Parish Council News

CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) AND YOU

As your local councillors we are now seeing more detail about the national and local response to the Coronavirus crisis and wish to provide Stanstead Abbotts residents with an update.

Firstly, if you have any concerns or questions at all about this crisis, you can call us, as your Councillors for advice. We are here, ready and happy, to try to explain anything about the information below and help you get in contact with the right people if you need to. This is what we are here for and our numbers are at the bottom of this letter.

What is actually happening?

Your local authority is working with various government agencies and the NHS to identify the most vulnerable people. Operation Shield is being set up for those vulnerable people, who will now have been contacted by the NHS. They are being asked to remain at home in isolation for 12 weeks and Operation Shield is the co-ordination of food and medicines to be delivered to them, through local delivery hubs. This is being done by the Council and is well organised and resourced.

What should individuals do?

You should follow the advice from the NHS and the Government, or trusted sources like the BBC (Information from Social Media may be misleading or incorrect). Stay at home if at all possible and take very seriously Government instructions on stopping the spread of the virus.

If you are self-isolating, arrange for a trustworthy person to do your shopping for you. If you don’t have a trustworthy relative or friend to help you, there are several honest and reliable organisations which are listed below.

What if I am feeling unwell or have worries?

If you become unwell you should contact the NHS either via their website or by calling 111. You and your whole household should isolate for 14 days.

Should you have a concern about someone and think they need help or are vulnerable, you can contact Social Services on: 0300 123 4042

People will have concerns about work, money and entitlements. The Government is putting in place support for individuals and business. The Citizens Advice Bureau will be able to offer advice and help you to understand what you are entitled to and how to access it as the actual details become clearer. You can speak to them on: 03444 111 444.

 How can I help out?

The most important thing is to speak regularly to your neighbours, your family and your friends – from a distance. We should all ensure that those nearest and closest to us are OK. We hope that a letter posted like this on social media will reach many people but it won’t be seen by everyone, so please be creative in thinking about who might need a phone call from you or from a volunteer. Please ensure you follow the social distancing guidelines.

Here are some links to trusted organisations that are arranging and co-ordinating help for those that wish to volunteer go to:

https://www.thvolunteering.org.uk/

and if you require help go to:

www.111.nhs.uk/covid-19

We very much hope that all of the fear and concern that this dreadful illness has created will soon belong to the past and we shall move on to enjoy the summer time. But while the danger lasts please take every care to keep your distance from those not in your household and keep washing your hands. For further information about corona virus please look at this web-site:

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/major-new-measures-to-protect-people-at-highest-risk-from-coronavirus

Councillor Jo Dumont   07985 664116 East Herts District Council

Councillor Julia Davies   01920 877633 Stanstead Abbotts Parish Council

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CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) – Information from Hertfordshire County Council

Hertfordshire County Council have produced information and guidance for residents on self-isolation, toolkits and handwashing advice along with links to NHS and Public Health England. Click here for more information

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BRIGGENS FARM QUARRY PROPOSAL

Stanstead Abbotts Parish Council has commissioned an independent report into the proposed quarry at Briggens Farm Estate. In the view of the Parish Council it was important to have an independent view on the proposal from a subject matter specialist who has no links to the proposal. The Parish Council commissioned the well regarded  firm Strutt & Parker (part of the global BNP Paribas Group) to conduct a review which focused on the “soundness of the plan, having regard to whether the plan is positively prepared, justified, effective and in accordance with national planning policy”.
In their report, Strutt & Parker conclude that “the allocation of this site is not ‘sound’ in
planning terms and it is not justified, effective or consistent with national policy”.
We would like to make the full report available to all and therefore you can read it by clicking the following link :
Stanstead Abbotts Parish Council’s position is one of opposition to the proposed quarry. This report backs up our concerns. It will be used as part of official representations to oppose the quarry. We felt it appropriate to share with the community should any community members wish to reference it.
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CCTV

The Parish Council has completed the project to introduce CCTV in the village, along the High Street.

This was a complex project to deliver by the councillors (all volunteers) and responded to your feedback. During a 6 month consultation period, 78% of residents who responded voted that they wanted CCTV in the village.

Access to images is tightly controlled by Hertfordshire CCTV Partnership.  The link to their website is www.hertfordshirecctv.co.uk

Any public requests for footage will need to be addressed through this website and appropriately validated.

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FOSTERING

Hertfordshire County Council is calling on parents of young people who have left home to consider whether fostering might be the way to fill the extra space in their homes and their hearts.

In Hertfordshire there are just over 835 children and young people in care and many live with Hertfordshire’s foster carers. Each month, we receive an average of 55 requests for new foster placements, with more requests to place older children (aged 10+), sibling groups and those with more complex needs.

Becoming a foster carer can fill that gap and at the same time, help provide a child with the security and stability they desperately need.

Empty nesters potentially make great foster carers because they’ve often already got the skills and experience needed to look after children and teenagers, whether this is for a short term or longer term period.

Anyone who fosters with Hertfordshire County Council can expect unrivalled support. If you are interested in fostering with us, we’ll be there to guide you through the process, every step of the way. For more information, click here.

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NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH

The police are keen to get more people signed up to Neighbourhood Watch which is one of the biggest and most successful crime prevention initiatives ever. Now involving more than 120,000 households in Hertfordshire, it is based on the simple idea that you and your neighbours can help to reduce crime and create a safer and better place to live, work and play. It is also a means of keeping an eye on the vulnerable, elderly and disabled.

The OWL system is a personal computer based alerting system to provide communities with a timely warning of local crime. It is invaluable when a distraction burglary takes place or a bogus caller is reported in the neighbourhood, to warn residents of recent serious crimes in the locality or if a suspicious car is seen outside a school. Alerts and crime prevention advice will be sent to you by electronic mail, from the local policing team.

Also joining the Neighbourhood Watch Scheme is free and some insurance companies offer reductions on house insurance if you are a member.

Join Neighbourhood Watch and encourage your neighbours to join too. It’s a proven deterrent to burglars. You can find more information here www.owl.co.uk

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TRAINING

Community Voluntary Services for Broxbourne and East Herts (CVSBEH) can help develop personal and professional skills through low cost training courses for voluntary and community groups in the Districts of Broxbourne & East Herts – including paid staff, volunteers and management committee