Elford Village

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Bins out from 6 a.m.

Residents who live in Lichfield District and Tamworth Borough will need to put their bins out by 6am on their collection day from now on.

Through the Lichfield and Tamworth Joint Waste Service, Lichfield District Council and Tamworth Borough Council are asking that residents from across both areas to put their bins out by 6am rather than by 6.30am on their collection day.

This is so bin collections can be staggered throughout the morning to allow waste and recycling crews to social distance.

Cllr Richard Cox, Lichfield District Council’s Cabinet Member Responsible for Waste, said:“We’ve moved the start of our bin rounds forward by 30 minutes so our crews can start their rounds at different times, to make sure we are operating in a covid-secure way.

“I’d like to thank everyone in advance for their help with this, however, as many bins go out the night before, most households shouldn’t notice the change.”

If a household’s bin is not out by 6am, and it is not collected, the team cannot come back to empty it at a later time.

However, if a bin was put out by the right time, does not contain the wrong waste, and has not been emptied by 3.30pm, it can be reported as a missed bin online atwww.lichfielddc.gov.uk/reportor by calling the team on 0345 002 0022.

To find out more about bin collections, and what can go in each colour bin, visit www.lichfielddc.gov.uk/bins.

A513 closure at Chetwynd Bridge

Elford Parish Council has been sent a Traffic Notice regarding the closure of the A513 over the Chetwynd Bridge near to the Aboreturm for repairs. The route over the bridge will be closed from 19th October and the works may last until January 10th 2021.

To reach the A38 from Elford drivers will be diverted via Tamworth, the A5 to Weeford, A38 to Swinfen, then Alrewas, which is a diversion of about 18 miles. Emergency vehicles will be able to use the bridge. 

Friary Grange Leisure Centre to re-open

Friary Grange Leisure Centre will open its doors from Saturday 24 October 2020, just in time for half term.

Lichfield District Council and Freedom Leisure are working behind the scenes to make sure everything is in place to reopen Lichfield’s leisure centre safely.

Councillor Richard Cox, Cabinet Member responsible for Leisure, said: “I am sure everyone who is looking forward to getting back to their local pool and sports facilities will be very pleased to hear Friary Grange will be reopening in time for October half term.

“There is still some work to do with our leisure partners, Freedom Leisure, who run the facility on our behalf, but we are looking forward to Friary Grange reopening next month.”

Ivan Horsfall-Turner, Managing Director Freedom Leisure, added: “Freedom Leisure is delighted to be reopening Friary Grange Leisure Centre on Saturday 24 October. The team is working hard to make sure the centre is ready and waiting to welcome back the local community, and look forward to seeing everyone soon.”

To keep up to date with reopening information from Friary Grange Leisure Centre, go to www.freedom-leisure.co.uk/centres/friarygrange.

Kickstart scheme

£1,500 for companies taking on new young employees

Local employers are being encouraged to come together to apply to a new Kickstart Scheme that funds businesses to create six month job placements for young people who are out of work.

Launched this month by the government, the scheme provides funding to employers to create new six month job placements for people aged between 16 and 24 who are claiming universal credit and at risk of long-term unemployment. The funding covers each job placement at a national minimum wage for 25 hours a week, as well as national insurance contributions and employer minimum automatic enrolment contributions. There is also £1,500 available for each job placement, to help with setup costs, support and training.

Applications must be for a minimum of 30 job placements. However, if a business is unable to create that many jobs on their own, they can partner with other organisations to reach the minimum number. Lichfield District Council is now offering to be a representative of a group, and is encouraging local businesses, who would like to benefit from the scheme, to come forward.

Councillor Liz Little, Lichfield District Council’s Cabinet Member responsible for Economic Development, said: “We really want local businesses to take part in this scheme and help our young people get back into the workplace, so they can learn new skills and get vital experience.

“This is why we will be acting as a representative of a group and are seeking employers across the district who are interested in recruiting through the scheme.

“We will need to reach at least 30 job placement from local businesses before we can apply, so please do get in touch now.”

Kickstart is not an apprenticeship, but participants may move onto an apprenticeship at any time during or after their job placement.

To find out more, visit www.gov.uk/government/collections/kickstart-scheme.

If businesses are interested in taking part in the scheme locally, or for further information, please email economicdevelopment@lichfielddc.gov.uk.

Land near 1-9 The Beck

Parents are politely requested to remind their children not to cycle or play on the land near to 1-9 The Beck.

Unfortunately over the past few weeks Bromford customers have complained that they are having problems with youths playing and cycling in the area just outside their bungalows.

This land belongs to Bromford and is not to be used as a play area. 

Many thanks for your help.

Dog walkers

The Parish Council would like to request that dog walkers be mindful of using the Sportsfield while matches or training are taking place. There have been a number of incidents recently where dogs, which were not under the close control of their owners, have caused some disruption to the playing of matches, and this has raised concerns for the safety of both participants and the dogs themselves. Please respect our sports teams and keep dogs on leads if you are unable to walk them elsewhere at these times.

The Parish Council would also like to remind all dog owners to use the dog waste bins provided. Particularly there has recently been an increase in dog waste left on the grass along The Avenue, which is obviously extremely unpleasant for our contractor when he mows the grass and is undoubtedly unhealthy for everyone. Dog waste bins are available at the entrance to the Sportsfield on Brickhouse Lane and at the entrance to the Walled Garden.

Great British September Clean

See here for details of how everyone can  get involved in keeping the community free of litter this September

Lichfield District Council is backing this year’s Great British September Clean and will be helping residents, community groups, businesses and schools with their clean-up activities by providing litter pickers and bin bags, as well as organising for any waste to be collected afterwards. These are available to book on request, but are subject to demand.

To book litter pickers, bin bags, and waste collection, please contact the council by emailing nicky.haycock@lichfielddc.gov.uk or call 01543 687550. 

Planning application Land at The Shrubbery

As tresidents will know, Lichfield District Council gave planning permission in 2018 for the development of the field off The Shrubbery, for up to 25 houses plus access from The Shrubbery. An application has now been submitted to Lichfield for a renewal of this permission under reference 20/00989/OUT, and the documents can be seen on the website planning.lichfielddc.gov.uk


Post Office to re-open

The Post Office has opened again at Elford Village Hall. Held every Tuesday morning, 10-12, please support this facility for the village! The Post Office will operate a one way system so entrance will be via the Main Door of the Village Hall only, exiting via the Fire Door at the back of the stage. Please wear a mask, use hand sanitiser, observe social distancing and follow the guidelines at the entrance to the Village Hall.