ACTON TURVILLE PARISH COUNCIL NEWS

Thursday 26th November: Statement Re: Entry into Tier 3 - Very High Alert level - after period of National Restrictions
A statement from South Gloucestershire Council Director of Public Health, Sara Blackmore as the council area has been placed in Tier 3 - Very High Alert level - from December 3 after the period of National Restrictions ends: "Thanks to the hard work, sacrifices and the care people have shown for the wider community, the number of new cases we are seeing in South Gloucestershire is slowly reducing. However, the numbers of new cases are still too high and the health system under too much pressure for us to relax and so we have been placed in Tier 3, which is the Very High Alert level.
"This decision has been taken by central Government, based on a number of criteria including the data about the number of cases we are experiencing and the current pressure that our local and regional health and social care services are experiencing.
"While this Tier will allow for some easing of the restrictions imposed under the last national lockdown period, which I know you will welcome, it is still absolutely vital that we follow the new rules and restrictions that apply.
"Coronavirus is still circulating in our communities. Friends, family, neighbours and colleagues are still becoming infected. Only by doing the right thing, by continuing to follow the new rules and keeping risk of spread to a minimum by our own behaviours, will we continue to control the spread of the virus, building on the hard work and sacrifices made by our communities.
"Although we are now seeing slightly fewer new cases every day than we were a couple of weeks ago, there are still significantly more new cases recorded every single day in South Gloucestershire than in the spring. There are more people requiring hospital treatment and more people needing to self-isolate.
"It is OK to be pleased that we have made some progress, but it is not OK to relax and go back to the way things used to be.
"While Tier 3 allows us to do some more of the things we like, you must not meet with people you do not live with, or who is not in your support bubble, indoors, or gardens. In outdoor places, such as parks, beaches, the countryside or public gardens, you must not meet in a group of more than six people. This is the Rule Of Six you are already familiar with.
"At all times, continue to maintain hand hygiene and wear a face covering. While we are able to go out more and, for example, support local businesses, we must continue to do so responsibly. Follow guidance on the numbers allowed on premises, for example and do not be tempted to meet in larger groups than the rules allow.
"Working together we have done well. By continuing to work together we will continue to make progress towards a safe future for everyone."
For full details of the rules in place for Tier 3, please see: Local restriction tiers: what you need to know - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

Tuesday 17th November 2020: The seasonal flu vaccination

Getting a flu vaccine is more important than ever this winter due to the likelihood that flu and Covid-19 will both be in circulation. The NHS flu vaccination programme has been expanded this year, with more people than ever eligible for a free flu vaccine.

GPs and pharmacies have put infection control practices in place to make it safer for vulnerable people to come and get vaccinated.


Who should get the flu vaccine?

You should ensure you get your free NHS flu vaccine if you are in any of the following groups:

  • Adults 65 and over
  • People with certain medical conditions (including children in at-risk groups from 6 months of age)
  • People on the NHS Shielded Patient list
  • Pregnant women
  • Children aged 2 and 3 on 31 August 2020
  • Children in primary school and year 7
  • Frontline health and social care workers, including personal assistants employed through personal budgets
  • The main carer of an older, disabled person or if you receive carers allowance
  • A household contact of someone on the NHS Shielded Patient list

If you’re aged 50 to 64 and have a health condition that means you’re more at risk from flu, you should get your flu vaccine as soon as possible.

Other 50- to 64-year-olds may be contacted about a flu vaccine later in the year, subject to availability of vaccine stock.

Find out more about who should have the flu vaccine on the NHS website.



Tuesday 3rd November 2020: Revised planning applications P19/15308/F and P19/15336/LB (Hollybush Farm)

The Parish Council have been advised that we have until November 24th to submit comments on the revised proposal in order that they may be taken into account when the application is considered. Residents are encouraged to submit their comments directly to South Glos in the usual way and/or share their views with the Parish Council by emailing us at actonturvillepc@aol.com by November 18th."


DETAILS

South Gloucestershire Council has received a planning application for the site below:

Site: Hollybush Farm Acton Turville Badminton South Gloucestershire GL9 1HJ

Description: Relevant demolition of 1 no. modern barn, 2 no. silos and 1 no. outbuilding. Erection of single storey rear extension to 1 no. barn (Short Barn) to facilitate conversion of 4 no. barns to 9 no. dwellings. Erection of 8 no. dwellings, creation of access, with garages, landscaping and associated works.

Application No: P19/15308/F (Full Planning)


South Gloucestershire Council has received a planning application for the site below:

Site: Hollybush Farm Acton Turville Badminton South Gloucestershire GL9 1HJ

Description: Demolition of small outbuilding. Internal and external alterations to include the erection of single storey rear extension to 'short barn', installation of new windows and doors facilitate conversion of 3 no. barns to 7 no. dwellings.

Application No: P19/15336/LB (Listed Buildings)


If you have any comments on the revised proposal the deadline for receiving them by South Gloucestershire Council is 24th November 2020, in order that they may be taken into account when the application is considered. Any representations received will be available for inspection by the general public. The Case Officer dealing with this application is Patrick Jackson.


The application documents may be viewed via the Internet https://developments.southglos.gov.uk/online-applications/.


Any comments you may wish to make can be made on line. Please note that the law requires that any comments made on a planning application are made publicly available, which includes via the Council’s website. Free internet access is available at all South Gloucestershire libraries.


If you have any questions regarding this application, contact The Customer Services Centre, South Gloucestershire Council Tel: 01454 868004


Tuesday 3rd November 2020: New National restrictions are due to come into force on November 5th. For further details visit the government information page. The restrictions will mean that the Acton Turville Tennis Court will be closed from November 5th.

Wednesday 30th September 2020: The first COVID-19 Community Testing Unit is to Open in South Gloucestershire at UWE Bristol’s Frenchay Campus
The first coronavirus testing facility is set to open in South Gloucestershire on Thursday 1 October, which will provide more capacity for local residents and students at the University of the West of England (UWE Bristol), as part of the Government’s UK-wide drive to improve the accessibility of coronavirus testing.
The centre will be set up at UWE Bristol’s Frenchay Campus and incorporate a drive-through testing for residents and a walk-through service for students. The unit will be run on behalf of the Department for Health and Social Care (DHSC) and will reduce the need for people with symptoms from having to travel further afield to be tested.
Testing at the new site will start from Thursday 1 October and will run on a strictly appointment-only basis. Current Government guidance is that only those with symptoms should book a test, which you can do through the NHS portal nhs.uk/coronavirus, or by calling 119. You must not turn up at the site if you have not booked an appointment. Anyone who turns up without an appointment will be turned away.

Tuesday 29th September 2020: Emergency contact for power failures.
Thursday 3rd September 2020: South Gloucestershire Council Libraries are set to reopen to visiting customers and are looking forward to welcoming people back from Monday 7 September. 
 
"Since July, our libraries have been providing click and collect and bookable IT services in addition to delivering books to vulnerable adults during the COVID-19 lockdown period. From Monday, customers will be able to drop-in and browse the books on offer for the first time since March. Opening times will be shorter than normal hours with all libraries closing at 4.00 pm. Filton Library will not be open due to essential building work being carried out but Patchway Library will be open on Mondays, in addition to its normal open days. 
 
The number of people using a library at one time will be limited and IT users are encouraged to book in advance to ensure a PC is free at the time they want to visit. Safety checks have taken place at all of our buildings in line with Government guidance and all customers will be required to wear face coverings."

Monday 13th July 2020: The Play Area, located in the corner of the playing field has been re-opened subject to guidelines for play areas issued by the relevant authorities. Please read and follow the guidance on the signs that have been placed in the vicinity.

Monday 6th July 2020: South Gloucestershire Libraries set to introduce bookable services as restrictions ease. From the 6 July onwards, libraries will be introducing bookable services so customers can access them in a safe and controlled way following the easing of COVID-19 lockdown restrictions.

Customers will be asked to pre-book an appointment in advance to visit a library for IT access and a click and collect facility will be in place for the loan of books, DVDs and audiobooks.
Thursday 29th May 2020: The Fox & Hounds, Acton Turville are offering a take away meal service on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 5pm to 8pm. Order and pay in advance by calling 01454 218224.

Wednesday 27th May 2020: Bulky waste collection service resumes in South Gloucestershire. South Glos Council's waste collection service for bulky household items such as furniture, large domestic appliances and mattresses has now been reinstated after being temporarily suspended due to the coronavirus outbreak. See South Glos' waste collection web page for details.

Wednesday 20th May 2020: Sort It centres to accept normal range of waste from May 21st.
"Mangotsfield, Thornbury and Yate Sort It recycling centres are open for essential use only. Little Stoke Sort It recycling centre and the Re-use Shop at the Thornbury site remain closed until further notice.

From Thursday 21 May 2020 the sites will accept the normal range of waste and recycling. Social distancing measures and temporary extended opening hours 6am to 6pm will remain in place until further notice. Trailers are not currently allowed on site."


Wednesday 13th May 2020: The Parish Council has taken note of the Government’s recent announcement:

“You can use outdoor sports courts or facilities, such as a tennis or basketball court, or golf course – with members of your household, or one other person while staying 2 metres apart. You cannot use an outdoor gym or playground.”

Accordingly the Acton Turville Tennis Court will re-open, effective May 13th, while the Play Area will remain closed until further notice.

Residents wishing to use the Tennis Court should visit http://actonturville.info/tennis/ for more information.

Wednesday May 6th 2020: Some Sort It centres are to open on May 16th. South Glos Council have announced "Three of our Sort It recycling centres will reopen on Saturday, 16 May after being temporarily closed due to the coronavirus outbreak. Sort It recycling centres at Mangotsfield, Thornbury and Yate will open with some restrictions around the type of waste that can be disposed of, and essential social distancing measures in place to keep people safe.

There will also be a temporary change to opening times with sites operating from 6am to 6pm until further notice. The sites will be open for essential use and will only accept non-recyclable black bin waste and large items such as furniture and mattresses to begin with. Any other waste, including garden waste, soil, DIY, recycling and plastics cannot be brought onto the sites and will not be accepted.

Limits on the types of waste are necessary so we can cordon off certain areas and implement social distancing measures. This will enable people to unload their vehicles at a safe distance from others in the current circumstances. Each vehicle will have the use of two parking spaces to unload waste and two disposal bays to use; one for black bin waste and one for large items."

Click for more details of South Glos' waste and re-cycling plans.

Friday May 1st 2020: South Glos Council have announced that the Yate One Stop Shop has been closed and staff will be redeployed to help residents from our central telephone contact centre. The council has a dedicated freephone COVID-19 telephone number 0800 953 7778 for queries about the council’s Covid-19 response, including where to get help and how services are changing in light of staffing issues and other pressures.

Tuesday April 28th 2020: Future Bright who help people whose income or employment have been affected by the Coronavirus crisis, have temporarily expanded the eligibility criteria for those requiring assistance.

Tuesday April 21st 2020: Over the coming week-end, the Natural History Consortium will be running a free programme called City Nature Challenge across the West of England. They have received a small grant from South Gloucestershire Council and want to share this with as many residents of South Glos as they can.
 
Information is all freely available at www.festivalofnature.org.uk.
 
What is City Nature Challenge?
City Nature Challenge is a global citizen science project to collect information about our local wildlife. South Gloucestershire and the surrounding areas are collaborating with 200+ cities across the world to find and record as much wildlife as possible.  All wildlife recorded during the Challenge will help local and national conservation work.
 
When is it?
City Nature Challenge will take place throughout April, May and June.  You can also join the big international Challenge weekend on 24-27 April when all 200 cities will be active at once!
 
How do I take part?
You will be amazed at how much wildlife you can discover right on your doorstep, from your window, balcony or in your garden.
 
Tuesday April 21st 2020: The Government has published answers to some frequently asked questions about what you can and can't do during the currrent Coronavirus outbreak.

Monday April 20th 2020: For the latest update from South Glos Council regarding the status of the services they provide go to their Disruption of Council services page. In particular, they have reported that garden waste collections will resume on Monday April 27th.

Wednesday April 15th 2020: For those without access to websites or social media, residents can contact Southern Brooks Community Partnerships, who are working alongside South Glos Council to connect individuals in need of support with the help they need. Their line – 07773 209943 – is staffed from 8am to 8pm, seven days a-week and the team is also available by email at communitysupport@southernbrooks.org.uk.eir operators will be able to talk to residents and connect them to the help available, linking in with the range of voluntary groups across South Gloucestershire. If there is something these groups aren’t able to help with, they will work between them to provide the practical help required.

Friday April 4th 2020: Healthwatch South Gloucestershire have been in touch to remind communities that they are are here to signpost you to important health information, offer community support or for a friendly chat to help you through this difficult time.

Thursday April 3rd 2020: Clap for Carers: Acton Turville applauds NHS staff and key workers


Monday March 31st 2020: See the latest updates from Public Health England.


Saturday March 28th 2020: A Badminton Area (including Acton Turville) Facebook group has been created for anyone in need of help or anyone able to provide it. Go to: 

Badminton Area Covid Help


South Glos Council have also created a register of local support groups, some of which cover our area. Go to:

 South Glos Community Aid



Thursday March 26th 2020: We have been advised by Avon & Somerset Police:

"The police have stopped all Beat Surgeries and external forums, we are still conducting hi-visibility patrols, we have reduced the number of stations we have open and would encourage members of the public to contact us by email when it isn’t urgent. There is obviously a demand on us for clarity around certain things being implemented and again would encourage people to refer to the Government websites and NHS websites rather than us.

 
Click for the most up-to-date information from Avon & Somerset Police.
 

Wednesday March 25th: Village Link. Trustees of Village Link have, with great regret decided that until further notice, Village Link can no longer undertake to offer a transport service to any of their clients. 


Wednesday March 25th: The Church of England has changed its guidance and said that Churches can no longer remain open for private prayer. As a result St Mary's Church will be closed until further notice.


Tuesday March 24th 2020: South Gloucestershire Council will keep essential waste collections operating, including black bins and recycling, despite the challenges posed by Coronavirus. Black bins, clinical waste and sharps will all be collected as normal with recycling and food waste changing from weekly to every two weeks, and garden waste and bulky waste collections being temporarily suspended.

"As of today (24 March) we have closed all of our Sort It centres and from the 30 March, recycling and food waste collections will be made on the same day as your current black bin collection, until further notice. The essential changes will help us to keep collecting everyone’s waste and minimise disruption during the Coronavirus outbreak."


Tuesday March 24th 2020: In accordance with the latest Government guidance the Acton Turville Parish Council has taken the decision to close the Tennis Court and Play Area located opposite Trinity School until further notice. We request all residents and visitors to respect this decision for the benefit of the entire community.


Monday March 23rd 2020: St Mary's Church will continue to remain open for the duration of the current situation for private prayer and reflection even if worship is not possible for the time being.


Saturday March 21st 2020: The Village Stores will help anyone who is self-isolating or feels vulnerable by taking telephone orders and delivering.  They can also help with phone top-ups and other services.  Just call 218264 - Tim, Iris, Rachel, Julie and Kay will do whatever they can to help out.


Friday March 20th 2020: The Annual Village Spring Clean due to take place on Saturday 18th April has been cancelled.


Please remember to check on elderly, or vulnerable neighbours who may be particularly worried at this time.

OTHER NEWS

Friday March 20th 2020: Following the advertised Casual Vacancy which closed on March 17th The Parish Council are now in a position to co-opt a new member. Anyone interested please see this notice.