At mid-day 23rd February Lichfield District Council announced the results of the Neighbourhood Plan Referendum. A massive 90% majority voted in favour of the Plan’s proposals meaning the contents of the Plan have to be accepted by Lichfield District Council in any future district wide plans. The parish Council would like to thank all those who voted in favour, and also thank Councillors Hyde, Spencer and Cannon and many others who have worked tirelessly for the last 3 years preparing the Plan.
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You can see the final Plan on the Lichfield District Council website: –
A hard copy can be viewed in the foyer of The Village Hall
MOBILE POST OFFICE
Please see the proposals received from the PO HQ regarding the Mobile Service expected to commence in March or April 2018:
Whittington Mobile service
Langton Crescent Whittington Lichfield WS14 9LR
Proposed opening times:
Tuesday 13:00 – 15:00
Thursday 08:45 – 10:45
Friday 14:45 – 15:45
Services: A wide range of services will be available. Customers can still collect benefits in cash using our everyday banking services or Post Office card account.
Access and facilities: There is a step into the Mobile vehicle, but an electronic tailgate is available to facilitate easy access for wheelchair users and those with disabilities.
Parking available close to the Mobile Van.
To get this information in a different format, for example, in larger print, audio or braille please contact the Customer Helpline on 03452 66 01 15 or Textphone 03457 22 33 55.
A substance believed to be rat poison has been found at Bit End Field behind the garage. The Parish Council has never used such poison and it has obviously been placed there by some careless individual. It was removed as soon as we became aware of it. Please be vigilant especially if you have children and dogs. If anyone sees any other suspicious substance on any Council property please inform the Parish Clerk, David Walton – 01543 432842.
2018 COUNTRYSIDE FAIR
The Parish Council are pleased to confirm that the 2018 Countryside Fair will be held on the 1st September 2018. As always we hope to ensure that attractions for the whole family will entice you from doing other things and that you will have a wonderful day out.
If you are a stallholder who would like to display your goods and services please contact Sue Walton using the Stallholder Booking Form:
GRANTS TO LOCAL ORGANISATIONS
The Application Form for 2018 is found here
(Applications now Closed):
HS2 GROUND INVESTIGATIONS IN WHITTINGTON
Most will already be aware that Phase One of the new High Speed Two Railway (HS2), the part of the route between the West Midlands and London, received Royal Assent -that is the final authority to proceed with its construction – on 23 February2017.
As part of the development of the new railway, HS2 Ltd is planning to carry out ground investigations in and around the Whittington and Fisherwick Parish area. These works will commence in mid-March 2017 and be completed in late May 2017. Put simply, ground investigation is the examination and study of the soil, rocks and groundwater below the surface of a field, pavement or highway and is an essential preliminary to finalising the design of the track bed and associated structures such as bridges and retaining structures before construction proper commences –possibly later this year but more probably in 2018.
A variety of methods is used to obtain samples, to monitor and test them. HS2 has produced an illustrated non-technical leaflet, which explains why ground investigations are necessary and describes each of the main techniques that will be used. You can read this on the Government web site at https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/hs2-ground-investigations-a-non-technical-guide -or if you prefer Click here to download the guide
Most of the ground works taking place within the Parish will not be noticeable by the public. This is due to a large majority of the work-taking place in open green space owned by private landowners, where we have permission to carry out the work on their land. However, some ground investigation may be carried out in and around highway locations. Prior to the ground investigations starting HS2 Ltd has promised to send send out notifications to the local community and stakeholders and work closely with the Parish Council to limit the impact within the village and its environs. In all probability by the time you read this you will have received a general update on progress from them direct, but please rest assured that we will also continue to meet local HS2 representatives (they now have offices in Birmingham) on a regular basis to ensure that community concerns are fully addressed – and of course keep you fully updated on progress.
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