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Elford Post Office reopening

We have been informed by the Post Office that a postmaster is now available to run the service at the Village Hall which closed in 2018.

It will reopen on Tuesday 25th February and will be open between 10 and 12 iin the Shakespeare Room. 

Extra services including travel money, car tax, travel isurance and National lottery wil be offered.

If you have any questions or comments please contact Scott Lacey on comments@postoffice.co.uk or FREEPOST Your Comments

 

Best Kept Village 2020

The Parish Council has decided that Elford will enter the Best Kept Village competition this year after a couple of year's break.

Entry takes place in February and we will post more information then about what is involved and what everyone can do to help Elford win.

Lichfield City Centre Consultation

Lichfield city centre masterplan consultation

 

Your chance to give your views on a plan that will inform how Lichfield city centre is developed in the future.

 

David Lock Associates - specialists in town planning and urban design – has produced a draft masterplan for Lichfield city centre on Lichfield District Council’s behalf, supported by Springboard - city centre characterisation specialists - and Integrated Transport Planning.

 

It will shape the future growth of the city centre, set out opportunities for enhancing the quality of the environment and the range of different uses it offers, and provide a prospectus for investment in Lichfield.

 

In partnership with the district council, David Lock Associates is running a public consultation on the draft masterplan from Monday 6 January to Monday 3 February 2020.

 

The draft masterplan is available to read online at www.lichfielddc.gov.uk/lichfieldmasterplanwhere you will also find an interactive consultation survey, which makes it even easier to give your views.

 

There will also be public drop-in events at Lichfield Library on Friday 17 January between 9am and 5pm and on Saturday 18 January between 9am and 4pm. A team from David Lock Associates will be available at the events to talk through the proposals and answer questions. 

 

 

 

Councillor Iain Eadie, Lichfield District Council’s Cabinet Member for Investment, Economic Growth & Tourism, said: “This consultation offers a great opportunity for people to have their say on what Lichfield looks like in the future. We know people have been commenting online about the early release of the masterplan, so this is the chance to directly influence what the final plan looks like.

 

“The masterplan sets out four key developments for the city centre, while being mindful of the historic character and identity of the city. Some of these may sit well with lots of our residents and businesses in the city, while I am sure others might generate a lot of different points of view.

 

“It’s important we hear from a good range of people, and I hope plenty of our residents, visitors and stakeholders will join us and the team from David Lock Associates at one of our consultation events to find out more and give their views.”

 

Katie Christou, Associate at David Lock Associates, said:“The draft masterplan aims to be aspirational, setting out a clear direction for the future development of the city centre, but is also realistic, having regard to what is achievable and, importantly, deliverable.”

 

Once the consultation closes, the feedback will be collated and reviewed with appropriate changes made to the masterplan before it is considered by councillors in the spring.

 

To read the draft Lichfield city centre masterplan and give your views, please visit www.lichfielddc.gov.uk/lichfieldmasterplan. The plan is also available on request at District Council House on Frog Lane. The consultation will close at 5pm on Monday 3 February 2020.

 

Preparing your business for Brexit

Preparing your business for Brexit

Lichfield District businesses are invited to a free workshop to find out about trading successfully across borders following the UK’s withdrawal from the European Union.

With a Brexit deal having been agreed in principle with the EU, it is now more important than ever that businesses prepare for Brexit.

This is why Lichfield District Council is hosting a free Preparing Your Business for Brexit workshop presented by Staffordshire Chamber of Commerce on 20 January

The afternoon workshop will give companies either a refresher or an insight into trading internationally post Brexit, and they will gain an overview of a number of related topics, including: 

·         export documentation

·         duties and tariffs

·         customs procedures, including imports, transitional simplified procedures, deferment and VAT

·         customs compliance

·         free trade agreements

·         economic operator registration and identification numbers

·         HM Revenues and Customs support

 

Councillor Iain Eadie, Cabinet Member for Investment, Economic Growth & Tourism, said:“Leaving the European Union will have a big impact on a significant number of businesses, particularly any that trade with countries in Europe.

“Join Staffordshire Chamber of Commerce for a workshop on how to get your business ‘Brexit ready’. It has been designed to help you learn about the potential implications and to gain an overview of trading across borders.”

The Preparing Your Business for Brexit workshop will take place at District Council House on Frog Lane in Lichfield on Monday 20 January between 1pm and 4.30pm. Places are free but need to be booked by calling 01782 202222 or by emailing events@staffordshirechambers.co.uk.

 

Bins and Recycling

Christmas bin collections and recycling reminder

 

 

New 2020 bin calendars have been sent to every household across Lichfield District, which also include information about Christmas bin collections.

 

 

 

 

 

Local households that have their bins emptied on a Wednesday or a Thursday will have some changes to their bin collections over the festive period.

 

 

 

 

 

Bins will not be emptied on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day - Wednesday 25 and Thursday 26 December and Wednesday 1 January.

 

 

 

 

 

Anyone whose bin day is on a Wednesday or a Thursday will need to check their new bin calendar to find out when their replacement festive collections will take place.

 

 

 

 

 

The Lichfield & Tamworth Shared Waste Service is also placing stickers on the affected bins to advise residents of the replacement festive dates. Please make sure your bins are out by 6.30am on your bin day so as not to miss your collection.

 

 

The garden waste service will be suspended over Christmas and into the new year. Residents should check their calendars for their first brown bin collection date in 2020.

 

 

Councillor Liz little, Lichfield District Council’s Cabinet Member for Recycling & Leisure Services, said:“We know our residents find our bin calendars a useful resource to remember when to put out their bins and which bins to put out each week.

 

 

 

 

 

“I would encourage all local homes that have a collection that falls on a Wednesday or a Thursday to double check their bin calendars to make sure they don’t miss their replacement bin day. We’re also putting bin stickers on all the bins that will be affected as a further reminder to local homes.”

 

 

 

 

 

Calendars can also be downloaded by visiting www.lichfielddc.gov.uk/bincalendar, entering your postcode and then selecting ‘download collection calendar’. You can also call the Lichfield and Tamworth Shared Waste Service on 0345 002 0022.

 

 

 

 

 

The Shared Waste Service is also reminding local households to recycle over Christmas and remember not to use black bin liners for their recycling. Items should go in blue bins loose or in clear plastic bags.

 

 

 

 

 

Festive waste that should go in blue bins includes wrapping paper and Christmas cards that don’t contain any foil or glitter, cardboard and plastic packaging, mulled wine, brandy and sherry bottles, and food containers, such as mince pie foil cases and plastic brandy butter tubs!   

 

 

 

 

 

Festive waste that should go in brown bins includes real Christmas trees, which need to be chopped up to fit in bins with the lids closed, and real holly and ivy decorations.

 

 

 

 

 

To find out what can and can’t be recycled go to www.lichfielddc.gov.uk/wasteless.

 

Events and info January 2020

St Peter’s Church

We currently have a vacancy for a Church Warden at St Peter's, Elford. Anyone interested in the role please contact the Parochial Church Council or anyone at the church.

 

Walled Gardens

Over the next couple of weeks, there will be small pots of snowdrops and miniature blue iris on the produce table at the walled garden.   Plant them in the garden now or after they have flowered in the house.   Available for a donation.

 

Taxi service

Twice weekly Taxi from Elford to Tamworth. A Taxi leaves every Tuesday from the village hall at 10.45am returning at 1.30pm Every Friday from The Beck, leaving at 9.30am returning at 1.30pm.

To book your place or more information please contact Barbara on 383659

 

Mobile Library

Did you know that the Mobile Library Service visits Elford once a fortnight? It calls at the Village Hall from 1.15 to 1.35.
Dates of visits in early 2020 are: January 17th and 31st, February 14th and 28th, March 13th and 27th
Please use the service if you can to keep it running!

 

Coffee Shop

Coffee shop continues to be a popular meeting place for those who live in the village and many more for neighbouring villages. It’s on every Tuesday from 9-12 in the village hall.  We alternate our breakfast from bacon sandwiches, sausage baps, salmon bagels and warm pastries! There is always tea cakes and homemade cakes and specialty coffees! Please join us! 

 

Elford Parish Council - Open Forum– Open to all residents

2nd Monday of every month, Next meeting is on Monday 13th January.  You could come along between 7pm and 7.30pm to the Open Forum part of the Parish Council Meetings and have your say.  You will be greeted and made to feel welcome.

 

Elford Art Group– meet in The Studio 9.30am – 11.30am Contact Sue Thomson 383592

 

Salsa- Have fun get fit and meet new friends. Learn to Salsa every Sunday at Elford Village Hall Church Road Elford B79 9DA. No partner no problem 6pm start beginners always welcome.

 

Ursula Middlemore 07970099141

 

Birmingham Road Lichfield

Gateway site improvement works to start in new year

 

 

From a new car park and coach parking, to a refreshed bus station and landscaping, a site off Birmingham Road in Lichfield is set to get a new lease of life in 2020.

 

 

 

 

 

Lichfield District Council is pleased to announce that the short-term improvements to the Birmingham Road site will get underway in January 2020. They will improve the look and feel of the area, as well as prepare it for later development, and provide a better route into the city from the train and bus stations.

 

 

 

 

 

The council has appointed The Coleman Group to carry out the works, which will be completed in the following phases:

 

 

 

 

 

·         Fencing will go up and the site compound will be set up. This will include fencing off the former police station and the car parking spaces at the front of the building. A tree next to the building will also be pruned to protect it from the trucks that will be accessing the construction site from Frog Lane.

 

 

 

 

 

·         The interior fittings of the former police station will be taken out, including asbestos removal, before the demolition of the building. This is expected to take around nine weeks.

 

 

 

 

 

·         Street furniture will be removed from the bus station and the bus station car park. This will be followed by the closure of the 50-space bus station car park, expected towards the end of January/early February. This space will be turned into new coach parking. Temporary bus stops will be in use while the area is re-tarmacked and the bus station is refreshed. The bus station will remain open throughout the works, although parts of it will close in phases. While the car park is closed, the council is recommending nearby car parks, including on The Friary and Lombard Street. For the city centre car park map, visit www.lichfielddc.gov.uk/carparkmap.

 

 

 

 

 

·         Following the demolition of the police station, the replacement 56-space car park, footpaths and street furniture will be installed. New Healthmatic temporary toilets will be opened, ahead of the demolition of the bus station shops and toilets. The former sites of the police station and bus station buildings will be landscaped.

 

 

 

 

 

·         The fencing will come down and the replacement car park and improved site will be launched.

 

 

 

 

 

Councillor Iain Eadie, Cabinet Member for Investment, Economic Growth & Tourism, said: “We know everyone is keen to see more than empty lots and boarded up buildings as the entrance to Lichfield city centre. I am really pleased to see something happening with the old police station and improvements to the bus station and coach parking being delivered. 

 

 

 

 

 

“The works will help us make a better first impression for anyone visiting the city, particularly if they have come by train or by bus. By demolishing the derelict buildings, opening out the space and ensuring modern toilets continue to be provided, we will be making the area safer and preparing the site for our future long-term development, which we are working on through our master-planning exercise.

 

 

 

 

 

“The scale of the works means they will take a little bit of time to complete and we expect they will be finished in the spring. We would therefore ask that residents, workers and visitors bear with us while the works are taking place. There may be some concerns over the temporary loss of the 50-space car park, but we want to reassure everyone that there is plenty of capacity in nearby car parks, including the multi storey on The Friary, which is a long-stay car park.”

 

 

 

 

 

The improvements are a step towards improving the Birmingham Road site, while the long-term masterplan is completed, which will shape the future growth of Lichfield city centre.

 

 

 

 

Local Plan Review

Consultation is still underway until 24th January on the new Local Plan which will shape the district over the next 20 years.

Nothing is proposed for Elford other than small scale development to meet local needs.

However residents may wish to attend the remaining two events to find out more:

10th January 2020: Alrewas Village Hall, 4:00pm – 6:00pm

16th January 2020: Lichfield Council Chamber 3:00pm – 6:00pm

 

All the documentation is available on the website.  https://www.lichfielddc.gov.uk/planning-policy/local-plan-review

There are a number of ways for you to send your comments:

•             Online via the website: http://lichfielddc-consult.limehouse.co.uk/portal

•             Email: developmentplans@lichfielddc.gov.uk

•             In writing to: Spatial Policy & Delivery, Lichfield District Council, Frog Lane, Lichfield, WS13 6YZ.

 

TPO offence

Prosecution for tree offence

 

 

A man from Little Aston has been fined £1,750 and ordered to pay £3,000 in court costs for felling three protected trees. 

 

On Tuesday 17 December 2019, in a case heard at Cannock Magistrates’ Court, Mr Scott Francis pleaded guilty to felling three protected trees in his garden. 

 

The tress, which included an English Oak, a mature Scots Pine and a young Scots Pine, were all within the Little Aston conservation area. 

 

This means they were protected in recognition of the special contribution they made to the character and appearance of the area.

 

The court fined Mr Francis £1,750 with costs of £3,000 as well as a victim surcharge of £175 - a total of £4,925. 

 

Councillor Angela Lax, Cabinet Member for Legal & Regulatory Service, said: “This case shows how seriously the court takes breaches in tree preservation orders. Anyone buying property or considering carrying out work to trees, should check with their local authority and whether the property or trees within it are subject to conservation areas or tree preservation orders. You can do this by contacting the council who will be able to advise you.”

 

If you have any concerns about trees in a conservation area, please contact Lichfield District Council’s arboriculture team on 01543 308207 or 308185 or email arboriculture@lichfielddc.gov.uk