INFO & FACTS

Ickham Social Media Groups and Websites

Please see our dedicated page for COVID-19. There are also our local Facebook Groups where you might find useful information and where you can interact directly and immediately with other locals to offer and ask for help:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/IckhamVillage/ (this is a public group that anyone can join and is mostly used for local advertising.)

https://www.facebook.com/groups/Ickham/ (this is a private group for Ickham and Wickhambreaux parish residents only).

SCAMS and FRAUD

Courier fraud is when criminals call people impersonating banks or the police in order to convince them to hand over their cash, bank cards, or high value items, to a courier that’s been sent to their home. Recent reporting to Action Fraud has highlighted that an increasingly popular tactic is for criminals to instruct the unsuspecting victim to purchase high value items such as gold coins and gold bullion. In the last three months, Action Fraud has received 13 reports relating to this particular M.O, with losses totalling almost £419,000.

Investment Fraud

The following have been identified to us by the Kent Association of Local Councils from Kent Police.  Please read to the end for further advice:

Scam 1 – Scam calls impersonating Police.

Please be aware of scammers impersonating Police.

3 people were called in the Folkestone area yesterday by scammers impersonating Police Officers. In one call they asked if they knew a person who had been arrested using their Barclay Card and in the other 2 calls, they stated that people had been arrested for Fraud. None of those called were taken in by this and disconnected the calls and contacted Police.

If you receive a call from someone claiming to be the Police and you are not sure if it is a genuine call. Then obtained their details and call 101. Never call a number that they supply and try to use an alternative telephone to the one that you were called on. If you cannot use an alternative telephone, then either wait 5 minutes to call using the same phone or before ringing 101, call a family member to make sure that the line has been cleared, as Fraudsters will stay on the phone and you could yourself speaking to them again.

Remember, the Police will never ask you for passwords, Pin numbers or ask you to remove cash to give to an investigator or courier as part of an investigation

Scam 2 – Lottery Scam Letter

The below letter was received by a person in Ashford and states that this is from the Covid-19 Relief Lottery. This is a new scam. If you receive this please do not respond and report to Action Fraud Action Fraud by calling 0300 123 2040, or by using their online form.

SCAM 3 – NETFLIX Phishing email

The below email was received this week and is a new phishing email with scammers impersonating Netflix. It asks you to click on a link and takes you to a long scam email to try and obtain your personal data.

Please be on the lookout for this and if received, do not click on the link and please forward to report@phishing.gov.uk who are dealing with these types of phishing emails.

Scam 4 – Revolut Card Smishing Text message

If you are the owner/user of a Revolut Card, which is a type of pre-paid card that can used in the UK or abroad without charges, please be aware of scam text message that is being sent out to card holders impersonating the company. It will state that your account is frozen and that you need to click a link to verify your ID. Revolut are aware of the scam and are taking steps to stop this but in the meanwhile, if you get this message please do not click on the link. If you are unsure if it is a scam, then contact Revolut using a trusted number.

If you believe a text message is a smishing scam, then you should report it to the company who allegedly sent you the message. This’ll give them the chance to alert other users to the risks. Some organisations even have a dedicated email address for you to report potential scams to. If you’ve been a victim of a smishing scam, then you need to report it to Action Fraud by calling 0300 123 2040, or by using their online form.

Please remember the following advice –

Take Five –

Stop -Taking a moment to stop and think before parting with your money or information could keep you safe.

Challenge -Could it be fake? It’s ok to reject, refuse or ignore any requests. Only criminals will try to rush or panic you.

Protect – Contact your bank immediately if you think you’ve fallen for a scam and report it to Action Fraud.

And use our own A, B, C of scam awareness:

A- Never Assume a caller, email or text is genuine.

B- Never Believe a caller, email or text is genuine.

C- Always Confirm by contacting a trusted number, family member, friend, your bank’s fraud department or the police to check if it’s genuine.

Report scams at www.actionfraud.police.uk

TRAVEL

ROADWORKS – Parishioners should go to www.kent.roadworks.org to find details of proposed roadworks.

HIGHWAYS A257 Plan – read the full plan here (post updated Oct 18)

PARKING: Incidences of dangerous parking (ie the obstruction of emergency vehicles) may be reported to the Police by dialling 101.

TRAFFIC ACCIDENT REPORT FORM

PROBLEMS WITH HGVs : KALC representatives are meeting regularly with Kent MPs to find solutions to problems / damage caused by HGVs and the effect on the quality of life in our towns and villages. Please contact the Parish Clerk via the CONTACT page of this website if you have been affected by, or have seen incidents involving, HGVs in recent months. Rural Grants – please click here for details of an opportunity to obtain funding to help you achieve your growth plans.

HIGHWAY FAULTS: highway faults such as pot holes, flooding, drainage, traffic signs, lighting can be reported to the KENT HIGHWAY SERVICES 24 hour helpline on 08458 247247. Further information can be found here (updated Oct 18)

HEDGES AND VEGETATION: Information regarding the reporting of dangerous vegetation can be found here

CYCLISTS WARNING: there have been several reported accidents at the ford in Drill lane, due to algae. Use Wickham Lane instead to travel between Ickham and Nargate Street.

TRAVELLING BY BUS IN KENT: please click here for information about planning your journey

FINANCE

The PARISH ACCOUNTS 2019-20 EXEMPTION CERTIFICATE is available here. For more details, please contact the Parish Clerk at clerk@ickhamandwellpc.com.

ICKHAM AND WELL PARISH ACCOUNTS: please click here for the 2019-20 annual accounts.

CONSULTATIONS

All Canterbury City Council Consultations can be found on their website www.canterbury.gov.uk.

2026 deadline to establish the definitive map of all rights of way paths There may be footpaths that are known by and walked by local people but are not in the current definitive map or are dead ends or cut off by roads. Please contact Neville Machin if you know of any such paths so that the right of way is preserved (nevillelostwayskentramblers@btinternet.com)

CANTERBURY CORPORATE PLAN: the Corporate Plan for 2016-20 is available here.

CANTERBURY PROPOSED DEVELOPMENT: an interesting article on proposed development at Canterbury is available here.

HOUSEHOLD WASTE RECYCLING CENTRE CONSULTATION: following a consultation run by KCC Waste Management it has been decided to charge for non-household waste materials including rubble, soil, hardcore and plasterboard delivered to Household Waste Recycling Centres from 3 June 2019.

Kent and Medway have just launched a consultation on a draft Energy and Low Emissions Strategy.
The draft strategy and consultation questionnaire can be accessed online until 23rd September.
www.kent.gov.uk/energyandlowemissionsconsultation.

HEALTH

BETTER HEALTH AND CARE IN EAST KENT: please click here for leaflet

Mental health is something that affects us all and it can be really hard to know where to go for advice and support, a listening ear, and professional help that’s available immediately without long waiting lists.

Mental Health Matters is a national charity that is passionate about supporting people with mental health and emotional welfare needs.

Across Kent and Medway are opening 4 Safe Havens in Canterbury, Maidstone, Thanet and Medway on 20th April 2020.

These are a safe place where people aged 16+ can access immediate support if they are feeling distressed, frightened, overwhelmed, feel like things are getting too much for them, perhaps feel suicidal or thoughts of hurting themselves, maybe they’re isolated or are in crisis.

The great thing about the Kent Safe Havens is that it is free, there’s no referral needed, it is easily accessible, the staff are very skilled and experienced, they offer a welcoming, safe, comfortable, non-judgemental and non-clinical environment. Kent Safe Havens are an out of hours service meaning we are available on evenings for people needing to access support with their emotional wellbeing and mental health needs through visiting the Safe Haven, calling or emailing us.

We are keen to spread the word about our Kent Safe Havens so that we can provide more support to more people, helping the wider community.

If you are working with anyone who might benefit from the support we can offer at Kent Safe Havens, know people who might benefit from this service outside of your work, or might benefit from this service yourself, please feel free to share our leaflets with them, signpost them to Kent Safe Havens or come along.

Below are the contact details.

Canterbury Safe Haven
Open 6pm-11pm every day of the year
canterbury.mhm@nhs.net | 07876 476703 | 07483 163953
Maidstone Safe Haven
Open 6pm-11pm every day of the year
maidstone.mhm@nhs.net | 07484 061684
Thanet Safe Haven
Open 6pm-11pm every day of the year
thanet.mhm@nhs.net | 07850 655877
Medway Safe Haven
Open 6pm-11pm every day of the year
medway.mhm@nhs.net | 07850 901151 | 07808 795036

[Due to COVID-19 we have unfortunately had to reduce the service we are able to currently offer – therefore we are only able to provide telephone and email support at this present time. We hope to be able to provide face-to-face sessions again in the near future.]

If you would like to know more about the service or what we do, or want us to come and talk with your team about how our services can work together please get in touch.

UTILITIES

BINS: Serco have advised that bins must be left outside each week by 6 am, (not 7 am as before) so that collections are completed on schedule.

If you see anyone dumping rubbish (fly tipping) , please call Adrian Stewart on 07860 917218. He is from the Enforcement Dept. at Canterbury City Council and is in charge of fining people who flytip.  Otherwise fly tipping can be reported here.

CHECKING FOR POSSIBLE POWER CUTS: please click here for an interactive map showing possible power cuts.

SAFETY

The latest Kent Police Rural Crime (CRAG) Report can be found here.

The latest edition of Kent Police’s Rural Matters can be found here.

The Kent Police & Crime Commissioner has published his Spring/Summer 2020 Policing Survey.

COUNTRY EYE: KEEPING THE RURAL COMMUNITY IN KENT SAFE click here for more information.  The latest Kent Police report on rural crime can be found here.

DATA PROTECTION: details of the Data Privacy Notice can be found here.

ACCESSIBILITY STATEMENT: details can be read here.

ICKHAM AND WELL PARISH PLAN 2010: details can be read here.

EMERGENCY PLAN: click here for useful numbers in an emergency.

FLOODS PREPARATION: be prepared for floods – just in case! Click here for information.

WINTER ADVICE: with winter here, please click here for some useful pieces of advice.

Care should be taken when trades people call at your home offering building, gardening or other work. Canterbury City Council advise checking all potential tradespeople with Checkatrade.com before agreeing to any work. Unfortunately there appear to be many incidences of SCAMS.

FREEDOM OF INFORMATION: details of the Freedom of Information Act (2000) and how you can make a request to us can be found here