NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN OPTIONS CONSULTATION IS HERE!
Everyone should have received the postcard asking for your input into the Neighbourhood Plan. The options consultation is here and can be completed online and returned to firstname.lastname@example.org. It takes 30 – 40 minutes for the whole document, but if you are only looking to respond on some of the questions, then that’s fine, as all responses are welcome.
If you have problems accessing the Microsoft Word version, then a pdf version is here
We understand that you may not want to print this large document, so if you would like us to bring a hard copy, just give us a call on 01761 410669 with your address and we will drop on off for you.
FRONT GARDEN COMPETITION
The Westfield Front Garden Competition is here!
See the Front Garden page on this website. Closing date for entries is Thursday 6th July.
PERIOD FOR THE EXERCISE OF PUBLIC RIGHTS
FIRST SWAN NEWSLETTER
BaNES CONSULTS ON CONTINUING STREET DRINKING IN MIDSOMER NORTON AND BATH
Bath & North East Somerset Council is inviting residents to have their say on restricting street drinking in public places in Midsomer Norton and Bath.
Currently there are Designated Public Places Orders (DPPOs) in place which restrict street drinking and prohibit people from having alcohol in their possession in designated public places in the town and city. The DPPO for Bath was introduced in 2004 and the one for Midsomer Norton town centre in 2014.
The DPPOs are due to expire in October so the Council is asking members of the public if they should use new Public Space Protection Orders (PSPO) under the Anti-social Behaviour Crime and Policing Act 2014 to continue restrictions on alcohol consumption in these areas.
Under the PSPOs it would be an offence, without reasonable excuse, to fail to comply with a request by an authorised officer, for example a police officer, to cease drinking or surrender alcohol. Anyone found guilty of such an offence could be fined up to £500.
Divisional Director for Strategy and Performance at Bath & North East Somerset Council, David Trethewey, said: “We want to hear what members of the public think about these proposals. We want to ensure those living, working and visiting Bath and North East Somerset can enjoy our area.”
When considering whether or not to extend the existing DPPOs in the form of PSPOs the Council is required to consult.
The deadline for responding to the consultation is 15th August and more details for each of the areas including consultation questionnaires can be found by visiting www.bathnes.gov.uk/services/your-council-and-democracy/consultations.
The Volunteer Centre for B&NES is working hard to put together schemes that can help people’s lives.
See attached link for their latest newsletter:
YOUTH CONNECT PROJECTS
Youth services in Westfield are going from strength to strength.
The latest project was one to help Year 11 children to do CVs and talk about careers. They talked of college courses and apprenticeships and one of the Youth Connect PAs helped them with applications.
8 young people in Westfield are qualified first aiders – watch this space for more details of them receiving their certificates.
Adult volunteers are still needed to help with ongoing projects. If you are interested at all contact Katy Roberts on 07966 880422.
HOME ENERGY LOAN
Local home owners wanting to improve the warmth, comfort and efficiency of their homes can now apply for a new Bath & North East Somerset Home Energy Loan.
The Council’s Energy at Home Scheme has collaborated with not-for-profit lender Wessex Resolutions C.I.C to make this loan available. It can be used to help spread the costs of installing energy saving measures such as: boilers; loft, cavity wall, and solid wall insulation; and renewable energy technologies.
The Energy at Home Scheme provides free home energy advice to residents and help to make energy saving home improvements. Grants are still available through the scheme for most measures, however where the grants do not fully cover the cost of the works, the remaining up-front costs can be prohibitively expensive. The Home Energy Improvement Loan provides a new option for home owners to help spread these costs over time, making energy saving home improvements more manageable.
Home owners can apply for a Home Energy Loan of between £500 – £15,000, with a repayment term of between 6 months and 15 years. The loan has a representative rate of 4.2% APR. It is subject to an affordability and credit check, and it will require a home visit from an advisor.
To find out more about the loan, or for any other home energy related queries, contact the Energy at Home Advice Service:
0800 038 5680
Bath & North East Somerset Council is also pleased to announce that they are now working with Dyson Energy Services as its new Energy at Home Delivery Partner. Dyson Energy Services is working hard to get in contact with all the referrals made over the last few months whilst the scheme has undergone this transition. If you have not yet been called back, or if you have had works completed through the scheme and have any queries about how this change may affect you, please contact the Energy at Home Advice Service.
FOLLOW US ON TWITTER
Parish Council is delighted to announce we have a Twitter address and are now able to communicate with even more residents and businesses in Westfield.
Our Twitter address is @westfield_pc
We look forward to hearing from you!