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Message from Lichfield District Council

Please could you share the following information regarding the Lichfield District Small Business Grant Scheme which was launched yesterday.

For sharing on social media, the following tweet from Lichfield District Council’s twitter account could be useful: https://twitter.com/Lichfield_DC/status/1065186128188370945
The Lichfield District small business grant scheme offers grants of between £500 and £1,500 to local small businesses and start-ups looking at overcoming financial barriers to growth.
A maximum of 50% of the costs of the total project can be applied for (overall project cost is capped at £3,000 to get the maximum grant).
Eligibility
Applicants must first receive support from the Enterprise for Success programme before their grant application is processed.
To be eligible, an applicant must be one of the following:
An individual who is a permanent resident and looking to start up a business within Lichfield District.
An existing small business (up to 10 employees) located in Lichfield District that has been trading for no more than three years.
The grant can go towards the following eligible costs:
marketing purposes
ICT software and hardware
office equipment e.g. laptop, desks, chairs
professional qualifications or training e.g. ISO, professional body membership
equipment to support product or process development and business growth
To register your interest or find out if you are eligible, please email us or call us on 01543 308149.
To apply for the grant, you will need to have first received support from Enterprise for Success who will provide you with an application form. The Economic Development service can refer yourself to the programme.
Once you have the application form, please email us a copy of the following completed documents:
· a completed and signed application form
· a business plan
· financial projections for two years
Any goods or services bought before or ordered prior to the grant approval date set out on the confirmation letter will not be reimbursed by us. We cannot guarantee all applications will be successful, with a limited amount of funding available per year. Applications will be evaluated and scored based on meeting the aim of the scheme, to support business and employment growth and helping to deliver our priority of a vibrant and prosperous economy.
The scheme will run for three years, from 2018 to 2021, with a pot of £20,000 funding available for each financial year. The closing dates for the first two rounds in this financial year are 28 December 2018 and 22 February 2019 where £10,000 shall be awarded. After this, the 2019/20 and 2020/21 rounds will close on the last Friday of the following months: May, August, November and February with £5,000 being allocated per round.
For more information, visit the grant’s webpage: www.lichfielddc.gov.uk/sbg where the guidance notes can be found.


Bit End Field
On the 23rd October Councillors Julia Spencer and Connor Walton met to discuss how to progress with the HS2 grant application for the refurbishment of Bit End play area. This in now in hand. The Parish now needs !! YOU !! to help us decide how this money should be invested. Which play equipment do we need? Where on the field is it going to go? If you want to get involved, post pictures here of play equipment that you would like to see added to the communal space. This is your time to speak up and make a valuable change to your village for generations to come. ALSO: remember that we are meeting parents on the 31st October at 2pm and 6th November at 7pm in Bit End Pavilion to discuss these plans. Come along for a discussion, a cuppa and a biscuit! Also don’t forget to follow our INSTAGRAM PAGE: whittingtonfisherwickpc_123 for regular PC updates and magnificent pictures.
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Successful Audit of Parish Council Accounts
The Accounts for 2017/18 have received an unqualified report from the Council’s Auditors:
The Audit has been concluded and the Statement of Accounts has been published. Please click on link below:

2017_18 Audit Report_Mazars

AGE UK now in Whittington
Over the last decade Age UK South Staffordshire has developed day services for older people who have dementia, a physical disability, or other complex needs, with well-equipped centres in 5 locations throughout Southern Staffordshire including Whittington.
We have recently secured The Pavilion at the Cricket Club with far reaching views overlooking the cricket field.
Our day Centre in Whittington offers a safe warm and friendly environment where fun, engaging activities are tailored to each guest. Meals and snacks are provided with the security of door to door transport.
For more information please contact, Sylvia Dunn Head of Day Opportunities on 01785 788471 or email Sylvia.dunn@ageuksouthstaffs.org.uk for ways to fund your care.


HS2 Update

Dear Parish Council,
As we move into the next stage of building the new railway, we are introducing security and safety support vehicles as part of our plan to ensure that the public and those working on the project, as well as property and sites along the route, remain safe and secure.
These units will be available along the Phase One route to respond to incidents and will be on patrol 24/7. Their tasks might include responding to a security incident or checking to see if property or a piece of land is secure.
There will be three units in each of the three HS2 areas along the Phase One route. Each unit will have two staff from our contractor and a vehicle. They will have HS2 identification cards and high visibility clothing with HS2 branding whilst on patrol.
Should a resident wish to check if a vehicle in their community is representing HS2, they can call our 24/7 Freephone Community Helpline on 08081 434 434.
Recruitment for the jobs was undertaken locally in each area, with a high level interest in the roles. Over half of the new employees live in counties along the Phase One line of route. 20% of the new employees are female, which is double the average for working in this sector. All of the new contractors have been trained on HS2 values and behaviours.
We wanted to inform you about this service in advance of their work beginning.
If you have any questions or would like to know more about this then please feel free to get in touch with me or call the Freephone Community Helpline 08081 434 434.

Regards

Tahir


ROADS TRAFFIC ORDER – MAIN STREET DISRUPTION
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WANTED:
The Parish Council are looking for a Caretaker to help maintain Council owned buildings and equipment. The contract will be for 8
hours a week, on a self-employed basis, with additional hours when required. Pay is currently £9 per hour. For further information contact David Walton, Parish Clerk, on 07703101611, or Martyn Bennett, the Chair of the Council, on 07973 300346.
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MOBILE POST OFFICE
DISRUPTION
Please see the latest situation regarding the suspended mobile post office service
180612_Information Letter
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FINAL ACCOUNTS FOR 2017/18

The Accounts for 2017/18 have now been produced and sent off for Audit. As required by law, these Accounts have to be made available for inspection by “local government electors and their representatives”. Please see attached
Exercise of Public Rights Notice

Annual Return Part3_E FINAL 2018


Unfortunately the Parish Council has to say goodbye to Andy and Roger, who have sadly left the Council. We wish them well for the future and thank them for their work in the past.

This means however that there are some vacancies on the Council and if you would like to  join us please contact the Parish Clerk, David Walton, for more information.
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180429_WFPC_GeneralPrivacyNotice

As a result of the new Data Protection Regulations coming into effect on the 25th May 2018 the Parish Council is required to inform you of your Rights when you make contact and deal with the Parish Council. The Privacy Notice above provides information but if you need any clarification please contact the Parish Clerk, David Walton


Whittington and Fisherwick is moving towards being a plastic free Parish with the help of the Whittington and Fisherwick Environmental Group (WFEG).. See the link below describing one local couple’s experiences.
No Plastic!_TheMurcotts
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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.

You can see the final Plan on the Lichfield District Council website: –
http://www.lichfielddc.gov.uk/whittingtonfisherwicknp
A hard copy can be viewed in the foyer of The Village Hall

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MOBILE POST OFFICE
Please see the proposals received from the PO HQ regarding the Mobile Service expected to commence on March 22nd 2018:

Whittington Mobile service
Langton Crescent Whittington Lichfield WS14 9LR
Proposed opening times:
Tuesday 13:00 – 15:00
Thursday 08:30 – 10:30
Friday 15:00 – 16:00

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.

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BE AWARE!
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:

180112_booking form for 2018 fair


171001_Phase 2a Consultation Response Staffordshire Authorities

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.

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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