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Lichfield Proms cancelled

Lichfield Proms announcement

Lichfield District Council has confirmed that Lichfield Proms in Beacon Park 2020 will not go ahead this year.

Since the coronavirus pandemic started, officers and councillors have been looking at possible ways to deliver the event. However, with September fast approaching and given the covid-related government guidance, it has become clear that going ahead with Lichfield Proms would be neither viable nor responsible.

Councillor Richard Cox, Cabinet Member for Leisure, Parks & Waste, said: “It is with great regret that we have decided to cancel this year’s event.

“We have been reviewing the practicalities of hosting Lichfield Proms since the start of the covid lockdown. As we get closer to the date, the case for not going ahead this year is clear.

“At this time a large-scale audience event of this nature could pose a risk to public safety and government guidance is clear on this.

“We are looking at a range of alternative options, including a different type of event, potentially later in the year.

“I am very sorry to have to make this announcement and I know residents and visitors will be disappointed as Lichfield Proms is a big highlight of the summer. However, our prime responsibility is to support public safety.

“I hope we will be able to deliver an event of some kind later in the year and look forward to welcoming everyone back to Lichfield Proms in 2021.” 

 

To find out more about visiting Beacon Park go to www.lichfieldhistoricparks.co.uk

 

Lichfield Parking offer

Park for £1 at Lichfield city centre car parks from Monday

Lichfield District Council is launching a special offer across its Lichfield city car parks, and from Monday 6 July it will only cost £1 to park all day, any day of the week in council-run city centre car parks. 

The special offer, which is running from 6 July to 2 August 2020, will apply to most district council managed car parks in Lichfield city centre, including short and long-stay facilities.

However, there are some exceptions to the £1 offer. Due to the operating arrangement covering Backcester Lane and Gresley Row car parks, the special offer won’t be available at these car parks.

Arrangements will also be slightly different for the car parks that serve Beacon Park on Shaw Lane, Greenhough Road and Bunkers Hill. These three car parks are charged at a different, lower rate. So, customers can choose to pay the minimum 50p for a shorter period or pay the £1 rate for the full day.

Councillor Liz Little, Cabinet Member for Major Projects & Economic Development, said:“We’re really pleased to be introducing the £1 parking offer across our car parks, to support the city centre in these challenging times.

“We are encouraging all our residents to #LoveLocal and visit their high streets, while following social distancing rules, and we hope this special offer will also help boost footfall to our city centre.”   

The council is working with its partners at Pay by Phone to update the system to reflect the new £1 charge. In the meantime, customers should select the car park code 59562 (normally for Bird Street only), and pay the minimum £1 amount which will be honoured for the full day.

So as not to disadvantage anyone who has already bought a parking season ticket, all permits already in circulation as of 6 July 2020 will automatically roll over for a free extra month after the expiry date.

The £1 parking special offer means the council’s free car parking for NHS, health care staff and key workers, which has been running since lockdown began in March, will come to an end after Sunday 5 July. However, everyone will be able to benefit from the £1 parking all day across the city from Monday.

For more information, visit www.lichfielddc.gov.uk/parkingoffer

 

 

Village Voice report June - July 2020

Elford Corona Task Force

Are you worried about Corona Virus, do you need someone to chat to, or someone to go out to the shops for you, walk your dog or maybe pick up a prescription?  If the answer is yes to any of these then we have a team of volunteers who can help.  Just contact either Irene on 07870201323, Becky on 07447450254 or Clare on 07891785820.

St Peter’s Church

St. Peter's Church Elford has opened its doors for the first time today since the lockdown. We are open for individual prayers and quiet contemplation. (Not for services yet I'm afraid).  We will be opening on Mondays, Thursdays and Sundays 10am-4pm.  Social distancing must be observed and hand sanitizer used on entry and exit too.  There are posters on site and instructions to help guide people safely.

 We currently have a vacancy for a Church Warden at St Peter's, Elford. Anyone interested in the role please contact the Parochial Church Council or anyone at the church.  If you know anyone who would welcome a pastoral visit, please contact your Focal Minister, Jackie Tyler (373248).

Village Hall

After reviewing current government guidelines due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it has been decided that Elford Village Hall will remain closed in the short term.  This is something that we will review again from September. We have also regrettably, decided to postpone our ‘Events’ program until next year.  We are hoping that the ‘Silent Disco’, Skittles and Fish & Chips’ and ‘Murder Mystery Evening’ events will all be back on course for next year. We are still taking enquiries and bookings for future events, so please get in touch. Enquiries@elfordvillagehall.co.uk

Elford Walled Gardens

You can show your appreciation and support of the walled garden by becoming a ‘Friend’ and thus contributing towards the upkeep of the garden by your £20 financial contribution.

Membership Application Forms can be downloaded from the website www.elfordhallgarden.org. You can also show your appreciation and support of the walled garden by becoming a volunteer once lockdown is ended. Roger Thompson, Trustee.

Playground

Parents in Elford will be pleased to know that the playground reopened on Saturday 4th July. Following government guidelines the Parish Council requests that parents supervise their children, clean their hands and any handles etc before and after using the playground equipment, and don't let them eat and drink there. Please observe social distancing guidelines with no more than 6 using the playground at any time. Obviously don't use the playground if showing symptoms of Covid.We will be putting up reminder signs at the playground and on the fitness equipment.

Parish Council
Although we can’t hold our meetings as usual the government has now allowed local councils to hold remote meetings. Residents are welcome to join to contribute to Open Forum or observe the meeting, just get in touch to ask for a link for the July 13th or September 14th meetings.  As usual if there are any issues you’d like us to deal with, please contact clerk@elfordparish.co.uk or phone 01827 50230.

Ursula Middlemore 07970099141

 

Playground re-opening

Re-opening of the Playground and Fitness Equipment

The playground and fitness equipment will be open from the morning of Saturday 4th July.

The Parish Council are pleased that local children will be able to use this again, but please do so sensibly and continue to follow government guidelines.

To help everyone stay safe:

Parents must supervise their children, please don’t let them play on their own.

No more than 6 people should use the play area at a time, so if others are waiting don’t stay too long. Remember social distancing, stay at least a metre from other people who are not from your household.

Please wash your hands before and after visiting, take sanitiser or wipes to clean handles and other places you touch - but then put them in the bin. We are unable to clean the equipment regularly so it is up to you to keep safe.

The play equipment has been checked and painted ready for use, please keep our playground tidy and keep everyone safe! If there are any problems we may have to close it again.

 

Fertiliser Spreading

To all Residents,

Following some very constructive conversations between the Parish Council and Will Bridgen, the plan for spreading fertiliser on the land surrounding Elford village is as follows:

Points to consider as residents:

  • Spreading of fertiliser is only 4 weeks out of a 52 week year (less than 10% of the year)
  • Spreading is only within the months of March, April, May and September or October, subject to some flexibility regarding weather conditions and crop requirements
  • Spreading is normally only 5 days at a time.

Additional compromises by the Bridgen family:

  • Spreading will now cease 2 days prior to any bank holiday
  • Where possible spreading will only be during week days, minimising the effect of the smell on residents during any weekend
  • As before Will Bridgen will post on the Elford News Facebook page in advance of when spreading will commence

Should residents have any further questions or issues with the plan, please can they contact the Parish Council via clerk@elfordparish.co.uk

The Parish Council would also like to thank the Bridgen family for their help during the recent floods in the village when they helped by providing and operating their own irrigation pump which pumped water closer to the pumping station when it was impeded by blocked flow in the culvert and blocked gullies. This extra pumping capacity made all the difference during the flood events of November 2019 and February 2020 until the Environment Agency were able to operate the pumping station effectively.

We as the Parish Council thanks Will, Ben and the Bridgen family for their help to the community during the floods.

The Bridgen family have also indicated that they are willing to help with providing parking for the Scarecrow Festival 2021 and the Parish Council are grateful for this offer.

 

Bus shelter relocation

 As there is currently a planning application at Lichfield District Council for the land at the former Sports and Social Club to be redeveloped for housing, the developer and planners will require the Parish Council’s bus shelter to be moved from the site. Councillors are hoping to meet a representative of the developer soon to discuss how and when this will happen, along with other matters about the site redevelopment.

Although there is no longer a bus service the Councillors hoped to keep the shelter in the village so that it can continue to be used by older school pupils while they are waiting for their coach. The Parish Council has considered various sites to relocate the shelter and has decided that the most suitable place would be a little further along The Beck, at the rear of the pavement to the left of the Croft Close junction when approaching from the Club.

The School Transport team have now told us that this relocation may not be possible, and the matter will be discussed at the next Parish Council meeting.

 

 

 

Safer public places

Lichfield District Council has put together a local policy for how it will promote safer urban centres and green spaces as the country starts emerging from lockdown.

The safer urban centres and green spaces policy sets out how the council, working in partnership, will help make public places as safe as possible.

This includes ten specific measures the council will put in place, such as increasing signage to promote social distancing guidance, and increasing the cleaning of public facilities, including toilets, street furniture and car park pay and display machines. There will also be a queueing system at any toilets and cafés in district council-managed parks.

The policy encourages business owners to adopt measures to enable people to safely access business premises, and the use of temporary markings on the ground to help traders set up social distancing separation.

It also sets out that the council will work with private landlords of commercial and retail properties to put suitable safeguards for tenants, customers and staff in place.

As well as promoting where cycle racks are located across the district, the policy encourages people to pay for parking at the council’s car parks using the pay by phone facility where possible. It also restricts access to public lifts to two people at a time, or family groups if they include children.

In the policy, the council confirms it will work with partners, including Lichfield City Council, Burntwood Town Council and Staffordshire County Council, to consider ways to enable people to access key centres and green spaces and move safely around these locations maintaining social distancing.

Councillor Iain Eadie, Cabinet Member for Investment, Economic Growth & Tourism, said:“For everyone emerging from lockdown it is going to be a learning process. We might not get everything right first time and as things unfold, we might need to change what we all do.

"Our policy approach just now is based on trusting people to follow the social distancing guidance and highlighting the safeguards that need to be in place to protect our residents, visitors and businesses. If we need to bring in stewarding, one way flows to safeguard people navigating around our town and city centres, or, taking steps to avoid any pinch points, we will do that. We will do whatever it takes to make sure our district is safe and COVID-19 secure.

"Partnership working is going to be key. We are already talking with Three Spires about their plans and with the Lichfield BID about additional signage, hand sanitisers and a range of other measures to keep shoppers safe. We are looking at opening our own public toilets for longer, whilst also highlighting where cycle racks are located for those who want to cycle or walk into our shopping centres.

“Being able to trust people to do the right thing means I want to ask anyone venturing out to our parks and centres to remember to keep two metres apart from anyone who is not from the same household.  If you are meeting up with someone from outside your own household, please remember it is with just one other person. You should not be meeting up in groups regardless of age. To keep safe it is sensible to wash your hands before and after going out.

“We know lockdown has been hard for an awful lot of people.  With the sun shining people want to go out and see friends and family.  We are not at that point yet, so if everyone can keep following the social distancing guidance, we can help protect each other and look forward to a time when we can open the city, town and village centres up fully.”

The safer urban centres and green spaces policy is available online at www.lichfielddc.gov.uk/saferpublicspaces.

 

News from the June Parish Council meeting

News from June’s Parish Council meeting

The Parish Council held a video meeting on June 9th on zoom. Members of the public are welcome to view these meetings online until we can resume meetings at the Village Hall, and just need to contact the Clerk first to be sent a link.

As a planning application is being considered for the land at the Social Club, the bus shelter will need to be moved, and the most appropriate site is near to the Croft Close junction, at the back of the pavement. The school pupils will then be able to shelter while waiting for the coach. It was agreed to inform nearby residents and Bromford Homes about this proposal. It is hoped to discuss the route of the right of way across the site at a meeting with a representative of the developer.

The Annual Governance and Audit Report was approved, the Parish Council was able to self-certify that the Audit had been completed and the documents would be published according to regulations.

The Parish Council had recently worked with a resident and Home Farm to publish information on the website and Facebook about fertiliser spreading to keep residents informed. The Council is grateful to Home Farm for offering to provide a field for parking at the next Scarecrow Festival.

The village is looking neat and tidy and those who had helped with mowing, planting flowers, painting at the playground and maintenance would be thanked for their hard work. Any help from residents with watering the plant tubs near their homes will be appreciated.

Councillors commented on issues such as fly tipping, rights of way, hedges and the help provided by the Coronacrew volunteers, and Cllr Leytham updated everyone on recent news from Lichfield District Council.

For more details of the meeting please see the minutes on our website.

 

Recycling Centres re-open

Staffordshire's recycling centres are now open for essential vsits only. For details of opening hours etc please see:

https://www.staffordshire.gov.uk/Waste-and-recycling/recyclingcentres/Re-opening-Staffordshires-waste-recycling-centres.aspx?