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The Parish Council will not be holding formal meetings at the Pavilion for the foreseeable future.  We are awaiting further advice as to whether the Government will allow public meetings to be held online during the current crisis.  We will keep you informed as and when we know more but in the meantime, if you have any concerns please do not hesitate to get in touch with me via email at fownhopeclerk@hotmail.com or by telephone if urgent on 07989 066782.

Updates on current advice concerning Coronavirus (COVID-19)

28th March 2020:

The coronavirus situation is fast-moving and there is an increasing amount of information available online. We suggest using government advice to inform decisions and checking advice regularly to account for updates. 

Locally, the Medical Centre are operating a telephone triage system so patients do not need to go to the surgery without being asked to attend.  They have a good drugs delivery service which they are extending to avoid the need to travel to collect prescriptions etc.  Please do check their website for the most up to date information:   http://www.fownhopesurgery.nhs.uk.  Their website will also be kept up to date with the latest information.

The Medical Practice has advised the Compassionate Community team to stop visiting clients but contact will be maintained via telephone.  Please be assured that Co-Co do know who lives alone and who has family contact and will do their best to support them all.  However, if you know of anyone who lives near you who may be at risk or in need of some additional support, then please do get in touch. 

Herefordshire Council have set up a support system for those who are isolating and need supplies or support and for those who wish to volunteer.  For more information, please call the Talk Community Team on 01432 260027.  A letter explaining the support they can offer should have arrived through the post.  If you have not receieved a copy for any reason, please get in touch and I will send a digital copy.

There are also lots of local residents who are offering to collect shopping, medicines and any other help that is required.  Please look in the Flag or on the village Facebook page for more information, or get in touch with me and I can put you in touch with someone who lives locally to you.  My number is 07989 066782.

The New Inn continues to offer takeaway meals and Pritchards Butchers are open as usual.  The West End Stores have been doing a marvellous job with grocery deliveries but are encountering some supply difficulties currently so we will give more information on that as and when we have it. 

There has been a lot of support announced by the government for businesses and those self-employed.  I have recently sent a newsletter giving links to all the relevant information.  If you haven't received this and would find it useful, please send an email to fownhopeclerk@hotmail.com and I shall forward you a copy.

Finally, in line with government advice, the FRFA have taken the decision to close the play areas.  The recreation field remains open but please do observe the 2m social distancing rule.


Updates on B4224 Road Closure

28th March 2020:
A new update is expected every Monday.  The latest is as follows:

Surveys and Ground investigation works

Specialist drilling equipment was in operation in Fownhope for three days this week, carrying out ground investigation work. Three bore holes were drilled to determine the condition of ground below the road by the collapsed wall.

This information is vital to inform the final design for the wall repair and ensure the right concrete solution is constructed. We had experts on site to conduct a visual inspection of the soil as samples were removed and all material is now undergoing laboratory analysis.

Following the structural survey on the wall this confirmed the extent of the section that needs repair extending to either side of the collapsed section.  This area has been appropriately fenced off for safety of residents. 

The entire length of the 100-foot structure has now been laser scanned. Topographical and ecology surveys have also been completed. We await the results of each of these pieces of work. These findings will have an impact on the design solution that can be used.

Local access

I would like to thank residents close to the site for their assistance during the three days of works this week. It was not possible to maintain vehicle access to some driveways during drilling and cars were kindly moved and parked elsewhere within the road closure each morning.

We were also able to maintain access past these works for people on foot or bicycles, as we promised until construction work commences. We continue to speak with landowners about longer term foot and cycle access, above or below the damaged section, for the duration of major works.

Meeting with the directly affected residents

On Tuesday evening last week (March 17) Ward Councillor John Hardwick, together with representatives of Herefordshire Council and Balfour Beatty Living Places, met with residents of the properties most directly affected by road damage.

This meeting was to discuss issues specific to those living or working next to the landslip or wall collapse, such as access during construction work, potential on-site working schedules, noise nuisance and any considerations specific to each property. Several options were explored which could potentially reduce the duration of the works. We will ensure that all feedback received is factored into our planning.

BT Openreach

As highlighted in previous updates, commencement of work on site is dependent on a solution in place for the BT cables.  Contractors working for BT Openreach were on-site on Wednesday this week to identify how best to move their two service cables away from the landslip. There are many cables in these ducts which serve not just local customers but many national key customers which are currently being identified before an appropriate solution can be put in place.  

BT have initiated notice to start the civils aspects of the works on 6th April.  The urgency of the matter has been escalated to BT Snr Management and Herefordshire Council are ensuring that BT understand how important this is to the residents of Fownhope and the surrounding areas.  We have been informed that they are working over the weekend to draw up the plan.

Diversions

We continue to review and inspect the diversion route and its operation. We would ask that anyone with observations shares these via the Parish Council, to ensure consistency in management and response.   We are aware that there are some concerns with HGVS still trying to access the diversion and additional Not suitable for HGV signage is being made to draw them away to use the A road network.

Covid 19  -  Coronavirus

As of today (23rd March 2020) Balfour Beatty Living Places continues to deliver all services across the Public Realm in Herefordshire, (maintenance of roads, parks, paths, gritting and open spaces),

We are conscious of the potential impact the coronavirus could have on our workforce, together with those of suppliers and sub-contractors, and we are keeping the situation under regular review.

There are currently no further public meetings planned in the village and a we would not be able to meet face-to-face, and working with the parish council, we will ensure that sufficient alternative methods of communication remain in place.

Next Steps

        Design work on a new retaining wall will continue while we await laboratory results from drilling work this week.

        We will review feedback received from local residents last Tuesday.

       We will maintain regular contact with BT Openreach in order to better understand their timetable for moving their services.

        We will continue to inspect, repair and monitor diversion routes and related signage.

If you do have any questions or concerns prior to my next update, please do not hesitate to call our Customer Services Team on 01432 261800.


Other news relating to the road closure and diversions:
A new bus route will be in action from Monday 2nd March as will a special bus service to access the schools in the region.  The timetable for the 453 bus service into Hereford is available to view on the Fownhope Facebook Page, on the noticeboard by the West End Stores and at each bus stop.  If you require any further information, please contact our Clerk via email at fownhopeclerk@hotmail.com

Herefordshire Council are offering funding and reduced business rates to help businesses affected by the floods - please follow this link for more information or to submit a claim:  https://www.herefordshire.gov.uk/xfp/form/209

Updates will be posted on this website page, FPC Twitter page, on the Fownhope Village Facebook Page and via email to anyone who has subscribed to our Clerk's email list.  If you would like to receive direct updates, please send an email to our Clerk at fownhopeclerk@hotmail.com.


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Welcome to the Parish Council Website. The website is here to keep you informed about your Parish Council.

Here you'll find the agendas and minutes for previous meetings and the agenda for the next meeting (as soon as it's been written). Members of the public are always very welcome to attend our meetings and you'll find them more interesting if you have the documentation with you - so why not download the agenda and previous minutes and come along?

You'll also find some other information here relating to news that's specific to the council - everything else about the village you'll find on the Fownhope Village Website.

The budget for 2020/2021 has now been approved and the precept set at £30,000 remaining the same as last year.  Please select the 'Finance' folder from the main menu and then 'Budget' to view the budget approved.  There is a budget for new projects and a community groups and habitat grant so if you have a project in mind, please do get in touch.

Climate Emergency:
In June 2019 Fownhope Parish Council declared a Climate Emergency and since then has been working on an action plan which sets out exactly what we intend to do to honour the declaration and help make changes possible for everyone in the Parish to reduce their carbon footprint.  To find out more, please select the 'Climate Emergency' folder from the main menu (coming soon) or come along to one of the Environment Working Group meetings.  Open to all, the next meeting will be on Tuesday 21st January at 6.30pm at the New Inn.

We have spent some time compiling a guide to the Parish Council which gives information about the council, the duties and powers it has, and our aims and aspirations for the community.  There is a copy in the Community Library or you can download the latest version from the 'Council Handbook' folder on the main menu.

Crime Prevention Presentation:
If you use the same password for more than one application, or have ever received a phishing email which looked like it might be genuine, then you need to come along to this event.  It's designed to give you invaluable advice on how to keep safe online, on the telephone as well as how to protect your physcial property.  We held a session on Saturday 22nd February which was well received.  Please get in touch if you are interested in attending a future session.  

Footpaths:
An email address dedicated to Fownhope Footpaths has been set up and is being regularly monitored.  If you have any comments to make about the footpaths, please send an email to 'fownhopefootpaths@btinternet.com'.

Heartstart Training:
We are holding a Heartstart Training session on Saturday 20th June 2020, 10am-12noon, at the Pavilion.  The session is free (though donations are welcomed) and places are limited.  We will cover topics such as helping someone who is unconscious, recognising the symptoms of a heart attack, performing CPR and how to use a defibrillator.  Please contact our Clerk to book your place.

Noticeboard:
A new noticeboard will soon be erected at the children's play area on the Recreation Field.  It is intended for notices to let residents know about events and activities taking place in the community.

Traffic Calming:
The traffic calming scheme proposed by West Mercia Police and Balfour Beatty is progressing and during the first few months of 2020 we are hoping to see a number of new 30mph repeater signs and reprinted roundels throughout the village, new dragons teeth markings at both entrances to the village on the B4224 and new village gateways, again at both ends of the village on the B4224. It is hoped that this will help reduce the speed at which vehicles enter and travel through Fownhope, and will complement our existing arrangement of six months of SID deployment (Speed Indicator Device) and regular Community Speed Watch sessions.  BBLP have prioritised our TRO assessment, though unfortunately it coincided with the floods and subsequent road closure.  We are in discussions with ADL to find out where we go from here and will report further in due course.

And finally ...

Could you be a Parish Councillor?

Have you ever thought about standing as a Parish Councillor? Every 4 years every Councillor must step down and be re-elected by the community.  The latest local elections took place on Thursday 2nd May 2019, please have a look at our 'Meet the Council' page to read a little about each current member. 

The role of a Parish Council is to improve the quality of community life for their parish and its inhabitants.  They can:
  • Give views on behalf of their community on consultations, planning applications and other proposals that affect the parish;
  • Undertake projects and schemes that benefit local residents;
  • Work in partnership with other bodies to achieve benefits for the parish or alert them to problems or work that needs to be undertaken;
You can become a Parish Councillor if you are a citizen of the UK, EU or the Commonwealth, are over the age of 18 and if you are an elector in, work in, live in or live within 3 miles of the area of the local council.

Please note, however, you may not become a Parish Councillor if you hold a paid office, or other place of profit in the gift of the council; have been declared bankrupt in the past 5 years and have not repaid the debt; or have been convicted of a criminal offence in the past 5 years.

If you would like to find out more, please get in touch with our Clerk, Helen Tinson by email (as below) or telephone on 07989 066782.

SPECIAL - Please note that the B4224 between Hereford and Fownhope has suffered a collapse and the road is currently closed. The village is still accessible though, and all the local businesses are open and trading as usual. You can download a map showing the best routes into the village here

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