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Community Governance Review gets underway

 

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Local opinions sought on parish arrangements in Lichfield District.

We have launched a review of community governance arrangements looking at current and future parish level provision across Lichfield District. 

As part of the review, we have opened a consultation for all residents, businesses, community groups and parish councils to share their views.

The online consultation is available via our consultation pages.

Councillor Angela Lax, Cabinet Member for Regulatory, Housing and Health said:   

“Having effective community governance arrangements contributes significantly to improved local democracy, greater community engagement and better local service delivery. 

“Community Governance Reviews such as the one we are undertaking are carried out every 10 to 15 years. They provide an opportunity to review parishes and make changes to local arrangements where they are needed”.

“I would encourage anyone with an interest in local democracy or in their local community to take a look at the details of the review and put forward their views on whether they think arrangements could be improved”.

The initial consultation period for the review runs from 1 February to 25 April 2022 with input invited from residents and any other interested parties from Lichfield District. 

The results of the initial consultation will used by Lichfield District Council to draw up recommendations for any new or revised arrangements for community governance that will be consulted on later in the year.

HS2 Information

HS2 are offering online one to one meetings as follows, click on the link for details:

files/HS2_Invitation_-_Phase_2a_Virtual_121_Meetings_2022.pdf

Funding for Leisure and Hospitality Businesses

There is still funding available in Lichfield District Council's latest Additional Restrictions Grant round, focusing on the leisure, events sector (inclusive of hospitality) and their supply chain:

If you are:
- A Lichfield District micro or small business within the leisure, events sector (inclusive of hospitality) and their direct supply chain.
- Haven't received support from the Local Restrictions Support Grant, previous Additional Restrictions Grant rounds and the Restart Scheme.
- Seen a reduction in your net profits of at least 25%.

You may be interested in applying.

For the full eligibility criteria and the application form, visit: https://www.lichfielddc.gov.uk/coronavirus-2/support-businesses-coronavirus-covid-19/7  

It is a limited funding pot which is first come, first serve. If applications outweigh the amount available, the application process shall be closed.

Grants for small businesses from Staffordshire County Council

Get back to growth in 2022 with a £5k grant

Image of superman  - Start 2022 strong, get a £5k grant

Grants of between £2,000 to £5,000 are now available to small businesses across Staffordshire to grow and thrive.

Improving your business is a year-round job, but new year is the perfect time to get the financial boost you need to start the year strong. 

Want to invest in increasing sales, productivity or profitability, or improve business processes but feel the risk is too high? Did you put your business-growth plans on hold during the pandemic, but need financial help to finally realise your potential?

If you’re an eligible small business, now’s the time to stop crossing your fingers and get a grant of up to £5,000 from the Staffordshire Means Back to Business Scheme to help you to regroup and grow.

Funding is on a first come first served basis, and has now been made available to businesses across the county following Staffordshire County Council's successful bid to secure over £751,000 for the Staffordshire Means Back to Business Scheme from the government's UK Community Renewal Fund.

Grants of up to £5,000 have already helped small businesses across all sectors with a range of growth activities, including:

  • Finding expert knowledge and support to help develop business ideas and success, including financial strategy, business strategy, marketing strategy and website expertise, and even expertise to enhance customer service
  • Support to analyse customer data
  • Tackling those back-burner projects and tasks
  • Purchase of equipment and technology for new starters
  • Purchase of specialist equipment – from video equipment to specialist fabrication tools and beyond.
  • Support to prioritise business planning
  • Diversification into new market sectors and taking advantage of new opportunities
  • Developing online payment facilities and getting online

and much more.

Start 2022 right and apply now for a growth grant of between £2,000 and £5,000.

 

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.

2022 bin calendars

Bin calendars for Lichfield District homes are now available to download at www.lichfielddc.gov.uk/bincalendar

 

 

Councillor Ashley Yeates, Lichfield District Council’s Cabinet Member for Climate Change & Recycling, said: 

 

“It will be much simpler to keep the calendars up to date online, and there is substantial environmental benefit from not printing and distributing calendars to around 80,000 households.

 

 

“We are working hard on our plans for how to introduce the blue reusable bags for paper and card recycling, which will include a multi-channel communications campaign to ensure households are fully informed about how the system will work and what it will mean to them.”

 

 

The new bin calendars are available online at www.lichfielddc.gov.uk/bincalendar

 

 

Residents who do not have access to the internet are being encouraged to use the online services from their nearest library or to seek help from their family, friends, or neighbours. They can also call the shared waste service on 0345 002 0022 for help.

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!

 

Sign up for 2022 garden waste collections

Green-fingered folk across Lichfield District are being encouraged to subscribe again for the garden waste service.

Online registration at www.lichfielddc.gov.uk/mygardenbin is now open for the garden waste service, and Lichfield District Council is urging local residents to sign up again to have their brown bins emptied in 2022.

The council has held 2021’s price and it will cost £36 per brown bin for fortnightly collections in 2022. Next year’s garden waste service will run from 31 January to 16 December and customers will receive a maximum of 23 collections.

 

Councillor Ashley Yeates, Cabinet Member for Climate Change & Recycling, said: “Thank you to everyone who signed up to our garden waste service in the last year.

“We’re now reminding all our residents that they will need to sign up again if they want their brown bins emptied in 2022.

“It costs the same regardless of when you register during the year, and your annual subscription will always end in December. This is why it makes sense to register before the first collection in 2022, so you can get a full year’s worth of collections.”

Sign up for the garden waste service at www.lichfielddc.gov.uk/mygardenbin or call the Lichfield and Tamworth Shared Waste Service on 0345 002 0022.

“It is important to remember that your brown bin will not be emptied in 2022 unless you are signed up and have displayed your new sticker on your garden waste bin.

“We are also encouraging anyone who signs up not to cover up their 2021 sticker with their new one, so our crews know to continue to empty your garden waste bin for the rest of this year,” added Cllr Yeates.

Online Safety Advice for Parents

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

Click here Advice