Elford Village

Village News

Councillor Vacancy 2018

There is currently a vacancy for a member of the Parish Council.

A vacancy notice has been displayed giving electors the opportunity to ask Lichfield District Council to hold an election.  Unless ten or more written responses are received by 3rd August, the Parish Council will be able to co-opt a new member at its next meeting,  to serve along with the present Councillors until May 2019.

Anyone who lives or works in the Parish of Elford or within 3 miles, and is 18 years or over will qualify.  They should be able to attend a meeting on the second Monday of each month, and have an interest in village matters and a willingness to make decisions that affect everyone in Elford.

For further information please read 'The Good Councillors Guide' or talk to any Parish Councillor.

Please let the Clerk know if you wish to be co-opted, preferably by 3rd September.

Post Office closure

As customers may already know, the Post Office service at the Village Hall, (for which the Parish Council pays the rent to keep this service in the village) is currently closed. The Post Office are trying to find someone to run this facility and will keep us informed.

Please see this letter for information

Precept for 2018 - 19

The Parish Council has kept the precept requested from Lichfield District Council at the same level as for the last two years, at £13,000 for 2018-19.  However the District Council has this year voted to cease the payment of Local Council Tax Support Grant to Parish Councils, so the precept is now funded entirely through the Council Tax paid by residents.  Residents may therefore notice a slight increase of around £1.83 in their Council Tax, in addition to larger increases in the amounts paid to the District Council, Police and Fire Authorities and County Council for additional expenditure on social care etc.

You can see what the precept will be spent on by looking at next year's budget in the finance section under the Parish Council tab.

Twinning ceremony

Twinning with Awoingt, France

On June 24th the twinning agreement was signed by representatives of Elford and Awoingt. Cllr Phil Turley signed the agreement on behalf of Elford Parish Council, and the Mayor, M. Lechowicz, on behalf of Awoingt.  Visitors from Awoingt will be welcomed to Elford on the weekend of 25th August, when a reciprocal signing ceremony and various social events will take place.

Elford Parish Council are very grateful to the Mayor of Awoingt and to everyone who helped to arrange this visit and look forward to many years of this association.

Planning Application for Land at the Shrubbery

The outline planning application for up to 25 houses on land previously used as a field with access on to The Shrubbery was heard at Lichfield District Council's Planning Committee on Monday 12th March and was approved. The next stage is expected be a detailed application, showing the types and position of housing, and details of the open space and conditions.

 

Neighbourhood Plan Submission

The Neighbourhood Plan has now been submitted to the District Council. Consultation on Elford's Neighbourhood Plan will take place from 8th May to 19th June 2018.

For details and documents please see www.lichfielddc.gov.uk/elfordnp.

Following the conclusion of the consultation Lichfield District Council will analyse the results and advise on changes required, then arrange for a Planning Inspector to examine the Plan. 

New handyman

The Parish Council have appointed a new handyman to help keep the playground and other areas of the village tidy.

He is Alan Robey and if you see Alan at work please say hello!

Village Bus service

Staffordshire County Council has now withdrawn the 82 bus service. They are currently tendering for a reduced service to serve Elford and other local villages, but this process may take around two months. In the meantime Elford Parish Council and Edingale Parish Council have arranged the following twice a week service to Tamworth with Solus:

Leaves Elford Social Club at 9.30 (stopping at other former stops) to Tamworth at 9.45

Returns from Tamworth Corporation Street at 1.15, to Elford at 13.30.

Sorry no wheelchair access.

This is a private hire service funded by Elford and Edingale Parish Councils. If a volunteer is willing to collect donations of £3 and to forward these to a Councillor these will be used to keep the service going for longer.

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