Elford Village

Village News

Meeting of the Parish Council, June 2021

Elford Parish Council met this week in person for the first time since March 2020. Instead of holding a Zoom meeting your Councillors were able to meet at the Village Hall following social distancing guidelines. Up to 6 members of the public are permitted to observe meetings and to ask questions during Open Forum, and it is hoped that residents will begin attending again. Our next meeting will be on July 12th at 7pm.

Due to the restrictions on numbers the Annual Parish Assembly due in May was postponed. Some organisations have sent in reports that they had prepared for the Assembly and these are available to read on our website http://www.elfordparish.co.uk/ If other village groups wish to contribute please send reports to clerk@elfordparish.co.uk and they can be included.

Lichfield Planning Department has made very little progress on the planning application for the Social Club and yet another planning officer will now take over the application. Councillors are very concerned about the delay and intend to ask Christopher Pincher MP to intervene on their behalf.

Elan Homes have not confirmed when they intend to begin work on the site at The Shrubbery and have not yet responded to requests for information on the drainage issues.

The Annual Audit has been completed and the documents will be available for the public to view from 18th June on the website and notice board.

The Council held a long discussion on improvements required at the Playground. Although the handyman works hard to keep it tidy, the location and occasional misuse plus its age have meant that it will need substantial investment over the next few years. Meanwhile it will be kept safe for the children to use while long term plans are made.

For more information please see the Minutes section of the website, under the Parish Council tab.

Lichfield city centre improvements

Residents and Businesses asked for views on city centre improvement ideas

 

 

City Centre public realm proposals to go under the spotlight

 

 

Lichfield District Council has a long term vision for improving Lichfield City Centre and is asking residents, businesses and visitors to Lichfield City Centre for their thoughts on a set of new ideas for improving public spaces around the city centre area linking into work on pedestrianisation, improved car parking, sustainable infrastructure and development of the Birmingham Road site.

 

 

The Council’s Major Projects Team will be displaying the plans at the Nurture Nest Community Space (the old M & S Unit) in Lichfield’s Three Spires Shopping Centre between 9.30am and 4.30pm for two weeks from Monday 21 June to Friday 2 July and will be on hand between 12.30pm and 2.30pm on weekdays to discuss the plans and answer questions.

 

 

As part of the consultation, there will be opportunities to take part in ‘Walk Shops’ on Wednesday 23 June and Tuesday 29 June to visit and discuss areas of the city where improvement work will be focussed. The Council is also launching an online questionnaire for people to put forward their views. Details about the Walk Shops and questionnaire are available on the Lichfield District Council website www.lichfielddc.gov.uk/publicrealmstrategy

 

 

Councillor Liz Little. Cabinet Member for Major Projects, said: “This is an exciting opportunity for people to take a look at some of our emerging ideas for future improvements to Lichfield City Centre and I’m encouraging as many people as possible to get involved and let us know what they think.

 

 

“Our Public Realm Strategy is about making improvements to the public spaces in and around Lichfield City Centre and building on the overall proposals set out in our Lichfield City Centre Masterplan.

 

 

“We want to cultivate distinctive, local solutions with the people who know the city best, so engagement with residents, businesses and visitors to Lichfield city centre is always going to be central to this project.”

 

 

The public realm consultation is one of several pieces of work planned for 2021 to make progress on the Lichfield City Centre Masterplan which was published in 2020 to help shape the future growth of Lichfield city centre, set out opportunities for enhancing the quality of the city centre environment and provide a guide for future investment in Lichfield. Information on the Masterplan is available at - www.lichfielddc.gov.uk/city-centre-regeneration

Recycling guidance from Lichfield DC

What to put in your blue bin

We will only accept the following clean items in your blue bin:

  • paper, including newspapers, magazines, telephone directories, wrapping paper (without foil/glitter) etc.
  • shredded paper (this should be placed in a clear plastic bag to the side of your bin on your bin day)
  • card, including flattened cardboard boxes, food sleeves, toilet and kitchen roll inners etc.
  • plastic containers, including margarine and ice cream tubs, yoghurt pots, bottles, empty carrier bags and plastic food trays etc.
  • clean, empty plastic bags
  • aluminium foil, food trays or cans (foil that doesn't scrunch up can't be recycled)
  • cartons, including juice, milk and soup
  • glass bottles or jars and lids
  • aerosol cans and roll-ons

Please wash out empty containers before putting them in your bin. Card and paper should only be added if it is clean.

Please do not bag up your recycling - put items in the bin loose. You may use a clear plastic bag for excess recycling and place it to the side of your bin on your bin day.

If any other items are found in your bin or you use a bag, it will not be emptied.

Other waste

Please DO NOT put the following in your blue bin:

  • bin bags of any colour to bag up recycling*
  • general waste
  • food waste
  • nappies/sanitary products (clean or used)
  • pyrex
  • garden waste
  • animal bedding
  • polystyrene
  • rigid plastics such as garden furniture, toys, coat hangers etc
  • plant pots and garden trays
  • foil that doesn't stay together when scrunched up (such as crisp bags, tea/coffee packets and pet food pouches)
  • bubble wrap
  • textiles/fabric
  • mirrored glass
  • electricals and batteries (these should go to your local tip)
  • Wallpaper and wallpaper backing
  • Used tissues, kitchen roll or paper towels

 

Domestic Abuse info

Show domestic abuse the red card
Partnership comes together ahead of the UEFA European Football Championship to tackle domestic abuse.

Over the football tournament Lichfield District Safer Community Partnership is raising awareness of the support on offer around domestic abuse.

Domestic abuse can be triggered by many things, including alcohol, and it isn’t always just physical – it can be a pattern of controlling, threatening and coercive behaviour, which can also be emotional, economic, psychological or sexual.

Inspector Stuart Coleman, of Lichfield Neighbourhood Policing Team, said:“Throughout the Euros tournament we’re reminding domestic abuse victims that there is help on hand. We’ll be promoting New Era and other local support services, so anyone who has concerns knows where to turn.

“This is in addition to encouraging football fans to drink responsibly and make a choice to either drink or drive. Our neighbourhood teams will be working closely with council colleagues to keep everyone safe and we’ll also have additional patrols on duty in the city centre.”

Councillor Richard Cox, Lichfield District Council’s Cabinet Member for Community Engagement, said: “Many of us are looking forward to the Euros getting underway. However, for some supporters the mix of emotion and alcohol can lead to increased tensions in relationships, making volatile situations even more dangerous for those around them.

“This is why we’re linking up with Staffordshire Police and other organisations in the partnership to reassure anyone who is experiencing domestic abuse that help is on hand.”

Chantelle Thompson, New Era’s Head of Service, said:“Football tournaments like this one can be a great way of bringing communities and families together. However, sadly, they often coincide with an increase in referrals to specialist support services like ours.

“But, it’s not an unfavourable match result or someone drinking too much alcohol that causes domestic abuse. Domestic abuse is caused by one person wanting to exert power and control over another. It’s never acceptable and it’s illegal.

“If you’re experiencing domestic abuse, or you want support to change your abusive behaviour, we can help you. New Era supports adults and children of all ages, genders and ethnicities living in Lichfield and elsewhere in Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent.”

People experiencing domestic abuse can contact New Era’s 24-hour confidential helpline for victims on 0300 303 3778. In an emergency always call 999.

If you want support to change your abusive behaviour, please contact New Era perpetrator services on 01785 601690.

Pathway Project also supports adults, young people and children from Lichfield District and Tamworth who are experiencing or affected by domestic abuse. Their 24-hour confidential helpline is 01543 676800 and more information is available at www.pathway-project.co.uk.

Community Grant - Self Isolation Fund

 

Staffordshire County Council has a new #DoingOurBit Covid-19 self-isolators fund to help voluntary and community organisations support people to have to self-isolate. There is a one-off pot of £160,000 with an initial allocation of £20,000 available for each district /borough.

The campaign will stop on 30th September or when all the funding is allocated.   

Related information can be found here: https://www.staffordshire.gov.uk/DoingOurBit/Funding.aspx

How to Volunteer for Birmingham 2022

Interested in Volunteering for the Brmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games?

Click on  this application form and information

 

Staffordshire Warm Homes

Families struggling to heat their home can access free ‘green homes’ measure to make their home more energy efficient.

 

Staffordshire has been awarded £4.2 million funding from the Government’s Warmer Homes initiative to help families make their homes more green and energy efficient.

This funding comes after the first phase of the scheme helped install green homes measures in 240 Staffordshire homes.

The scheme is being delivered by Staffordshire County Council and is expected to benefit a further 445 households.

Measures including cavity wall and loft insulation, solar thermal and PV panels, air source heat pumps, as well as double glazing windows and doors could be installed free of charge in eligible households.

The scheme is available to eligible families with low, or no income, those who claim benefits, or are elderly, disabled or have very young children living in the home.

Residents can apply online by visiting www.staffordshire.gov.uk/warmerhomes

Universal Credit

This link will take you to information about how to claim this benefit

Universal Credit

Home Farm maize traffic

The farmer has let us know that there will be 5/9 lorries a week collecting maize from now on until the maize is cleared, probably between now and August. This will be an average of two a day, mostly in the early morning or late evening and avoiding bank holidays and weekends for the benefit of the village.

The Parish Council is grateful to them for keeping everyone informed.