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Published on 20 August 2017
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Winchester City Council Private Sector Housing Team wish to introduce the Disabled Facilities Grant Service which may be of benefit to residents in our parish.  

The Disabled facilities grant is for people with disabilities or those who have difficulties maintaining their independence in a home they own, rent privately or rent from a housing association to fund essential adaptations to the property. These adaptations could include stair lifts, level access showers and changes to access for example all with the aim of keeping residents  independent for longer in their homes.  

This grant has been available for many years through Winchester City Council, however it has recently benefited from a increase in funding which means the service is expanding to help more people. In the past  those in need of this grant have had to go through Adult Services for an Occupational Therapist assessment which would then be passed through to Winchester City Council. But now, WCC have their own in house Occupational Therapist Lindsey Steel and are able to take an increasing number of direct referrals from people in our district. 

If eligible for the grant the team will:

•             Recommend the adaptations through an OT assessment 

•             Liaise with a select with a group of approved contractors for a quote 

•             Communicate with property owners, landlords etc. to gain permission for the adaptations

•             Employ the chosen contractor to complete the works 

•             Authorise and manage payment for the works 

•             Inspect the works once completed and be on hand to help through out the process

So if you have any enquires about this or any questions about the service please do not hesitate to contact the team?

There is a dedicated email address for referrals and questions about the grant: 

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If calling the dedicated number is 01962 848 455

 
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Published on 29 June 2017
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Kier Highways, on behalf of Highways England, will be undertaking essential maintenance work to the drainage system along the A303 between Bullington (A303) and Popham (M3), to ensure the network remains in a safe condition and reduces potential flooding risks.  To keep overall disruption to a minimum, we will be undertaking three separate drainage schemes within the same traffic management.

The work is currently scheduled to start on Monday 10 July 2017* and is due to be completed by November 2017*.

In order to carry out the work as efficiently and safely as possible, lane closures will be in place on the A303 east and westbound carriageways overnight (between 9pm and 6am) until September.  During October, there will then be occasional full overnight closures of the A303 between the M3 (Popham) and the A303 (Bullington).  During these closures a clearly signed diversion will be in place via the A34 and A33.

Confirmed dates for any closures will be displayed in advance on signs along the A303.

We would like to apologise in advance for any disturbance or inconvenience caused during the works.  If you have any questions or if you'd like you know about the work please contact Highways England's customer control centre:

·         Phone: 0300 123 5000

·         Post: Highways England, Bridge House, 1 Walnut Tree Close, Guildford, GU1 4LZ

·         Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

*Please be aware that these works have been carefully programmed but are subject to change due to weather conditions or unforeseen circumstances

 
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Published on 28 May 2017
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The Parish Council is pleased to announce that there is now an online booking form facility which can be found by selecting the Pavilion option on the main menu and then choosing the booking form.  The online booking form can also be accessed via facebook.  When thinking of hiring, it is also important to review the Pavilion's Terms and Conditions, this document can be found under the Parish Council Information section.

 
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Published on 03 April 2017
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Hampshire County Council's Trading Standards Service has received the following press release issued by the City of London Police, and is circulated on their behalf

Friend or foe? Over 200 reports of 'friendly' fraudster email scam in three daysFraudsters are turning to kindness with new phishing emails which encourage the recipient to open an attachment on the false premise that they could have already fallen victim to scammers.

In the past three days, Action Fraud has received 226 reports from email users who have this email. The phishing email is sent from a fraudster who describes themselves a "law-abiding citizen" and has accidentally received the email recipient's personal details. Attached to the phishing email is a document which the fraudster claims contains the recipient's personal details. The fraudster suggests that the email recipient's details may have been made available to scammers and they are contacting them to try to rectify the problem. To do so the recipient must open the document.In reality, the attached document opens the door to malware being downloaded onto the victim's computer. The malware attempts to obtain sensitive data from victims, such as banking credentials and passwords; this is subsequently used to take money from the victim.

In order to protect yourself from malware, having up-to-date virus protection is essential; however it will not always prevent you from becoming infected. Protect yourself don't click on links or open any attachments you receive in unsolicited emails or SMS messages. Remember that fraudsters can 'spoof' an email address to make it look like one used by someone you trust. If you are unsure, check the email header to identify the true source of communication.
• Do not enable macros in downloads, enabling the macro will allow the malware to be installed onto your device.

Always install software updates as soon as they become available. Whether you are updating the operating system or an application, the update will often include fixes for critical security vulnerabilities.
• Create regular backups of your important files to an external hard drive, memory stick or online storage provider. It's important that the device to which you back up isn't left connected to your computer as any malware infection could spread to that too.
• If you think your bank details have been compromised, you should immediately contact your bank.

Detective Chief Inspector Andy Fyfe of the City of London Police said:"The sheer number of reports that we have received over the past three days is concerning and reports continue to be made. We are warning the public to be vigilant and not click on links or attachments from unknown recipients or in unsolicited emails."
If you have been affected by this, or any other scam, report it to Action Fraud by visiting www.actionfraud.police.uk

 

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