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Councillor Local Community Fund 2022

Community groups and residents across Lichfield District are invited to apply to a councillors’ fund to support projects that will have a positive impact on their area.

The Councillor Local Community Fund, which is in the second year of a two-year pilot, is open now and encouraging people to be active in improving where they live.

Each district councillor has £300 to award – a minimum award is £50 – and money will be given out to approved projects on a first come, first served basis.

Applications can be made to more than one councillor in a ward or across wards up to a maximum of £900 but must be submitted by 30 November 2022.

The Councillor Local Community Fund can support the following:

  • Projects that provide local solutions to local needs.
  • One-off events that benefit the local community and support community resilience.
  • Current projects/activities that need a small amount of support to continue or grow.
  • Capital items (equipment, materials etc).
  • New projects and activities that need some funding to get going.
  • Projects that stimulate new community activity, such as setting up new local community events and clubs.

Payments are made by the Community Foundation for Staffordshire, preferably to an account in the name of the group on the application form and all awarded funding must be spent on the project or activity applied for and any unspent funding must be returned.

 

New Benches

Two benches have been kindly donated to the village by Riverside Woodcraft of Elford Lowe.

The benches have been painted with preservative by our handyman Alan, Cllr Tim Gilbert arranged for them to be installed on Burton Road and The Beck, and the costs for this have been met from last year's Lichfield District Council's Councillor Local Community Fund.

Residents and visitors now have places to sit and relax after a walk around the village, and the Parish Council hopes they will be well used.

 

 

Chetwynd Bridge proposed weight limit

Does your business rely on taking heavy loads across the Chetwynd Bridge on the A513? Are you aware that Staffordshire County Council is concerned about cracking of the structure and is proposing an 18 tonne weight limit? This will involve a long diversion for HGVs and they may be tempted to find alternative routes that have an impact on local villages.

Please contact Staffordshire County Councilfor more information on these proposals.

Grants available to rural community organisations

If your group could benefit from a grant of up to £1000 from the Community Council please see here for details and how to apply.

Deadline to apply is 23rd August.

Applications for a share of CIL payments

Local organisations are reminded that the Parish Council receives a share of the Community Infrastructure Levy payments paid by developers building properties in Elford. This must be spent on infrastructure to deal with the demands that development places on an area, such as: highways, education, sports and community halls, play areas, and public open space. Our public consultation in February showed which options were most popular with residents - playground improvements, village CCTV, Sportsfield pavilion and traffic calming signage.

Elford Parish Council will be considering applications from local groups for infrastructure needs at the meeting on September 12th  

We have a deadline of the end of August for consideration at the meeting. Here is the application form and information.  Please contact us for further details.

Contact Margaret Jones, Parish Clerk on clerk@elfordparish.co.uk

Lichfield District Council House Opens Again With A Bright New Look And Feel

Lichfield District Council House is re-opening its doors to the public after nearly three years of closure following the Covid lockdown.

 

From Monday 27th June the public can once again book face-to-face appointments with council staff where they are needed. 

 

Says Councillor Doug Pullen, Leader of Lichfield District Council: “We’re very pleased to welcome residents back into our offices. We know Covid was a challenging time for everyone but it did force us to develop better online, self-service and over the phone solutions.

 

“Our digital solutions are available 24 hours a day and we’re improving the services available over the phone. However, we know some people need a more personal service, or have complex support needs and for those individuals, we want our new face-to-face offer to be friendly and welcoming. So, we have taken the time to give our front door a new look and feel, to make it a more pleasant place to work and visit. 

 

“We want our offices to become a real community hub and meeting place, and I’m thrilled to say we have some new attractions and partner agencies who will be joining us and providing expanded services through our offices.  I’d encourage you to pop in and take a look.

 

“We are delighted we have been able to work with the much-respected café and catering group Melbourne who will be opening Penni Uni, a vibrant café in the building offering food and drink all day to visitors and staff right on our doorstep.”

 

Deborah Pease of Melbourne shared: “"When we began discussions with LDC around the potential for opening a cafe site in the LDC offices we were particularly taken with the enthusiasm of the team to support community programmes and deliver services above and beyond the traditional.  After discussing with the team around their aspirations we determined that Penni Uni (based on Penny University from the original coffee houses) would be a great nod to the goal of supporting the community that councils ultimately are there to do.  We have since met with a few of the staff at LDC and have been impressed with their enthusiasm for supporting local businesses and communities and have started to build a long list of events and support programmes we want to initiate.  We will be gently opening on the 27th June but bear with us as we get used to our new surroundings and then rapidly picking up speed in July and we look forward to welcoming a wide range of people to our new café.”

 

Lichfield District Council is also considering other options for sharing the space available within the building to both generate income and to create a strong community destination in the city centre.  More details of these will be released soon.

 

The council offices will be manned 09:00 – 17:00 every weekday and appointments can be made by calling into the offices, emailing at enquiries@lichfielddc.gov.uk or ringing the Customer Support Team on 01543 308000.

 

Penni Uni café will open from 08:00 until 16:00 every weekday.

Lichfield city centre survey

Lichfield District Council is currently seeking residents’ opinions before approaching architects, designers and businesses to build detailed plans for the redevelopment of the Birmingham Road and Frog Lane areas of the city.

Design  consultancy  Create  Streets  has been appointed to run an innovative, interactive digital survey to ask the people of Lichfield for their views on what any new city centre buildings should look like and how they should complement the existing infrastructure.

The survey is now live at

https://communities.createstreets.com/LichfieldCityCentre

Staffordshire Police - Community Policing

Staffordshire Police has launched its new local policing model for the county, which brings significant investment in the number of officers responding locally throughout Lichfield and Burntwood.

 

Designed to strengthen the force’s focus on local policing and partnerships, the new model sees emergency response officers operate from 10 local areas alongside neighbourhood officers and Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs).

 

Lichfield has a dedicated local policing team (LPT) with a dedicated Chief Inspector and Inspector. They are:

 

·       Chief Inspector Paul Cooke

 

·       Inspector Karen Green.

 

Announced in February 2022 by the newly appointed Chief Constable, Chris Noble, the changes have been made to enable officers to respond quicker to emergencies; develop enhanced local knowledge in order to solve problems; have more time to investigate and provide a high-quality, consistent and caring service for victims of crime.

 

The changes also support the force’s policing priorities for the next 12-18 months and the commitments set out in the Police and Crime Plan published by Staffordshire Commissioner for Police, Fire & Rescue and Crime, Ben Adams.

 

The ten Local Policing Teams (LPTs) which will consolidate teams and increase the force’s three current response bases, are:

 

  1. Leek

     

  2. Hanley

     

  3. Newcastle

     

  4. Longton

     

  5. Stafford

     

  6. Burton

     

  7. Codsall

     

  8. Cannock

     

  9. Lichfield

     

  10. Tamworth

     

Chief Constable, Chris Noble, said: “I’m pleased we are now on day one of the new model. It’s been months of planning, analysis and consultation with colleagues and partners to build a model that will allow us to respond in the way the public want and need us to, also giving us more time to focus on the issues that matter most to local communities. The model has also received the backing of the Police and Crime Commissioner, who believes it will help deliver some of the commitments made in the county’s Police and Crime Plan.

 

“It is critical we are more closely embedded in, and visible to, local communities so we can work most effectively with the public and partners to solve issues and prevent crime and I am confident this approach to policing enables greater ability to deliver against these aims.”

 

As part of the new model, bespoke harm reduction hubs will operate in every local policing area, made up of dedicated problem-solvers who will tackle high demand, high risk crimes and anti-social behaviour through prevention, effective partnership working and early intervention.

 

There has also been investment in the force’s specialist crime teams and in securing more staff in the Force Contact and Control Centre. While the former supports teams who investigate the most serious and complex crime types, the investment in the Contact Centre will seek to improve call answering times and better resourcing of the digital channels used by the public to report crime, such as Facebook, Twitter and the force website.

 

Chris Noble added: “While we need to respond faster and more efficiently to emergencies, it’s important we look at and understand the changing nature of crime and the complex and sustained numbers of call we have to respond to on a daily basis. Our Contact and Control Centre is key to informing our daily operations and significant work is being undertaken in order to achieve an improved service for the public at first point of contact.”

 

Chief Inspector Paul Cooke, of the Lichfield Local Policing Team, said: “We’ve worked with communities, partners and colleagues across the force to design a model that will allow us to focus on the issues that matter the most to people in Lichfield, Burntwood and the surrounding areas, and respond in the way they need us to. This could be in emergency situations, working with partners to tackle the root causes of anti-social behaviour and criminality, or protecting the most vulnerable.

 

“Policing across the country is constantly changing and the demands we face today are not the same as those in previous years. Our previous model was introduced in 2018 and since then, crime has continued to become increasingly complex and the number of calls of service have remained consistently high.”

 

 

 

 

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