News

February 2019
Message from Steve Barr regarding Fairtrade coffee morning and new Village Playground

A Big Community Event is coming soon! To celebrate the upcoming Fairtrade Fortnight (Feb 24th to March 9th), Whittington Fairtrade is again holding a Coffee Morning in the Church Hall, on Wednesday 20th February, 10.30 till 12.00, in conjunction with Sunbeams, the group of under school-age children who meet there for fun and games every fortnight. This year they will be joined by friends from the Good Neighbours scheme, as well as, hopefully, yourselves. And there’s another attraction as well as the delicious home-made cakes; there will be a special area for children and their parents and grandparents to help design the new playground for Bit End Field! The Parish Council’s plans for this are well in hand, but it is important that the potential users can show and tell them what they would really like there, so there will be a modelling and drawing corner where the children can let their imaginations run riot with good ideas for their ideal playground!
All of this with no charge…just a donation towards expenses if you feel so inclined. We look forward to seeing you.
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St. Giles Church
Please open the attachment relating to a message from Father Jason
St Giles Church Celebrate Easter 2019
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February 2019
Good Neighbour Scheme
Please see update from the Good Neighbour Scheme here:
Feb 2019_Good Neighbour Scheme_Update
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Whittington Firing Times
The latest information from the MOD is:
FiringTimes_25 Jan to 8 Feb
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New Grounds Maintenance Contract from April 2019

The PC wants to enhance the appearance of the general environment and wants to award a new contract for roadside maintenance to include hedge-cutting, verge control and weed control. It is envisaged that the contract will commence in April 2019. Please contact David Walton, the Parish Clerk for more information
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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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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@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


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.


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:

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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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