Elford Village

Village News

Security advice

At last week's Parish Council meeting recent thefts from a car and van were discussed along with other recent rural crimes. CCTV is one solution but there are others:

Residents should take action to improve home and vehicle security .  Costas has advised people to extend their own security to their property boundaries.  For example external motion sensors, which alert home owners when someone is on their property or garden, can be very effective.  Contact Costas on 07890 317765 for more advice or talk to him or his colleague Maggie Griffiths when you see them around the village.

The usual advice of not leaving valuables in vehicles, reversing vans up to garage doors or simply using a steering lock can deter thieves. The idea is not to be an easy target. See the attached for advice on preventing thefts from keyless vehicles. files/Preventing_thefts_from_keyless_vehicles.pdf

If you would like to opt into the new Staffordshire Smart Alert to receive  informative and important messages, including Neighbourhood Watch alerts, please follow the link  https://www.staffordshiresmartalert.co.uk/register  and fill in the details.

 

Update from November's Parish Council meeting

Update from Parish Council Meeting of November 11th 2019

Several villagers came along to the Open Forum session to talk about matters of concern:

·         Fencing had been put up across the route used for at least 30 years between the Club and the Crown. The solicitors had advised this due to the sale of the club; the Parish Council would raise it with the next landowners along with the position of the Right of Way nearby.

·         A resident mentioned Best Kept Village, a meeting would be arranged in the New Year for everyone who wished to help with this next year.

·         A request was made for CCTV at the entrances to the village to act as a deterrent to vehicle thefts.  PCSO Costa Karpi offered advice on the matter. This was a complicated issue but the Parish Council would look at the practicaliities.

·         The muddy state of the path between The Beck and Croft Close was mentioned.

·         Bromford Homes’ rep explained the difficulties experienced by their client when passers by used the stile to walk through their garden and asked all users to be courteous.

For information on other matters discussed by the Councillors, please see the minutes on the Parish Council pages

 

Right of Way update

The Parish Council is questioning and seeking further clarification regarding the recent Staffordshire County Council ruling that Path 6 is NOT a Right of Way - based on the continuous use of this route for more than 20 years by a number of villagers.

We are approaching Bromford who own the property that the route passes over and are therefore the landlords, to ask them to urgently speak to their tenant and explain that their actions in blocking the stile are unacceptable.

We have approached the Ramblers Association for their guidance and help.

If we are not satisfied with the answers to the above points, then we will engage our Community Police Officer Costas. If the final ruling from Stafford is that the path and stile should not be used, then they would be asked to urgently erect a sign explaining this.

In the meantime we will keep residents informed.

Flood event November 2019

After a busy day on Friday 15th November calling out and working with the Environment Agency to pump away water from The Beck, Flood Warden Dave Hill was called out by Dick and Jack Cowley in the middle of the night when the pump stopped working due to a power cut. Their prompt actions and the help of the engineers prevented properties being flooded. Our thanks go to everyone involved for their hard work and help in averting a much worse situation.

For full details click here

Parish Council June news

Thanks to all the residents who came to the Annual Parish Meeting in May – the minutes and reports from local groups are now on the website elfordparish.co.uk under village information. We hope you find them interesting! The school and church were invited but didn’t make it to the meeting.

At this week’s Parish Council meeting which began as usual with Open Forum at 7 (residents are always welcome to this or indeed to observe the whole meeting, second Monday of every month except August) two main issues were raised. The organiser of the Coffee Shop kindly offered to donate last year’s proceeds towards the taxi service so that it can run an extra trip some weeks for ANYONE who needs this service not just the regulars. Contact Barbara Harcombe for times and to book a place. Coffee shop funding will also help to repair the playground, with a working party to take place in September.

A resident raised concerns about the planning application for 25 houses on land off the Shrubbery, the Parish Council will send in comments to the Planning Department but residents should do so too. This is on appearance, landscaping, layout and scale for the erection of 25 dwellings including new access and vehicle turning area, see Lichfield District Council’s website under planning and use ref 19/00662/REMM to see the documents.

Parking for the Scarecrow festival was discussed, concerns about wet weather plans had been answered.

The Parish Council had enquired about a Right of Way through the Sports Club car park and had been told that it was not a public route, although it has been used as such and appears on maps going back for many years. Further enquiries are being made to resolve this.

The Council approved all the Audit paperwork and this is now available on the website and notice board for anyone who wishes to read it.

For more details on this and other matters discussed see the minutes on the website or contact us!

 

Mobile library

The Mobile Library Service visits Elford once a fortnight and calls at the Village Hall from 1.15 to 1.35.

Dates are:

November 8th and 22nd

December 6th and 20th

January 3rd, 17th and 31st

February 14th and 28th

March 13th and 27th

Please use the service if you can to keep it running!

 

New Councillor appointed

Garry Toon has now joined the Parish Council, along with Phil Turley (Chair), Andy Payne, Tim Gilbert, Barry Wright, Ian Hidderley and Nick Biden, so we now have our full number of Councillors. 

Please contact the Clerk or any of the Councillors if you have any concerns about the village. 

Events for November and December

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Planning application

An application has now been submitted to Lichfield District Council for development of the land off The Shrubbery which was given outline permission. 

To see the plans and documents see the planning section of their website under ref. 19/00662/REMM