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Village CCTV update (19th April 2021)

The old cameras (on hire) in the village have now been removed as they were not considered fit for purpose despite repeated attempts to resolve the issues.  On 15th April 2021, the Parish Council appointed a new contractor to install 3 new CCTV cameras in the same locations.  These will improve on the downloading, accessibility and also security of the footage in accordance with Data Protection Act 2018 and also the Surveillance Camera Commissioner code of practice.  Due to privacy and Data Protection Act 2018 we can only accept requests* for footage in relation to a suspected criminal activity from Staffordshire Police which should be supported by a Crime incident number.  The new cameras will be installed as soon as Eon (the streetlight column owners) have provided the requested approval following electrical testing.

(*Please note this is in relation to criminal matters – please viewhttps://www.gov.uk/request-cctv-footage-of-yourself to see your rights regarding footage of yourself)

Audley Rural Parish Council – Announcement

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Audley Rural Parish Council 

Announcement

10 June 1921 to 9th April 2021

Audley Rural Parish Council  joins the nation in mourning the death of Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh

The Parish Council, and on behalf of the Parish residents, send their condolences to Her Majesty the Queen and to all her family

Mr Nick Hayes

Chair of Audley Rural Parish Council

Audley Rural Neighbourhood Plan – Steering Group members wanted …

Audley Rural Parish Council resolved in November 2020 to designate the Parish of Audley as a Neighbourhood Plan (NP) area.  Please click here to view the Audley NP Area Designation Map

What is a Neighbourhood Plan?

Neighbourhood planning was introduced in the Localism Act 2011 (click here to view). It is an important and powerful tool that gives communities statutory powers to shape how their communities develop.  A neighbourhood plan is a community led document which puts in place planning policy for a neighbourhood area to guide future development. A neighbourhood plan is about the use and development of land and may contain a vision, aims, planning policies, proposals for improving the area or providing new facilities, or allocation of key sites for specific kinds of development. It may deal with a wide range of social, economic and environmental issues (such as housing, employment, design, heritage and transport) or it may focus on one or two issues only.

Click here to visit https://neighbourhoodplanning.org for further information  

More information can also be obtained by visiting the Locality website by clicking on the picture further down the page.

Next steps (as at 21st January 2021)

The preparation of a Neighbourhood Plan will need to involve the community and is expected to take a couple of years before it can reach the stage where it can be adopted by Newcastle under Lyme Borough Council.

Over the next month or so a Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group (of approx 10 people) will be formulated and its Terms of Reference will agreed by the Parish Council.  The Steering Group will represent the whole Parish and will steer the production of a Neighbourhood Plan, working with an external Consultant.  The Steering Group will consist of a mix of skills, abilities and experience.  The Steering Group’s purpose is to oversee the production of a Neighbourhood Plan in order that this will then progress to Independent Examination, and following a successful community referendum, be adopted by Newcastle under Lyme Borough Council to become planning policy.

The activities may include:

liaising with the local planning authority;
publicity, community and stakeholder engagement and consultation at various stages;
building the evidence base;
setting aims and writing the plan;
site allocations and Local Green Space designations;
pre-submission consultation (Regulation 14);
other activities

The Steering Group will have a Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary and Treasurer, who will be elected by members of the Steering Group at its first meeting. In addition, the Steering Group will need skills in all areas ranging from planning, community consultation, local issues and publicity.  Some Steering Group members will act as a link with the individual Focus Groups which may be set up to look at aspects in greater detail.

One of the first tasks will be to consider the appointment of a Neighbourhood Plan consultant.

If you are interested in joining the Steering Group please send your details to the Parish Clerk before 31st March 2021 by emailing audleyparishcouncil@hotmail.co.uk 
You will be asked to provide information on your background, what part of the community of Audley Rural Parish you represent and what skills you can bring to the Steering Group.  

We would also like to identify key local stakeholders and any potential
partners. These are local organisations, groups and individuals that have a particular interest in the area.

If you would like to join the general mailing list to keep updated or as a key local stakeholder – please contact the Parish Clerk by emailing audleyparishcouncil@hotmail.co.uk

 

Staffordshire County Council – Dignity in Care awards

Staffordshire County Council have just opened up nominations for this year’s Dignity In Care awards, They opened on Monday 1st February 2021 (https://www.staffordshire.gov.uk/Care-for-all-ages/Dignityincare/home.aspx)

People across Staffordshire are being invited to nominate carers, work colleagues, young people, friends and family members for a prestigious award.

The Staffordshire Dignity in Care Awards recognises groups and individuals who care for or support the most vulnerable of us, and who treat everyone with dignity, kindness, respect and compassion. We welcome nominations from anyone who receives support and care in Staffordshire, their families, friends, or those who provide support and care to Staffordshire citizens

We want to celebrate the achievements of as many people as possible especially during the current pandemic.

Staffordshire Police survey – closes 8th February – Your Police, Your Voice

Staffordshire Police is inviting residents and businesses across the county to take part in a new survey designed to help the force achieve its vision of a safer Staffordshire.

The ‘Your police. Your voice.’ survey, which launches on Friday 22 January and closes on February 8, provides the public with an opportunity to share their views on crime and policing locally.

This will enable the force to get a better understanding of the issues which matter most to local communities to ensure that services and resources are being delivered in the best way to address people’s concerns.

The survey is anonymous and takes less than 10 minutes to complete. You can complete it online at www.staffordshire.police.uk/yourpoliceyourvoice until noon on Monday 8th February 2021.

If you are unable to complete this electronically you can request a hardcopy by emailing campaigns.engagement@staffordshire.pnn.police.uk

Census Jobs available

Census Jobs

The census is a survey that happens every 10 years and gives a picture of all the people and households in England and Wales. The Office for National Statistics (ONS) runs the census in England and Wales and the next one will happen on Sunday 21 March 2021. Leading up to March, job opportunities will be available to help carry out and support the census process in Staffordshire. Vacancies and how to apply can be found at census.gov.uk/jobs

Audley Rural Parish Neighbourhood Plan (NP)

Audley Rural Parish Council resolved in November 2020 to designate the Parish of Audley as a Neighbourhood Plan (NP) area.  Please click here to view the Audley NP Area Designation Map

What is a Neighbourhood Plan?

Neighbourhood planning was introduced in the Localism Act 2011 (click here to view). It is an important and powerful tool that gives communities statutory powers to shape how their communities develop.  A neighbourhood plan is a community led document which puts in place planning policy for a neighbourhood area to guide future development. A neighbourhood plan is about the use and development of land and may contain a vision, aims, planning policies, proposals for improving the area or providing new facilities, or allocation of key sites for specific kinds of development. It may deal with a wide range of social, economic and environmental issues (such as housing, employment, design, heritage and transport) or it may focus on one or two issues only.

Click here to visit https://neighbourhoodplanning.org for further information  

More information can also be obtained by visiting the Locality website by clicking on the picture further down the page.

Next steps (as at 21st January 2021)

The preparation of a Neighbourhood Plan will need to involve the community and is expected to take a couple of years before it can reach the stage where it can be adopted by Newcastle under Lyme Borough Council.

Over the next month or so a Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group (of approx 10 people) will be formulated and its Terms of Reference will agreed by the Parish Council.  The Steering Group will represent the whole Parish and will steer the production of a Neighbourhood Plan, working with an external Consultant.  The Steering Group will consist of a mix of skills, abilities and experience.  The Steering Group’s purpose is to oversee the production of a Neighbourhood Plan in order that this will then progress to Independent Examination, and following a successful community referendum, be adopted by Newcastle under Lyme Borough Council to become planning policy.

The activities may include:

liaising with the local planning authority;
publicity, community and stakeholder engagement and consultation at various stages;
building the evidence base;
setting aims and writing the plan;
site allocations and Local Green Space designations;
pre-submission consultation (Regulation 14);
other activities

The Steering Group will have a Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary and Treasurer, who will be elected by members of the Steering Group at its first meeting. In addition, the Steering Group will need skills in all areas ranging from planning, community consultation, local issues and publicity.  Some Steering Group members will act as a link with the individual Focus Groups which may be set up to look at aspects in greater detail.

One of the first tasks will be to consider the appointment of a Neighbourhood Plan consultant.

If you are interested in joining the Steering Group please send your details to the Parish Clerk before 31st March 2021 by emailing audleyparishcouncil@hotmail.co.uk 
You will be asked to provide information on your background, what part of the community of Audley Rural Parish you represent and what skills you can bring to the Steering Group.  

We would also like to identify key local stakeholders and any potential
partners. These are local organisations, groups and individuals that have a particular interest in the area.

If you would like to join the general mailing list to keep updated or as a key local stakeholder – please contact the Parish Clerk by emailing audleyparishcouncil@hotmail.co.uk

 

*New* Grant programme for Audley Rural Parish Community Organisations

Grants and funding applications

The Parish Council have now launched a grant funding programme for the remaining part of 2021/22 – there is £2,000 available until end of March 2021.  Applications will be invited from any constituted community group (not for profit) in the Parish of Audley.  The organisation must have a bank statement in the name of the group and evidence of how the grant will be spent (and receipts to show how it has been spent) will be required, along with attendance at a future Annual Parish meeting.

The total grant funds (currently £4k) will be allocated in two tranches – April to September and October to March.  Funds will be split equally across each tranche.  Once all funds are committed, all applications will be deferred to the next available tranche.

The application form (PDF or Word) and guidance (which you must read and comply with) can be downloaded below:

Please click here to download the grant application form 2020-2021 (Word document)
Please click here to download the grant application form 2020-2021 (PDF document)

Please click here to download the grant application guidance for applicants (PDF document)

Meetings of the Parish Council can be found by clicking at here

Audley and Alsagers Bank Remembrance Day Services – Please stay at home and Remember on your Doorstep

Audley and Alsagers Bank Remembrance Day Services

Sunday 8th November 2020

Remembrance Day

Copyright Around Audley

Sadly, this year we are unable to hold a Remembrance Day service

Please stay at home

Remember on your Doorstep

Please stay at home and remember on your doorstep for this year.  You can watch a live tribute by clicking here to view Audley St James Facebook page. Listen out for the church bells toll from St James at 11am and the trumpets from Audley Brass and then you’re invited to join Audley St James Facebook page at 11.02am for a Memorial Tribute from Audley Brass, Audley Male Voice Choir, Ravensmead School and St James Church.

If any individual wishes to lay a wreath, please ensure the restrictions allow you to do this and if so, ensure it is at a quiet time (avoiding peak times e.g. morning of 8th and 11th November).

Thank you for your understanding.

 

Audley Rural Parish Council

Churches of St James & St Johns and Halmer End Methodist & Audley Methodist

 2 November 2020

Updated Restrictions for MUGAs, Skateparks and Outdoor Gyms which must close

Coronavirus (COVID-19) – Parish Play Areas are open (as at 5th November 2020) but MUGAS, Outdoor gym equipment and Skate parks must close

The Government have now issued updated guidance (as at 5th November 2020) on play areas and outdoor gyms, plus how to minimise the risk of Covid-19 when using play areas. You can see it here at https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-guidance-for-managing-playgrounds-and-outdoor-gyms/covid-19-guidance-for-managing-playgrounds-and-outdoor-gyms

We have worked hard to get the play areas ready to reopen following the first lockdown and most reopened from Saturday 4th July 2020 (with Halmer End on 22nd July 2020).  During the second lockdown from 5th November all play areas remain open with the exception of Queen Street (CARA) which will stay closed due restrictions on the skate park and outdoor gym equipment, Miles Green play area outdoor gym equipment (only) will be closed and also Rileys Field MUGA. 

Need help getting about? Audley Rural Parish Council has subsidisded the Door2Door Community Transport Scheme

Door2Door Community Transport Scheme in Audley Rural Parish

Do you need help getting about?  Do you know someone who needs help getting about?

Audley Rural Parish Council have now subsidised the costs to use the Door2Door community transport scheme to help those who need it the most.  We want to help those who do not have any means of transport, support and cannot use public transport due to health, medical and in some cases for financial hardship reasons.  If you need help to get to an important medical appointment, essential shopping supplies or even just to get out and meet other people – call 01782 621936, visit the website at www.door2doortransport.org.uk or email info@door2doortransport.org.uk for assistance.

Do you enjoy helping others, have spare time and a vehicle?

The scheme works best when we have a bank of local volunteer drivers to help.  Do you have spare time, a vehicle and like helping people who need it most?  All expenses are covered such as mileage and parking.  Please click on the below images for more information.

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Please click here to view the Door to Door leaflet in PDF format

Remembrance Day Sunday 8th November – wreath laying service cancelled

 

Audley and Alsagers Bank Remembrance Day

Sunday 8th November 2020

Remembrance Day

Copyright Around Audley

Sadly, this year we are unable to hold a Remembrance Day service

Please stay at home

Remember on your Doorstep

Following the Government announcement on 31st October regarding the new measures for lockdown from Thursday 4th November 2020, we are very sorry to say that there will be no wreath laying service held.

Please stay at home and remember on your doorstep for this year. You can watch a live tribute by clicking here to view Audley St James Facebook page.

If any individual wishes to lay a wreath, please ensure the restrictions allow you to do this and if so, ensure it is at a quiet time (avoiding peak times e.g. morning of 8th and 11th November).

Thank you for your understanding.

Audley Rural Parish Council

Churches of St James & St Johns and Halmer End Methodist & Audley Methodist

2 November 2020

Remembrance Day Services 2020

Audley and Alsagers Bank Remembrance Day Services

Sunday 8th November 2020

Remembrance Day

Remembrance Day

Sadly, this year we are unable to hold a Remembrance Day service for all to attend

Please stay at home and Remember on your Doorstep

Current Coronavirus restrictions stop large gatherings of people outdoors, due to the risk of spreading the infection especially in the rapid increase in hospital admissions.  If a large crowd gathers, then the Police have the powers to stop events from happening and/or issue a £10,000 fine. We fully understand that this news will upset lots who would usually pay their respects for lost loved ones in the wars.  We have a duty of care to protect our vulnerable and elderly in the community by limiting the spread of infection.

We will still remember them at 11am, but it will be a very small wreath laying service that will take place on the morning of Sunday 8th November (unless measures change).  This will be by invite only and will include only those from armed forces, local community organisations and emergency services.

If you know of any war veterans, military, ex-military personnel and emergency services who may wish to be included in this invite only event, please contact the Parish Council on 07901 692414 as soon as possible.

We apologise in advance for the closure of the roads at both sites between 10.30am and 11.30am on Sunday 8th November 2020.

All other people are asked to stay at home and remember on their doorstep for this year.  You can watch the service live at https://www.facebook.com/stjamesaudley

The day before (Saturday) you can leave your wreath at St James Church for Audley, St Johns Church, Halmer End Methodist Church or Audley Methodist Church. Alternatively, households have the chance to spend 2 minutes in silence at Audley cenotaph one after the other in the afternoon of Remembrance Sunday.  This is being organised by the Churches, please go to the St James Audley Facebook Page to sign up for a slot and read the safety instructions carefully.

Please do not attend unless it is by pre-arranged agreement.

Audley Rural Parish Council 26 October 2020

2 x Vacancies Parish Councillors for Bignall End – applications now invited – closing date is 9th October

AUDLEY RURAL PARISH COUNCIL

NOTICE OF 2 CASUAL VACANCIES (BIGNALL END (PARISH) WARD)

Notice is hereby given that by reason of the resignation a vacancy has occurred among the members of the Parish Council. Any person willing to fill this vacancy should apply to the Clerk in writing on or before the Friday 9th October 2020

Further information may be requested following your application

The applicant’s name must appear on the current register of the Voters List or the applicant should during the whole of the twelve months preceding the relevant date resided in

or within three miles of the parish

or the applicant’s only place of work during the whole of the twelve months preceding the relevant date is in the parish. 

The applicant must not be debarred from standing as a Councillor.

PUBLIC elections cannot be held until May 2022 but for the interim period election to the aforesaid Council will be voted for by the present sitting number of Councillors.

The address to return applications to is: Mrs C Withington Parish Clerk & Proper Officer Audley Rural Parish Council The Croft Barthomley Road, Audley, Staffs ST7 8HU

Dated: 11.09.20
Signed: C T Withington
Parish Clerk & Proper Officer

Queen Street/Wereton Road/CARA

Queen Street Play area inc skate park and pump track (as at 31.07.20)

CARA had hoped to open the play area and other equipment after the Covid-19 lockdown restrictions were relaxed, however there have been some unexpected issues which have further delayed the re-opening date.  We are working hard to resolve the issues as soon as possible.  Please do not attempt to access the site whilst it remains closed , as it may further add to the delay.

Thank you for your patience.

CARA and Audley Rural Parish Council

Coronavirus – All play areas will be closed with immediate effect following announcement on Monday 23rd March 2020 8.30pm

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Please click on the link – guidance for coronavirus for the up to date and latest information from the UK Government.

Following the Government announcement on Monday 23rd March 2020 at 8.30pm Click here to view the Prime Minister’s Announcement – all play areas will be closed with immediate effect to adhere to the restrictions and due to the inability to maintain and inspect them.  Please follow the guidance that has been issued in all other public areas.

play area closed

play areas closed