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COVID alert level high

Local COVID alert level: tier 2

 

Along with the rest of Staffordshire, Lichfield District will move into the high alert tier (tier 2) from 00:01 on Saturday 31 October.

 

In all areas of England, we are being reminded of ‘Hands. Face. Space’:

 

 

-          Hands: wash your hands regularly and for 20 seconds

 

 

-          Face: wear a face covering in indoor settings where social distancing may be difficult, and where you will come into contact with people you do not normally meet

 

 

-          Space: stay two metres apart from people you do not live with where possible, or one metre with extra precautions in place (such as wearing face coverings or increasing ventilation indoors)

 

Business and venues

 

All businesses and venues should follow COVID-secure guidelines to protect customers, visitors and workers.

 

Restrictions on businesses and venues in high alert level areas (tier 2) include:

 

  • certain businesses selling food or drink on their premises are required to close between 10pm and 5am

     

  • businesses and venues selling food for consumption off the premises can continue to do so after 10pm as long as this is through delivery service, click-and-collect or drive-through; orders must be made via phone, online or by post

     

  • hospitality venues in ports, on transport services and in motorway service areas do not need to close at 10pm, but must not serve alcohol after that time

     

  • businesses must ensure that they operate in a COVID-secure manner, including restrictions on table service and group bookings

     

  • certain businesses and venues are required to collect customer, visitor, and staff data to support NHS Test and Trace

     

  • the wearing of face coverings for customers and staff in certain indoor settings

     

  • businesses must ensure that if their workers are required to self-isolate, they do not work outside their designated place of self-isolation

     

  • businesses and venues must ensure people do not meet in their premises with people from outside of their household or support bubble

     

  • businesses and venues that fail to comply with these restrictions may face fines of up to £10,000, prosecution, or in some cases closure.

Full guidance on which businesses and venues are permitted to open where the local COVID alert level is high can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/further-businesses-and-premises-to-close/closing-certain-businesses-and-venues-in-england

Further guidance can be found here on tier two restrictions: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/local-covid-alert-level-high

Tree Works in The Avenue

Tree surgeons will be at work in The Avenue from Monday 2nd November, trimming back overhanging branches, and this work may go for on for a few weeks.

 

Friary Grange Leisure Centre update

Friary Grange to re-open for swimming 

The swimming pool at Friary Grange Leisure Centre will re-open on Saturday 24 October following its closure in March due to Covid-19 restrictions.

In-line with current guidelines, and lessons learned from re-opening Burntwood Leisure Centre, the Friary Grange pool will open for pre-booked lane swimming and be available for club and group sessions.

The re-opening follows shortly after the start of essential repair work promised by Lichfield District Council to help keep Friary Grange operational until a new leisure facility is constructed. The repair work is scheduled to continue until March 2021

Gym facilities and the dance studio will re-open from 2 November, following the completion of work in an area shared with Friary School that can only take place at half-term. Class sizes and gym numbers will be reduced to make sure they are run in a safe and compliant way.

The repairs programme includes significant work on the roof and ceiling over the swimming pool, which will mean the closure of the whole leisure centre from 29 November until 4 January.

To book swimming pool sessions, visit www.freedom-leisure.co.uk/centres/friarygrange.

To keep up to date with the works at Friary Grange Leisure Centre, visit www.lichfielddc.gov.uk/FGLCfuture.

Don't miss your chance to vote

Telephone canvassers to push local voter registration

A team of canvassers will be calling local residents this autumn to help Lichfield District Council complete its electoral register and encourage voter registration.

Over the summer Lichfield District Council started its annual canvass to compile a new and updated electoral register, which will be published on 1 December 2020. This included sending letters to all 46,543 households across the district.

To make sure no one is missed off the electoral register, the council sent reminders out to households that had not responded to the initial letter.

Where a response has still not been received, telephone canvassers will be calling properties over a two-week period from Monday 26 October, to encourage people to confirm the information needed.

Responding to the canvass is not the same as registering to vote but, if a response has been requested, it must be completed as it tells the council which eligible voters live in properties within Lichfield District.

The information also enables the council to send a separate invitation to register to anyone who is eligible to vote but not yet registered. Any new residents who are eligible to vote can also go online to register at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote

 

Diane Tilley, Electoral Registration Officer for Lichfield District, said: “Using telephone canvassers will allow us to reach the properties that have still not responded to our annual canvass and to encourage voter registration for anyone who has not registered at their current address. 

“It is particularly important to remember, if you want to have your say at election time and help choose the people that make decisions that affect your everyday life, you must be registered to vote.

“The 6th of May 2021 is going to be a bumper election day with Police, Fire & Crime Commissioner elections and Staffordshire County Council elections taking place on the same day, alongside a small number of by–elections and a neighbourhood plan referendum that were delayed due to Covid-19, so it is extra important this year to make sure you are registered.

“With concerns around coronavirus, we are also encouraging people to choose to change their vote to a postal vote, although this remains a personal choice.”

 

For more information, please visit www.lichfielddc.gov.uk/elections or call Lichfield District Council’s elections team on 01543 308125.

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Warm Homes Discounts

Residents are urged to claim a discount on their energy bills

Thousands of people across Lichfield District on low household incomes could benefit from a £140 rebate by claiming their Warm Home Discount.  

The Warm Home Discount scheme offers a £140 energy bill discount to low income households across the UK.

Provided by energy suppliers, many schemes are now open and operate on a first-come-first served basis.

The discount is available to people on a low income, who receive certain means-tested benefits. However, as in previous years, the qualifying criteria varies slightly between energy suppliers.

Local residents are now being urged to contact Lichfield District Council’s Warmer Homes, Greener District advice line on 0800 677 1543 for more information and help to apply.

 

Councillor Angela Lax, Cabinet Member responsible for Housing, said:“With all the financial strain the coronavirus outbreak has put many households under, it’s really important that eligible households claim their discount to help with their heating bills over the winter.

“Our Warmer Homes, Greener District advisors can discuss qualifying criteria and make applications on behalf of our eligible residents over the phone. So, if you think you might be entitled to a Warm Home Discount please contact our advice line without delay.”

The council is especially encouraging households with particular health conditions that need extra heat at home, or where fixed low incomes mean affording bills in the colder months can be a real struggle, to apply for their discount.   

“Once suppliers reach their target number of applications, they often close schemes abruptly. It really does pay off to apply as soon as you can,” added Cllr Lax.

If you think you may be eligible or for more information, please contact Warmer Homes, Greener District for free on 0800 677 1543.

The Warm Home Discount is separate from, and will not affect, any Cold Weather Payments or Winter Fuel Payments.

Beacon Park’s Halloween puzzle trail

 

Children are invited to follow a spooky trail at Beacon Park and to download some extra activities for double the Halloween fun.

 

From spotting the odd ghost out to solving the spell ingredient anagrams, follow a fun trail to find eight clues dotted around Beacon Park as part of the Halloween puzzle trail.

 

Running from Saturday 17 October to Sunday 1 November, between 10am and 4pm, the trail has two levels of clues – one set for little ones aged three and up and another set for older children.

 

Solve all of the puzzles to complete the trail and be entered into a prize draw to win one of two rounds of foot golf or crazy golf for up to four people.

 

Councillor Richard Cox, Lichfield District Council’s Cabinet Member responsible for Parks, said:“We’re really pleased to be bringing out this year’s all-new Halloween puzzle trail, which gives children of all ages a chance to get into the spirit of Halloween.

 

“It’s a good opportunity to head to beautiful Beacon Park and put your problem solving to the test, and you may even win a game of crazy golf or foot golf!”

 

Beacon Park’s Halloween puzzle trail is available at the Ranger Station and costs £1 each and 20p extra for a pencil, which are optional. All children must be accompanied by an adult when completing the trail. 

 

Lichfield District Council’s parks team has also created extra Halloween activities for everyone to download. They set out a series of outdoor Halloween-themed activities to try, such as making a stick skeleton or creating spooky shadows.

 

“We hope families will have a go at our Halloween activities and that they encourage some creativity and fun,” added Cllr Cox.

 

Chetwynd Bridge repairs

Chetwynd Bridge

Staffordshire Highways have confirmed that the planned closure of the bridge from October to January will not take place.

Initial works will be done with traffic light controls, although some shorter term closures may be required next Spring.

Details of diversions and dates will be published in due course.

Business Support

#LoveLocal virtual support for district businesses

Businesses across Lichfield District are being invited to take part in online sessions that will provide support, advice and sharing of information on Covid-19 matters, to make sure they can continue to trade safely and successfully.

 

This October and November Lichfield District Council is hosting a series of #LoveLocal advice sessions over the Zoom platform, enabling the council to engage with local businesses, including retail and hospitality sectors, to see what can be done to support them now and in the run up to Christmas.

 

The sessions will also give businesses the chance to feedback any ideas they might have to develop the #LoveLocal campaign further.

 

This forms part of the package of initiatives the council has introduced to promote Lichfield city and Burntwood town centres and other high streets across the district, enabling businesses to trade and customers to feel safe and secure in returning to use local facilities.

 

Councillor Liz Little, Cabinet Member responsible for Economic Development, said: “These virtual sessions are a good way for businesses to double check they are following the guidance and to question anything they are unsure of.

 

“They will also give us the chance to find out if there are more ways we can support our local businesses, especially as we head into the festive season.

 

“We want to help local traders to be the best they can this Christmas, making sure they are prepared and have all the tools they need to offer safe environments for their staff and customers.”

 

The #LoveLocal virtual sessions will run at the following times:

·         Wednesday 21 October at 2pm for all businesses

·         Monday 26 October at 11am for all businesses

·         Wednesday 28 October at 2pm for hospitality businesses

·         Monday 2 November at 11am for retail businesses

·         Wednesday 4 November at 2pm for all businesses

·         Monday 9 November at 11am for all businesses

·         Wednesday 11 November at 2pm for hospitality businesses

·         Monday 16 November at 11am for retail businesses

·         Wednesday 18 November at 2pm for all businesses

·         Monday 23 November at 11am for all businesses

 

They are free to attend but need to be booked in advance at www.lichfielddc.gov.uk/lovelocalsessions

 

The #LoveLocal campaign is supported by the Reopening High Streets Safely project, funded by the European Regional Development Fund.