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Local Events for February

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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.


My Staffs App

My Staffs App

The link below is for the My Staffs app. It combines a host of services to help you with anything you need for example you can access services from Police, Fire, Ambulance and your Council.

You can register births and report things such as potholes, abandoned vehicles or fly tipping along with much more.

Click the link below to find out more. 



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.



Have your say on planning policy

Have your say on planning policy


Lichfield District Council is holding three consultations this winter and is encouraging everyone to have their say on local planning policies.


The first consultation, running from 19 December 2018 to 6 February 2019, will seek local views on the main modifications recommended by the planning inspector to make the Local Plan Allocations document sound following the public hearings in September.  


The Allocations document is the second part of Lichfield District’s Local Plan and covers issues, from housing and employment land allocations through to reviewing planning policies used to determine planning applications.


The second consultation is on an updated version of the Statement of Community Involvement, which sets out when, why and with who the council will consult on local plans and planning applications. This will run from 2 January to 1 February 2019.


The third consultation is on changes to the Sustainable Design Supplementary Planning Document, which gives guidance on how sustainable development can be achieved through new development. The changes relate to Appendix A which sets out the space and amenity standards for development within the district. This consultation will also run from 2 January to 1 February 2019.


Councillor Ian Pritchard, Cabinet Member for Economic Growth, Environment & Development Services, said:“It’s important that everyone gets engaged in the planning process and takes the time to look at our proposals and gives their views.”


The documents and supporting technical reports will be available in reception of Lichfield District Council’s Frog Lane offices in Lichfield throughout the consultation periods.


They will also be online, where you can also comment, at www.lichfielddc.gov.uk/allocations.


Please send any written comments to developmentplans@lichfielddc.gov.ukor by post to: Spatial Policy and Delivery, District Council House, Frog Lane, Lichfield WS13 6YZ.


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.


Many thanks to all who helped with the Plan.


Bus hire service from January


Elford and Edingale Parish Councils have reviewed the service they have contributed to (since the County Council withdrew their subsidies in April 2018) for residents who do not have transport to Tamworth to do their shopping and attend appointments. They recognise how important the service is to residents and are keen to do all they can to maintain it.

Parish Councils have to work within the constraints of the precept and due to the projected cost to council tax payers they have decided to continue to support the bus hire service but to reduce the frequency to one day per week.

The bus will run on Fridays at 9.30 from the Social Club and return from Tamworth (Corporation Street) at 13.15.

Please continue to support this service so that it can continue.


Councillor Vacancy January 2019

Following the resignation of Cllr Rach Oakley for family reasons there is a vacancy on the Parish Council. 

A new Councillor can be co-opted until the next elections in May, then all the Councillors and anyone else wishing to be members of the Parish Council will need to submit nominations to the District Council by 3rd April.

Please contact the Clerk with your expression of interest on clerk@elfordparish.co.uk or phone 01827 50230.

Notice of Casual Vacancy here

Information on being a Councillor here

Village History

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