Elford Village

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Right of Way update

  

Right of Way update

      The Parish Council is questioning and seeking further clarification regarding the recent Staffordshire County Council ruling that Path 6 is NOT a Right of Way - based on the continuous use of this route for more than 20 years by a number of villagers.

      We are approaching Bromford who own the property that the route passes over and are therefore the landlords, to ask them to urgently speak to their tenant and explain that their actions in blocking the stile are unacceptable.

      We have approached the Ramblers Association for their guidance and help.

      If we are not satisfied with the answers to the above points, then we will engage our Community Police Officer Costas.                                                                                    

  If the final ruling from Stafford is that the path and stile should not be used, then they would be asked to urgently erect a sign explaining this.

In the meantime we will keep residents informed.

 

Parish Council June news

Parish Council June news

Thanks to all the residents who came to the Annual Parish Meeting in May – the minutes and reports from local groups are now on the website elfordparish.co.uk under village information. We hope you find them interesting! The school and church were invited but didn’t make it to the meeting.

At this week’s Parish Council meeting which began as usual with Open Forum at 7 (residents are always welcome to this or indeed to observe the whole meeting, second Monday of every month except August) two main issues were raised. The organiser of the Coffee Shop kindly offered to donate last year’s proceeds towards the taxi service so that it can run an extra trip some weeks for ANYONE who needs this service not just the regulars. Contact Barbara Harcombe for times and to book a place. Coffee shop funding will also help to repair the playground, with a working party to take place in September.

A resident raised concerns about the planning application for 25 houses on land off the Shrubbery, the Parish Council will send in comments to the Planning Department but residents should do so too. This is on appearance, landscaping, layout and scale for the erection of 25 dwellings including new access and vehicle turning area, see Lichfield District Council’s website under planning and use ref 19/00662/REMM to see the documents.

Parking for the Scarecrow festival was discussed, concerns about wet weather plans had been answered.

The Parish Council had enquired about a Right of Way through the Sports Club car park and had been told that it was not a public route, although it has been used as such and appears on maps going back for many years. Further enquiries are being made to resolve this.

The Council approved all the Audit paperwork and this is now available on the website and notice board for anyone who wishes to read it.

For more details on this and other matters discussed see the minutes on the website or contact us!

 

Fitness equipment

The new fitness equipment is ready for residents to use. We hope you enjoy it!

We recommend not using it during sports matches in case of flying balls.

New Councillor appointed

Garry Toon has now joined the Parish Council, along with Phil Turley (Chair), Andy Payne, Tim Gilbert, Barry Wright, Ian Hidderley and Nick Biden, so we now have our full number of Councillors. 

Please contact the Clerk or any of the Councillors if you have any concerns about the village. 

Annual Parish Assembly 2019

This year's Parish Assembly will be held on Tuesday 14th May at 8pm at the Village Hall.

All are welcome to come along to hear reports on what local organisations have been doing over the past year.

There will be no meeting on the second Monday of the month, and the Annual meeting of the Parish Council held earlier on the 14th at 6.30 will not include an Open Forum session as residents wil be able to ask questions during the later meeting.

Planning application

An application has now been submitted to Lichfield District Council for development of the land off The Shrubbery which was given outline permission. 

To see the plans and documents see the planning section of their website under ref. 19/00662/REMM

Phone kiosk painting

Eagle eyed Elfordians may notice that Alan, our handyman has been busy painting the phone kiosk in Church Road. He will do the interior next and if anyone sees him at work, don't be shy, say hello and maybe offer him a cuppa?

If you have any bright ideas for the use of the kiosk or if any local groups wish to adopt it,please let us know!

In the meantime we will update the village information kept in there when the painting has been completed.

Village events June 2019

Details of events from June onwards here:

 

Your Councillors 2019

The following people have been elected unopposed to the Parish Council from May 2019:

Nick Biden, Tim Gilbert, Ian Hidderley, Andy Payne, Phil Turley, Barry Wright

There is still one vacancy. Please contact the Clerk as soon as possible to register your interest.

The District Councillors for the Whittington and Streethay ward which includes Elford will be David Leytham, Harry Warburton and Alan White, who were all returned unopposed.

There will not therefore be a local election this year.