There’s some welcome news for businesses across the district, as the latest round of Government grants announced in December are now available to apply for through Warwick District Council.
These new grants, are one-off payments of up to £6000 aimed at supporting rated eligible businesses in the hospitality and leisure sector affected by the Omicron variant, those eligible for payment include, but are not limited to:
· Public Houses/Restaurants/cafes
· Cinemas/Theatres/Tourist attractions/Night clubs
· Hotels/B+Bs/Holiday homes
As this is a new scheme with new eligibility criteria, the Council is encouraging businesses falling within the hospitality, leisure and accommodation categories to check the terms and conditions and submit an application as soon as possible.
Councillor Jan Matecki, Portfolio Holder for Homes, Health and Wellbeing, said:
“This is possibly a final opportunity for hospitality and leisure businesses who were affected by restrictions and fall in custom, particularly over the festive season to receive the support they need to get them back up and running.”
“These are grants, not loans and can be applied for in a safe and secure way. Thousands of businesses have already benefitted through the previous schemes the Council has administered, with more than £55 million distributed to local organisations.”
“I would urge all businesses in this sector to take five minutes to check they’re eligible and get their application to us.”
Applications will close strictly at 5pm on 21 February 2022, due to the enhanced checks that are needed the Council is unable to accept applications after this time.
Full details including the application form can be found at
Warwick District Council has launched a new fund for community groups and not-for-profit organisations in Warwick district that are supporting vulnerable people during the ongoing pandemic.
Grants of up to £3,000 are available to those organisations that are recovering or adapting their service to provide vital support in the community, tackling issues such as loneliness and isolation and delivering support for mental health or financial hardship.
In addition, the fund will also look to support events, projects and initiatives aimed at community commemoration, remembering those who have lost their lives or suffered during the pandemic.
Councillor Judy Falp, Cabinet member for Community Protection, said: “The pandemic has demonstrated the vital work that our local support groups and organisations provide for our communities, but it’s also had a detrimental impact on their finances.
“I would encourage as many organisations as possible to come forward and apply for this funding, and I thank them for the continued service they have provided to the most vulnerable in our district.”
Full details of the scheme, including eligibility criteria and how to apply, can be found at
Cllr pam redford & Cllr Trevor Wright's statement to the wdc planning committee re: The gigafactory
Members of the planning committee you have before you a monumental application in both terms of size, production technology, environmental challenges, and public opinion.
Whilst I understand the economic and employment advantages to a Gigafactory, there has also to be a consideration of the effect a facility of this size has on the local residents and their living environment, such as noise, and light pollution, air quality, traffic issues and the destruction of their once quite village. Not just for the time of the construction period but forward into the future with HGV’s a constant noise issue for a facility that will be a 24/7 process. “You saw for yourselves on Saturday just how close to Baginton this facility would be.
This new technology is in its exceedingly early stages. Lithium is a hazardous material and presents a new challenge to Fire Services, not just in the UK but across the world. A range of hazards can be realised if the lithium-ion batteries become unstable through overheating, crushing or penetration. it is combustible and reactive and may ignite in air, poisonous gases are produced in fire and containers may explode in fire. Other hazards can include high velocity directional flame, toxic gases and explosive vapour clouds – caused by a phenomenon known as “thermal runaway”. A battery Gigafactory in Australia burned for 3 days, releasing all the aforementioned hazards into the environment, clearly a serious potential heath and safety issue. These fires cannot be extinguished at the present time, they can only be controlled and left to burn out whilst protecting surrounding risks.
There are approximately 8-10 facility such as this proposed Gigafactory around the world; all of which are sited, in the main, in remote places with little or no local homes or other employment sites surrounding them. I question that a facility such as this should be sited on the very edge of a small local village.
This Council is heavily committed to the Climate Emergency and Green policies. For those of us who wish for a greener environment I ask you to consider the energy required to power such a facility, not just in its development stages, but into the future. Remember the rule of unintended consequences!
Moving on to the end user – at this precise moment there is none. Can we seriously consider a huge Gigafactory without a company ready and willing to take this project forward. Will we be left once again with a huge white elephant as in the JLR site just along the road from this site?
The factory will be a 24/7 operation. Whilst I recognise there will be encouragement for employees to use sustainable transport and cycleways these things take time to develop.
Car users are in some cases reluctant to forgo their cars, so the sustainable transport aspirations may be seriously undermined. The village would then be left in a worst case scenario.
There are too many unknowns at this time and certainly some very serious health and safety issue to be considered and addressed
For the reasons I have mentioned and for the many other objections heard this evening we cannot at this time support this application for outlined planning consent.
Cllr Pam Redford & Cllr Trevor Wright
For more information go to
Severn Trent are really proud to have partnered with Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games as its Official Nature & Carbon Neutral Supporter. Together we’ll assist their pledge to leave a carbon-neutral legacy - because when we look after nature, it benefits your water too!
To help maximise the legacy of the partnership, we are temporarily refocusing the Community Fund in spring 2022 to specifically support projects that help communities all across the Severn Trent region reduce carbon and care for nature.
Non-profit organisations and local community groups with an income of less than £500,000 (averaged over the last 3 years) will be able to apply for a grant of £5,000, £10,000 or £20,000 to support any new community project linking to one or more of the following themes - green spaces, recycling and making the most of resources and water saving heroes. Organisations from across the Severn Trent region will be eligible to apply for support for their new project idea.
In March 2022 our independent Community Fund Customer Panel will review and shortlist the projects. The finalists will then go to a public vote in April with successful projects being awarded in May 2022.
They are also holding a number of funding workshops throughout January & February which will take you through more of the detail and you can apply to attend via the link below
Gigafactory outline planning permission
As you may know Cllr Pam Redford & Cllr Trevor Wright have been monitoring and discussing the situation with both developers and local people for well over a year now and on Tuesday 11 January 2022 an application for outline planning permission is being presented to the Warwick District Council Planning Committee.
We have made our views very clear in the last 12 months and Cllr Pam Redford will be making representations of behalf of both herself and Cllr Trevor Wright.
The meeting will be broadcasted live via YouTube and you can access it by following this link
We have raised an objection and issued a number of supporting statements all of which (along with other details)can be found here
Finally we will issue our statement that will be made to the planning committee following the meeting tonight and please be assured our commitment to supporting our community remains resolute.
All blogs are written or edited by Cllr Pam Redford & Cllr Trevor Wright