Smartwater Crime Prevention kits have arrived!

Smartwater Crime Prevention kits have arrived at Richards Castle
To get yours please contact the Clerk
And register to protect your items and deter potential thieves

Richard Castle (Herefordshire) Parish Council have obtained a grant from the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner to help fund the provision of a SmartWater Crime Prevention kit for all households in the parish. These kits have been purchased by the Parish Council for the benefit of the community to reduce opportunities for rural crime and are available free of charge.

To register for your Smartwater Crime Prevention kit please provide your name, address and telephone number/ email address to the Clerk to the parish council. Once registered, your Smartwater Crime Prevention kit will be posted to you. You can then apply it to your property to protect your items and deter burglary.

West Mercia Police will put up signs that indicate the village has a SmartWater system operating to deter potential thieves once 70+ percent of households have registered.

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I am a resident/ farm/ business in Richards Castle Herefordshire and want to register for a free of charge Smartwater kit.

NAME: ____________________________________________________________________

ADDRESS: __________________________________________________________________

__________________________________________________________________________

TELEPHONE/ EMAIL: ________________________________________

SIGNED: ____________________________

Please email your registration to the Clerk by, preferably, Monday 15th February 2021 to enable the council to assess the take up of Smartwater in the parish at its next meeting:

Clerk.richardscastle.hfd.pc@gmail.com

Once registered, your Smartwater Crime Prevention kit will be posted to you. You can then apply it to your property to protect your items and deter burglary.

Richards Castle (Herefordshire) Parish Council

Please note that the Smartwater Crime Prevention kits are only available for residents and businesses in Richards Castle Herefordshire. The data you provide will be registered with West Mercia Police and Smartwater Group Ltd.

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WE DON’T BUY CRIME – WHY SMARTWATER?

Your SmartWater kit is unique to you, your home & your property
SmartWater is made up of 85% Water, 10% polymers plus a unique mix of rare earth metal traces which make every bottle unique. SmartWater is invisible in daylight but fluoresces under UV light. SmartWater cannot be removed.

Why protect your items with SmartWater?
If your items were stolen, the police can trace them back to you. The “We Don’t Buy Crime” initiative is about prevention, protecting your items and deterring burglary – but how? Thieves hate SmartWater and here’s why…

1. All stolen goods are checked for SmartWater and all police officers carry UV torches and regularly spot check items that arouse suspicion.
2. The Police team work vigorously to encourage all organisations who buy items off the public; retailers, scrap metal merchants, auction houses, antique and jewellery dealers to check for SmartWater therefore sabotaging the re-sale avenue of stolen goods.
3. When a suspect is arrested and brought in to custody at a West Mercia police station, they are checked for SmartWater – if a suspect is arrested for burglary – their premises are checked for other stolen goods and those marked with SmartWater.
4. In a court of law, SmartWater is sufficient evidence to convict with 100% conviction rate in court to date

What’s in the pack?
1. One SmartWater vial that is uniquely coded to your address
 Each vial will give you between 50-75 applications – only one small dot is need – it dries invisibly in 10 mins and adheres to any solid clean surface fully in 24 hours.
 SmartWater will keep in the bottle for a good couple of years – if stored sensibly and kept cool, even longer, although we do recommend you use it not store it. As long as you can shake the bottle and it remains fluid it’s good to go. The longest example of SmartWater lasting is on a church roof – it has been fluorescing on the lead roof for over 14 years
2. Large square window stickers
 It is essential to display these in a front and rear window of your house – visible from the roadside/approach, also great to put on caravan windows, shed/garage windows
 These stickers act as a massive deterrent to burglary
3. Small weatherproof stickers
 These can be used inside or outside the property – visual reminders to a thief that the item is protected by SmartWater. Great places to put these stickers: Garage door handles, padlocks on sheds/outside units, bikes, garden equipment, mobile phones, cars, transportable IT equipment, windows, letterboxes and gates.

How to protect your items
 If you have the choice of a rough or smooth surface, always choose the rough as it adheres better
 Keep a list of all items you have marked and where they were marked then save the information securely – ideally a digital copy to the cloud
 Good places to put SmartWater; Tools & IT Equipment, Bikes, Jewellery, Artwork, Furniture, electrical equipment, cars, mobile phones, clothing accessories, garden furniture/ornaments/equipment, trailers, caravans, motorbikes even on your pets (i.e., inside your dog’s ear – this method will require refreshing every few months)

Common Questions answered
1. What if I move address? Ring SmartWater and advise of your change of address – it moves with you.
2. What if I sell something valuable that is SmartWater protected? Ring SmartWater and let them know – tell the buyer where it is marked too so they can tell SmartWater or just keep a record of who you sold it to.
3. You will receive more information when you receive our kit.

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Data from SID deployment – October-November 2020

The two Speed Indicator Displays, part-owned by the parish council, were deployed from 20 October to 15 November 2020, and the data from each SID is set out below:

SID Results – Unit by Post Office Lane
Total traffic numbers (85%): 15,978
Average speed (85%): 40.1 mph
Highest speed recorded: 75 mph at 2.00pm on 4 November 2020

SID Results – Unit by county boundary
Total traffic numbers (85%): 12,881
Average speed (85%): 38.9 mph
Highest speed recorded: 60 mph at 8.15pm on 26 October 2020

NB: The measure used by West Mercia Police is called the 85th percentile, which is intended to capture the average speed of most drivers by excluding the highest and lowest speeds. The speeding data is shared with West Mercia Police.

Agenda – 14 January 2021

Notice is hereby given that Richards Castle (Herefordshire) Parish Council will meet online at 7.30 pm on Thursday 14 January 2021

THIS WILL BE AN ONLINE MEETING VIA ZOOM
Members of the public wishing to join the meeting should click on the following link:

7.30 pm: Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85488954983

1. Apologies for absence

2. Co-opt one new member to the parish council

3. Declarations of Interest and Written Requests for Dispensation
Declaration of any disclosable pecuniary interest in a matter to be discussed at the meeting whether or not it is included in the register of interests. Members are reminded that they are required to leave the room during discussing and voting on matters in which they have a disclosable pecuniary interest whether or not the interest is entered into the register of members’ interests maintained by the Monitoring Officer.

4. Minutes of the previous meeting – 26 November and 15 December 2020

5. Report from the Herefordshire Councillor for Bircher Ward

6. To invite views and discussion from members of the parish

7. Clerk’s report

8. Financial Items
To consider payments:
R Bayliss, footpaths maintenance – £ tbc
D C Gardening Services, lengthsman – £720.00
Smartwater Technology, 110 Smartwater kits – £ tbc
P Enzer, expenses for community Smartwater letter – £31.18
The Clerk, wages January 2021

9. Footpaths

10. Lengthsman/ highways

11. Village gates – Consider quotation for installation of three ‘gates’ to be placed on the B4361 at the start of the 30 mph limit to the south of the village (x2) and at the county boundary (x1), confirm width of gates and agree next steps

12. SmartWater – Update, consider proposal to purchase the kits and then distribute post vaccination programme and agree next steps

13. Sandbags – Agree community location, whether to purchase ‘sandless’ absorbent sandbags and agree next steps

14. Consider Future of mobility: Rural Strategy – call for evidence consultation

15. Review HALC training programme

16. Matters raised for next meeting (no discussion)

17. Close meeting and date of next meeting

Clerk to the Parish Council
10 January 2021

Agenda -15 December 2020

Notice is hereby given of an Extraordinary Meeting of Richards Castle (Herefordshire) Parish Council at 7.30 pm on Tuesday 15 December 2020

THIS WILL BE AN ONLINE MEETING VIA ZOOM
Members of the public wishing to join the meeting should click on the following link:

7.30 pm: Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87305331043

1. Apologies for absence

3. Declarations of Interest and Written Requests for Dispensation
Declaration of any disclosable pecuniary interest in a matter to be discussed at the meeting whether or not it is included in the register of interests. Members are reminded that they are required to leave the room during discussing and voting on matters in which they have a disclosable pecuniary interest whether or not the interest is entered into the register of members’ interests maintained by the Monitoring Officer.

3. Report from the Herefordshire Councillor for Bircher Ward

4. To invite views and discussion from members of the parish

5. Parish Precept 2021-22 – Review mid-year accounts 2020-21, and consider the 2021-22 precept

6. SmartWater – Update, distribution of kits for households in the parish, Castle News article and agree next steps

7. Matters raised for next meeting (no discussion)

8. Close meeting and date of next meeting

Chairman of the Parish Council
10 December 2020

Data from SID deployment in July-August 2020

The two Speed Indicator Displays, part-owned by the parish council, were deployed from 16 July to 12 August 2020, and the data from each SID is set out below:

SID Results – Unit by Post Office Lane
Total traffic numbers (85%): 18,286
Average speed (85%): 39.8 mph
Highest speed recorded: 70mph at 6.45pm on 22 July 2020

SID Results – Unit by county boundary
Total traffic numbers (85%): 10,844
Average speed (85%): 38.5 mph
Highest speed recorded: 60mph at 10.45pm on 16 July 2020

NB: The measure used by West Mercia Police is called the 85th percentile, which is intended to capture the average speed of most drivers by excluding the highest and lowest speeds.  The speeding data is shared with West Mercia Police.

Agenda – 26 November 2020

Notice is hereby given that Richards Castle (Herefordshire) Parish Council will meet online at 7.30 pm on Thursday 26 November 2020

THIS WILL BE AN ONLINE MEETING VIA ZOOM
Members of the public wishing to join the meeting should click on the following link:

7.30 pm: Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83877784659

1. Apologies for absence

2. Co-opt one new member to the parish council

3. Declarations of Interest and Written Requests for Dispensation
Declaration of any disclosable pecuniary interest in a matter to be discussed at the meeting whether or not it is included in the register of interests. Members are reminded that they are required to leave the room during discussing and voting on matters in which they have a disclosable pecuniary interest whether or not the interest is entered into the register of members’ interests maintained by the Monitoring Officer.

4. Minutes of the previous meeting – 27 October 2020

5. Report from the Herefordshire Councillor for Bircher Ward

6. To invite views and discussion from members of the parish

7. Proposal to look at potential community uses for All Saints Church and agree next steps

8. Clerk’s report

9. Planning
Update on planning decisions by Herefordshire Council

10. Financial Items
i) To consider payments:
R Bayliss, footpaths maintenance – £ tbc
D C Gardening Services, SID deployment – £36.00
Boy Thorne Garden Services, grass maintenance – £85.00
The Clerk, wages November and December 2020
HMRC, PAYE for period to 5 January 2020 – £245.80

ii) Consider requirement to fund 45 percent of cost of works in drainage grant application and agree next steps
iii) Review mid-year accounts 2020-21 and consider the 2021-22 precept
iv) Review the effectiveness of internal financial controls

11. Footpaths

12. Lengthsman/ highways

13. Village gates – Consider quotation for three ‘gates’ to be placed on the B4361 at the start of the 30 mph limit to the south of the village (x2) and at the county boundary (x1) and agree next steps

14. SmartWater – Update, consider options for distribution of kits to households in the parish and agree next steps

15. Sandbags – Agree community location, proposal to purchase ‘sandless’ absorbent sandbags and agree next steps

16. Matters raised for next meeting (no discussion)

17. Close meeting and date of next meeting

Clerk to the Parish Council
22 November 2020

Agenda – 27 October 2020

Notice is hereby given that Richards Castle (Herefordshire) Parish Council will meet online at 7.30 pm on Tuesday 27 October 2020

THIS WILL BE AN ONLINE MEETING VIA ZOOM
Members of the public wishing to join the meeting should click on the following link:

7.30 pm: Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83981868430

1. Apologies for absence

2. Co-opt one new member to the parish council

3. Declarations of Interest and Written Requests for Dispensation
(Declaration of any disclosable pecuniary interest in a matter to be discussed at the meeting whether or not it is included in the register of interests. Members are reminded that they are required to leave the room during discussing and voting on matters in which they have a disclosable pecuniary interest whether or not the interest is entered into the register of members’ interests maintained by the Monitoring Officer.)

4. Minutes of the previous meeting – 30 September 2020

5. Resolve to amend standing orders to include a two minute time limit for contributions by councillors under 1 t) Rules of debate at meetings. In addition the parish council will aim to have a maximum of 16 agenda items, and end monthly reports from councillor representatives unless a decision is required from the parish council or otherwise in exceptional circumstances as agreed by the Proper Officer in consultation with the Chairman.

6. Report from the Herefordshire Councillor for Bircher Ward

7. To invite views and discussion from members of the parish

8. Clerk’s report

9. Planning
Update on planning decisions by Herefordshire Council

10. Financial Items
i) To consider payments:
R Bayliss, footpaths maintenance – £ tbc
The Clerk, wages October 2020 – £328.00

ii) Consider requirement to fund 45 percent of cost of works in drainage grant application and agree next steps

11. Footpaths

12. Lengthsman/ highways, including proposal to deliver Balfour Beatty leaflet on responsibility for maintenance of ditches and drainage to households in the parish

13. Consider proposal to place a village gate on the B4361 at the county boundary, updated estimate for three village gates and two village name signs, and agree next steps

14. Consider report from working group on the Planning for the Future – White Paper consultation and agree next steps

15. Matters raised for next meeting (no discussion)

16. Close meeting and date of next meeting

Clerk to the Parish Council
22 October 2020

Data from SID deployment in January/ February 2020

The two Speed Indicator Displays, part-owned by the parish council, were deployed from 10 January to 5 February 2020, and the data from each SID is set out below:

SID Results – Unit by Post Office Lane
Total traffic numbers (85%): 25,197
Average speed (85%): 39.1 mph
Highest speed recorded: 80mph at 9.45pm on 4 February 2020

SID Results – Unit by county boundary
Total traffic numbers (85%): 21,967
Average speed (85%): 38.2 mph
Highest speed recorded: 60mph at 3pm on 10 January 2020

NB: The measure used by West Mercia Police is called the 85th percentile, which is intended to capture the average speed of most drivers by excluding the highest and lowest speeds.  The speeding data is shared with West Mercia Police.

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Agenda – 30 September 2020

Notice is hereby given that Richards Castle (Herefordshire) Parish Council will
meet online at 7.30 pm on Wednesday 30 September 2020

THIS WILL BE AN ONLINE MEETING VIA ZOOM
Members of the public wishing to join the meeting should click on the following link:

7.30 pm: Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86794894463

1. Apologies for absence

2. Co-opt one new member to the parish council

3. Declarations of Interest and Written Requests for Dispensation
Declaration of any disclosable pecuniary interest in a matter to be discussed at the meeting whether or not it is included in the register of interests. Members are reminded that they are required to leave the room during discussing and voting on matters in which they have a disclosable pecuniary interest whether or not the interest is entered into the register of members’ interests maintained by the Monitoring Officer.

4. Minutes of the previous meetings – 30 July and 27 August 2020

5. Report from the Herefordshire Councillor for Bircher Ward

6. To invite views and discussion from members of the parish

7. Planning
202751/TD5 Land to north of Westbrook House, Richards Castle – Proposed variation of condition no.2 ‘approved plans’ and condition no.11 ‘drainage’ of planning permission ref: 191749/TD5 (Application for Technical Details Consent for Permission in Principle application 183388 (Proposed residential development of land for 9 no. dwellings, with associated hard and soft landscaping)), to refer to the revised plans previously submitted under the planning application but not identified in the Decision Notice”

Update on planning decisions by Herefordshire Council

8. Financial Items
To consider payments:
HALC, website hosting and domain 2020-21 – £102.00
R Bayliss, footpaths maintenance – £ tbc
D C Gardening Services, SID installation – £36.00
The Clerk, wages August-September 2020 – £374.55
HMRC, PAYE for period to 5 October 2020 – £276.00

9. Proposal to highlight guidance from Balfour Beatty on responsibilities of landowners for roadside hedges, ditches and drainage via an article in Castle News, and a mail drop of Balfour Beatty leaflets to properties that border a public road

10. Consider proposal to become a Smartwater parish and access the support provided from the Police and Crime Commissioner and agree next steps

11. Consider estimate from Balfour Beatty for implementation of village gates, road signs and markings on the B4361 under community commissioning

12. Proposal to request a traffic regulation order (TRO) to extend the 30mph speed limit on the B4361 to the south of Richards Castle

13. Consider consultation on Planning for the Future – White Paper and Neighbourhood Planning

14. Review draft Police and Crime Commissioner Town and Parish Council Survey and agree next steps

15. Consider whether to develop a Community resilience plan and agree next steps

16. To review proposed schedule of parish council meetings

17. Proposal to purchase 1 tonne of sandbags to store at the village hall

18. Reports from parish councillor representatives
a) Footpaths
b) Lengthsman
c) Highways
d) Good neighbour scheme
e) Village hall/ communications and PC reports

19. Clerk’s Report

20. Matters raised for next meeting (no discussion)

21. Close meeting and date of next meeting

Clerk to the Parish Council
25 September 2020

Agenda – 27 August 2020

Notice is hereby given that Richards Castle (Herefordshire) Parish Council will meet online
at 7.30 pm on Thursday 27 August 2020

THIS WILL BE AN ONLINE MEETING VIA ZOOM
Members of the public wishing to join the meeting should click on the following link:

7.30 pm: Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84011879530

1. Apologies for absence

2. Declarations of Interest and Written Requests for Dispensation
Declaration of any disclosable pecuniary interest in a matter to be discussed at the meeting whether or not it is included in the register of interests. Members are reminded that they are required to leave the room during discussing and voting on matters in which they have a disclosable pecuniary interest whether or not the interest is entered into the register of members’ interests maintained by the Monitoring Officer

3. To invite views and discussion from members of the public

4. Report from the Herefordshire Councillor for Bircher Ward

5. Financial Items
a) Annual Governance Statement
b) Parish council accounts for the year ended 31 March 2020
c) Review risk schedule
d) Payments: to approve:
K Adams, internal audit 2019-20 – £95.00
Boy Thorne Garden Services, grass maintenance – £252.00
Hitrees, lengthsman – £ tbc
R Bayliss, footpaths – £ tbc

6. Matters raised for next meeting (no discussion)

7. Close meeting and date of next meeting

Clerk to the Parish Council
23 August 2020