LATEST TOWN COUNCIL UPDATES DURING CORONA VIRUS CRISIS
For latest updates please see the Council run Covd-19 support facebook page -
To access updates on services, information on the current coronvirus situation and links to government advice please see the County Council website - https://en.powys.gov.uk/coronavirus
Where to find the latest information:
· Coronavirus information for Councils is available on the WLGA website at https://www.wlga.wales/coronavirus-covid-19-information-for-councils
· Public Health Wales publishes a daily dashboard of data about coronavirus cases across Wales, broken down by health board and local authority area. The interactive dashboard is available at https://public.tableau.com/profile/public.health.wales.health.protection...
· Public Health Wales also provides a daily update focusing on key public health information and updates. It is available at: https://covid19-phwstatement.nhs.wales/
· All the legislation passed in Wales in relation to the coronavirus pandemic is available at https://gov.wales/coronavirus-legislation
· UK Government coronavirus information for individuals and businesses in Wales https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-information-for-individ...
CORONA VIRUS - LINKS TO UPDATED INFORMATION : MARCH 2020
Public Health Wales / Iechyd Cyhoeddus Cymru
Charity Commission / Comisiwn Elusennau
Online Eligibility Checker for COVID-19 Testing for Powys Key Workers
A new online eligibility checker is available for Key (Critical) Workers in Powys to help them book an appointment at new mobile testing units in the county. The mobile testing units help to bring testing closer to home across the county. This includes for key (critical) workers who have symptoms of COVID-19 or who have an immediate household member with symptoms of COVID-19. The current testing strategy from Welsh Government identifies the following categories of key (critical) worker:
Health and social care workers, Public safety (emergency workers) and national security workers, Local and national government workers, Education and childcare workers, Food and other necessary goods, Transport workers, Utilities, communication and financial services workers, Key public service workers.
Testing is available to key (critical) workers with symptoms of COVID-19, or to a symptomatic household member of a key (critical) worker.
The online eligibility checker is available from www.powysthb.wales.nhs.uk/coronavirus-testing
Adrian Osborne from the Health Board’s communications team experienced a test run of the new facilities on Friday when he visited the mobile testing unit in Newtown:
“On Friday I had the privilege of being a guinea pig for the new mobile testing units provided in Powys in partnership with UK Armed Forces. “There’s a friendly welcome at the gate before I am directed to the first station where personal details are checked. All through a small opening in my car window. “I then drive on to the second station. Here they explain how to perform a self swab. They carefully explain what is involved, what it will feel like, and also what to do if I get into difficulty. Here they pass a small testing kit through the car window and direct me to drive on. “I then have a designated parking place to perform the self-swab, with a member of the team close by. The self swab is placed back in its tube, then in a sealed bag, and a second sealed bag. All of this helps to ensure the safety and security of each individual sample. “The final station is where the sample is handed back to the team, so that it can be sent off for processing. Friday morning’s samples were due to be on a van run to the laboratory at 1pm to help get the results back as quickly as possible. “All in all it was a very well organised experience. The process all takes place from my car. There is very little waste, and everything is removed from site for safe disposal. Whilst I was only a guinea pig, and not having a real test, I felt informed and immensely reassured. Thank you.”
UPDATE FROM LOCAL BUSINESSES AND THE HIGH STREET 25TH MAY 2020
The Salty Dog. Good Afternoon Lovely Customers. Sorry about the lack of notice but we will be closed on Monday and Tuesday. The usual Tuesday Fruit & Veg deliveries will go out with the Wednesday deliveries on
Leon’s Food to Order: All our meals are made fresh to order by our chef, Ross McQueen & Leon. Order on a Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday by 5pm and collect between 1pm and 4pm on a Thursday, Friday or Saturday. Paellas - various £8.50; Moroccan Tagine £6.50; Slow-cooked short pork ribs - various £6.50; Albondigas Romescu £6.50; Gambas Pil Pil £6.50; Harissa marinated chicken salad £5.00; plus various Salads, Sides & Deserts. Please e-mail email@example.com to request full menu or to order.
Ian Wood at Presteigne Barbers. Changes ahead for my business - more details will follow soon. Watch this space!
Amanda's Bread. We have a full range of cakes, vegan pasties and preserves available this week. Please order today Monday 25th May for collection or delivery on Thursday 28th May and delivery on Saturday 30th May, thank you. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to order.
UPDATE FROM BUSINESSES AND THE HIGH STREET 21ST MAY 2020
Salty Dog. Freshly picked, delicious Moorcourt Farm strawberries ! Last day to order your fruit & veg for collection on Sunday 10 - 12 noon. If you’re ordering for delivery, please give us at least 3 days to put your order together - e-mail email@example.com for our detailed order form (also for fish and Leon’s Food) - we deliver in Presteigne on Tuesday and Thursday, and to Norton on Wednesdays.
The Stagg. Visit our Facebook page to see our takeaway new menus for this weekend - email firstname.lastname@example.org to order! Collection is available from 5-8.30 on Friday and Saturday and 12-3 on Sunday.
Presteigne Spar. We’ve lowered the prices of many essentials across our store. So think of us the next time the bread bin’s looking a bit bare or the fridge needs filling. We’re here for you and for lower prices.
Wegnalls Farm Butchery. Bank holiday weekend - Who's interested in our £25 BBQ deal!!! 2 Packs of Pork Sausages; 1 Pack of four Pork and Apple Burgers ; 1 Pack of four Beef Burgers; 1 Pack Tennesee Belly Bites, 1 Pack of Beef and Garlic Kebabs. Drop us a message with your order now!!! email@example.com
Mark at Real Wine. It’s almost time for two more Friday Try-Days on Friday 29th May and Friday 5th June. A six-bottle Interim Case for £79. Price includes Two Friday nights of fun! Buy Case here. Check out the “Refer a Friend” link on the website for a £5 coupon for anyone new to The Real Wine Company when they buy, plus a £5 Thank You to you for the introduction. Refer a Friend here. Looking forward to raising a glass (or three!) with you, Mark. Email us: firstname.lastname@example.org
Weobley Ash. **orders for the weekend **. We are closed bank holiday Monday, please order your pork, beef or chicken kebabs, bbq boxes, spatchcock chicken tomorrow or latest Friday morning for Friday pm collection or Sat delivery. Bbq box £45. Beefburger sausage bbq box £25. Sirloin steak 4 pcs £20. Beef, pork, lamb boxes £60 4 ppl (or a mix of all 3 meats) Breakfast box £15. Fresh in today strawberries and raspberries - Raspberries 2 for £3.50 - Strawberries 2 for £5 - or with cream £6.25. Peaches £1.95 punnet. Call 01544 598120 or email email@example.com
UPDATE FROM BUSINESSES AND THE HIGH STREET : 18TH MAY 2020
Shepherds Icecream. We'll be back to Presteigne and Kington again next week with our latest specials, Elderflower Sorbet and Amarena Cherry Yoghurt. We will be driving from Hay-on-Wye via Eardisley on Friday 22nd May so if you're anywhere along that route get in touch and we can probably deliver to you too. £4.60 per 1/4 litre tub - minimum order 4 tubs for home delivery. 01497 821898.
Weobley Ash. Meat and veg boxes delivered. Beef box for 4 £60 for 5 £75. Includes roasting joint, mince, dice, steaks and burgers. Mixed meat box of beef, pork or lamb as above. Bbq box for 4 £45 Inc Chinese pork kebabs, plain pork sausage, burgers and peppered steaks. Veg and fruit boxes £20 and £30. Breakfast box, sausage, dry cured bacon, eggs, beans. All meat grass fed, native and butchered in store. To book your order call 01544 598120 or email firstname.lastname@example.org PM on FaceBook.
Salty Dog. Good Afternoon lovely Salty Dog Customers. Please contact us to be put on the mailing list for our order form for collection or delivery of fruit and veg, and Food to Order Menu. To order, email email@example.com. If you would like to talk to us regarding any dietary requirements, call us on 01544 267720.
Leon’s Food to Order - all our meals are made fresh to order by our resident chef, Ross Mc Queen. Order from the list below on a Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday, and collect on Thursday, Friday or Saturday.
Albondigas (meatballs) £6.50 - Albondigas Romesco, Albondigas Bravas Paella - £8.50 (serves two as a main course or four as tapas) Chicken & Chorizo Paella, Seafood Paella, Vegetarian Paella, Salty Dog Special Paella. Plus....Thai Green Curry £5, Spicy Chicken Wings £5, Persian BBQ Ribs £6.50, Chicken Tikka Salad £5, plus Basmati Rice, and a selection of sides and salads.
Presteigne Spar. Job Alert - Calling all Self Employed Drivers. We need some help getting our food deliveries out to customers in the local area. So we’re still recruiting for Self Employed drivers with: a full driving licence and their own vehicle and Business Car Insurance who would be able to deliver food deliveries within our community. Hit the link to find out more and to apply now! https://afblakemore.livevacancies.co.uk
Amanda's Bread. We really appreciate your interest and support in our baking and delivery activities as it is enabling us to continue baking during these crazy times. We do feel very privileged that we can continue to work and to you offer this service. Please email me for a full product list, although nothing is set in stone and the variety of products available may vary each week. This is due to seasonal availability, the
unpredictability of getting hold of baking supplies at the moment and just to give everyone (including us) a bit of variety. Bread and other products are available on a first come, first served basis, so we recommend early ordering. Here is the list of cakes, pasties and preserves below are available to order this week. Order today, Monday 18th May for delivery on Thursday 21st May and Saturday 23rd May. If you miss the Monday
ordering deadline, please do still get in touch but be aware that we are less likely to be able to fulfil your order. To order, email Amanda at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cakes: Cloister fruitcake (vegan, spelt, no sugar or fat), Brownie (no gluten), sticky pear and, ginger (spelt), lemon (spelt), dark chocolate (spelt), rosy rhubarb, fruity, seeded flapjack (vegan),walnut bars
Vegan Pasties: spiced sweet potato, aubergine, chickpea and pepper, spring green, green lentil, tomato, basil and walnut, sweet potato, peanut and lime Preserves: seville orange marmalade, grapefruit and bergamot marmalade, apricot and apple chutney, rhubarb and orange chutney, spiced pumpkin chutney, medlar jelly.
POWYS COUNTY COUNCIL INFORMATION ON SECOND AND HOLIDAY HOMES 15TH MAY 2020
Message from County Council: Advisory notice - Health Protection (Coronavirus Restrictions) (Wales) Regulations 2020 - Use of second homes and holiday lets during coronavirus lockdown
The Health Protection (Coronavirus Restrictions) (Wales) Regulations 2020, as amended, have established a range of measures in response to the serious and imminent threat to public health which is posed by the incidence and spread of COVID 19 disease (Coronavirus) in Wales. These measures are enforced in certain circumstances. Enforcement is generally seen as a last resort and compliance has largely been achieved by promoting public awareness of the restrictions and what as citizens we are expected to do to comply. The response from both the public and businesses has on the whole been exceptional, with the majority of people acting in the interests of our communities, notwithstanding the extreme challenges that this can present. We are therefore grateful for the commitment and sacrifices made.
However, over the period that the ‘lockdown measures’ have been in force we have received a significant number of reports of people arriving at various properties in the County to take up occupation – allegedly in contravention of the restrictions. If correct, this risks compromising disease control measures.
Owners of a second home/holiday property in the County must understand key requirements that may relate to the use of your property.
Fundamentally, the Regulations require that no person shall leave the place that they live without reasonable excuse (Regulation 8(1)). The Regulations provide a list of examples of where it would generally be appropriate for a person to leave the place that they live, although this is not exhaustive. Significantly, travel from the place where a person lives to a second home/ holiday property is not considered a reasonable excuse and where this occurs in contravention of the Regulations, individuals concerned may be subject to a fine (Fixed Penalty Notice).
Travelling to a second home/holiday property presents a number of risks/concerns.
The Regulations further prohibit the occupation of holiday accommodation as part of a business, other than where specific authorisation has been granted (see below). The Regulations specifically state that such properties must be closed (by virtue of Regulation 4(4)).
The occupation of holiday lets, contrary to this requirement, introduces further risks and concerns:
· The risk of spreading infection increases as the number of persons travelling to and from the property increases and with the increased turnover in guests.
· If any guests have symptoms of COVID 19 disease during their stay and the household needs to self-isolate, links and support within the community might be limited.
· If any guests have symptoms of COVID 19 disease during their stay, they may be unable to remain at the property for the required isolation period (14 days from the first case exhibiting symptoms). If forced to return home, there would be a serious risk of passing the infection on to others (household members and the public) on the journey home.
· There is a significant risk of infecting the environment, surfaces, bedding, linen etc. which are unlikely to be subject to cleansing and disinfection sufficient to eliminate the virus. Furthermore, infection may occur from cases with mild or no symptoms not recognised as COVID 19 disease. This would result in a disease risk to housekeeping staff and subsequent guests.
While summarising the position as it generally applies to holiday accommodation, it should be noted that the Regulations do make provision for the use of holiday accommodation for restricted and specific purposes, where requested and approved by Welsh Ministers or a local authority. For example, businesses have been authorised to provide temporary accommodation for defined key workers. Any business currently accommodating key workers that have not secured approval are requested to e-mail the Council at email@example.com. To assist in implementing this provision, business owners are requested to take all reasonable steps to check that people who are asserting they are key workers validly hold that status.
For further guidance on the position as it applies in Wales see https://gov.wales/guidance-note-holiday-accommodation-owner…
Powys County Council and Dyfed Powys Police are working in partnership to protect our communities and ensuring that the above requirements are observed is an important part of this work.
We know these are difficult times. However, the single most important action to stop the infection spreading, to reduce the pressure on our stretched emergency services and ultimately to save lives is for everyone to stay at home. We are urging the public not to visit Powys at this time.
Tourism is of significant importance to the economy of Powys and it is acknowledged that tourism provides vital income for many residents. Powys County Council remains committed to supporting and safeguarding tourism in Powys and looks forward to welcoming back tourists once the threat from Covid-19 has receded. We appreciate the extreme challenges faced by many of our businesses and would encourage those facing difficulty to visit our web-site https://en.powys.gov.uk/coronavirus/helpforbusinesses
for advice on financial support that you may be entitled to. Alternatively, you can call the dedicated Powys County Council Covid-19 Helpline on 01597 826345 to find out about Grants and Reliefs, Benefits and Awards, Managing your Money and Debt Advice, and other help and support. Lines are open 9am - 4pm Monday to Friday.
POWYS COUNTY COUNCIL PRESS RELEASE 11TH MAY 2020
Powys County Council Bulletin:
First Minister Mark Drakeford has announced the stay-at-home regulations will remain in force in Wales until the next review period in three weeks’ time (29 May). Three small adjustments to the regulations have come into force today:
o Removing the once-a-day exercise restriction – exercise will have to start and end at home and stay local.
o Allowing garden centres to open, if they are able to comply with the workplace physical distancing duty.
o Enabling local authorities to begin to plan for the re-opening of libraries and municipal recycling centres.
Figures issued by the Office of National Statistics (ONS) on the number of deaths in Powys attributed, either wholly or in part to COVID-19, as at April 24 was 56 – 25 in hospital, 28 in a care home and three at home.
Public Health Wales has today reported a further 223 new confirmed cases of coronavirus in Wales, bringing the total number of cases to 11,334, with 204 cases in Powys although the figure is likely to be much higher. Sadly, there have been a further 12 deaths of people with 1,111 for Wales and nine for Powys during the outbreak as of 9 May 2020.
Rural Affairs Minister Lesley Griffiths has announced funding for Welsh dairy farmers hardest hit by the recent exceptional market conditions as a result of coronavirus. The dairy sector has felt the immediate impact of the global pandemic with the closure of the food service and hospitality sectors. To support the sector, eligible dairy farmers who have lost more than 25% of their income in April and in May will be entitled to up to £10,000, to cover 70% of their lost income. This will help ensure they can continue to operate without impacting animal welfare and the environment.
Powys County Council Matters -
Service update: Libraries and Household Waste recycling Centres will not open in Powys until it is safe for residents and staff, the County Council has said. Following the First Minister’s announcement, the County Council is working towards re-opening some libraries and HWRCs. However, there is a great deal of work to be done before any service resumes in Powys – no operation will open until the council is confident that measures have been put in place to minimize the risk of infection and spread of covid-19 for both staff and customers.
Mobile testing: A fifth mobile testing unit will be operated by the Armed Forces travelling around Powys. The units form part of the UK-wide response to Coronavirus and will bring testing closer to home. These units will be based in the existing Community Testing Centres in Bronllys and Welshpool, but they will also travel to locations in Newtown, Llansantffraid-ym-Mechain, Llandrindod Wells and Ystradgynlais, with a fifth due to open in Machynlleth shortly.
Key actions taken:
Business support grants - over £500 million of support has reached 41,000 Welsh businesses so far during COVID19. As a council we've paid out £39.3m of this to 3,293 businesses across Powys. Read more - https://bit.ly/34SyYlb
Bounce Back Loans - UK Government’s new fast-track finance scheme will provide small businesses with loans of up to £50,000. Loans will be interest free for the first 12 months and applications open on Monday 4 May.
Economic Resilience Fund – This has been paused due to receiving 9,000+ applications. This will give Welsh Government an opportunity to consider what further support businesses, charities and social enterprises need
Weddings/civil ceremonies postponed.
New internal resource. A new COVID-19 intranet portal is now available for staff and councillors. It brings together in one co-ordinated area a wealth of internal corporate announcements, information and resources about COVID-19. Check your emails and the front page of the staff intranet for full details.
Temporary mortuary facility set up on the Wyeside Industrial Estate, Llanelwedd, near Builth Wells. The temporary facilities will mean that the county can be confident that it has the capacity to provide dignity in death for the people of Powys.
New bereavement support during the Covid-19 Pandemic launched.
Additional £181k housing benefit allowance to 1,200 households.
As per UK government advice, you must stay at home apart from essential travel or you may be fined.
Testing for key roles within social services
For previous actions visit: https://en.powys.gov.uk/coronavirus/pcckeyactions
PRESTEIGNE SHOPS AND SERVICES DURING CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK : 2020
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UPDATE FROM LOCAL BUSINESSES 13TH MAY 2020
The Retreat. We have taken the incredibly difficult and sad decision to permanently close our doors at our current location. As touch-based therapists (mostly) we think it will be a considerable time before we are able to work in the same way and to the same extent as we were just a couple of months ago. We will be at our current location until early July, so if you would like herbal teas, fitness aids, skincare items, etc,
these can still be purchased for collection from The Retreat. Please contact me directly on firstname.lastname@example.org or 07816 981454. Several of the practitioners (including myself) are trying as hard as we can to adapt to the situation by offering telephone and online support, please contact us directly (full details here: retreat.wales/practitioners). I am offering: A free 15-minute chat, we can talk through the problem and I can give you
some options. If you wish, you can then book a consultation at a time to suit. You can contact me on 07816 981454 or email@example.com. Thank you for your support and stay safe, Very best wishes, Marian Hardiman.
Lyonshall Nurseries. We are re-opening again today. Following the Governments green light for garden centres to re-open (not that they should have closed!) we have taken the decision to re-open. We are opening on Wednesday 13th May at 10 am - 4pm. We will, hopefully, staff permitting, offer Monday - Saturday opening 10am -4pm. Closed on Sunday. As you you know it's gardening season! Please allow extra time during your visit, we will be limiting customer numbers. I know everyone is keen to get going, so no fisticuffs please! We are hoping to offer an evening during the week from 6-8pm for NHS, carers and key workers very soon. Please let me know if you would like this. It will not be a free for all, we will check! I am so looking forward to seeing you very soon. All the best, and keep safe. Simon & the Lyonshall Team. tel. 01544 340
214 firstname.lastname@example.org, see full information at www.lyonshallnurseries.co.uk
Lloyds Bank. To keep everyone safe, please only visit us in branch if what you need to do is essential. For the latest information on what you can do in-branch and step-by-step guides to help you bank online visit: http://spr.ly/618817II4.
Mid Border Arts. We are continuing to keep in touch with their newsletter subscribers, if you would like to sign up, here's the link http://eepurl.com/dkDxc1.
Presteigne Spar. It's #NationalVegetarianWeek so we're going to be sharing some of our best veggie recipes you can rustle up at home. Starting with this delicious Chickpea & Cauliflower Curry, tonight's dinner sorted! http://ow.ly/bWWe50zCOIK
Wild Thyme. Takeaway menu time again - see our Facebook page... new risotto dish this week with wonderful Herefordshire asparagus and pancetta. Fresh wild garlic
pesto also available to order £5. Orders to 07854 428668 before 10pm Wednesday and Thursdays, for collection the following day between 6 and 7pm.
The Stagg. See our Facebook page for our hew Takeaway Menu for Friday and Saturday evening - to order email email@example.com or call 01544 230221 after 3pm on both days! The Sunday lunch menu will be on Facebook tomorrow!
Weobley Ash. Fresh in vegetables and fruit, New in red Cabbage and red onions. Beef, pork and lamb, meat boxes, veg boxes & dairy. 01544 598120, email firstname.lastname@example.org
UPDATE FROM LOCAL BUSINESSES AND THE HIGH STREET 11TH MAY 2020
Tickle Tots who are looking for seamstresses to work from their office in the Presteigne area - two people with sewing experience (preferably industrial but not essential) to work part-time on a self-employed basis. Safe working conditions with social distancing procedures in place. Contact Sophia on 07970 338593 or email email@example.com
Spar Presteigne. Nominate your Community Champion Winner. Over the last few weeks our community has needed each other like never before and so we want to take this opportunity to recognise those amongst us who have gone the extra mile, and to thank them. So now we're asking you to nominate your community champion to win this Fevertree gift set. Here’s how to enter:
GO TO OUR FACEBOOK PAGE...(1) Comment on this post and tell us who you are nominating and why. (2) Like your comment (3) Ask your family and friends to vote for your nomination by liking your comment. The x3 nomination comments that get the most likes will win a gift set each. Giveaway closes on 13.05.20. Our staff are amazing, but we want this prize to go to someone deserving in the community, so please don't
nominate our staff to win. For full terms and conditions: https://fal.cn/37ZuJ.
Weobley Ash. South African Boerewors, in the shop, mix of grass fed Hereford beef and rare breed welsh pork. Call 01544 598120 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to to order. We have been closed today for computer and till training, back tomorrow (Tuesday) with a shop full of fresh fruit and veg and great quality meats.
Barbara (Sew Presteigne). We have only 130 scrub bags left. See Presteigne Life posting - please share.
Reminder from PNCS. If you start to receive hospital appointments and need Community Transport. Please do not hesitate to contact us in the normal way.
Leon’s Food to Order. All our meals are made fresh to order by our resident chef, Ross McQueen. Order from the list below on a Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday by17.00 and collect between 09.00 and 14.00 on a Thursday, Friday or Saturday. Paellas £8.50; Albondigas(meatballs) £6.50; Spicy chicken wings £5.00; Persian BBQ Ribs £6.50; Thai Green Curry £5.00; Chicken Tikka Salad £5.00; Salads £3.50; Sides
Amanda’s Bread. This week's pasties and cakes available to order for Saturday delivery to Presteigne area - email email@example.com Vegan pasties - Spiced sweet potato - Spring greens, green lentil, tomato, basil and walnut. Cakes - Sticky pear and ginger - Rosy rhubarb - Cloister fruitcake (vegan) - Brownie (no gluten) - Fruity, seedy flapjack (vegan) - Walnut bars - Dark chocolate - Lemon cake - Chocolate gingerbread animal biscuits.
Chilvers Country Store, Presteigne. Compost is back in stock and selling well! Plants of various descriptions being updated daily. The shop selling gardening supplies, pet and animal feeds as well as agricultural products is open daily and operating a strict limit to people in the shop. Free delivery available. For more information please feel free to ring Dan 07798928909.
UPDATE FROM LOCAL BUSINESSES AND THE HIGH STREET 8TH MAY 2020
Weobley Ash. Pepper corn steaks for the bbq, quick easy cooking, in store now. Order by calling 01544 598120 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Wegnall’s Butchery. Our current offer is a 10lb bag of our Fresh Traditional Pork Sausage for £25.00. We offer a wide range of fresh pork which can be ordered, is butchered weekly, and we can arrange collection or local delivery. To order or for information contact us: Wegnalls Farm Butchery, Presteigne LD8 2LD, telephone 07890 392132 or 01547 540253
UPDATE FROM LOCAL BUSINESSES ETC. 7TH MAY 2020
Bring Site. Please note that the British Heart Foundation Book Bank at the Bring Site is closed until further notice, because it is full and cannot be emptied until lockdown is lifted.
Emily George. Stretch and tone class! Starting next week via the zoom app, Thursdays at 6:45-7:15, £2 per person, please let me know if you’d like to book on! email email@example.com
Weobley Ash. Bbq boxes, from £45. Pork Chinese kebabs, sausages, burgers, steaks and bread rolls. Order only, 01544 598120 or PM us
Spar Presteigne. We're open as normal for essential shopping on VE Day bank holiday. Our opening hours (normally 0700 to 2200) can be found in the About section of our Facebook page. We hope everyone has a happy and safe day at home. Thank you for your continued support.
B W Roberts, Garage. CLOSED (Friday 8th May) for the VE Day bank holiday. Open again Saturday 9am-12pm. Have a lovely weekend.
Wegnals Farm Butchery. Traditional Pork Sausages available. 10lb bags £25.00 Freshly made. Available this week and taking orders for next week.
The Hat Shop. Friday lunch will be Chicken Kiev and Black Forest gateau!
UPDATE FROM LOCAL BUSINESSES ETC 4TH MAY 2020
The Salty Dog. Opening Hours (for now) - Monday to Saturday 9am until 2pm; Collection 10am until 12 on Sunday; We will be open this Bank Holiday Friday. e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for Fruit x Veg Orders and Leon's Ready Meals. Thank you for your support and patience. Take Care and Stay Safe Loads of love The Salty Dog Team x
Chilvers Country Supplies. Our new Presteigne store (next to the Radnorshire Arms car park on the bypass) is now open for shoppers. Please note and comply with the notices posted concerning number of customers in the store at any one time, and maintain social distancing. Deliveries available. Orders/enquiries - Dan 07798 928909.
Presteigne Freegle. We will re-open freegling (with suitable guidance and safeguards) once both Powys and Herefordshire Councils re-open the Household Waste Recycling Centres. Meanwhile you can still post your OFFERS or WANTEDS and they’ll be queued pending that decision. Not yet a member of Presteigne Freegle ? Go to www.ilovefreegle.org
The Salty Dog. Leon’s Food to Order - all our meals are made fresh to order by our resident chef, Ross Mc Queen. Order from the list below on a Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday, and collect on Thursday, Friday or Saturday. THIS WEEKS CHEF’S SPECIAL - £6.50 (portion). Ox Cheeks Slow Braised in Rioja CURRIES - £5.00 (serve one as a main course) - Chicken Tikka Masala, Yellow King Prawn Curry, Thai Green Chicken Curry, Beef Massaman, Thai Yellow Veg Curry STEAMED AROMATIC BASMATI RICE - £1.95 ALBONDIGAS ROMESCO - £6.50 (serves one as a main course) Beef and Iberico pork meatballs cooked in an almond saffron sauce. PAELLAS - £8.50 (serves two as a main course or four as tapas) Chicken & Chorizo Paella, Seafood Paella, Vegetarian Paella.
To order please email email@example.com. If you would like to talk to us regarding any dietary requirements, please call us on 01544 267720
Spar Presteigne. Trust us, this dish is a corker. Mix 12 cloves of finely chopped garlic with a little oil then in a pan. Add some pepper and one big tbsp of butter. Cook for
three minutes – just make sure you don’t let the garlic go brown. Add 750ml of red wine and reduce by about two thirds – it’ll take about 20 to 25 minutes. Meanwhile, cook your
pasta al dente, just short of what the packet says. Drain the pasta and mix with the wine, adding six tbsp of butter and cook till the sauce is thick, which should take about three minutes. Serve it up with parmesan – when the kids have gone to bed!
Presteigne Repair & Skill Share. Probably a lot of us are making do & mending at the present time. There have been some good programmes on the radio too about the
importance of the useful skills which encourage renewing & reusing. Whilst we cannot at present hold what have become regular and popular sessions, when it becomes possible we will be up and running again. Our last get together was at the John Beddoes eco day, in March, when years 7/8 had a go at fixing things too. Meanwhile Repair Cafe Wales (who supported us in starting up) are branching out into online virtual repairing. They have been asking for fixers to make videos showing how to mend some items, and for feedback from fixers on why they volunteer & what sort of items have been repaired. Some of this will soon be available on their Facebook page & in time on the Website. Also of course there are lots of ideas to help on You Tube & the iFixit site. From buttons to IT, it's all possible! firstname.lastname@example.org
Wild Thyme. Our Takeaway menu for this week includes a new roasted Salmon dish - see our Facebook page for full menu and details. 01544 267177 / 07854 428668
Weobley Ash. Suited and booted for another week, weather should be good and so will our meat packs and veg packs. Beef boxes, beef joints, burgers, sausage, bacon,
chops, bbq food, salad and veg all in store or available for delivery. Raspberries and cream sir? Don't mind if I do sir ! £1.30 each or 2 for £2. 2 punnets & tub single cream
£3.50 - while stocks last. Call 01544 598120 or email email@example.com
UPDATE FROM LOCAL BUSINESSES AND THE HIGH STREET 2ND MAY 2020
Reminder about Post Office hours. The Post Office in Premier is not open on Saturdays, but it is open 9 am through to 3 pm on weekdays. The volunteers are reporting that quite a few people are turning up on Saturdays with packages that need to be weighed or registered, and other people on weekdays saying they didn’t bring post because they thought the post office counter would be closed at lunchtime.
.The Hat Shop. Lunches available if pre ordered from hat shop or local day centre £6 or £6.50 if within walking distance delivered. Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. Phone for details 01544 260017.
PNCS Presteigne & Norton Community Support. If you start to receive hospital appointments and need Community Transport. Please do not hesitate to contact us in the normal way.01544 267961 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bryan’s Ground. Your last chance to get hold of their Hortus Journal at halfprice - see their hortusjournal Instagram page. This Special Offer of a one-year subscription to Hortus is still available at HALF PRICE (plus postage) but the offer ends midnight local time tomorrow, Sunday 3rd May. Go to www.hortus.co.uk and use promo (coupon) code ‘Mayday’. Discounted price is shown at final checkout stage. New subscriptions only —cannot be used to renew existing subs. Happy gardening, happy reading. Stay safe and during lockdown enjoy the pleasures of gardening through the printed word.
Older Information -
Presteigne Pharmacy. Please note that we’re going to be closed for an extra hour at lunchtime, from 12 to 2pm.
B W Roberts Garage. The garage - just the garage not the forecourt - will be closed from Tuesday March 31st. If your car breaks down and you are a key worker needing it for work please call 01544267365 or PM on facebook. Bryn will try his best to get you up and running again. This may not be easy as many of our parts suppliers are closing too - we can but try! The forecourt will remain open as normal tomorrow (8.30-1pm,2-6pm) Saturday 9-1pm and Monday 8.30-1pm, 2-6pm. We will then be running reduced hours from Tuesday 31st. These will be 10am-4pm weekdays and 9am-12pm Saturday. We will not be closing for lunch in the week. These times may be subject to change as this is a bit of a learning curve! Thank you everyone for your patience in these rapidly changing times. #staysafe #stayhome if you can.
Lloyds Bank. We are planning to open Lloyds Bank this Friday but it will be 10am - 2pm. We hope to continue to open each Monday and Friday 10am - 2pm where we are able to. Please note however that we are only allowing 1 person into the branch at a time to stick to the 2 metre recommendation from the Government - thanks to all customers for helping with this.
Rhos Market Garden. We are inundated with requests and because of this unprecedented demand, we are sorry that we cannot take on any new orders just at the moment. Watch this space for future updates.
The Salty Dog. We have a very high demand for on-line orders to collect, so we have decided that we need to close the shop in the afternoons to be able to prepare the orders. So the shop will only be open to the public from 9am to 2pm Monday to Saturday, and for collection only on Sunday from 10am to 2pm. . Please give us at least three days notice for orders. Some changes to collection and delivery times. At the moment: Delivery Tuesday and Thursday. Collect Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday and Sunday between 10am and 2pm. Normal shopping 9am to 2pm Monday to Saturday, and then the orders are put together in the afternoon. Please order 3 days in advance.
Rose Cottage Flowers Café. The menu for each week is on the facebook page. Ready-to-heat delicious meals for delivery. See Facebook page for each week’s menu. Order before 11am on Thursday for delivery on Friday. £20 minimum for delivery within 5 miles of Presteigne. Order on Facebook, or email email@example.com, or call 07548519714 or 01544 260453.
SAMPLE MENU - Cottage Pie £3.95; Chicken and bacon pie £4.75; Roasted Vegetable Lasagne £3.50; Beef Madras £4.75; Chicken and Cauliflower Korma £4.75; Chickpea, lentil and
Spinach Curry £3.75; Smoked Salmon and asparagus quiche £3.50; Sweet potato and lentil soup £3.00
EXTRAS - Bag of mixed vegetables £1.00; Potato, swede and carrot mash £1.50; Onion
Bhaji 50p each; Pilau rice £1.50; Mixed salad box £2.00
Weobley Ash. Call 01544 598120 or firstname.lastname@example.org to order for collection or delivery.
New store opening times: Instore shopping 9-1 pm, Coll of orders 1-5pm, Monday to Saturday. No admittance to the shop will be allowed after 1pm. This is in order to protect you the shopper and us and our staff. For the foreseeable future shopping will be on a order and collection or delivery service. It's far safer for us and you to use our delivery service. Please call 01544 598120 or email email@example.com for a price guide and delivery schedule.Please plan meals and shopping for at least 5 days if possible to help us with stock. Grass fed Hereford beef coming through, roasting chuck, brisket and rump joints, silverside, topside, ribeye, sirloin, fillet and more. Plenty available in store (2 ppl at a time) or call 01544 598120 to order delivery. firstname.lastname@example.org. Due to increasing demand in deliveries we are creating a rough time plan: Monday- Saturday= Presteigne, Lingen and Norton, Tuesday= Leominster (and nearby areas/ areas on route), Wednesday= Knighton (and nearby areas/ areas on route), Thursday= Kington (and nearby areas/ areas on route). We advise doing weekly orders and preparing at least 3 days beforehand to ensure we can gather all your items in time. Many thanks and keep safe!
Presteigne Tyres. Following the DVSA announcement today regarding MOT Testing and also Government advice, our workshop and MOT testing lane will remain open as normal until Friday 27th March but will then be CLOSED from Monday 30th March until further notice. However we will continue to support our local community so if you are a key worker doing vital journeys or a member of the public having to make an essential journey we will be available on our EMERGENCY NUMBER - 07831 615675 to help out with any urgent vehicle issues that you may have. Please be assured that we are following Government guidelines on cleaning and sanitising all our work areas and vehicle’s in order to limit the spread of COVID-19. We thank you for your support during the last few weeks and look forward to seeing you at Presteigne Tyres again soon. Keep safe…Keep smiling. Nigel & Jackie.
Lyonshall Nurseries. ...from Lyonshall Nurseries. We are able to make home deliveries. We are asking for your patience on this. If you have already emailed us PLEASE do not send again we will get back to you. We are working with very limited staff and we can only process so many orders in a day. Unfortunately we are unable to keep up with demand. Please give us a few days and systems will be in place to speed things up. If you are emailing us, please help us, by providing us with your requirements & requests together with a contact number. This will enable us to give you a quicker response. We are in the process of having a full on-line webshop, where our plants & gardening products will be able to be purchased on-line and be provide home delivery. This will be hopefully in place by mid-April. If you would like to know when it’s up and running please sign up to our newsletter at www.lyonshallnurseries.co.uk. We have plenty of basic gardening items. Compost, seed trays, labels, pots & tools. We have some good quality plants including bulbs, herbs, vegetables( limited availability at the moment, but plenty growing on!) shrubs, perennials roses, trees climbing plants etc. We are still growing our veg & bedding container plants as usual .
Keep safe, Simon and the rest of the garden centre team www.lyonshallnurseries.co.uk
Chilvers Farm Supplies - As the ongoing situation is progressing we have taken several steps to ensure the health and welfare of us and our families. We are well aware that this is a busy time and most customers are in full swing of lambing. If you need anything we are still open but to reduce social contact please can you phone ahead with your orders and we will box them up and leave them outside the shop at The Cloggie. Dan is on the road and is delivering - please speak with him and he will leave your items in a safe place on your farm. Chilvers also have pet food, horse food and chicken food available at their new Presteigne store (for delivery only) Call Dan (see number below). We thank you for your Continued support in this difficult time. We wish you and your families all the best and please stay safe. Many Thanks.
Andy Tess and Dan . Shop 01547550121 Andy 07791096941 Dan 07798928909
Carini’s Butchers: Opening hours are - Mon-Thurs- 7am-5pm, Fri 7am-5.30pm & Sat 7am-2.45pm. They have someone who will do home deliveries to the older folk. Phone number is 01544 260026. They can do bank transfer or cash or cheque on delivery.
Alex Gooch : UPDATE 31ST MARCH - Alex Gooch baker, "Having discussed it at length and listened to feedback, we have taken the decision not to participate in our usual Presteigne Market tomorrow, nor at any other markets until further notice"
Mark at Real Wines. APC couriers have advised that they are still able to deliver wines, but other, more essential deliveries will take priority. In practice this means it may not be next working day delivery, but 2 or 3 days. Simply type freeshipping in the discount box at checkout and the delivery charge will be knocked-off your order. Place an order now. Thanks for being great customers and friends. https://www.therealwineco.co.uk.
Emily George: Need to get the family up and dancing? Emily George, a local fitness instructor is posting videos etc on her facebook page – EG Fitness and Dance.
Premier. Please note new opening hours for the Post Office Monday to Friday 9am to 3pm (weekend closed). In the shop, please help us by - only 3 customers at any one time - restrict your visit to
7-10 minutes - avoid touching any items you are not buying - note we cannot accept any returns or exchanges in the current circumstances. Thank you for your support.
Presteigne Building Supplies. Closed 24th March until further notice.
The Workhouse Gallery & Café. After a week to catch our breath and fully take in the situation, we have decided to extend the closure of the Workhouse Gallery to our website sales. While not officially required to do this, we feel this is the responsible course of action: helping to slow the spread of the virus by not adding more pressure to the UK delivery network. How will this work? This means that for the time being, we will not be fulfilling any orders. You will still be able to place orders online and they will be processed as soon as we resume operations. If you need to get in touch: Please email - email@example.com, which is being checked regularly. Unfortunately, we will not be able to answer phone calls during this time. For now: We hope all our customers can appreciate why we've done this, and we look forward to opening again in the near future. Going forward: The Workhouse Gallery is a family-owned business and part of the vibrant community of Presteigne. We are keeping our employee’s jobs safe; utilising the furlough offered by the government to help everyone get through this difficult time. We would like to reassure our customers that we are in a strong position come back fighting fit when this is all over and, in the meantime, we are using the time to think about the future and reinvigorate our creative process. Keep in touch: If you are not already receiving our email newsletters - make sure you sign up on our website: www.theworkhousegallery.co.uk. We wish you and your families well, The Workhouse Team.
Leominster Pet Centre: We are delivering in Presteigne area. Please tag anyone in surrounding villages or towns that may want something dropped to them. Take care all. #stayhome #keepsafe #leominster_uk #delivery #smallbusiness #hereforyou
Co-op Stores (Kington & Knighton). As always, we're committed to giving you the best possible service. With demand higher than ever, we need to give our colleagues time to replenish stock, so we can continue giving customers and the community everything they need when we reopen each morning. Additionally, we want to encourage members to stay at home as the government has suggested and only shop for essentials.Therefore our store opening hours are changing to 7am-8pm. However, our petrol stores will remain open until 11pm.
Wild Card Tattoos, High Street. Wild Card Tattoos is currently closed until further notice following government guidelines. All deposits that have been paid will be held until I am able to reopen again. Please message their fb page or call 07852111963 if you have any enquiries.
Wild Thyme. Hi everyone! Just updating the pre-order takeaway menu from Wild Thyme Italian, Presteigne with the addition of a tasty Fish Pie 07854 428668.
Presteigne Post Office. Please note our current opening hours are 9am to 3pm Monday to Friday (closed Saturday/Sunday).
The Retreat: Available for collection or local delivery from The Retreat. Exercise, training, yoga, pilates equipment- mats, resistance bands, foam rollers and massage balls.
Full range of Silvan Skincare - Cleanser, Face Oils, Creams, Body Oils and multi-purpose balms including, Mama’s, Muscle, Rescue, Sleep and Radiance. Muscle, Skin and Relax Bath Salts 1kg and 2kg sizes available. Locally produced soap, shaving balm, conditioners and shampoo bars from Wild Sage. Elsa’s natural deodorants. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org - these can be ordered for collection or local delivery.Marian at The Retreat. You can now have Online consultations for aches and pains with massage therapist Marian Hardiman from The Retreat. After a period of adjustment, Marian is available for support with aches and pains again! It looks a bit different, but she can offer quite a bit on-line. Firstly we would have a free 15-minute chat, where we can talk through the problem and I can give you some options. If you wish, you can then book a consultation at a time to suit. This would take place via Zoom, FaceTime or WhatsApp. Cost £25 per session. (You don’t have to download software, just follow a link). During the consultation, I can refer to the notes that I have already for you or if you are a new client I can take a case history, make an assessment and offer a plan. I can then give: *Specific self-care advice *A home exercise routine via online videos or emailed instructions. *Self-treatment techniques. *Suggestions for adaptations to movements. You can contact me on 07816 981454 or email@example.com. Best wishes, Marian.
Marian at Silvan Skincare. Award-winning Presteigne based Silvan Skincare is offering free delivery and gift wrapping. We offer a range of nourishing and soothing products for face, lips and body including oils, creams and balms. Leaping Bunny certified cruelty free and Vegan Society registered balms. Silvan Skincare can be ordered online and delivered for free to UK addresses. We also offer gift wrapping for Easter presents or self-isolating treats. Order from the website here: www.silvanskincare.com or arrange collection in Presteigne by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
MESSAGE FROM POLICE : 26TH MARCH 2020
Message from Chief Constable Mark Collins. The pace at which the situation has unfolded has been unprecedented. Our communities arebeing asked to live in a way which they are likely never to have experienced before, and we hope the majority are complying with the Prime Minister's instruction to limit movement and time outof the house.We take pride as a service in the relationship we have with our communities and you as ourpartners who represent our communities in your local areas. You are very important conduitsbetween us and our communities.I am confident people will follow the stringent, but very necessary measures that the Government have put in place, but for those who will not follow themeasures, we will utilise the existing powers we have, as well as any additional powers as they become available to us. I am extremely proud of the work that has gone into the planning around this operation and the commitment shown by my staff.I ask our communities for their support too, and with that, I'm confident that together we can get through this. Now is the time for us all to pull together.
In response to the situation, we are adapting our current patrol plans, and targeting them in line with the UK Governmentguidelines. Daily patrols will be conducted and will include keylocations such as supermarkets, food shops, pharmacies, parks,GP surgeries, and petrol stations/shops. Obviously our staff andthe public's health is paramount, therefore they'll be practicing social distancing guidelines (2m rule) with people whereverpossible. Officers will also have their Personal Protective Equipment for use when appropriate. Dynamic patrols aimed at engaging with, and where appropriate challenging, gatherings of more than two people will also take place at areas known to be associated with ASB, and local parkswhere open etc.
MESSAGE FROM COUNTY COUNCIL : 26TH MARCH 2020
Residents warned not to fall for scams amidst the Coronavirus pandemic
We are facing a time of unprecedented uncertainty, with many of us anxious about how the Coronavirus pandemic will affect us for the foreseeable future. It is at times like this, as we search for information and answers to our questions, that we can be vulnerable to scammers, who unfortunately look to take advantage of the situation for personal gain. Powys County Council would like to remind residents to remain vigilant against such behaviour. Here are just a few that you should be aware of. Although there is a huge amount of community spirit and camaraderie at this time, scammers have been known to take advantage of this and knock at your door claiming to offer help.
Some individuals are posing as door-to-door coronavirus testers or from the Centre Disease Control wanting to ask questions, in order to gain entry to people's homes. Nobody, and specifically not the NHS nor the police, are conducting such tests or questionnaire. If anyone attends your property and claims to be conducting such tests, please call the police on 999.
Other scams involve phishing emails from people pretending to be a trustworthy organisation. Pease be aware of various emails containing links which them prompt you to divulge personal information such as login details, bank details, etc - NEVER give these details out, however legitimate the email may seem.
-Don't click on links from email sources you don't know - this could result in a virus being download onto your computer or device.
-Watch out for emails claiming to be from the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) or experts saying they have information about the virus.
-Ignore online offers for vaccinations - these are false.
-Do your homework when it comes to giving donations, whether through charities or crowdfunding sites. Don't let anyone rush you into making a donation. If someone wants a donation in cash, by gift card, or by bank/money transfer, don't do it.
-Emails claiming to be from the government offering tax rebates to support people throughout these unprecedented times are doing the rounds, the Chartered Trading Standards Institute (CTSI) has confirmed. The emails, which look official, inform the recipient of the rebate amount and request they click a link to receive it. Recipients are then asked personal details, including their credit card number and address. These details allow the scammer to take money directly from the recipient's bank account.
There are also reports of several 'coronavirus update' apps, which claim to provide updates on the virus. These fake apps contains a form of 'ransomware', named CovidLock, which upon downloading, locks the phone and displays a message demanding that the user pay a sum of money to unlock it. These apps are available to download from various unofficial websites. Phone users are advised to only download apps directly from the Apple Store, or Android Play Store as these are safety checked by the platforms.
If you would like to stay up to date with trusted news and advice on the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak, check for updates from Public Health Wales, Welsh Government and the World Health Organisation (WHO).
Rogue traders have also been found to be selling counterfeit hand sanitiser and medical equipment, and, although not yet in the UK, other countries have reported illicit sellers offering counterfeit COVID-19 test kits. Please be weary and only by products from a reputable source.
Cllr James Evans, Cabinet Member for Economic Development, Housing and Regulatory Services said: "This is a worrying time for us all, and although our intention isn't to add to people's anxiety, we want to make sure our residents are fully informed of any potential scams doing the rounds at this difficult time.
"Unfortunately, there always seem to be a few people who look to take advantage of people at their most vulnerable, but thankfully these individuals are in the minority. It is heartening to see, that despite the uncertainty communities are rallying together to support one another through this crisis.
"All we ask is that you remain vigilant. Remember, if something doesn't feel right, it probably isn't, so don't take the risk."
If you require any advice or assistance, please do not hesitate to contact the council's Trading Standards team on 01874 623420, 03454 040506 or email@example.com.
CLOSURE OF PUBLIC TOILETS : 23RD MARCH 2020
Given the announcement by the Prime Minister at 8.30pm on 23rd March the Town Council has made the decision to close the Hereford Street public toilets for the foreseeable future from tomorrow (24th). This decision has been made in order to protect both members of the public and contractor staff working on the premises from the risk of infection.
Went's Meadow will, in line with Government advice, remain open to allow residents to take exercise. Please do keep at least the required minimum distance of 2m apart. Do not meet friends there - it should be used for exercise only. Note the Multi Use Games Area and Outdoor Gym should not be used.
STORM DENNIS INFORMATION FOR RESIDENTS AND BUSINESSES AFFECTED : MARCH 2020
Powys County Council has issued information on help available, advice etc for those affected. For full information please click here.
SILIA WOOD : MARCH 2020
Silia Wood - The Slough, Presteigne: Do you walk in Silia and appreciate the beauty of this local amenity? The site is run by the Woodland Trust and the Trust is happy to accept donations for benches on the site. If you are looking to site a bench in memory of a loved one please get in touch with them to discuss - firstname.lastname@example.org
NEW COUNCILLOR FOR PRESTEIGNE TOWN WARD : FEBRUARY 2020
Congratulations to Cllr Deb. Davies who was co-opted on to the Council in January 2020.
NEW SEAT : FEBRUARY 2020
Thanks to Cllr Bennett for converting the former information plinth at Lower Went's Meadow into a small seat.
RECYLING BIN NOW ON SITE AT WENT'S MEADOW: FEBRUARY 2020
New bin on site to help users reccyle whilst out and about at the Meadow. Thanks to Cllr. Baynham for arranging delivery of the bin and for getting the County Council to agree to empty it as needed.
COUNCIL BUDGET SET FOR 2020-21: 15TH JANUARY 2020
The Council budget for the coming financial year has now been set at £70,888. This increases from £69634.33 in 2019-20. The Band D precept payment has increased from £54.14 to £55.00. The full budget can be found on the Council Accounts page.
REPORT ON CLIMATE ACTION MEETING: 8TH JANUARY 2020
Following the initial Climate Change Public Meeting on 9th October 2019 interested parties were invited to a follow up meeting arranged by the Town Council.
Thanks to all who were present for your time in attending the meeting.
Since the October meeting the Town Council climate action working group has done more research and taken guidance on how the town council can assist in tackling the climate emergency.
In our role as Town Council, we have drawn up an action plan. Part of this action plan is to ensure we put climate at the top of decision-making and actively communicate climate related matters to the community of Presteigne & Norton.
At the meeting the Town Council presented suggested climate action ‘headings’ and the current groups that are working under those heading. (please see attached list)
Following discussions during the meeting several ideas of community projects emerged which can now be taken forward by interested parties with support from the Climate Action Working Group.
These projects are:
Communication: Developing channels of communication to ensure the wider public are aware of projects that are going on and areas where they can get involved if they want to including actions they can personally take to help. This is something everyone could be thinking about and we can all feedback ideas. Sally Butler has created a Presteigne Climate Action Facebook page please join and share.
Education and liaising with schools: Cllr Lisa Veary to form a group to plan a day in schools on the 4th March centred around the environment.
Community Composting: A proposal has been put forward and is supported by Presteigne Plenty and PACDG
Tree planting: Cllr. Rose Bamford is looking for land to make a tree nursery as a starting point and talking to local land owners about land available for tree and hedgerow plating. She will invite anyone interested to a planning meeting in the next few weeks.
Hedgerows and verges: A group is working closely with the Town and County council on this. The County Council have provided the TC with a map of suggested areas that can be managed to increase biodiversity.
Community energy production: Cllrs. Kirkby and Smith are exploring the possibility of creating a town solar farm supplying energy for the town and raising revenue for further environmental projects.
Dark Skies: Dark Skies have been working with the Town Council, a local resident, the Spaceguard Observatory and lighting company, Dark Source to make Presteigne the first Dark Skies Community in England and Wales. Dark Skies lighting uses less energy than conventional street lighting. The intelligent lighting has been professionally designed to produce maximum amount of light where needed with the minimum number of lights. The next stage of the project is an initial trial to demonstrate the concept. A crowd funding site has been set up and a video made to explain the project. So far it has raised £1500 but needs to raise more to demonstrate the community commitment. If you or anyone you know, would like to contribute the address is
Transport: A few people put down an interest in transport on the list maybe that is an area that people could investigate and come back to the next meeting with some ideas?
It would be useful for the next meeting each project could feedback where they are and come with specific ideas about what help/skills they may need and how others can get involved if needed.
The Working Group will then plan a day/weekend to present these projects to the town alongside actions and ideas that individuals can do themselves.
Please bring or e-mail ideas of things that we can communicate that individuals can do and what impact it could make.
Next meeting date: 12th February 6pm Assembly Rooms
TOWN COUNCIL BUDGET SET FOR 2020-21: JANUARY 2020
At the meeting on 15th January, 2020 Members agreed a total budget of £70,888 up 1.6% from 2019-20. This will result in a precept of £55.00 per year for a Band D property. New projects for the year included Website Improvements £500.00, Climate Crisis Project Grants £1000.00, VE Day Anniversary Celebrations £500.00, Sheep Music Event £500.00, Wildflowers/Bulbs/Verges/Roundabouts £500.00, Street Lighting/Dark Skies Project £750.00.
BUS PASS RENEWAL INFORMATION: NOVEMBER 2019
Transport for Wales are currently managing the reissue of free bus passes across Wales.
Here’s an update on the renewal programme being managed on behalf of all 22 local councils in Wales.
There are currently around 750,000 bus passes in Wales and the current green coloured cards will all expire on 31 December 2019 and not be accepted on buses. Since September we’ve been raising awareness of the changes, and already we’ve received 450,000 applications. With the deadline now fast approaching we’re keen to promote the changes as much as possible to ensure we reach as many people as possible and provide time for people to reapply and receive their new-style cards before the end of the year.
Cardholders can either reapply online at www.tfw.wales/travelcards or by paper, which they can download via our website or pick up a copy from their local council. They can also request a copy in the post by calling our helpline 0300 303 4240.
The new cards offer the same travel benefits for 60s and over and eligible disabled persons.
There are also ‘How to videos’ available https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m8q_bwWi4Wo (English) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CBjwmBvTXh8 (Welsh)
English - https://tfw.wales/bus-campaign-support
Welsh - https://tfw.wales/cy/cymorth-ymgyrch-bws
CO-OPTION TO FILL COUNCIL VACANCY NOVEMBER 2019
Local Government (Wales) Measure 2011, Section 116
Notice of Co-Option
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT Presteigne and Norton Town Council intends to Co-opt one member to fill the vacancy that exists in the office of Councillor for the Presteigne Town Ward of Presteigne and Norton Town Council.
Expressions of interest are being sought from members of the public who meet the following qualifications and are interested in representing their community on the aforementioned Community Council. You must be a British, Commonwealth, Irish or a European Union citizen and be 18 years of age or over; and meet at least one of the following criteria:
registered as a local government elector for the area named above; or
during the whole of the last 12 months occupied as owner or tenant land or other premises in the community named above; or
your principal or only place of work during the last 12 months has been in the community named above; or
you have during the whole of the last 12 months resided in the Community or within 4.8 kilometres of it.
If you wish to be considered for co-option for the vacant seats(s) or want more information regarding the role of a Town Councillor please contact the Proper Officer, Tracey Price, Clerk to the Council on/at -
Telephone: 01547 528575 Email: email@example.com by 31st December, 2019
 Certain people are disqualified from standing, and these include paid officers of the community council, anyone subject to bankruptcy restriction orders and those subject to recent sentences of imprisonment.
POLLING STATION INFORMATION - NOVEMBER 2019
Polling Information for General Election: Due to the Presteigne Pantomime in the Memorial Hall please note that the polling station for the general election will be the British Legion Club, Hereford Street.
TOWN COUNCIL STATEMENT RE LIBRARY SERVICE - NOVEMBER 2019
The Town Council continues to work towards maintaining the current opening hours and services at Presteigne Library, stressing the need for budget cuts to be applied equitably across Powys libraries and resisting the possible closure of our branch library. It has also started a campaign to ask Welsh Government to remove business rating from library premises and this was recently taken forward by the body representing Town and Community Councils, One Voice Wales, which will now lobby Welsh Government for the change to be made. If successful this will provide sizeable savings on the budget for Presteigne Branch Library and help ensure its future.
The Town Council would like to encourage all residents to use the library - join so you can borrow books, download free e-books and e-magazines and free audio books. The better the usage and visitor figures the stronger the library position in the future. Latest book titles can be ordered in the branch or online and collected at the Branch when available and there is access to public computers and printing facilities too.
POWYS LIBRARY CONSULTATION - OCTOBER 2019
Link to the results of the consultation below -
PRESTEIGNE DARK SKIES PROJECT - OCTOBER 2019
Join us in stopping light pollution and helping transform Presteigne into the first Dark Sky Community in England and Wales!
The lighting industry has rapidly grown over the last century, bringing towns and cities to life, celebrating architecture and providing visibility at night. However, today we also need to face the impact of human-made lighting on the natural environment. Are we challenging ourselves enough and think creatively about how to tackle our contribution to light pollution? Are we are part of the problem or the solution? How can we take action?
This project aims to put lighting design at the forefront of transforming a town into the first Welsh Dark Sky Community using intelligent and sustainable lighting technology. Presteigne is ready to lead the way, now we need committed donors and innovative manufacturers to help deliver. You can make a real difference by showing your support to Presteigne.
VACANCY FOR COUNCILLOR PRESTEIGNE WARD - OCTOBER 2019
There is currently a vacancy due to the resignation of Pam Linnett. See attached notice here.
UNDERSTANDING WELSH PLACES
Launched on 15th October - #UnderstandingWelshPlaces – a website that will tell you all about your town. It’s got data about employment, schools, shops and much more, all at town level. Check it out here: http://www.understandingwelshplaces.wales/en/
CASUAL VACANCY - NORTON WARD SEPTEMBER 2019
Congratulation to the successful candidate Pete Smith from Stapleton.
POWYS WAR MEMORIAL PROJECT: PRESTEIGNE AND NORTON
Link below to the film made by the Project with current Mayor Trevor Owens. Both the Presteigne and Norton Memorials received funding from this project with the remaining balance being met by the Town Council. Thanks to the Project for it's assistance with the work carried out.
MESSAGE FROM POWYS TEACHING HEALTH BOARD - OCTOBER 2019
Update on Orchard Corner Dental Practice in Knighton
As you may be aware, Orchard Corner Dental Practice in Knighton has made the decision to close later this year.
Whilst this is primarily a private practice, they held a small contract for the provision of NHS services for children and we are currently assessing the options available to provide continuity of service for NHS patients.
Our most immediate priority is to ensure that patients continue to have access to an emergency dental service, and this is being established as a priority whilst options for a local routine dental service are identified and assessed.
In the first instance patients requiring urgent care will be offered treatment in one of the emergency general dental services clinics in across Powys. This includes our clinics in Newtown and Llandrindod Wells (please note that the Llandrindod Wells emergency general dental services clinic is temporarily located in Builth Wells).
Access to the emergency dental service will be through the existing emergency dental access pathway, by dialling 111.
SUCCESSFUL GRANT APPLICATION TO BRING AERIAL RUNWAY (ZIP WIRE) TO WILSON TERRACE PLAY AREA - SEPT 2019
The Town Council is delighted to announce that it has secured funding for a zip wire to site at the Wilson Terrace Play Area. Funding of almost £10,000 has been provided by National Lottery Awards for All. Town Councillor and former Mayor Colin Kirkby has for some time wanted to replace the previous aerial runway (zip wire) and Town Councillors agreed that this was their top project for which to secure funding this financial year. The aerial runway will be sited at Wilson Terrace with the kind permission of Powys County Council. Thanks go to Cllr. Beverley Baynham and officer Steve Gealy for their willingness to work with the Town Council on this.
NEW TOWN COUNCILLOR FOR THE NORTON WARD SEPTEMBER 2019
At the September meeting Peter Smith was selected to fill the vacancy left by Simon Dixon. Five candidates put their names forward and the Council was pleased that there is interest in joining the Council. Cllr. Smith will attend his first meeting in October.
BRACKEN TRUST SERVICES COME TO KNIGHTON
The Bracken Trust has secured Big Lottery funding to offer cancer support services in Knighton on the first Monday of each month. A large number of people from Presteigne have accessed their services in the past and they hope that by bringing them to Knighton this will make them more accessible to the people of Knighton, Presteigne and surrounding areas. The services at Knighton are based in the Community Centre and offer trained nurse, complementary and counselling therapy to anyone affected by cancer. Patients, carers or those who have experienced a cancer related bereavement are welcome to attend, free of charge. If you require further information please do not hesitate to contact Senior Nurse, Helen Davies. They will next visit Knighton on Monday 1st July 2019 from 12-4 .
Contact Helen Davies 01597 823646
NEW TOWN MAYOR AND DEPUTY FOR 2019-20
Elected at the meeting held on 15th May 2019 were: Cllr Trevor Owens - Mayor and Cllr. Fiona Preece - Deputy Mayor.
GARDEN WASTE BANKS APRIL 2019
Garden waste banks at community recycling sites in the county are to be removed over the next two weeks, Powys County Council has said.
The banks from 35 community recycling sites are being removed now that the council has introduced its fortnightly kerbside garden waste collection service.
To sign up to the new fortnightly garden waste collection service all you need to do is visitwww.powys.gov.uk/gardenwaste or call 01597 827 465.
Cllr Phyl Davies, Cabinet Member for Recycling and Waste, said: “Green waste banks at community recycling sites are unique to Powys but unfortunately they have been open to abuse by both fly-tippers and commercial gardeners. “We appreciate that the loss of the garden waste banks will require some adjustment from the community however we anticipate that the new kerbside service will increase the amount of compostable garden waste that we collect, provide a more convenient service for residents and also realise a saving to the authority.”
Those householders who do not wish to participate in the new service are able to continue to use the council’s household waste recycling centres or compost their green waste at home.
COMMUNITY ORCHARD PRUNING EVENT - 24TH FEBRUARY 2019
Pruning on Went's Meadow this Sunday 24th February at 10.30am. If you can spare an hour on Sunday morning (from 10.30am) it would be great to see you. We’ll be shown how to prune by Dani Davies of Skyborry Cider so no previous experience is necessary. If you have secateurs or a pruning saw bring them along. Look forward to seeing you there (Went’s Meadow trees down by the allotments).
JANUARY 2019: TOWN COUNCIL BUDGET SET FOR 2019-20
At the meeting held on 16th January the budget for the coming financial year was set at £69630.00 an increase of £1621 from 2018-19. This will result in a Band D Council Tax resident payng £54.14 to the Council via their Council Tax. This is an increase of £1.09 per year from 2018-19.
OCTOBER, 2018: OUTDOOR GYM OPENING
Th outdoor gym installation was officially opened on 27th October by Town Mayor, Cllr. Kirkby. Thank you to all who attended and to Helen Bithell, Personal Trainer, who advised on the use of the equipment.
JULY, 2018: SUCCESSFUL GRANT APPLICATIONS
Outdoor Gym: The Town Council is delighted to announce that its application for funding for an outdoor gym on Went's Meadow has been successful. Thanks to the Big Lottery, #NationalLottery, for funding and to all those who voted to choose the items of equipment for the grant application.
A further site meeting will now take place with the contractor to agree a final location and the equipment will then be ordered.
Community Building, Went's Meadow, Capital Grant Success: The Town Council is pleased to announce that a recent application to the Powys County Council Community Regeneration & Development Fund has been successful and £15,000 has been awarded towards the cost of the new community building project on Went's Meadow.
JUNE 2018: PACDG RELEASE REGISTER OF MEETING PREMISES
PACDG have compiled a list of meeting places available in the area. Please click here for full list.
MAY 2018: TOWN AND COMMUNITY COUNCIL REVIEW POP IN SESSION
Welsh Government has appointed an independent panel to carry out a review of the Town and Community Council sector. Local Councils across Wales are being asked to host pop in sessions in their communities. The Town Council will be holding a session on Thursday 24th May from 2pm to 4.30pm in the Memorial Hall. Please call in to leave your comments or to chat to the Town Clerk and Councillors.
If you cannot make this session you can submit your comments direct to the Panel online at http://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/14C0S/
APRIL 2018: OUT OF HOURS HEALTH SERVICE IN POWYS
For latest information please click here to see the newsletter from Powys Teaching Health Board.
APRIL 2018: OUTDOOR GYM EQUIPMENT CONSULTATION
Plans for some outdoor gym equipment on Went's Meadow are developing. The attached picture shows the possible equipment, four core items with a further four to be added from the choices given. Your views are important so please let us have your choices please comment with your choice (1b, 2a, 3b, 4a etc). Full details available in the town library from next Tuesday.
This project will be grant funded and will only go ahead if applications are successful.
Sunday March 4th from 10.30 AM - ‘Pruning Workshop’ on Went’s Meadow orchard. Bring your own pruning saws, loppers and secateurs. All welcome.
ODOUR/SEWAGE ISSUES HIGH STREET
High Street Sewerage Problems: Update from Welsh Water 31st January, 2018 - the sewers have been cleaned and cctv cameras have not revealed any repairs needed. Odour loggers are now in place to record instances and will stay in place for three weeks to try to identify a pattern and from that what might be causing the problem. Welsh Water are keen to receive reports of any further instances - please phone 0800 085 3968 (24 hour line) to report.
TOWN COUNCIL BUDGET SET FOR 2018-19
Town Council budget set for 2018/19 at £68,009. This will mean an annual payment of £53.05 included within the Council Tax bill for a Band D property. An increase of £2.05 per year or slightly under 4p per week. This is an increase of 4% on 2017/18.
WENT’S MEADOW COMMUNITY BARN PROPOSAL
The Town Council has ben appraoched by Sheep Music to consider a Community Building on Went's Meadow and would like to seek your views on this.
Click here to view the full proposal and see the plan and designs.
This is a brief outline of what we are proposing as a possible Presteigne and Norton Town Council project with support from Sheep Music to build a permanent events venue on Went’s Meadow.
For years Went’s Meadow has been used as a location to hold community events such as Sheep Music and the Carnival as well as one off events and performances. On most occasions the group involved has had to rent marquees and other equipment such as staging and flooring to put on these events. Our proposal is to build a permanent structure to replace the need to rent some of this equipment and to encourage more community based events down on the field.
THE BARN DESIGN
Since it's inception, the design of the barn has been changed and refined based on speaking with events organisers, builders and community leaders. We have discussed extensively the location, orientation, construction and aesthetic of the building to come up with what we feel is a well considered plan.
The proposed barn is a 15m x 14m space comprising of a 15m x 8m main structure modelled after old fashioned dutch barns commonly seen in the surrounding area with a 3.5m wide lean-to at the rear and 2.5m cantilevered lean-to on the front. We have tried to maintain the appearance of a traditional barn on the outside of the building with more of a sense of a theatre on the inside.
The idea is to provide a structure that will be open and exposed when not in use so as not to create a hideaway for loitering trouble makers and will be able to be closed up for events to keep the weather out. This will be essentially possible because of the sliding doors which will be locked open when the barn is not in use and closed up when it is.
The vast majority of the structure stands over 12ft high on columns to keep it out of reach of vandals and the lower down walls will be very solidly built and not provide purchase to climb higher up the structure.
The barn is oriented towards the play park to strike a balance between maintaining a connection with the existing small barn which would likely be used for catering, bars etc. at events, keeping the open side of the barn out of the prevailing wind from the west and pointing the event noise away from nearby houses I.E. aiming for a corridor between the houses on Wilson Terrace and the new development on Knighton Road.
We will also run a supply of electricity into the barn to power lights, sound systems and any other equipment needed for events.
There are more detailed drawings available if you would like to see them.
BUILDING THE BARN
The plan is for the barn to be built by the community. We have talked to lots of people in the community willing to help, from experienced builders to enthusiastic amateurs.
We will organise a schedule of build days and rosters of volunteers to complete the project. We have already been offered some assistance with loans of tools and resources and will be able to get a better sense closer to the start of the build as to how much equipment we will need to rent or borrow.
FUNDING THE BARN
This is still in its early stages but we are starting to put together a plan of how raise funds to pay for the barn. We will be asking local groups such as Sheep Music, The Carnival, Mid-Border Arts, Presteigne Festival, The Town Council Etc. for donations. We are also looking at grants and funding for this kind of project and are in the beginning stages of putting together a crowd funding scheme aimed at local people who will feel the community will benefit from the barn.
We would like to propose that funding for the barn is over seen by the Town Council as they seem to be the better equipped of the two organisations to deal with _the budget.
Details of the cost break down as it currently stands are detailed later on in _this document
USING THE BARN
The primary aim of the barn is to make putting on community events on Went's Meadow easier. We have a lot of experience of putting on events down on the field and have a good sense of what could be improved and made easier.
The barn should be made available to anyone wanting to put appropriate events on for the community and should be available to use essentially for free but if an event is a success and makes enough money we would encourage the organisers to donate to a fund for the barn's upkeep.
ADOPTION OF THE BARN
We would like to propose that the barn be adopted by The Town Council as part of the whole entity that is Went's Meadow. Again of the two organisations The Town Council seems better equipped, being the land owners and the more long running of the _two organisations.
ANNOUNCING THE BARN PROPOSAL TO THE WIDER COMMUNITY
THE BARN PROPOSAL WAS ANNOUNCED ON 25th OCTOBER 2017
The proposal was announced through the following channels
1. A promoted Facebook post on the Sheep Music Facebook page
2. On the Sheep Music website
3. Printed posters and architectural drawings put up at the proposed site
4. Direct email correspondence with local groups
5. The Community Groups Fair on 28th October
Sheep Music paid for a promoted post on Facebook
Which means that Facebook promoted the post to lots of people in and around the area for 3 days
The post was also viewed by people already friends with Sheep Music on Facebook
All in all the post has reached 7881 people and has been liked by 210 people
It has been shared 28 times
And received one comment of ‘This is such a fantastic idea!’
SHEEP MUSIC WEBSITE & PRINTED INFORMATION
The detailed proposal and drawings are on the website and printed out and stuck up in the small existing barn.
RESPONSE FROM DIRECT EMAILS TO LOCAL GROUPS
Presteigne Festival Producer
“We at Presteigne Festival keenly support the proposal for a Community Barn on Went's Meadow. This would be a completely new type of venue for the town and area, not replicating any other available. It would offer us the chance to extend the type of event we could programme.
Presteigne Carnival Organiser
“We have our next carnival meeting in January, and I will take the plans, etc to the meeting. In the meantime, without having yet discussed with the committee, I think this is something we should get involved with, and thank you for including us.”
THE COMMUNITY GROUPS FAIR
We took a model of the barn and a copy of the latest drawings to the fair on the 28th October and talked to lots of people all day.
The response to the barn was almost universally good. Of the comments collected in the comments book they were all good.
Especially positive response from Paul Newman who is a local Tai Chi teacher and would love to have a place like the barn to go to to practice Tai Chi.
One person (unfortunately didn’t catch his name) was worried about vagrancy but thought the design of very open sides worked well to mitigate those problems.
OTHER EMAIL CORRESPONDENCE
Two people have contacted Sheep Music to discuss the barn proposal.
They have both expressed a positive response to the proposal but have reservations about what it will mean for the field moving forward.
The main reservation they both have is of more use of the field for amplified music concerts. Sheep Music’s position on this is basically that we have no say about who gets to use the field and this is ultimately a Town Council issue so we would pass their concerns on. The question of how the maintenance of the barn will be funded was raised. We are proposing that any community group that uses the barn and makes a profit from their event donate money to a fund that will be held in trust until it is needed. It was also asked if there would be increased vehicle traffic on the field which we don’t envision being significant in any way.
And will Sheep Music be responsible for the barn after it is built which the answer for is no. This project started by some members of Sheep Music but the ultimate plan is for the project to be adopted by the Town Council. Sheep Music are more of a support group for the project.
There has also been some email correspondence with organisers who have put on events on the field before as well.
They have all been very positive about the proposal but some people had concerns regarding the position of the barn and felt it was too close to existing barn and the landscaped stage. They felt it should be further down the field and pointing directly west to open up the field for larger events. At the moment the position of the barn is still proposed to stay where it is but the position will be discussed again at future meetings.
We have had corresponded and collaborated on the design with lots of people who run events in the area and local builders that will hopefully help to build the barn if it goes ahead.
The Town Council is considering applying for a grant to site several outdoor gym items near to the tennis court/scout hut. It has investigated possible items and layout and pictures are on the Town Council facebook page. The Council welcomes comments on this idea. Please email the Clerk at firstname.lastname@example.org to make your views known. Note that if grant funding is not obtained the project is unlikely to go ahead - it is not at present intended to fund this direct from the Town Council budget.
Waste and recycling collection rounds to be improved -
Waste and recycling collection rounds in the county will be improved to make it a more efficient service, Powys County Council has announced.
The council’s Cabinet yesterday (Tuesday, October 10) gave the go-ahead to optimise the household waste and recycling collection routes to make them more efficient and to meet proposed savings targets.
Although the council will optimise the routes, it will continue to collect waste and recycling five days a week, maintaining the current working pattern. However, the improved routes will mean that collection days for the majority of householders will change.
The council will continue to collect recycling and food waste on a weekly basis and residual waste every three weeks from 7.30am on collection days.
Cllr Phyl Davies, Cabinet Member for Waste and Recycling, said: “Given the numerous service changes that have occurred since the existing rounds were rolled out, they are not considered now to be as efficient as they could be. It is only right that we look where we can make improvements.
“By using route optimisation software, we will be ensuring that the waste and recycling collections rounds are as efficient as they can be. This will also help us save £275,000 by making improvements to our collection rounds.
“However, by revising the collection rounds, it will mean that a large number of householders will see a change in their collection day. We will still continue to collect recycling and food waste on a weekly basis and residual waste every three weeks from 7.30am on collection days.
“This is a very significant project and a great deal of work has already been carried out to improve the collection arrangements that comprise of nearly 250 rounds to service nearly 70,000 properties. There is still some work left to be done before we roll out the new collection rounds early in the new year.
“We are planning to roll out the new collection rounds from February 2018 and all householders will be informed by post of their new collection day closer to the time.”
Successful co-optees were - Norton Ward: Simon Dixon. Presteigne Ward: Fiona Preece, Lisa Veary.
JUNE 2017: COUNCIL VACANCIES
There are presently three vacancies - one for the Norton Ward and one for the Presteigne Town Ward. These will be filled by co-option and applications for consideration should be with the Clerk by 30th June 2017.
MAY 2017: COMMUNITY ACCESS DEFIBRILLATOR TRAINING BOOKED
Community Access Defibrillators - Training session arranged for Monday 3rd July at 7pm. East Radnorshire Day Centre. All welcome. Please make as many people as possible aware of the date.
Presteigne’s Skateboard Park, designed and built by Richard Rimington in 2000 with a small band of volunteers, had been showing some signs of age. In January 2016 Cllr Colin Kirkby (the then Mayor) met Tony Rees, Group Managing Director of Harpers who were building the new houses on Knighton Road and he very generously agreed to resurface the tarmac path around the top of the bowl, which was sinking in places. And last week a new tarmac path was laid. The Town Council is very grateful for this help from Harper’s and pictured is the Mayor John Wilding thanking Rob Crossland, Contracts Manager at Harper’s who supervised the work, along with Cllr Colin Kirkby and the newly elected County Councillor Beverley Baynham. This work is very timely as it will help the Skateboard Park get through its imminent RoSPA inspection.
COUNTY COUNCIL ELECTION 4TH MAY 2017
Result: PRESTEIGNE ELECTORAL DIVISION
Name Candidate's description Votes
Banks, Garry Richard Independent 200
Baynham, Beverley Jane Independent 785 Elected
Toomey, Wendy Anne Independent 219
TOWN COUNCIL ELECTION 4TH MAY 2017
RESULTS PRESTEIGNE TOWN WARD
Bamford, Rose Lane 320 Elected
Banks, Garry Richard 299 Elected
Baynham, Beverley Jane 672 Elected
Bennett, Rory Jones 440 Elected
Hall Shipp, Sharon 128
Kirkby, Colin 520 Elected
Linnett, Pamela Mary 309 Elected
Owens, Trevor 452 Elected
Preece, Fiona Helen 291
Rimington, Owen Sinclair 257
Rogers, Nicholas Aaron 381 Elected
Taylor-Sanders, Margaret Ann 128
Toomey, Wendy Anne 312 Elected
Veary, Lisa Joanne 221
Williams, Mark Simon 111
RESULT NORTON WARD
Three candidates elected unopposed - Deb Edwards, Chris Ruby and John Wilding.
One vacancy for the Norton Ward. This will be filled by co-option. Please contact the Clerk for more information.
MAY 2017 WILSON TERRACE PLAY AREA
Car Springer ordered for Wilson Terrace Play Area today. 50% funded by Town Council grant from Tesco Bags of Help and 50% from the Playground mums. Contact Becky Barden for more information on the fund raising the mums are doing.
MAY 2017 COUNCIL VACANCIES -
The Council currently has one vacancy for the Norton Ward which will be filled by co-option. If you are interested in being considered for this vacancy please contact the Clerk for more information.
In addition due to the resignations of Garry Banks and Wendy Toomey the Council also now has two vacancies on the Town Ward. Notices regarding these vacancies will be displayed from 17th May. Initially ten residents may request a formal election for each if they wish. If this does not happen then the Council will proceed to co-opt as above.
March 2017: Presteigne Safe Routes in the Community Scheme
The Town Council is delighted to announce that following some lengthy work and discussions with the County Council and through a grant application made by the County Travel Officers, the Presteigne Safe Routes in Community Network Scheme has just been awarded funding of £300,000 from Welsh Government to improve routes to the town schools and encourage safe cycling and walking to those schools. Further discussions and information sessions will be held by the Travel Officers in Presteigne over the coming weeks. Information will be on the town website shortly. Sincere thanks to the County Officers who have put such hard work into the application. Map here.
November 2016: Powys Local Development Plan: Further Focussed Changes
The Town Council made the following comments -
Proposed retail development in Presteigne: the Town Council is concerned that development such as proposed may have an adverse effect on the present High Street.
Renewable energy: the Town Council objects to the inclusion of the local search areas at the end of the LDP process when the policy and sites will not be subject to the scrutiny that they would have been if included earlier in the process. The Council also has concerns for the impact on tourism in the County given the inevitable impact on the landscape that such developments would cause.
The Town Council would like to request the right to speak before the inspector and would also like its submission to be treated as a written representation.
In addition it was noticed that whilst three sites are initially listed for housing allocations (focussed changes document page 81), Joe Deakins Road, Knighton Road and the former Kaye Foundry Site in the appendix (pages 130/131) only two are listed and Knighton Road does not appear.
For archived information on the Town Council's earlier work on the LDP please scroll down to the Archives page.
January 2017: Nicola Humphreys
The Town Council is very sad to report on the death of Nicola Humphreys on 5th January 2017. Nicola was an exceptional person who was involved in so many ways in the community she had adopted and lived in for the last 40+ years. As well as being a current and previous member of Presteigne & Norton Town Council, she represented Presteigne for several years on the former Radnorshire District Council. But she served the community in so many other ways as well - setting up and helping to run Sheep Music and Broad Sheep, the monthly listing magazine which still continues today, playing in the popular combo The Tango Band, helping backstage at Presteigne Players productions, jointly running the Hat Shop Restaurant - the list goes on. She loved the community of Presteigne and was popular amongst many diverse groups of people and she will be greatly missed by all of those whose lives she touched. Her close friend and fellow Cllr Colin Kirkby said "She was a very special person devoted to the community, and a wise councillor'.
December 2016: Mayor's Christmas Message:
2016 has been the usual eventful year in Presteigne with many popular community events such as the Street Party for the Queens Birthday in June, the wonderful Carnival and party on Went's Meadow in July, the internationally renowned Classic Music Festival in August, and the Vintage Sports Car Club Rally in October. The year was rounded off by a great Christmas Fair in the High Street in December. These events and the many other attractions in and around the Town mean that Presteigne is a wonderful place to live and visit. Accommodation providers report an excellent season.
Presteigne and Norton Town Council has been successful with a number of projects for the Community this year. It has part funded and taken over the new Multi Use Games Area and adjacent football field at Went's Meadow. It has successfully obtained grant funding to increase the size of the car park at the allotments, and install some new equipment at the playground. It has part funded the installation of a defibrillator in Norton and restored two of the benches in the village. It continues to support many organisations on the Town with annual grants.
Overshadowing all this good news there remains the very serious concern about the future of many of the assets and services in our community, and all across the country, due to impact of the government cutbacks. The Town Council is in ongoing negotiation with Powys County Council to try and find ways to take over assets and preserve services, such as the Day Centre, the Library, the Youth Club, Community Support, the Cemetary, and a host of other services and facilities. I remain hopeful that the County Council will support the Town Council in its efforts and that these services will be saved
I would like to take this opportunity of wishing all in Presteigne and Norton the very best for 2017
October 2016: NORTON FIREWORKS - Norton Sports Committee are holding Norton Halloween Fireworks display on Sunday 30th October 2016 staring at 6.00p.m (location is in centre of village - see signs). Admission : Adults £2.50 Children (U16) free. Big Bonfire / Bar B-Q / Bar / Fancy dress and best pumpkin competitions.
October 2016: LIBRARY SERVICE, Results of consultation now out and available at http://www.powys.gov.uk/en/corporate/find-out-about-consultations-in-pow...
September 2016: ALLOTMENT GARDENS: Went's Meadow Allotments: Do you enjoy fresh veg? Would you like to grow your own? Now is the time to get your name on the list for an allotment garden. Application forms are available on the main Town Council page of this website. Apply now to go on the waiting list. Renewals for existing tenants run from 25th March and this is usually a time when some plots fall vacant.
September 2016: GRANT SUCCESS:
NOTE: The customer voting has been delayed until 31 October to 13 November.
Grant Application, Play Area, Wilson Terrace - The Town Council is delighted to announce that its grant application for a new piece of equipment for the Wilson Terrace Play Area has reached the final three in the Tesco Bags of Help Grant Scheme. The project will now receive a minimum of £8000 with the possibility of £10,000 or £12,000 depending on the outcome of a public vote in stores. The equipment installed as a minimum will be the Hong Kong. Voting for the project will take place in the Tesco Store, Ludlow. Tokens will be handed out at the tills as you pay for your shopping - there is no minimum spend. Please encourage everyone you know to vote for the project. See more details on the bags of help scheme and a link to the website -http://www.tesco.com/carrier-bags/
Tesco has teamed up with Groundwork on its Bags of Help initiative in hundreds of regions across England and Wales. The scheme will see three community groups and projects in each of these regions awarded grants of £12,000, £10,000 and £8,000 – all raised from the 5p bag charge.
Bags of Help offers community groups and projects in each of Tesco’s 416 regions across the UK a share of revenue generated from the 5p charge levied on single-use carrier bags. The public will now vote in store from 26 September to 9 October on who should receive the £12,000, £10,000 and £8,000 awards. In total, there is over £12.5 million up for grabs.
September 2016: LOCAL TRANSPORT GUIDE: A brief guide to local bus services and bus passes has been produced by Chris Lewis and will be available on the town website soon or by calling in at the library or Judge's Lodging.
July 2016: EU CITIZENS STATEMENT
The Town Council wishes to record the following statement. Residents from whatever nation are welcome in Presteigne and Norton and as a community we want to make everyone welcome. We will ensure that those residents from the EU and elsewhere in the world are welcome and we welcome the contribution they have made to the community.
May 2016: NEW MAYOR FOR PRESTEIGNE AND NORTON
At the annual meeting of the Town Council held last night Cllr. James Tennant-Eyles was elected Mayor and Cllr. Beverley Baynham was elected Deputy Mayor. Cllr. James Tennant-Eyles accepted the chain of office on Wednesday the 18th May for the coming Year. He said he was delighted to be taking over at such an important time for the Town. During the coming year he hoped that there would be satisfactory negotiations with Powys County Council for the takeover of an number of important assets in the Presteigne, thus securing the future of vital services in community such as the Youth Club, the Library, Community Support, the public toilets and the Cemetery.
He added that an important theme of his year as Mayor would be to address the issue of poor communication between the Town and the Town Council. He said he believed this was a matter of perception only as the Council already provides a full range of information about its activities on the Town Website, it puts printed information in the Library, it runs a Town Council Facebook page and it offers monthly Surgeries at the Farmers Market. In hopes of further improving communication the Mayor or the Deputy Mayor will attend all surgeries this year, there will be more frequent press releases, and the Council will work with the newly constituted Presteigne Area Community Development Group who will help the Town Council inform and consult the community on a range of important issues.
16th April 2016: POWYS COUNTY COUNCIL CONSULTATION ON THE LIBRARY SERVICE
The survey is focusing on the 11 smaller branch libraries across Powys although there is space to give alternative ideas on the broader library situation. PCC is particularly keen to hear from those residents who use the 11 libraries or have ideas about how they could be sustained.
The closing date for comments is Sunday 3 July 2016. Paper copies are in the library or the survey can be completed online via the link below.
15th March 2016 EASTER REFUSE COLLECTIONS
Easter collections: Message from County Council
Recycling and refuse collections will take place as normal over the Easter period, including Good Friday (25 March) and Easter Monday (28 March). Residents are being reminded to ensure that they place their recycling and refuse out by 7.30am on their usual collection day as the collection times may vary. The working arrangements were reviewed last year so that recycling and refuse collections will take place on bank holidays to minimise disruption to residents and traders. The only exception will be over the Christmas and New Year period when residents and traders will be notified of the alternative arrangements. It is important that residents recycle over the Easter period as this will help towards achieving the strict recycling targets set by Welsh Government. Cardboard packaging, envelopes and cards can be recycled in the blue paper and card box and hard plastic items and silver foil packaging usually found around Easter eggs can be recycled in the red plastic and cans box. Unfortunately we cannot accept plastic film (items such as carrier bags, bubble wrap, food bags, cling film) as it is very difficult to separate from the other material and very costly to recycle so this material should be placed in with your general refuse. Plastic film items and any incorrect items placed out for recycling will be left in the box with a card explaining why it has been left.
28th January 2016 SEARCH FACILITY
A new refuse and recycling collection search facility has been launched on the Powys council website which enables residents to enter their postcode, select their address and then be provided with a list of future refuse and recycling collection dates. This new search facility can be found on the ‘Bin Collection’ page at the following address: http://www.powys.gov.uk/en/bins-rubbish-recycling/bin-collection-day/
Residents can use this facility to check and make a note of their future waste collection dates
26th January 2016 RESOURCE EFFICIENT WALES
Resource Efficient Wales, a Welsh Government service which offers free impartial energy advice to households is keen to increase uptake across Powys. They provide:
• Tailored advice on simple behaviour changes and low cost improvements, to improving insulation or heating systems.
• Assistance on how to lower your energy bills
• Information on what local and national funding resources are available for those considering renewable technologies. Along with advice on finding accredited installers.
If you’d like a chat about possible links just get in touch or you can find more information on the website www.resourceefficient.gov.wales
Alan Macnaughton, Project Worker, Asiantaeth Ynni Severn Wye Energy Agency
The Lindens, Spa Road Ffôn/Phone Number 01597 828 871
Llandrindod Wells Ffôn Symudol / Mobile Number – 07966 491819
LD1 5EQ www.severnwye.org.uk
Dilynwch Severn Wye ar Drydar/Follow Severn Wye on Twitter: @Severn_Wye
9th December 2015: CHANGES TO REFUSE COLLECTIONS OVER CHRISTMAS
Usual collection day Revised collection day
Monday 21 December 2015 As normal
Tuesday 22 December 2015 As normal
Wednesday 23 December 2015 As normal
Thursday 24 December 2015 As normal
Friday 25 December 2015 (Christmas Day) Saturday 2 January 2016
Monday 28 December 2015 (bank holiday) As normal
Tuesday 29 December 2015 As normal
Wednesday 30 December 2015 As normal
Thursday 31 December 2015 As normal
Friday 1 January 2016 (New Year’s Day) Saturday 2 January 2016
Refuse collections (leftover non-recyclable waste):
Usual collection day Revised collection day
Monday 21 December 2015 As normal
Tuesday 22 December 2015 As normal
Wednesday 23 December 2015 As normal
Thursday 24 December 2015 As normal
Friday 25 December 2015 (Christmas Day) Saturday 2 January 2016
Monday 28 December 2015 (bank holiday) No planned refuse collections
Tuesday 29 December 2015 No planned refuse collections
Wednesday 30 December 2015 No planned refuse collections
Thursday 31 December 2015 No planned refuse collections
Friday 1 January 2016 (New Year’s Day) No planned refuse collections
21st November, 2015: THREE WEEKLY RUBBISH COLLECTIONS. The first three weekly waste collections will take place from next week, week beginning 23 November, for households whose last waste collection took place during the week beginning 2 November. Food waste and recycling collections will continue to be collected every week and the collection day will not change. PCC are urging residents to recycle as much of their waste as possible and minimise the amount going to landfill. With support from residents they can meet both their recycling and budget targets.
Households with six or more people living in the property, two or more children in nappies, producing incontinence waste or non-infectious clinical waste such as colostomy bags may be eligible for additional capacity. This can be requested by contacting the council and an assessment will be arranged. If residents find that they are over filling their recycling boxes each week, additional recycling boxes can also be requested by contacting the council on 0845 602 7035 or on the website http://www.powys.gov.uk/en/bins-rubbish-recycling/get-a-new-bin-or-box-h...
More information on three weekly rubbish collections is available on website www.powys.gov.uk/recycle
18th November, 2015: POSTAL OFFICE SERVICES FOR NORTON
The Post Office has today confirmed that a home service will be provided to Norton residents. The service run from the Kington office will allow residents to telephone to request post office products and services including stamps, mails acceptance, travel money and manual bill payments. These services will be delivered to the door under a designated time slot. Please telephone 01544 230301 to register for this service. Demand will be used to assess the need for post office services in the village.
CHANGE TO THREE WEEKLY RUBBISH COLLECTIONS
Changes will take place in November. A calendar of future collection dates can be downloaded here. Residents should all receive an information pack.
OPENING MORNING MUGA/TENNIS COURT, WENT'S MEADOW: 15TH AUGUST 10.00 A.M.
Programme: Formal Opening by Town Mayor, Cllr. Kirkby MBE 10.00 am
Free Coaching Taster Sessions - 10.30 am - 11.30am Tennis Under 8s, 11.45 am - 12.45pm Over 8s
Football Skills with Presteigne St. Andrews Colts - 10.30 am - 11.30 am Under 10s, 11.45 am -12.45 pm Over 10s
Football Fun with Presteigne St. Andrews Colts
10.30am to 12.00 pm
Free Security Marking for your child's bike on the day with Dyfed-Powys Police
Note: Numbers for free sessions will be limited. All Welcome.
BANK HOLIDAY REFUSE COLLECTION ARRANGEMENTS MAY 2015
The County Council recently reviewed its bank holiday working arrangements and it was agreed that recycling and rubbish collections will now take place on bank holidays to minimise the disruption to residents and traders. Therefore, collections that fall on a bank holiday will no longer be disrupted and will be collected as per normal, with the exception of Christmas and New Year. Collections will take place as normal over the May bank holidays. Householders are reminded to ensure that their recycling and rubbish is put out for collection by 7.30am as the collection times may vary.
TOWN COUNCIL PRECEPT SET FOR 2015/16
At the meeting on 21st January the Council precept was set at £44 per band D property, an overall budget of £54,143.32. This represents an increase of £4 per Band D property. The new budget includes funding for the running of two additional toilet sites in the town as well as the running of the refurbished tennis courts, MUGA and adjacent football pitch.
POWYS COUNTY COUNCIL CHRISTMAS REFUSE COLLECTION ARRANGEMENTS posted 15th December 2014
POWYS COUNTY COUNCIL BUDGET WORKSHOP SESSIONS posted 28th August, 2014
These commence in late September and the nearest venue to Presteigne is Knighton Community Centre on 3rd October. There will be two sessions each day for pre-booked attendance or a drop in session from 6 to 8pm. Please contact Melanie Hardwick on 01597 826160 for more information or email email@example.com.
COMMEMORATION OF WORLD WAR 1 posted 31st July, 2014
Church Service to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the start of World War One, this Sunday 3rd August. Parade from Cenotaph 10.40am, Service start at 11 am.
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