Policy & Finance Committee Meeting (Nov. 26th)
PLEASE NOTE THAT A MEETING OF THE POLICY & FINANCE COMMITTEE OF
THE TOWN COUNCIL WILL TAKE PLACE ON:-
Thursday 26th November 2020 at 6.00pm. (via Zoom)
FOR THE TRANSACTION OF TOWN COUNCIL BUSINESS
Agenda: Agenda Policy & Finance Nov 20
Please note that under Section 100(A) of the Local Government Act 1972, the public be
excluded for the following items of business on the grounds that it involves the likely disclosure
of exempt information as defined in paragraph 1 of part 1 of Schedule 12A to the Act
Covid-19 Information for Halewood & Knowsley
At the request of residents and Councillors, we can provide some recent information on the extent of the Coronavirus spread across Knowsley and Halewood. You will be aware that the borough – like all of the Liverpool City Region – has been in the highest Tier of restrictions. Though the situation has improved, we strongly advise residents to follow all advice to protect yourselves and your families.
For the latest government advice on keeping yourself safe, follow the link: Hands-Face-Space
For up to date information on the spread of the virus to a local authority level the link below from the BBC provides daily, accurate information. You are simply required to type your postcode into the search engine provided at the site: Latest Coronavirus Information
At a Halewood level we aim to provide accurate, local information for the benefit of residents. The most recent data from Knowsley Public Health derives from November 15th. It can be viewed in the link here: Ward Level Infection Rates
The information clearly highlights that both Halewood North and Halewood South have high infection rates compared to many wards across the borough. This IS a public health crisis and we reiterate our statement to please follow government and public health advice for the common good of all across Halewood.
Allan Harvey Christmas Grant 2020
Halewood Town Council made its first allocations from the ‘Allan Harvey Christmas Grant’ at tonight’s meeting. This is a special fund the council has established in the name of former Cllr Allan Harvey who sadly passed away last year. There were five applications from local organisations seeking funds to deliver a wide range of activities and direct support to residents across Halewood. All groups were successful in their applications and the council wishes them every success in their vital work to deliver much-needed Christmas cheer.
The groups supported are:
- Halewood Youth in Community Centre
- Halewood Community Spirit
- Parish of St. John Vianney
- Newby House
- Local person Paul Burke
Merseyside Charity ‘Channel’ and Halewood Town Council
For Christmas 2020, Halewood Town Council will join forces with local charity ‘Channel’ to assist with the receipt and storage of toy donations for local children and families.
‘Channel (Halewood)’ was formed in 1978 and is part of Channel, a Liverpool based charity formed in 1969. Channel works to support vulnerable families and referrals are made by professionals involved with families. Grants of up to £70 are made for items such as safety gates, microwave etc. From its beginning Channel Halewood has collected and distributed Christmas toys to families. This has been possible through donations from toy services held by local churches. Clearly this is not possible in 2020.
Are we letting Covid-19 stop the work of this important Halewood initiative? Absolutely not. For 2020, we are therefore seeking toy donations from local people and organisations. Can you help?
To ensure the health and safety of local volunteers through the pandemic, Halewood Town Council will take receipt of donations on behalf of Channel at the Community Hub now established at The Arncliffe Centre. They can be made between 10.00am and 3.00pm Monday-Friday. Channel will work with partners on the distribution and ensure they reach those Halewood families who will benefit most from the kind donations of residents. Donations will be accepted from November 15th through to December 18th.
The Town Council is pleased to work with Colin Critchley and the team at Channel who have provided this vital service for over 40 years. The sourcing of toys may be different this year, but the impact may be more important than ever.
For more information contact the Halewood Community Hub on 428-1929 or email Dave Murphy on firstname.lastname@example.org
Halewood Community Hub – November 2020
Halewood Town Council has re-established a ‘Community Hub’ at the Arncliffe Centre.
As the council has ceased activities due to the new government lockdown, it has refocussed its resources to serve the needs of the Halewood Community. The hub will act as a link to Halewood residents for emergency food support and as a link for partners and community organisations offering support to local people. This includes the Knowsley Foodbank and the Knowsley MBC Covid-19 Support Team.
The hub will initially be open Monday-Friday. Residents can make donations in-person from 10.00am – 3.00pm (but please follow the usual Covid-19 safety guidelines). To kickstart the emergency food hub, the council has donated £500.00 to put together food boxes for distribution. In time, this will be enhanced through donations, new funding and links with the Foodbank. A reminder that Knowsley Foodbank continues to run a Halewood distribution point at the St. Mary’s Centre on Leathers Lane every Saturday from 10.00am-12.00.
For more information on support through Halewood Town Council please call us on 428-1929.
If you in an emergency and cannot afford food please call Knowsley Food Support on 0151 538 8243 or you can email email@example.com.
Anyone needing other support can call Knowsley’s COVID 19 Community Support line freephone on 0800 073 0043 from 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday and 10am to 2pm at weekends.
The council approved an Accessibility Statement for the Halewood Town Council Website at its meeting of September 10th 2020.
This site is provided by Knowsley City Learning Centres and managed by Halewood Town Council.
We want as many people as possible to be able to use the website, for example that means you should be able to.
. Change colours and contrast levels and fonts.
. Zoom in up to 300% without text spilling off the screen.
. Navigate most of the website using just a keyboard.
. Navigate most of the website using speech recognition software.
. Listen to most of the website using a screen reader.
‘AbilityNet’ has advice on making your device easier to use if you have a disability.
What to do if you can’t access parts of the website.
If you require information published on the website in a different format please contact us:
We will consider your request and respond within 14 days.
Reporting accessibility problems with the website.
We are always looking to improve the accessibility of the website, if you find any problems or you think we are not meeting accessibility requirement contact us:
Town Clerk: Gerry Allen
Post: Arncliffe Centre, Arncliffe Road, Halewood, L25 9PA
In Person: The Arncliffe Centre, 9.00am – 5.00pm Monday to Thursday. 9.00am – 4.00pm Fridays
Telephone: 0151-443 2306
. There may be some pages with read more/click here links
. Some of the older PDF files and documents may not meet the required standard – for example they may not be structured so they can be accessed by a screen reader.
. Some images on the website may not have a text alternative.
. All newly published documents will have a text alternative to the image.
The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) is responsible for enforcing the Public Sector Bodies (Website and Mobile Applications) (No2) Accessibility Regulations 2018 (the accessibility regulations). If you are not satisfied with how we respond contact Equality Advisory and Support Service (EASS).
Wreath Laying for Remembrance
Earlier this week, a number of local people and representatives of uniformed organisations attended a special Wreath-Laying event for Remembrance Sunday. The Mayor of Halewood, Cllr Bob Swann and Town Manager Gerry Allen were also present.
To ensure Remembrance in 2020 is not forgotten, a short video of the wreath-laying event was recorded by local person Natasha Bullock. We think Tasia has created a wonderful and moving short film that also gives extra emphasis to the fallen from Halewood.
You can view the recording here:
Remembrance Sunday Service 8th November 2020
This year’s Remembrance Sunday Service organised by St. Nicholas Church will take place via Zoom at 10.30am. A reminder that you are then encouraged to ‘Remember from Home’ by pausing for a 2-minute silence on your doorstep at 11.00am.
If you would like to access the service please use the link here:
Town Council Meeting: Thursday 12th November 2020
There will be a meeting of Halewood Town Councillors on: Thursday 12th November 2020 at 7.00pm
The meeting will take place via the Zoom teleconferencing system. The public may attend the meeting and register for questions to be tabled at the ‘Public Forum’ part of the agenda by writing to the Town Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org
To access the agenda please click on the following link: TC Meeting Agenda for 12 Nov 20