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Grants on offer to help protect local homes from flooding

If your home or business flooded in February 2020 you may be entitled to a grant to help prevent your property from being flooded again.

 

After an extension to the national scheme, Lichfield District Council is inviting owners of homes or businesses that flooded in storms Ciara or Dennis in February 2020 to apply for a property flood resilience grant of up to £5,000.

 

 

Councillor Rob Strachan, Cabinet Member for Finance, Procurement and Revenues & Benefits, said: “We know how heart-breaking it is to have your home or businesses flooded, and we want to help make sure local properties are able to withstand possible future flooding events.

 

 

“This is why we’re inviting anyone who owns a property in the district that flooded in February 2020 to apply for funding to install measures to help make sure it doesn’t happen again.”

 

 

To be eligible for a grant, an independent surveyor will need to assess the property to advise on the best way to make a property more resilient to future flooding, such as putting in flood doors and raising electrics from ground level.

 

 

The funding can only be spent on flooding mitigation measures and cannot be used for repairs.

 

 

To find out more and how to apply for a property flood resilience grant, go to www.lichfielddc.gov.uk/floodrelief.

Service of remembrance and reflection to be held at Lichfield Cathedral.

Lichfield District Council and Lichfield Cathedral are working together to hold a service of remembrance and reflection for the whole community following the Covid-19 pandemic.

The service takes place on Sunday 26 September at 3pm and will be attended by representatives from the public sector, businesses, voluntary sector, charities and community groups.  Members of families who have suffered a Covid-related bereavement are being invited to come forward if they wish to attend the service. As part of the commemoration a candle will be displayed for every individual in Lichfield District known to have passed away as a result of coronavirus.

Councillor Doug Pullen, Leader of Lichfield District Council said: “Our main desire in holding this service is to remember all of the residents of Lichfield District who have died from Covid-19 along with families that have suffered a bereavement.

“We also want to take to time to recognise the contributions made by businesses, the voluntary sector, charities, faith and community groups and public services in Lichfield District and across Staffordshire during the pandemic.

“Whilst the service provides a time for reflection on the difficulties everyone has faced, we also very much intend that it will be an opportunity to look forward positively to a strong recovery in the post Covid-19 period for Lichfield District and our communities.”

The Very Revd Adrian Dorber, Dean of Lichfield said: “From March 2020 we have had to live through a time of extraordinary disruption and threat to our personal and community life. Now it’s time to come together and reflect and remember. We want to lament the deaths and bereavements caused by Covid-19 by holding out our hands and support to the families and individuals affected. It’s time to give thanks for the dedicated service and professionalism of all NHS staff, the good hearted care and concern of volunteers and neighbours and the commitment and reliability of all key workers. The cathedral, throughout its history, has held the prayers, hopes and fears of all generations. It is also a place where hope and new beginnings can be cherished, especially now as we seek a new future and the wisdom to guide us.”

Local residents who suffered a Covid-related bereavement and wishing to attend the service of Remembrance and Recovery are asked to contact Lesley Bennett at Lichfield District Council - lesley.bennett@lichfielddc.gov.uk.

There will be some restrictions on numbers able to attend the service so families are asked to get in touch as soon as possible.

Post Office info

Don't forget therre is a Post Office at the Village Hall every Tuesday morning 10-12.

Send your parcels, do your banking and much more!

 

Police drug driving campaign

 

Scarecrow Festival Query

No Scarecrow Festival this year

Due to Covid restrictions it has not been possible to organise this event over the last months and like most such events there has been considerable uncertainty over whether such gatherings can safely take place.

We are unable to confirm any future date at this time.

Recent crime

There have been attempted thefts from Home Farm twice overnight at the weekend. We are warning local farmers to be vigilant.
On a separate issue there have also been attempted house break-ins in Edingale, with a youth captured on the owner's security camera.
 
Recently there has been a spate of vandalism at the playground which has caused actual damage that will incur costs to repair.
 
There has also been a theft of a koi carp from the Walled Garden.
Please keep everything locked up and contact the police with any information that might help to catch these criminals.
 
 

Online Safety Advice for Parents

The Polce have sent a useful guide for keeping children safe online 

Click here Advice

 

Coffee Shop

Elford coffee shop is re-opening our doors on Tuesday 7th September 9am-12 in the Village hall!
We can’t wait to welcome you back - we have missed you !!
We will be advising you to book ahead to secure a table and we ask you to wear masks when you are not seated .
It will be table service only .
Please text or phone me on 07870201323 to book your table .
We’d love to run the coffee shop as we used to without restrictions but for the moment we are taking these steps to secure the safely of our customers and volunteers .
We will be continually monitoring the COVID guidelines .
To make our coffee shop work , we do need a lot of volunteers - people to set up on a Monday at 2pm,work on a Tuesday morning and bake our homemade cakes .
Come along on Tuesday 31st August at 10.30am to the village hall for refreshments - whether you are already a volunteer or are interested in helping for the first time , we’d love to see you .
It will be an opportunity to tell you about some changes to the running of the morning and for you to put your names in the rota !!!
If you can’t make that morning just let me know if you’d like to help .
Many many thanks , Irene Standerwick xx

Report on July 2021 PC Meeting

The rearranged Parish Council meeting took place on 26th July at the Village Hall.

New plans had been submitted for the former Social Club site to address the concerns of the Planners and Conservation Officer, and the developers had been asked to provide evidence of how an alternative community facility could be provided to replace the closed club. A meeting had been held at the Cricket Pavilion to prepare a plan of work required for its use by the wider community.

Maintenance and electrical safety work had taken place at the Playground and new picnic benches had been delivered. It was agreed to begin enquiries about replacing the surfacing and the equipment in the longer term.

A resident had contacted the Parish Council regarding overgrown and impassable parts of the Rights of Way, these would be reported to the County Council Rights of Way team.

The Councillors agreed to discuss ideas for the long term needs of the village at the next meeting. Any residents wishing to suggest ideas please contact any Councillor.

There had been recent incidents of car theft and vandalism. Concerns would be raised with the PCSO and crime prevention advice would be shared with residents. Cllr Turley offered to investigate CCTV and report back to the September 13th meeting.

For further information please see the Minutes.