Elford Village

Village News

Village events May 2019

Details of events from May onwards here:

 

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.

Parish Council elections 2019

Why not join the Parish Council?  Are you interested in helping to make decisions about things that affect your community, such as transport for residents, commenting on planning applications, managing the Sportsfield and playground and keeping your village tidy?

As it is election year why not apply to join the team to help make decisions on the place where you live or work?

Please look at Lichfield District Council’s website, then complete and hand in a nomination form before April 3rd

 

To find out more, visit www.lichfielddc.gov.uk/upcomingelections.

 

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.

Bins to be out by 6.30 a.m.

 Residents who live in Lichfield District and Tamworth Borough will need to put their bins out by 6.30am on their collection day, starting from Monday 25 February. 

Through the Lichfield and Tamworth Joint Waste Service, Lichfield District Council and Tamworth Borough Council are asking that residents from across both areas put their bins out 30 minutes earlier - by 6.30am rather than by 7am - on their collection day.

This is so bin collections can start earlier, to avoid peak traffic and finish rounds in the light by 3.30pm, which is safer.

 

Cllr David Leytham, Lichfield District Council’s Cabinet Member for Operational Services, Leisure & Waste, said:“We’ve moved the start of our bin rounds forward by 30 minutes as our crews are getting stuck in traffic and have more homes to collect from as housing developments are built.

“Even if your bins are emptied later in the day, please make sure they are out by 6.30am as we may change our rounds when we’ve worked out the best routes.

“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.”

 

From 25 February, if your bin has not been emptied by 3.30pm, please report it as a missed bin online at www.lichfielddc.gov.uk/missedbinsor call the team on 0345 002 0022.

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

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.

Chetwynd Bridge A513

The Parish Council has been notified of the following issue affecting the bridge -

Following a recent inspection of the Chetwynd Bridge (also known as Slater’s Bridge) on the A513 Croxall Road, the Council is taking prompt action to ensure the ongoing safety of road users.The Chetwynd Bridge (Google Maps link: https://goo.gl/maps/oAFn4NTz51k),which carries the A513 over the River Tame, is just west of the A38 and National Memorial Arboretum.

 

The A513 Croxall Road that crosses the bridge has a 60 mph speed limit and is very straight, whereby vehicles are likely to overtake. The bridge parapet (fencing over the bridge) has been judged to be seriously weakened and is unlikely to provide sufficient protection should a vehicle collide with it. The deterioration of this historic bridge has accelerated recently and action is now required.

 

In the short term, the Council is looking to:

 

•              Implement alternate one-way traffic using traffic lights

•              Install Temporary Traffic Signals and cones (done)

•              Install Temporary Vertical Concrete Barriers (TVCBs) on either side of the carriageway in front of the parapets (to be arranged, hopefully during the next two weeks)

•              Arrange and implement an overnight road closure(s) in order to place the TVCBs (road closure required due to the substandard carriageway width)

•              Stabilise sections of damaged parapet

•              Design and deliver a semi-permanent traffic signals solution

•              Design and implement a 40mph speed restriction over the bridge and approaches (currently 60 mph) in association with the semi-permanent traffic signals

 

The long-term proposal at this location is to restore the Grade 2 Listed Chetwynd Bridge and convert the route into a cycleway. This is in coordination with the construction of a new bridge structure immediately to the south of the current bridge to carry vehicular traffic, as supported by the Council’s Challenge Fund bid. Funding for the new structure will take time to source and land needs to be acquired for a new bridge, hence the traffic lights, speed reduction and TVCBs will be present for a number of years to come.

 

 

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.

 

Elford Neighbourhood Plan

The Neighbourhood Plan has finally been 'made'. 

The Plan became part of the Development Plan for the area in January 2019.

See the final version of the Plan and Decision Statement by following this link.

https://www.lichfielddc.gov.uk/Council/Planning/The-local-plan-and-planning-policy/Neighbourhood-plans/Elford-neighbourhood-plan.aspx

Many thanks to all who helped with the Plan.