Download the November 2020 issue of Parish & Partners Briefing from Stratford-on-Avon District Council's Planning and Policy Team:

Residents and businesses are being asked to make final representations about Solihull’s Draft Submission Plan during a formal six-week period, beginning on Friday 30 October, before it is submitted for independent examination.

The Fire Protection Department within Warwickshire Fire & Rescue Service is making several guidance documents freely available to the public concerning premises offering Bed & Breakfast, AirBnB, Self-catering or any other type of paying guest accommodation.

Local authorities, parish councils, charities and community groups are being encouraged to apply for extra financial support to help their communities over the festive period, as WPD extends its ‘In This Together - Community Matters Fund’.

The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) and the University of Plymouth (UoP)  launched a guide on dementia-friendly communities, which has been backed by the prime minister, Boris Johnson MP.

The document aims to help local (parish and town) councils support people living with dementia in their communities. It contains case studies, recommendations, resources and statistics, and a message from Gary Streeter MP who has supported turning South West Devon in a dementia-friendly


Rugby Borough Council has some funding available to support community groups develop their plans for future working with their communities, in response to issues that have arisen during the Covid-19 pandemic. They are looking to support projects which:

On Monday 19th and Tuesday 20th October Cllr Isobel Seccombe, Leader of Warwickshire County Council and Cllr Heather Timms, Portfolio Holder for Environment, Heritage and Culture met with Parish Councils and voluntary and community organisations to explain the position of  Warwickshire County Council in relation to the anticipated Government White Paper on Devolution and Recovery.

NALC have launched a new survey on climate change. This explores what local councils are currently doing to tackle climate change in their area, the challenges they encounter and the difficulties they face when taking action.

Health and care partners across Coventry and Warwickshire are encouraging residents to help protect the NHS by having their flu vaccination on time this year to avoid an increase in serious preventable diseases. 

From Warwickshire County Council Communities and Partnerships Service

Remembrance Sunday is a significant date in our calendar where the nation unites to make sure that no-one is forgotten and to remember and honour those who have sacrificed themselves to secure and protect our freedom. This year will feel very different. For the first time in history, the annual ceremony at the Cenotaph will be closed to members of the public, with people encouraged instead to join together for a national


From Warwickshire County Council Communities and Partnerships Service

The guidance around Remembrance events has been updated on Tuesday, November 3rd, and can be seen here.

Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Authority has a statutory duty under the Fire and Rescue Services Act 2004, to prepare an Integrated Risk Management Plan (IRMP). As part of the IRMP process, they regularly review and assess the full range of foreseeable risks impacting the communities of Warwickshire to ensure that the plans, people, processes and equipment are in place to ensure that Warwickshire remains a safe place to live and work.

Kim Slater, WRCC, reports on queries regarding dance classes since new government guidance issued on 24th September

“From 28th September singing in groups is restricted to 6 people and there should not be any dancing or loud music”

WDC Report – During the Covid-19 pandemic, the District Council has been helping retail and businesses get back into operation. Grants given to businesses in Shrewley total £200k including the Durham Ox. Pubs and pavement licences have raised some concerns for the spread of Covid-19 if the rules are not properly followed.

Anyone interested in supporting others during the pandemic is invited to join a new community training programme from Warwickshire County Council.

The short Covid-19 Community Champions course, developed by the council and delivered in partnership with other public and voluntary sector services, starts later this month.

The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) has published a new employment briefing on the national salary pay scales for clerks and other employees employed under the terms of the model contract.

Taken from the newsletter of the National Association of Civic Officers

For the majority of our members, now is the time of year to get into detailed planning for Remembrance Sunday.

Warwickshire County Council will open the second round of the Councillors' Grant Fund for 2020-21 on Tuesday 1st September and invites applications from voluntary and community organisations across the county. The Councillors’ Grant Fund is an annual allocation of £6000, distributed in two rounds, made available to each of the Council’s 57 elected members to support small-scale projects within their division.

To understand how the Covid-19 pandemic has affected residents, Warwickshire County Council is inviting people to complete a short survey. Responses will help the council to shape future support.

As the Local Council Award Scheme (LCAS) reaches its five-year milestone, NALC will be conducting a review if its criteria.

As part of the process, we are encouraging clerks, councillors, county associations and panel members to complete the survey.

NALC will use the results to make improvements to the scheme.

The survey will close on 14 September 2020.

For more information or enquiries, please contact NALC at