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   

February        13th Wed
March            27th Wed
April              24th Wed  (Annual Parish Meeting - in main hall)
May               8th Wed  
June              26th Wed
August          7th Wed
September     25th Wed
November      13th Wed

Venue - Astley and Dunley Village Hall, Astley at 7.45 p.m.

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 7th August 2019,
                                    Astley and Dunley Village Hall commencing at 7.15 p.m. 
    A G E N D A 
    1. Apologies 
    2. Declaration of interest 
    3. Questions / Comments from members of the public 
    4. Correspondence 
    5. Minutes of meeting held on 26th June 
        A. Roads / Speed 
          i. Potholes 
        B. Communication 
          i. County Council report 
          ii. Superfast Broadband – Astley Burf 
          iii. Newsletter 
          iv. Community Solutions Funding  
          v. Notice boards 
        C. Planning 
          i. District Council 
          ii. Planning Concerns Malvern Edge 
          iii. Shavers End  
        D. Environment 
          i. Dick Brook – gauge maintenance 
        E. Crime / Safety 
        F. Transport 
        G. Young People 
      Accounts for payment  

                                                   Astley and Dunley Parish Council

                                         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. 


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. 


     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.  

                                    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. 


                                       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. 
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. 


                                     Minutes of meeting held on 13th February 2019.
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, Mr. P. Grove (County Councillor) and three members of the public. 

1/19:1: Apologies: Mr. M. Herridge and Mrs. P. Cumming (District Councillor). 
1/19:2: Declaration of interest: none. 

Questions/ Comments from members of the public: concern was again raised with regard to parking at Astley Burf, on and near the grass triangle. Following discussion, the clerk to contact the police and also Enforcement with regard to business operating from garage at Woodlands Barn . 

Correspondence: letter received from Bewdley Civic Society with regard to possible cleaning of The Baldwin Memorial. The clerk has discussed the situation with Mr. Richard Perrin and will also contact District Council – Conservation for further advice. (next agenda). 

1/19:3: Minutes of meeting held on 14th November were approved and signed following amendment on item ref. Transport – Diamond now taken over by Coniston Coaches. 


      A) Roads / Speed: 
          i) Potholes and edges: continue to report, including Weatherlane, Church Lane, Dark  
             Lane, Parish Council not satisfied with the work carried out. 
          ii) Overhanging trees on A451 through Dunley take up directly with Mr. Grove. 
          iii) Flooding: request for all drains to be cleared. 

      B) Communication: 
          i) County Council: Mr. Grove gave a full report on the draft budget for 2019/20 and
             savings which the County are trying to make, plus an update on highways etc. The  
             full report would be circulated to all councillors. Mr. Grove was thanked for attending      
             and for his help particularly with regard to highway issues. 
          ii) Defibrillator – no response had been received from residents but members of the
              Parish Council would be happy to attend a training session. 
          iii) Newsletter – Mrs. Tanser to follow up and apologised for delay. 

      C) District Council and planning: 
          i) Enforcement had been contacted with regard to the Bromford Homes site in Pearl        
             Lane – hedge and young trees having been cleared to create new access.
             No update had been received following the original outline application. 18/01859  
             The Crundles alterations to existing residential premises and removal of small link
             section to form two detached house – approved. 18/0160/LB The Old Rectory –  
             internal lift – approved. 18/01614 2 Longbank, Dunley – two storey rear extension –

      D) Environment: request received to tackle mole problem on recreation ground – contact  
             Village Hall Management Committee – the Parish Council would be willing to  
             contribute towards cost as gesture of goodwill.. 

      E) Crime Safety: nothing to report. 

      F) Transport: nothing to report. 

      G) Young People: nothing to report. 

          Accounts for payment: Village hall hire 13/2 - £18.00, P. Perfect inks £55.77, Burial  
          Ground Trust £250.00, St. Peter’s Church, mowing £750.00,
          There being no other business, the meeting was closed, Mr. Mortimer thanking  
          everyone for attending. 
Village Hall Management Committee: AGM Wednesday 10th April – 7.30 p.m. 
Annual Parish Meeting: Wednesday 24th April, 7.45 p.m, - speaker – Mr. Tim Haywood, Astley Vineyard. -  
District and Parish Council Elections – May 2nd – nomination papers to be received at Malvern by 4.00 p.m. on April 3rd  


                            Minutes of meeting held on 14th November 2018.

Present: Mr. D. Mortimer, Mr. R. Martin, Mr. J. Armstrong, Mrs. C. MacDonald, Mr. J. Scholes, Mr. Paul Cumming (District Councillor) , and three members of the public. 

6/18:1: Apologies Mr. P. Gorbing, Mrs. H. Tanser and Mrs. P. Cumming (District Councillor). 
6/18:2: Declaration of interest: none. 

Questions/ Comments from members of the public. : 
Concern was raised with regard to parking at Astley Burf, - consider erecting a small fence around the triangle and ask police to visit. 

Mr. Paul Cumming, District Councillor for Woodbury Ward was welcomed to the meeting and gave further information with regard to the South Worcestershire Development Plan (SWDP). There was discussion with regard to land for housing, jobs, retail, and infrastructure etc. and village boundaries to prevent urban sprawl, A unified approach would be made with our neighbouring parishes and Mr. Cumming would be happy to be co-ordinator. A variety of consultations and reviews were currently in progress with the review taking place every five years – the current review to cover the period to 2041. Mr. Cumming was thanked for all the advice given. He then left the meeting. 

6/18:3: Minutes of meeting held on 27th September were agreed and signed. 

   A) Roads Speed:  
     i) Potholes: continue to be chased and flooding in Weatherlane. 
     ii) Overhanging trees – A451 – arrange site visit with Hannah Davies. 
   B) Communication: 
     i) County Council – nothing to report. 
     ii) Adopt a Kiosk / Defibrillator: follow up re. training. 
     iii) Newsletter: discuss further when approximate costs known. 
     iv) Laptop – purchase with money from Transparency Funding grant. 
     v) Notice board – Ridleys Cross – obtain prices for replacement and siting at village hall. 
     vi) Chat Club – obtain further information with regard to numbers etc. prior to sending
   C) District Council and Planning: 
     i) Planning: 18/01560 The Homestead, Dunley – the Parish Council objects due to the
        increase in size, ground floor extension already done. 
   D) Environment: Logging at Astley Burf – following numerous complaints particularly with
       continual chain sawing and allied equipment, the Enforcement Officer Aaron Black would
       visit the site (Mrs. Cumming also advised of the problems).  
   E) Crime / Safety : nothing to report. 
   F) Transport – Coniston Coaches now taken over by Diamond, otherwise nothing to report. 
   G) Young People: nothing to report. 

      Accounts for payment: It was agreed to keep the Deposit account open at HSBC. 
      Village hall hire £18.00. D. Mortimer (signage for kiosk) £51.00, P. Perfect (printing and
      inks) £128.51. 
      There being no further items arising, the Chairman, Mr. Mortimer closed the meeting at
      8.50 p.m. thanking everyone for attending. 

                                  Minutes of meeting held on 27th September 2018.  

Present: Mr. D. Mortimer, Mr. R. Martin, Mr. P. Gorbing, Mr. M. Herridge, Mrs. K. Hinchley, Mrs. C. MacDonald, Mr. J. Scholes, Mrs. H. Tanser.  

6/18:1: Apologies for absence were received from Mrs. P. Cumming, Mr. J. Armstrong, Mr. T. Healing, 
6/18:2: Declaration of interest: none. 
Questions / Comments from members of the public: none. 
Parish Forum at Malvern – 22nd October – cancelled due to lack of response. 
6/18:3: minutes of meeting held on 8th August, were approved and signed. 
A) Roads / Speed: 
      i) pothole repairs continue to be chased, particularly Dark Lane, Church Road and
         Redhouse Road. 
      ii) A451 – overhanging branches and hedges, continue to chase with Highways and
          arrange site visit. 
B) Communication: 
      i) County Council: nothing to report. 
      ii) Adopt a Kiosk: defibrillator in situ and registered. Mr. Mortimer to check required
          signage. Check on possible training.  
      iii) Newsletter – discuss in more detail at next meeting, Mrs. Tanser will follow up. 
      iv) Police Survey: completed by Mr. D. Mortimer. 
C) District Council and Planning: 
Bromford site in Pearl Lane, (13/01405) revised application – number of homes reduced to 57. Same objections to be sent as previously, in particular with regard to drainage, and flooding . 
Mr. R. Martin would hope to attend the SWDP consultation meeting in November. Mrs. Cumming having forwarded a report to the meeting, advised that it is proposed that all category three settlements should have development boundaries, which would be relevant to Astley, and in this connection she has requested that Parish Councils should be consulted before any proposals are published. 

The Woodland Trust is happy to provide over 400 saplings to schools free of charge for use on school projects. 

Stephen Gabriel has been appointed the new head of Housing and Communities at MHDC as from 5th November. Further information was given on District Council matters including the Five year Housing Land Supply, Universal Credit, Worcestershire Leaders Board which will host up to 50 additional Syrian refugees in the county.

Work has now started on the new Council House extension, Brunel House has been sold and The Grange let, with a new offer for 10/12 Priory Road now received. (A full report of Mrs. Cumming’s report available from the clerk). 
D) Environment: Tree Preservation Order on land at Little Heath, Astley. 
E) Crime / Safety: nothing to report. 
F) Transport: nothing to report. 
G) Youth (Young People): nothing to report. 
Accounts for payment: Mr. Neil Davies £240 (inc. VAT) for installation of seat outside village hall. P. Perfect salary – six months £2,100 plus underpayment 19.8.17 - £129.30 - £2,229.30, CS Garden Clearance - Lengthsman to 30th September £234.00, Village Hall hire £18.00, PKF Littlejohn – audit £240.00 (inc. VAT). 
There being no further items arising, Mr. Mortimer closed the meeting at 9.05 p.m. thanking everyone for their attendance.  

                                       Minutes of meeting held on 8th August 2018. 

Present: Mr. R. Martin, Mr. P. Gorbing, Mr. M. Herridge, Mrs. K. Hinchley, Mr. J. Scholes, Mrs. H. Tanser and two members of the public. 

In the absence of Chairman Mr. D. Mortimer, the meeting was taken by Mr. R. Martin (Vice Chairman). 

Mr. Jeremy Scholes was welcomed to the Parish Council, proposed by Mrs. H. Tanser, seconded Mr. M. Herridge, agreed by all. Acceptance of Office duly signed. 

5/18:1: Apologies: Mrs. P. Cumming, Mr. P. Grove, Mr. D. Mortimer, Mr. J. Armstrong, Mrs. C. MacDonald. 

5/18:2: Declaration of Interest: none. 

Questions / Comments from members of the public. Footpath 606 Seedgreen Lane – the clerk and Mrs. MacDonald to check if any obstruction. 

5/18:3: minutes of meeting held on 27th June were approved and signed. 


A) Roads / Speed: 
   i) Potholes: continue to chase repairs, particularly School Lane, Church Lane and Redhouse  
  ii) Overhanging trees – A451 – Dunley – chase with Highways and Mr. P. Grove. 
B) Communication: 
   i) County Council – nothing to report. 
   ii) Adopt a Kiosk / Defibrillator – final installation awaited. Training required and further  
       information to be published in parish magazine. 
   iii) Newsletter – discuss further prior to Septembr meeting. 
   iv) Police Survey – to be completed by Mr. D. Mortimer. 
   v) GDPR – revised Privacy Statement circulated, approved and to be published on parish
   vi) Enquiries made by Village Hall Management with regard to possible funding for
       decorating and updating hall, also installation of Wi-fi. – Agreed in principle. Further
       information to follow. 
C) District Council and Planning: 
    i) nothing to report from District Council. 
    ii) Applications: 18/01134 Tudor Rose Cottage, Dunley – moving of cabins – no further
        comment raised on this. 18/00981/GPDQ – conversion of barn at rear of Longmore Hill –
        objections to be raised as previously. 
D) Environment – nothing to report. 
E) Crime / Safety – nothing to report. 
F) Transport – nothing to report 
G) Youth (Young People) - nothing to report. 

Accounts for payment: Clerks and Councils Direct, subscription £12.00, P. Perfect printing inks £48.64, Village Hall hire 27/6 and 8/8 £36.00. 

There being no other items arising, Mr Martin closed the meeting at 8.32 p.m. thanking everyone for their attendance. 

                                        Minutes of meeting held on 27th June 2018. 

Present: Mr. D. Mortimer, Mr. R. Martin, Mr. J. Armstrong, Mr. M. Herridge, Mrs. C. MacDonald, Mrs. P. Cumming and three members of the public. 

4/18:1: Apologies for absence: Mrs. H. Tanser, Mr. P. Gorbing. 
4/18:2: Declaration of interest: none. 

Questions / Comments from members of the public. 

Concerns were raised over ongoing problems at Astley Burf – oil leaks from unregistered dumper truck and parking of pick up on highway causing obstruction. After much discussion it was suggested, in the first instance, the lengthsmen be requested to clear soil back to the edge of the highway, and the owner of Holly Cottage be asked to cut back boundary hedge.

Mrs. Cumming to forward details of application for extension (16/01716). 
Environmental issues to be taken up with regard to illegal dumping on the flood plain. 
Signed petition re Holly cottage to be kept with Parish Council records. 
4/18:3: minutes of meeting held on 9th May were approved and signed. 

Mr. Mortimer gave an update with regard to the GDPR regulations, many not applying to Parish Councils. It was agreed that the Draft Statement should now be adopted, and thanks were recorded to Mr. Martin for his work in this connection. (Statement to be included on the website). Mr. Martin also kindly agreed to compile a Draft Pro-Forma with regards to the Privacy Statement. 


   A) Roads / Speed: 
     i) potholes – repairs in Weatherlane and Redhouse Lane continue to be chased up with      
     ii) overhanging trees – A451 near Dunley Hall – contact Highways for further inspection  
         and action. 
    B) Communication 
     i) County Council – nothing to report 
     ii) Adopt a Kiosk: defibrillator and cabinet installed at Ridleys Cross site and electrical  
        work brought up to required standard. 
     iii) Newsletter: discuss in September (it was noted that any sponsorship could be classed  
          as unsolicited marketing) 
     iv) Mr. Mortimer to complete the recent Police survey. 
     v) Vacancy – it was hoped to co-opt at the August meeting. 
    C) District Council and Planning: 
     Mrs. Cumming gave an update on District Council matters, advising a new Head of  
     Housing and Communities would shortly be appointed, which should also help speed up  
     applications. Mrs. Cumming went on to advise of the Annual Awards including Improving  
     Health and Wellbeing, Annual Sports and Community Awards. 
     Letter read from Grimley Parish Council regarding enforcement issues at District Council;    
     Astley and Dunley would be happy to support this, the clerk to write accordingly. 
   D) Environment: 
     i) footpaths / bridleways: Emails received with regard to lorries etc. using Scots Lane. The  
        Parish Council would be happy for a sign to be erected. 
    ii) Tree Preservation Order on coppice at Little Heath (initially for six months). 
   E) Crime / Safety: nothing to report. 
   F) Transport: nothing to report 
   G) Youth: nothing to report 
     Accounts for payment: Mark Taylor £195.00 connections and voltage work re defibrillator,
     Streetmaster £871.20 replacement seat, plaque and carriage, P. Perfect £116.86 printing
     inks (£80.35), Wigleys paint etc. (£36.51). 
     There being no further items arising, Mr. Mortimer closed the meeting at 8.58 p.m
     thanking everyone for attending.  

                                   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 (internal auditor). 
Apologies: Mrs. K. Hinchley, Mrs. C. Macdonald, Mrs. H. Tanser. 
Declaration of interest: none. 
Minutes of the 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 by Mr. J. Armstrong. Declaration and Acceptance of Office duly signed. 
Election of Vice Chairman: Mr. R. Martin, proposed by Mr. D. Mortimer, seconded by Mr. J. Armstrong. 
Footpaths Officer: Mrs. C. MacDonald to continue. 
Flood Liaison Officer: Mr. J. Armstrong to continue. 
Planning committee: continue as is - email all councillors but call a meeting as and when deemed necessary. 
CALC representative: Mt. D. Mortimer to continue. 
Internal Auditor: Mr. T. Healing willing to continue for the coming year. 
Standing Orders: to be reviewed. 
Financial Regulations: in order. 
The meeting closed at 8.01 p.m. 

                                                   Astley and Dunley Parish Council      
                                           Minutes of 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 Councillor), Mr. T. Healing (Internal auditor). 
3/18:1: Apologies for absence: Mrs K. Hinchley, Mrs. C. Macdonald, Mrs. H. Tanser, Mr. P. Grove (County Council). 
3/18:2: Declaration of interest: none. 
Questions/Comments from members of the public: nothing arising. 
3/18:3: Minutes of the meeting held on 28th March, were approved and signed. 
A) Roads / Speed: 
i) potholes: Mr. Roger Martin and the clerk had met with Hannah Davies, Area Highways Engineer and visited all areas in Astley and Dunley requiring attention, with particular note made of condition of Redhouse Lane, Weatherlane, Church Road and Dark Lane. Photographs showing poor repair work to be sent to Highways and Mr. P. Grove for comment. 
The clerk to report potholes near Nursery Cottage and also request drain culverts adjacent to be inspected. 
ii) Following concern over speeding traffic along A451 between Yarhampton and Dunley it was felt there was little the Parish Council could do with regard to changing the speed limit (forward details to Highways). 
B) Communication: 
i) County Council: although Mr. Grove was unable to attend the meeting, he had forwarded a comprehensive report on county matters - full details sent to all councillors. 
ii) Adopt a Kiosk: nothing to report at present. 
iii) & iv) Health and Wellbeing: following poor turnout from residents to the Annual Parish Meeting it was suggested by Mr. Gorbing, Parish Council could start with setting up the previously discussed newsletter. After discussion it was proposed a separate meeting (prior to the September meeting) be held to look at in more detail. Agreed. 
v) Vacancy: following resignation of Mr. Roy Darch, vacancy to be advertised. Letter of thanks to be sent to Mr. Darch thanking him for his long service and invaluable assistance. 
vi) General Data Protection Regulations 2018 (GDPR) - thanks were given to Mr. Martin for the work undertaken on issuing the Parish Council (draft) statement. This was read and discussed by all present, and agreed to be accepted and published. The Parish Council will now be in the process of auditing information in line with this statement. (Register with ICO). 
Thanks to Mr. Martin for the work involved. 
C) District Council and planning: 
i) Mrs. Cumming gave an update on District Council matters - there being little to report at the present time. The new Portfolio leaders had been sworn in at Malvern and plans passed with regard to the Council House. The new bin collection service was now up and running (the clerk had been asked if perhaps the small pickup could collect the sack refuse left by the telephone kiosk at Astley Burf). 
There was nothing further to report on the proposed development in Pearl Lane. 
Mrs. Cumming was thanked for her report. 
D) Environment: 
i) footpaths / bridleways: footpath 607 (Burf Bank) Mr. Armstrong will monitor. 
ii) bus shelter: replacement shelter at Ridleys Cross now in place. 
iii) cast iron seat: replacement to be ordered and a plaque to be included in memory of Mr. Robin Hardwick. 
E) Crime / Safety: nothing to report. 
F) Transport: 
G) Youth: nothing to report. 
Audit: Mr. Healing gave details of the forthcoming audit, now to be undertaken by PKF Littlejohn. 
Completed and approved AGAR and all applicable documents to be submitted by 11th June 2018. 
Accounts for payment: Came and Company (insurance), Worcestershire CALC (subscription) £593.28, Malvern Timber (replacement bus shelter) £1,130.00. 
New Mandate form for HSBC duly completed by all councillors present. 
There being no further matters arising, Mr. Mortimer closed the meeting at 9.25 p.m. 

                                                    Astley and Dunley Parish Council 
                                           Minutes of meeting held on 28th March 2018. 

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

    2/18:1: Apologies for absence: Mrs. C. MacDonald and Mr. R. Darch. 
    2/18:2: Declaration of interest: none. 

   Questions / Comments from members of the public. 
   There was considerable discussion with regard to the recent planning application    
   17/01756/OUT five holiday cottages at Holly Cottage, Astley Burf. 
   The deadline for submitting comments had now been extended and Mrs. Cumming  
   confirmed the Planning Officer, would in any case, be making a site visit. Residents present  
   thanked the Parish Council for its support. 
   2/18:3: Minutes of meeting held on 14th February were approved and signed. 
   A) Roads / Speed: 
     i) potholes requiring attention: Redhouse Lane, Weatherlane, Church Lane, Dark Lane,  
        Longmore Hill: Mr. Grove would arrange for Hannah Davies Highways Engineer to make  
        a site visit and meet with a member of the Parish Council. 
     ii) Please Drive Carefully signs for Dunley: Mr. Mortimer to advise in due course. 
   B) Communication: 
     i) County Council report: Mr. Grove gave a detailed update on work at the County Council  
        – including a council tax rise of 4.94% - comprising 1.94% for the main council tax and  
        a 3% rise in funds for Adult Social Care. Money is being devoted to improving highways
        and footpaths which are among the best in the country. 
        Three senior executives have recently been appointed together with Chief Executive  
        Paul Robinson. 
        Thanks was given to the highways team for the wonderful job carried out with gritting .  
        Grit bins would be replenished as required and parishes can purchase further (green)  
        bins to supplement what is provided by the County Council. Mr. Grove would be happy
        to fund a further bin for the parish if required. 
        Information was given on the Annual Skills Show, with many companies exhibiting and  
        thousands of students expected to attend. An update was also given on the new  
        Worcestershire Parkway Station and the work being undertaken at Worcester New Road
        and the Worcester Southern Link.  

        Worcestershire Leaders have agreed to host up to 50 Syrian refugees in Worcestershire,  
        50 already having been resettled in Redditch, Wyre Forest and Worcester during  
        2016/17. (A full report sent to all parish councillors). 
        Mr. Grove was thanked for attending and the informative report given. 

     ii) Adopt a Kiosk: invite Mrs. Cumming and Mr. Grove to attend - date to be arranged –    
         possibly May/June. 

     iii) Health and Well Being – Claire Vaughan to attend the Annual Parish Meeting on 25th  

     iv) newsletter – it was intended this should be delivered to every household in the parish  
         – twice a year. Mrs. Tanser offered to find out an approximate price for printing etc. 

   C) District Council and planning: Mrs. Cumming gave a detailed report on the work being
       undertaken at The Council House in Malvern where the Planning Department will now be  
       housed together with The Hub. The Five year Strategic Plan has now been approved and  
       the South Worcestershire Development Plan (SWDP) is now underway taking us up to    
       Information was given on the recent Scrutiny Report, and an update on the appeal for  
       The Willows, Astley Burf.  
        Further information was also given with regard to the fortnightly bin collection due to  
        start in April. 
        Mrs. Cumming was thanked for attending and the help and advice given. 
   D) Environment: 
      i) dog fouling in Dunley: further penalty notices to be sited. 
     ii) footpaths: Mr. Armstrong brought attention to footpath 607 over Burf Bank – the clerk  
         would ask Mrs. MacDonald to check. 
         Mrs. Hinchley advised that sign on footpath 507 to Burnthorne requiring attention.    
         (Advise of any other signs and stiles requiring attention that can then be forwarded to  
         the County).  
   E) Crime / Safety: nothing to report 
   F) Transport: Mr. Mortimer gave an update on local bus routes. Conistion Coaches will still  
       be operating the local service (this will now be on Thursdays). 
   G) Youth: nothing to report. 
Accounts for payment: Village hall: £18.00, P. Perfect salary 8 months £2,666.64 plus  
     expenses – 
     £2,891.86, Chat Club donation £50.00, St. Peter’s closed churchyard £750.00, Burial  
     Ground £250.00 (paid after meeting – CS Garden Clearance – lengthsman £273.00, village  
     hall £18.00,  
     Malvern Timber Framed Buildings (replacement bus shelter £1,130.00 ) – to be reclaimed  
     on insurance. 

     There being no further items arising, Mr. Mortimer closed the meeting, thanking everyone  
      for their attendance. 

                                                 Astley and Dunley Parish Council 
                                       Minutes of meeting held on 14th February 2018. 

Present: Mr. D. Mortimer, Mr. R. Martin, Mr. J. Armstrong, Mr. P. Gorbing, Mr. P. Grove (County Council) and Mr. T. Healing. 

1/18:1: Apologies for absence: Mr. R. Darch, Mr. M. Herridge, Mrs. K. Hinchley, Mrs. C,. MacDonald, Mrs. H. Tanser, Mrs. P. Cumming. 

1/18:2: Declaration of interest: none. 

1/18:3: Minutes of meeting held on 8th November 2017 were approved and signed. 
Questions / comments: no matters arising. 

A) Roads / speed: 
i) potholes: state of road in Weatherlane: Mr. Armstrong discussed the problems fully with Mr. Grove who would take up with Highways. Further problems reported in Redhouse Lane and Dark Lane. Mr. Grove will arrange for site visit in Spring with Highways (Hannah Davies). Advise Mr. Grove of sites prior to visit. 
Please Drive Carefully signs - A451 - Mr. Mortimer checking prices and will arrange in the Spring. 
B) Communication: 
i) County Council report – Mr. Grove gave an update on county matters and copies forwarded to all members of the parish council. This report included details of the Worcestershire Skills Show, Social Work, information on flood alleviation in New Road, Worcester and Upton on Severn. The Health and Well Being Inititiative, and an update on the new Senior Executives and the new Chief Executive, Mr. Paul Robinson at County Council. 
Mr. Grove was thanked for his efforts with regard to the Velo event. This would not be staged in Worcestershire next time. Mr. Grove then left the meeting and was thanked for his attendance and the report given. 
ii) Adopt a Kiosk: to be discussed fully at the next meeting, reference official opening etc. Check on suitable paint colour and obtain quote for work to be carried out by qualified electrician. 
iii) Health and Well Being – Annual Parish – Wednesday 25th April. 
iv) Newsletter – consider producing a newsletter twice a year to include contact details of local organisations etc. Discuss further at next meeting. 
C) District Council and planning: 
Mrs. Cumming was unable to attend the meeting but forwarded a report to include application 17/01523 Larford Farm fish pass – recommended for approval . Mrs. Cumming had asked this go to committee to ensure that those objecting had an opportunity to speak and hear the debate. It was pleasing to hear the Velo will not be using the same route for its next event. Many parishes and District Council raised its objections due to the adverse effects on businesses in Baldwin and Woodbury wards. 

The District Council has requested that the Local Government Association carry out a peer review of its activities, by members and officers of other councils to see if any recommendations for improvements can be identified. The findings are due to be presented to the Council towards the end of the month. 

The Willows, Astley Burf – decision still awaited on recent appeal (Mr. P. Edwards) 

D) Environment: 
i) Complaint of dog fouling in Dunley. The clerk would forward the relevant notices to Mr. Mortimer. Monitor situation.  
ii) Pavement between The Strand and Fields garage requiring further attention , continue to monitor. 
E) Crime / Safety: nothing to report. 
F) Transport: Mr. Mortimer gave an update on bus routes due for re-tender (294, 295 and 296). 
G) Youth: nothing to report: 
Accounts for payment: Mr. T. Healing £50.00 (internal audit), Mr. A. Deptford £1902.00 (defibrillator, cabinet and equipment), CS Garden Clearance £299.00 (lengthsman) 
There being no further items arising, Mr. Mortimer closed the meeting at 8.57 p.m. 
     Wednesday 11 th April - Village Hall Management AGM - 7.30 pm 
     Thursday 12th April – Memorial Service for Mrs. Susan Gill, Holt Church 2.00 p.m. 
     Wednesday 25th April - Annual Parish Meeting 7.30 p.m. 
     Wednesday 23rd May - Nora Parsons Day Centre – AGM - 7.00 p.m. Wichenford 

                                                   Astley and Dunley Parish Council 
                                         Minutes of meeting held on 8th November 2017. 

  Present: Mr. D. Mortimer, Mr. R. Martin, Mr. J. Armstrong, Mr. M. Herridge, Mrs. K. Hinchley,   
               Mrs. C. MacDonald. Mrs. P. Cumming, Mr. P. Grove , Mr. T. Healing. 

  7/17:1:   Apologies for absence: Mrs. H. Tanser, Mr. R. Darch, Mr. P. Gorbing. 

  7/17:2:   Declaration of interest: none. 

  7/17:3:   Minutes of meeting held on 27th September were approved and signed. 

  Questions / Comments: no matters arising.
    A) Roads / Speed: 
          i)  potholes: outside Strand Cottages and Crundles Lane at Woodgreen. 
        ii)  Mr. Mortimer to check price for Please Drive Carefully signs (Dunley). 
       iii)  Mr. Armstrong queried the length of time the B4196 had been closed through      
             Shrawley (ask Mr. Grove). 
   B) Communication: 
        i)   County Council report: Mr. Grove gave a full report on county matters, copies  
            forwarded to councillors. Work had now been carried out by Highways in  
            Weatherlane, and Mr. Grove has requested road dressing for 2018/19. 
            Velo – many meetings had taken place, concerns and issues raised. A full  
            statement will shortly be made. Thanks given to Mr. Grove for his assistance and  
            the report given. 
       ii)  Adopt a Kiosk: Mr. Grove offered £600 towards the purchase of a defibrillator,  
            and Mrs. Cumming £150 both from Divisional funding. Mrs. Cumming would check if  
            any grants available.. (Next agenda for further discussion) 
      iii)  Health and Well Being (next agenda). 
            Miss Alice Spearing from St. Richards Hospice gave an extremely informative talk            
            on the work at the hospice, and the various fundraising days which take place . It  
            was suggested she come to the Annual Parish Meeting – agreed, leaflets and  
            newsletter to be forwarded to the clerk. 
     iv)   Newsletter – next meeting – consider printing a newsletter on parish matters for  
            distribution to every household. 
   C) District Council and planning: 
           Mrs. Cumming gave an update on the proposed change to domestic refuse  
         collection due to start in 2018. 
         With regard to planning there was little to report, Mr. P. Edwards had now  
         submitted a further appeal (development at Astley Burf).  

         17/01523 – Larford Farm – fish pass - Transport Assessment still awaited – Mr.  
         Grove to chase with the County Council. It was felt the Parish Council could not  
         object on planning grounds but concerns and quality of life for residents must be  
         fully considered.
         17/01662 – two safari tents etc. – land at Dunley – refused. 
   D) Environment: nothing to report. 
   E) Crime / Safety: nothing to report. 
   F) Transport: nothing to report. 
   G) Youth: nothing to report. 

   Accounts for payment: £60.00 – J. Kirk repainting bus shelter. 
   There being no further items, Mr. Mortimer closed the meeting at 9.20 p.m. 

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) 
                                            Astley & Dunley Parish Council 
                                          General Data Protection Regulations 2018 

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 
                                              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
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. 

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. 
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.


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


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. 
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. 
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 
Tel: 0300 333 3000 Ext. 67023 
DDI: 01905 338733 Mobile: 07817 962204

                                                              Planning Decisions et


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