Birmingham

ParishContactEmail AddressTelephone
New Frankley in BirminghamNANMs Rachael Anstey (New Frankley)newfrankleyparishcouncil@gmail.com0121 457 9410
Royal Sutton ColdfieldNANMs Olive O'Sullivanolive.osullivan@suttoncoldfieldtowncouncil.gov.uk0121 663 1765

Coventry

ParishContactEmail AddressTelephone
AllesleyNANMrs Jane Chattertonclerk.allesleypc@outlook.com07877 559825
FinhamNANMrs Jane Chattertonclerk.finhampc@outlook.com07877 559825
KeresleyNANMs Helen Eldridge

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Healthwatch Warwickshire have been asked by the NHS to independently gather carers experiences - good or bad about how they were supported and involved when their loved one went to hospital recently. The feedback will help enable the NHS to identify what went well, where improvements are needed, and what support or information the carer needs.

WDC Report – WDC are still working through our end of year accounts and expect to have those signed off by December. We have awarded a joint new waste management contract which starts in August 2022, where we are changing the collections to a mixture between weekly to 3 weekly collections.

 72nd Annual Report for Warwickshire & West Midlands Association of Local Councils

1 April 2020 - 31 March 2021

A Council's decisions and priorities should be informed by the views of a representative group of residents. Warwickshire County Council are forming a new residents’ panel called ‘Voice of Warwickshire’ to give people an opportunity to share their views. This will help us to understand people’s needs and improve how WCC work with communities in tackling the huge challenges we all face in a world that has been changed by COVID-19.

The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) has published a new guide on website accessibility and publishing guidelines.

The guide aims to help local (parish and town) councils ensure their websites meet the needs of all users — especially those with disabilities or impairments that use assistive technology.

The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) revealed the winners of its 2021 Star Council Awards at an online ceremony on 8 October 2021.

The winners are:

It has been brought to WALC’s attention that some Parish Councils have bought or intend to buy speed restriction signs indicating 20 mph to be sited within a 30 mph restricted area. If they are installed and they have a red border (as do official speed limit signs) it could have the effect of invalidating the official speed limit. Offending drivers would thereby escape punishment even if exceeding the 30 mph limit.

Warwickshire County Council in collaboration with key partners from Warwickshire Road Safety Partnership want to support older drivers with accessing practical advice, support, and information to help them stay on the road and enjoy independent lives for as long as possible.

The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) has published the 2021 edition of Points of Light, highlighting the excellent work local (parish and town) councils have done to support their communities.

Withybrook is in Rugby Borough

Withybrook Parish Council is seeking applicants for the post of Clerk and Responsible Finance Officer. The Clerk plays a central role in the operation of the Council.  Working from home, this position is part time, requiring an average of about 2 hours per week.

Many councils realise the potential of social media, but are not sure where to start or how to get the most out of it. Others are concerned about the pitfalls that social media poses.

WALC has partnered with Breakthrough Communications who have extensive experience across both local government and communications sectors.

The Local Government Association (LGA) recently published a report on principal councils working with local councils entitled "A delivery framework to support parish and town councils".

Following incidents of community halls being used for extremist or illegal activity, PREVENT has put together a good practice note to help venues check bookings more fully.

It is recommended, though it’s not an absolute requirement, that councillors should use a dedicated parish council email address for council business rather than their personal email addresses. 

English Rural have launched a practical guide, "Parish Councillors’ Guide to Rural Affordable Housing", designed to encourage parish and town councillors to support delivery of affordable good quality homes in their community.

Read the guide here

The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) is pushing for changes to the government’s Environment Bill to unleash the million green fingers of its movement of 100,000 local councillors to create a greener, more environmentally friendly and sustainable communities.

NALC's chairman, Cllr Sue Baxter, held her latest meeting with Luke Hall MP, minister for regional growth and local government, on 19 May, with remote meetings and standards top of the agenda.

NALC has clarified its understanding of the rule of six, as it applies to Parish and Town Council meetings from 17th May until such time as national restrictions are amended or lifted:
It’s not too early to start thinking about how to thank your volunteers for their time and effort and this year, more than ever, they deserve recognition and reward.