Monthly Archives: April 2020

Shropshire Council 250-253

Oswestry Consultation Extended-Various Roads-Parking Restrictions

Start Date:
1st May 2020

End Date:
30th June 2020

Start Time:
00.01

End Time:
23.59

Due to Covid19, this Consultation has been extended. It will now close on 30th June 2020.

These proposed parking restrictions will improve highway safety by providing safer parking and improved visibility, improved flow of traffic and access for pedestrians, cyclists and motorists wishing to use the roads, and improve the amenities of the area through which the roads run.

The areas affected are: Cabin Lane, Gittin Street, Greyfriars, Mile Oak Industrial Estate – Oswestry

THE SHROPSHIRE COUNCIL

(PROHIBITION AND RESTRICTION OF WAITING AND PARKING PLACES) (CONSOLIDATION) ORDER 2009 (VARIOUS ROADS, OSWESTRY) (AMENDMENT) ORDER

Shropshire Council proposes to make the following changes to the parking restrictions on various roads in Oswestry:

No Waiting At Any Time restrictions will be placed on the following sides of roads:

Mile Oak Industrial Estate (main section)
(south side)

Between points 30 metres and 99 metres west of its junction with Maesbury Road

Mile Oak Industrial Estate
(main section)

(north side)

Between points 30 metres and 109 metres west of its junction with Maesbury Road

Mile Oak Industrial Estate
(main section)

(east side)

Between points 11 metres and 159 metres north of its junction with the Mile Oak Industrial Estate cul-de-sac (main part to T-piece)

Mile Oak Industrial Estate
(main section)
(both sides)

Between points 14 metres and 193 metres south of its junction with the Mile Oak Industrial Estate cul-de-sac (main part to T-piece)

Mile Oak Industrial Estate
(main section)
(west side)

Between points 132 metres and 159 metres north of its junction with the Mile Oak Industrial Estate cul-de-sac (main part to T-piece)

Mile Oak Industrial Estate
(main section)
(west side)

Between points 11 metres and 98 metres north of its junction with the Mile Oak Industrial Estate cul-de-sac (main part to T-piece) 

Mile Oak Industrial Estate
(cul-de-sac – main part to T-Piece)

On its north side from a point 11 metres east of its junction with Mile Oak Industrial Estate (main section) in an easterly direction to include the whole of the turning head to a point on its south side 44 metres east of its junction with Mile Oak Industrial Estate (main section)

Greyfriars
(west side)

From its junction with Cabin Lane northwards to a point opposite the boundary line of No.3 and No.5 Greyfriars

Greyfriars
(east side)

From its junction with Cabin Lane northwards to a point 3 metres south of the boundary line of No.2 and No.4 Greyfriars

Cabin Lane
(north side)

From its junction with Greyfriars eastwards to a point 9 metres south west of the boundary line of No.5 and No.7 Cabin Lane

A Loading Bay (for Goods Vehicles Only) (max stay 2 hours with no return for 2 hours) will be placed on the following sides of roads:

Mile Oak Industrial Estate
(main section)
(west side)

Between points 98 metres and 132 metres north of its junction with the Mile Oak Industrial Estate cul-de-sac (main part to T-piece)

Mile Oak Industrial Estate
(cul-de-sac – main part to T-Piece) (south side)

Between points 11 metres and 44 metres east of its junction with Mile Oak Industrial Estate (main section) 

A No Stopping on School Keep Clear markings will be placed on the following side of road:

Gittin Street
(north-east side)

From a point 8 metres north-west of the south-eastern property boundary of No. 66 Gittin Street south-eastwards to a point

1 metre north west of the property boundary of No.62 and No.64 Gittin Street

Any existing parking restrictions at the above locations will be revoked.

Full details of these proposals are in the deposited documents which may be examined during usual office opening hours at The Shirehall, Abbey Foregate, Shrewsbury.

Click on the links below to download relating documents:

How to get involved:

If you wish to raise an objection, express support or make any other comments about these proposals please send an email to: [email protected] by 30 June 2020. You may also ring 0345 678 9006 for more information.

Please note that, for legal reasons, objections must be made in writing or by email, and should state the grounds on which the objection is made. Objections cannot be accepted over the phone.

action-fraud

Suspicious Email Reporting Service (SERS)

Please be aware and remain vigilant of phishing emails. One of the many scam emails currently in circulation purports to be from the TV Licensing advising to cancel direct debits.

These messages may look like the real thing but are malicious. Once clicked, you are sent to a dodgy website which could download viruses onto your computer, or steal your passwords.

The criminal’s goal is to convince you to click on the links within their scam email or text message, or to give away sensitive information (such as bank details).

If you receive an email which you’re not quite sure about, forward it to the Suspicious Email  [email protected]

For further information and advice please go to:

Versus Arthritis

Help Shape our Work-Versus Arthritis

People with arthritis experience pain that has a huge impact on everyday life. People also say that the pain they experience is not understood by their friends, family or healthcare team.Versus Arthritis say- This must change.

Versus Arthritis is committed to doing everything they can to make sure the pain of arthritis is recognised. One of the most effective ways they can do this is by influencing decision makers like politicians, healthcare leaders and councils to provide support for people with arthritis.

By working with people with arthritis, Versus Arthritis have already had a lot of success in getting arthritis and pain on the agenda, but they know they need to do more. They need your help to tell them about what impact pain is having on your life and to help shape our future influencing work.

Click here to take part in a short survey: https://action.versusarthritis.org/page/58110/survey/1?ea.tracking.id=AllSupporters&utm_source=Versus%20Arthritis&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=11498036_Coronavirus%20email%203&utm_content=CTA%20Button&dm_i=GEU,6UFXW,W8G6GP,RG24I,1

Disability Rights UK

DR UK says sign the petition to increase disability benefits

In response to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Government announced an temporary emergency increase of £20 a week for both Universal Credit and Working Tax Credits. 

DR UK syas “Although DR UK welcomes this increase, by doing so, they are discriminating against the millions of disabled people on other benefits who have not received the same increase.

DR UK – with over 100 other charities and other organisations as part of the Disability Benefits Consortium (DBC) – has launched a petition calling on Government to immediately extend this emergency increase to all benefits, on the grounds that anything else would be discriminatory.

Alongside the petition, supported by MPs and the Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary, the DBC released results of an April 2020 survey of over 200 disabled people which found nearly all (95%) had seen an increase in their costs as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

As a result, 92% admitted they were struggling with additional food costs – and others said they were having to find the money needed to pay people to collect food and medicine, and higher heating and water bills as they were forced to shield at home.

One respondent said:

“I cannot carry shopping home, due to a chronic illness impacting my spine. As online orders from supermarkets are completely booked, I have had to find alternative shops to order from for home delivery, all of which are considerably more expensive.”

Another said:

“Electric and gas charges are way up. My father is paying for some of my energy charges out of his pension. This isn’t right.”

Some even said they’re having to choose between heating their homes, feeding themselves and their families, or buying medicine, with one respondent saying the extra £20 “would mean not having to skip meals.”

Ken Butler DR UK’s Welfare Rights and Policy Adviser said:

“Even before the covid-19 crisis, benefit cuts and austerity hit disabled people the hardest.

The £20 week temporary increase to Universal Credit and tax credits is welcome but should be made permanent.

It should also properly be extended to those on ‘legacy benefits’ such as ESA. In addition, the Work-Related Activity Group and UC equivalent Limited Capability for Work addition should be restored.”

DR UK urges you to join the DBC’s call and sign this petition demanding the Government to stop leaving disabled people behind and click this link which takes you to the petition stop leaving disabled people behind.

For more information see the DBC briefing The emergency need to increase disability benefits.

CCG 250-253

Take 2’ steps away from others.

‘Take 2’ steps away from others when you are out and about, say health bosses at Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs).

In the latest campaign launched by the county’s health commissioners, the public are reminded to ‘Take 2’ large steps (two metres) away to avoid any close contact with others. This is approximately the length of an average bed.

The campaign is being used to highlight the distance people need to maintain from each other to respect social distancing measures during the coronavirus outbreak.

  'Take 2' animated graphic

With the UK entering its sixth week of lockdown it is hoped that the ‘Take 2’ campaign will act as a reminder that it is a greater distance than some people might think.

The more a person comes into contact with the droplets from coughs and sneezes of an infected person, the more likely they are to catch the infection. It is therefore extremely important to maintain this two metre distance.

Dr Julian Povey, Chair of Shropshire CCG, said:  “Everyone has a part to play to help slow the spread of coronavirus. The ‘Take 2’ campaign is a simple reminder to everyone that we need to keep our distance from others. “We’re asking everyone to maintain a two metre distance, whether that’s in the supermarket or when people are outside exercising, and to bear in mind that this is the length of an average bed.”

Dr Jo Leahy, Chair of Telford and Wrekin CCG, said:

“Two metres is bigger than you might think, so we are encouraging everyone to think about what this distance looks like.

“It is extremely important that we keep going with social distancing measures as they are in place to protect the population, protect the NHS and ultimately save lives.”

West Mercia Police 250-253

Be wary of COVID 19 quizzes!

With so many people self-isolating or social distancing, online quizzes have become an increasingly popular way of people staying in touch with friends and family and providing a source of entertainment. Many people are creating and sharing their own quizzes or taking part in online events.
However, the Chartered Trading Standards Institute has received information about some quizzes that, whilst on the surface appear harmless, are designed to harvest data that can be used to commit financial fraud and identity theft.

Some of these are circulating on social media and even claim to test your knowledge of COVID-19. However, many of the questions you are expected to answer will be personal in nature: your name; address; phone numbers and email addresses; family information; pet’s names and hobbies etc.

Security questions for bank accounts and online passwords usually incorporate this kind of information., making it easier for fraudsters to build up information on an individual over time.
This information can be harvested and made available both to genuine businesses (that may wish to sell you goods and service), but also scammers.

*  You wouldn’t tell a stranger in the street personal information, so why tell a stranger online? Your personal and financial information is valuable. Protect it!

Think before you click!

*  Be careful who you share your data with. Remember, not all web pages or social media platforms are private and secure.

*  Never share information such as credit and debit card PIN numbers.

For more information on safety online visit: https://www.getsafeonline.org/

You can also find the information online here: https://safeinwarwickshire.com/2020/04/22/be-wary-of-covid-19-quizzes-warn-warwickshire-trading-standards/

Versus Arthritis

Shape our Work-Versus Arthritis

Start Date:
1st April 2020

End Date:
31st May 2020

Start Time:
00.01

End Time:
23.59

People with arthritis experience pain that has a huge impact on everyday life. People also say that the pain they experience is not understood by their friends, family or healthcare team.Versus Arthritis say- This must change.

Versus Arthritis is committed to doing everything they can to make sure the pain of arthritis is recognised. One of the most effective ways they can do this is by influencing decision makers like politicians, healthcare leaders and councils to provide support for people with arthritis.

By working with people with arthritis, Versus Arthritis have already had a lot of success in getting arthritis and pain on the agenda, but they know they need to do more. They need your help to tell them about what impact pain is having on your life and to help shape our future influencing work.

Click here to take part in a short survey: https://action.versusarthritis.org/page/58110/survey/1?ea.tracking.id=AllSupporters&utm_source=Versus%20Arthritis&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=11498036_Coronavirus%20email%203&utm_content=CTA%20Button&dm_i=GEU,6UFXW,W8G6GP,RG24I,1

Disability-Rights-UK

DR UK says sign the petition to increase disability benefits

Start Date:
23rd April 2020

End Date:
31st May 2020

Start Time:
00.01

End Time:
23.59

In response to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Government announced an temporary emergency increase of £20 a week for both Universal Credit and Working Tax Credits. 

DR UK syas “Although DR UK welcomes this increase, by doing so, they are discriminating against the millions of disabled people on other benefits who have not received the same increase.

DR UK – with over 100 other charities and other organisations as part of the Disability Benefits Consortium (DBC) – has launched a petition calling on Government to immediately extend this emergency increase to all benefits, on the grounds that anything else would be discriminatory.

Alongside the petition, supported by MPs and the Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary, the DBC released results of an April 2020 survey of over 200 disabled people which found nearly all (95%) had seen an increase in their costs as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

As a result, 92% admitted they were struggling with additional food costs – and others said they were having to find the money needed to pay people to collect food and medicine, and higher heating and water bills as they were forced to shield at home.

One respondent said:

“I cannot carry shopping home, due to a chronic illness impacting my spine. As online orders from supermarkets are completely booked, I have had to find alternative shops to order from for home delivery, all of which are considerably more expensive.”

Another said:

“Electric and gas charges are way up. My father is paying for some of my energy charges out of his pension. This isn’t right.”

Some even said they’re having to choose between heating their homes, feeding themselves and their families, or buying medicine, with one respondent saying the extra £20 “would mean not having to skip meals.”

Ken Butler DR UK’s Welfare Rights and Policy Adviser said:

“Even before the covid-19 crisis, benefit cuts and austerity hit disabled people the hardest.

The £20 week temporary increase to Universal Credit and tax credits is welcome but should be made permanent.

It should also properly be extended to those on ‘legacy benefits’ such as ESA. In addition, the Work-Related Activity Group and UC equivalent Limited Capability for Work addition should be restored.”

DR UK urges you to join the DBC’s call and sign this petition demanding the Government to stop leaving disabled people behind and click this link which takes you to the petition stop leaving disabled people behind.

For more information see the DBC briefing The emergency need to increase disability benefits.

Alzheimers 250-253

Alzheimer’s Society support – Shropshire

A message from David Latcham, Dementia Companion – Oswestry.

David says “Here’s what we are continuing to do for Alzheimer’s Society”:

Dementia Support service – Our support workers are still actively engaging with everyone we support, adapting our work to phone support rather than face to face support. We are doing regular welfare calls, providing opportunity to discuss situations that occur and strategies to best manage dementia during coronavirus, and offering people who are isolated the opportunity to access our weekly companion call (befriending) service that has been set up in response to coronavirus. Anyone who has a dementia diagnosis or supports someone with dementia can access this support. A  referral form can be requested and used to refer people to [email protected]

Groups – We are remaining in contact with those who were part of our groups but have had to stop them meeting. We are looking at developing virtual options for running groups like Singing for the Brain. When there is news on this, we can inform you about it. In the meantime anyone wanting to access Singing for the brain activities can do so at this YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCH48cq8uSN83qSzSX9wWpvA/videos

Phone and internet support – There is additional support available through our Dementia Connect Supportline for anyone with any questions about dementia. Call 0333 150 3456 and this is available evenings and weekends as well as during the week. It also connects to the local support we offer people in Shropshire.

Our website has a massive amount of information from factsheets to our Dementia Talking Point online forum which is great for people affected by dementia to read and post questions, and has a specific section on Coronavirus - https://forum.alzheimers.org.uk/forums/coronavirus-covid-19.83/

 

 

Signal 250-253

News from Signal Charity

Sarah Thomas, Project Coordinator at the charity Signal was due to launch a new Tinnitus Group at Oswestry library today (Wednesday 22nd April) but due to Covid-19 has had to withdraw, so Signal want to offer an alternative to people in the region.

Sarah says “After a successful trialSignal Charity are offering  Online #Tinnitus Support Groups for #Shropshire. Simply click on your preferred date below to register and we’ll send you the Zoom meeting details”.

Wednesday 22nd April 2020: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/102663491266

Thursday 23rd April 2020: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/102663595578

We are a British Tinnitus Association Gold Standard Group