Blithfield news

Laying of Wreath in Normandy to commemorate the 80th anniversary of D-Day

D-Day 80th Anniversary

 

On Sunday 9 June 2024 following the commemoration events of the 80th Anniversary of D-Day, Jim and Allison Ross, who live in the parish of Blithfield, laid a wreath in Normandy on the behalf of the parish.

 

                                                                                         

The parish council were very pleased to be able to commemorate D-Day in this way and show our gratitude to those that lost their lives and made so many sacrifices for our freedoms today.

Many thanks to Jim and Allison.

 

Uttoxeter Rural Division Annual Report May 2024

Philip Atkins OBE

Member of Staffordshire County Council for Uttoxeter Rural
Abbots Bromley, Admaston, Beamhurst, Blithfield, Bramshall, Combridge, Crakemarsh, Croxden,
Denstone, Dodsleigh, Ellastone, Gratwich, Kingstone, Leigh, Loxley, Mayfield, Newton, Okeover, Ramsor,

Rocester, Stanton, Stramshall, Withington, Wootton,

Much continues from my report last year with other issues sent to try us.
The effects both financial and health of the pandemic and ongoing Ukrainian war with
the resultant inflation are still here with the recent wet weather on top. As we approach
a General Election our minds will focus on how we tackle these issues, and with
straightened finances we will have to prioritise efforts to deliver essential services.
The County Council Election will be next May and Uttoxeter Rural Division is changing.
After representing Abbots Bromley for 37 years, it is a sad farewell. East Staffordshire
gains an extra County Councillor around Burton while Tamworth loses one, reflecting
house building and population changes. Uttoxeter Rural Division gains some of the new
houses to the west of Uttoxeter in place of Abbots Bromley. With effective lobbying
Blithfield has maintained its connections rather than be subsumed in Needwood which
Abbots Bromley joins with Barton under Needwood, Yoxall and Hoar Cross.
The constant wet weather since October has plagued us with flooded houses, roads and
road suffering from potholes and deteriorating faster than normal. Thankfully the
county council is in a far better position than most councils, with a balanced budget for
the next 5 years. This has meant we can invest £50 million more in our roads, with £2
million immediately to get on top of the damage caused by the weather. Please bear
with the highway teams as they go about their business. You can check on road works at
Causeway one.network one.network.org. Council tax has increased by 1.99% for the
council and 3% for social Services, which continues to take over 66% of the county
council’s budget. We are still one of the lowest county council taxes in England.
I still have a busy life farming at Abbey Fields in Rocester and a governor on South
Staffordshire College Board and Rocester Parish Councillor, as well as Health Scrutiny,
Pensions Committees and representing local government on the Rural Services Network
and National Growth Board. I am also an accredited LGA Member Peer who help other
councils with reviews, mentoring and coaching.
With the ongoing changes in agriculture and the end of Basic Payment Scheme there
has been a lot of work behind the scenes understanding the policy changes along with
prices fluctuating beyond many people’s experiences, particularly in commodity prices,
energy and supply costs along with fluctuating prices. Watch food prices after harvest.
Our thoughts have also been with King Charles III and the Princess of Wales with their
ongoing battles with cancer. This is a time to come together as a nation and celebrate
what makes our United Kingdom a great country.

Community Fund 2023
Across Staffordshire we continue to see incredible acts of generosity and courage along
with the volunteers, communities, neighbours, and businesses, stepping up and doing
their bit to keep people safe, fed, and healthy.
Each County Councillor has up to £2,500 to allocate. This can be spent in smaller
amounts and there is no set minimum. County Councillors are also able to jointly fund
projects which work across their local areas, or even to fund projects working
districtwide or countywide.
The focus of the Community Fund feels right, and there is no proposed change to the
focus for this year; it will again align with the principles of SCC’s #DoingOurBit
campaign. This means that it will support projects aimed at helping residents look after
themselves, the people around them, and the places where they live.
For people who want to find out more about the Fund, this page on SCC website has the
latest information for this year. The application form is on that page too.
2024 Community Fund – Staffordshire County Council
2024 Community Fund – guidance for applicants – Staffordshire County
Council
‘We Love Uttoxeter’ Community Foundation
There is also funding available from the Staffordshire Community Foundation. You can
apply for £100 to £1000. Details available on their website.
We Love Uttoxeter – The Community Foundation for Staffordshire
Road Fatalities in 2023
We have had a spate of accidents that have sadly resulted in fatalities, and we await the
Coroner Reports. The first was on the B5030 with a head on crash, two motorcyclists
had a head on collision near the Marsh Tea Rooms on the B5013 followed by a collision
between a motorbike and a school bus nearby at the Rugeley Turn and B5013/4
junction. Finally, a van ended up in the Blythe at Burndhurst Mill after hitting a lorry.
The bridge is being repaired. I cannot foretell what the Coroner will say, however I am
pressing the County Council on drawing up potential and appropriate solutions at each
place.
Watery Lane Crossroads, Kingstone
Plans are in place after the initial survey work funded by my Divisional Highways
Programme fund. Kingstone WI have gained £25,000 from ESBC with Cllr Colin
Whittaker’s help. Uttoxeter Rural and Kingstone Parish Councils along with the County
Council have agreed to fund alterations to this crossroad. The project will be delivered
in this financial year with the free dedication of the land by the landowners to facilitate
the project. Thanks to all of them and all involved for in delivering a unique project.

A50/A500 Growth Corridor update
While Project A as it is known is completed and is a major piece of engineering and a
huge success and delivering many economic benefits, while also improving road safety,
there is more to be done. With funding released from the cancellation of HS2, the
county council must work with the other local authorities involved to get to the next
stage of this project. The latest idea is a flyover at Uttoxeter with the roundabout
beneath allowing the A50 to flow freely over the junction with traffic joining from the
roundabout below. The Festival Park or Hanford junctions are good examples.
More work is ongoing on Digital Working and Superfast Staffordshire Website shows
when New Broadband will arrive. North Staffordshire has a project with Connect Fibre
and Mary Freeman is their liaison. You can find when and where the faster fibre
broadband will be available at the Superfast Staffordshire website
www.superfaststaffordshire.co.uk/.
With the copper network disappearing and more people working from home because of
the pandemic, the need for 5G and faster broadband has become even more pressing. It
is a good job we have done what we have, but there is more needed.
MyStaffs App and the shift to digital
You can access all your council services on the move with the ‘My Staffs App’, free and
available on Apple devices, android and Google platforms from the Apple App store and
Google Play.
What is the MyStaffs app? It’s a much quicker and easier way in which customers can
talk to us with new technology using smart phones. If you need to report an issue, make
a transaction, or request information, with the free app you access key services
anytime, anywhere.
You can even specify your location so that you receive information about the services
which just apply in your area.
What’s more is that the app doesn’t just feature key county services but some at district
and borough level too, which means you can access everything all in one place, at the
touch of a button.
What's available on the app?
Services available through the app include:
•School Term Date Information
•School Closures
•Childcare
•Advice and information for parents of under 5s
•Local Venues and Attractions

•Waste Services
•School Meal Menus and Pricing
•Registration Services
•Council Tax Information
•Roads and Highways
So, if you’re always on the go – save time today and download the MyStaffs App for
Apple and Android devices.
Uttoxeter Quarry
We have been successful to have restrictions to journey travel and timings of
importation of scalping’s into Uttoxeter Quarry for washing. Thanks to the Parish
Councils involved for their lobbying efforts. There is a time limit on these activities
which needs to be monitored.
The next stage is the delivery of the Sports Hub with ongoing bids this year.
Blithfield Reservoir
After complaints from residents and Blithfield Parish Council a Section 53 notice has
been placed on the causeway allowing the Police to confiscate vehicles being used for
racing or cruising. The damaged sign has been replaced and drivers prosecuted.
This is a great example of partnership working by SCC, ESBC, Police and residents.
Fauld Mine
The operators at the Mine have restarted the liaison committee and it is worth noting
they have a community fund that has helped Renew Church in Uttoxeter. The material
they mine is now being added to the cement at Cauldon Low. This is some 200,000
tonnes a year. This is a hidden gem who are willing to work with our community.
Marchington Flooding
Kate Kniveton MP called a meeting involving the Environment Agency, Severn Trent and
SCC Highways to explain what they are doing. Marchington has a Section 19 Flood Plan
which they all should be delivering to. Some interesting facts came up at the meeting
which explained some of the problems. However, we can’t dodge the weather is
changing and causing issues not in plain sight such as carers not being able to make
visits when roads are impassable.
Looking to the future
Much more than this is happening in the Uttoxeter Rural area and there is always
something that needs my attention, particularly blocked gullies and collapsed drains.
Many of our rural roads were designed when modern traffic volumes were not even
dreamt of.

With electric vehicles a looming issue is the National Grid capacity to provide enough
capacity for electric cars and heat pumps. I attended a National Grid meeting last
November when they made stakeholders attending aware of their issues in changing
the grid and a EV meeting in London where we discussed the imminent changes. This is
on top of housing we need for our communities.
All these issues need a rural slant to them alongside the majority urban one.
As the Staffordshire representative on the Rural Services Network, I ensure our voice is
heard, as we are a peri urban area, a rural area on the edge of large urban areas and as
a result can be easily forgotten. And that is the reason most of us chose to live in
Uttoxeter Rural.
This is only a snapshot of the many things that I come across in a year and if anyone
wishes to know more on any subject do not hesitate to contact me.
Philip Atkins
philip.atkins@staffordshire.gov.uk

CPRE Hedge Planting 12 March 2024

Hedge-planting volunteers needed!

Blithfield Parish Council, could you help us plant a hedge on Tuesday 12th March?

As part of our Hedgerow Heroes project, we’ll be planting about 175m of new hedgerow on farmland near Weston Hall, near the A5 and Weston-under-Lizard.Planting will take place between 10am and 2pm, but we also appreciate volunteers who are only able to come for part of the day. We love it when the local community gets involved in their area, and also welcome guests from further away.

Full details of where to park and meet will be sent out before the event, including the exact address and meeting place.

What do I need?

No previous experience of tree-planting is necessary. We’ll show you what to do and provide all the necessary equipment. Please come dressed for the weather.

Please bring a packed lunch and snacks, and a flask with a hot drink.

What happens if we need to cancel?

Bad weather is difficult to plan for. In general, we will continue to plant if it’s raining, but if it’s looking dangerous or the ground is frozen we will have to cancel an event. If this happens, we will try and notify you as soon as we possibly can.

If you need to cancel, please send us an email to let us know.

How do I confirm I’d like to go?

It’s free to attend the day! Just sign up here on Eventbrite so we know who is coming.
If you have any queries, please drop us an email.

We hope to see you there!

Blithfeld News Spring 2024

 

Welcome to the first news briefing from Blithfield Parish Council in 2024.

 

Action on Reservoir Causeway Racers: The S59 signs erected close to the Blithfield Reservoir Causeway have improved the situation regarding the anti-social behaviour in the area.  Unfortunately the issue has partially moved to the Admaston lay-by which is not encompassed by the signs.  The parish council continues to apply pressure to the various partners in the hope, further action can be taken.

New PCSO   The Needwood ward of which Blithfield is a part, has a new PCSO, PCSO 30170 Chris Edwards, he can be contacted by email christopher.edwards@staffordshire.police.uk.  We are grateful for the help we received from PCSO Tim Leathers who has now moved on. You can find lots of information regarding crime and also report it on Staffordshire Police’s website https://www.staffordshire.police.uk/

There has been a spate of farm and rural related crime in the area. PCSO 16930 Lucy Hadfield email lucinda.hadfield@staffordshire.pnn.police.uk, is the Rural and Wildlife coordinator.  She will carry out free security checks and offer advice to farms and small holdings if requested.

Admaston lay-by and telephone box:   The telephone box has now been repaired following vandalism and is looking very smart.  Councillor Kevin Massey spent many hours on this and we thank him for his pain staking efforts.  He will tidy up the Newton telephone box, over the summer when the weather is better and time permits.

White lines have been repainted on the road at the end of the lay-by, we have not however, managed to get ‘Giveway’ signs erected.

Superfast Fibre Broadband:   Since Newton and Dapple Heath were upgraded to superfast Broadband, the government have removed the voucher scheme which was in place.  There are a number of hurdles, which have stood in the way of Admaston being upgraded so far.  Contact has been maintained with Openreach and Staffordshire County Council and some news is expected in April 2024.  It is unlikely anything is going to happen quickly, but we will continue to maintain pressure and communication as appropriate, and hope we have some good news soon.  We are very grateful to Jon Wood, who continues to assist us with this matter.

Defibrillators:  To register your interest in a training session during summer 2024, please email the parish clerk. Remember the defibrillators can be found in the phone box at Newton and outside the village hall in Admaston.

Potholes:  The poor state of the roads in the parish has been noted by the parish council.  Although this is a national problem, we are trying to open a dialogue with the Highways division of the County Council in the hope we can apply pressure to get some of the worst problems repaired.  The parish clerk regularly reports pothole and highways issues to the Council.  You can also do this yourselves by using the link https://www.staffordshire.gov.uk/, click on ‘Highways’ and then ‘Report’.

Litter Picking:   It is hoped to arrange a litter picking event across the parish during the Spring, with the support of East Staffordshire Borough Council who will supply the necessary equipment.  We will need volunteers, please.  Further details to follow.

Dog Fouling:   You are reminded that dog fouling is an offence.  We urge you to please clean up after your dog not only around houses but when using public footpaths on farmland too.  Dog poo can be a danger to farm animals too.

Next Parish Council meeting: The next meeting of the Parish Council will be at Admaston Village Hall on Thursday, 7 March at 7pm. All are welcome and if parishioners have any matters to raise please contact a member of the Parish Council or the Parish Council Clerk.

 

Visit our Parish Council Website: https://blithfield-parish-council.org/  The website has agendas, meeting minutes, details of planning applications, news and much more for you to read.                                                                                        

Contacts: Chairman: Cllr Peter Atkins, MBE, OStJ. pda.bpc@gmail.com                                                                 

Vice Chairman: Cllr Anthony Vernon anthonyvernonbpc@hotmail.com

Cllr Phyllis Massey  phyllismasseybpc@gmail.com

Cllr Stan Hulme  hulme.standa@tiscali.co.uk

Cllr Kevin Massey kevinbpc@yahoo.com

Parish Clerk Fiona Shipley: blithfieldpc@gmail.com

 Parish Email Address List:   The parish council would like to build a more complete list of parish residents’ email addresses, so that we can reach more of you this way.  It is the most quick and cost effective method of sharing news and notices.   Data protection rules mean we cannot share emails that are held by the PCC or Neighbourhood Watch with each other or anyone else. This newsletter will be displayed on the notice boards and emailed to the addresses we hold but we would be very pleased, if anyone who’s email address we do not have, could let the parish clerk  have it, so she can add you to our list.

 

Healthwatch Staffordshire – HAVE YOU CALLED AN AMBULANCE

https://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/7WAZHA/

New 24/7 advice line to access hospice care

 

A new telephone line has been launched in Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent to make it easier for patients, relatives and health care professionals to access palliative and end of life care advice.

The new number is now live and is 0300 561 2900 and is supported by specialist clinicians.

 

Specialist palliative care services are provided across the area by four organisations: Douglas Macmillan Hospice in Stoke-on-Trent; Katharine House Hospice in Stafford; St Giles Hospice near Lichfield, and Compton Care in Wolverhampton. They currently have four different adviceline numbers which operate at different times of the day and night.

 

The new number will allow patients and healthcare professionals to obtain help and advice 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Moreton Brook Solar Farm Proposal

 

Proposed Moreton Brook Solar Farm

Community Consultation Events

Aura Power is working on a solar farm proposal on land to the south of
Newton. They are offering an online public consultation event as well as an
in-person public exhibition to present their plans to the wider community
and listen to feedback. Both events provide a platform to learn more about
the proposal and ask questions direct to the project team.

Details of these events can be found below:

Online event: Tuesday 24th October at 6pm
To register to attend the online event please visit:
www.aurapower.com/uk-projects/moreton-brook

In-person exhibition: Wednesday 25th October 4-7pm
Admaston Village Hall, School Lane, Admaston, WP15 3PE
No need to register, just turn up

The webinar will be recorded and the exhibition boards will also be made
available on the project website after the events have taken place.
If you would like to speak to the team either in person or over the phone,
please do not hesitate to get in touch using the contact details below.

Moreton Brook Solar Farm – Community Flyer (1)

Moreton Brook Solar Farm – Parish Poster (1)

Concessionary Travel

Staffordshire County Council in partnership  with the Department of Transport are promoting Concessionary Bus Travel for older and disabled people who live in Staffordshire.

Sadly we have no buses stopping in the parish at present, but this information may be useful to you if you are travelling outside the parish.

However if you are interested to know more, please click on the link below

Concessionary Bus Travel

image bus

 

 

 

CPRE’s Hedgerow Hero’s Project

CPRE Staffordshire, the countryside charity, has recently received funding from national CPRE’s Hedgerow Heroes project. We have ambitious plans to plant up to 4km of hedgerow around Staffordshire over the autumn and winter.

We are now on the look-out for suitable sites where we could organise volunteer planting events. If your parish council is aware of any land that might be suitable for hedge-planting, please do get in touch. Our funding would cover the cost of whips, tree guards, stakes, and tools. We would provide risk assessments and landowner partnership agreements and would be able to help with publicity and social media.

Further details can be found on the website

contact:

Sarah Burgess

Office & Publicity Manager

CPRE Staffordshire

2 Staffordshire Place

Stafford

ST16 2DH

01785 278230

http://www.cprestaffordshire.org.uk/

Registered Charity Number 219443

 

Lea Lane Road Closure

STAFFORDSHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL
ROAD TRAFFIC REGULATION ACT 1984 (AS AMENDED)
ROAD TRAFFIC (TEMPORARY RESTRICTIONS) ACT 1991
TEMPORARY TRAFFIC REGULATION NOTICE
EMERGENCY CLOSURE
Lea Lane
Newton
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that Staffordshire County Council being the highway authority responsible for the repair and
maintenance of Lea Lane in Newton are satisfied that it is necessary to close to all vehicular traffic that length of Lea Lane from
the junction of Newton Lane to the junction of Newbuildings Farm for a period of 21 days from the date of this Notice
because of the likelihood of danger to the public during repairs on leaking water main being undertaken by South Staffs Water.
Access will be available for pedestrians and for vehicles being used in connection with the works and for emergency services
vehicles or for vehicles requiring access to properties on the length of road which is closed.
An alternative route for traffic is available and will be signed on site.
https://one.network/?tm=134913906
IT IS ANTICIPATED THAT THE CLOSURE WILL BE IN PLACE BETWEEN 10:20HOURS ON
13th July 2023 AND 23:59HOURS ON 19th July 2023.
The restriction may if necessary be extended for one further period of up to 21 days by the publication of a second Notice.
John Tradewell
Director of Corporate Services


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