Tuesday, 20 November 2018

Tewkesbury Council and police target fly tippers


image002 Tewkesbury Borough Council
  Press release
 14 November 2018  
 

Stop and search reveals waste being transported illegally
 
On Thursday, 8 November officers from Gloucestershire Police and Tewkesbury Borough Council undertook a joint enforcement initiative stopping vehicles that looked like they could be carrying waste, in an effort to deal with illegal flytipping and rural crime in the borough.
 
Officers particularly focused on Sandhurst Village, Cursey Lane and Bozzard Lane as these areas have experienced significant fly tipping.
 
The initiative involved a series of checks on commercial vehicles to establish whether waste was being transported legally. Seven vehicles were stopped and checked, and one of the vehicles will be subject to a fixed penalty notice for failure to provide a waste carriers license which carries a fine of £300. Three further vehicles were subjected to additional enquiries which proved to be satisfactory.
 
This initiative follows a number of successful enforcement cases taken by the council to tackle fly tipping. Earlier this year a business was fined £1,200 and ordered to pay costs of £1,325 in connection with waste offences.
 
Tewkesbury Borough Council’s lead member for Clean and Green Environment, Councillor Jim Mason, said: ”We are committed to ensuring that all waste carriers are appropriately licensed, Fly tipping is a serious criminal offence and we will continue to work closely with Gloucestershire Police to tackle this issue and other rural crimes.”
 
All businesses must have a Waste Carriers License if transporting waste, and transfer notes must be completed when waste is transferred. Failure to have the correct license could result in a fixed penalty of £300 or an unlimited fine if convicted. A waste Carriers License can be obtained from the Environment Agency at www.gov.uk/waste-carrier-or-broker-registration
 
Should members of the public wish to report cases of fly tipping or other environmental crimes, please report it on the council’s website or by calling the Environmental Health Team on 01684 272189.

Tuesday, 13 November 2018

Burglary in Maisemore


Between the hours of 9.30pm on the 10th November and 9.30am the following morning a house in The Ridings, Maisemore, was entered through an unlocked door while the occupants slept. Keys to two vehicles were located by the offenders and the two cars were stolen off the drive outside.  A handbag and purse containing bank cards, cash and other documents are also missing from the house. 

If you saw or heard anything out of the ordinary this night please call the police using the 101 number or make contact by email to 101@gloucestershire.police.uk.

If you believe a crime is being committed then please dial 999 and remember you can report information regarding criminal activity anonymously by calling Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

Message Sent By
Bob Lloyd (Police, Neighbourhood Watch Officer, Gloucestershire)
 

Thursday, 1 November 2018

Time to comment on Tewkesbury's Borough Plan

Now is the time to share your views on the future of planning and development in Tewkesbury Borough.

At a recent meeting of Tewkesbury Borough Council, the ‘Preferred Options’ Tewkesbury Borough Plan was given the green light to go out for consultation to give residents the opportunity to comment on plans for future development in the borough up to 2031. The consultation is open until Monday 26 November 2018.

The Tewkesbury Borough Plan sits underneath the Joint Core Strategy - the over-arching strategic planning document for Gloucester, Cheltenham and Tewkesbury which sets out how much growth needs to be accommodated in the three areas and the broad strategy for how that growth will be delivered.

The Tewkesbury Borough Plan, on the other hand, provides detailed and locally-specific planning policies on issues in Tewkesbury Borough that the Joint Core Strategy doesn’t cover, such as housing, employment, retail, the urban and natural environment and transport. It will also include smaller-scale sites allocated for housing and employment development.

The ‘Preferred Options’ Tewkesbury Borough Plan is the next step in the process of creating a final version of the plan. It builds on previous stages of the process (including the ‘Draft Policies’ and ‘Site Options’ consultation in February 2015) to refine the plan into a document that the council believes will promote sustainable development in the borough, identifying options that would provide around 700 new homes and 45 hectares of employment land.

The Maisemore housing allocations included in the consultation plan.  Both sites A and B have planning permission already.  Site B, however, has an area designated as restored countryside and residents may want to remind Tewkesbury Borough Council of this and ask that it is put outside the village boundary. 
Councillor Rob Bird, Leader of Tewkesbury Borough Council, said: "Our Borough Plan is so important, because it will enable us to meet the varied housing and employment needs that our different communities have told us about, in particular providing specific help for rural areas to thrive, whilst continuing to support more urban communities.

“We aim to assist the reasonable housing and development aspirations of both residents and businesses, whilst protecting communities and the environment against clear harm.

“Our draft Borough Plan provides detailed policies to drive quality housing, thriving communities, a prosperous economy, and sustain vital services and facilities - now we need to hear what you think."

Tewkesbury Borough Council is now seeking views on the ‘Preferred Options’ plan and would welcome comments and opinions on the policies and sites in the document. All comments received by this deadline will be considered and will help to inform the preparation of the next version of the plan, which will ultimately need to be independently examined by a Government-appointed Inspector.

To read the plan and make comments, visit www.tewkesbury.gov.uk/boroughplan

The plan is also available to view at the Public Services Centre on Gloucester Road in Tewkesbury, or at libraries and advice centres throughout Tewkesbury Borough.

Wednesday, 31 October 2018

Reduction in recycling centre opening times

From 28th October Gloucestershire County Council’s Household Recycling Centres (HRCs) will be closed one day mid-week, either on a Tuesday, a Wednesday or a Thursday.

As the evenings get colder and darker, the HRCs across the county receive almost 30 per cent less waste and recycling. In order to reflect this and save taxpayers money, HRCs will be open from 10am until 4pm, six days a week.

On Tuesdays, Fosse Cross (Cirencester) and Oak Quarry (Coleford) will be closed.
On Wednesdays, Pyke Quarry (Horsley near Stroud) and Wingmoor Farm (Bishops Cleeve) will be closed.
On Thursdays, Hempsted (Gloucester) will be closed.

The council collected data from recycling centres which showed that midweek is the quieter period at the sites. Importantly, the closure rota also means HRCs in the county will still be open on Bank Holiday Mondays and Good Friday, which are especially busy days at the sites. 

Residents will have a reasonable alternative recycling centre with this closure pattern, by closing sites at opposite sides of the county. The new opening arrangements and how the sites are used will be monitored.

The information on the closure days and new seasonal times are now online at www.recycleforgloucestershire.com .

Tuesday, 30 October 2018

Cyber criminals' extortion scam


Cyber criminals are attempting to blackmail unsuspecting victims by claiming to have used the victims' password to install spying malware on the victims' computer. The criminals claim they’ve recorded videos of the victim watching adult material by activating their webcam when they visit these websites. What makes this scam so convincing is that the email usually includes a genuine password the victim has used for one of their online accounts. We believe criminals obtain the passwords from data breaches.
What to do if you get one of these emails?
Don’t reply to the email, or be pressured into paying. The police advise that you do not pay criminals. Try flagging the email as spam/junk if you receive it multiple times. Perform a password reset as soon as possible on any accounts where you’ve used the password mentioned in the email. Always use a strong, separate password for important accounts, such as your email. Where available, enable two-factor authentication (2FA). Always install the latest software and app updates. Install, or enable, anti-virus software on your laptops and computers and keep it updated.
If you receive one of these emails, report it to Action Fraud’s phishing reporting tool. If you have received one of these emails and paid the ransom, report it to your local police force.

November Parish Council agenda published

The agenda for next Monday's Parish Council meeting (5th November) has now been published here.  The draft minutes of the October meeting are also on this website here.  Agendas and minutes of previous meetings are available on the Agendas and Minutes page.

Agendas and minutes are also posted on the Parish Council notice boards at the Village Hall and in the Persh Lane bus shelter.

Monday, 1 October 2018

Another attempted scam

This time they tried it on me!  I got this email:
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This email confirms the Amazon Prime subscription: #811-5695601-58635

Product Name: Amazon Prime

Order Number: 8056201

Receipt Date: 10/01/2018

Payment Method: Amazon Account

Membership Price: 179.00 GBP

The subscription period will automatically renew unless you turn it off no later than 24 hours before the end of the current period. To cancel auto-renewal or manage your subscriptions, click below and sign in.

If you did not initiate this purchase, we recommend that you go to:
Manage/Cancel Subscriptions

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It's not one of the most convincing I've seen.  The email address from which it supposedly came wasn't an Amazon one and I don't have a Prime account.  I wasn't tempted to click on the link - which is disabled in this post.

There is no obvious link on the Amazon website to allow for reporting a phishing scam such as this.