Alkington Parish Council

Serving the people of Alkington

  • Fast-moving water following heavy rain

    Fast-moving water following heavy rain

  • Bare trees in winter in Michaelwood

    Bare trees in winter in Michaelwood

  • Image of Severnside YFC football team, sponsored by Alkington PC

    Image of Severnside YFC football team, sponsored by Alkington PC

  • Image of sheep in Alkington parish

    Image of sheep in Alkington parish

Alkington Parish is a rural area halfway between Gloucester and Bristol. It lies to the west of the Cotswold escarpment and runs from the rolling hills and mixed farms below the escarpment to the flat water meadows of the Vale of Berkeley.

The population of 650 is split between Newport (where approximately half of the population lives), the largest settlement, and the rest of the parish.

Alkington Parish Council consists of 7 councillors, who give their time to continue to make the parish a pleasant place to live. The parish council is not responsible for planning decisions, rubbish collection, recycling, potholes or the roads, but is in regular contact with both Stroud District Council and Gloucester County Council, in particular Highways, to try to influence their delivery of services in the parish.

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Latest News

Ultrafast broadband in Alkington parish

Much of the parish is now ready to go live with ultrafast broadband and some areas are still having it installed.

If you would like to learn more about the benefits of ultrafast broadband, with speeds of 100Mbps and up, Martin Vile is the community executive for Gigaclear. He is working in the community helping potential customers understand all aspects of full fibre, from installation queries, WiFi & Networking, Gigaclear's different packages, and the transition process. More »

Please contact Martin Vile on 07790915159 or email Martin.vile@gigaclear.com » Less

Posted: Fri, 15 Jan 2021 11:49 by Anita Sach

Covid vaccination scams - information from Action Fraud

Action Fraud has received reports from members of the public who have been sent text messages claiming to be from the NHS, offering them the opportunity to sign up for coronavirus vaccinations. The texts ask the recipient to click on a link which takes them to an online form where they are prompted to input personal and financial details. In some cases the online form has looked very similar to the real NHS website. More »

Pauline Smith, Head of Action Fraud, said:
"Remember, the vaccine is only available on the NHS and is free of charge. The NHS will never ask you for details about your bank account or to pay for the vaccine. If you receive an email, text message or phone call purporting to be from the NHS and you are asked to provide financial details, this is a scam."

How to protect yourself:

In the UK, coronavirus vaccinations will only be available via the National Health Services of England, Northern Ireland, Wales and Scotland. You can be contacted by the NHS, your employer, a local GP surgery or pharmacy, to receive your vaccination. Remember, the vaccinations are free of charge and you will not be asked for a payment.

The NHS will never:

  • ask for your bank account or card details
  • ask for your PIN or banking passwords
  • arrive unannounced at your home to administer the vaccine
  • ask for documentation to prove your identity, such as a passport or utility bills

If you receive a call you believe to be fraudulent, hang up. If you are suspicious about an email you have received, forward it to report@phishing.gov.uk. Suspicious text messages should be forwarded to the number 7726, which is free of charge.

If you believe you are the victim of a fraud, please report this to Action Fraud as soon as possible by calling 0300 123 2040 or visiting www.actionfraud.police.uk. » Less

Posted: Fri, 15 Jan 2021 10:32 by Anita Sach

Covid 19 vaccine scam

Message from Neighbourhood Watch

We have been alerted to a highly believable scam which starts with a text and advises the user that they are eligible to apply for the vaccine and to click on the link in the text message. The user is then led to a webpage, which looks very convincing and asks them to complete some details, in order for them to be able to apply for the vaccine.

The details asked for: More »

  • Name
  • Address
  • Date of birth
  • Proof of address
  • Card payment details

With the recent approval of multiple vaccines in the UK, these types of scam attempts are likely to continue, as fraudsters continue to take advantage of the rollout to some many people.

Please see the article on the National Neighbourhood Watch Network website:
https://www.ourwatch.org.uk/news/fake-text-identifying-you-eligible-covid-19-vaccine » Less

Posted: Thu, 07 Jan 2021 14:28 by Anita Sach