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Ruyton XI Towns Parish Council has formed a Climate Emergency Working Group, whose aim is to research, propose, and coordinate activities designed to tackle the climate emergency, and we are looking for enthusiastic members of the community to get involved.

What we’ve already achieved:

There are things we have already achieved as a Parish Council, prior to the formation of this working group, which fit the aims:

  • upgraded all Parish Council-owned streetlights with LEDs in 2019 – the significant energy efficiency and long lifespan helps reduce carbon emissions
  • started adding solar panels to our vehicle activated speed (VAS) signs  – solar is more sustainable than recharging batteries with mains electricity
  • a tree planting initiative in the Queen Elizabeth II field and on ‘the Spinney’ – trees store or ‘sequester’ carbon emissions, improve air quality,  as well as create new habitats for local wildlife

Next project: Recycling the non-recyclable

We’re all used to separating tin cans, glass bottles, cardboard etc. for kerbside collection, but did you know there is a way to recycle certain items that Shropshire Council can’t accept?

The Climate Emergency Working Group are particularly keen to gain support from the community for an exciting recycling initiative. We are looking into working with TerraCycle (an organisation that specialises in “recycling the non-recyclable”) to establish “public drop-of locations” in the parish for hard to recycle waste. Residents would be able to drop off certain types of post-consumer waste: examples could include bread bags, cheese packaging, dental products, pet food pouches, coffee capsules, health and beauty packaging, medicine blister packs, biros, crisp packets BUT there are limitations especially if other sites locally already deal with these recyclable categories. So the first job is to work out what is possible.

Collected waste = cash for charities

If we can get a recycling point established then once we’ve collected a certain volume of waste this will be sent off to TerraCycle for cleaning, reusing, recycling, and upcycling. They also give the community the chance to raise money for local charities and schools, as each qualifying item of waste earns points which can be redeemed as cash by the nominated charity or school.  You can check out stories from other collectors on TerraCycle’s Collector Highlight blog page. In the past there have even been contests to win new school playgrounds made from upcycled waste.

How can you get involved?

The Climate Emergency Working Group is very keen to involve the community in all aspects of its activities. You could get involved by:

  • volunteering on some of our initial projects (like many of you did with the tree planting initiative!)
  • joining the Climate Emergency Working Group
  • becoming a Community Champion for a specific project – we aim to have at least one council rep and one member of the community on each project
  • suggesting ideas for other climate and environment related projects

If you would like to know more about getting involved in the Climate Emergency Working Group and/or you have a suggestion for a potential project, please contact Cllr David Shearan, or the Parish Council Clerk.

The road between Baschurch and Shotatton will be closed between Wednesday 3 February and Friday 5 February (09:30-16:00] to allow for pothole repairs. See current status

The UK Government urges “Act like you’ve got the virus”.

Coronavirus: Act like you've got it. The new COVID-19 variant is spreading fast. We all need to play our part to stop the spread. Stay Home - Protect the NHS - Save Lives.
Coronavirus: Act like you’ve got it. The new COVID-19 variant is spreading fast. We all need to play our part to stop the spread. Stay Home – Protect the NHS – Save Lives.

 

The number of coronavirus cases is rising rapidly, and in a recent Covid-19 news article, a source told the BBC “It’s more important than ever [that] everyone sticks to the rules,” with infection rates increasing at an “alarming rate”. The Department for Health and Social Care and the wider government are emphasising the “stay at home” message, with Health Secretary Matt Hancock saying: “People need to not just follow the letter of the rules but follow the spirit as well and play their part” (BBC News).

One in three people infected with the virus do not have any symptoms and could be passing it on without realising.

Coronavirus. Don't accidentally spread it. Around 1 in 3 people with COVID-19 don't have any symptoms, but can still pass it on.
Coronavirus. Don’t accidentally spread it. Around 1 in 3 people with COVID-19 don’t have any symptoms, but can still pass it on.

The new variant is more transmissible so “each interaction we have has become riskier than it was before.” (London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine)

The virus is airborne. It can remain in the air wherever an infected person has been, in a room or in a deserted street and can move about in clouds of droplets. One infected person can infect many other people.Infographic showing decreasing risks of Covid-19 transmission through wearing face coverings and keeping 6ft distance.

Wearing masks reduces the likelihood of being infected and spreading the virus. To prevent spreading infectious particles, keep your mask over your mouth and nose. If you drop your mask to talk, you will spread droplets.

Wash hands frequently, keep the recommended distance from other people, and wear a mask to reduce the risk of spreading and catching the virus when out of your home.

You can find more information on our dedicated Coronavirus page, including links to what you can and cannot do under the current lockdown, as well as info on the Ruyton XI Towns Friendly Help group, financial assistance, and mental well-being.

Post Office resumes service in Ruyton XI Towns

The original Post Office in Ruyton closed over a year ago, however your councillors and the Village Hall Committee have been instrumental in bringing this vital service back to the parish. See official Post Office re-opening poster.

Location: Foyer of Village Hall, Church street

The Ruyton XI Towns Post Office is now being run by the Trefonen Postmaster as a mobile outreach service from the foyer of the Village Hall on Church Street. There is a ramp for those with mobility needs and a hearing loop inside. The usual rules regarding face coverings apply, and only one customer is able to enter at a time.

Opening times:  Fridays, 1.30 – 3.30 pm

What products/services are available?

  • Stamps and gifts cards
  • Mailing letters, special delivery, parcels, Signed for, International mail
  • Business banking
  • Personal banking, incl. paying in and withdrawing money
  • Benefit payments
  • Bill payments
  • Postal orders
  • Mobile phone top ups

The Parish Council are supporting a team of community volunteers who are planting native trees and wildflowers in the QEII field near Platt Bridge.

The team have consulted with neighbours and with Shropshire Council about the plans to establish a small copse of native trees from the Woodland Trust, and to convert part of the green space into a wildflower area.

The copse area has been marked out and the first task will be to move a few established trees from other areas of the field. This will be done by a core team in December but in January there will be an opportunity for other volunteers from the community to assist, in a COVID secure way, when the rest of the area is planted. this is currently planned for 10:30-12:30 on Sunday 3 January. Please do use the contact form on this website if you would like to take part.

The work on the wildflower area will start in spring and more details will be communicated before that happens.

Ruyton XI Towns Parish Council has teamed up with West Mercia Police to deliver free SmartWater kits to all parish residents, as part of the “We Don’t Buy Crime” initiative.

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What is SmartWater and how does it protect you?

SmartWater is a clear, odourless liquid, which glows under UV light. It allows residents to mark-up valuables in their home, and because each solution is a completely unique mix, recovered items can be traced and returned to their rightful owners if they are ever stolen.

SmartWater is a proven and effective crime prevention tool, which has a 100% conviction rate in a court of law when used as evidence. We Don’t Buy Crime areas that are protected with SmartWater also see an average 65% reduction in burglaries, as SmartWater is a highly effective deterrent against crime.

As part of the “We Don’t Buy Crime” initiative, the Parish Council will also receive “We Don’t Buy Crime”  “CRIMINALS BEWARE” signs which will be put up at strategic points around the parish to further deter criminals.

What will my SmartWater kit include?

Each kit will be pre-registered to your home and will include:

  • An explanatory letter
  • A SmartWater vial, pre-registered to your address
  • Large square window stickers and small weatherproof stickers – so criminals know your home is SmartWater protected

How have the kits been paid for?

Thanks to grant funding from West Mercia Police earlier in the year, we were able to purchase enough kits for 80% of households. Recently we decided to apply for funding to buy enough kits to ensure that every resident has the chance to protect their home with SmartWater. Overall, West Mercia Police has contributed 25% of the cost of the SmartWater kits, and the remaining 75% has been paid for with Parish Council contingency funds.

How are we distributing the kits?

We had initially hoped to distribute our first batch of kits through public registration events over the Easter holidays – but obviously the Covid-19 pandemic put a stop to those plans.

Luckily, our contacts in West Mercia Police got in touch and kindly offered to arrange for registration and postal distribution of our kits.

Each SmartWater kit will be safely pre-registered, and posted out to residents in line with Royal Mail general data protection regulations. If you wish to opt out of this initiative simply email WeDontBuyCrime@westmercia.pnn.police.uk and they will remove the kit/your record from the initiative.

When will I get my kit?

The SmartWater kits have now been collected by our contact at West Mercia Police, and they will be registered and posted out over the next month or so, you should receive your kit very soon!

My neighbours have received a kit, but I haven’t.

If this happens, please contact the Parish Council clerk, so we can check if a kit has already been registered and sent to your address. If not, one will be sent to you.

What do I need to do when I get my SmartWater kit?

Your SmartWater kit will be pre-registered for you, so when it arrives the first thing to do is place your stickers prominently at the front and rear of your property. The SmartWater stickers are the main deterrent to criminals. Now all you need to do is mark-up your valuables with a small dot of SmartWater. We advise you to take a photograph of the item of property and where you have marked it, keep this for your records just in case you need it at some time in the future.  Encourage your neighbours and fellow residents to do the same!

The important thing is to put up the stickers straight away while you remember.

£225,000 funding for traffic calming in Ruyton XI Towns

Shropshire Council has approved a grant of £225,000 for a project to improve road safety in Ruyton XI Towns. The grant has been made available from the Community Infrastructure Levy Fund (CIL) which is levied by Shropshire Council on new developments in their area and used to benefit local communities.

After years of campaigning by the Parish Council and work by the Safer Roads Group for effective measures to limit the speed and volume of traffic through the village, a project for Ruyton XI Towns was on a list of schemes that were a priority for Shropshire Council Highways. However, no funding had been allocated until recently.

The CIL Team and Highways and Transport Team have worked to draw up a list of sites across Shropshire to approve for CIL funding as part of a large project to assess highway sites and local needs.

The grant for Ruyton XI Towns is the largest amount awarded to a single project from the list of priorities that was assessed.

WSP, Shropshire Council’s contracted Civil, Highways and Transport Engineering Consultancy has been commissioned to consider options and design the work with an expectation that they will  involve the Parish Council and local community.

The Parish Council is determined that this funding will be an opportunity to ensure not only that Ruyton XI Towns becomes a safer place, but also that the changes will be an example of how improved road safety can also lead to an improved environment and enhanced attractiveness for the village. The local community will be informed, involved, and consulted.

Last Parish Council vacancy – application deadline extended

Current vacancies

Following the resignation of Cllr Bob Edwards on 8th Oct, the Parish Council duly advertised the casual vacancy in the community, and we’ve now been notified by Shropshire Council that no by-election was called. This means we can now fill this one remaining seat by co-option. As no applications were received for this vacancy, we’ve decided to extend the application deadline.

If you are interested in becoming a councillor, please send a completed application form to the clerk by no later than 5pm on Tuesday 22nd December. The Council will consider all applications and make a decision at the meeting on January 5th 2021.

If you are interested in potentially joining the Parish Council, please feel free to contact the clerk for an informal chat. The Good Councillors Guide above is also a great introduction to what being a councillor involves, and how you can help your community.

Get involved – what do YOU want for your parish?

The Parish Council exists to serve the Ruyton XI Towns  parish community, and as part of this we recently adopted a revised Action Plan which sets out clear aims and objectives, as well as a progress report on existing activities. The Action Plan will be reviewed and updated regularly, and we very much welcome and encourage feedback; we are particularly interested in receiving suggestions for future activities or projects. If there is something you think could be improved in the parish, or a service/amenity you think is needed, or something you think could improve the health and wellbeing of the community, no matter how big or small, short or long-term, please do share your thoughts with the clerk.

The Parish Council will review* all suggestions received, and we hope to put together a shortlist for the community to vote on their favourite ideas.

*Parish Councils need to find a “Power” or “Authority” in law that enables them to do a particular activity, so as long as a suggestion is something that the Parish Council can legally do, then it will be considered. If it’s not something we can do ourselves we may be able to work with another authority/organisation who can, or we may be able to look into it in the future if the Parish Council meets the criteria for General Power of Competence, which grants councils much greater flexibility and freedom in how they can act.

Casual vacancies – update

Welcome to new Parish Councillors

The Parish Council is very pleased to announce that 3 of the existing casual vacancies have now been filled by co-option at the October Council meeting. Your new parish councillors are Graeme Barrett, Christine Jones, and Mervyn Eyles, and we will be updating the Parish Councillor page of our website with their information and contact details shortly. In the meantime, we wish them all a very warm welcome to the Parish Council.

Current vacancies

Following the resignation of Cllr Bob Edwards, the Parish Council would like to wish Bob all the very best for the future and thank you for your commitment to the Parish Council over the years. This now means there are 2 casual vacancies remaining at Ruyton XI Towns Parish Council.

Cllr Bob Edwards vacancy – In 14-day notice period.

Local electors may choose to request a by-election to fill this seat until  29.10.2020. Please see Casual Vacancy notice below for more information.

Cllr Andrea Hall – No by-election called, so seat can be filled by co-option.

The Parish Council is inviting applications from any suitably qualified person who wishes to join the Parish Council, and applications must be received by 5pm on Tues 27th October. The Council will consider all applications at the next meeting on 3rd November. If you are interested in potentially joining the Parish Council, please feel free to contact the clerk for an informal chat. The Good Councillors Guide below is also a great introduction to what being a councillor involves, and how you can help your community.