Shuttington & Alvecote
SHUTTINGTON PARISH COUNCIL
We want to reassure residents that the Parish Council is still here to help and support you, although all Parish Council meetings have been suspended for the moment.
Any queries, please contact the Clerk
Anita Allsopp on 01827 830086
The Parish Council would like all parishioners to be made aware of the support currently in place for all those that need it. On the front line, local villagers have pooled resources to offer any transport/shopping/medical collections that are needed. All villagers should have received a note through their door with the contact number of Penny Scambler by now who has very kindly organised a team of volunteers throughout the village to assist with these needs. That contact information is on the village notice board and at the bus shelter also. I am sure all would like to extend their gratitude for all those involved in this local support initiative.
Should anyone wish to have those details again, please email NigelPC@outlook.com
May we also remind/advise you that our local village shop has many supplies which we may need and also the Four Shires Farm Shop in Seckington has an abundance of food, for which they are offering a pre-order facility and free local delivery to those that may need it. Their contact number is 01827 839171.
In addition, we are in very close and continuous contact with the Borough Council and County Council, being alerted to any developments, guidance and assistance which can be utilised as and when necessary.
It is clear that the current challenges are going to be with us for a while and will change regularly. Please be assured that the Parish Council will be constantly monitoring any developments and where possible, shall act accordingly to safeguard our local residents.
SELF ISOLATION – PARISH ASSISTANCE
Hello, if you are self Isolating we can help.
My Name is Penny and I live at 3 East View, School Lane, Shuttington and I have set up a village support group to help those residents in Shuttington who are isolating.
My Name is Mandy and I live at 27 Alvecote Cottages and I am happy to be a point of contact and support for those in Alvecote who need support during this difficult time.
The Parish has come together to form a group of more than 20 volunteers (mainly in Shuttington) to help with shopping, prescription collections or a friendly phone call or video call to keep us all connected and well.
If you are in a high risk group or need support please contact Penny for Shuttington on 07855 764892 or Mandy for Alvecote 07854 812059 and I will alert the village helpers to your needs and someone will contact you within 4 hours of your call or text.
We will leave supplies on the door step and we should all make sure we are washing our hands, disinfecting door handles and surfaces and stay 2metres away from vulnerable people. Let's spread more kindness and keep the virus under control.
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Potential increased aircraft activity around Birmingham Airport
hose of you living in communities close to the airport will have noticed the unprecedented reduction in aircraft activity resulting from the situation surrounding the coronavirus pandemic. This is expected to last for some time yet. However, I did want to draw your attention to two requests we have received as a result of the current situation:
As part of a contingency programme to enable patients to be rapidly transferred to hospitals within the region, the military will have a force of Puma helicopters available for such duties.
In poor weather conditions, helicopter pilots will need to undertake what is known as a ‘cloud break’ procedure, where the aircraft needs to safely descend until the pilot has visual contact with the ground. For helicopters en-route to local hospitals, that procedure will involve using the standard approach procedures for Birmingham Airport – effectively following the ILS approaches until visual contact is made with the ground, at which point they will fly directly to their destination hospital.
The military has requested that training flights be undertaken within the next few days so that pilots can practice these procedures.
With airlines having grounded their majority of their fleets, opportunities for pilots to undertake the required number of flying hours needed to maintain their licences are severely reduced. Some of our airline partners have therefore requested that a number (as yet unknown) of training flights be permitted to facilitate this. We expect the numbers of both types of operations to be very small in comparison to normal operations, but given that normal flying operations have virtually ceased, they may well be more noticeable to residents than would ordinarily be the case.