Monthly Archives: January 2017

NOTICE OF ELECTION Stratford on Avon District Council Election of a Councillor for the District Ward of RED HORSE

Polling Station

1. An Election is to be held of ONE District Councillor for the Red Horse Ward.

2. Forms of nomination for the District Election may be obtained at Elizabeth House, Church Street, Stratford upon Avon, Warwickshire, CV37 6HX from the Returning Officer who will, at the request of an elector for the electoral area prepare a nomination paper for signature.

3. Nomination papers must be delivered to the Returning Officer, Elizabeth House, Church Street, Stratford upon Avon, Warwickshire, CV37 6HX on any day after the date of this notice but no later than 4 pm on Friday, 10th February 2017.

4. If the election is contested the poll will take place on Thursday, 9th March 2017.

5. Applications, amendments or cancellations of postal votes must reach the Electoral Registration Officer at Elizabeth House, Church Street, Stratford upon Avon, Warwickshire, CV37 6HX by 5 pm on Wednesday, 22nd February 2017.

6. Applications to vote by proxy at this election must reach the Electoral Registration Officer at Elizabeth House, Church Street, Stratford upon Avon, Warwickshire, CV37 6HX by 5 pm on Wednesday, 1st March 2017.

7. Applications to vote by proxy at this election applied for on grounds of physical incapacity, where that physical incapacity occurred after 5 pm on Wednesday, 1st March 2017, must reach the Electoral Registration Officer at Elizabeth House, Church Street, Stratford upon Avon, Warwickshire, CV37 6HX by 5 pm on Thursday, 9th March 2017.

Dated 2nd February 2017

David Dalby
Returning Officer

Livestock and Worrying Dogs in the Countryside


Livestock worrying
Warwickshire Police sometimes receives calls from farmers, landowners and members of the public reporting farm animals being chased by dogs.

Sheep can be savaged and killed by dogs or have to be put down by a veterinary surgeon.

The impact this can have on a rural business can be devastating. Not only does the farmer incur expensive veterinary costs but for pregnant ewes there is the risk of aborting their unborn lambs.

This can incur further veterinary expense but also the loss of income from a depleted flock.

The advice on this page is for dog owners, residents, farmers and landowners about their responsibilities and what happens when livestock are worried by them.

Dogs (Protection of Livestock) Act 1953
“If a dog worries livestock on any agricultural land, the owner of the dog, and, if it is the charge of a person other than the owner, that person also shall be guilty of an offence under this Act.”

What is ‘worrying’?
Worrying means attacking livestock or chasing livestock in such a way as may reasonably be expected to cause injury or suffering to the livestock or, in the case of females, abortion, or loss of or diminution in their produce. Also being at large (that is to say not on a lead or otherwise under close control) in a field or enclosure in which there are sheep.

What does ‘livestock’ mean?
Livestock means cattle, sheep, goats, swine, horses or poultry and for the purposes of this Act ‘cattle’ means bulls, cows, oxen, heifers or calves, ‘horses’ includes asses and mules and ‘poultry’ means domestic fowls, turkeys, geese or ducks.

What is ‘agricultural land’?
Agricultural land means land used as arable, meadow or grazing land, or used for the purpose of poultry farming, pig farming, market gardens, allotments, nursery grounds or orchards.

This legislation does not apply to a dog owned by or in charge of the occupier of the field or enclosure or the owner of the sheep or a person authorised by either of those persons. Neither does it apply to a police dog, a guide dog, trained sheep dog, a working gun dog or a pack of hounds.

The maximum fine £1,000.

The Animals Act 1971
Section 9 of the Animals Act 1971 provides that the owner of livestock, the landowner or anyone acting on their behalf, is entitled to shoot any dog if they believe it is the only reasonable way of stopping it worrying livestock. Such action must be reported to police within 48 hours (telephone 101)

Dog Owners
If you are walking your dog in the countryside:

  • Do not allow your dog to enter a field on its own and keep it under your control at all times.
  • Keep your dog on a lead when crossing through fields that contain livestock. However don’t hang onto your dog if you are threatened by cattle, let it go as the cattle will chase the dog.
  • Stick to public right of ways.

When at home:

  • Make sure you know where your dog is at all times.
  • Ensure that your property is secure and that your dog cannot escape day or night.
  • If you know your dog has previously chased or attacked sheep then take responsible measures to prevent it happening again.

Farmers, landowners, livestock owners
Dial 101 to report incidents of livestock worrying to Warwickshire Police and:

  • Take photographs of injuries to the livestock.
  • If you are able to, secure the dog until the police arrive so that evidence can be gathered to identify the owner of the dog.
  • Put signs up on gateways alerting dog walkers to the presence of livestock in the fields.
  • If sufficient evidence is available the police can prosecute the dog owner on your behalf.
  • Compensation for damage caused is a civil matter between you and the dog owner

Volunteering Opportunities at Stratford Food Bank


Stratford Foodbank is looking to recruit 5 new volunteers for the following positions and welcomes  applications from all those interested.

These roles would suit experienced or new volunteers. For more information click on the link below each job title.

Have Your Say on Early Years Funding in Warwickshire


Early Years Funding Formula Consultation

In England, Ofsted-registered early years providers are able to offer free early years education and childcare for children aged 3-4 and, in some instances, aged 2.

All parents can claim 15 hours per week now, and from September 2017 eligible working parents of 3- and 4-year-olds will be able to claim up to 30 hours per week. These entitlements are for 38 weeks per year.

Providers are paid directly for these hours by the Local Authority. From April 2017, the hourly rates paid will be worked out according to the Early Years National Funding Formula (EYNFF).

Although the new funding formula comes into effect from April 2017  LAs will be allowed some transition time to make the required changes to their local formulas and, as a result, have until 2019/20 to be fully compliant. This timeline is intended to support LAs who have significant changes to make although the DfE are encouraging all LAs to implement sooner if possible.

Consultation – we seek your views
In response to the recent Government consultation on the Early Years National Funding Formula, all Local Authorities are required to consult on how funding is distributed through the local formula for 3 and 4 years old children. These changes affect base rates and supplements for all early years providers – schools with nursery classes, maintained nursery schools, childminders and the private, voluntary and independent sector.
The full consultation on the Early Years National Funding Formula can be found by following this link. This National Consultation has now closed but you can read the Government’s response by following this link.

The outcome of our local consultation will affect your funding rates from April 2017 onwards and therefore it is important that you share your views on these proposals via our short online consultation questionnaire.

There MUST be only one submission made per provider The consultation will run for from 13th January 2017 to 3rd February 2017.

Have your say by completing the following survey here:

How to Keep Warm and Well This Winter


Act on Energy Information sheet and two attachments:

There are currently a large number of schemes running across Warwickshire these include the following:

  • Freephone Advice Line – Free impartial advice to all ages and tenures, also offering advice mail outs
  • Home Visits – For vulnerable households who require additional support and advice in the home due to health, literacy or mobility
  • Comparison and Switching Service – Online and Paper Comparisons, mail outs and home visit switching service for more vulnerable households
  • Rural Outreach Mobile Library Advice Service – AOE provide advice on the Warwickshire Mobile Library Service to help those hard-to-reach rural and off mains gas residents, who live in remote locations, with transport or health issues which restrict their use of other services
  • Able-To-Pay Referrals – Free No Obligation Quotations from Local Contractor Network
  • Insulation – £200 per measure towards Loft and Cavity Wall Insulation
  • Boiler and Fire Service and Repairs – £35 towards the cost of a service and 50% up to £150 towards the cost of a repair
  • Damp and Mould Solutions – Only if there is a physical measure such as cavity wall extraction and refill required and is assessed case by case
  • Chimney Sweeps Service
  • Carbon Monoxide Monitors – These are issued with all heathing works carried out by contractors AOE refer to and issued to residents receiving advice who are vulnerable and do not currently have a CO Monitor fitted.
  • EPC’s – £75 Inc. VAT, these provided through some heating schemes free of charge.
  • Thermal Imaging – £100 Inc. VAT* subject to location
  • Events and Advice Sessions – These are delivered throughout the year and we welcome all invitations to local events you may be organising.
  • Frontline Staff Training, Talks and Presentations –These are delivered throughout the year and are available on request for all partner organisations, community groups etc. They can be adapted to the needs of the organisation, audience, venue and time allocation available.
  • Literature – There is a range of advice literature available to download from our website or order in paper form from AOE including the  popular Warm & Well in Warwickshire Service Leaflet, Take Control Leaflets and Warm & Well In Warwickshire Thermocards.
  • The Switch and Save Project in Coventry – see link below, is now applicable to Warwickshire (Closes Feb 2017):


Superfast Broadband Update


Did you know that superfast broadband may now be available to you?

To see if you can get it:

  1. Check whether fibre broadband is available to you by entering your landline number or address into the BT DSL checker.

If fibre is available, either ‘VDSL’ or ‘WBC FTTP’ will be listed at the top of the ‘Featured Products’ column on the left hand side of the results table along with the maximum and minimum speeds you are likely to achieve.

Remember, that if fibre is available, you will need to order a fibre broadband package. You will not receive the upgraded service automatically. To research and find a fibre broadband package that suits your needs, you might like to use a broadband comparison site such as:

Fibre not available yet?

Register here to be updated with future developments that may affect you.

What are the benefits?

Having access to faster broadband not only lets you browse the web faster, but helps businesses stay competitive and allows individuals, families and communities to make use of opportunities that wouldn’t otherwise be possible:

  • Choose the Internet Service Provider you want – the CSW Broadband project ensures that you are not limited in your choice of suppliers
  • Get online instantly with no slow dial-up connections
  • Talk face-to-face with friends and family using Skype or other software
  • Stream HD films, TV shows and videos without buffering slowing you down
  • Quickly and easily share your photos with friends and family
  • Upload pictures and documents seamlessly
  • Work from home when you want – now you can really compete in the global marketplace
  • Reduce workplace costs by introducing remote working and hot-desking

See how superfast broadband is already benefitting other communities.

Please Note: Even though your cabinet may have been upgraded, not every property connected to it is guaranteed to benefit due to some properties’ distances from the cabinet and/or quality of copper connections. For more information see these FAQs.