Latest Information From The Environment Agency


While the immediate threat of flooding has passed, this is the latest information from the Environment Agency, last updated at 9:44am Friday 22nd November 2019


Flooding is possible - be prepared!


River levels are high but falling at the Bredon river gauge. Consequently flooding continues. Flooding is affecting low lying land and Roads adjacent the River Avon from Abbotts Salford to Tewkesbury. Other locations that may be affected include Offenham, Evesham, Twyning. Evesham peaked on Friday 15/11/19 and Bredon, Saturday 16/11/19. Further rain is forecast for the next 24 hours. We expect river levels to rise throughout this evening and into Saturday 23/11/19. As a result of this, river levels are likely to remain high over the next few days. We are closely monitoring the situation. Our incident response staff are checking nearby defences. Please avoid using low lying footpaths near local watercourses and plan driving routes to avoid low lying roads near rivers, which may be flooded. This message will be updated by 5pm, Friday 22/11/19, or as the situation changes.

This message will be updated as the situation changes.


Anyone whose property has been flooded can find information on the Worcestershire County Council website:



For current flood warnings in force please call the Environment Agency's 24-hour Floodline on:

·       Telephone: 0345 988 1188

·       Type talk:   0345 602 6340 (for the hard of hearing)



The Silver Line Helpline for Older People

The Silver Line is a free confidential telephone helpline founded in 2012 by Dame Esther Rantzen to offer information, friendship and advice to older people in the United Kingdom, available 24 hours a day, 365 dys per year. As of 1 October 2019, The Silver Line joined forces with Age UK to help more of the older people who are struggling with loneliness and isolation.


You can contact The Silver Line either via email at:


or by telephone on 0800 4 70 80 90


Other useful contact information:


For non-urgent health matters ring NHS Direct on 111


For non-urgent police matters ring 101


New Advice from West Mercia Police

The Rural Bulletin

You can access the Rural Services Network website at:



New Safer Neighbourhood Team

West Mercia Police have issued a new version of the poster showing the members of the Safer Neighbourhood Team responsible for policing Evesham Town South and Rural West, which includes Charlton and our neighbouring villages, and also advising how to get in touch with them.

"On The Beat" Newsletter

West Mercia Police have launched their ‘On the Beat – South Worcestershire’ newsletter to be distributed via Parish Councils. It will be a quarterly newsletter and this is the first edition.


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Wychavon Zero Waste Challenge

Wychavon District Council has published a "Zero Waste Challenge" booklet which is available here in .pdf form:

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It contains a number of hints and tips some of which at first glance might appear obvious but are worth considering if you are interested in moving towards a lifestyle which minimises the amount of rubbish which ends up in landfill sites, such as the one at Throckmorton.

Evesham Transport Strategy

Worcestershire County Council, in partnership with Wychavon District Council, is developing the Evesham Town Transport Strategy so as to address the town's transport problems with a measured, incremental package of schemes that considers all modes of transport.

This approach seeks to:

·       assess what schemes there might be that can be delivered in the shorter term

·       develop medium term schemes

·       build the business case for longer term investment in larger schemes

You can view the current status of the project, including lists of measures that have been implemented already, measures that will be implemented at a later date, potential measures still under consideration and measures that have been reviewed but will not be implemented at:

2019 Village Facilities and Rural Transport Study

During the production of the South Worcestershire Development Plan (adopted 2016), Worcester City Council, Malvern Hills District Council and Wychavon District Council, {the South Worcestershire Councils (SWC)} in 2012 conducted a Village Facilities and Rural Transport Survey (VFRTS). This assisted with the development of the Plan by identifying key services, employment and sustainable transport opportunities across almost 200 villages and settlements in south Worcestershire. Each village was given a category from 1 – 4 / ‘open’ with 1 being settlements with the most facilities, and 4/ ‘open’ being settlements with the least services and those in the open countryside. 

As a result of this study, Charlton is listed as a category 4 village, i.e. the lowest category signifying a lack of key services including the lack of a village shop or post office, the lack of a village school, and the absence of access within the settlement to at least a daily bus service to a “designated town”.

You can view the full survey report by clicking on the following link:

If you have any queries regarding this newsletter or policing in your area please contact your local Policing Team, whose contact details are available here:

Should we install a playground for  Charlton village children?

Despite receiving approval from Wychavon District Council for a formal application for funding from the Community Legacy Grant Scheme, Charlton Parish Council will not be progressing with the plan for a children’s playground in Charlton at this time. As part of the consultation process required in order to qualify for grant funding, we distributed a survey to all households in the village, and while there was a clear 3:2 majority in favour of the scheme, there were sufficient objections, mostly concerning the proposed location, to cause the Council to reconsider the project. At this time, we are unable to identify any suitable alternative sites within the village, however, in the event that some new housing development occurs in the future, this would provide the Council with an opportunity to revisit the project.


Charlton Parish Profile

Wychavon District Council has published detailed profiles of the individual parishes within its administrative area. You can view Charlton's profile by clicking on: Wychavon insight page and selecting "Charlton" from the Parish section. You can also look at the profiles for other parishes via the same route



Wychavon Passenger Transportation Strategy 2019 ~ 2030

Charlton Parish Council has responded to this survey. If you wish to make an individual response, please note that the link in the poster below will not work. Instead you should click on:


Superfast Broadband Roll-out

You can find full information on all aspects of the roll-out of superfast broadband across Worcestershire at:

Avoiding becoming a Victim of Crime

The West Mercia Police website has a wide range of downloadable articles and advice sheets on steps you can take to protect yourself, your home, your vehicles, other property etc. You can access these and more information about West Mercia Police activities at:

Parking Issues

Hereford and Worcestershire Fire Service have produced a leaflet emphasising the need for sensible and considerate parking particularly on narrow village roads, in order to allow the passage of emergency vehicles.

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