Cllr Laurence Marshall responds to Chief Constable
Keith Bristow the new Chief Constable of Warwickshire Police wrote to Cllr Laurence Marshall asking for his views on policing in the area.
In his capacity as one of our District Councillors, Laurence Marshall responded to the Chief Constable:
Dear Chief Constable,
Many thanks for your letter of 21st July.
Following my election to office in May, I wrote to Chief Inspector Chris Ward outlining the policing concerns of residents within the Henley Ward and only last week met with him to discuss matters in more detail. I also wrote to him following this meeting to summarise the matters we had discussed.
In brief, the main concerns were about so called low level petty crime and anti social behaviour and the effectiveness and lack of powers for CSO’s in dealing with the problem.
This feeling of neglect or perception of ‘policing on the cheap’ was born out by the fact that we had been without a beat officer for such a long time and one of the effects of some of the anti social behaviour and often incorrectly termed ‘low level’ crime, was that certain sections of the community, such as the old, were afraid to go out of their homes and past the gangs of youths that frequently hang around at the bottom of Beaudesert Lane.
Chief Inspector Ward has given me details of the new proposed powers for CSO’s and has now placed PC Simon Bennett in the town as temporary cover for our beat officer who is not available due to restricted duties. He has also promised to have a look at the visual appearance of the police station on the High Street and agreed that a mere lick of paint would at least give the appearance that this focal point of our historical town has not been abandoned.
All is not doom and gloom though and on a positive note it is true to say that there is generally excellent community support for the police service and the difficulties they face with limited resources. However, in this upside down world of targets and league tables it sometimes feels that communities are penalised for not having enough crime when in fact all we want is our fair share of service for what we pay in council tax.
Many thanks for getting in touch with me, I congratulate you on your new appointment and look forward to meeting you in the near future.
Ward Member for Henley
Let District Councillor Laurence Marshall know if there are any other concerns about policing in Henley and he will make certain that they are passed on to the Chief Inspector of Warwickshire Police. Email to: email@example.com
Henley Forest Football Club - World Cup Trip 2006
Following the the debacle of our failed world cup trip reported in an earlier edition I thought I would give you an update.
Despite lots of publicity we were not able to get tickets for any world cup games. We have as a club guaranteed that we will refund all 55 people who paid between £320 and £280(kids) for the trip. Pete Johnson, Chairman has said he will personally stand by any shortfall to the club.
To date we have received returns of our travel costs (Johnsons Coaches and Ferry), the ticket money is on its way back, and the hotel in Germany has agreed to make a 50 % refund. The coach in Germany Sorin Radu, has promised to pay the shortfall on the Hotel from his own funds. A number of refunds have been already been made to needy cases and the majority should be completed over the next two weeks.
So no individuals will be financially out of pocket and hopefully the club and Pete will eventually be fully reimbursed.
In terms of the problem with tickets, we have not been able to fully get to the bottom of what happened, but ours was one of a myriad of problems with tickets and FIFA have generally come under fierce criticism for the management of ticketing. They have now said that they will bring ticketing "back in house" for the next world cup in South Africa 2010.
We are satisfied that our contact in Germany acted in good faith and was let down by the arrangements between the German FA and FIFA.
Calls for JPC Election to be declared void
Last Week, Henley NEWS On-line reported on the election by the JPC of a new JPC councillor. Hayley, clerk to the JPC, in an excellent article explained that if ten voters do not demand an election the JPC may proceed to co-opt a new member.
We received a single letter supporting the actions of the JPC. The speed of response was truly amazing, being received within a few minutes of publication. Later that night, the Grumpy Old Man provided an alternative view claiming that the posters should have been displayed more prominently and that Henley NEWS On-line should have been used to publicise the vacancy. The JPC regularly uses Henley NEWS On-line to broadcast items of news to the community. On this occasion, they chose to adopt a more "covert" form of publicity.
The Grumpy Old Man, who is a resident and lives in the north of the town, has called for the election to be declared void.
Letters to the Editor
There is nothing new in selecting a councillor, mid term, by co-option. Your parish clerk has explained the procedure very accurately. The vacancy was advertised and the required number of residents did not request an election, therefore the JPC is free to appoint by co-option.
What the electorate should be aware of is that the whole cost of a by election has to be met by the parish. Co-option costs nothing.
Co-opt a Member?
I’ll advise Tony Blair to use the same tactics as the JPC.
When a JPC Member leaves for what ever reason. All the JPC has to do is put up notices and if no one declares an interest, it’s OK to co-opt a friend onto the council.
Where were the notices put up? Admittedly, I don’t look everywhere, but ‘easy to read’ and ‘eye catching’ as required by law cannot describe the ‘posters’ that were used to advertise this election. I haven’t seen any and I don’t know anyone who has either!
I would have thought Henley NEWS On-line would have been a suitable eye catching and potential easy to read medium for the notices to be posted on. And I’m convinced the Editor would have published the notices.
Is the JPC worried that a non sympathetic person may stand for election? Don’t worry I’m too busy to be a member, unless lots of residents want me to be !
May I suggest that the 2 week period is extended as Henley NEWS On-line was not used to disseminate the information.
Was it on the JPC website ? I cannot find it anywhere.
If you agree, can we start a petition? I have contacted Henley NEWS On-line and there is now a dedicated email for a petition. Please email your comments and name etc, demanding a proper and real election, to firstname.lastname@example.org I’m sure the editor will gladly gather everyone’s details and report on it.
May be, we are all supposed to scrutinize every lamp post or notice board in Henley, which may or may not have a JPC notice on it.
Where were the notices? Can the Clerk to the JPC tell me? I have looked at the JPC minutes but I cannot find the locations.
Henley Residents Association First Gala Day
This newly formed association will be holding a Gala Day on the playing field at Henley High School on Saturday 19th August from 12 noon until 4pm. Free attractions include a bouncy castle and fun obstacle course, face painting. There will be mini-fairground rides, refreshments, tombola, raffle, home produce stall, bric-a-brac and art auction.
A fancy dress competition with two classes aged 2 - 6 years, 7 years upwards will be judged on the day.
Some local organisations will have stands at this event. The town crier Gordon Trinder will open the event. Please come along and support what promises to be an enjoyable day!
Secretary Henley Residents Association
HENLEY – A Fair Trade Town?
The Joint Parish Council have agreed in principle to Henley adopting Fair Trade Status. A small group are working on this. If YOU would like to know more, pick up a leaflet at the back of St John’s Church.
Please also sign the petition on the table which will indicate that a significant number of fellow residents are serious about this important and worthwhile venture.
The Fair Trade website is at www.fairtrade.org.uk/
For more information ring John or Cilla Pudney on 797949.
Sizzling Results for JOHN EARLE’S July Auction!
On almost the hottest night of the year, Richard Abbey of John Earle & Son was pleased to hold John Earle & Son’s July Property Auction in Henley Golf and Country Club’s air-conditioned conference suite.
There was a substantial attendance for the six Lots on offer. Advertising for some six weeks in the Henley News had generated a high level of interest in the very varied Lots. A number of offers had been received from interested parties prior to the Auction but the clients had all instructed the properties were to be put forward for sale in the auction room as advertised.
Richard Abbey firstly offered ‘Sunnyholme’ on Henley High Street, a ground floor flat with large garden, which was also under the freehold of the building. Bidding started very slowly at £120,000 but competition from many parts of the room resulted in a very strong price of £179,000 being paid.
The second Lot was 695 Stratford Road, Shirley, a 1910 part derelict house with Planning Consent to allow construction of two large semi-detached houses. The bidding started at £200,000. Again the opening bidding was slow but very strong competition resulted in the gavel falling at £337,000.
Mr Abbey then offered the redevelopment site at 527 Tanworth Lane, Shirley where consent had been granted for a 2,700 sq ft house and with the site came a large three-car garage and two acre paddock. Mr Abbey invited bidding of around 500,000, receiving an opening bid of £250,000 and after 41 bids and strong competition towards the end, the gavel fell at an amazing £510,000.
The fourth Lot was just over seven acres by Reeves Green to the east of Berkswell. This was knocked down for £82,000, some £11,644 per acre. The second Lot, 0.12 acres, failed to make the reserve and negotiations are ongoing with interested parties at around £75,000.
The sixth Lot was a menage, some timber stables and small area of pastureland that adjoined Pickford House on Pickford Green Lane between Meriden and Coventry. After a slow start at £40,000 this Lot was eventually knocked down for a very creditable £100,000.
Peter Cornford of John Earle & Son was very well pleased with the results with all Lots that sold far exceeding the original expectations. This underlines that here is a strong and competitive market for unusual and interesting property and with extensive but well targeted marketing much interest can be created, thus giving vendors opportunity of obtaining the very best sale price with binding contract on the fall of the gavel in the auction room.
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Applicants should be around retirement age and have connections with Henley, Ullenhall or Wootton Wawen of around 5 years.
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Wildlife Society Visit Arrow Valley Country Park
Pete Burton talking to the group outside the park centre
On Tuesday 18th July, a party of 18 were shown around the Country Park by Pete Burton on a sunny evening. The park covers some 900 acres, which encompasses fields, wildflower meadows, woodland, willow beds, hedgerows, river and lake. Trees were purposely planted along the parts of the park that abutt roads, so that, even if you hear cars from time to time, you don’t see them.
Members of the Wildlife Society were surprised at the size of the park, so close to Redditch town. Events are held all year round for adults and youngsters and in the school holidays there are activities every day for children to join in. Just ring up the park to discover what is going to be on.
Osiers are grown for classes in basket weaving and the effluent from the Centre is processed organically via reed beds. Fishermen can arrange to fish in the River Arrow and we saw some large fish there. Kingfishers frequent the river, but were not seen that evening. Some areas have been set aside for woodland growing from trees planted by children to mark the millennium, but there are also some very old trees, such as one enormous oak, that occasioned discussion regarding its age of 300, 500 years or older.
A visit is strongly recommended, as the society members all enjoyed their most informative stroll.
Ullenhall Autumn Show - Saturday 2nd September
The show, which is jointly organised by the W.I. and the Gardening Club will soon be upon us, only a few weeks to go. You will find a copy of the show schedule on the village website at www.ullenhall.net. There’s something for everyone to have a go at: cakes, photographs, flowers, jam, crafts, vegetables, a variety of children’s classes and a class where MEN ONLY can show off their cookery skills. This was so successful last year that we hope it will be a permanent addition to the schedule. Recipes can also be found on the website along with hints and tips to improve your chances. There is also a Family Cup, which is awarded for the most points won by family members living at the same address
About three years ago, the sale of Barrells Hall and the estate generated a lot of interest both far and near and at the same time a book called “Barrells Hall -- from riches to ruin” was written by Andrew Craythorn. Sadly Andrew died two years ago, before reaching his full potential. Because he so loved Ullenhall, Andrew’s parents, John and Wendy have donated a beautiful silver rose-bowl to be presented annually at the Autumn Show. It will be known as the Craythorn Cup. Andrew was a very keen photographer and it is their wish that the rose-bowl be presented by the W.I. to the winner in Class 8 - photography.
Bring your entries along to the Village Hall between 9.30 am and 11.45 am on the day. The judging will then take place and the show opens at 2.30. There will be a bouncy castle for the children, and refreshments to tantalise your taste buds. Homemade cakes and beautiful hand-made cards will be for sale and Ann Runacres will be on hand to sell items from her unique patchwork and quilting collection. She might even show you how to make items for yourself!
There will also be the opportunity to buy plants and home -made cakes. Everyone is welcome to take part. Don’t be put off by the traditional image of a produce show; ours is informal and friendly. And if you are unable to take part this year, why not come down to the village hall in the afternoon and have a look at all the entries, have a cream tea and just enjoy the occasion; it may inspire you to have a go next year.
Village traditions are dying out so please support us and ensure that our Autumn Show continues to thrive. We would welcome donations of cakes to sell and for refreshments and also donations for the plant stall so please cook and garden for Ullenhall and if you are able to donate anything please contact Alison Pigdon, on 01564 793197, Ann Runacres on 01564 797970 or Boz Davies on 01564 793248.
History of Henley series continues
Jonathan Dovey has written to say that he has returned to Henley and will be continuing his very popular series about historical events in and around Henley for Henley NEWS On-line.
He is currently chasing some documents from the Public Records Office for a forthcoming History of Henley piece. Jonathan has also suggested that he would be pleased to answer readers' questions on any aspect of Henley's History.
Please send your questions to email@example.com
Jonathan has also agreed to check the pages of the Henley Gateway website for historical accuracy so that it can be the most historically authoritive website for Henley.
Am I Missing Something?
What a great nation we are for debates. New Labour introduced the “Great Debate” last year in order to find out what the nation wanted. Pardon me but the government is composed of people, people who are supposed to be leading, surely what they want we want – simple as that.
The Thames Water scandal revealed that their customers are being treated very badly. In a set-up where the Directors are drawing millions of pounds into their own pockets we have leaks of millions of gallons a day, hosepipe bans and for this the customers face an increase in their payments. All this is awful enough but Thames Water customers are asked to report their neighbours if they see them using a hosepipe. Given the country of origin of the people in charge “a leopard never changes its spots” is what came to my mind.
Then there is the scenario of English football fans in Germany featured on a TV News programme. “Oh they are well behaved and in good humour” twitters the presenter. All I could see was half dressed sweaty drunks chanting deep-throated aggression, even singing our national anthem in appropriately. If that is good behaviour, what is bad behaviour?
The great maternity debate continues and infinitum. Elderly women giving birth with assistance from a medic who wants “ to make people happy”. Does he know about the demands of infanthood? On the other side of the coin we have young single mothers coping without a father. Where are the single fathers? Swigging litres of beer in Germany no doubt. To add to the blame game we have young women working to get themselves and their partners on the property ladder. Oh dear, tut tut, they are leaving it too late!
Young David Cameron has caused a furore with his proposal for all women lists. How naff, how New Labour, what an insult to women who are capable of holding their own in the political arena. Are Patricia Hewitt, Margaret Beckett and Ruth Kelly likely to win Tony many votes?
Our own grown Bench Debate rumbles on with people asking why don’t THEY do something. I don’t blame the police for this dilemma, the question is whom do I blame? Suggestions gratefully received.
Perhaps I am qualifying to be a grumpy old woman. If so it must be the influence of my favourite TV programme “Grumpy Old Men” about which I have no grumbles!
Irene Robinson - Senior Correspondent
Winter gritters see summer action
A fleet of ten winter gritters are available for action in Warwickshire in a bid to prevent damage to the county’s highways during the current heatwave.
Yesterday there was a delivery of a further 20 tonnes of specialist `cracker dust’ to be spread on roads which start to show signs of damage as a result of the high temperatures.
The fine dust, delivered from Gloucestershire, was used on the A423 at Marton, the B4027 at Brinklow, the B4455 at Princethorpe and the A4189 Henley Road.
Tony Iwanikiw, County Highways Network Team Manager, said: “We have a fleet of ten gritters on standby for use around the county. At the moment they have only been needed on roads in high use that have recently undergone surface dressing. We will be monitoring the situation closely and send the gritters where they are needed.”
New e-newsletter to highlight county’s past
An online newsletter with features as diverse as the county’s nineteenth century criminals, George Eliot’s letters or how the Roman lady applied her make up has been launched.
Warwickshire Reports, Warwickshire County Council’s local studies newsletter, has been officially launched with the inaugural edition highlighting the history, culture and rich archaeological tradition of the area.
Warwickshire Reports has a feature showing online visitors where to go to see if their ancestors had a criminal record. The Calendar of Prisoners database contains records of those held in the county prisons for trial at the Courts of Assize and the Quarter Sessions held in Warwick. It also points users in the direction of the contemporary local media to see the press cuttings of their ‘villainous’ forefathers.
Elsewhere, Warwickshire Reports features the displays of archaeological finds in the county’s museums. A bronze pestle and mortar which dates back to around 100 AD and was used by Roman women to grind their cosmetics is showcased.
Other features include information on funding to preserve the George Eliot letters held in Nuneaton library and news on the county’s subscription to a website that will be of great help to the thousands of people researching their family histories.
Councillor Colin Hayfield, portfolio holder for Adult and Community Services, said: “We are really pleased with the launch of this newsletter. We hope that it is a great help to the many people interested in Warwickshire’s past and that it will also attract many more people to finding out about the county’s, or their own, history.”
Warwickshire Reports will be published bi-annually and is available online by following the link www.warwickshire.gov.uk/localstudies
Be safe this summer - barbeque fire safety
Now that the warm, light evenings are with us and the smell of barbecues is in the air, County Fire Officer, William Brown, is issuing a timely warning.
“We are currently experiencing some delightful weather and it is natural to want to go outdoors and enjoy it with family and friends.
By following some simple rules you can ensure your barbecue is a safe enjoyable event”
· Keep young children well away from the barbecue.
· Stand portable barbecues on an even surface and make sure they are away from the house, fences or shed.
· Be careful with fatty foods and never pour oil onto meat when it is cooking.
· If you are the chef, try not to drink too much whilst cooking
· Never pour petrol on any barbecue to try and re-ignite it – start the process again, properly.
· After you have finished cooking, wait until the coal has cooled down before extinguishing the fire completely.
William said: “It may seem like a real chore to add these to your list of things to do, but it may just be what saves you from a trip to casualty. Most of the things on the list are just common sense. By far the biggest danger is the use of flammable liquids to light the barbecue. We have had a couple of occasions where people have poured petrol onto the charcoal in an effort to get it going and the reaction has, not surprisingly, been violent and highly dangerous. Prepare well in advance and light the charcoal early. Most of all enjoy yourself in safety”.
Clean Cuisine - 'Scores on Doors'
Stratford-on-Avon District Council, under the Food Safety Act 1990 has a duty to inspect all food businesses to check the safety of the food they sell.
The results of these have never been published but the District Council has taken and continues to take action to minimise the risks to the public. However with the introduction of the Freedom of Information Act 2000, inspection results can now be published allowing consumers the opportunity to make informed decisions when deciding where they want to purchase their food.
To help introduce this, the District Council is proposing a scheme called 'Scores on Doors', where the results will be published on the District Council's website allowing the public to quickly see what the standard of hygiene is actually like. There will be three grades of award - Gold, Silver and Bronze, with the best business being given the Gold award.
The scheme is currently out for consultation and will apply to all food premises including restaurants, cafes and takeaways. Comments on the report are invited from all residents and interested parties and should be sent to the Public Protection Manager at Stratford-on-Avon District Council by Friday 14 July.
"When a customer wants to visit a restaurant or buy food from a takeaway, they have no idea how good the food hygiene is at the business," says Cllr Simon Jackson, Environment Portfolio Holder.
"Businesses that appear wonderful to the public may have poor standards of food hygiene. We intend to publish simple information to ensure customers can make informed decisions. Those businesses that have high standards will be rewarded for their efforts. Those that are poor will have an incentive to improve."
If you would like to comment on the scheme and would like a copy of the consultation document, please contact the Health Protection Team at Stratford-on-Avon District Council on 01789 260832.
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The Nigel Hastilow Column
Don't tell anyone but Arthur Scargill may have been right all along
It grieves me to say it but Arthur Scargill may have been right all along when he said we needed to keep on mining our own coal. Because for all the talk of nuclear power and wind energy, coal could well be king all over again.
This time, black is the new green. And we’re not talking little frocks.
Nuclear power has made all the running this week but coal is poised to make a clean, green comeback. Shutting down all those mines may have made sense in the oil and gas-rich 1980s and 1990s but now, in the fuel-poverty noughties, things have changed.
As the world gets held to ransom by the Russians and Tony Blair thinks about a new generation of nukes, the real news is that the black stuff is looking more and more attractive. Decades after the demise of the fields of Staffordshire Thick Coal, after which the Black Country got its name, it seems Arthur Scargill wasn’t all wrong. We may yet see coal mines in Cannock once again.
When King Arthur was holding the country to ransom, we needed Margaret Thatcher to sort him out. His reign came to an end thanks to natural gas, North Sea oil and laws to break the power of the unions.
Things have changed – for the worse. We have swapped the vice-like grip of the National Union of Mineworkers for a potentially more deadly threat – Russia. Not content with buying up our football teams (some predict a quarter of the Premiership clubs could soon be in the hands of the Rouble trillionaires), the Russians have a power they never enjoyed before. They can bring our homes and industry to a halt just by turning off the gas taps. They did it to the Ukraine, briefly, earlier this year.
If they chose to, they could hold us to ransom one cold winter. Our economy and our central heating systems would grind to a halt. Now that’s a real cold war. They have the power. Of course, Russia is a peace-loving democracy led by the properly-elected Vladimir Putin (so much so that he's - humiliatingly - able to take the mickey out of our own Prime Minister for flogging peerages to Labour supporters, but that's another story).
But Vlad’s not exactly Ming Campbell. He has a deeply-held belief in one man, one vote. Unfortunately, Vladimir Putin is that one man.
In March this year a hideous but little-known Rubicon was crossed – we became a net importer of oil for the first time since we struck black gold in the North Sea in the 1960s. Suddenly politicians and energy experts are worrying about “security of supply”. In other words, how do we guarantee the lights stay on? We can’t even guarantee supplies of water and, as far as I can tell, we still haven’t run out of rain in this country.
The Government is announcing the results of its energy review. It wants more wind farms, bio-fuels and wave power. It will be very expensive, terribly green and as useful as powering a football stadium’s floodlights by torch battery. Where’s the real energy coming from? Nuclear power stations are part of the answer. Nukes are surprisingly green as long as you discount the fact that it’s impossible to get rid of the radioactive waste and you assume nothing will ever go wrong at a power station.
But even if you give nukes a chance, it looks as if old-fashioned coal is the fuel of the future.
At the moment, almost all our mines having been closed down, we import coal as well. Even though there’s still loads of it (600 million tonnes, apparently) underground. Coal may not seem terribly green. But it can be. Coal does not automatically mean polluting power stations any more. It can be turned into gas and used to generate electricity. And carbon emissions can be pumped underground instead of poured into the air, making power stations suddenly very green indeed.
Because we’re all afraid of big bad Arthur Scargill, this “clean coal technology” has not been developed on a commercial scale. It should be. By 2020, 70 per cent of our electricity will come from gas and 90 per cent of that gas will be imported. Leaving us at the mercy of Vlad’s successors.
So it probably makes sense to let bygones be bygones. Maybe a new generation of coal miners will be willing to do the job without trying to bring down the Government. Let’s hope so. Because it’s quite possible that without some sort of revival in coal mining over the next ten years or so, the new cold war could get very chilly indeed.
Nigel Hastilow http://nigelhastilow.blogspot.com/
The Grumpy Old Man Comments
Mobile Phones and texting
Why are we all anxious about having our mobile?
What did we do before Vodafone, Orange, 3, Virgin, O2 were in control of our lives and wallets?
Why do children need them at the age of 7, 8 or 9?
I had my first mobile when I was 35 ish (and that was many years ago!) because my better half was expecting. A cheap pay as you go with £20 credit which lasted 1 year!
Now, as I use it for work, I have run up bills from £100 - £250 per month, What on earth am I doing? But I didn’t have it one day, I was driving for 2.5 hours each way and I had to stop at a service station to use a public phone. Now that’s another experience, when I was younger there were options 2p or 10p.
Everyone is contactable for 24 hours a day, I’ve had voice mail delivery at 3am before now.
Yes they are useful, but do we over use them?
And texting, that comes with a complete new vocabulary, see you later becomes CU L8R, great – GRT, and there are many more I don’t even understand. If someone could generate a list for me I’m sure Bill will publish it. But it’s the speed the kids txt (see I know that one) at !!!! they will all have big well developed thumb muscle’s. I however take so long to text, it’s easier to call up the person I want to text. And what about predictive texting? I cannot deal with that at all.
So to finish, what did we do without them. Use payphones !
Henley in Arden Police Surgery
A 'Drop In' facility at Henley Police Station to discuss issues/problems within the community with your local policing team.
The next Police Surgery will be Wednesday 8th August 2006 between 11am-1pm
Make Henley Greener
Save Money - Help Save the Planet
Our TV on standby uses about 8 watts – about the same as a low energy light bulb.
Our PC set to standby, uses about 2 watts. By turning them off, we save about 10 watts or £7* per year. If instead, we leave our PC to go into resting mode it would use about 42 watts - cost £31* and 8000* bucketfuls of carbon dioxide per year.
As explained in last week’s article, some things like PCs, printers, cassette or CD radios are not always switched off completely when turned off by their own switch or shutdown, so if possible, it’s best to turn off at the socket. (*assumes 21 hrs per day in this state.)
For more information about the Make Henley Greener project, click here.
Alerts from Trading Standards
‘Scambusters’ team, formed
Warwickshire County Council’s Trading Standards Service has welcomed the launch of a new regional ‘Scambusters’ team, formed to investigate rip-off crimes, stop rogues and conmen in their tracks and protect vulnerable people throughout the region.
The 'Scambusters' team's sights are set on stamping out rip-offs such as doorstep cons, large scale counterfeiting and high pressure sales tactics, using intelligence gathered by Warwickshire Trading Standards and other local authority trading standards services, Consumer Direct, police, other law enforcement agencies and local communities.
Mark Ryder, Head of Warwickshire Trading Standards Service said: 'We very much welcome the creation of a regional scambusters team and look forward to working with them to crack down on rogue traders thus enabling us to better protect Warwickshire consumers, especially the more vulnerable members of our community.'
The team, which will comprise of three investigators and a police officer seconded from West Midlands Police will aim to bring offenders before the courts to face criminal charges and seek Anti-Social Behaviour Orders (ASBOs) and Enforcement Orders to stop them targeting vulnerable people. The team will also investigate offender’s financial affairs and seek to seize any money or assets they have acquired through their crimes.
Consumers wishing to report scams can do so by phoning Consumer Direct on 08454 04 05 06 or by visiting our website.
Holiday From Hell?
Whether you have experienced the ‘holiday from hell’ or want to try and make sure you don’t have one, Warwickshire County Council’s Trading Standards Service have some advice for you.
When booking your holiday, confirm with your travel agent that the brochure price is the price you will pay, and that there are no hidden charges. Check to ensure that all the facilities you are expecting will be available, and ask about the local area (proximity to building work, noisy roads). Finally, read the brochure small print!
If you are offered holiday insurance, remember, you don’t have to take the insurance offered by the tour operator. Shop around, you may find a better deal elsewhere.
Make sure that your travel agent or tour operator is a member of a trade association, such as ABTA. ABTA now has Office of Fair Trading approved code of practice status. This means ABTA members promise that they will treat customers fairly if things go wrong.
Booking a traditional package holiday with a tour operator where flights and hotel accommodation are included means that you will be protected by The Package Travel, Package Holidays and Package Tour Regulations 1992. These state that a tour operator must make sure that your holiday money is protected through bonding, and that arrangements must be made to repatriate you if the operator becomes insolvent while you are away (many operators and travel agents are bonded via their ABTA membership).
Many UK travellers are now putting together their own version of the package holiday by booking their own flights and accommodation, usually via the Internet. However, by doing so they will not be afforded the same level of protection that is provided to traditional package tour holiday makers, and if something goes wrong (e.g. their airline goes bust) they may lose their money or could find themselves stranded abroad.
When you arrive at your holiday destination, if you are not satisfied, complain straight away to your tour operator. Fill out a complaint form, and keep a copy (it’s always worthwhile to take a copy of your brochure with you on holiday to compare facilities).
Gather evidence, (photographs and video), and get the names and addresses of other holidaymakers who are also unhappy.
When you get home, write a letter of complaint, immediately, and if you are not happy with the response, be persistent. Warwickshire Trading Standards has a letter of complaint you can download and use, visit: www.warwickshire.gov.uk/tradingstandards
Finally, if you are still unhappy, contact your local Trading Standards Service for advice on more formal steps, such as Small Claims Court action. The telephone number for consumer advice is: 08454 04 05 06.
If you are hiring a car abroad beware of unauthorised payments from your account, hidden extras and opportunistic charges. Some holidaymakers have complained about being charged for extras they didn’t request or had already paid for, of hugely inflated repair bills for superficial scratches or for damage caused by previous drivers and charges for petrol when the vehicle was returned with a full tank.
Consumers are advised to allow plenty of time for inspections, (which should be done in the presence of a member of staff), take comprehensive notes and photos of the vehicle and check their accounts for any unauthorised withdrawals.
And always remember - if it looks too good to be true, it probably is!
Senior Information Officer
Warwickshire County Council Trading Standards Service
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HENLEY METHODIST CHURCH
Coffee morning Saturday 12th August 10.00 a.m. to 12 noon. Sunday Services: all at 11.00 a.m. 6th – Miss Paddy Beardsall; 13th – Mr Philip Bayliss; 10th Mrs Elizabeth Harrison; 27th – Revd. Graham Spicer (Sacrament). All welcome.
Meet at the Market Cross on Tuesday 1st August at 10.30 a.m. for our Annual Outing. If anyone else would like to join us for lunch at Leominster W.I. followed by a visit to Berrington Hall, please contact Valerie on 793426.
ATAC (Action Taken Against Cancer)
Pam Atkinson is holding a coffee morning on Thursday 3rd August at Heartsease Cottage, Stratford Road, Wootton Wawen in aid of ATAC. Thank you to Wootton Wawen WI for £303 raised from a coffee morning. They also raised £300 which has been divided between Acute Stroke Unit at Warwick Hospital and Feldon Specialised Stroke Rehabiliation Ward at Leamington.
HENLEY RESIDENTS ASSOCIATON
Saturday 19th August, 12 noon – 4.00 p.m. This newly formed Association is holding a Gala Day at Henley High School. Bouncy Castle, tombola, raffle, bric-a-brac, home produce, fancy dress, etc.
ULLENHALL GARDENING CLUB
Tuesday 22nd August at 7.45 p.m. in Ullenhall Village Hall. Talk by Arthur Phillips on ‘Fuchsias’. Visitors (£1) and new members welcome. Autumn Show Saturday 2nd September. Classes include fruit and veg, arts and crafts, cookery and flowers. Open to everyone. Schedule from Alison Pigdon on 793197.
FAMILY FUN DAY
Sunday 3rd September 1st Henley and Wootton Scouts at Henley High School from 1.00 pm - 6.00 pm Attractions include bouncy castle, gladiator challenge, bungee run, side stalls, BBQ, tombola etc. Proceeds to troop equipment. Further information John Johnson on 792073.
HENLEY WILDLIFE SOCIETY
No meeting in August.
HENLEY-IN-ARDEN EVERGREEN CLUB.
Meetings are held on the first Wednesday of the month in the Parish Hall, Beaudesert Lane at 2.15 p.m. The Club has around 80 members and organises a varied programme together with various outings. If you are interested in joining, please contact Gordon Trinder.
HENLEY-in-ARDEN BOWLS CLUB meets on Monday evenings from April to September at 6.30pm and plays until it is dark. The club is situated next to the Tennis Courts at the Sports and Social club ground on the A34 just outside Henley. The Club welcome new members, whether beginners or established players. For further information contact John Townson 01564 792407.
There are still vacancies in some areas of Henley-in-Arden for NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH Co-ordinator's. If you are aware that you are not covered in your area or are willing to be a co-ordinator. Please contact Annette Walker on 792837
THE WARWICKSHIRE BUSINESS CLUB holds its monthly lunchtime meeting on third Thursday of each month from 11.30am to 2.15pm at the Henley Golf Club. There is a one hour networking session followed by a quality lunch and a informative speaker on a business topic. Full details are at www.swbc.co.uk
THE ROTARY CLUB of Henley-in-Arden meets at the Golf Club on Monday evenings at 7pm.
New members are always welcome. Please call: Robin Freeman on 01789 765411 or email email@example.com
The Henley-in-Arden Bridge Club plays Duplicate Bridge of intermediate standard on Tuesday evenings at the the White Swan Hotel and usually find time for a tipple, which may or may not improve our play!!. Play commences at 7.15 promptly. There are normally 5 - 8 tables and the club does not issue master points.
For further information please contact the Secretary - Christine Whitehouse on 01564 792993.
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