27th August 2018
Inaugural 50 Ball Tournament
Venue: Whittington Cricket Club
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.
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.
ROADS TRAFFIC ORDER – MAIN STREET DISRUPTION
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.
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
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.
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.
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:
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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