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Crime Prevention Advice

Dear resident,

As I’m sure you may be aware. The Villages along the A37 & A39 have been targeted by thieves during the nights. This has also extended out into Timsbury. They have targeted Vans particularly for their tools. One of the types of Vans being targeted are Ford Transit. Victims are reporting that their tools have been taken. But can’t see any signs of how the van has been opened / entered? It’s suggested that a skeleton key is being used on the Ford Transit models. Other makes like Peugeot, Renault, Nissan & VW have also been targeted but we’re not aware of any of those being targeted with a skeleton key. A Ford Transit on a 2007 registration was taken without the keys being present, likely to be a skeleton key used. Your local Beat Team have the following advice.

Vehicle Security

It might sound obvious, but make sure you lock the doors and shut the windows whenever you leave your van unattended. We have had reports of thefts from vans during the daylight along the A37 when victims have been at work with their van nearby. It literally takes a thief seconds for an opportunity. Never leave any valuables visible – keep ALL possessions out of sight. That includes power leads, Satnavs & mounts, coins, sunglasses, clothing or bags. Even if you know that there is nothing valuable in your jacket pocket or file left on your seat. A thief may try their luck. Whenever possible park in a lit area that is covered by CCTV. If the vehicle is parked outside of your property or driveway consider installing CCTV on your property. Remove your tools from your van when left over night. If that’s not possible fit a tool safe and ensure it is fully secured with good quality locks. Engrave or mark tools and their boxes. Ideally mark them overtly with paint pens and then seal down the marking with a clear lacquer spray. Mark property with the name of your company, the postcode, house or building name or number. Items that are overtly marked are less desirable and more difficult to sell on. Fit additional external locks to van doors. If your van is older, consider fitting new locks that are more difficult to compromise. Ensure your alarm or immobiliser is set. There are various alarms on the market. However a small standalone PIR shed type alarm with a texting facility or personal attack alarm can be very loud when triggered, and will act as a deterrent and let you know that your vehicle has been entered. Use an approved steering lock or gear clamps Vehicles fitted with a smart or passive key are susceptible to relay theft. This key system allows you to gain entry and start your vehicle without the need to interact with your vehicles key. Criminals use specialist equipment that has the ability to grab the signal from the car to the smart key so that it appears to the car that the key is present. Your vehicle is most vulnerable overnight, particularly if parked on your driveway or directly outside of your home.

How to prevent this?

When not in use – either at home or when out and about – store your keys in a security pouch. Security pouches are sometimes termed Faraday bags or signal blockers/shields and there are many security rated versions on the market. These pouches will prevent the signal from your vehicle being captured using electronic devices. Remember to secure both keys in a security pouch.

Number Plate Thefts

We’re still receiving reports of thefts of the number plates from the victim’s cars. It’s highly likely that the plates will be fixed to another vehicle and that vehicle will be used for criminal offences. It’s important if you’re the victim of such an offence to report it so that our database can be adjusted to identify when stolen plates are being used. To prevent this you can fit theft resistant number plate fittings. Use one-way clutch head screws to secure plates.

Motorcycle / Moped Security

There have been reports of attempted thefts of motorbike / moped in Farrington Gurney. Keep your motorcycle / moped in a garage, shed or use a motorcycle cover. Storing it out of view is one of the best ways to prevent opportunist theft. Invest in good quality security. Lock your motorcycle / moped to something. Just using a chain & lock around the frames and wheels means a thief could just carry the bike away. Loop a chain around a sturdy fixed object. Avoid street signage. Some are not very high and lighter bikes could be lifted over the top of the post. Lock the rear wheel to an immovable object or ground anchor and use a disk lock on the front wheel. Making your motorcycle/moped less of an easy option will reduce the chances of it being targeted. Combine the use of a disk lock and a chain lock attached to a ground anchor. Where possible keep the lock off the ground. Whenever you lock and chain the rear wheel, wrap any excess chain around the rear wheel and try to enclose the lock. Keeping the lock off the ground can prevent it being attacked and smashed. Consider fitting a lock that has an added alarm fitted upon tampering. Choose a high quality chain at least 16mm thick as they are almost impossible to cut with bolt croppers. Quality chains of this are also much harder to cut using power tools. To work out what length of chain you need. Use a piece of rope through the intended route then measure the length of rope used. Do not buy a chain longer than you need. Leaving any length of chain, especially one with longer links, lying on the floor makes it vulnerable to attack. Be mindful that even 1 metre of 16mm chain will weigh 4.5kg so you will need a tail box or pannier. Avoid cable locks. Few offer any deterrent it is easy to cut them with a basic cable cutters, hacksaws and even wire-cutters.

Caravan Security

There have been reports of caravans being taken from addresses in Farrington Gurney & Emborough. Fit physical security and a caravan cover. The combination of hitch lock anti-theft, wheel clamp and ground anchor. A physical barrier to theft is always a clear deterrent. Using a caravan cover and installing an alarm makes any theft more difficult and your caravan less attractive. Register record and property mark all parts of the caravan or trailer. Register your caravan or trailer with the Central Registration & Identification Scheme (CRIS) and use overt and covert chips to mark it. If stolen it may have its number plates, chassis, frame or CRIS numbers removed. Take photos, including specific fittings, marks or damage as these can help to identify your caravan or trailer. Install an alarm and tracking system, including roof markings. If stolen being able to identify your caravan or trailer is vital. Add clear roof markings, giving the year of manufacture and CRIS number, to assist the Police in identifying your caravan.

Shed / Garage Security

There have been reports of garages being targeted taking expensive mountain bikes, child’s motorbike and fishing equipment. Most common things stolen from your shed or garage. Bikes, mowers, garden tools & power tools. Make sure your shed door, door frame and walls are solid. Replace any damaged or rotten areas with new sections. Try to place the shed door facing your house and not too close to a perimeter wall or gate. The extra noise made by a gravel path can be a good deterrent. Security lights can have a positive effect, but you must be able to see them from your house. Fit a shed alarm to the inside of the shed door. Ensure the hasp is bolted through the shed and into a steel plate. Replace ordinary screws on outbuilding doors with non-return screws or coach bolts. Obscure the window of your shed / garage to prevent thieves seeing what you have inside. Ensure any ladders or steps are put away or secure with a decent chain and padlock. Consider keeping valuable items in a strong lockable box or cage. Fit two closed shackle padlocks on strong padlock hasps – one third of the way up from the bottom of the door and one third of the way down from the top of the door. Bicycles and larger garden equipment should be locked to a correctly installed ground anchor or shed shackle. If that’s not possible then consider those items to be stored in the garage / home. Fit wire mesh or bars on the inside of your window frames. If you have a household alarm fitted, consider extending the system into the garage area. Fit a garage door blocker on the outside of the door. This product bolts permanently to the floor, has a large T bar shaped restrictor and a quality locking device. Various good quality “up and over” or rolling deadlocking door handles can be purchased to replace any existing poor quality locks to give better security. Consider purchasing loop cables. These have a long braided steel cable and a two bolt anchor locking point. These fix to garage walls or floors and can be passed through expensive property such as quad bikes etc. some cables are alarmed. The integral garage door of modern properties is usually a fire door but is not usually secure. We do not recommend carrying out any work on a fire door as it may affects its performance. We recommend products that are Sold Secure or Secure by Design.

If you require any further advice please don’t hesitate to contact your local Beat Team at Radstock Police Station.

Stay safe Stuart Peard Police Constable 3455 Safer Stronger Neighbourhoods Team, Avon and Somerset Police Radstock Police Station, Wells Road, Radstock, BA3 3SG Tel 101 (non-emergency number) or if you see suspicious activity call 999.

Boost in library membership at Midsomer Norton

More than 1,200 new members, including 466 children have joined Midsomer Norton’s Library since it reopened last summer following a major revamp. Last year BANES Council invested £350,000 in the combined library and information service based at The Hollies in the High Street.

The redesign enables residents to access information, advice and services under one roof while providing a more flexible and useable space for the whole community. Since reopening last June it has been reported that 74,045 items have been borrowed, with more than half of the items borrowed by children.  Councillor Paul Crossley, cabinet member for Community Services, said “It’s really encouraging to see so many people signing up to use our library in Midsomer Norton and I’m particularly pleased that many of them are children. Libraries are an important community resource and are really valued by local residents and I hope people continue to discover and make use of this fantastic resource.”

The redesigned library and information service offers free WiFi throughout, improved internet technology, improved access to printing including wireless technology, a quiet area to study and a new children’s area with comfortable seating and fun educational features. It also boasts a wider selection of books and easy access shelving. New touch screen technology also provides access to the vast LibraryWest catalogue of more than three million items. 

One of the key aims of the Midsomer Norton Library team is community involvement and regular events and activities are held including Storytime and Baby Bounce and Rhyme sessions, which will return in the autumn. Staff are currently are preparing for this year’s Summer Reading Challenge. The annual event was hugely successful last year; 387 children took part and read a total of 1565 books.

To find out about this year’s Summer Reading Challenge visit your local library in Bath and North East Somerset or visit: https://summerreadingchallenge.org.uk/ 

Midsomer Norton Library and Information Service is open from Monday to Thursday 9.30am – 5pm, Fridays 9.30am – 4.30pm and Saturdays 9.30am – 1pm

Joint Police and PCC Forum: Wednesday 19th June in Keynsham

A Joint Police Forum will be taking place in Keynsham on Wednesday 19th June between 7pm and 9pm in the Community Space, Keynsham (5 Temple St, Keynsham, Bristol BS31 1HA ).

The Joint Police Forum is routinely held across the Avon and Somerset Area and is a public meeting so residents are encouraged to attend.

The meeting will begin with an introduction from Police Crime Commissioner, Sue Mountstevens. This will be followed by an introduction from Assistant Chief Constable Steve Cullen and then a local policing presentation from a Keynsham Neighbourhood Officer.

At the end of the evening, there will be an opportunity for local people attending to ask questions.

The programme for the evening is as follows:

18:45 – Guests and members of the public to arrive at the Community Space 19:15 – Introductions and Presentations

20:15 – Public Q&A

The PCC have said that if you would like to attend, it would be helpful to let them know so they can ensure a seat is allocated for you. You can find further information and register on-line here or e-mail pcc@avonandsomerset.pnn.police.uk or call 01278 646188.

If you have any questions you would like to ask you can e-mail the PCC in advance at pcc@avonandsomerset.pnn.police.uk. They recommend that you do this if you have a question that might need some research (e.g. regarding a specific issue in your area).

You can also tweet your questions to @AandSPCC or message on facebook here.

Your Village Needs You!

The new Parish Council has been confirmed. We take forward four existing members and now have the opportunity to appoint five new members!

If you are interested in representing the views of fellow residents and can attend a meeting on the second Wednesday each month we would love to hear from you.

The most vibrant council is made up of a wide range of people representative of the community they serve – a range of ages, skills, backgrounds and all kinds of varied experience! All you need is an interest in your community. Training and support is provided.

If you would like to find out more, please contact Jenny, the Clerk by email: info@templecloud.org.uk or by phone: 07591 257 067.

Community Planting Event

This Saturday – 30th March between 12.30 and 14.30 we will be planting of the long border in the Village Hall car park.

We would like to invite everyone to help, all plants provided, but if you have a trowel or a spade, so much the better.

Let’s make this something wonderful!

Temple Cloud Air Quality – update from BANES Officers

During our last update from BANES Officers back in October 2018 we were informed that the BANES Council Environmental Monitoring Team were working hard to secure funding for a ‘Options and Feasibility study’ to explore and assess measures designed and intended to result in the required air quality improvement within the Temple Cloud Air Quality Management Area (AQMA).

Conscious that we are now only 5 months away from it being a year since the AQMA was officially declared, the Parish Council wrote to BANES Officers to ask what progress had been made.  

BANES Council have now confirmed that funding through Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) has been approved for the technical assessment. The study will assess possible options against: feasibility, deliverability, predicted air quality benefit, and cost.

The measures that are deemed deliverable and effective in achieving the necessary reduction in nitrogen dioxide levels will form part of the Temple Cloud Air Quality Action Plan (AQAP) alongside other, less complicated measures that haven’t required the same technical assessment.

The Options and Assessment stage will begin in tandem with Farrington Gurney (who are also subject to a AQMA on the A37) and this should commence shortly – in April 2019 and will include a two week Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) study.

Once the study has taken place and the draft AQAP has been prepared, there will be a further phase of public consultation.

The issue of Air Quality in Temple Cloud remains a key priority for the Parish Council – the Parish Council are pleased that funding to undertake the technical assessment work has been secured and will continue to work closely with the Environmental Monitoring Team at BANES Council to ensure that residents are kept fully updated and the impact of air quality is addressed.

You can see the headlines from BANES Council Officers below:

Temple Cloud AQMA Plan

Local Government Elections 2019

MAKE A CHANGE, BECOME A LOCAL COUNCILLOR

Temple Cloud with Cameley Parish Council is calling on residents, passionate about their community to stand in the local elections in 2019.

What do councillors do?

Councillors are the champions of their community and give residents a voice on the decisions the council makes. Becoming a councillor will allow you to make a real difference in your community by engaging with residents, local groups and businesses to find out their needs; making decisions on which services and projects the council should take forward; and getting involved locally to ensure the services are meeting your community’s needs. How long does it take? The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) Local Councillor Census Survey found that councillors put aside, on average, three hours a week for council work. This often includes attending meetings, engaging with residents and speaking on behalf of the council to other bodies.

Can I stand?

There are only a few rules to stand for election. You must be:

• A British citizen, or a citizen of the Commonwealth, or the European Union

• 18 years of age or older

• Live in an area that is served by a local council

How can I get involved?

Contact Jenny (Parish Clerk and RFO) by email: info@templecloud.org.uk or phone 07591 257067 to find out more or visit www.nalc.gov.uk/elections

You can find out more here:

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Village Hall Car Park – work commences 4th February 2019

Springfield Road Surfacing will commence work on the Temple Cloud Village Hall car park from Monday 4th February 2019 to provide a new finished level surface, drainage, install lighting, a planting area and marked bays .

The work will also clear some of the scrub behind the Village Hall sign to extend the surface of the car park to the kerbstone edge to maximise useable parking space available once the project is finished. As a result, the car park will not be available for a two week period between Monday 4th February 2019 and Friday 15th February 2019. A small section of parking may be left clear for parking over the weekend if health and safety permits the contractor to do this.

Regular hirers of the Village Hall have been informed of the project and asked to communicate this message to members / customers to reduce the impact to those using the Village Hall for clubs, events and parking as well as to those residents living close by who may also be impacted by the project.

The Parish Council thank users of the Village Hall and residents for their patience at this time and during the two week period but hope that the end results will further enhance and improve the overall experience of using the Village Hall and car park for everyone.

Christmas and New Year rubbish collection changes

People are being advised to look out for revised recycling and rubbish collection dates across Bath and North East Somerset over Christmas and New Year.

There will be no collections on Christmas Day, Boxing Day or New Year’s Day.

All wheeled bin customers will get notice of revised collection dates via bin hangers distributed during the first two weeks of December.

Re-useable rubbish bag and black sack customers will be notified by letter.

The revised collections dates will also be advertised in the local press and people can also check details for specific addresses on the council’s website: www.bathnes.gov.uk/checkcollection

The council’s recycling centres will be operating as normal for the majority of the festive period, but will be closed on:

• Christmas Day – Tuesday 25 December
• Boxing Day – Wednesday 26 December
• New Year’s Day – Tuesday 1 January

There will be NO garden waste collections from Monday 3 December 2018 to Friday 25 January inclusive. Normal garden waste collections will start again on Monday 28 January.

People who have bought real Christmas trees can take them to the council’s recycling centres or put them out between 28 January and 8 February on garden waste collection days (even if they don’t have a green bin) and we will collect them free of charge. Please cut them up small enough to fit in the lorry and make sure they are free of decorations.

B&NES Council have issued the following advice to residents:

More rubbish is thrown away over Christmas than at any other time of year, and people are being urged to think responsibly and recycle as much waste as they can.

Councillor Bob Goodman, cabinet member for Development and Neighbourhoods said: “We all love Christmas but it is a time of year when a staggering amount of food is thrown away and excess packaging is created. We can all do our bit to reduce excess waste by thinking about how much we buy and recycling. If we all do our bit, we can reduce the amount that goes to landfill.”

The Love Food Hate Waste website www.lovefoodhatewaste.com has plenty of seasonal tips to help reduce food waste and save money this Christmas.

Lots of other festive waste can also be recycled. Wrapping paper (white backed, non- foil), greetings cards, gift tags and cardboard packaging can all be placed in our recycling containers. However, glitter or foil backed wrapping paper and glittery Christmas cards can’t be recycled, so please choose wisely when you shop. Brown paper wrapping is the best environmentally friendly option.

Don’t forget other festive items like sweet and biscuit tins, aerosols, glass jars, plastic bottles and food containers like cream pots, foil from mince pies, quiches and takeaways can also be recycled.

And you can even recycle small electrical items such as broken fairy lights, textiles like old Christmas jumpers and shoes.