridges) £66.48, Vernon Print (leaflets re ferry) £143.00,
  
There being no other matters arising, the Chairman closed the meeting at 8.22 p.m. thanking everyone for attending. 


                                         Minutes of meeting held on 26th June 2019. 

Present: Mr. D. Mortimer, Mr. R. Martin, Mr. J. Armstrong, Mr. M. Herridge, Mrs. K. Hinchley, and four members of the public.  

4/19:1: Apologies: Mr. P. Gorbing, Mrs. C. MacDonald, Mr. J. Scholes, Mrs. H. Tanser. 

4/19:2: Declaration of interest: none. 

Questions/ Comments : no matters arising. 

Correspondence: to be circulated. 

4/19:3: Minutes of meeting held on 8th May were approved and signed. No matters arising. 

4/19:4: PARISH PLAN KEY ISSUES: 

A) Roads / Speed: 
i) Potholes: continue to be chased. 
ii) A 451 – Dunley – Messrs. Mortimer and Martin had met on site with Hannah Davies, Highways, with regard to concerns of overhanging branches and narrow carriageway, and also looked at overgrown hedges on the B4196 and the triangle at Astley Burf where Parish Council agreed to go ahead with erecting bollards as previously discussed. 
 
Notice publicised concerning road closure along Weatherlane. 
iii) Grit bin to be ordered for A451 opposite Dark Lane turning. 

B) Communication: 
i) County Council : report from Mr. Phil Grove circulated to all councillors. (Mr. Grove had not attended previous meeting due to purdah and forthcoming elections). 
ii) Newsletter: Mr. Mortimer had submitted his report. It was hoped the newsletter would be produced twice yearly, first in October. 
iii) Volunteering: further information to be put on website and notice boards. 

C) District Council: 
Mrs. Cumming gave an update with regard to the South Worcestershire Development Plan, and the Area Planning Group – Mr. Paul Cumming has objected as there is no representative from Northern Area. Further information to follow. 
A meeting to be held with Abberley Parish Council about concerns over Shavers End. Mr. Cumming to liaise with Abberley. 
Astley Burf: officers at Malvern are fully aware of the situation. Mrs. Cumming requested she be included in emails to Highways. 
Planning: 19/ 00816: land off Areley Common – for the keeping of horses and the erection of a stable block with associated hardstanding, fencing and vehicular access. 
 
D) Environment: 
i) Footpaths: Mr. Armstrong requested clearance of footpath no: 607 Burf Bank. The clerk to contact CS Clearance. 

E) Crime / Safety: various break ins and attempted break ins reported in Dunley. 

F) Transport: nothing to report 

G) Young People: Mrs. Cumming enquired on the number of local children attending Astley School and coach transport to The Chantry. 
 
Accounts for payment: Signtech re Hampstall Ferry plaque: £54.00, YesterHome re ferry £486.00, Village hall hire: £18.00, 
 
There being no other items arising, Mr. Mortimer closed the meeting at 8.27 p.m. thanking everyone for their attendance.  
                       

                                            Minutes of meeting held on 8th May 2019.
 
Present: Mr. D. Mortimer, Mr. R. Martin, Mr. P. Gorbing, Mrs. C. MacDonald, Mr. J. Scholes, Mrs. H. Tanser. Four members of the public, 

3/19:1: Apologies: Mr. J. Armstrong, Mr. M. Herridge, Mrs. K. Hinchley. 

3/19:2: Declaration of interest: none. 

Questions/ Comments from members of the public: erection of bollards on triangle at Astley Burf. It was confirmed these had been ordered.  
Footpath to the rear of recreation ground is now very difficult to walk, and concern was raised with regard to possible flooding in the potato crop. Mr. Mortimer had met with residents of adjacent properties and the clerk to write to Messrs. Pain requesting a furrow be dug along boundary.
 
There was also discussion with regard to the state of the recreation ground, also stile to be checked. Miss Lowe (Management Committee) gave an update on proposed works both inside and outside the village hall. Working party to be arranged in June. Mr. Mortimer confirmed he would be agreeable to act as liaison for the time being between the Management Committee and Parish Council..
 
Letter read with regard to land recently sold at Astley Burf. Mrs. Cumming and Enforcement were fully aware of the situation. 

Correspondence: CALC meeting to be held on 4th July (Malvern).
 
3/19:3: Minutes of meeting held on 27th March were approved and signed. 

3/19:4: PARISH PLAN KEY ISSUES: 

     A) Roads / Speed: 
        i) Pothole repairs: continue to be chased. 
        ii) A451 – Dunley – the Chairman has written to Highways with regard to this section
            of highway. No reply as yet. 

     B) Communication: 
        i) County Council – nothing to report. 
        ii) Newsletter – further information to follow – next meeting. 
        iii) Broadband and Wi-fi – further enquiries to be made with regard to possible  
             funding or costs for installation at the village hall. 
        iv) Volunteering: further discussion to be held with regard to organisations needing
              help, utilising the parish website, facebook etc.  

     C) District Council: Mrs. Cumming gave an update on District Council issues. Following
           the recent elections, there was no overall majority on the council and therefore
           everyone would work together. There were no planning applications for  
           discussion. Mr. Paul Cumming has offered to arrange a meeting with ourselves
           and Abberley Parish Council to discuss the situation at Shavers End. Mrs. Cumming  
           was thanked for her continued help and support. 
 
     D) Environment: 
        i) Baldwin Memorial: update given with regard to the proposed cleaning following
            discussion with the clerk and Mr. Richard Perrin, Bewdley Civic Society.  

     E) Crime / Safety: nothing to report 

     F) Transport: nothing to report. 

     G) Young People: nothing to report. 

     Accounts for payment: Village Hall hire 8th May - £18.00, Clerks and Councils Direct  
     subscription £12.00, Worcestershire CALC subscription: £636.31, CS Lengthsman to  
    30th April £182.00, Came and Company insurance £481.42. 
 
     There being no other matters arising, the Chairman closed the meeting at 8.40 p.m.
     thanking everyone for attending.  
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                                    Minutes of Annual Meeting held on 9th May 2018. 

Present: Mr. D. Mortimer, Mr. R. Martin, Mr. J. Armstrong, Mr. P. Gorbing, Mr. M. Herridge, Mrs. P. Cumming (District Council), Mr. T. Healing. 

Apologies for absence: Mrs. K. Hinchley, Mrs. C. MacDonald, Mrs. H. Tanser, Mr. P. Grove (County Council). 

Declaration of interest: none. 

Minutes of Annual Meeting held on 10th May 2017 were approved and signed. There were no matters arising. 

Election of Chairman: Mr. D. Mortimer, proposed by Mr. M. Herridge, seconded Mr. J. Armstrong. 
Acceptance of Office duly signed. 

Election of Vice Chairman: Mr. R. Martin, proposed by Mr. D. Mortimer, seconded Mr. J. Armstrong. 

Footpaths Officer: Mrs. C. MacDonald to continue. 

Flood Liaison Officer: Mr. J. Armstrong to continue. 

CALC representative: Mr. D. Mortimer to continue. 

Internal Auditor: Mr. T. Healing 

Standing Orders: no amendments 

Risk Assessment: review in August 

Financial Regulations: all in order. 

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                                       Minutes of meeting held on 27th March 2019. 

Present: Mr. D. Mortimer, Mr. R.Martin, Mr. J. Armstrong, Mrs. K. Hinchley, Mrs. C. MacDonald, Mr. J. Scholes, Mrs. H. Tanser, Mrs. P. Cumming (District Council) and four members of the public. 

2/19:1: Apologies: Mr. P. Gorbing, Mr. P. Grove (County Council). 
2/19:2: Declaration of interest: none. 
Questions / Comments from members of the public: concern was again raised with regard to parking on grass triangle at Astley Burf. Consider installing bollards with reflectors and check with Highways in first instance. 
Vehicles parked in Larford Lane on Sunday mornings - concern due to poor visibility etc. Police to be contacted to check situation. 

Correspondence: details received advising that the War Memorial is now recorded as Grade One. 
2/19:3: Minutes of meeting held on 13th February, were approved and signed. 
2/19:4: PARISH PLAN KEY ISSUES: 
A) Roads / Speed: 
     i) Potholes and edges continue to be reported, “dreadful” repairs carried out. Highways to
        be invited to attend a Parish Council meeting. 
     ii) A451 – Dunley – the chairman to send letter to Highways, with copies to police and Mr.
         P. Grove. Agreed by all. 
     iii) Fly tipping on road between The Beak and New Barns. Chase Highways for action and
          removal of road closed signs and barriers. 
B) Communication: 
     i) County Council – nothing to report. 
     ii) Newsletter – Mrs. Tanser would hope to complete for next meeting. Suggested printing
         – September. 
C) District Council: Mrs. Cumming gave details of the increase in Council Tax for the coming year, and also advised of the forum with regard to rough sleeping in the district, together with details of the Heritage Awards in Malvern. The South Worcestershire Development Plan is being revised and housing should fulfil local needs. Infrastructure needs to be put in place. Nothing further to advise with regard to application in Pearl Lane (originally Bovis) and enforcement had followed up the enquiry over access being made onto the site. Mrs. Cumming was thanked for her detailed report. 
D) Environment: 
     i) update given with regard to The Baldwin Memorial – the clerk having spoken with Mr.
        Richard Perrin of Bewdley Civic Society who were hoping to receive funding for cleaning
        etc. (further discussion to take place with the Parish Council). 
     ii) Parish Paths: grant applied for from Countryside Services and form duly completed. 
 
E) Crime / Safety: fly tipping continues to be a problem. When newsletter printed, ask residents to ensure they see the relevant licence from any contractor removing rubbish, conifers etc. from their property. 
F) Transport: nothing to report. 
G) Young People: Mr. Armstrong asked how many pupils were using the bus to The Chantry. Mrs. MacDonald was able to give approximate numbers. 

Accounts for payment: Village hall hire (27/3) £18.00. P. Perfect salary at six months + expenses £2,325,52, CS Garden Clearance – lengthsman – to 25/3 - £221.00, Astley Old Peoples Fund – donation £50.00, J. Kirk re-instatement and re-concreting litter bin at Dick Brook £80.00 (paid after meeting as per details agreed). 
 
Before closing the meeting, Mr. Mortimer asked for members views on starting meetings at 7.15 p.m. –This was agreed by all present and would start from the next meeting. 

There being no other matters arising, the meeting closed at 9.00 p.m. Mr. Mortimer thanking everyone for their attendance. 

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Expenditure above £100 incurred between 1st April 2017 and 31st March 2018. 

10.5.2017 Local Councils subscription 546.93 
(V.A.T. to claim £82.37) 

10.5.2017 Parish Council insurance 445.10 

4.11.2017 External Audit 120.00 
(V.A.T. to claim £20.00) 

8.11.2017 General maintenance, bus shelter, mowing etc. 843.00 

14.2.2017 Defibrillator, cabinet and equipment 1902.00 
(V.A.T.to claim £317.00) 

(plus grants received of £750.00) 
 
P. Perfect (clerk) 
22.06.2018 
 
                                            Astley & Dunley Parish Council 
 
                                          General Data Protection Regulations 2018 
 
                                                                     Statement 

 
Astley and Dunley Parish Council takes the protection of your data seriously. Our aim is to provide a personalised and valuable local service, while safeguarding our users privacy. A limited amount of personal data collection is undertaken. To satisfy the expectations and requirements of our users, we have set out below what we will do with your personal information.  

Visitors to the website: 

If we wish to collect personal information via the website, we will make it clear why we wish to do this and explain what we intend to do with the information. 

Third Party involvement: 

We use a third party to maintain the security and performance of our website. To deliver this service it will process the IP addresses of visitors to the site. 

Disclosure of personal information: 

We collect contact details via the website for the purposes of providing a service to existing and potential correspondents and residents. We will never disclose personal details without the consent of the owner unless required to by law. Details will only be held for as long as necessary for Parish Council business. 

Access to personal information: 

Individuals can find out if we hold any personal information by making a subject access request under the General Data Protection Regulations. If we do hold information about you we will: 

      a) give you a description of it. 
      b) tell you why we are holding it. 
      c) tell you who it could be disclosed to. 
      d) let you have a copy of the information in an understandable format.
 
Please make any such request in writing to the Parish Clerk Mrs. Pam Perfect.
 
If at any time you feel that we have failed to meet these standards then please contact our Chairman David Mortimer at david.mortimer123@yahoo.co.uk or make a complaint direct to the Information Commissioner using their website at www.ico.org.uk/concerns 

For crime prevention advice for outbuildings, garages and sheds (August 2017)
Visit https://westmercia.police.uk/home-security

Police Warn of New Scam Telephone Calls 

Police in Warwickshire and West Mercia are warning members of the public to be alert to potential hoax calls 
pretending to be from telephone or computer companies. 
There have been a few reports involving hoax phone calls claiming to be employees from either BT or TalkTalk to 
inform potential victims that they have a virus on their computers, or they are due a refund. 
Incidents have been reported in the Harbury and Alcester areas in Warwickshire and Malvern, Worcestershire over the past week. 
Incident 150-18-06-16 
An elderly person in her 80s received a call from Talk-Talk who advised her that they needed to download some software on to her computer and obtained their personal information. They were on the phone for approximately for an hour and a half and advised her that she was owed a refund and this is why they needed their bank details. 
Incident 219-22-06-16 
A call from someone claiming to be from Talk-Talk accessed the victim's laptop as they claimed the victim was owed £200. The victim realised later on and the offenders had attempted to take money from the victim's bank accounts, however the bank has blocked money transfer. 
Incident 0243S 220616 
A call from someone claiming to be from BT accessed the victim's laptop as they claimed the victim had multiple hacks on the account and requested they transfer £750 to help ambush the hackers. The victim has realised the report was false and has not transferred money 
and contacted the police. 
Police warn that the scammers will make repeated attempts to gain access to computers by asking potential victims to input codes to target 'infected' files, or may request account details. 

How to protect yourself: 

� Do not allow remote access to your computer. 
� Hang up the phone when you identify that the call is uninvited. 
� Never divulge passwords or pin numbers. 
BT, Microsoft, other computer companies or someone on their behalf will never call you. 
TalkTalk have also said they will NEVER
� Ask for your bank details to process a refund. If you are ever due a refund from them, they would only be able to process this 
if your bank details are already registered on their systems. 
� Call you and ask you to download software onto your computer, unless you have previously contacted TalkTalk, discussed and agreed a call back for this to take place. 
� Send you emails asking you to provide your full password. They will only ever ask for two digits from it to protect your security. 
It is also a good idea to contact the company who the fraudulent caller claims to be from, especially if this is a bank. 

Police urge anyone who receives similar calls to dial 101 and report them.
 

A few "tips" . . .

 
"Watch your box" – by which I mean, make sure that thieves can’t "fish" for keys from your hall table through the letter box! 
 
Check that your door and window locks are appropriate. 
 
Mark your property with Smartwater. 
 
Lock up your sheds and garages. 
 
Keep windows shut. 
 
Have lights that come on automatically at night in the house if you are away. 
 
Keep a list and photographic record of your valuables. 
 
Get a small wall/under floor safe! 
 
Consider a burglar alarm. 
 
Consult the experts – the first port of call is the Crime Prevention Officer for your area. 
 
Along with the usual "garden" thefts we experience in the Summer months, it seems that the theft of diesel is getting popular. 
 
Recently there was an attempt to siphon diesel from a lorry parked in Astley – take care. 
 
It is now easier for you to contact West Mercia Police. 
 
You can dial 101 to report non-emergencies. 
 
The three-digit number is to be used when reporting incidents which do not require an urgent response. 

It costs 15 pence to call 101 - no matter what time of the day you call or how long you stay on the phone for - and it is available 24 hours a day. 
Head of Operational Support Command, Chief Superintendent Trevor Albutt said: "We hope that giving the public this memorable number will make it easier for people to report crime and also ease the pressure on the 999 system. Every day, we receive a number of inappropriate calls on 999 which stop or delay people with real emergencies getting through to us. West Mercia Police aims to provide the highest levels of customer service and we hope that adopting 101 will allow us to better prioritise the most urgent calls for help." 

Examples of where 101 should be dialled instead of 999 include: 
If your car has been stolen; 
If your property has been damaged; 
Where you suspect drug use or dealing; 
If you want to report a minor traffic collision. 
 
If you are deaf, hard of hearing or speech impaired, you can access the service via textphone on 18001 101. 
 
Ch Supt Albutt added: "This new number is already being used by several police forces, and all 43 Chief Constables across England and Wales have agreed to introduce 101 as the national police non-emergency number. 101 is much easier to remember than the existing non-emergency number and the single rate for every call means people will know exactly how much it costs to contact us. Our current number - 0300 333 3000 - will continue to operate as a general switchboard number which should be used to speak to a particular person or department, for example, if you want to speak to your Local Policing Team." 
 
In an emergency, always call 999 if there is a crime in progress, if someone suspected of a crime is nearby, when there is danger to life or when violence is being used or threatened. 
 
To find out more about 101 and when to use it visit http://www.westmercia.police.uk/. 
 
Adrian Symonds 
Community Volunteers Co-ordinator 
Worcestershire and Herefordshire 
West Mercia Police 
 
The Neighbourhood Watch scheme is working well but to be even more successful, it requires all of us to be involved. If you are not a member and would like to be involved, then please contact the neighbourhood watch co-ordinator.  
 
There is concern that very few properties in Dunley are registered. Please remember there are many advantages to membership visit the "Neighbourhood Watch" page of our web site.

Please continue to report deep potholes; this can be done directly on the County Council website under the "report” section. 

Thank you to all landowners who have trimmed hedges next to the highway. 

Please go and have a look and make use of the library in the telephone kiosk in Dunley: thank you to Mrs. Linda Tidmarsh for organising this. 

Footpaths and bridleways
 
 
Unfortunately, the County Council grant which we use towards maintaining our network has been unexpectedly cut this year. Despite this, thanks to the efforts of our footpath officer – Catherine Macdonald - our wonderful network of footpaths and bridleways are being kept open for our enjoyment. As we all know, the best way to keep paths open is to get those boots on and walk them! Go on ……. treat yourselves to a lovely Autumn walk- If you find any obstructions, broken stiles or spots where a waymarker would be useful please contact Catherine on 878722.Please keep to the rights of way – if you are unsure and need advice about routes, again please contact Catherine. 
 
Roads and Traffic Speed 
 
Please don’t forget the Clerks log of "near miss" traffic incidents. 
 
Please report all potholes, build up of soil or sand, lying water, overgrown hedges; or in fact any danger or hazard to users of our roads and lanes. Remember that if you wish, your call will remain confidential. 
 
Just to remind you – fines for failing to wear a seat belt have doubled …… you have been warned!

                                              Neiqhbourhood Watch Updates 
                                                  
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                                              Astley and Dunley Neighbourhood Watch 
                                                   Annual Report – April 2016 - 2017
 

It was another steady year for the local Neighbourhood Watch scheme, with several new households joining the messaging system in the Astley area making the number of members up slightly on last year. 
West Mercia Police have amalgamated many police functions with the Warwickshire force meaning a new messaging system was introduced in the autumn. This was implemented in order to get the messages out to co-ordinators from all the different areas in a timely manner. The new scheme was introduced and ran fairly smoothly after those registered got used to the new verification process. Messages are sent directly to those co-ordinators in specific areas, via e-mail, to forward on to others in their neighbourhood in the scheme. 
The local Martley police team continues to be our two long serving Police Community Support officers Teresa and Vanessa, whom have currently been joined by PC Steve Elcocks. Response/Emergency policing continues to be provided from Kidderminster Police station which remains a 24/7 station, open to the public.  
During last year the Parish Council kindly provided funding for a number of sturdy neighbourhood watch signs, as requested by active co-ordinators across the area. These have been prominently displayed in areas of specific need of signage; I still have a couple spare so as older signs fade they will be replaced. The signage was low cost and the first time I have applied for funds since becoming area co-ordinator, as I appreciate money is tight for all areas of council business. 
The main crime issue in our area continues to be thefts from sheds, garages and outbuildings, of tools, gardening and maintenance equipment. Suspicious people, vehicles and incidents make up the majority of the local messages passed in the area and, with vigilance, we can prevent further crimes occurring. 
I will be attending the Regional NHW AGM on 3rd May at Police Headquarters at Hindlip Hall and will pass on the key points and issues to the local members and co-ordinators via e-mail. 
I thank the local residents and co-ordinators for their continued involvement in NHW, and the Parish Council for their funding and support of the scheme. Sarah Beard, Area Co-ordinator 


                                     Neighbourhood Watch Annual Report 2015/16 
                                12th Annual Report – Astley & Dunley Parish Council 

Wednesday, 27th April 2016 - This is my third annual report as Area co-ordinator. Neighbourhood Watch continues to run steadily in the Parish area with the continued support of the co-ordinators. My thanks go out to those that run each of the areas: Derek Humphries, Francesca Llewellyn, Gail Dawson, Iris Swingler, Jane Scott, Dave Bradley, Jill Chew, John Hoare, Mark Seabright, Stuart Andrews, and Vic Powell.  

I also wish to thank Hilary Crook who has been running the Burnthorne Lane area. Unfortunately, despite her efforts this area is no longer viable as she has received no response or support from the current members. She is staying within the scheme along with two residents from Dunley Road who will now be incorporated under my area, so they still receive NHW notifications. This means there is now one less route, and 8 less members. There are now 11 routes and still about 180 local members of the scheme. A growing area of interest though is the Horse Watch scheme, which has introduced new members into the area. Although they don’t necessarily live in the parish their horses and ponies are in the area, meaning they are keen to be updated on what is happening locally, with particular emphasis around Equine information.  

The local police team recently ran a property marking event and although it was widely advertised it was not supported with only one local resident from Astley attending but Shrawley was more successful as nine people attended. The local policing team have not given up on us but any future initiatives will be in conjunction with other local events of existing clubs, such as coffee mornings, meetings, shows, fêtes etc. 

Modern technology has changed life and NHW with the majority of messages now managed by e-mail. The messages are sent by the police and forwarded onto members. The main crime issues in our area are fly-tipping, shed and out-building break-ins and thefts. Crime prevention measures include devices such as shed alarms and protection of oil tanks after a series of heating oil thefts. The emphasis is on preventing crime and using a multi agency approach, so the agencies work alongside each other to solve issues. Fly-tipping is a problem which needs local residents to report the location and the council to use their powers and action in the removal and prevention of further issues. Locally they have used CCTV and covert cameras to try and capture offenders and the cooperation of local land owners to prevent further problems. Tree trunks, gates and straw bales have all been used to try and deter further problems. 

The biggest growing area of national crime is Cybercrime which includes lots of different offences but primarily focuses on the internet and mobile devices. There have been scams including courier fraud which is where someone is tricked into giving their bank card PIN number: identity theft and unauthorised use of bank and credit card details. The Police are trying to encourage and educate people in protection of personal details, care when using devices and use of security software. 

Despite the changes in technology and life-styles, I feel strongly that NHW is still very relevant to local residents, which is why I still support and encourage people to be aware of their neighbourhood and keep information flowing. 

If you are aware of any current or new residents wishing to join or receive NHW messages or Horse watch information please let me know.

 Email: sarahlbeard111@hotmail.com Sarah Beard 



From West Mercia Police
 
DISTRACTION BURGLARY AND BOGUS CALLERS 
 
Burglars won't go to the trouble of breaking in if they can just knock and be invited in. So always be on your guard when anyone you're not expecting - a man, a woman or even a child - turns up at your door. 

Bogus 'officials' may be smartly dressed and claim to be from the council, gas board, health authority or other organisation. Bogus 'dealers' may offer to buy your antiques, furniture or jewellery, at what seems to be a good price. 

If you want to sell something, choose one or two genuine dealers to value it or ask a friend or relative for their advice. 

Bogus 'workmen' may say that they need to come in to check something or make urgent repairs. You also need to be careful of callers who offer to make building repairs or tarmac your drive. Often they'll ask for money in advance; they may even offer to drive you to the bank to withdraw money to pay them. 

If you need any building work done, get several written quotes from reputable firms, then decide which one is best. If in doubt, talk it through with a neighbour or someone in your family. 

Genuine callers will normally make an appointment first and will carry identification with their photograph on. 

ALWAYS PUT THE CHAIN ON 
If someone calls at your door:
 
• Check to see who it is by using the spy hole if you have one, or look through a front window. 

• Always put the chain on before you open the door. (If you don't have a chain it's a good idea to get one - they don't cost much) 

• With PVC doors, it can be difficult and costly to fit a door chain. Check with the manufacturer before you buy a PVC door, that a chain will be fitted.

• FIRE SAFETY - only put on your door chain as you answer the door - don't keep it on all the time as this could delay your exit in case of fire. 

• Look at their clothing. Some official callers will have a uniform bearing their organisation's name or symbol. 
 
• If you don't know the caller, ask to see their identity card. Check it carefully, and keep the chain on while you do this. Genuine callers won't mind if you close the door while you do this.
 
• Some public utility services (e.g. water, electricity, gas) operate a password system. Contact your local branch to find out more. 

• If you're still not sure, ask the caller to come back later. You can then check their story by phoning the organisation or company they claim to represent. Look up the number in your own telephone directory. Don't rely on the telephone number on their card - it may be the number of a crook's partner. 

• Bogus callers sometimes work in pairs. Beware of one distracting you while the other steals your property. The best practice is not to let them in. 

• Ensure your back door is locked if you are answering the door to someone you don't know.
 
• Watch out for anyone who says they're in a hurry. Don't let them pressure you. If in doubt, call a neighbour or friend.
 
• If you have any suspicions at all, don't let them in. 

• If you're still not happy, phone the police - dial 101 and tell them what's happened or if you think a crime is in progress 999. Also tell your neighbours. 

Always put the chain on and use the spy-hole before you open the door.  
Never let anyone in unless you are absolutely sure they are genuine. 
 
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                                                            WARNING
 
Police forces have become aware of a fraud circulating targeting elderly and vulnerable members of the community. Some older people have received telephone calls from a Caller who purports to be from the GP surgery and is asking for an appointment to discuss the person's mobility needs. During the appointment, the older person is persuaded to buy mobility aids which are either unnecessary or inappropriate and always expensive. If you receive a call like this, please check with your GP surgery first before agreeing to a visit.

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Cold mornings - Don't give car thieves an easv ride! 
Although vehicle crime is low across West Mercia, every winter the force receives a number of reports from drivers who have had their cars stolen after leaving the engine running, while they wait in the warmth of their home for it to heat up and defrost the windscreen. 

Some vehicle owners nip inside forjust a few seconds to collect a bag or finish the last mouthful of their breakfast coffee - but that's all the time an opportunist thief needs. 

To ‘freeze out‘ the thieves, West Mercia Police advises motorists to: 
             Clear windscreens with de-icer and a scraper 
             Sit in vehicles while the heater de-mists the windscreen 

Drivers who ignore this advice are taking big risks. Thieves will drive around residential areas looking for likely targets. When they spot a vehicle with its engine left running on a drive or outside a home, it's there for the taking. 

One person will be dropped off, get into the target vehicle and simply drive away. 
Many of the vehicles are never recovered, and some - especially high value models such as Mercedes, BMW and Audi- may be shipped overseas. It is also worth remembering if your car is stolen when keys have been left in it, you may find your insurance will not cover you. If your house keys are stolen along with your car, your home is then vulnerable too. So, this winter, don't give criminals an easy ride by leaving your car running unattended.
February 2016 Issue of Parish Magazine

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Neighbourhood Watch is the largest voluntary organisation in the country and is playing an increasingly important role in helping to reduce crime and the fear of crime. The objective of Neighbourhood Watch is to promote public participation in the development of a safer and healthier environment and some of the responsibilities rest with the community, but an active partnership with the police is essential. 
 
We are part of the Teme Valley Central Area Neighbourhood Watch Association and the coordinators meet regularly to discuss problems and opportunities, and to liaise with the police. It is important that you make your voice heard if you have any concerns or suggestions, so please contact your coordinator or Sarah Beard. 
 
YOUR ROLE AS A MEMBER OF NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH 
 
The idea of the Neighbourhood Watch is just that – to watch, NOT to accost possible or actual villains, and to pass on information that could be helpful to the Police, our neighbours, or both. 
 
Being a good neighbour, and by keeping an eye open for anything suspicious, you can help to make your community more secure. Being a good neighbour is nothing to do with being nosey. Help your neighbour, and your neighbour will help you. 
 
These are some of the things you should report to the Police Station right away: 
 
1. Strangers knocking on front doors or peering through windows and then disappearing around the back or loitering suspiciously.

2. Strangers hanging around the school, playing fields etc. and approaching children. 
 
3. Open windows or doors in houses where owners are out or on holiday. 
 
4. Strangers trying car doors. 
 
5. Anything you believe is suspicious, like a suspicious caller to your door, or someone acting as a window cleaner asking if people are in or out during the day. 
 
6. Strange vans or cars parked in unexpected places. 
 
Incidents or concerns should be reported to the Police no matter how trivial they may be. Someone else may have the same shifty caller. If possible an accurate description of the people or cars e.g. registration number and colour, would be of great help. The telephone number to ring is 101 or 999 in real emergencies. All members who tell the call taker on the 101 number that they are part of NHW will be contacted by their local policing team and provided with an update on the result of the incident. 
 
West Mercia Police now have NHW Pledge, details of which can be found on their Web Site. On the Home page enter NHW in the Search Query box then click on Watch Schemes. There is also a lot of other interesting information on the main site. 
 
 
 
IF YOU WANT AN IMMEDIATE POLICE RESPONSE FOR AN EMERGENCY OR CRIMINAL SITUATION DIAL 999. 
 
In the event of an "incident" the first step is to telephone the Local Police 101 and then telephone either your group or local coordinator. 
 
If you see cars abandoned telephone 01684 862351 
 
If you see tipping telephone 01684 862151. If you see this actually happening try to get the vehicle description and number together with a description of the driver. 
 
If you see a suspicious lorry/truck in any of our lanes after dark try and take a note of its number and pass this information on to your coordinator straight away. This will help if there is a subsequent tipping incident. 
 
Your coordinator receives e-mail messages from the police and if a scam warning is received, or bogus caller activity, etc, those at risk will be selectively contacted. 
 
If it is felt that it is appropriate to warn everyone or a part of the village, your group or local coordinator will either e-mail where appropriate, drop a note through your door or telephone.
 
Local Authority (Malvern Hills District Council) are able to bring about civil prosecution in relation to fly tipping, the police are able to also take these offences through the Magistrates Court, we are partnership agencies and will work together to do what we can to bring people to justice who commit these offences. 
 
You should report fly tipping to the Police if there is evidence at the scene or there is a witness to indicate who is responsible for the offences. We can then make enquiries and follow it up otherwise I suggest that you report it to the District Council. Even if there are some enquiries to be completed the Council can still complete these. 
 
Mandy Laight 
Assistant Force Contact Manager 
West Mercia Police 
Hindlip 
Tel: 0300 333 3000 Ext. 67023 
DDI: 01905 338733 Mobile: 07817 962204

                                                             
                                                              Planning Decisions et

 
ASTLEY AND DUNLEY PARISH COUNCIL 

There have been several planning applications recently including: 
15/01549 — extension at The Coach House, Astley Hall (approved) 
15/01700 - pitched roof on garage at Pound Piece (approved) 
15/01579 — change of use of agricultural building at Longmore Hill 
15/01618 - The Oaklands, Scots Lane, siting of mobile home 
16/00172 - extension at 2, Larford Farm Barns  
16/00107 — change of use at The Apple Store, Dunley (decisions awaited)  
15/01336 - Micro-Brewery at Burnthorne (withdrawn)  
15/01400 — There is no further information with regard to the proposed seven dwellings near Dunley Hall 
14/00803 and 15/00104 replacement bungalows at Astley Burf (both refused) are now being dealt with by the Planning Inspectorate. 

An application has been received from Allens Caravans for 111 residential homes at the former concrete works at Larford. This has caused considerable concern with regard to drainage and the tremendous increase in traffic which would be generated using Larford Lane. The Parish Council is shortly to meet with the agents for further discussion. 
 



                                                       So what can you contact us about? 
 
    • Pot holes 
    • Blocked drains 
    • Overgrown hedges 
    • Blocked footpaths or bridleways 
    • Fly tipping 
    • "Near misses" on the roads and lanes - or (obviously) any RTA 
    • Environmental issues in general 
    • Violation of planning permission 
    • Light or noise pollution 
    • PC meetings 
 
            The Clerk to the PC is Pamela Perfect - (01299) 823554 Email pamelaperfect@btinternet.com
Parish Council
Astley and Dunley Parish