CASUAL VACANCY - FIRBECK PARISH COUNCIL
A further vacancy has arisen on Firbeck Parish Council, meaning 2 positions as councillor are now available. Further details are in the attached notice and interested individuals should contact the Clerk or Chairman of the council via the Contact Us page.
The final audited accounts for Firbeck Parish Council for the year 2019-20 are now on the finance page. Information on the period for public inspection of the accounts can be found by following the link.
COVID-19/Coronavirus Update 18/09/20
Latest COVID-19 figures
The coronavirus R rate in the UK has increased to between 1.1 and 1.4, the Government's Sage committee has said.
The R rate measures the number of people that one infected person will pass on a virus to, on average.
The higher R is above 1, the faster the epidemic is growing.
This national trend has been reflected in the latest 7-day infection rate in Rotherham, which has increased to 38.9 per 100,000 from 23 per 100,000 last week.
It remains incumbant on all of us, at work and at home to continue to take these vital steps to Keep Rotherham Open:
• Keep 2 metres apart whenever possible
• Wash hands often
• Self isolate and get tested if you have symptoms
• Wear a face covering whenever required
• Please encourage anyone with symptoms, however mild, to get tested as soon as possible.
There is high demand for tests nationally and we would ask anyone who tries to book a test and is unable to do so, or who is offered a location or time which is not convenient, to please wait a few hours and try again - more booking slots are released at regular intervals.
Further information regarding coronavirus is available on the Council website
NHS Test and Trace App and Posters
The new NHS Test and Trace App will be available to download from Thursday 24 September. The app offers users an easy to use service to track their symptoms, check-in to places they’ve visited and offers advice about self-isolating and booking a test.
The app is free to download and everyone with a smart phone is encouraged to get the app to help fight coronavirus. Further information about the app can be found online at www.covid19.nhs.uk/
The app will also let users scan the new NHS QR posters that businesses will be displaying from Thursday 24 September as part of their Test and Trace activities. Businesses who must record the details of customers for Test and Trace information, e.g. cafes, restaurants, and leisure centres, must also display the new NHS QR Code posters on their premises.
The Council is working with businesses to encourage them to download the posters and display them in easy to access places on their premises as well as supporting them follow the new guidance about recording Test and Trace data.
New restrictions in North West, Midlands and West Yorkshire
Tighter restrictions will come into force in Lancashire, Merseyside, parts of the Midlands and West Yorkshire after significant increases in Covid-19 cases, the government has said.
The new rules ban separate households from meeting each other at home or in private gardens.
Pubs and restaurants must also shut early in parts of Lancashire and Merseyside.
The measures will come into force from Tuesday.
Nearly 4.7 million people are to be affected by the new rules.
Stronger measures introduced in parts of the North East to tackle rising infection rates
New restrictions will be introduced in parts of the north-east of England to curb rising infection rates.
From today, regulations will ban the following:
• residents must not socialise with other people outside of their own households or support bubble in private homes and gardens
• hospitality for food and drink will be restricted to table service only
late night restriction of operating hours will be introduced, with leisure and entertainment venues required to close between 10pm to 5am
Changes come as cases in the North East have risen to the second highest in the country, after the North West. The decision has been made in close collaboration with local leaders.
Rotherham’s roads set to benefit from £24million over the next four years
Over £9 million of capital investment is being proposed for Rotherham’s transport network throughout the next twelve months with a further almost £6 million earmarked to improve the borough’s roads.
It comes as the Council plans to invest £24 million in local transport over the next four years as part of the “£24m to ’24” Roads Programme.
The Council’s Transport and Highways Capital Programme for 2020/21 will deliver a number of improvements including:
• A total of £8.5 million to improve the condition of the borough’s roads, funding more than 190 roads to be resurfaced
• 30 footpath repair schemes
• £1,100,000 of local transport system improvements including five pedestrian and puffin crossings
• £658,000 for Local Road Safety Schemes to address known accident hotspots
• Over £210,000 on improving traffic flow and £100k for cycling projects
• £50,000 for Electric Vehicle Charging Points
• Up to £3 million for active travel and cycle schemes, dependent on funding from Sheffield City Region
Work to start on new look town centre open spaces
Work is due to start to improve the look and feel of the town centre’s open spaces next week (21st September)
The designs for Phase One of the works on Bridgegate will provide a much needed revamp incorporating new paving and lighting aimed at improving lines of sight and giving a brighter, more modern feel to the area. Installation of the street catenary lighting has already taken place and the removal of the brick planters will open up the street to provide an open space to expand the potential opportunities for events and activities.
You can find the latest information for the public about COVID-19 here
The Government response and action plan can be found here
NHS guidance can be found here
Whilst it is hoped that people finding themselves in financial crisis because of loss of work arising from the Covid 19 pandemic will be assisted with hardship payments by DWP, the normal Crisis Support Crisis Loans service is also still available.
Crisis loans are provided in partnership with RMBC by LASER Credit Union.
Applications should be made directly to LASER. They will receive, administer, issue the loan and take repayments.
Applicants for Crisis Loans should not visit the LASER premises, but contact them by:
• mobile app secure message
• email at firstname.lastname@example.org
• telephone on 01709 836500 or
• through their website at https://www.lasercreditunion.org.uk/
Rotherham Heroes Volunteer Scheme
To help further support vulnerable people across the borough, RMBC has established the Rotherham Community Hub with Voluntary Action Rotherham and the Rotherham Together Partnership to coordinate the Rotherham Heroes Volunteer Programme.
They are calling out for individuals, organisations, clubs and businesses who want to volunteer. The programme will match volunteers to established groups and make sure the help is being directed where it is most needed. This is a great opportunity to work together as a community to make sure that everyone is getting the support they need during the COVID19 outbreak.
More information can be found via www.rotherham.gov.uk/volunteer
and via this poster and volunteer pack.
Local Council Elections - 7th May 2020
The local elections planned for 7th May 2020 have been postponed until May 2021. There is still, however, 1 vacant seat on Firbeck Parish Council and anyone wishing to volunteer to serve their community should register their interest either through a current member of the council or via the 'contact us' link above.
The beautiful village of Firbeck nestles in a valley surrounded by agricultural land and woodland. Its pretty name arrives through a series of derivations from Firebec in the twelfth century to Ferbecke in the sixteenth century. It is generally accepted as meaning ‘woodland stream’. There is a mix of historically interesting buildings and twentieth century buildings.
At the heart of the village is the grade 2 listed church of St. Martins which has several fine stained glass windows and interesting hatchments and monuments, including some to the St Leger family. Anthony St Leger was the founder of the famous race in 1776 and the original racecourse was in an oval field above the village.
Firbeck Village Hall was substantially renovated and reopened in 2010 thanks to generous grants from the Big Lottery Fund and WREN. The Village Hall Committee exists to administer the operation and maintenance of the Hall, to organise events and fundraising and to act as a resource for our vibrant community. Many weekly groups take place and annual events such as a scarecrow weekend, a barbeque and a strawberry tea. The village hall is also available to hire for private events.
The Black Lion is a traditional little country inn which boasts a menu featuring fine gastro pub food alongside some pub classics. They keep some great beers and their focus is to create an environment where drinkers and diners feel welcome.
Firbeck Hall has a fascinating history and is hopefully to be restored to provide modern dwellings within the shell of the original structure. The Friends of Firbeck Hall is a voluntary group dedicated to encouraging the sympathetic restoration of Firbeck Hall. They are also researching the history of the village and publish three newsletters a year outlining their latest findings.