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Wiltshire Council pillar 2 COVID-19 test data

News Release from Wiltshire Council – 2nd July 2020

Wiltshire Council can confirm that as of 26 June, in the Wiltshire Council area there were 584 positive coronavirus tests confirmed through the Pillar 2 testing programme.

From the beginning of the pandemic to 26 June 2020 Wiltshire has had a total of 550 confirmed cases of Covid-19 through the Pillar 1 testing programme (NHS and Public Health England) and a total of 584 cases confirmed through the Pillar 2 testing programme (commercial providers) – giving a total of 1,134 cases.

In the last two weeks, the figure for Pillar 2 testing saw an increase from seven positive cases to nine, an extremely low number.

Kate Blackburn, Interim Director of Public Health at Wiltshire Council, said:  “With Pillar 1 and Pillar 2 data Wiltshire currently has an infection rate of 226.8 per 100,000 people. To put this into context, the rate across England is 425.8.

“I can reassure residents and businesses in Wiltshire that COVID-19 cases currently remain extremely low and a local lockdown is certainly not necessary. On a daily basis we review a number of different reports and data with our Public Health England colleagues. Should there be any issues there are alert systems in place.

“The most important thing we can do as a community at the moment is to stick to the national guidance around social distancing and maintain good hand hygiene.

“I would like to thank you for your continued support at this time.”

Professor Debra Lapthorne, Regional Director Public Health England South West & Regional Director of Public Health NHS England South West, said: “The number of new cases of coronavirus is under close, active surveillance across the country and small fluctuations day by day are to be expected. The increase in cases in some areas are mainly sporadic and are being uncovered as we scale up testing and contact tracing activity across the region. Importantly, the overall levels of coronavirus in the South West remain some of the lowest in the country. We’re working closely with all local authorities to prepare for and manage any potential local clusters and outbreaks and our epidemiological analysis will play an important role identifying if there is a significant sustained increase in the community.

“As we carefully emerge from lockdown, it is important now more than ever, that everyone in the South West continues to follow government advice on social distancing, self-isolation, wearing face coverings, and practicing good hand hygiene, in order to keep the number of new cases in the region on its way down. If you have a new continuous cough, a high temperature or a loss of, or change to your sense of smell or taste, stay at home and arrange a test immediately.”


Ends

Notes to editors:

Background information:

•           Arrange testing through the NHS website: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/testing-and-tracing/ask-for-a-test-to-check-if-you-have-coronavirus/

•           Apply for a coronavirus test on GOV.UK if you are an essential worker, including NHS or social care staff,  are asking for tests for the residents and staff of your care home or have a verification code from your employer: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus

•           Contact tracing complex cases through NHS Test and Trace blog: https://publichealthmatters.blog.gov.uk/2020/06/25/contact-tracing-complex-cases-through-nhs-test-and-trace/  

Coronavirus (COVID-19) cases in the UK data dashboard: https://coronavirus.data.gov.uk/  

Everleigh Parish Accounts 2019-2020

Everleigh Parish Council – Virtual Meeting Minutes 22nd June 2020

EVERLEIGH PARISH COUNCIL

 MINUTES OF PARISH COUNCIL MEETING HELD REMOTELY (via Zoom) on MONDAY 22 JUNE 2020

Chairman:     Cllr D Bottomley

Present:           Cllr K Wheeler-Mallows, Cllr J Jones, Cllr E Hudson, Cllr P Evans

                        and Cllr A Earle.

In Attendance: Mr P Gill (Parish Clerk) and Wilts Cllr I Blair-Pilling

1.         Explanation.  The Chairman explained that on 4th April 2020 the Government introduced The Local Authorities and Police and Crime Panels (Coronavirus) (Flexibility of Local Authority and Police and Crime Panel Meetings) (England and Wales) Regulations 2020 which allows local councils to meet remotely.  These regulations apply to meetings held before 7th May 2021. In order to meet the regulations, the following conditions must be satisfied. Members in remote attendance must be able: to hear, and where practicable see, and be so heard and, where practicable, be seen by, the other members in attendance, to hear, and where practicable see, and be so heard and, where practicable, be seen by, any members of the public entitled to attend the meeting in order to exercise a right to speak at the meeting, and to be so heard and, where practicable, be seen by any other members of the public attending the meeting.  He then explained the protocol for the meeting as follows:

The way of the public accessing the meeting was explained on the published agenda and that the same standards of behaviour are applied to this meeting as to physical meetings.

Those in attendance are asked to physically raise their hands when they wish to speak and to switch to mute when finished speaking.

The usual public participation session will take place including those written questions that have been submitted to the Clerk up to 48 hours before the meeting commenced.  Members of the public are reminded that the Council cannot make any decisions on matters that do not appear on the agenda.  If members of the public have questions about matters not on the agenda, they are requested to contact the Council outside of the meeting.  The meeting host may remove anyone from the meeting who is being intentionally disruptive, using offensive language or incessantly interrupting the meeting proceedings.

2.         Apologies:       None

3.         Disclosure of Interest.  None declared.

4.         Co-option.  No applications received.

5.         Minutes of the Parish Council Meeting held on 2nd March 2020. 

5.1       Previous Minutes.  Having reviewed the minutes of the Parish Council Meeting held on 2nd March 2020 Cllrs RESOLVED that minutes were a true record of the meeting and authorised the Chairman to sign the minutes. Action: Chairman & Clerk.

5.2       Matters Arising.

5.2.1 6.1 Green Infrastructure and Open Spaces Collaboration and Household Surveys. Cllr Bottomley reported that he had completed the Collaboration survey which the Clerk forwarded to Wilts Council.  A copy of the Household Survey was placed on the Village Website for householders to complete and return.  Wilts Cllr Blair-Pilling asked for a copy of the comments relating to Broadband issues which Cllrs Hudson & Wheeler-Mallows agreed to provide to him. Action: Cllrs Hudson and Wheeler-Mallows.

5.2.2 6.2 SSEN Customer & Community Advisor.   Cllr Bottomley reported that he and Cllr Wheeler-Mallows had attended a Collingbourne Ducis PC meeting on 5th March 2020 which was briefed by the SSEN advisor. The advisor explained her role and the assistance that SSEN could provide in the event of a major disruption to the electricity supply to the public in general and vulnerable people in particular.  The advisor encouraged vulnerable people to register with SSEN via its website or by completing a registration form.  Cllr Bottomley will advertise this capability in his next article for the Courier.                                       Action:  Cllr Bottomley.

5.2.3 Workplace Pensions.  Cllr Hudson reported on an action from the 6 Jan 2020 PC meeting in that she had run a new eligibility assessment to check if there are any eligible staff and made a re-declaration in May.  The next check is due in May 2023.            

6.         General Public.  No questions asked.

7.         County Cllr Report.  Wilts Cllr Blair-Pilling reported the following:

COVID 19 Matters.  ‘R’ factor in SW.  Appears high, but influenced by Bristol and Weston Super Mare and is extra sensitive to changes as overall infection rate is substantially lower than other areas i.e. small local increase can have disproportionate effect on ‘R’.

Our Communities – Well done to all our communities for stepping up and looking after those in need among us.  Each community has approached it differently.  Our Community Engagement Manager (Richard Rogers) has been helping to develop a GIS based index of all the community support available across the Authority and assures me that all of our patch is covered, and continues to update it.  You can find everything you may want to know about what is happening and what help may be available in our Authority at http://wiltshire.gov.uk/public-health-coronavirus.

Workforce – The Council has hugely reconfigured its workforce to focus on the additional tasks while working from home. Nearly 5000 people working remotely.  Plans are in hand for some staff to return to work in hubs, but this will be a significantly reduced proportion (<50%).

Support to Businesses – The Council has redeployed staff to develop and operate systems to enact the various measures that Government and the Council have made available.  We have distributed £80+M worth of grants 6.5K businesses.  Now in process of calling for bids for £5M of discretionary grants aimed at those businesses who have not qualified so far on previous schemes.  Bidding closes tonight.  Fewer than anticipated applications, so allocations may be greater.

Finances – We are in a perfect storm of increasing requirements and costs and reducing income and savings caused by the COVID 19 crisis.  Dependent on a number of factors the gap is projected to be between £18M and £50M in this FY year. We have to understand what the financial deal between central and local government is and cut our cloth accordingly.  The Council is restructuring itself to focus on the workstreams associated with recovery: community resilience, health and well-being, economic sustainability, care safeguarding and education & partner organisations’ internal recovery plans.  Within this is a proposal to change soon to a single Chief Executive to provide greater focus. 

Decision making.  From the declaration of the major incident officers have operated under Wilts & Swindon LRF at required tempo and made decisions accordingly.  CEOs have submitted a COVID 19 Update and financial position report including of all decisions to Cabinet and this was accepted at full Council last week along with a revised Capital programme – essentially deferring some of capital spend to next year.  In the recovery phase (starting now) Wilts Council takes the lead separate from Swindon

Current issues:

HRCs –open from Monday 18 May. Initially physical queues with daily allocations split into 2 halves by post codes. Now using a web based booking system. Non IT users can book through customer services. Increasing range of items accepted, but need to check what and how, i.e. limitations on users.

Meetings – We are now reasonably well versed with how to run our democratic system remotely moving rapidly to Microsoft Teams. 

Schools – Decisions are with School leadership and parents.  Council doing all it can to assist. e.g. access distancing and risk assessment.

Safer places –– CATG staff focussed on plans and implementation to make high footfall locations and cycle routes safer, in terms of distancing and separation.

Also focussing on:

Overview and assurance of PPE etc

Care Home resilience, provide finance support, risk assess financial sustainability & assist with staffing and PPE

Local Outbreak Control Plan in support of national test, trace and contain service

Prep for future waves.

Parish Matters.   The flooding issue at Lower Everleigh is well understood. Wilts County Officer Mr D Everitt is content for the work to be done, the cost of which is estimated at £2K.  However, there are currently no funds available from CATG to finance this work.  Cllr Wheeler-Mallows asked for a design and if it would be possible for the residents of Lower Everleigh to carry out the work.  Wilts Cllr Blair-Pilling agreed to get answers to these questions.                                                                     Action: Wilts Cllr Blair-Pilling.

8.         Police Report.  PCSO A Jones reported the following recorded crimes by email

.           Criminal Damage.

25/05/2020 – Everleigh – Unknown male has damaged IP swimming pool.

Vehicle related crimes

31/05/2020 – Everleigh – Vehicle crashed into a tree, 5 x males exited the vehicle and made off into the woods. 

9.         Correspondence.  Having considered a previously circulated New Code of Conduct Consultation and comments made by Cllr Bottomley via email Cllrs RESOLVED to support Cllr Bottomley’s view that this revised model is comprehensive with the same 7 core principles and it captures the key standards, qualities and behaviour expected of local councillors.  However, he was to wait until 1st August before responding to the consultation in order to give Cllrs a further opportunity to make comment. 

Action:  Cllr Bottomley

.10.      Planning.  No applications received.   

11.       Property. 

11.1   Grass Cutting.  Cllr Wheeler-Mallows reported that J Bowen is up to date with                 the grass cutting contract and doing a good job of it.  He will continue to monitor the cutting.                                                                                 Action:  Cllr Wheeler-Mallows.

11.2    Play Area.  Cllr Wheeler-Mallows reported that the play area is in good order and that there were no areas of concern at this time. However, the equipment remains out of bounds due to COVID 19 transmission concerns.  Cllrs RESOLVED that Cllr Wheeler-Mallows was to monitor government advice with a view to bringing the equipment back into use as soon as it is safe to do so.                                      Action:  Cllr Wheeler-Mallows.

11.3   Streetscene Minor WorksCllr Wheeler-Mallows stated that there were no outstanding issues or works.  However due to an administrative error on the part of Wilts Council a road sweeper had turned up at Lower Everleigh without any prior notice and consequently a number of parked cards had to be swept round.      

Action Cllr Wheeler-Mallows.

11.4   ISO Container.    Cllr Wheeler-Mallows reported that the ISO Container had been moved but may need to be moved again which he will arrange with the Farmer. 

                                                                                    Action:  Cllr Wheeler-Mallows.

12.       Finance.

12.1    The Clerk presented a bank reconciliation and current liquidity statement as follows:

12.1.1   Balance at Lloyds CA (statement date 1 Jun 20) £6873.49

12.1.2   Reconciled Balance as at 22 Jun 20 £6462.24

Members noted the statements but had no comment at this time.

12.2    Having reviewed the effectiveness of the internal audit in line with the guidance set out in the “Practitioners’ Guide” and noted the subsequent report submitted by the Internal Auditor the Cllrs RESOLVED that the internal audit was effective and to note the Internal Auditor’s report and Page 4 of the Annual Governance and Accountability Return (AGAR) for FY 19/20.          The Chairman agreed to write to Mr Keith Cockerton to thank him for carrying out the duties of Internal Auditor.    Action:  Chairman

12.3   Having considered the AGAR Sect 1 – Annual Governance Statement for FY ended 31st March 2020 Cllrs RESOLVED to approve the statement and authorised the Chairman to sign it.         Action:  Chairman

12.4 Having considered the AGAR Sect 2 – Accounting Statements for the FY ended 31st March 2020 Cllrs RESOLVED to approve the Accounting Statements, authorised the Chairman to sign them and to congratulate the Clerk on his keeping of the accounts.

                                                                                                Action:  Chairman

12.5  Having considered the AGAR criteria to allow the Council to certify itself as exempt from a Limited Assurance Review and having noted the advice of the Internal Auditor .Cllrs RESOLVED to certify the Council as exempt from a Limited Assurance Review (Certificate of Exemption AGAR Part 2) which negates the need for the accounts to be sent to the External Auditor.                                                                    Action:  Clerk

12.6 Having reviewed the risk assessment and insurance levels for FY 20/21 and agreed the Risk Register Cllrs RESOLVED that the Risk Register was appropriate.

12.7   Having considered appointing an Internal Auditor for FY 20/21 Cllrs RESOLVED to appoint Mr Keith Cockerton.        Action:  Clerk

12.8   Authorise cheques for payment and those cheques issued since last meeting or presented for payment.

            12,8.1 D Bottomley (Lawn Mower Fuel 14 Mar 20) £28.01 (VAT £4.67)

            12.8.2 D Bottomley (Flyer Printing 25 Mar 20) £20.00

12.8.3 BACS WALC (Annual Subs 1 Apr 20) £81.02 (VAT £13.50)

12,8.4 BACS Community First (Insurance 1 Jun 20) £294.22

12,8.4 673 D Bottomley (Lawnmower Fuel 23 May 20) £21.83 (VAT £3.64)       12.9   12.9 Note payments Received

                 12.9.1  Precept – £3647.58

12.9.2  VAT Reclaim – £260.40

                        Members noted receipt of the payments.

12.10 Having considered the list of authorised Bank Signatories Members RESOLVED that Cllrs Bottomley, Hudson, Jones, and Wheeler-Mallows be the authorised Bank Signatories.

12.11 Having reviewed the current Standing Orders Members RESOLVED that the Standing Orders were appropriate.

12.12 Having reviewed the current Financial Regulations Members RESOLVED that the amended Financial Regulations were appropriate.

13.      Village Events.

13.1 Village Litter Pick.  Cllr Bottomley reported that the Litter Pick took place on Saturday 7th March 2020 and thanked the 11 volunteers who took part and collected 18 bags of rubbish.  Everleigh is certainly looking a lot cleaner as a result of the litter Pick.

13.2 Other Events.      

13.2.1  The Village Summer Party planned for 11th July has been cancelled due to COVID 19.

13.2.2  In light of this cancellation Cllrs RESOLVED that an adjustment be made to the budget to transfer the £200.00 allocated to the Summer Party to The Everleigh Village Centre Project.         Action: Clerk

13.2.3   Although the Harvest Festival and Carol Service are not Council led events nonetheless the Council does play a major part in their organisation.  However, it will be a matter for the organisers to decide if the events go ahead as scheduled on Sat 10 Oct and Sat 5 Dec respectively.  The Cllrs agreed to review these events at the next council Meeting on 8 September.             Action:  Chairman

13.2.4 It was proposed to conduct another Village Litter Pick this year, in the Autumn.  Date options will be circulated by e-mail.  Action:  Cllr Bottomley.

14.       Marlborough Road Speed Limit.  Cllr Bottomley reported that the implementation of speed limit change to Marlborough Road has been delayed due to the Covid-19 situation.  Future timelines are not yet known.                                       Action: Cllr Bottomley.

15.       Rights of Way.   Cllr Bottomley reported that he had circulated by email a 2nd DRAFT of the Avon Valley Walking Group (AVWG) leaflet for our Parish Boundary Walk with explanatory comments.  In summary this DRAFT incorporates our comments although the script has been rationalised in order to fit the limitations of the designer’s template.  Councillors have been asked to comment by 1st July 2020.                            Action: All/ Cllr Bottomley

16.       Date of Next Meeting: The date of the next meeting was confirmed as 7.00 pm on Tuesday 8th September 2020.

Meeting closed at 20.21pm

Signed:                                                                                     date:

Name:

Chairman

Everleigh Parish Council – Virtual Meeting 22nd June 2020

Dear Sir/Madam

I hereby give you notice that the next Meeting of the above named Parish Council will be held remotely (VIA ZOOM) on 22 June at 7.00pm 2020.

All members of the Council are hereby summoned to attend for the purpose of considering and resolving upon the business to be transacted at the meeting as set out hereunder. Councillors should join the meeting at least 5 minutes before the meeting is due to start.

Members of Public who wish to attend this meeting are to notify the Clerk at philip.gill101@ntlworld at least 48 hours before the meeting in order that the Clerk can issue meeting joining instructions.

Members of the Public who wish to ask questions regarding items on the agenda are to notify the Clerk in writing at philip.gill101@ntlworld.com at least 48 hours before the meeting. 

Dated this 16 June 2020.

Signed:             Philip Gill

                        Clerk

Agenda

  1. Explanation.  To explain why the meeting is being held remotely and protocols for the meeting.      .
  • Record any Apologies for absence
  • Declaration of Interest in Items on the Agenda and Granting of Dispensations To receive any Declarations of Interest on any agenda item to be discussed and to consider dispensation requests.
  • Co-option.  Consider applications received.
  • Minutes of Previous Meetings. 
    • To confirm and signthe minutes of the Parish Council Meeting   held on 2 March 2020.
    • Matters Arising.
  • General Public.  To take questions.
  • County Cllr Report.  To consider report from County Cllr
  • Police Report.  To consider report.
  • .  
    • New Model Code of Conduct Consultation.  To consider response.

10.       PlanningTo considerthe Planning Applications as received from Wiltshire County.

11.       Property.  To receive a report and consider any necessary action

11.1     Grass Cutting.  To receive update. Lead: Cllr Wheeler-Mallows.

     11.2     Play Area.  To receive update. Lead: Cllr Wheeler-Mallows.

                     11.3     Street Scene Minor Works.  To receive update. Lead: Cllr Wheeler-Mallows.

        11.4     ISO Container.  To receive update.  Lead: Cllr Wheeler-Mallows.

12.       Finance:

12.1     To receive Current Liquidity statement and bank reconciliation. 

12.2     To receive Internal Auditor’s Report and review effectiveness of internal audit.  

12.3     To consider and approve of the Annual Governance Statement for FY 2019/20.

12.4     To consider and approve Accounting Statements for FY 19/20.

12.5     To approve the Certification of Exemption from a Limited Assurance Review for FY 19/20.

12.6     To review risk assessment and insurance levels.

12.7     To appoint Internal Auditor for FY 20/21.

12.8     To authorise cheques for payment and those cheques issued since last meeting.

            12,8.1 D Bottomley (Lawn Mower Fuel 14 Mar 20) £28.01 (VAT £4.67)

            12.8.2 D Bottomley (Flyer Printing 25 Mar 20) £20.00

12.8.3 BACS WALC (Annual Subs 1 Apr 20) £81.02 (VAT £13.50)

12,8.4 BACS Community First (Insurance 1 Jun 20) £294.22

12,8.4 673 D Bottomley (Lawnmower Fuel 23 May 20) £21.83 (VAT £3.64)

            12.8.5 674 P Gill (Clerk’s Salary & Expense 9 June 20) £311.62

12.8.6 675 HMRC (Clerk’s PAYE TBC 9 Jun 20) £77.80

            12.9.    To note payments received

12.9.1    Precept £3647.58

12.9.2    VAT Reclaim £ 260.40

12.10    To confirm list of signatories on accounts.

12.11   To consider appropriateness of Standing Orders.

12.12   To consider appropriateness of amended Financial Regulations.

13.       Village Events.

             13.1      Village Litter Pick.  To receive post event report.  Lead:  Cllr Bottomley

13.2     Other Events.

13.2     To receive report on cancellations.

13.3     To make amendments to the budget in light of cancellations.

14.       A342 & Marlborough Road Speed Limits.  To receive an update on the Speed Limit Review on the A342 & Marlborough Roads.  Lead: Cllr Bottomley.

15.      Rights of Way.  To receive an update.  Lead:  Cllr Bottomley.

16.      Date of Future Meetings. Confirm the date of next meeting as Tuesday 8 September 2020.

Note:  Members are reminded that the Council has a general duty to consider the following matters in the exercise of any of its functions:  Crime & Disorder, Equal Opportunities (race, gender, sexual orientation, marital status and any disability), Freedom of Information, Health & Safety and Human Rights.

Book your trip to the tip

HOUSEHOLD RECYCLE CENTRES

All 10 of Wilts Council Household Recycle Centres (HRCs) are now open, with access controlled by an online booking system in order to limit numbers on site to enable social distancing.

Details are at http://www.wiltshire.gov.uk/household-recycling-centres. Bookings may be made up to 3 days in advance and 2 visits per month are permitted.

Opening times for each HRC vary; our local HRCs are open as follows:

  • Amesbury + Marlborough: 9am-4pm; Mon, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun.  Closed Tue + Wed
  • Devizes: 9am-4pm; Mon, Tue, Wed, Sat, Sun.; Closed Thu + Fri.

Residents may be asked for proof of address, eg driving licence, council tax bill.

Postcode Entry for Recycling Centres

All of Wiltshire’s household recycling centres (HRCs), bar Stanton St Quintin, will reopen on Monday 18 May with an easy to use postcode entry system to system to help limit the number of people on site at any time and ensure social distancing.

See attached for when your post code can visit HRCs.

People will only be allowed entry to visit Wiltshire’s HRCs on the days that correspond to the first part of their postcode.

For example, if their postcode starts in BA12, they can only visit the sites on Monday 18 May, Wednesday 20 May, and so on, as detailed in the table on the council’s website.

People can visit any Wiltshire site they choose, so while people are limited by the days they can attend, they can visit any Wiltshire HRC on these days. Residents are reminded to check the opening times before setting off as all of the sites have different opening times. People may be asked to provide a proof of address in order to use the household recycling centre.

Journeys to HRCs should only be undertaken if waste or recycling cannot be stored at home safely or disposed of safely by other means, this includes kerbside recycling collections and the bulky waste collections service. Residents are able to leave additional recycling at the kerbside provided it is separated properly and placed in sturdy containers. People can find out more by visiting http://www.wiltshire.gov.uk/rubbish-and-recycling.

To keep staff and residents safe, there are a significant number of changes in place to ensure social distancing at all HRCs. These changes include:
• Visitors must keep at least two metres from others at all times
• Only one person allowed on bin access steps at any one time
• Visits are restricted to one person per car
• No entry for trailers or large vans over 3.5 tonnes
• The number of parking spaces on each site will be significantly reduced, with vehicles allowed on site on a ‘one in, one out’ basis.
• There will be no pedestrian access
• HRCs cannot accept soil, rubble, plasterboard, textiles or asbestos during this initial reopening phase
• Don’t bring recyclable materials that can be collected through the council’s kerbside recycling collection service

Wiltshire household recycling centres to reopen

Most of Wiltshire’s 10 household recycling centres (HRCs) in Wiltshire will reopen for essential waste only from Monday 18 May.

Due to the limits on the number of vehicles on site, Stanton St Quintin HRC will remain closed until further notice. All other HRCs will have different opening hours from usual, therefore it is advised that residents check before they travel. Full details on opening times at each HRC will be available later in the week.

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