3rd April Coronavirus
Hopefully all residents of Whittington and Fisherwick have had the Coronavirus Newsletter from the Parish Council. If you haven’t received a copy there are some spares at Whittington Newsagents or I can email you a copy if you so wish. It does contain some useful telephone numbers.
There is lots of interesting information being sent by Central Government and Lichfield District Council which is posted onto the Councils Facebook pages on a daily basis. If you want to be kept up to date please follow Whittington and Fisherwick Parish Council’s Facebook page.
Whittington Firing Times 03 Apr TO 17 Apr 20
29th March Council Meetings
It has been agreed that the Parish Council Meeting scheduled for the 6th April will not be going ahead due to Central Government advice which is ‘to minimise the possible health risk to parish councillors, the clerk and local residents from Coronavirus’. It is very likely that the May Annual Parish Meeting and the Annual General Meeting of the PC will not be going ahead either.
A Special “Coronavirus” Edition of Connect has been delivered to all Households. Click on link below:
Connect Special Edition
WHAT CAN WE DO TO HELP?
As well as following all the Government guidelines and instructions, what can we all do? This is a time when we can come together, support each other and show our strength as a community by looking out for each other. There are a number of ways in which residents can access help, and many of those are outlined in these pages, but nothing beats a friend or a neighbour to keep an eye on you – particularly the elderly and those self-isolating, living alone or vulnerable in some other way. If one of your neighbours, or someone else you know, falls into one of these categories, please make contact and keep in touch with them. Make sure they have your phone number and encourage them to use it. The Viral Kindness card (on the back of the special edition of Connect and the PC Facebook page) is one way of offering support, but speaking to them is probably even better.
Here are just a few examples of how you might help:
• Shopping. It might just be that they have unexpectedly run out of cat food! If your groceries are delivered regularly to your house, you could offer to add items for them to your order.
• They might need someone to get the top off their favourite jar of marmalade which has got stuck.
• They have a letter to post, a bill to pay or a prescription to collect.
• They haven’t spoken to anyone for a couple of days and would like a chat with someone to relieve their loneliness. This is an important one.
We have a wonderful Good Neighbour Scheme in Whittington and Fisherwick, but you don’t have to be an official volunteer to be a good neighbour.
21st March Message from former Chairman, John Smith
Financial Hardship – Coronavirus Whittington and Fisherwick
Working with the Community Foundation of Staffordshire it has been agreed to set aside a substantial amount of money from the ‘Whittington and Fisherwick Fund’ to help those suffering financial hardship through coronavirus. Information on application may be found on the Foundation website, staffsfoundation.org.uk or tel. 01785 339540.
Though this Fund will provide some small financial respite to those in need, the longer the desperate situation continues the more we will need a contingency to top up the funding. If you can help out please send a donation to The Community Foundation of Staffordshire, cheques marked on the back ‘Whittington,’ or to make a bank transfer; Account no. 20213369, sort code 60-83-01, pay reference Whittington. Please GIFT AID if you can.
£50 may seem a lot, but to those with nothing it is a blessing.
John R Smith
Donor Advisor ‘Whittington and Fisherwick Fund.’
Coronavirus – Message from the Whittington and Fisherwick Good Neighbour Scheme
Just to let everybody know that The Whittington & Fisherwick Good Neighbour Scheme is very keen to attract new volunteers from the village at this extremely difficult time for everybody when demand is going up. The scheme does require all new volunteers to be vetted to protect the elderly and vulnerable folk in our community; especially at times like this which is seen by some unscrupulous people as an opportunity to con the unwary. However, since the scheme is now well established the vetting process, including DBS, references, identity cards etc, , can be fast tracked and most are completed within a month. If you are interested and want to know more email Terry Tricker email@example.com or Brian Belleini firstname.lastname@example.org or ring the Duty Officer on 01543 624410 on Monday, Wednesday or Friday between 10am and 12 noon to get more information’
Please see the message below from the Chairman of the Whittington and Fisherwick Good Neighbour Scheme
Our response to the Corona Virus
The Management Committee are acutely aware of how worried many of you are in the current situation but we also know that as volunteers we are keen to carry on supporting you as best we can whilst minimising any risk to ourselves and yourself. I set out below our opening position in the light of the current evidence and government advice.
1. Regrettably, we feel it is inappropriate to continue with our social events but to follow the Government guidelines which recommend that we all should reduce social contact and over 70’s should self-isolate. The first casualty is our AGM which was due to take place on the 21st April, but which we have postponed to later in the year.
2. Our duty officers will still be available 3 days a week, as now, for you to contact us if you need something. It could be shopping or prescription collection or just a chat. The duty officer will then, as normal, try to find a volunteer who can do the job which might be just a telephone chat with you which could evolve into a regular chat. Non urgent hospital or Doctor appointments are likely to reduce, but if you have an urgent appointment then the duty officer will try and find a volunteer who can do the job. This is likely to be more difficult in the future as a large proportion of our volunteers are over 70 too! However, we will do our best to help in whatever way we can.
3. This is a worrying time for all of us, but we have a well-established organisation that is there to support members of our community. As volunteers the risk of corona virus makes us even more determined to help wherever we can. It doesn’t stop us chatting on the phone together, even if both you and the volunteer are isolated in their homes. So, if you are worried and lonely or just fed up then we want you to ring the Duty Officer who will be pleased to try and find somebody to help you.
The Parish Council is monitoring Coronavirus (Covid-19) information. The Parish council will heed any relevant Government advice, which may include the cancellation, possibly at short notice, of parish council and parish meetings.
2nd March 2020 – A Message received today from the main HS2 Contractor:
I am writing on behalf of the Enabling Works Contractor for HS2 – a joint venture between Laing O’Rourke and Murphy and Sons (LM) – to inform you of upcoming traffic management near Huddlesford and Lichfield.
LM will be working along Cappers Lane to clear vegetation alongside the road. We will need to operate temporary traffic lights to create a safe working zone. These signals will be in place between 9:30am and 3:30pm from the week commencing 16th March for three weeks, subject to site and weather conditions.
You can find the notification about this work on HS2’s Commonplace website here.
Please be in touch if you have any questions. We are keen to hear your feedback to reduce the impact on local residents as much as possible.
Parish Litter Pick – 25th April
The next scheduled Litter Pick will be on the 25th April. Following last years great strides in improving the appearance of Whittington and Fisherwick we need to keep the momentum going. Please help us achieve this. We will be meeting outside the Village Hall at 10am. Can you bring gloves and wear suitable clothes. You will be provided with bags and equipment. Thanks.
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Craft and Countryside Fair 2020
You may know already but the Parish Council is to run the next Craft and Countryside Fair on Saturday the 5th September 2020. After last year’s very successful Fair organised by Bob Wood and a dedicated team, Bob has agreed to coordinate the Fair again. Planning has already started and further details will be included on the Fair pages of this website. If you are interested in booking a Stall please click on the link below:
Fair Booking Form_September 2020
12th December HS2
Laing O’Rourke and Murphy and Sons (LM) have informed the Parish Council about upcoming traffic management near Huddlesford, Streethay and Whittington. They will temporarily close a section of Park Lane to ensure everyone’s safety as they clear vegetation alongside the road. This is part of the broader work preparing the route of the new railway ahead of main works construction next year.
The closure will be in place on weekdays between 9:30am-3:30pm from the week of 13th January for two weeks. A map can be found on the attached notification.
191212_ Park Lane road closure_January 2020
5th December 2019
The Council has just published its Statement “The Vision, Strategic Aims, Objectives and Priority Projects 2020” to guide us on the way forward. Please read it and let the Clerk or any Councillor have your comments:
2nd December 2019
Grants to Parish Based Organisations
The Parish Council has today approved the 2020 Grant Scheme to “parish based” organisations. Please click on the link below for the Application Form, or contact the Parish Clerk (email@example.com) if you have any difficulties. Note that the likely amount per application will be £400, although this will depend on the total number of applications.
2020 Grant Application
1st December Lichfield District Council’s Strategic housing allocation – land off Huddlesford Lane. For Consultation.
The land off Huddlesford Lane will be allocated for the focus of new residential growth. There will be a requirement for the development site to be of the highest quality and accommodate the correct infrastructure provision in the right place. These requirements will be addressed through the production of a masterplan for the site. The attached document points set out the key design principles and infrastructure requirements that should be addressed within the masterplan. Consultation between 29 NOVEMBER 2019 TO 24 JANUARY 2020:
191129_LDC PLAN FOR WHITTINGTON
21st November Archiving of old Parish Records
The Parish Council has recently deposited a wealth of historic records at the Staffordshire County Records Office. These records go back to 1894 and consist of the Minutes of Whittington Parish Council and Fisherwick Parish Council. Minutes from 1894 to 2003 have been deposited, plus other associated records. For any further information please contact the Parish Clerk
19th November Message from Lichfield District Council
Lichfield District Council would like to know your views and aspirations for people aged 60+ in relation to housing in later life. Could you please fill in the attached Questionnaire and return to Lichfield District Council.
The Parish Council is considering the development of a new Play Area on Bit End Field for young children and the team have been consulting young parents and children on what scheme would provide the most enjoyment. Please see the plan below. To see the detail you will need to enlarge the image.
1st October 2019 HS2 News
Please click on links below for the latest news on Construction affecting the area from the A38 starting soon.
A38 Notice of works Oct 19 (2)
HS2 Update Autumn_winter 2019 (2)
7th September Craft and Country Fair
As we know there was a wonderful Fair that took place on the 7th September. Thankfully Ken, one of our more artistic residents, has produced a video to record this fantastic event. Copy and Paste the link below:
Message from Lichfield District Council
Annual canvass 2019 reminder
Lichfield District Council is reminding locals to take the necessary steps to secure their vote. In August Lichfield District Council sent household enquiry forms to all homes across the district, to confirm the details of everyone at each property who is 16 years and above and is currently on the electoral register.
Now the council is sending out reminder forms to all the local households that have not responded. If these are not returned by 14 October 2019, the council will need to employ canvassers to visit these properties, so they can encourage householders to complete and return their forms.
Diane Tilley, Electoral Registration Officer for Lichfield District Council, said: “It’s important that you send us your completed form if you have not already done so, even if there are no changes to your details. However, please remember that returning it is not the same as registering to vote, and if anyone is not registered at your household they will need to do so to have their say in future elections. All of this information is available on the form and our reminder, so simply follow the steps to make sure you secure your vote.”
The council will also be sending out individual ‘invitations to register’ to everyone who has been added to household enquiry forms and not registered themselves. The simplest way to register to vote is online at www.gov.uk/registertovote.
2019 WHITTINGTON COUNTRYSIDE FAIR 7th September
The Countryside Fair is being hailed as one of the best ever with the highest Gate income for a number of years. Please see the Fair Pages for details of Produce Show winners and Raffle prize winners.
Produce show results_2019
BRITAIN IN BLOOM 2019
The Parish Council is pleased to announce that thanks to Mike Kinghan and his fellow WFEG members, with support from the Parish Council, Whittington has won the Gold Award in the 2019 Britain in Bloom competition for large Villages, and Nigel and Mary Lawson have won the regional award for Horticultural Excellence. Fantastic news!!!____________________________________________________________
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) or phone 07703101611
Countryside Fair 7th September 2019
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.
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
Cabinet Member for Highways and Transport
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
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!
February 2019 Update regarding HS2 re Streethay
Please click on link
Feb 2019_Notice of works -Streethay works nr A38
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.
HS2 Consents and Approvals Manager
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:
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.email@example.com for ways to fund your care.
MOBILE POST OFFICE
Please see the latest situation regarding the suspended mobile post office service
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
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.
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: –
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 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.
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:
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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