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Wolston Neighbourhood Plan

A productive and successful meeting was held on the 11th August - many thanks to all that attended. Our 'working groups' are in the process of being assigned specific tasks which will be overseen by a comprehensive audit trail. This audit trail will be available for all to access, as part of the evidence gathering process, to help keep us all up to speed with the progress of our plan and where we are at with certain tasks.

A few points were raised at the meting. Firstly regarding the legal status and weight of the plan. Once the Neighbourhood Plan has been adopted it will have full legal standing and the planners at RBC will be required to follow it, just as they must their own Local Plan. Secondly, although the Neighbourhood Plan mainly covers housing aspects it is as specific and detailed as we want it to be, and can cover all aspects which are subject to Local Authority planning controls.

We are always looking for residents views and opinions, plus support and skills to help us get this plan in place for our village. If you feel that you have an opinion, or skills, energy or time to support us, in any way whatsoever, please contact the team on: ndp.wolston@yahoo.co.uk.

The next meeting of the Wolston Neighbourhood Plan 'Steering Group' will be held at Wolston Baptist Church, on Wednesday 14th September starting at 7.30pm. The agenda will be published three days before the meeting

Our Warwickshire at Wolston Library

The Our Warwickshire project is collecting memories and scanning photographs at Wolston Library on Thursday 20th October, beween 10.30am and 1.00pm.

This is advance notice, and final details of this event are not yet available

Our Warwickshire
is all about capturing memories and stories of communities across Warwickshire as these are of vital importance in building a picture of the county, and of the Wolston area in particular. For instance, do you remember catching the train from Brandon and Wolston Station, or visiting the Smithy on School Street or the Slaughterhouse? Or do you have a photograph of the cottages that used to stand beside the Half Moon Inn ?

Dyer’s Lane Playing Field - CCTV

Wolston Parish Council are considering the installation of CCTV cameras to cover the Dyers Lane recreation ground, primarily the two children’s play areas. The cameras would be managed in partnership with the Community Safety Team and Rugby First, who manage the existing cameras in Wolston as well as the cameras covering Rugby Town centre. The assessments that have to be made and the rules that need to be followed about need for the cameras and their location are very very strict, and is important to stress that the cameras would not cover any private dwellings or property and that the images recorded cannot be ‘viewed at will’, even by the Police. The images are recorded onto secure recorders in the Rugby First Control Room, itself a secure area, and are only allowed to be viewed following a suspected incident and the Police have to follow set justification procedures, specified by the Information Commissioner, prior to viewing any images.

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Help stamp out fly tipping !



Local photographs needed !
Are you an amateur photographer ? Do you have any
images that capture the look, feel or natural world of Wolston ? The Wolston Village website is having a major refresh with new operating software and as part of this new look we want to include (about 16, but could be more) images that capture the essence of where we live. If you have an image that you would like included then please contact the webmaster@wolston.me.uk with details - no need to send the images yet ! The pictures will be used as small headers for the main pages with (if you wish) a click through to a higher resolution image and full credits.
If you would like to discuss please call 024 7654 4015.

Do you want an allotment ?
Only a few spaces left so if you have ever considered
growing your own fruit and veg but don't have the space
at home call Tony Howes now on 024 7654 3690
to reserve your plot !

 Community Speed Watch – Volunteers needed !
Are you fed up with the sometimes insane speed that cars travel through Wolston and Brandon ? Did you know that there is a group of volunteers that operate a Community Speed Watch (CSW) scheme in both villages that monitors vehicles speed with a police approved speed monitoring device ?
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Silver Surfers
Are you over 50 and would like to be able to use the internet or send an email? Wolston Library have just the thing for you on Monday afternoons between 3-5 PM. Look here for details.
Report that pothole!
Have you seen a fault in the road or a pothole that needs fixing? If it's in Wolston just click here and enter the details. For potholes anywhere else click here.
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Sewage Pollution into Wolston Brook

Severn Trent (ST) have now concluded their investigations into last week’s pollution of sewage into the brook in Wolston. The cause was identified as a blocked sewer in Manor Estate, caused by congealed heavy fats.

ST will be carrying out a leaflet drop in the area to remind customers that they should not be pouring fat and oil down the drains because it solidifies in the sewer pipes and causes blockages and also prevents sewage pumping stations from doing their job properly.

ST advise that they offer a handy collection pot for the kitchen which can be used to store fat until it is cold, after which the fat can be disposed of in the bin or in the food waste collection. These are free of charge and can be ordered online at www.stwater.co.uk/gunkpot.

War Memorial Gardens

The gardens around the War Memorial, along with others in the village, are colourful with Spring foliage and flowers and we are looking forward to enjoying each successive season as the year rolls on.

We do not intend to enter the Rugby in Bloom competition again this year, but instead shall be focusing our energies on ensuring that the existing planting thrives, whilst adding seasonal bedding as the opportunity arrives.

We hope that the results of the ongoing work on the gardens continues to give pleasure to the Parishoners and reflects their gratitude to those whose names appear on the Memorial.

Marion Fewkes & Caroline Payne
War Memorial Gardeners


Crime prevention tip of the month
Its spring...and 'Shed Burglars' are especially busy at this time of year as winter locks are removed from sheds and tools and machinery are once again in regular use......

Thefts from sheds and garages are an ongoing problem all year round, but now new mowers are ready for spring; a variety of tools are put away ready for gardening or DIY; valuable items such as fishing tackle and bicycles are waiting for the warmer weather. The thieves know the pattern only too well, and let’s face it, we make it easy! There’s lots of useful information about how to keep your property safe on the Safe in Warwickshire website

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X Your car has been stolen;
X You observe anti-social behaviour;
X Your property has been damaged;
X You suspect drug use or dealing in your neighbourhood.
Also call 101 to report a minor traffic collision, give the police information about crime in your area or to speak to the police about a general enquiry. All calls to 101 are logged and given a reference number, and by calling 101 you help our local police to understand how and where to target their resources. All calls to 101 cost 15p.

Alternatively, for absolute anonymity, call
Warwickshire Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.
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