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WELCOME TO PURTON

 

IMPORTANT COVID-19 UPDATE MESSAGE

Following ongoing communication and discussion with the community group “Outreach Purton” who are working to provide essential basic support for residents who do not have the facility to rely on relatives, friends or neighbours, we have all agreed the following support initiative.

BE A GOOD NEIGHBOUR
Please check that your neighbours either side of you are okay – drop a note through their door, speak to them in the garden – follow social distancing guidelines keep your distance but ensure they have what they need – if you are concerned that they have not been seen knock the door – if you do not get a response call the police on 101.

Further CONTACT
If you need emergency medical supplies, food requirements that you cannot gain from the local shops/chemist and/or friends and neighbours you can call help utilising the following emergency details :  Theses requests will be managed by the council and will call upon a group of known volunteers who will return your call and determine you needs, advise if necessary alternative options and if required action support through the volunteer group or local government aids.

PLACE A POSTER IN YOUR WINDOW
Currently we are allowed to leave our homes to gain essential supplies and take one walk a day. If you can download this poster or collect from your local shop and place in your window, it will give details outlined above to those who are not able to access social media and therefore spread the word.  Click Here to Download 

VOLUNTEERING TO SUPPORT YOUR COMMUNITY
If we all adopt the “good neighbour” approach we will reduce the need for additional support setup above within our community, however there will be those vulnerable that logistically need extra support and therefore a group of volunteers will be required.

If you would like to be part of the volunteering list to offer a call to someone who is lonely and isolating or collect shopping/prescriptions, please send your details to the email on the poster. This information under GDPR will be kept for the sole purpose of this COVID-19 pandemic and will be destroyed as soon as we are able to remove the necessity.

We are working on a pre-emptive, best endeavours basis to offer support at this time, we have no formal guidelines or have in place sufficient insurances, welfare support for the volunteers, so this request for volunteers is based on trust and the community pulling together.

Hopefully these actions will bridge the gap whilst the government works on the formal arrangements to safeguard our most vulnerable.

Please always listen to the government guidance in all you do.

 

COVID-19 UPDATE – Thursday 2 April 2020
Please see the latest update regarding COVID-19.

Business Support
The council has sent out over 8,000 letters to business who are eligible for either the:

Small business grant schemes (£10,000)
For businesses that pay little or no businesses rates, the Small Business Grant Scheme will provide a one-off grant of £10,000 to businesses in receipt of Small Business Rates Relief (SBRR) and rural rates relief.

Or,

The Retail and Hospitality Grant Scheme (£25,000)
The Retail and Hospitality Grant Scheme provides businesses in the retail, hospitality and leisure sectors with a cash grant of up to £25,000 per property.

For businesses in these sectors with a rateable value of under £15,000, they will receive a grant of £10,000
For businesses in these sectors with a rateable value of between £15,001 and £51,000, they will receive a grant of £25,000.

The letters ask people to complete an online form, accessed via a dedicated grants webpage http://www.wiltshire.gov.uk/business-advice-support-covid19, so we can ensure the grants are issued appropriately and help minimise fraud. Around £1.5m has been issued today (2 April 2020) as we started to release vital funds to support businesses struggling during the coronavirus outbreak.

We’re aware that many businesses are not open. If they think they are eligible they can complete the webform without the need to pick up their letter http://www.wiltshire.gov.uk/business-advice-support-covid19. They will not be disadvantaged by not having the letter.

We have also set up a dedicated contact centre for COVID-19 business support and businesses who have queries on the grant process or require further information and advice can contact us on Covid-19BusinessSupport@wiltshire.gov.uk. Please kindly share this information with businesses in your community who need support.

Food banks

At this difficult time, food banks are in need of more volunteers and donations. If you are able to help in any way please get in touch with your local food bank. Food banks are there to support vulnerable people in a crisis, which is usually subject to a referral from a trusted source such as a social worker. 

List of food banks currently operating in Wiltshire. Please note these details are subject to change during the COVID-19 situation.
You can also donate to your local foodbank through the foodbank donation points at your local supermarket.

Markets in Wiltshire  

Recent government guidance advised that all indoor and outdoor markets will be cancelled until further notice. The only exception to this is food stalls, which are making their own decisions on whether to trade, so please check with your local market to see if it is going ahead. Read the government guidance.

We’re keen to support our local community’s food stalls to trade but would encourage any markets that remain open to ensure that customers following the Government advice on social distancing (click here) at all times.

Wiltshire Wellbeing Hub
The Wiltshire Wellbeing Hub is available to anyone who is struggling during this difficult time, such as people who are shielding or self-isolating and don’t have a support network around them or know where to get help. Our team can help provide support but also signpost them to where additional help is available in their local area, via the hundreds of community groups set-up across the county providing invaluable assistance.  

People can get in touch with the hub via email at wellbeinghub@wiltshire.gov.uk or by calling 0300 003 4576.  It’s available from 8am-8pm Monday-Friday and 10am-4pm Saturday and Sunday.

Getting Wiltshire Talking
Although Wiltshire Council’s Get Wiltshire Walking programme has been suspended, the council’s walking co-ordinators have made more than 100 calls to the group members to ensure they feel supported and connected during this difficult time.

The Get Wiltshire Walking programme generally engages older people, many of whom live on their own and may be feeling isolated.  Our co-ordinators have been encouraging the members to stay in contact with each other via phone/text/email, buddy up where they can, and look out for one another during the ongoing situation. Some groups are arranging virtual coffee mornings via skype or video calling on WhatsApp at the time they would normally have coffee after the walk – yet another great example of people staying connected and enjoying some form of social activity by virtual means.

The team will stay in contact as much as possible with the group over the coming weeks.

Helping our communities to be aware of misinformation

We’re supporting national efforts to encourage members of the public to check the information they receive and share about COVID-19.

The Government is running a ‘Don’t Feed The Beast’ public information campaign via its Share Check List  website to empower communities not to believe or spread information from purported ‘experts’ issuing dangerous misinformation, or become victims of criminal fraudsters running phishing scams.

The public can really help stop the spread of potentially dangerous or false stories circulating by following official government guidance. The ‘SHARE’ checklist below includes basic but essential advice such as to checking the source of a story and analysing the facts before sharing.

Source - make sure information comes from a trusted source
Headline - always read beyond the headline
Analyse - check the facts
Retouched - does the image or video look as though it has been doctored?
Error - look out for bad grammar and spelling

Please kindly share this information with your communities to help them protect themselves as well as others.

Regards

Cllr Philip Whitehead
Wiltshire Council


ACCESSIBILITY STATEMENT

Purton Parish Council are currently working on a fully accessiblity website.  Whilst we are working on this process certain aspects of our website are not accessible to all, thereore if you require a pdf in a different format to be able to read, please do not hesitate to contact our offices direct.  

 

PRIVACY NOTICE    Updated 18th April 2018

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PURTON PARISH COUNCIL - MISSION STATEMENT.

AIMS to acheive the mission we will :-

  • Engage in open dialogue with all residents to understand their needs, and in turn explain how we will address these needs within the resources and powers available to the Council
  • To help provide cost effective amenities of a high standard to help meet the needs and wishes of all residents
  • Assist and encourage other bodies to provide such amenities
  • Protect and enhance the environment in which the residents of the Parish live and work
  • Promote the best interests of the Parish

OBJECTIVES

  • To help create a sociallly inclusive and caring community which embraces all residents, irrespective of age, gender, culture, income, race or relgion, and will seek to develop their well-being, knowledge, understanding and mutual co-operation
  • To enable residents to enjoy high quality social, recreational and sporting facilities within the parish, and to seek the continuing improvement and developement of these facilities in accordance with the desires expressed by the residents
  • To encourage and promote the economic and commercial viability of the Parish.  This will assist in improving the levels of deprivation experienced by some residents of the Parish.
  • To protect and improve the character of the Parish and promote sustainable development for the Parish to meet the needs of present residents without jeopardizing the needs of future generations
  • To work in partnership with other statutory bodies, voluntary groups, agencies and indivduals to ensure an improving standard of services to meet the needs of the Parish

VALUES

Purton Parish Council will provide a high quality service and will be professional, accountable, proactive and responsive, inclusive and transparent.
Thankyou for visiting our website, we hope you enjoy browsing. 
Your input into the website is warmly welcomed and crucial so that we can provide you with the information you need. Tell us what you like and dislike, what other information and facilities you would find useful and please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.

The Council Office is situated in the Institute/Village Hall to the rear of the Library (see map here) and is open to the public Monday to Thursday 9.00am to 5.00pm and Fridays 9.00am to 4.00pm.  When the office is closed you can leave a message on the answer phone 01793 771066, or send an e-mail to deborah.lawrence@purtonparishcouncil.gov.uk and we will get back to you as soon as we can.

 

There does seem to be a general nationwide disillusionment with the democratic process and a feeling that the man in the street can’t really affect anything. In addition our lives certainly seem busier and more complicated. However if anyone out there could spare a couple of hours a week helping to do a necessary and worthwhile job then the role of Parish Councillor can be rewarding and might even help you to wind down and to put life into perspective. We currently have 4 vacancies so if you do have the interest of your community at heart do consider putting yourself forward. If the number of councillors continues to fall we will be at risk of losing control of our own local affairs and others will be making more decisions for us. The choice is ours. Please contact the Parish Clerk or any councillor for more information.


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