News

FIRING TIMES
Please see below the latest Firing Times received from the Defence Infrastructure Organisation:
DIO Whittington Firing Times 23 Aug – 6 Sept 19
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6th AUGUST 2019
Completion of External Audit for 2018/19
Mazars the Council’ External Auditors (appointed by the Government) have informed me today that they are issuing an “unqualified” opinion on the “Annual Governance and Accountability Return” for the last financial year. This includes the Final Accounts for the Year. I am required by law to publish the following documents:
MAZARS Audit Certificate
MAZARS Completion letter
MAZARS Completion Notice

If you have any questions please email David Walton, the Parish Clerk (davidjfwalton@aol.com) or phone 07703101611
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2nd August
New Caretaker Required

The Parish Council is looking for a new Caretaker to be engaged on an hourly rate basis. The current rate is £9 per hour (which will shortly be reviewed) and hours per week will be a minimum of 10. The job entails tidying up the Pavilion at Bit End Field, including kitchen, showers and toilets, after use, and giving monthly reports to the Parish Clerk on jobs that are required throughout the village. The successful applicant must arrange their own Public Liability Insurance for a minimum of £2 million. For more details please contact the Parish Clerk: David Walton by phone (07703101611) or by email (davidjfwalton@aol.com). Closing date for applications is Friday 16th August 2019
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New major Countryside Fair Sponsor (Sytner BMW and Sytner MINI).
The Parish Council is very pleased to be associated with Sytner BMW and Sytner MINI who have very kindly offered to sponsor the Countryside Fair this year. Come along and see their excellent range of cars.
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15th July 2019 NEW GRANT ALERT from Staffordshire County Council
Your latest Smart Alert.
The Rural Development Fund awards small grants of up to £1000 to small rural community groups across Staffordshire, where they have a specific need.
The main beneficiaries of this fund are small community and voluntary groups in Staffordshire, where their income is less than £30,000 per annum. The groups must be based or working in Staffordshire and cannot be operating outside of the county. The aims of the project should be working towards the encouragement and promotion of developing rural community life.
Panel meetings are held to determine whether applicants should receive funding and if so how much. Time sensitive applications may be considered outside of the usual panel dates or in the case of an emergency, but this is at the discretion of the donor advisers of the fund. You are advised to call us first to see whether your application would meet this need.
Deadline: 27th August 2019For further information on any of our grants or endowments, please speak to a member of our team on 01785 339540. 4th July 2019
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Bus Services – Message from Cllr Helen Fisher, Staffordshire County Council
Free Bus Travel
I wanted to take the opportunity to remind you that changes to free travel (the English National Concessionary Travel Scheme) for older people who hold bus passes came into force from Monday, 1st July.
As you are aware, with less money to go around and rising costs of care to meet, we have had to look carefully at which non-statutory areas we can continue to fund, and these changes are in line with the national scheme.
The good news is that passengers will still be able to use their passes to travel for free between 9.30 a.m. and 11.00 p.m. and at any time at the weekend or on Bank Holidays and the vast majority already choose to do this.
If residents do want to travel at peak morning times, we are advising them to check with their local bus operator for the best prices and options for their journeys. Some operators are offering travel for a child’s fare or even for just one pound. However, this does vary so we are asking people to check before they travel.
After acting on feedback from the public, passholders who are disabled and are under retirement age will not be affected by the changes and can continue to travel for free before 9.30 a.m. This is because this smaller number of passholders generally need to travel at this time to get to education or employment.
The changes have been well publicised onboard buses, but I would ask that you share this information with anyone who you think may be affected. You can find out more information about bus passes here
Kind Regards
Helen Fisher
Cabinet Member for Highways and Transport
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Staffordshire Warmer Homes Scheme
Click on the link below to explain how a new initiative from Staffordshire County Council can reduce your heating costs:
25th June_Staffordshire Warmer Homes
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Small Business Grants
Local businesses urged to apply for a small business grant.
This is the scheme that offers small businesses and start-ups based in Lichfield District grants of between £500 and £1,500, with a total of £5,000 funding available in each round.
So far, there have been 13 successful applications from a range of businesses, including recruitment, virtual assistants, audiology, healthcare, marketing, accounting, procurement, matchmaking, a zero waste shop and cleaning services.
The grants, which will be match-funded by each of the companies, will go towards various items and services. They include projectors and screens, food containers and scales, a carpet extraction machine, rebranding services, content writing, website creation, exhibition stands, leaflets, computer equipment and professional sector certification.
A maximum of 50 percent of the cost of the total project can be applied for. Applicants will need to outline their business expansion plan, how the grant will help achieve this, and how the grant will be used to support business growth and create jobs.
The grant can go towards:
• marketing purposes
• IT software and hardware (excluding laptops, computers, mobiles and tablets)
• office equipment such as desks, filing cabinets and chairs
• professional qualifications or training such as professional body membership
• equipment to support product or process development and business growth.
The scheme is open to small businesses based in Lichfield District with up to ten employees that have been trading for no more than three years. It is also open to residents who are planning to open a business in the district.
The deadline to apply for the fourth round of small business grants is by 5pm on Friday 30 August 2019.
To register your interest in applying for funding and to find out more about the process, contact Jonathan Percival, Economic Development Officer, by emailing jonathan.percival@lichfielddc.gov.uk or calling 01543 308149.
For the full eligibility criteria and to find out more visit www.lichfielddc.gov.uk/sbg.
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10k and FUN RUN
Please see details of the recent confirmation from Lichfield district Council of the route of the 10k and Fun Run on the 8th September
8th September 2019 Lichfield Running Club 10k and Fun Run
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2018/19 the Audit of the Council’s Accounts.
Every year all Parish Councils are audited by both External and Internal Auditors. The external auditors are appointed by a Government Agency and this year are Mazars LLP, who are based in Durham. Any person is entitled to inspect the Accounts and ask questions as appropriate. The rules for this are laid out below:
Commencement of Audit 2018_19 Accounts
Exercise of Public Rights 2018_19 Accounts2019_ExplanationOfSignificantVariances
190331_Bank reconciliation
190426_W & F Internal auditor report year ending 31st March 2019
Annual Governance Statement 2018_19
Accounting Statements 2018_19
For previous years Audit certificates please see the Council Tax Page on this website


May 2019 BMX / Pump Track
The PC is pleased to announce that Jubilee Park has now got a greatly enhanced and renovated BMX / Pump Track with the financial help of the HS2 Groundswork Grant Scheme. The PC was successful in attracting £10k in funding which went a significant way towards the overall costs. The Contractor was JB Extreme Landscapes who are a specialist Track provider and have done many tracks up and down the Country. Come along and give it a go!
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May 2019 ELECTIONS
190404_LDC_W&F_Uncontested-parish-results
Please see attached showing the Parish Councillors Nominated for both the Whittington and Fisherwick Parishes

MESSAGE FROM ST. GILES HOSPICE (21st March 2019)
Hi David,
From late April, St Giles will be carrying out refurbishment work on our Lymphoedema Clinic. This work will last for around three months. There may be a slight increase in traffic relating to this as contractors receive deliveries. It won’t be huge, but we just wanted to make the village aware.
I will also forward this email to the Good Neighbours. If anyone has any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Kind regards
Ian
Ian Leech
Community Engagement and Supportive Care Manager
Ian.Leech@stgileshospice.com
T: 01543 434535 M: 07843 572 552
W: www.stgileshospice.com
Fisherwick Road, Whittington, Lichfield, Staffordshire, WS14 9LH.
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February 2019 Update regarding HS2 re Streethay
Please click on link
Feb 2019_Notice of works -Streethay works nr A38
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February 2019
Please open link to see message from Lichfield District Council regarding free Gas Boilers

Feb 2019. Free gas boilers
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February 2019
Good Neighbour Scheme
Please see update from the Good Neighbour Scheme here:
Feb 2019_Good Neighbour Scheme_Update


2019 GRANT AWARDS
Every year the PC awards Grants to local voluntary organisations, and has awarded over £150k over the last 15 years. The PC is proud to be carrying on this tradition into 2019. The link to the Application Form is below and the PC will welcome your application.
2019 Grant Application


HS2 – 18th December 2018
Planning application submitted by HS2 Ltd re lorry movements in Cappers Lane/Broad Lane/Park Lane area (Lichfield DC planning ref 18/01714/HST)

Dear Cllr. Cannon,

Thank you for your email which Sarah has passed onto me as I am managing the Consents & Approvals on HS2 for Staffordshire County Council.

As Michael Brown from Lichfield District Council has indicated, the application is being determined by Staffordshire County Council as the Highway Authority and has been submitted by Laing Murphy Joint Venture, the enabling works contractor. The application is for the approval of a construction route for large goods vehicles travelling from the strategic road network (i.e. A38) to the site of the proposed A38 roadheads. The comment you make in your email about the temporary site access slip roads off the A38 being no longer required is incorrect as it is for the construction of these access slip roads for which this construction route application is being made for.

The route will be from the A38 northbound exit slip turning right on to Cappers Lane and travelling underneath the A38 to the Network Rail access road on the north (left) side of Cappers Lane. From this point LMJV intend to build a haul road which will rejoin the highway network on Park Lane just south of the railway bridge. Construction vehicles would then travel a short distance under the bridge before turning left into the site access road (former Network Rail access track). This will be under the control of temporary traffic signals.

The construction works are temporary and will be subject to the Environmental Minimum Requirements including the Code of Construction Practice which includes limits on the days and times vehicle movements are permitted. The maximum number of vehicles will not be permitted to exceed 190 movements per day as stipulated in the Environmental Statement. Staffordshire County Council as highway authority have been in discussions with HS2 extensively over the last two years to ensure that the route is the most optimum in terms of ensuring the impact of HS2 large goods vehicles on the residents of Lichfield and the surrounding area is minimised.

Thank you for bringing to my attention the concerns of Whittington and Fisherwick Parish Council and I apologise for the slight confusion regarding the appropriate authority for determining this application. If you do have any further queries regarding the highway authority’s role in this application please let me know.

Richard Peers
HS2 Consents and Approvals Manager
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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@ageuksouthstaffsorg.uk for ways to fund your care.




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


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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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.


2019 COUNTRYSIDE FAIR
The Parish Council are pleased to confirm that the 2019 Countryside Fair will be held on the 7th September 2019. 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:

190125_FairbookingformandT&Cs2019


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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