Blairgowrie & Rattray Community Council

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Free CPR and Defibrillator Training Sessions

Early CPR and defibrillation can double a person’s chance of surviving an out of hospital cardiac arrest.

Following the installation of the defibrillator located outside Davidsons the Chemist in the Wellmeadow, Blairgowrie & Rattray Community Council are supporting the provision of 4 short workshops for members of the community, generously provided by First Aid Perthshire for free.

The sessions will be held at the BRDT office at 1-3 Meadow Place* on the following dates/times:

Friday 28th February 4pm – 5.15pm

Friday 13th March 4pm – 5.15pm

Monday 16th March 4pm – 5.15pm

Monday 16th March 6pm – 7.15pm

Numbers will be limited to 25 per session

Please note the sessions will take place in a room down a flight of stairs

Book your place now on Eventbrite


Citizen and Young Person of the Year 2020

It’s now time to start this year’s campaign to recognise those who have made and are making significant contributions to our community or to individuals and groups within it.

The Blairgowrie & Rattray Community Council will soon be seeking nominations for both the above awards. Winners will receive public appreciation in the press and at the June Community market where they will each be presented with certificates. The Citizen of the Year will receive the prestigious Blairgowrie Advertiser cup engraved with their name and the Young Person winner will be awarded their own engraved cup.

Both award winners will officiate at a number of public events, usually to declare them open or perhaps just to be present as guests.
Nominations will be available at newsagents, the library, One Voice Office, and a number of other outlets.

Further details will be announced in the press and on the BRCC website and Facebook page as the opening date approaches.

Nominations will open on Tuesday 17th March and close on Tuesday 14th April. Anyone wishing to nominate someone should provide a good amount of detail on the form as to why that nominee deserves the award. The Citizen of the Year nominations apply to people over 21 years, the Young Person up to 21 years. Nominated people should be local residents, living within the Community Council boundary, and those who have benefitted from their good works should also reside within the town or close by.

Details of the nominees will be made public in May. The public will then decide the winner of each category via voting forms that will be collected from the library as previously. Forms will be available in the same locations as the nomination forms. Voting will open on Tuesday May 5th and close on Tuesday 2nd June. The presentation to the winners will take place at the Community Market on Saturday 26th June.

If you know of someone who has gone that extra mile for someone or some group/s within the community please make the effort and nominate them for the awards.


Mental Health & Wellbeing Survey

PLEASE, give your feedback to help improve services.

Anyone who’s ever had anything to do with mental health services in the PKC area will know of their need for change and reform.  This survey is designed to help them improve services and redesign the way support is provided.

They would like to find out your views and experiences as well as hear any ideas you have about what we could do differently.

It’s open to everyone and as well as the online survey there is also a downloadable pdf here, MH Public Survey Form 2019 v3 ,which you can fill  in and return. Paper versions can be returned to the community engagement team at Pullar House, Perth.  The survey will close on 30th September 2019.


Payphone closures

BT are proposing the removal of selected payphones within Perth and Kinross.

The consultation period is open until 3 November 2019 however PKC would appreciate any comments by 18 October 2019 to enable them to generate a full response to this notification.

Any comments should be submitted to developmentmanagement@pkc.gov.uk.

Here’s the document with all the information BTNOTIFICATION


Would you like to do the Honours?

Do you know someone who deserves to be recognised for their valuable work whether voluntary, in the community or within their career? Has someone gone the extra mile over and above their day job? Then why not consider nominating them for a UK Honour?

Perhaps they’ve demonstrated innovation, entrepreneurship or philanthropy.  Have their fundraising efforts had a positive effect in their local or wider community?  Have they achieved great things against the odds?

Any and all of these achievements will be considered when honours are awarded.   To ensure your nominee has what it takes to make it all the way,  have they;

  • made a positive difference to their community or field of work?
  • improved the life of those less able to help themselves?
  • gone the extra mile over and above their day job?
  • made a sustained voluntary or charitable commitment?
  • changed things for the better, with an emphasis on achievement?

 

Nomination is a simple process which the Protocol and Honours team can guide you through.

There are two Honours rounds each year:  at New Year and The Queen’s  Birthday. The Honours system is inclusive of all UK residents active in their fields of interest, however we are particularly keen to ensure diversity and equality are embodiments of the honours process and therefore we are eager to receive nominations for ethnic, disabled or female candidates for all levels of award.

Advice and guidance is available from protocolandhonours@gov.scot and more information can also be found at www.gov.uk/honours


Citizen & Young Person of the Year Nominations

There’s just a few days left for you to get your nominations in for the person you feel has gone above and beyond.

It’s always nice to recognise people for doing a good job and it’s even better when that job benefits the community or a group, so who would you like to give some recognition to?

There are two categories, one for over 21’s and the one for under 21’s will be for our Young Person of the Year.  After the nominations have been received a shortlist will be compiled and the public will be asked to choose from the nominees.

Nomination forms are available in the library, the One Voice office, Mitchell’s Newsagents, Scotmid in Rattray, or the Post Office and the closing date is 15th April 2019.

Go on, show someone they’re effort’s been worth it!


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Playground improvements Feedback

PKC are carrying out a customer satisfaction surveys on play areas that were upgraded in 2017/18: https://consult.pkc.gov.uk/

These were:
•    Ardblair Terrace, Blairgowrie
•    Friarton Park, Perth
•    Kirkhall Park, Almondbank
•    Mathieson Drive, Perth
•    Sidlaw Place, Coupar Angus

If you would like to comment on more than one play area, please return and complete another response. This survey will be open until 30th April 2019.


Perth And Kinross Local Area Commanders Bulletin

Wednesday 27th March 2019
 
INVOICE REDIRECTION SCAM

A new style of financial fraud has occurred in Perth & Kinross recently.
By hacking into email accounts, scammers are able to intercept legitimate invoices and change the banking details that payments are to be made to.

In a recent incident, reported in South Perthshire, a small business was requested to pay an outstanding invoice of over £7000 to a local builder. The small business received an email requesting that the builder’s bank account details be amended. The email appeared to have been sent from the builder and so payment was made, as requested, to the new account. About a week later the builder queried why the payment hadn’t been received. It was then discovered that the email to change the bank details was not genuine.

In a similar incident, a Tayside company was requested to pay an invoice. The email provided new banking details for the payment to be made to. In this incident over £155000 was paid out due to the fraudulent email.

So what is happening?
Personal and business emails are being hacked by fraudsters. The fraudsters then scroll through and monitor emails in the account and intercept any relating to invoices.

The fraudsters change the banking details on invoices, or send emails providing changed bank account details for payments to be made to. The recipient then pays the invoice believing it is from the legitimate source, when in fact the money is going directly into the fraudster’s account.

How do I protect my business?
Let your clients known your banking details will never change.
Inform your clients to contact you personally if they receive a request to update your bank account details.
Do not provide bank details on invoices, call clients to provide this information.
If you receive a request to make payment, to a new bank account, by one of your clients, phone them to confirm it is genuine – but don’t use the contact number on the invoice you’ve just received as it’s likely to be false too.

Anyone with any information that may be useful should contact Tayside Division on 101 or any police officer, quoting the crime reference number listed at each incident.  Alternatively information can be passed anonymously via the charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.


New One Way System

Last year it was suggested by a member of the public that due to the increase in traffic along Lower Mill Street it might be prudent to make it one way, after the car park.  As this seemed like a sensible idea we suggested it to PKC, who agreed.

Shortly a notice will be posted  informing residents of the proposed change and invite any comments about it.

Here’s a plan of the area which details the proposed changes.  What do you think? Feel free to let us know by email, facebook or comment direct to PKC when the process goes live.


LAMBING SEASON

With lambing season now under way, we would like to remind dog walkers to keep their pets on a lead when they are near sheep.

Dog owners have a clear responsibility to ensure their pets are under control and this is made clear in the Scottish Outdoor Access Code, especially when there are pregnant ewes and young lambs in the fields.

If your pets chase or worry sheep, you are likely to get prosecuted and you could lose your dog.

Worrying is defined as attacking livestock, chasing livestock in such a way that it may be reasonable to expect the dog to cause injury or suffering to livestock as well as abortion in female animals, and being at large (not under close control or on a lead) in a field or enclosure where there are sheep.

In some circumstances farmers are legally entitled to shoot dogs if they are endangering their sheep. Therefore it is vital that you keep your dog on the lead around livestock.

There have been some truly horrific injuries caused to sheep so please, keep your dog under control.