Notice of Appointment to Inspect Parish Council Accounts
Each year the Parish Council's annual return is audited by an external auditor appointed by the Audit Commission. Any person interested has the right to inspect the accounts and make copies of the annual return, etc.
For the year ended 31 March 2018, these documents will be available between Mon 2 July and Fri 10 August on reasonable notice by application to the Parish Clerk during parish office hours.
Read the full Inspection Notice and Annual Return on our Finance page.
Crime Prevention Advice for Fuel Theft
Theft of fuel is currently of concern to the Police and rural communities. Fuel is being stolen from vehicles and storage tanks by the use of siphoning equipment that can vary from the basic tube to more sophisticated arrangements involving pumps and the cutting of fuel lines. Read more in the flyer below:
- Fuel Theft Flyer (pdf)
For more information on rural crime in the county, please visit the Warwickshire Rural Watch website (external link).
Southam Community Website
The Southam Town and Area Promotions group has been working hard this summer to provide Southam and its surrounding villages with a new community website.
The website is now live, and not only provides Southam with an 'official' internet presence, but offers a resource for businesses and community groups in our rural area to promote themselves both to residents and potential visitor.
- Southam Community Website (external link)
We currently have a few vacant allotments. They are overgrown and will require some hard work to get them back into shape but if you are keen to grow your own and are up for a challenge, this could be just the opportunity you are looking for!
Please contact the parish council office for more information.
Dog Walking Volunteers Needed
The Cinnamon Trust in Harbury is a national charity for the terminally ill and people in their later years and their companion animals.
The trust urgently needs dog walking volunteers, specifically for a 10 year old Cavalier King Charles Spaniel.
If anyone can help please call during office hours 01736 758707 or via email email@example.com. Please also check out our website for more details: www.cinnamon.org.uk.
- Full press release (pdf)
Report Road Faults
Visit www.warwickshire.gov.uk/reportroadfaults to report problems with any of the following directly to Warwickshire County Council:
- Street lights
- Traffic signals
- Rights of way
Energy Saving Homes
New website will help residents cut fuel bills!
A new website aimed at helping householders across Coventry and Warwickshire to save money on fuel bills by making their homes more energy efficient has been launched by Warwickshire County Council.
The site - www.energysavinghomes.org.uk - has been funded through the government’s Fuel Poverty Initiative, the council and partners such as Green Energy Networks and the Renewable Energy Technology Alliance and is to be managed by the region’s energy efficiency charity Act on Energy.
It is part of a broader £1 million Coventry and Warwickshire wide campaign to help reduce fuel poverty, particularly in rural areas. The site includes an online calculator which suggests measures which could be installed, according to the age, type and size of property, the householder’s budget and the likely savings. Visitors can register their details so they can return to them at a later date and add additional information.
Measures range from low cost suggestions such as lagging water tanks to longer term investments such as installing solar PV panels and biomass boilers. It will also point users to sources of funding – such as the government’s Green Deal and grants for renewables - as offering to email contractors on their behalf for detailed quotes.
A number of real life case studies will give an idea of measures which other local people have carried out, the costs of the work and the savings achieved.
The site also contains information on community energy saving groups and contractors in the area, which offers the added bonus of keeping jobs local. Trades people are members of RETA or Act on Energy’s Installer Network and new applications are invited through the site.
Customers can rate contractors in the form of 'Trip Advisor' style star ratings.
Those without internet access can contact Act on Energy by phone - 01789 842898 - to get an identical service – with the added bonus of human contact!
Act on Energy chief executive David Jullien said: "On behalf of all of the organisations involved in the project, we encourage anyone who wants to save energy to look at this new and extremely comprehensive website. You may find something you can do that improves your home, supports the local economy and saves money on your fuel bills. The site is aimed directly at householders in Warwickshire and Coventry, where you can see the benefits of energy saving improvements for some local homes and the local contractors who fitted them."
Check your Heating Oil Tank Campaign
The Environment Agency is running a new campagn on heating oil tank pollution incidents, as they have been hearing of a number of spills recently especially from smaller domestic tanks.
Can all parishioners be aware of this matter before the winter sets in, as failures of heating oil tanks and associated pipe work happen most often during the cold snap.
The consequences to groundwater and rivers can be devastating.
The poster below explains this year's campaign. Please share with others.
Warwickshire Police – Dial 101 for Non-Emergencies
Warwickshire Police have a new 'easy to remember' telephone number for reporting incidents – 101.
This number is for non-emergencies only; for emergency contact with the police please continue to use 999 as normal.
Further information can also be found on the police website – www.safer.neighbourhoods.co.uk or by calling our local Safer Neighbourhoods team on 01926 684984.