Blithfield Parish Council Clerk – Vacancy

Blithfield Parish Council Clerk

Blithfield Parish Council has a vacancy for a part-time Clerk/Responsible Finance Officer to support and guide the five elected councillors who meet formally bi-monthly. The rural parish borders part of Blithfield reservoir and includes three hamlets, Newton, Dapple Heath and Admaston.

Working from home, currently four hours a week, the Clerk is remunerated at £11.53 per hour (SCP 12) and the precept for 2022-23 is £4,712. A laptop and printer are supplied and in addition to taking minutes at council meetings the appointee will need the necessary skills to liaise with residents, borough and county councillors and officials, utilities and other organisations which impact on the area.

Keeping the council’s web site up to date, issuing all payments, up-dating the accounts spreadsheet, bank reconciliation and the annual budget and audit are included in the responsibilities. If required, full training will be provided to CILCa level.

For details about the parish please visit our web site. https://blithfield-parish-council.org/

Applicants should provide their CV to the chairman, Councillor Peter Atkins, MBE, at pda.bpc@gmail.com  who can also be contacted on 01889 500635 for an informal discussion. The closing date for applications is February 8th 2022 and interviews are planned for the week of February 14th 2022.


Climate Action Fund from Staffordshire County Council

Dear Residents

Staffordshire County Council have provided the following information:

The Climate Action Fund  is still open for applications but will be closing on the 25th February 2022.

  • Climate change is one of Staffordshire County Council’s top priorities and we are committed to reaching net-zero by 2050 after declaring a climate change emergency in 2019.
  • This is the second round of the Climate Action Fund. The funding is for non-for-profit organisations to make sustainable changes.

About the fund

Every county councillor has £1,500 to award to projects in their area

Councillors can give up to £500 per project, but organisations can approach more than one councillor to receive up to £2,500.

The grant can be used to fund new projects that can:

    • Reduce carbon impact
    • Improve air quality
    • Reduce waste
    • Improve natural environmentOrganisations who are eligible include charities, societies, voluntary and community groups, parish councils and schools.
      Before submitting an application online, organisations should first speak with their county councillor.
      Funding is given on a first come, first served basis.

      The closing date is 25th February 2022.

      More info on the fund and what type of projects non-for-profit organisations can apply for can be found by visiting
      https://www.staffordshire.gov.uk/environment/Climate-change/Climate-Action-Fund.aspx


Garden Waste – suspension of service from 13th January 2022. Announcement from ESBC

Dear Residents

Garden Waste Collected Suspended

East Staffordshire Borough Council(ESBC) has taken the decision to suspend its garden waste collection service following a significant reduction in the availability of refuse workers predominately as a result of coronavirus.

Protecting the health and wellbeing of both the community and staff is its biggest priority and whilst the Council makes every effort to minimise disruption, the number of refuse workers unavailable is impacting the service in the short term.

As a result, the Council has taken a decision to suspend all brown bin (garden waste) collections from Thursday 13th January 2022. This will allow the refuse team to focus efforts and resources on blue bin (dry recycling) and grey bin (residual waste) collections.

The Council cannot rule out further reductions in the level of service, but at this stage, there is no impact on the frequency of collections or any change to the date of collections. Residents should continue to present their blue and grey bins on alternate weeks on their usual collection day.

The County Council’s Household Waste Recycling Centres remain open and will accept garden waste or please see more about home composting.

Cllr R Faulkner

Ward Member for Winshill

ESBC Cabinet Member for Environment and Housing

For further updates, please visit ESBC website – http://www.eaststaffsbc.gov.uk/bins-rubbish-recycling


EnviroGrant 2022 – how to apply

Dear Residents

The Parish Council has been provided with the following:

Applications for EnviroGrant 2022 will be opening soon

From Monday 10th January not-for-profit organisations, including charities, societies, voluntary and community groups and schools are being welcomed to apply for funding up to £750 for projects that help make Staffordshire sustainable.

​​​​​​​The Staffordshire EnviroGrant programme is being coordinated by Staffordshire County Council and environmental company Veolia. Grants could be awarded to projects that help improve waste and recycling, improve the natural environment, or raise awareness of environmental issues. These could include community food gardens, community larders and fridges that help reduce food waste. Schemes that help reduce carbon emissions or promote and improve recycling and re-use such as repair cafes may also be considered for funding.

For more information and how to apply visit:  https://bit.ly/3zyLwh5


Cold Weather Plan – details

Dear Residents

The Parish Council has been provided the following information:

The UKHSA has supplemented the Cold Weather Plan for England with useful resources and advice on the concurrent risks of cold weather and COVID-19 and Keep Warm Keep Well guidance.

 

Announcement:
https://www.gov.uk/government/news/cold-weather-alert-issued-by-ukhsa

Guidance:
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/keep-warm-keep-well-leaflet-gives-advice-on-staying-healthy-in-cold-weather

Cold weather plan:
https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/cold-weather-plan-for-england


Covid – updates on latest information – 10th January 2022

Dear Residents

The Parish Council has been provided with the following information:

Coronavirus: where to find the latest information and guidance


Remote Meetings – ADSO (the Association of Democratic Services Officers) and LLG (Lawyers in Local Government) launched a petition

Dear Residents

The Parish Council has been provided with the following information:

ADSO (the Association of Democratic Services Officers) and LLG (Lawyers in Local Government) launched a petition via Change.org  to “call on the government to create Parliamentary time to agree a change in the law to allow councils in England to meet remotely if they wish”.

A full copy of the petition can be accessed at https://t.co/GuNvhl42Ve


Police and Crime Plan and Fire and Rescue Plan – details of 3yr plan

Dear Residents

We have been provided with the following information:

Staffordshire Commissioner, Ben Adams has launched his new policing and fire plans, which provide the strategic direction for how both services should be delivered over the next three years.

The Police & Crime Plan, and Fire & Rescue Plan, have been developed following widespread consultation with members of the public, partners and stakeholders.

The Police & Crime Plan consultation focused on five key priority areas:

– A local and responsive service – 93% of respondents rated this as ‘very important’

– Prevent harm and protect people – 92% rated this as ‘very important’

– Support victims and witnesses – 75% rated this as ‘very important’

– Reduce offending and reoffending – 81% rated this as ‘very important’

– A more effective criminal justice system – 86% rated this as ‘very important

The Fire & Rescue Plan consultation focused on four key priority areas:

– A flexible and responsive service – 84% of respondents rated this as ‘very important’

– Protect people and places – 90% rated this as ‘very important’

– Help people most at risk stay safe – 84% rated this as ‘very important’

– A fire and rescue service for tomorrow – 64% rated this as ‘very important’

Find out more about the plans for the next 3 years: https://staffordshire-pfcc.gov.uk/


Staffordshire Police Newsletter – January 2022

The Figures stated below incorporate the Policing Area known as “Bagots Ward”. This incorporates the villages of Abbots Bromley, Blithfield, The Blythe, Kingstone and Newton.
All figures, unless stated otherwise, incorporate a twelve month period which in this instance captures data from 22/12/2020 to 22/12/2021.

Crime

 

Overall

10% increase this year compared to last year – 50 incidents last year to 55 incidents this year, an increase of 5 crimes.

 

Biggest Reductions – Top Three

Arson – 1 incident last year to 0 incidents this year

Other Offences – 1 incident last year to 0 incidents this year

Public Order – 2 incidents last year to 0 incidents this year

 

Biggest Increase

There has been an increase of reports of Drug Offences. This has risen from 2 incident last year to 8 incidents this year

 

Pattern or Trend

Blithfield Reservoir is still considered a Hot Spot location however there has been a general decline in incidents reported to Police in this area. Regular stop checks are carried out on vehicles frequenting the Reservoir at odd hours, leading to an increase in persons caught for various vehicular offences. There is limited CCTV coverage in the village although this has not caused a problem as of yet, although it does limit evidence when crimes are committed.

 

Focused Crime Prevention advice

 

How to keep your vehicle safe and sound

Having your car broken into and losing your things to thieves can be very distressing. Here are a few simple steps you can take to keep your vehicle, and what’s in it, safe.

 

Always lock it

Fuelling up or popping back into your house to get something are perfect examples of how easy it is to turn your back for a moment and forget your vehicle is unsecured. So get into the habit of locking your vehicle even if you’re only going to be away from it for a moment.

 

Close windows and the sun roof to prevent ‘fishing’

Leaving windows and the sunroof open invites fishing for items through the gap by hand or with, say, a bent coat hanger, which could also be used to unlock a door for them to get in. Thieves can be ingenious. Don’t give them the opportunity.

 

Secure your number plates with tamper-resistant screws

The easiest way to change the identity of a stolen vehicle or avoid speeding tickets and parking tickets is to fit stolen number plates. Using security screws to attach your vehicle’s number plates makes it harder for thieves to get your number.

 

Fit locking, anti-tamper wheel nuts to secure alloy wheels

Stolen wheels are valuable, either as parts or for their scrap value. Using locking wheel nuts reduces the risk of your vehicle’s wheels being stolen.

 

Secure anything that’s on the outside of your vehicle

Anything left on roof-racks, tailgate racks, holiday top boxes or in tool chests are easily stolen when the vehicle is parked. The use of cable locks, padlocks and self-locking tools chests, which are secured to the vehicle, makes them more secure, but still, don’t leave things in them if you can avoid it.

 

Take it with you or hide it

Your mobile phone, coins for the car park, sunglasses, packs of medication or other items that can earn quick cash are irresistible to the opportunist thief. Remember, the cost of replacing a window is often much more than that of what’s stolen. And it should go without saying that wallets, handbags, purses and credit cards should never be left in an unattended vehicle.

 

Hide electrical items and leave no clues

Leaving Sat Nav mounts, suction cup marks on windows or cables on view gives it away that you have left a Sat Nav, smartphone or other device in your car. Even if they can’t see the Sat Nav or iPad they might still break in to see if it’s stored in the car, out of sight.

 

Tool theft from vans

Vans are often targeted by thieves for the tools stored inside. If you have to leave tools in a van overnight, it’s a good idea to mark them clearly with your name / company name and address using paint pens and seal with a clear lacquer spray. Alternatively, you can use a variety of other property marking systems. Items that are clearly marked are less desirable and more difficult to sell on.

Consider using a lockable cabinet within your van to store tools – a number of security rated products are available. Small cameras are also designed to record inside vehicles.

You can also take photographs of items of value, make a note of the serial numbers and consider registering them online at a property register site like Immobilise External Link.

 

Park in well-lit and busier areas

It can take less than 30 seconds to break into a vehicle. Parking in well-lit areas and busy streets increases the chances of a thief being seen, so they’ll probably steer clear.

 

Take your documents with you

Having a vehicle’s registration and insurance documents could let a thief pretend to be the owner. Which means they could sell it on quite easily. So, never leave any documents in the vehicle.

 

Choose your car park wisely

If possible, always try to park in well-lit and staffed car parks or those with a Park Mark safer parking award.

 

ASB (Anti Social Behaviour)

Overall

 

Reports of Anti-Social Behaviour have decreased over the year from 38 incidents last year to 23 incidents this year, a decrease of 39%.

 

Biggest Reduction

 

There has been a reduction in reports of Drugs Related ASB – 2 incidents last year to 0 incidents this year

 

Biggest Increase

 

There has been an increase in reports of Neighbour Disputes – 9 incidents last year to 10 incidents this year

 

HOT Spot Locations

 

Blithfield Reservoir Causeway and the adjoining car parks are considered to be ASB Hot Spot locations and are regularly patrolled. Police are also working closely with Community Speed Watch in an effort to combat the reported speeding vehicles through the villages.

 

Community engagement

 

Contact details of the Ward Team are:-

 

 

 

 

Smart Alert

 

Be SMART and Keep Updated – Get FREE, Localised Crime Alerts and Community Safety advice by utilising the Staffordshire Smart Alert App. This is available FREE and is available for both Apple and Android devices. You can also get Email alerts through the following website; www.staffordshiresmartalert.uk/staffs//

 

Digital 101

 

Digital 101 means that Members of the public can now report non-emergency incidents or make general enquires to Staffordshire Police through the force’s main Twitter and Facebook accounts.

 

Staffordshire Police is one of the first forces to facilitate crime reporting through social media and this development supports the force’s ongoing work to develop new and more convenient ways for the public to make contact with the police, anywhere, any time. It’s also the latest development in the force’s transformational programme, following the launch of its new operating model last summer.

 

Staffordshire Police is committed to providing the best possible service to the communities it serves and to delivering a modern police service reflective of modern-day needs.

 

The service launched on 4th March 2019 and is available to the public 7am – midnight, seven days a week. Members of the public can contact the force through its Facebook Account using the message facility or Facebook Messenger, Twitter users can Direct Message us via the Staffordshire Police Twitter Account @StaffsPolice


Covid – update – 20.12.2021

Dear Residents

Please see below the website links for updates from National Government on Covid

Nationally:

·      Updated Government Guidance on Covid-19 is available at: Guidance -Coronavirus: how to stay safe and help prevent the spread. Find out how to stay safe and help prevent the spread of coronavirus. [Updated: 14 December 2021]

New and Updated Covid-19 Measures and Guidance:

·      DHSC – Visiting arrangements in care homes – GOV.UK Sets out how care homes can support families and visitors to visit residents. [Updated: 14 December 2021]

·      DHSC & UKHSA – COVID-19: arranging or attending a funeral or commemorative event – GOV.UK  Guidance for arranging or attending a funeral or commemorative event during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. [Updated: 16 December 2021]

·      DHLUC – Coronavirus (COVID-19): Wedding and civil partnership ceremonies, receptions and celebrations – GOV.UK Guidance for couples planning to get married or form a civil partnership in England, and venues hosting these events. [Updated: 16 December 2021]

·      DHLUC – Coronavirus (COVID-19): Safer public places – managing public outdoor settings – GOV.UK Guidance for local authorities, owners and operators to support the safe use and management of outdoor public places while the risk of COVID-19 transmission remains. [Updated: 13 December 2021]

·      DHLUC – Moving home during coronavirus (COVID-19) – GOV.UK  Guidance for those working within the home buying and selling process and those moving home. [Updated: 13 December 2021]


Waste and Recycling Collections over the Holidays

Dear Residents

ESBC have advised of the following:

ESBC Waste and Recycling Christmas Collection Arrangements

 

East Staffordshire Borough Council has confirmed there are no changes to the refuse and recycling collection service over the Christmas and New Year period this year.

 

As there no changes, waste crews will not collect additional waste with the grey bins. Flattened cardboard presented at the slide of the blue bin and acceptable recycling in an open, clear or white bag, will be collected. Recycling material presented in black bags will not be collected.

 

Brown bin garden waste collections will continue through the Christmas and New Year period.

 

Excess waste or recycling can be taken to one of the household waste and recycling sites located throughout the Borough.  Please visit www.staffordshire.gov.uk to find your local household waste site details.

 

If you need clarification on when your recycling and waste is to be collected please download a copy of your collection calendar from www.eaststaffsbc.gov.uk/bins-rubbish-recycling/collection-dates.

 

After the Christmas period residents in East Staffordshire can recycle Christmas cards (without glitter or ribbons) in their blue wheeled bins.

 

Residents can also recycle their real Christmas trees through the brown bin scheme.  Place your real Christmas tree inside your brown bin ensuring that the lid is fully closed or place it at the side of the bin and it will be collected on your collection day.

 

Residents are asked to use their grey bin to dispose of wrapping paper.  The materials used to make wrapping paper mean it may not be being accepted for recycling.  This is due to wrapping paper containing dye, being laminated, containing glitter or having sticky tape attached to it which cannot be recycled.


New Chief Constable of Staffordshire Police, Chris Noble – letter to residents

New Chief Constable For Staffordshire Police Starts Today

The new Chief Constable of Staffordshire Police, Chris Noble, has started work at the force today (Monday 13 December 2021) and has been setting out some of his priorities for the future.

Chris said: “Having served as an officer at every rank over the past 25 years, it is an absolute honour and a privilege to be appointed as Staffordshire’s Chief Constable.

“Over the coming months, I will be working hard to build on the strong foundations set by previous leaders to deliver a police service which everyone in Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent can be proud of.

“Our primary purpose is to keep people safe and protect our communities – we need the public’s help and support to do this.”

Chris has previous experience in delivering such outcomes, as he formerly served in the Royal Ulster Constabulary and the Police Service of Northern Ireland before moving to Humberside Police in 2017 where he became Assistant Chief Constable.

Speaking of his approach, Chris said: “My vision is to deliver a truly local police service in which communities develop solid relationships with their local police officers and police community support officers (PCSOs) so they know who they can turn to in their time of need.

“This will support us to prevent and reduce crime and ensure we provide an excellent service to the people of Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent.

“I am also committed to ensuring victims of crime and vulnerable people get the right support at the right time.

“Connecting with communities is a key component of successful policing and is something that I have advocated throughout my career, in particular when I served as commander for Belfast City Policing District for the Police Service of Northern Ireland.”

Chris is also keen to work closely with partner agencies across the region, he said, “Policing is too important to be left to the police alone, and I look forward to working with our key partner agencies in Staffordshire to tackle crime at its root-cause.

“Working together, we can truly keep Staffordshire safe.”

To find out more about policing in your area, visit: https://www.staffordshire.police.uk/a/your-area

To report a crime, contact Staffordshire Police on Facebook, Twitter, via www.staffordshire.police.uk, call 101 or call 999 in an emergency.


Severn Trent’s Community Fund announces a new green focus for Spring 2022

Dear Residents

We have been provided the following information from Severn Trent:

Severn Trent’s Community Fund announces a new green focus for Spring 2022

We are excited to announce a new focus for our Community Fund to celebrate our partnership with Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games, as their Official Nature & Carbon Neutral Supporter. Together we’ll assist their pledge to leave a carbon-neutral legacy – because when we look after nature, it benefits water too!

To help maximise the legacy of the partnership, we are temporarily refocusing the Community Fund in spring 2022 to specifically support projects that help communities across the Severn Trent region to reduce carbon and care for nature.

Non-profit organisations and local community groups with an income of less than £500,000 (averaged over the last 3 years) will be able to apply for a grant of £5,000, £10,000 or £20,000 to support any new community project linking to one or more of the following themes – green spaces, recycling and making the most of resources and water saving heroes. Organisations from across the Severn Trent region will be eligible to apply for support for new projects.

Applications will open in January 2022 and close in February. In March our Customer Panel will review and shortlist the projects where the finalists will then go to a public vote in April, giving our wonderful customers an opportunity to decide which projects are supported.

Help us spread the word

Please share this news and the flyer attached with community groups in your area to let them know about this exciting new opportunity that will soon be available. If you are also able to share a social post, we’ve included a draft for you in the attachments or our post will be published at 11am on Wednesday 15 December 2021.

Organisations can find out more and register their interest on our website at www.stwater.co.uk/community-fund-care-for-nature.

 

We’ll also be holding online funding workshops to share more details on eligibility from late December and throughout January and February – interested groups can sign up for these through Eventbrite here!


Covid Vaccines – how to book and nearest Walk In locations

Dear Residents

Staffordshire County Council have provided the following information:

Vaccinations

·      Two doses of the COVID-19 vaccine give you the best protection from coronavirus and booster/third jabs are now being administered to those eligible.

·      The county council, together with our partners continues to push vaccination take up for those who have not yet had their first or second dose, and are now encouraging all those eligible to have their third or booster jab.

·      How to Book –  use the website – https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/book-coronavirus-vaccination/

·      Walk-in vaccination clinics for the coming days can be found at:  Search – Find a walk-in coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination site (www.nhs.uk) 

The Nearest Walk In Covid Vaccination sites to Blithfield are:

Walk-in coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination sites near Blithfield


Covid Testing – December – Where to get Tested in Staffordshire.

Dear Residents

Staffordshire County Council have provided the following Covid Testing dates and locations:

Testing

People without symptoms only:

People with symptoms:

  • People with symptoms should not use a Lateral Flow Test and should self-isolate and book an appointment at one of the national testing sites.
  • Bookings can be made at www.nhs.uk/coronavirus or by phoning 119
  • Mobile Testing Units (MTUs): Two national MTUs are operating across the county. These are national testing mobile centres, but the county council influences where they are deployed.
  • The Planned Mobile Testing Unit Rota 11 to 31 December 2021 is as follows (subject to change)
Date Additional MTU

(Support of closed LTS)

MTU 1 MTU 2
 
December 2021
 
Saturday 11 December Meadowside LC – Burton on Trent DE14 1TL JCB Tunstall – Genesis Centre ST6 4PY JCB World HQ

ST14 5JP

Sunday 12 December Meadowside LC – Burton on Trent DE14 1TL JCB Tunstall – Genesis Centre ST6 4PY JCB World HQ

ST14 5JP

Monday 13 December Meadowside LC – Burton on Trent DE14 1TL Tamworth – Sir Robert Peel B78 3NG JCB – Cheadle

ST10 2JU

Tuesday 14 December Meadowside LC – Burton on Trent DE14 1TL Codsall

WV8 1PX

JCB – Cheadle

ST10 2JU

Wednesday 15 December Meadowside LC – Burton on Trent DE14 1TL Lichfield

WS13 6QG

JCB – Cheadle

ST10 2JU

Thursday 16 December Meadowside LC – Burton on Trent DE14 1TL Tamworth – Sir Robert Peel B78 3NG Leek Britannia HQ

(Newton House) ST13 5RL

Friday 17 December Meadowside LC – Burton on Trent DE14 1TL Tamworth – Sir Robert Peel B78 3NG Leek Britannia HQ

(Newton House) ST13 5RL

Saturday 18 December Meadowside LC – Burton on Trent DE14 1TL JCB Tunstall – Genesis Centre ST6 4PY JCB World HQ

ST14 5JP

Sunday 19 December Meadowside LC – Burton on Trent DE14 1TL JCB Tunstall – Genesis Centre ST6 4PY JCB World HQ

ST14 5JP

Monday 20 December Meadowside LC – Burton on Trent DE14 1TL Tamworth – Sir Robert Peel B78 3NG Leek Britannia HQ

(Newton House) ST13 5RL

Tuesday 21 December Meadowside LC – Burton on Trent DE14 1TL Tamworth – Sir Robert Peel B78 3NG Leek Britannia HQ

(Newton House) ST13 5RL

Wednesday 22 December Meadowside LC – Burton on Trent DE14 1TL Codsall

WV8 1PX

JCB – Cheadle

ST10 2JU

Thursday 23 December Meadowside LC – Burton on Trent DE14 1TL Tamworth – Sir Robert Peel B78 3NG JCB – Cheadle

ST10 2JU

Friday 24 December Meadowside LC – Burton on Trent DE14 1TL Tamworth – Sir Robert Peel B78 3NG JCB – Cheadle

ST10 2JU

           
Christmas 2021
 
Christmas Day Meadowside LC – Burton on Trent DE14 1TL Tamworth – Sir Robert Peel B78 3NG JCB World HQ

ST14 5JP

Saturday 25 December
Boxing Day Meadowside LC – Burton on Trent DE14 1TL Tamworth – Sir Robert Peel B78 3NG JCB World HQ

ST14 5JP

Sunday 26 December
Public Holiday Meadowside LC – Burton on Trent DE14 1TL Tamworth – Sir Robert Peel B78 3NG JCB – Cheadle

ST10 2JU

Monday 27 December
Public Holiday Meadowside LC – Burton on Trent DE14 1TL Tamworth – Sir Robert Peel B78 3NG JCB – Cheadle

ST10 2JU

Tuesday 28 December
 
Wednesday 29 December Meadowside LC – Burton on Trent DE14 1TL Tamworth – Sir Robert Peel B78 3NG Leek Britannia HQ

(Newton House) ST13 5RL

Thursday 30 December Meadowside LC – Burton on Trent DE14 1TL Tamworth – Sir Robert Peel B78 3NG Leek Britannia HQ

(Newton House) ST13 5RL

Friday 31 December Meadowside LC – Burton on Trent DE14 1TL Tamworth – Sir Robert Peel B78 3NG Leek Britannia HQ

(Newton House) ST13 5RL


Government Update – Plan B – Covid 19

Dear Residents

Staffordshire County Council have provided the following:

The Government has introduced a range of measures to slow the transmission of the virus with the emergence and cases of the Omicron variant.

What has changed? The government has announced that England will move to Plan B in response to the risks of the Omicron variant. This means:

o  From 10 December, face coverings will be required by law in most indoor settings.

o  From 13 December office workers who can work from home should do so.

o  From 15 December, certain venues and events will be required by law to check that all visitors aged 18 years or over are fully vaccinated, have proof of a negative test in the last 48 hours, or have an exemption.

The Government has updated a range of guidance in light of these changes:


Covid – 19 – Omicron variant – update

Dear Residents

We have been provided with the following from Staffordshire County Council:

In response to the emergence of the new Omicron variant of Covid-19m and the identification of cases of the variant in the UK, a range of temporary measures to protect public health and prevent transmission of the virus are being implemented from 0400hrs on Tuesday, 30th November 2021.

These measures include:

o   Face coverings will be compulsory in shops and other settings such as banks, post offices and hairdressers, as well as on public transport unless individuals are exempt from doing so; but pubs and restaurants are exempt.

o   All contacts of suspected Omicron cases must self-isolate for ten days, regardless of whether they are fully vaccinated

o   Everyone entering the UK (other than those coming from the Common Travel Area that covers the Channel Islands and Ireland) will have to take a PCR test by the end of the second day after their arrival and self-isolate until they receive a negative result.

o   These PCR tests can be purchased from private providers. Free NHS tests are not valid for this purpose.

o   Ten countries – South Africa, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Lesotho, Eswatini, Angola, Mozambique, Malawi, and Zambia – are now on the UK’s travel red list, meaning that until further notice any British or Irish residents arriving in the UK after recently visiting any of those countries will have to quarantine in an approved hotel for 10 days.

o   Residents from the countries themselves will not be allowed into the UK until the red list status changes.

  • The prime minister, Rt. Hon Boris Johnson MP has stated that the measures are temporary and precautionary.
  • He also stated that they would be reviewed in three weeks, just before most schools break up for the Christmas holidays.
  • In addition, the Covid-19 vaccination scheme is being expanded to include the provision of ‘booster’ jabs to all those over 18
  • The administration of a second dose of a Covid-19 vaccination to those aged 12-17 is also being considered.
  • The government has stopped short of issuing advice to work from home and extending vaccine passports in England, which are part of its Plan B for winter – a contingency plan if intervention on Covid is needed to protect the NHS.
  • Further information will be shared with you in the event of any additional measures being introduced or changes to the existing regulations.

For further information please see:


£500,000 fuel poverty fund opens for grant applications – closing date Monday 22 November 2021

Help us fight fuel poverty.

We are Western Power Distribution (WPD), the electricity distribution network operator for the South West, South Wales and the Midlands. This winter we are launching our new ‘Community Matters’ scheme, a half-a-million pound fuel poverty fund to help families heat their homes this winter.

Tackling fuel poverty is a crucial and immediate priority for us, and as a result, we are calling on local charities, councils and community groups across our network to apply for grants worth up to £10,000 in order to aid their fuel poverty support activities as we enter what will be a challenging winter for many. It is expected that more than 100 grassroots organisations, across our regions, will be supported via the scheme.

The announcement follows the successful ‘In This Together – Community Matters’ fund, which throughout the COVID-19 pandemic received fantastic support from many MPs and distributed funds to a wide range of charities and community organisations. Separately over the past two years, we have worked with partners to deliver £20 million of direct savings for over 40,000 customers struggling to pay their bills.  The new scheme is the first phase of our annual £1 million community fund, which is provided entirely by the company’s shareholders.

To help guide applications, examples of the types of support we’d consider eligible for the fund are:

  • Energy tariff/switching advice
  • Energy efficiency guidance and products: Insulation installations, updating heating systems
  • Grant/discount scheme advice
  • Innovation/other to be detailed and impact clearly specified and demonstrated

Applications for the ‘Community Matters Fund’ are welcome from registered charities, community groups and councils within our distribution network area. The application form is available from our website https://www.westernpower.co.uk/community-matters-fund. We are welcoming applications up to £10,000 but no funding request is too small.

The closing date for submissions is Monday 22nd November 2021. 

Look out for us on social media #WPDCommunityFund.


Covid 19 – Testing and details of Mobile Testing centres 13th – 30th November 2021

Dear Residents

Please see information for testing centres:

Testing

People without symptoms only:

People with symptoms:

  • People with symptoms should not use a Lateral Flow Test and should self-isolate and book an appointment at one of the national testing sites.
  • Bookings can be made at www.nhs.uk/coronavirus or by phoning 119
  • Mobile Testing Units (MTUs): Two national MTUs are operating across the county. These are national testing mobile centres, but the county council influences where they are deployed.

The Planned Mobile Testing Units Rota 13th to 30th November is as follows (subject to change)

  Date Additional MTU

(support of closed LTS)

MTU 1 MTU 2
             
  November 2021
   
  Monday 15 November Meadowside LC – Burton on Trent DE14 1TL Tamworth – Sir Robert Peel B78 3NG JCB – Cheadle

ST10 2JU

  Tuesday 16 November Meadowside LC – Burton on Trent DE14 1TL Lichfield

WS13 6QG

JCB – Cheadle

ST10 2JU

  Wednesday 17 November Meadowside LC – Burton on Trent DE14 1TL Lichfield

WS13 6QG

Leek Britannia HQ

(Newton House) ST13 5RL

  Thursday 18 November Meadowside LC – Burton on Trent DE14 1TL Codsall

WV8 1PX

Leek Britannia HQ

(Newton House) ST13 5RL

  Friday 19 November Meadowside LC – Burton on Trent DE14 1TL Codsall

WV8 1PX

Leek Britannia HQ

(Newton House) ST13 5RL

  Saturday 20 November Meadowside LC – Burton on Trent DE14 1TL JCB Tunstall – Genesis Centre ST6 4PY Tamworth – Sir Robert Peel

B78 3NG

  Sunday 21 November Meadowside LC – Burton on Trent DE14 1TL JCB Tunstall – Genesis Centre ST6 4PY Tamworth – Sir Robert Peel

B78 3NG

  Monday 22 November Meadowside LC – Burton on Trent DE14 1TL JCB – Cheadle

ST10 2JU

Lichfield

WS13 6QG

  Tuesday 23 November Meadowside LC – Burton on Trent DE14 1TL JCB – Cheadle

ST10 2JU

Codsall

WV8 1PX

  Wednesday 24 November Meadowside LC – Burton on Trent DE14 1TL Leek Britannia HQ

(Newton House) ST13 5RL

Codsall

WV8 1PX

  Thursday 25 November Meadowside LC – Burton on Trent DE14 1TL Leek Britannia HQ

(Newton House) ST13 5RL

Tamworth – Sir Robert Peel

B78 3NG

  Friday 26 November Meadowside LC – Burton on Trent DE14 1TL Leek Britannia HQ

(Newton House) ST13 5RL

Tamworth – Sir Robert Peel

B78 3NG

  Saturday 27 November Meadowside LC – Burton on Trent DE14 1TL JCB Tunstall – Genesis Centre ST6 4PY JCB World HQ

ST14 5JP

  Sunday 28 November Meadowside LC – Burton on Trent DE14 1TL JCB Tunstall – Genesis Centre ST6 4PY JCB World HQ

ST14 5JP

  Monday 29 November Meadowside LC – Burton on Trent DE14 1TL Codsall

WV8 1PX

JCB – Cheadle

ST10 2JU

  Tuesday 30 November Meadowside LC – Burton on Trent DE14 1TL Codsall

WV8 1PX

JCB – Cheadle

ST10 2JU


Covid -19 Vaccine – how to book

Dear Residents

Please find below information from Staffordshire County Council regarding vaccines.

Vaccinations:

  • Two doses of the COVID-19 vaccine give you the best protection from coronavirus.
  • The county council, together with our partners continues to push vaccination take up for those who have not yet had their first or second dose.
  • Anybody who is 50 or over or has had certain health conditions are eligible six months after their second dose.
  • See here for more details https://www.twbstaffsandstoke.org.uk/coronavirus/how-to-get-a-vaccine-where-and-travelling

Walk-in Vaccine Clinics for over 16s


Act of Remembrance -14th November 2021 at 10.45am in St Leonard’s Church

Dear Residents

An Act of Remembrance will be held on 14th November 2021 at 10.45am in the churchyard of St Leonard’s Church, Church House Mews, off Lea Lane, Admaston, WS15 3NL

There will be no service at 6.30pm


Kind Minds Newsletter

Dear Residents

Staffordshire County Council have provided the following information and the Kind Minds newsletter in pdf format, see below.

Kind Minds’ newsletter – a half-termly e-newsletter about children and young people’s mental health and emotional wellbeing.

‘Kind Minds’ is produced by several partner organisations across Staffordshire, with useful information about services to support children and young people’s mental health and emotional wellbeing, local and national campaigns, and resources and training opportunities.

‘Kind Minds’ newsletter – Issue 8 (Nov 2021)


Have Your Say on Policing and Fire and Rescue In Staffordshire

Dear Residents,

We have been provided the following:

This is your chance to have your say on the Staffordshire Commissioner’s proposed priorities as part of the new police and fire plans.

These plans set out Commissioner, Ben Adams’, priorities for the next three years and should result in fewer victims of crime and anti-social behaviour, fewer casualties on our roads, and fewer people who suffer due to fire or the actions of others.

Do these plans reflect your priorities, and the concerns of your community? Your views matter, and the Staffordshire Commissioner’s office want to hear from as many people as possible.

You can have your say on the plans by visiting the PFCC website before the 23rd November:

https://staffordshire-pfcc.gov.uk/get-involved/have-your-say/


How to report a pot hole or any highway issues to Staffordshire County Council

Dear Residents

If you want to report a pot hole or any highway issues, to Staffordshire County Council, please use the link below, remember you will need a postcode that is near to the issue you are reporting:

Report via www.staffordshire.gov.uk/reportit

or download the Staffordshire County Council App

https://www.staffordshire.gov.uk/MyStaffs-App/MyStaffs-App.aspx


Covid – Walk-in Vaccine Clinics for over 16s

Dear Residents

Staffordshire County Council have provided the following

The latest walk-in clinics for over 16s can be found at:  Search – Find a walk-in coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination site (www.nhs.uk) 


Covid – Testing information

Dear Residents

Please see below information provided by Staffordshire County Council

Testing

People without symptoms only:

People with symptoms:

  • People with symptoms should not use a Lateral Flow Test and should self-isolate and book an appointment at one of the national testing sites.
  • Bookings can be made at www.nhs.uk/coronavirus or by phoning 119

East Staffordshire Borough Council – Budget Consultation

Dear Residents

We have been asked to provide you with the following, in order that you can comment on East Staffordshire Borough Council Budget.

East Staffordshire Borough Council is currently consulting in advance of considering its budget for 2022/23 and beyond and have asked residents to comment by Friday 22nd October 2021..

Please complete the survey https://wh.snapsurveys.com/s.asp?k=163110133009

Or access via Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/eaststaffsbc/photos/a.10150515510618635/10158565756453635

Twitter: https://twitter.com/eaststaffsbc/status/1447884020952535045 )


Mental Heath Survey – launched by Staffordshire County Council

Dear Residents,

Please see below a survey for you all to complete.

Mental health survey launched

Residents in Staffordshire are being asked to share how their mental health is, in a survey that will influence how organisations approach the issue.

The survey, which has been launched by Staffordshire County Council and local Clinical Commissioning Groups, aims to understand how people are feeling, what has affected their mental wellbeing both negatively and positively, and what can be learnt from how people have been helping themselves and supporting others.

Data from the survey—which will be confidential—will then be used to develop a new strategy, to influence what organisations should address over the next five years.

As well as residents, the county council and CCGs will be seeking the views of professionals, other key organisations, and people currently accessing in-patient mental health care.

County Councillor Julia Jessel, Staffordshire County Council Cabinet Member for Health and Care said: “Good mental health is incredibly important, especially as around one in four people are affected by some kind of mental health issue at any time. The Covid-19 pandemic has also had a profound impact on some people’s mental health, and it is likely to continue to do so. This is why we want as many people as possible to fill in this survey. The more information we have about the state of people’s mental health in the county, the more we can do to ensure maintaining good mental health is at the forefront of everything we do. This is your chance to directly inform our approach to mental health in Staffordshire, so I would urge people to fill in this survey.”

The survey can be found at: https://bit.ly/3mjmagX, and is open until 12th November.