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There were no crimes reported in the village during January.
For the rest of the report, I would like to quote exactly what P.C.Lee Thomas (of the Newport Safer Neighbourhood Team) emailed to me:-
"A resident did report a dubious caller to their home on 14th January, offering to tarmac their drive very cheaply – this kind of activity does occur sporadically and our advice is always to say no – any such work will normally be done to a very poor standard (if at all) and the people carrying out the work will suddenly demand payment of several times more than any amount agreed.
A thank you must go out to the residents who called in re males potentially hare coursing on fields out near Rock Lane last week - not enough evidence when I located them leaving the area to progress hare coursing offences but they were all from different addresses in Walsall and claimed they’d come all this way just to walk their dogs !! – so they were given £200 fixed penalties for Covid-19 lock down breaches. I’ve no doubt in reality they were disturbed before they got chance to get up to wrong-doings though.
Repeated message therefore that if people see strangers with dogs or vehicles, especially 4x4 types, parked in fields or laybys in rural areas, please consider they may be hare coursing and call police on 101.
Parish Warden’s Report
On the 8th of December, an unlicensed scrap collector was seen in the village and reported.
There have also been reports of possible hare coursing in the Edgmond Marsh area.
As your Parish Warden, I appeal to everyone to report all suspicious vehicles or incidents direct to the police - and to do it immediately. Accuracy is obviously important - perhaps especially in respect of vehicle registrations, makes, models, or colours, and location where seen. Try to remember descriptions of persons acting suspiciously. If you think a crime is being committed, then ring 999. If not ring 101.
Please remember, not everyone has access to a smartphone, a tablet, or even a personal computer.
John Keeping (813125).
No.1 Flying Training School, based at RAF Shawbury, will be conducting essential Night Flying training from Monday 11 January 2021 for approximately 4 weeks.
More information on the RAF Shawbury social media channels here: https://www.facebook.com/RAFShawbury/posts/5241357575881899
The latest Newsletter from the Safer Neighbourhood Team is available here.
A vacancy has arisen on the Parish Council due to the resignation of a member of the Council. If you are interested in joining the team please click on the link to find out more.
The Safer Neighbourhood Team in Newport have started to produce a newsletter. Click here to open.
Coronavirus testing centre opens at Harper Adams
A walk-through coronavirus testing facility is now open at Harper Adams University, as part of the Government’s UK-wide drive to improve the accessibility of coronavirus testing for communities.
Students, staff and local residents with coronavirus symptoms, however mild, can get a free swab test that takes less than a minute. Tests should be booked or ordered as soon as symptoms begin at nhs.uk/coronavirus or by calling 119 and you can expect your result the next day.
The site is walk-through only. Accordingly, those being tested will be required to walk to site, not use their own transport (or taxi or public transport), and follow public health measures, including social distancing, practising good personal hygiene and wearing a face covering throughout (including travelling to and from the testing centre). Parking will not be available on the University campus.
Anyone attending an appointment at a walk-through testing will be provided with guidance on getting to and from the test site safely.
Testing at the new site will started this afternoon, with more appointments available each day. Testing is available for everyone, with additional support for vulnerable groups and people with disabilities.
Anyone testing positive for the virus in England will be contacted by NHS Test and Trace to help them track their contacts. This will help people to identify who they may have been in close contact with, protecting others from further transmission.
Close contacts of those testing positive will also hear from NHS Test and Trace, advising them to stay at home for 14 days to prevent them from unknowingly spreading the virus. They will be advised to also book at test if they develop symptoms.
Harper Adams University was keen to get the site up and running ahead of its new academic year starting next week.
University Secretary, Dr Catherine Baxter, said: “We are conscious of the need to do everything we can to protect our university community and the wider community surrounding our campus. We are confident in the measures we have put in place to make Harper Adams a Covid secure work and learning environment, but also need to be prepared so anyone who has symptoms can be tested and in the event of a positive case, we can work with the Telford and Wrekin Council to take appropriate actions to minimise the risk of transmission. The Telford and Wrekin Health Protection Hub team have been very helpful in helping us to put in measures for the new academic year.
“Having the testing centre on campus will allow us to act quickly to ensure anyone displaying symptoms is tested and, in the event of a positive result, their contacts traced and isolated as quickly as possible.”
Health Minister Lord Bethell said: “Walk-in centres have made it even easier to get a free coronavirus test. If you have symptoms, however mild, please get tested now to help stop the spread of the virus and protect the people around you.
“The Government continues to scale up testing capacity for coronavirus to protect the vulnerable, support our NHS, and ultimately save lives. This is supported by our NHS Test and Trace service, which will contact you if you test positive or if you have been in close contact with someone who has the virus. I urge anyone with symptoms to book a test today, and anyone contacted by NHS Test and Trace to follow their advice to protect those around them from the virus.”
No.1 Flying Training School, based at RAF Shawbury, will be conducting essential night flying training from Monday 17th August 2020, for 4 weeks. Crews will operate from RAF Shawbury throughout Low Flying Area 9, covering Shropshire and the borders of adjacent counties.
Night flying is an essential skill needed for front-line operations, enabling Aircrew to operate in the dark. Crews will be training using Night Vision Devices, like those used on operations in hostile environments and for supporting emergencies, like the Whaley Bridge Dam collapse last year, both at home and abroad.
Some of you may remember that the Parish Council purchased wild flower seeds, including red poppies in 2014 to mark the anniversary of the War. These were provided by TWC and planted in flower beds around the Parish. It was hoped that we would continue to have a display of poppies each year at least until 2018. Unfortunately, however, the weather and growing conditions were not good and the poppies have not re-appeared.
The wild flowers, however, still flourish and many local residents like to see the butterflies, bees and other insects around when they are flowering.
Edgmond might be the first village in the UK to initiate a village Hedgehog Survey!
Criminals are using the Covid-19 pandemic to scam the public – don't click the bait, don’t become a victim.
Action Fraud have received reports of #COVID19 related scams. The majority relate to the online sale of protective items such as facemasks and other items in short supply due to the outbreak, that don't exist.
What scams are we seeing?
The majority of reports are related to online shopping scams where people have ordered protective face masks, hand sanitiser and other products, which have never arrived. Other frauds being reported include ticket fraud, romance fraud, charity fraud and lender loan fraud.
Citizens Advice launched two local numbers and a new email advice service this week. The public can get help and advice on issues such as benefits, debts or employment worries as well as consumer advice, legal help and much more. Despite the challenges, Citizens Advice Telford & the Wrekin is determined to carry on. They can be contacted by:
Phone: 01952 567193 or 01952 567173
Advice Line: 0300 330 1165
In the light of the present crisis Citizens Advice Telford & the Wrekin have established a network of staff and volunteers working from home to offer services to local people through websites, telephone calls and emails. You can also write to them.
Citizens Advice Telford & the Wrekin CEO, Caro Hart said:
“Our staff and volunteers are working together to ensure that we can offer a full range of services at this difficult time, we can answer general questions as well as provide specialist help on debts and claiming Universal credit. Don’t sit at home worrying, email or phone us now!”
Telford Mind remains operational during this crisis to offer help and support to people across Telford & Wrekin. Our dedicated staff of Wellbeing Support Workers, Workplace Wellbeing Facilitators and Social Prescribers are working tirelessly to support as many people as possible through this difficult time.
Our number is 07434 869248 between 10.00am and 8.00pm or more information is on the website at wwwtelford-mind.co.uk
There is a poster to go with this press release. Click here to view.
There's a Full Parish Council Meeting this evening in the Village Hall, from 7.00pm. All are welcome to attend.
PC Lee Thomas from Newport Police Station is attending to give a presentation, with useful tips, on how to keep your vehicles safe. This is particularly welcome after recent thefts and attempted thefts in the village.
Newport is fortunate to have its own X-Ray unit which is owned and maintained by Newport League of Friends.
In association with Wellington Road and Linden Hall Surgeries and Newport Rotary Lite, the League of Friends is looking to upgrade the X-Ray equipment to continue to allow more medical care close to home.
They need to raise £150,000 and hope to do so by May 2020. This needs to be a community effort and they would like to encourage local people and groups to help with the fundraising.
If you would like to get involved please contact Dr Nick Tindall by email: email@example.com
Donations can be made at Newport League of Friends Shop at Baddeley Court, Wellington Road Surgery or Linden Hall Surgery.
Harper Adams University is at the very centre of research into 'hands free farming'. Further funding is now allowing the project to enter another phase. See what HAU says about this project:
'The team behind the Hands Free Hectare (HFHa) were the first in the world to plant, tend and harvest a crop with robotic machinery and drones. The project is now to be scaled-up to a 35-hectare farm. The Hands Free Farm (HFF) will be located on Harper Adams University land to the south of the B5062,with the first crops being autonomously planted this autumn.
The first project aimed to spark conversation to move forward the level of automation in agriculture; proving that it is already possible with off-the-shelf technology. The new farm aims to explore the challenges of running the machinery on a larger amount of land whilst also tackling everyday obstacles that farmers face; such as telegraph poles and public footpaths.
The team and Harper Adams University are thrilled that the project has received further funding following the incredibly positive publicity the hectare has received. It’s amazing that this world-first project that’s received publicity in 86 countries originated from Edgmond. For more information and to view our safety procedures please visit https://www.handsfree.farm/ and to follow our progress: https://twitter.com/freehectare.'
Your Parish Council continues to help improve local rights of way so that you can clearly see where you may walk, cycle or ride in the countryside.
The two new short posts on Birchmoor Lane have been provided by T&W and installed by volunteers from the Parish. More fingerposts and short posts will be installed over the coming months. If you are not sure where you may walk in the Parish and beyond, and you don't have an OS map, you can have a look at the map in the notice board on the car park, or have a look at the simplified map on this website.
Footpaths are for people on foot only; bridleways are for horses and cycles as well; restricted byways are routes open to all non-motorised traffic. The standard colour coding across the country is that footpaths have yellow waymarkers whilst bridleways and restricted byways have blue. In Edgmond some of the fingerposts are also marked with their status (however, they are not all correct!).
We would like to make you aware of a parasite called Neospora. This is a microscopic parasite that infects cattle in two ways: either by ingesting the eggs from the environment, or as an unborn calf when Neospora crosses the placenta from an infected cow.
Infection can arrive on a farm by several routes: Via purchase of an infected cow, via recently infected dogs, or in feed or water contaminated by dog faeces. Dogs are a vital part of the Neospora story. They become infected by eating Neospora infected placentae, foetuses, calves or wildlife. The parasite multiplies in their intestine and eggs are passed in faeces for two to three weeks. After this the dog is immune and no longer a risk. The eggs are thought to survive in the environment for many months.
After being eaten by a cow the eggs multiply and then become dormant. This has no ill effects on the cow which continues to appear healthy. The danger comes during pregnancy when the parasite re-activates and travels to the placenta and unborn calf. What happens next can include:
• The birth of a healthy, but infected, calf which may go on to abort during its first pregnancy
• The birth of a calf showing signs of nervous disease, however, this is uncommon.
Infected cows remain infected for life and maintain Neospora in the herd by giving birth to infected heifer replacements. There is no evidence of direct cow-to-cow spread. This is a serious problem and can mean that otherwise healthy animals have to be destroyed causing great distress to the farmer.
More information can be found here.
As a courtesy to other walkers and to help reduce the risk of spreading disease we urge all dog owners who walk their animals in the countryside to keep to the footpaths and to clean up after their pets.
The Examination of the Telford & Wrekin Local Plan 2011 - 2031 has now concluded and the Inspector has produced his Final Report.
The Council has now published this report and made it available via the Local plan webpage. It is also available to view at Main Council offices and Libraries across the Borough.
Find out the best way to save money on your energy costs by visiting switch.telford.gov.uk, the Telford and Wrekin Council's new energy price comparison and switching site.
The new Hortonwood Recycling Centre is up and running. On September 7th, the Chairman, Councillor Robert Higginson, along with other Councillors, visited the site for a pre-opening tour. We were escorted around all the facilities and a full explanation of how the waste is collected and disposed of was available to us. It is, as you would expect, an easy to access and well-organised site which, he believes is going to prove to be extremely useful. The Chairman has already made several visits and noticed the live web-cam which can be accessed on line. This means that you can look to see how busy the site is before leaving home.
It is hoped that this will be a well used and useful feature and may well mean that you won't be sitting in long queues unnecessarily.