Following the coronavirus pandemic, local government is facing a number of significant financial, economic and service delivery challenges. That, combined with the anticipated Government White Paper on the reorganisation of local government, has presented the opportunity to review potential options for reorganisation; in fact, there has not been a better opportunity since 1974 to review how our local government could best be shaped to serve our fast-changing community life.
Both Warwick and Stratford-on-Avon District Councils are committed to improving their services for the residents of South Warwickshire and are investigating joint working and shared services. Management roles in ICT and Neighbourhood Services are already being shared across the two councils, as is the prospect of a joint Local Plan for our communities, to secure long-term benefits.
Combining our waste collection under one contract, is the next service to be proposed for joint working by both councils. The contracts for both councils finish around the same time, which presents an opportunity to review procuring a combined service across the whole of South Warwickshire, serving 126,000 households.
A new contract would focus on achieving both environmental and financial benefits; encouraging residents to increase their household recycling, reduce residual waste and reduce the cost of treating and disposing of rubbish. In addition, it will support the ambition of both councils to achieve carbon-neutral status for their districts by 2030.
Stratford and Warwick District Councillors will consider a number of options for the new waste collection contract at their respective council meetings, in Stratford District on 9 November and in Warwick District on 18 November. These options will cover the following:
1. The impact of not changing the current waste collection contracts
2. Moving to a 3-weekly collection of residual waste to encourage further recycling
3. Investigate the introduction of a separate food waste collection
Andrew Day, Leader, Warwick District Council comments:
“Working together we can enhance our waste management services. We’re keen to get a good value contract, but also to create a service that makes it easier to do the right thing for our environment. Focused on the future of South Warwickshire, we’ve joined forces to help shape a more sustainable way of life that will benefit us all.”
Tony Jefferson, Leader, Stratford-on-Avon District Council comments:
“A new joint waste contract provides the ideal opportunity to achieve best value for money and help us move towards the achievement of climate change goals. This provides an ideal opportunity to demonstrate how working together can deliver real and substantial benefits for the residents of South Warwickshire.”
You may or may not be aware of the planned development by BARWOOD LAND on the east side of Kenilworth in an area called Thickthorn.
Barwood Land are just about to start the process of consultation about the development and over the next few days or so there will be consultation leaflets delivered within the area affected , however if you what to know more you can by going to
Your say is really important and Barwood land our anxious to get your views with regards to the development and it is your opportunity to help shape it before they seek full planning approval.
Following a number of SCAM incidents in our area which has cost the victims a considerable amount of money our local police have issued the following guidance .
Please share it particularly if you have elderly of vulnerable family members
DONT GET CAUGHT !!!
A new testing centre for Warwick District opened its doors on Wednesday 21 October 2020. The facility which is located on Court Street in South Leamington, will be available to local residents who have booked a COVID-19 test in advance by visiting the NHS website or calling 119.
The site will take advance appointments both to those arriving on foot or by car and is part of an ongoing drive to improve accessibility for testing in the district.
Those being tested will be required to follow public health measures, including social distancing, not travelling by taxi or public transport, washing their hands thoroughly before and after and wearing a face covering throughout, including travelling to and from the testing unit.
Anyone attending an appointment will be provided with guidance on getting to and from the test site safely. Testing is available for everyone, with additional support for vulnerable groups and people with disabilities.
Warwick District Council’s Portfolio Holder for Health and Community Protection Councillor Judy Falp commented;
“With coronavirus cases on the rise, I am making an urgent plea for anyone with symptoms; a new continuous cough, high-temperature or loss or change in the sense of taste and smell, to get a test to help stop the spread of the virus and protect family and friends around them. This new facility in Leamington Spa is part of the national test and trace initiative and will play a crucial part in managing the virus in our area, preventing lockdowns and saving lives.”
Warwickshire County Council’s Portfolio Holder for Adult Social Care and Health, Councillor Les Caborn added;
"The new Covid-19 testing centre in Leamington Spa is an important step forward in increasing the county's capacity to test for the virus. Right now, more than ever it's essential for anyone with symptoms of the virus to get a test as soon as they can and to self-isolate until they get their results."
IT IS IMPORTANT THAT YOU DONT JUST TURN UP AS THEY WILL NOT BE ABLE TO HELP AND YOU MUST BOOK IN ADVANCE
There is a new NETFLIX scam emerging via e mail and it looks like this .....
You have received 1 year of free Netflix
Hi (YOUR NAME),
We're celebrating 4 years of launching our service globally and are giving away free subscriptions for a year.
Just create a free account and start enjoying the world's largest selection og TV shows and movies.
Start WatchingYour subscription will include:
Email Sign up
1 screen at a time
Free trial (1 year)
Confirm identity with credit card
Put in in your SPAM box, Netflix do not work this way and the organisation sending out the invite is bogus, they of course want you personal and credit card details.
Don't get caught out
All blogs are written or edited by Cllr Pam Redford & Cllr Trevor Wright