West Gloucestershire Neighbourhood Watch Association

Newsletter

Autumn/Winter 2016

        N O T I C E   of   A. G. M.   

Thursday, 17th November 2016, 7.00pm, Forest Community Room, Coleford Police Station, Lords Hill,

Coleford  GL16 8BG

                 Guest speaker:  

MARTIN SURL, Police & Crime Commissioner for Gloucestershire

ALL NHW CO-ORDINATORS AND

     MEMBERS ARE WELCOME !

OUR AUTUMN CAMPAIGN

 

“When out at night, leave on a light!”

Dark houses suggest that no-one is at home.  This can make your home a target for opportunist burglars.  So if you know you’ll be home from work after dark before you go out:

√   Switch on your light timer.

√   Ensure expensive items are out of view.

√   Check all doors and windows are locked.

√   Set your burglar alarm, if you have one.

Sometimes people think that it is expensive leaving a light on, but a normal

incandescent bulb costs a fraction of a penny per hour, and halogen or low energy bulbs even less.  If you are worried about the cost over time of leaving a bulb on all day, clearly the best idea is to invest in a timer to attach to a lamp which will shine inside the house so it looks as though someone is at home, even if not visible through open window curtains.  Timers are inexpensive, especially compared to the distress, inconvenience and potential loss of a break-in.

‘WHAT DO I DO IF?’

This is another useful tool on the Gloucestershire police website.  Query topics include:  Concerns about abuse … A crime affecting your business … Suspected wildlife crime … How to deal in the case of a road accident... and many more.  It provides information for all citizens and could be of particular interest to people starting their work and home ownership lives.  It’s also a good resource for those of us who use computers to help answer personal concerns or queries from neighbours who are not online. 

See www. gloucestershire.police.uk/what-do-i-do-if/

                                         

ARE YOU ON EMAIL?

You will be aware that your Neighbourhood Watch Co-ordinators regularly receive updates from Police Support Officer, Chrissie Parkes, of local incidents for our information and so that we can help by being the eyes and ears of the police in our neighbourhoods.  It is so much easier, quicker and more efficient to forward Chrissie’s email information straight on to our individual members.  Next time your Co-ordinator asks for your email, please consider giving it to him/her.  

SECURITY ITEMS available direct from Chrissie Parkes (01452 753784) or via your NHW co-ordinator: 

Personal Alarms  £3.50      Shed Alarms £8.00  

Padlock Alarms £12.50      Smart Water £12.00  

Counterfeit Money Detector Pens £1.00  

Bike Locks (Master lock bike system) £19.00  

Shock & motion sensing padlock alarm  £12.50

FREE Mobile phone marking kits & NHW stickers 

PORTABLE HEATER SAFETY IN THE HOME

With rising energy prices, people often opt to use portable heaters to warm homes, or to augment the central heating, but many are not aware of the risks involved.  Like any electrical device, portable heaters can be dangerous if used incorrectly. So, follow these sensible guidelines, and make sure that other people you know, especially the housebound or vulnerable, are also aware of safe practice:

DON’T

Leave portable heaters unattended

Leave them on whilst sleeping

Buy second hand halogen heaters

Power a halogen heater from an extension

  lead; these can easily be overloaded and

  cause fires

DO

Ensure that they are positioned well away from anything which could knock them over

Stand them at least a metre away from any combustible materials, such as paper or curtains

Regularly inspect your heater for damage.

REMEMBER   If it's damaged, don't use it.

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WHAT IS SUSPICIOUS BEHAVIOUR / ACTIVITY? 

Your co-ordinator is always ready to help, but often it is best that you report an incident personally as it is more timely and your report will be first-hand.  So, here are a few examples of what may potentially be suspicious behaviour:

®  Sound of breaking glass

®  Vehicle driving slowly & occupants looking around at properties

®  Person paying attention to properties where you know nobody is at home

®  Person concealing items in a hedge/behind a wall and walking away

®  Frequent visitors to a house who only stay a few minutes

®  People crowded around a parked vehicle

®  Vehicle parked with occupants sitting low in the seats

®  Persons leave a vehicle, the driver remains in the car, or the motor is left running, or changing from one vehicle to another

®  Persons leave a vehicle but do not lock it

®  Person working on a vehicle number plate

®  Vehicle out of character for the area

®  Vehicle poorly maintained (broken lights or wing mirrors, flat tyres)

®  Vehicle abandoned in area – often with windows or doors open

®  Cigarette papers, silver foil, bottles, torn card

discarded in a park or woodland

 

If you see a person or a vehicle behaving suspiciously, take note of the details (without drawing attention to yourself) and report it to the police as soon as possible by calling 101. 

NEWSLETTER GRANT FROM ST BRIAVELS                     A big thank you to St Briavels Parish Council who have granted us £50 to cover a year's cost of the Newsletters delivered to their householders in            St Briavels.  Hopefully other Parishes will also consider offering us similar grants, as we are struggling to find sufficient income to continue producing the Newsletter.  

We look forward to seeing you at the AGM on Thursday, 17th November, 7pm in Coleford!

WEST GLOUCESTERSHIRE

NEIGHBOURHOOD  WATCH COMMITTEE 

Acting Chairman:    Bruce Percival     

Treasurer:      Syd Wheeler  

Newsletter:    Ginny James  

Committee:  David Adams, Jill Croxhall, John Eastwood,  Fred Miles, Marian Voyce  

 

Supported by: Chrissie Parkes, Field Officer, and Vanessa  Pegler, Local Policing Support Officer  

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Gorsley & Kilcot Annual Parish Meeting

Monday 23rd March 2015

7.30pm at Christ Church Gorsley

Guest Speaker: Karen Humphries (The Three Countries Traditional Orchard Project

Your chance to come and have your say on Gorsley & Kilcot Parish

Come, meet your Parish Councillors in an informal atmosphere, and learn what has happened in the Parish in the last twelve months.

Learn about becoming a Parish Councillor as Parish Council elections will be held on 7th May 2015

District Cllr. Roger Yeates, County Cllr. Will Windsor Clive, Rural Beat Officer PC Brian Howard, PCSO Stuart Cunningham and village agent Liz Price have all been invited and will being submitting reports even if they are unable to attend.

All reports (including Parish Council Accounts up to 28th February 2015) will be available from Christ Church in daylight hours or by email from the Clerk after Monday 9th March 2015.

Wine, Soft Drinks and Light Refreshments will be available.

Your Parish Needs You!

The term of office of the current Parish Council expires on 11 May 2015 and a new council has to be elected on 7 May 2015 for the next four years.

Would you like to be part of that new Council?

The civil parish of Gorsley & Kilcot was formed on 1 April 2000. It consists of the Gloucestershire part of the villages of Gorsley and Kilcot which come under the Forest of Dean District Council. It was formerly part of the SW Ward of Newent. Although a small parish in numbers (114 households and 231 electors at the present time), it covers quite a large area along and to each side of the B4221 and the B4222 roads as far as the Herefordshire borders.

The Council has seven elected members plus a part time Clerk, who carries out administration, gives advice on legal matters, liaises with other bodies on the Council's behalf, and keeps the financial records. Training is available for new Councillors.

What is involved?

The Parish Council normally meets around 9 times a year in the evening in the Upper Room at Christ Church, Gorsley (the only public building in the parish). Councillors may also represent the Council at other local government meetings or organisations from time to time. An 'open' Annual Parish Meeting is held once a year. The Parish Council is consulted on a wide range of matters from planning applications to roads and the environment. It is funded through the parish precept (currently £5087), part of the Council Tax, and it can also raise funds through grant applications. Parish Councillors are local people committed to their local community. Councillor training is available.

What Difference Has Your Parish Council Made?

Over the past Fifteen years your Parish Council has:

• Represented local people's interests, particularly within the mandate of the Parish Appraisal (2001), Parish Plan (2003) and Parish Questionnaire (2007)

• Provided information and feedback to the District Council on all planning applications (the District Council makes the actual decision on all planning matters)

• Worked with Gorsley & District Preservation Society (GDPG) to object to the proposed development at Hillside Gorsley.

• Worked with Gloucestershire County Council (GCC), the B4221 Action Group and now GDPG to address issues on the B4221 and B4222, including speed and footways

• Ensured that the condition of lanes in the parish is brought to the

attention of GCC through an annual survey by parishioners.

• Held joint meetings with neighbouring parish councils to address

issues of common interest, particularly on road matters

• Improved the local environment with work on the common lands and public rights of way in the parish, using grant funding to provide kissing gates, picnic tables and parish notice-boards

• Drawn up a Community Emergency Plan (2014)

• Helped formulate policy at District and County Council level

• Liaised with other bodies to address issues highlighted by parishioners

Who can stand?

To be eligible to stand for election you must be:

• Over 18 years of age and a citizen of the European Union and

• satisfy one of the following four criteria:

(i) You are on the Electoral Register of the parish (often referred to as the 'Electoral Roll')

(ii) For the past 12 months you have worked or occupied land or premises in the parish as an owner or tenant

(iii) For the past 12 months you have had your main or only place of work in the parish

(iv) For the past 12 months you have lived in the parish or within three miles of the parish

The closing date for receipt by the Forest of Dean District Council of a registration form to add your name to the Electoral Register is Monday 20 April 2015. Contact the Electoral Services Officer, Geraldine Randall-Wilce, on 01594 812626/812628/812629 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for further information

Who can vote?

To be eligible to vote you must be on the Electoral Register for the parish. You can check with the Clerk to the Parish Council (Margaret Highton 01531 820245 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or the Electoral Services Office (01594 812629). Anyone who is on the Register can have a postal vote – again contact the Electoral Services Officer – the deadline for new postal vote notification is also Tuesday 21 April 2015.

How do you become a Parish Councillor?

An election is held if more than seven people are nominated for the Parish Council. A minimum of three is required to make the council viable. Members can be co-opted at a later date to fill any vacancies. In the worst case, if less than three candidates come forward for election; the parish would revert to the control of the Forest of Dean District Council. Without a Parish Council, we would lose the benefit of local input and influence.

To stand for election you need a proposer and a seconder from the parish. The candidate, proposer and seconder must sign the nomination paper, print their name and include their full electoral register number. The number should come from the current register. To find out your number, please contact either the Clerk to the Parish Council or the District Council Offices (see below). A 'consent to nomination' form must also be completed and signed.

Nomination packs will be available around the 23 March from the Forest of Dean District Council (the Electoral Services Officer on 01594 812626/812628/812629 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

It is up to the individual candidate to check dates and return the form by the required date.

When?

Election Timetable - Key dates:

Monday 23 March 2015– Notice of Election – This will be displayed locally by this date. *Parish notice-boards are located in Kilcot in the lay-by near Kilcot Cross, and outside Christ Church, Gorsley.

Close of Nominations – 4pm Thursday 9 April 2015 (not even a minute after 4pm!). The District Council Elections Office will then let us know who is standing in our parish.

Close of Withdrawals – 4pm Thursday 9 April 2015

Publication of Statement of Persons Nominated – 4pm Friday 10 April 2015

Notice of poll – Tuesday 28 April 2015- this is published and displayed locally(see above*).

Election Day - Thursday 7 May 2015 7am to 10pm

Would you like to know more?

Tuesday 3 March between 2-4pm and 6-8pm in the Forest of Dean District Council Offices, High Street, Coleford – there is an drop in information session put on by the Forest of Dean District Council about what is involved in being a parish or district Councillor.

Monday 23 March at 7.30pm at Christ Church, Gorsley, the Annual Parish Meeting will be held when you can talk informally to the present council members and find out more about how your parish council works and what it does.

CHAIRMAN’S REPORT 2013/14

The following report provides a brief summary of the work of the Parish Council over the last year. Full details are of course included in the minutes of our meetings which are available directly from our Clerk or on our website www.gkpc.co.uk.

Gorsley & Kilcot Parish Council (GKPC) continues to invest time in working towards improving the condition of the local lanes and working with various agencies to try and reduce speeding and HGV usage on the B4221 and to monitor and respond to any proposals for development that may have an impact on this Parish.

Clerk to Parish Council

Margaret Highton
01531 820245
Mobile: 07581 312585
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Chairman

Nigel Warwick
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