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May 2020

COVID-19 Statement

Skateboard GB & Skateboard England have released the following statement regarding the Prime Minister’s announcement of 10 May.

The UK Government has announced that some outdoor sporting and recreation activities will be able to resume in England from Wednesday 13th May 2020.

WHEN USING THE SKATE PARK IT MUST ONLY BE DONE ALONE, WITHIN A HOUSEHOLD GROUP, OR WITH ONE OTHER PERSON FROM OUTSIDE YOUR HOUSEHOLD.

It is important to stress that this remains an extremely difficult situation throughout the UK and we are acutely aware that many lives have been lost to the COVID-19 pandemic. The effects of the virus will continue to be felt for a long time to come and it is imperative that you adhere to the above.

OTHERWISE WE WILL HAVE NO OTHER CHOICE BUT TO CLOSE THE SKATE PARK AGAIN.

We must ensure that the safety and well being of everyone involved in skateboarding and those we come into contact will, is maintained at all times

Skate parks and skateboarders have observed the lock down very well and must keep it up and continue to act responsibly.

BY ORDER OF HM GOVERNMENT AND PUTTENHAM PARISH COUNCIL

 

The Parish Council are pleased to announce the reopening of the tennis court for members of the Puttenham Tennis Club.  Members can play in family groups and as singles but please make sure that everyone adheres to social distancing.  Anyone interested in joining the club, please contact Will Yue at will@wyule.co.uk for details of single or family membership.  The court is about to have a face lift (new markings) and clean up but for obvious reasons we are not sure when this will be.
 
It was wonderful to see how the residents of Puttenham took the VE Day 75th Anniversary celebrations to heart whilst maintaining the important social distancing. The village with bunting and flags looked magnificent and everyone recreated the spirit of the day. Everyone has said how uplifting it was in the current lockdown.
 
We would like to thank the War Memorial Team who did such a stirling job of giving it a face lift in time for the celebrations. veday75years
Stay safe, keep up your social distancing and make the most of your hour’s exercise.
 

April 2020

Due to the current Coronavirus situation we have been advised by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government that no elections or referendums can take place until May 6 2021.  This includes neighbourhood planning referendums.  These provisions will be kept under review and may be amended or revoked in response to changing circumstances.  This is understandably frustrating as the Puttenham Neighbourhood Planning Committee have dedicated significant time and effort to this process and naturally wants their plans to come into force as soon as possible.  We will make all updates available as soon as they are received.

 

YOU CAN NOW CALL THE COUNCIL FOR DIRECT HELP

It is now possible for any resident who feels they need help during this unprecedented time to call the Council’s new community helpline and receive direct support.  Council staff are on-hand to ensure the most vulnerable in the borough will have food and medicine and feel supported.  All residents need to do is call 01483 444400 or register online at http://www.guildford.gov.uk/athome

There have been numerous complaints about the regular, large and noxious bonfires being burnt in the village.  The Parish Council has spoken to Guildford Borough Council about this to see if there is anything it can do to minimise them, especially in these difficult times when people are suffering from respiratory illness.  

Unfortunately, the Parish Council does not have any powers but if these obnoxious bonfires continue the affected parties need to write to GBC raising their concerns.  If residents complain, GBC will act.  

 The following extract is from the GBC website on bonfires – for full details please refer to their website.

Reporting a bonfire

  • If you are being disturbed by bonfire smoke and ash, try politely discussing the issue with your neighbour. They may not realise they are causing a problem.
  • If the situation does not improve, you can report a bonfire using our online form.
  • In order for us to take action, the bonfire must class as a statutory nuisance. This means the bonfire you wish to report must be more than an annoyance, and affecting you in an unreasonable and significant way.
  • Factors considered when assessing statutory nuisance include:

duration and frequency of the bonfire, time of day, amount of smoke coming from the bonfire

IN THE MEANTIME, WE WOULD RESPECTIVELY ASK THAT RESIDENTS CONSIDER ALTERNATIVES TO A BONFIRE SUCH AS COMPOSTING YOUR GARDEN WASTE OR MAKING USE OF THE COUNCIL’S GARDEN WASTE COLLECTION SCHEME. 

 

WEDNESDAY 25TH MARCH 2020

IMPORTANT NOTICE  FROM YOUR PARISH COUNCIL.

Please be reminded that following HM  Government guidelines all parks are to remain closed to the public.    Stay safe and well in this time of self isolation.

 

Everyone should have received our poster regarding assistance during the current crisis.  If not follow this link Hello Puttenham

During these difficult and unpredictable times we are undertaking to prevent the spread of Coronavirus and in turn keep our community as safe as possible.

Please see the attached link for guidelines to managing Coronavirus at home Tips for managing Coronavirus at home.docx

Should anyone self isolating require any help whatsoever please call Mike Blundell Jones directly on 01483 810401

 

A message from Surrey County Council

Dear All,

I wanted to share the new Community Support Helpline that SCC has set up
to help with Coronavirus.

Please do share with your Parishes and communities as I may not have
everyone’s email or they may not be on social media.

Community Helpline number: 0300 200 1008 (live from 1pm, 19 March – then
Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm)

We have set up a new community helpline to direct you to services that
can help during the coronavirus pandemic and to help protect those most
vulnerable.

This community phone line is here for two things:

        * To help direct residents who need support, such as picking up
shopping, prescription collections or having someone who can be a
telephone friend, to services who can help.
        * To provide advice on where to register your offer of help to support
your community.

The helpline will not be able to provide any public health advice
(please use existing services such as 111) or answer general enquiries
relating to council services (these should be directed to our standard
contact page
https://www.surreycc.gov.uk/council-and-democracy/contact-us)

Any questions do please get in touch.

Kind regards

MATT FURNISS

CABINET MEMBER FOR HIGHWAYS

Surrey County Council | County Hall | Penrhyn Road | Kingston upon
Thames | KT1 2DN

Mob: 07891022206 [1] | Email: matt.furniss@surreycc.gov.uk |

January 2020

Puttenham Neighbourhood Plan 

I can now confirm that all documents have been finalised and submitted to Guildford Borough Council for their approval, so watch this space for the Village Referendum, which we expect to hold in the early summer.

Documents can be viewed on the Neighbourhood Planning Page of this website and hard copies are available upon request.

Parish Precept

After no increase for the last 4 years and with increased costs and inflation eating away at our finances, the Council voted to increase the precept by 5% for 2020/2021.

Parking in the Village

A number of new complaints have been received from villagers that they are unable to walk down the pavement, particularly in the middle of The Street, because of cars parking on the pavement too close to walls or fences thus causing an obstruction.

We are not asking you not to park there but when you do, you must leave enough room for pedestrians otherwise they have to walk in the road which is dangerous; especially for those people with prams, walking frames and mobility scooters.  We highlighted this situation in the December issue of the Parish Magazine and we will now be delivering a leaflet to all residents detailing these issues. Those continuing to park inappropriately will receive a police notice. Therefore could we please ask that you think before you park.  We will also be issuing the same leaflet to parents/carers of Puttenham School and they too will receive a notice if parked inappropriately.  We appreciate your co-operation with this matter and aim to make our village a safer environment for all.

Web Site

The project for the new web site in 2020 is to further develop the site for all the local organisations, societies and clubs to enable them to promote their events and membership throughout the year.  We will also be producing a village calendar where anyone can see what time, day and date meetings take place and subsequently a booking system for all to use.

Policy Documents

We are continuing to update all our parish policies which you will be able to see on the web site, i.e., Equal Opportunities, Data Protection, Social Media, Health and Safety, Freedom of Information, Vexatious Policy, etc.

Adventure Playground

Unfortunately until we have approximately 10 days with no rain which would allow the ground to dry out, we will not be able to complete the build and open the new playground.

Puttenham Downs

With the continual rainy weather it has also meant that we are unable to cut the long grass in order to progress with our ancient apple orchard.  However, the clearing of old trees has begun and we expect to plant the new apple trees in the spring.

Trading Standards Alerts.

We now receive regular newsletters from TSA. This is to keep us all informed for our financial and emotional security. Please follow the link here that are updated frequently.  https://scc.newsweaver.co.uk/tradingstandards

 

Mike Blundell Jones

Chairman

 

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