Police ‘We Don’t Buy Crime’ Initiative

We Don’t Buy Crime Initiative

Acquisitive crime, including burglary, robbery and theft harms our communities. A person’s home and possessions often carry an emotional attachment and when a criminal interferes with this, it can have a long-lasting impact on victims. West Mercia Police is committed to protecting people from these crimes.

‘We Don’t Buy Crime’ demonstrates this commitment, by taking an innovative approach to reducing and disrupting the market for stolen goods and protecting your home and possessions by making them less attractive to the would-be criminal.

West Mercia Police is committed to our vision of protecting people from harm. We want to prevent crime from happening in the first place, but when it does happen we want to ensure that we respond to it by providing the victim with a professional and high quality service, seeking to prevent people from falling victim again. ‘We Don’t Buy Crime’ is tailored to achieve this.

By working together, we will make our communities a safer place to live in.

If you require any further assistance or information do not hesitate to contact your Safer Neighbourhood Team. If you have information about a crime, phone the police on 101 or anonymously contact the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

SmartWater Offer

West Mercia Police are working in partnership with local business, SmartWater, to offer our communities the latest property marking technology to protect your home and possessions. By working together, SmartWater are offering people who live in the Warwickshire and West Mercia policing areas an exclusive opportunity to purchase a home security pack at a special promotional price of £19.95.

Local second-hand goods traders and police officers are equipped to detect the presence of SmartWater on property, increasing the likelihood that any stolen property will be reunited with its rightful owner and offenders prosecuted.

How SmartWater works:

  • Assigns your valuables with their own unique forensic code, allowing them to be traced back to you
  • Makes your home less of a target for thieves
  • Can be used on anything from electronic equipment to jewellery
  • Easy to apply, only visible under UV light – does not leave unattractive marks or stains
  • Proven to work – widely used by the police and feared by criminals
  • Gives added peace of mind
  • Supplied with signage to warn thieves that your home is protected
  • When deployed by police, SmartWater has helped reduce burglary by up to 85%
  • Helps to increase prosecutions by linking criminals back to the scene of their crime

How to buy:

Go to http://shop.smartwater.com/buy-crime-offer or call 0333 320 7797. Make sure you quote discount code WDBCRIME25.

Annual Parish Meeting – 3rd May 2019

Brockhampton Group Parish Council’s Annual Parish Meeting will be held at 7:30PM on Friday 3rd May 2019

Agenda 03 May 2019 – Annual Parish Meeting

Purpose of the Annual Parish Meeting
The purpose of the meeting is so that the Parish Council can explain what it has been doing over the last year and it enables the electors to have their say on anything they consider is important to the people of the Parish.

Who can attend the meeting?
The Annual Parish Meeting is a meeting of all the local government electors for the Parish. It is NOT a Meeting of the Parish Council. Anyone may attend but only registered electors of Brockhampton, Linton and Norton may speak and vote.

Will I be able to ask questions and make suggestions?
Yes, any registered elector may ask questions of the Council, which will usually be answered by the Chairperson, the Clerk to the Council, or a designated Councillor. An elector may also make suggestions and comment on anything pertinent to the residents of the Parish. This is to be welcomed and is the whole purpose of the meeting.

Who will chair the meeting?
The Chairperson of the Parish Council will chair the meeting. If the Chair is not able to attend, then the meeting will elect a chairperson from amongst those electors present.

Will Parish Councillors be there?
Usually they do attend and will speak if need be. But the purpose of the meeting is to enable the ordinary electors to have their say on any topic of their choosing. Councillors will listen with interest and as electors themselves, also have the opportunity to raise questions and make comments if they wish.

Will notes be taken of the meeting?
Yes, a written record of the meeting will be taken and will be presented at a future meeting of Council for their consideration.

What else happens at the meeting?
In the past we have invited local clubs, societies and other voluntary and statutory organisations to provide a report or speak about the work of their group.

How long will the meeting last?
As long as need be within reason. It really depends on those present and the number of questions and the discussion that is raised. Generally, the meeting will last no longer than 1 hour.

Call for Sites

Do you own land which you may wish to bring forward for development by 2031?
If so, we want to hear from you

The Parish Council is looking for land in or adjacent to Bringsty and Linton which could be included in the Neighbourhood Development Plan to help meet housing and other needs up to 2031. Visit our NDP page for further information including a Site Submission Form.

If you have land which you think might be of interest, please get in touch. Completed site submission forms must be returned by 28th February 2019.

To hear about the results of our recent household survey, come along to the next NDP Steering Group meeting: 6:00PM on Wednesday 20th February at the Bromyard and Winslow Town Council offices, Rowberry Street, Bromyard. There is also a summary of the results on our NDP page.

 

There are vacancies on the Parish Council

Join and be an active member of our local community and help us with crime and safety, planning issues, environment, highways and local services.

You must:
• be over 18 and on the electoral register or a resident of the Parish or live within three miles of the Parish as the crow flies or own a business in the Parish
• be able to attend evening meetings every month
• have an interest in local issues
• have a desire to improve the quality of life in the Parish
• be able to represent the views of local people

The position is unpaid and voluntary, but some expenses such as training are paid for by the Parish Council.

For further details contact the Parish Clerk.

Future management arrangements for Bringsty Common

Bringsty Common Manorial Court has commissioned a consultant to examine different options for the future management of Bringsty Common.

The consultant, Ann Cantrell, has produced a consultation document and questionnaire which you will find here:

Public Consultation
Questionnaire

The questionnaire is being distributed by hand to all Commoners.  Please do respond to this document, it is important that your views are heard.

In addition Ann Cantrell will be coming to the next Manorial Court Meeting on Wednesday 12 September at 7.30 pm at Whitbourne Village Hall.  All are welcome to attend.

Second phase of consultation for the Brockhampton Group Community Governance review is now underway (11 May – 22 June)

A community governance review considers arrangements for parish councils such as creating, merging, altering or abolishing parish councils, changing a parish council’s boundary or the naming of parish councils and their electoral arrangements.

From 13 February to the 6 April, Herefordshire Council conducted a parish wide consultation with the community of Brockhampton Group Parish in connection with their community governance review.

During that consultation, Brockhampton Group Parish Council were seeking to review the number of seats within the group so as to better reflect the number of electors, which would address the issue and strengthen the democratic process.  Following the first phase of consultation, the balance of evidence indicated that there are sufficient grounds to progress to formally proposing to reduce the current number of Parish Council seats from 15 to 10, to better reflect the number of electors within the Brockhampton Group Parish.

You can access and respond to the second phase consultation by going to: https://www.herefordshire.gov.uk/consultations/article/10086/brockhampton_group_community_governance_review_phase_two_consultation

A printable copy of the consultation is available below.  The second phase consultation closes on 22 June.

CGR 2018 Phase 2 Brockhampton Group

Community Governance Review – update from Herefordshire Council

Herefordshire Council is conducting seven targeted community governance reviews over the coming year. I am writing to provide you with information on a Community Governance Review that will be happening in the Brockhampton group parish.

Community governance reviews provide the opportunity for principal councils, in this instance, Herefordshire Council, to review and make changes to community governance within their areas. A central purpose of any community governance review is to ensure that local parish governance arrangements reflect local identities and ensure parish councils can work effectively as the first tier of local government.

It can be helpful to undertake community governance reviews in circumstances such as where there have been changes in population, or in reaction to specific or local new issues. A community governance review looks at the whole or part of an area to consider:

• The creation, merger, alteration or abolition of parishes
• The naming of parishes and the style of new parishes
• The electoral arrangements for parishes, such as the ordinary year of election, council size, wards, and numbers of councillors
• The grouping or de-grouping of parishes

Brockhampton group parish council has put forward its interest in taking part in a community governance review on the basis that it wishes to decrease the number of parish council seats from the current level of 15 down to 10 to better reflect the proportion of parish councillors in relation to the number of local electors.

As part of the community governance review Herefordshire Council is consulting on whether communities and businesses locally agree with this proposed change. In addition, we have prepared a short information sheet that we hope will assist those wishing to take part in this consultation.

I wish to stress that at this stage no decision has been taken on any changes. Herefordshire Council is currently consulting residents in the parishes affected to inform any future proposals. Furthermore, the review will not automatically mean there will be changes. It will, however, see if there is a case for change and what solutions are the right ones to pursue with each individual parish.

The consultation can be found on Herefordshire Council’s website and will be running from 12 February to 23 March. Please see: www.herefordshire.gov.uk/brockhamptoncgr

Paper copies of the consultation can be made available on request by emailing CGR@herefordshire.gov.uk We would be very interested in receiving your views on the community governance review.