Minutes Annual Meeting 17th May 2016

Minutes of the Annual Meeting of Peterchurch Parish Council
held in the Peterchurch Village Centre on Tuesday 17th May 2016

No PPC/MW/098
Councillors Present
Councillor Mr P J Clarke Chairman
Councillor Mr M J Church Vice – Chairman
Councillor Mr R Gaze
Councillor Mr R Metcalfe
Councillor Ms S Murrin
Councillor Mrs R A Quelch
Councillor Mr B C Treanor

Clerk Mr M Walker

Also Present
Ward Councillor Mr Philip Price and seven further members of the public

The Annual Meeting of the Parish Council was formally opened by
the Chairman at 7.40pm

1.0 Election of Chairman & Vice – Chairman
Councillor Mr Paul J Clarke having been nominated unopposed was unanimously elected to
the post of Chairman and duly signed the appropriate Acceptance of Office form.
Proposed by Councillor Ms S Murrin and
Seconded by Councillor Mr R Gaze

Councillor Ms S Murrin having been nominated was unanimously elected to the
post of Vice – Chairman and also signed an Acceptance of Office form
Proposed by Councillor Mr R Gaze and
Seconded by Councillor Mrs R A Quelch

2.0 Apologies for Absence
Apologies were received and accepted from Councillor Mr D Morgan and
Parish Council Lengthsman Mr Terry Griffiths

Representative from the Local Police Team not present
“Email received 14th May 2016 Hello Malcolm, I’ve just received this email from Fiona.
I do believe you have misunderstood what i said at the meeting. I said there would be data collection boxes put out in locations required by the Safer Roads Partnership to obtain data. I did attend the meeting in April only to find the date was changed from Tuesday to the Wednesday when i wasn’t in, but it was to only state i was waiting for the results, due to a delay in putting up the boxes, they have been chased up and i know when they’re being fitted, but i will refrain from saying when they will as we want to get an accurate reflection of the issue in Peterchurch.
The speed checks myself and Fiona have been doing are also data collection as we cannot do any form of enforcement within our remit, which the public have been informed of results of as soon as we’ve worked ours out. This is also a way of being visible to slow traffic down, as we want to prevent speeding not just enforce it all the time, so education and trying to be visible as often as we can be.
As soon as we have the information we will let you have it with a member of Safer Roads Partnership team (hopefully) because if it’s proven there is a problem with the speeds in Peterchurch then they will take it on.
I hope that clarifies things a little for you and ask for a bit of patience whilst we’re waiting for the results. Many thanks Lucy Morris PCSO Lucy Morris 6433 Golden Valley SNT
Mobile: 07816182502 lucy.morris@westmercia.pnn.police.uk Non emergency number 101”

3.0 Declarations of Interest & Dispensations
3.1 No Declaration of interests were made or written applications for dispensation

3.2 Councillors reviewed their Declaration of Registrable Interest Forms with no amendments
required

4.0 Minutes
The Minutes of the Ordinary Parish Council Meeting No PPC/MW/097 held on Tuesday 20th
April 2016 were confirmed as a true record and signed by the Chairman.

5.0 Financial Report
5.1 The Annual Governance Statement “Section 1” was considered by the Parish Council and
Unanimously Approved

5.2 Following the Clerk’s presentation of the 2015-2016 Accounts, the Parish Council
Resolved Unanimously to approve the accounts as presented See appendix 1

5.3 The Chairman signed the Annual Audit Return Form “Section 2”

5.4 Bank Balances as per statements (no new bank statements received)
@ 4th April 2016 Lloyds Treasurers Account £2,276.59
@ 1st April 2016 Lloyds Business Bank Account £23,623.67

Receipts
No receipts received

Invoices for Payment
Mr Terry Griffiths Lengthsman Invoice TGC 1607 Lengthsman work £144.00
Cheque No 000800
Mr Terry Griffiths Lengthsman Invoice TGC 1606 Lengthsman work £300.00
Cheque No 000801
Mr Terry Griffiths Lengthsman Invoice TGC 1608 Lengthsman work £48.00
Cheque No 000802
Herefordshire Association of Local Councils (HALC) Invoice 8024 £36.00
External Auditors Training
Cheque No 000803
PC World Laptop, Scanner/Printer, MS Office, XL Ink Cartridge £512.06
Invoice 14057324 (Reimbursement to Clerk, used private credit card)
Cheque No 000804
To be kept in the custody of the Chairman Councillor Mr Paul J Clarke
Clerk’s Salary May 2016 Gross £528.80
Vehicle Expenses £30.60
Postage £0.96
TAX £105.80 NIC £0.00
Cheque No 000805
Mr Terry Griffiths Lengthsman Invoice TGC 1647 Lengthsman work £144.00
Cheque No 000806
Mr Terry Griffiths Lengthsman Invoice TGC 1648 Lengthsman work £48.00
Cheque No 000807
Mr Terry Griffiths Lengthsman Invoice TGC 1650 Lengthsman work £300.00
Cheque No 000808
Peterchurch Village Centre Invoice No 37 14/05/2016 £30.00
20/04/2016 Parish Council £20.00 and 21/04/2016 Neighbourhood Plan £10.00
Cheque No 000809 All payments were Unanimously approved
5.5 There were no actions requiring attention from the Internal Auditor’s Report for 2015 – 2016

5.6 The scope of the Internal Audit for 2016 – 2017 was confirmed to comply with the basic
requirements of the external audit.
The Internal Audit Plan was agreed and signed by Councillor Mr P J Clarke Chairman

5.7 The Parish Council confirmed the re-appointment of Mrs J Cole as their Internal Auditor for
2016 – 2017

5.8 Lloyds Bank Mandate having been reviewed, the Parish Council resolved that Mr Ian McCulloch be taken off as a cheque signatory as soon as possible.
Current Bank Signatories are:- Councillor Mr P J Clarke Chairman,
Councillor Mr M J Church, Councillor Mrs R A Quelch and Councillor Mr B C Treanor

5.9 Parish Council Insurance renewal 2016 – 2017
Parish Clerk to obtain quotations for comparison

6.0 Election of Delegates-Roles for Councillors
(Each working group will require a minimum of three to be quorate)
Financial Working Group
Councillor Mr P J Clarke Chairman
Councillor Mr M J Church
Councillor Mrs R A Quelch
Councillor Mr B C Treanor

Lengthsman & P3 Working Group
Councillor Mr P J Clarke Chairman
Councillor Ms S Murrin Vice – Chairman
Councillor Mr R Metcalfe
Councillor Mr D Morgan

Neighbourhood Development Plan Steering Group
Councillor Mr P J Clarke Chairman
Councillor Ms S Murrin Vice – Chairman
Councillor Mr M J Church
Councillor Mr B C Treanor

Planning Working Group
Councillor Mr P J Clarke Chairman
Councillor Mr R Gaze
Councillor Mr B C Treanor

Playground Working Group / Inspectors
Councillor Ms S Murrin Vice – Chairman
Councillor Mr R Gaze
Councillor Mr R Metcalfe
(Badge required for Robert)

Traffic Management / Village Speed Limits Working Group
Councillor Mr P J Clarke Chairman
Councillor Ms S Murrin Vice – Chairman
Councillor Mr R Gaze
Councillor Mr R Metcalfe
Councillor Mr D Morgan

7.0 Parish Lengthsman Contracts for Approval
7.1 Parish Council’s contract with Herefordshire Council / BBLP
The Parish Lengthsman and Parish Paths Partnership (P3) Schemes Contract between
Herefordshire Council and the Parish Council was agreed by majority and signed by Councillor Mr P J Clarke Chairman and Clerk Mr M Walker, with the deletion of:-

PART 2A
Core Public Realm Maintenance – Lengthsman grant funded

4. Environmental As agreed through the annual maintenance plan Sweeping footways and public realm spaces; litter clearance and litter picking and bin emptying; removal of fly posting, graffiti and unauthorised signs; street name plates cleaning and repair; repair of street furniture including litter bins, benches and bus stops

for submission to Balfour Beatty/Herefordshire Council

7.2 Parish Council’s contract with the Lengthsman Contractor
The Parish Council resolved for Mr Terry Griffiths to continue for the rest of this financial year 2016 – 2017
Proposed by Councillor Mr B C Treanor and
Seconded by Councillor Mrs R A Quelch
Contractor to add to their schedule cutting the green at Hinton

8.0 Parish Footpaths Scheme
8.1 To re-affirm Parish Footpaths Officer’s appointment 2016 – 2017
Councillor Ms S Murrin Vice – Chairman and Parish Clerk Mr M Walker to jointly manage
Zoe Betteridge to walk footpaths later in the year

8.2 To confirm appointment of Contractor for same period
Mr Terry Griffiths was unanimously appointed as P3 Footpaths Contractor for 2016 – 2017
Proposed by Councillor Mr B C Treanor

9.0 Standing Orders and Financial Regulations
9.1 To undertake a review of the Parish Council’s Standing Orders
The Parish Council reviewed their Standing Orders as of 26th May 2015, with a minor
Amendment – recording and photography.
To be ratified at the next full Parish Council meeting (copy emailed to all, hard copy to
Councillor Mr M J Church)

9.2 To undertake a review of the Parish Council’s Financial Regulations
The Parish Council reviewed their Financial Regulations, as of 26th May 2015 with several amendments
To be ratified at the next full Parish Council meeting (copy emailed to all, hard copy to
Councillor Mr M J Church)

10.0 Village Planters on the B4348
10.1 To receive donation on behalf of the Peterchurch Gardening Club from the Club’s Treasurer
Letter received from the Treasures of the Peterchurch and District Gardening Club, read out
by the Chairman, reference cheque for £700.00 for 2 x planters, 2 x plaques and any
remainder monies after installation, filling and planting for any future maintenance.
Letter of thanks to be sent to Gardening Club Treasurer by the Clerk
Councillor Ms S Murrin Vice – Chairman to donate 2 x Hi-Vis Jackets

10.2 To approve design and cost of replacement planters for both ends of the village
Resolved Unanimously for Authorisation to the Clerk to order 2 x planters from Wood Block
as per drawing. Delivery to Councillor Ms S Murrin Vice – Chairman (not Fridays)

11.0 Parish Storage
To consider option for purchasing a storage container and agree a proposed location for said unit
More information required e. g. Cost, Size, Location, Planning Requirements, Insurance etc.
Agenda item for the next full Parish Council meeting

12.0 Parish Maintenance
12.1 To agree location and approve installation costs for new notice board
The Parish Council resolved unanimously to erect the Notice Board on the opposite side of the road adjacent to The Nags Head Public House when all condition have been met e. g. licence, permission from Balfour Beatty Living Places (BBLP) Services Drawings, Cost from contractor for installation. If cost is £250.00 or less, the Parish Clerk is instructed to proceed.

12.2 To approve Installation of Concrete bollards at Hinton Green
The Parish Council resolved unanimously to purchase 4 x bollards, budget of £200.00 and to
instruct the Lengthsman to proceed with works.

13.0 Peterchurch Neighbourhood Plan Update
Councillor Mr B C Treanor Chairman of the Steering Group updated the Parish Council on
the plan to date. The Neighbourhood Development Plan has been amended and it would now be emailed to Samantha Banks Herefordshire Council for the Regulation 16 Consultation, then hopefully to the Referendum. If any issues arise then a Steering Group meeting would be required.

14.0 Information Sheet Update (FOR INFORMATION ONLY) on previous action points
Planning Applications Update
12th February 2016 Application No 160364
Land at 13 Crossways, Peterchurch, Herefordshire HR2 0TG
Proposed erection of dwelling
Planning Permission Refused 18th March 2016

17th March 2016 Application No 160577
Land at Dorefield House, Crossways, Peterchurch, Herefordshire
Erection of one dwelling and garage
Planning Permission Refused 9th May 2016

4th April 2016 Application No 160971
Fincham, Peterchurch, Herefordshire HR2 0SS
Proposed first floor extension
Planning Permission Granted 9th May 2016

Information
27th April 2016 Scott Low “Hello Mr Walker Following a visit to the site and a discussion with the owner, I am satisfied that no unauthorised business use is occurring as no customers or deliveries are received at the premises.
The company vehicles were sited there for temporary storage whilst an alternative site was secured, which is now the case so I have requested a timescale for their removal.
A retrospective application will also now be sought in relation to the unauthorised fence.
I shall update you further as the case progresses. Regards Scott Low Planning Enforcement Officer”

5th May 2016 Fire Station “HI Philip Well done and it is good to see that the Fire Service is being proactive. Best Regards Paul”
3 May 2016 “Hello Phillip I have now had chance to investigate the circumstances which lead to the training taking place last weekend. In short, it was an administrative error on our part which occurred following a change of reference within the department.
I can only offer my sincere apologies for any in convenience caused to you all.
I have asked for all remaining bank holiday weekends for this year to be checked and alternative arrangements made should training be booked over the weekend. I have also asked for our booking system to be altered to indicate bank holiday weekends and the non-availability of the facility. I shall also ensure that our arrangement is discussed as part of the induction process for new entrants to the department to prevent any reoccurrence.
Thank you for taking the time to raise this issue with me and I am sorry it was necessary.. I hope the above actions meet with your approval, but please contact me if you would like to discuss matters further. Regards Rob”

1 May 2016 “Hi Rob, Thank you for your prompt reply.
I notice also that the next Bank Holiday on the 28th May is also on the list in addition to every Saturday in May. Could you look at this also please. Regards, Philip”

30 Apr 2016“Hello Phillip, I am currently aware on leave but have requested an investigation into what has occurred today. As soon as I have a response I shall come back to you. Regards Rob”

30 Apr 2016 “Dear Rob, I understood that the agreement we had was for no Bank Holiday use of the Station facility.
It would seem that is not the case this weekend!
I look forward to you reply. Regards, Philip”

Reply from Herefordshire Council sent to Jesse Norman MP
Reference “Is Herefordshire Council Fit For Purpose”

11th May 2016 Vowchurch Stile reported
CAS-575849-V7D8M6

6th May 2016 Dear All
Over the last week, I am pleased to report that the following works, amongst others, have been carried out in our locality
Golden Valley North PROW: delivery of materials to P3 contractor, in Peterchurch and Clifford
Pothole repairs in Cusop. Gully cleansing on the B4348 at Cusop, and on Cusop Dingle.
Golden Valley South Drainage works at Craswall; these are still ongoing
Drainage works on Mill Road at Dulas. Repair of a traffic sign at the junction of the B4347 and B4348 at Vowchurch. Gully and culvert cleansing on the C1203 at Longtown
Stoney Street PROW: delivery of materials to Bishopstone, and to P3 Contractor for Madley
Gully cleansing on the B4352 at Madley
Flytipping collection in Kentchurch
This week I have: Walked several footpaths in the lovely weather we have had this week
Attended several site meetings with landowners regarding drainage
Dealt with many outstanding enquiries
Raised defects in Blakemere, Bredwardine, Bacton, Preston-on Wye, Bishopstone, Peterchurch, Abbeydore, Clehonger & Madley
Next week I will be: Attending several site meetings with colleagues
Visiting known drainage issue locations with the new drainage team supervisor
Continuing to inspect enquiries
Meeting landowners to discuss footpath issues
If you have any outstanding issues in your Parish that you would like me to attend a site visit, please let me know and we can arrange a mutually convenient time.
Herefordshire Council website is the one-stop-shop for up to date information
Maps and timetables for grass cutting and pot holes are now available on the Council’s website.
Grass Cutting Potholes Public Rights of Way
Best wishes Linzy Linzy Outtrim Senior Locality Steward
M: +44 (0)7791925722 | E: Linzy.Outtrim@bblivingplaces.com

10th May 2016
Golden Valley Safer Neighbourhood Team (SNT) Briefing 29th April – 10th May 2016
Crime Trends Clehonger Sometime between 7pm on Friday 6th May and 11am on Sunday 8th May, and attempt was made to break into a property near Belmont.
A window at the rear of the property had been tampered with, using a pair of garden shears, and the cat flap had been broken. No entry was gained Incident ref 551-s-080516
Llanveynoe Three cars were broken into at the Cats Back car park between 8am and 1.50pm on Sunday 8th May. A satnav, a handbag and a rucksack were stolen from the vehicles. The handbag and rucksack were recovered nearby; a purse was missing from the handbag Incident ref 488-s-080516 362-s-080516 & 718-s-080516
Urishay A large insecure barn in an isolated field was entered sometime between 10th April and 1st May and items were stolen from a vintage tractor including the seat, bonnet, exhaust and front number plate Incident ref 343-s-010516
Op Icarus – Church Thefts – a report by Inspector Andy Bennett On Friday 6th May 2016 at Hereford Crown Court, Christopher COOPER born 19/02/1968 Wernfigin, Trallong, Brecon,Powys, Wales was sentenced to the following, having previously admitted 37 thefts from churches, fraud against the people he sold items to, and dealing in tainted antiquities, making West Mercia one of the first if not the first in the Country to secure such a conviction.
The investigation was started approximately two years ago when a male in Bromley, Kent was arrested for buying a gorillas head, which when arrived in the post had recently been attached to a live gorilla. As a result of the arrest and subsequent search a number of Church items were found that had been stolen from the Herefordshire area, which the buyer stated he had bought on eBay from a Herefordshire male.. Met Police antiquities team advised West Mercia, and the enquiry initially came to PC Wendy Powell at Peterchurch who did some great work to locate the possible thief, and restore some of the items to the local churches.
In January 2015 Wendy together with the Pro-active CID team carried out an arrest warrant in Brecon, Wales, where the suspects were arrested and interviewed.
At that time there were a few local crimes known, and the suspects were very anti police. Great searching by DC James from the Pro-active CID located a book amongst many at the address containing a list of churches and codes. This book became the start of the suspects demise.
DC Tony Lewis became the OIC for the case when Wendy retired, and it subsequently became apparent that the few Hereford offences were the tip of an iceberg, and a national crime spree by the one suspect became apparent. He was responsible for the destruction of the Torbryn panels in Devon, which was featured on multiple TV programmes . He stole some first edition St James Bibles from churches across Wales – priceless articles – and in their place left a modern bible. In all, the offending, although mainly in the Herefordshire area which is where the suspect lived for a while, stretched from Conway in North Wales, Warwick, Malvern, Evesham, Cirencester, Kent, Sussex, Essex, Swindon; in all, 37 offences that we could locate. He made articles and passed them off as antiques, and defaced ancient relics to make them fit the authentification story that he made up for each item.
The items included statues, stained glass, stone coffins, crosses, font plugs etc as well as ancient bibles.
Christopher COOPER is a very intelligent man, he realised that he could make money by selling rare relics to people who collect such items, he knew that if he could create a provenance for each item which would divert attention from the fact that it was stolen, there were collectors that would pay large amounts to own such things. Churches are by their very nature an open place of worship, and they are vulnerable to attack, the people who manage these churches are also victims and whole communities have been affected by Cooper. He has throughout his offending picked on the vulnerable and persisted in causing his victims to lose out financially and emotionally.
Cooper did however, after his initial resistance, assist the police as much as he could and that assistance was recognised by the Court on conviction.
His sentence COOPER was sentenced to the 3 years 8 months-he will serve half and be released on licence for the other part. To break it down –

He received 3 years for each of the theft offences-7 pleaded and 30 TIC {taken into consideration}
3 years for dealing in tainted antiquities those are to be served concurrent then on top 8 months for the two frauds against you and the other collector – so 8 months on top of the 3 years in effect he will serve 3 years and 8 months in custody. He has also been issued a POCA { proceeds of crime act } order – which means should he ever come into cash he will have to pay back some of the money.Well done to all of the officers involved especially to Wendy and Tony. T/Insp Andrew BENNETT Hereford Police Station Bath Street Hereford HR1 2HT
Rogue Traders We have seen an increase in cold callers to properties in Herefordshire over the last month and they have been ranging from selling generators, selling mattresses to having ‘spare’ tarmac/hardcore. For this reason I have included another article with hopefully helpful advice about traders turning up at your door and what to do.
Dealing with rogue traders Rogue traders are opportunists who call on people’s doors to rip them off. They make repairs that don’t need doing and may talk people into buying products that they don’t want. Be on your guard, watch out for them, you can keep your door closed to protect yourself from their scams, fraudulent activities and offers that are quite literally – too good to be true.
Who are they? Rogue Traders usually cold call under the guise of being either salespeople or trades people who offer cut price home improvement services or other products. They are always charming and very believable. They can also be very difficult to get rid of if they get through your door even if you ask them to leave. Such traders will charge a small fortune for poor quality work, unnecessary repairs or cheap goods such as double glazing or energy efficiency products.
What tricks do they use? They sometimes offer to tarmac your drive, work on your garden, repair your roof or clean your gutters for a low price. They may say that your house needs urgent repairs. They may say they are only in the area for a short time. They may say that they have done work for your neighbour. They may also offer you unbelievable discounts. They may then demand large amounts of cash, claiming that the job has turned out to be bigger than they thought. Some ask for cash up front and are never seen again. Others may insist on driving people to their bank to pressure them into withdrawing their savings. Whatever they say – don’t believe them.
What should you do to prevent doorstep crime? Remember the Three Step Plan. You have the right to keep your door closed and tell them to go away. If you are suspicious of a cold caller, you can report them to 101 and give a description of them and any vehicle you may have seen them use. If they are selling goods or services and don’t leave or return after you’ve asked them to leave, they are breaking the law – and can be prosecuted for ignoring your request.
Top tips Install an intercom or spy hole for extra security.
Never agree to have work done or part with money on your doorstep.
Always get written quotes from at least two traders for any work.
You have 14 days to cancel any purchase of goods or services over £42 that you make in your home.
If you agree a contract for goods or services in your house, you must be given the following information in a durable medium, otherwise a criminal offence may have been committed:
The conditions, time limits & procedure for exercising the right to cancel
the cost of returning the goods
if you request the contract to start within the cancellation period, the trader must inform you of any reasonable costs to be paid up until the time of cancellation.
Always agree the price, payment arrangements and start/finish dates in writing before any work starts on your home.
You don’t have to pay in full until you’re completely satisfied with the work and you could consider using stage payments throughout the work.
Keep your home and belongings safe during works.
If you think you’ve been deceived, are concerned about a trader or have any doubts call 101 or trading standards at Herefordshire Council 01432 260000
Frauds and Scam OUT FOR FRAUDSTERS HARVESTING SIGNATURES
The National Fraud Intelligence Bureau’s (NFIB) is warning people to beware of fraudsters that turn up on your doorstep and ask for your signature.

Your signature could be the final piece of the puzzle for a fraudster – once they get hold of it they can drain your bank account or commit identity crime. A convicted fraudster told officers: “If we want to get someone’s signature it’s really easy. All we do is put on a fluorescent coat, knock on the door and ask the person to sign for a letter or flyer. They don’t need signing for but nobody ever checks. Once we have a signature we can make changes to their bank account or authorise money transfers.”
Protect Your Money: Not expecting a delivery? Be suspicious.
Question what you are signing for and look for official identification. If you do sign, just print your name.
Check your bank and financial statements carefully and report anything suspicious to the bank or provider.
ACTION FRAUD REVEALS THAT IT RECEIVES 8,000 REPORTS OF PHISHING SCAMS EVERY MONTH
New data shows that fraudsters are increasingly using “phishing” as a means to defraud people across the UK.
Phishing is the attempt to acquire personal information, for example usernames, passwords and credit card details or to steal money by masquerading as a trustworthy person or organisation in a communication such as an email, pop-up message, telephone call or text message.
Fraudsters are well practiced in making these communications as convincing as possible. In the month of December 2015, the most common phishing scam purported to be either from a bank or from HMRC followed by online payment merchants and utility companies. The top email addresses that people received phishing emails from were: Do-Not-reply@amazon.co.uk, bt.com, bt.athome@ecomm and PQ8MPY@m.apple.com.
Many phishing scams reported to Action Fraud contained a malicious hyperlink, which, when clicked, could install harmful software onto the victim’s phone or computer or trick them into giving sensitive information.
Behaviours that put you at risk include: Opening attachments, or clinking on links within emails that are unsolicited or unexpected; responding to emails that ask for your personal or financial details; and logging in to a webpage that you have arrived at via a link in an email.
Protect Your Money: Don’t open attachments or click on links within any unexpected emails, and never respond to emails that ask for personal or financial details. Remember, you can hover over a link to see where it really takes you.
An email address can be spoofed, so even if it appears to be from a person or a company you know of, if the message is unexpected or unusual then contact the sender directly via another method to check it.
If you receive an email which asks you to login to an online account, instead of clicking on the link provided in the email, go directly to the website yourself. THINKING OF BOOKING A HOLIDAY?
ABTA, the City of London Police and Get Safe Online have joined forces to warn the public about the dangers posed by holiday booking fraud. A new report shows that fraudsters stole £11.5 million from unsuspecting holidaymakers and other travellers in 2015.
The most common fraud type relates to the sale of airline tickets and there has also been a large increase in the number of owner accounts being hacked into on popular accommodation websites. The majority of those who are defrauded pay by methods such as bank transfer or cash with no means of getting their money back.
Holiday Accommodation – Fraudsters make full use of the internet to con holidaymakers by setting up fake websites, hacking into legitimate accounts and posting fake adverts on websites and social media.
Airline tickets –customers book a flight and receive a fake ticket or pay for a ticket that never turns up. In 2015, flights to Nigeria, India and Pakistan were particularly targeted.
Sports and religious trips– It is anticipated that in 2016, both the European Football Championships in France and the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro will attract fraudsters.
Timeshares and holiday clubs – Losses are high, with victims losing between £9,000 and £35,000 each.
Protect Your Money: Check the web address: Check it is legitimate and not slightly altered, such as going from .co.uk to .org
Don’t rely on one review: Do a thorough online search to check the company’s credentials and feedback from other consumers. A who is search will indicate if the site is a new or established one: www.who.is
Look for the logo: Check whether the company is a member of a recognised trade body such as ABTA. If you have any doubts, you can verify membership of ABTA online, at www.abta.com.
Pay safe: Never pay directly into an owner’s bank account – the money is very difficult to trace and is not refundable. Wherever possible, pay by credit card (or a debit card that offers protection).
Check paperwork: Study receipts, invoices and terms and conditions, and be wary of companies that don’t provide any. When booking via a Holiday Club or Timeshare, get the contract vetted by a solicitor. Use your instincts: If something sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
Get free expert advice: For further advice about staying safe when booking or researching travel, visit https://www.getsafeonline.org/shopping-banking/holiday-and-travel-booking/ and http://abta.com/fraud
SUSPICIOUS PHONE CALLS FROM PEOPLE CLAIMING TO BE YOUR CALL BLOCKING SERVICE
We have received reports from Herefordshire residents about persons calling from withheld numbers who are claiming to be updating their existing telephone blocking services for unwanted calls.
The caller knew the resident’s name and they said that new technology required that their existing records needed to be updated and they asked the residents to provide some further details. Calls of this nature are likely to be a scam. Our advice is always that you should never give any personal details to anyone who has unexpectedly called you.
EMAILS CLAIMING TO BE FROM THE DRIVER AND VEHICLE STANDARDS AGENCY (DVSA)
The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) has alerted us to scam emails claiming to be from them which contain an attachment to a ‘fixed penalty receipt’. Beware – these are “phishing emails” For advice about all aspects of online safety, including shopping and banking, visit:
www.getsafeonline.org Kind Regards Fiona
{Full Information included, due to importance and not being provided at meeting}

May 2016 Herefordshire Association of Local Councils (HALC)
Information Corner 6th May 2016

16th May 2016 Fields in Trust FIT
Letter reference Centenary Fields

Playground Report 01/05/2016 received from Councillor Mr P J Clarke Chairman
1 unit out of action awaiting bolts
Litter

15.0 Roads, Street Lighting, Footpaths & Playground
Hinton Forge Cottage – hedge – Chairman and Clerk to investigate
Derelict house – hedge
Crossways – hedge over pavement
Closure Place – hedge Herefordshire Housing property
Herefordshire Housing light Lewis Way – not connected
Street light No 15 not working

16.0 Matters Relayed to the Clerk for Agenda of Next Meeting
Insurance
Standing Orders
Financial Regulations
Parish Storage
Un-recorded Public Rights of Way
Play Area and Refuse Bins
Planning Working Group-expanding remit
Fields in Trust FIT – Centenary Fields
Parish Council Clerk’s Annual Performance & Salary Review

17.0 Confirmation of the Next Ordinary Meeting Time, Date & Venue
The next Ordinary Meeting of the Parish Council is to be held on
Tuesday 21st June 2016 in the Peterchurch Village Centre and is to commence at 7.00pm

Meeting declared closed at 9.35pm