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Lichfield District Council’s residents’ magazine

WINTER 2010

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He can fly! CBBC’s Barney tells us why playing Peter Pan in the Lichfield Garrick’s Christmas production is the perfect role for him.

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Treasure trove

City car park reopens

Stunning pieces from the Staffordshire Hoard are set to go on display in Lichfield next year.

Lichfield’s Birmingham Road multi storey car park opens in time for the Christmas rush.

How do you think the district should be developed?

We’ve teamed up with Tesco to offer you an energy efficient prize worth £150.

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www.visitlichfield.co.uk Find out about local festivals, walking tours and events

Welcome to intouch Councillor Mike Wilcox, Leader of Lichfield District Council www.lichfielddc.gov.uk/leadersblog

Hello and welcome to our festive edition of intouch – Lichfield District Council’s residents’ magazine. It’s full of council news, events and useful information. Lichfield District is a hive of activity in the run up to Christmas. From the Christmas festival and outdoor carol concert, to a festive lantern parade and the Lichfield Garrick’s production of Peter Pan, there is lots on offer to keep the whole family entertained. In this issue, find out how our multi-million pound makeover of the city’s historic parks is progressing, including the unveiling of the first fully completed part of the project – the Garden of Remembrance. City traders joined us in celebrating the re-opening of the Birmingham Road multi storey car park in time for the Christmas rush. We launched the repaired and refreshed car park in early November, and shoppers and visitors have told us how impressed they are with its wider parking bays and lighter feel. Turn to page 6 to see a feature about our community work in Burntwood, and

on page 7 we have an update on the I was delighted to join regional businesses Chasewater dam improvement works, and political leaders to sign up to two new which started in November, as well as a Local Enterprise Partnerships that will see round up of our development consultation us working together to boost economic with people living in rural areas in our district. growth, new and varied jobs, and business And, don’t miss your chance to get opportunities across these partnership involved in the big planning debate – to areas and beyond. help us shape the development of our I am also enjoying visiting all the parish district in the future – turn to pages and town councils across the district. 12 –15 to find out more. I’ve visited 12 so far, and it’s helping me to understand the needs of our residents. This is the end of a brilliant Finally, I would like to wish you a but hectic six months as the merry Christmas and a happy New Year.

new Leader of the council, while continuing my role as Cabinet Member for Finance, Revenues and Benefits. I am overseeing the drive to cut our costs and save more than £3.5 million between 2010 and 2013, whilst doing all we can to safeguard our services.

Above: Leaders gathered at the NEC to sign up to Birmingham and Solihull LEP

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Burntwood Christmas Lantern Parade and Winter Market Saturday 11 December Arrive 6pm for 6.30pm parade Burntwood Leisure Centre. Free event. Spread a little Christmas cheer, and come to the grounds of the leisure centre to see the spectacular lantern parade set off on a procession through the streets of Burntwood. There will be a winter market

full of gift ideas and festive foods to enjoy when the procession returns to the leisure centre. The Burntwood Lantern Parade is only possible thanks to the hard work and dedication of many local volunteers and organisations. See the full list, and find out about more community events in Burntwood, on page 6.

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All that glitters Staffordshire Hoard tour set to stop off at Lichfield Cathedral in 2011. Choice pieces from the Staffordshire Hoard, that was unearthed in Hammerwich in 2009, are set to return to the district as part of a planned temporary touring exhibition that will be on display in Lichfield Cathedral next year. Since the 3,500 mud-encrusted pieces that make up the Staffordshire Hoard were found buried in a farmer’s field, many of the gold crosses, garneted sword pommels and helmet fragments, dating back to the seventh century, have been cleaned to reveal their true beauty and workmanship. The temporary tour will feature some of the finest pieces from the hoard, and is set to visit Stafford, Lichfield and Tamworth in the summer. This will be a precursor to a permanent Mercian Trail, which will see displays in Birmingham, Stoke-on-Trent, Lichfield, Staffordshire and Tamworth, revealing the wealth of stories behind the gold. Councillor Louise Flowith, Cabinet Member for Tourism, said: We think it is so important that all our residents get the opportunity to see the hoard, so that they feel a connection to it and to their local Anglo Saxon history.” To pledge your support to the ongoing conservation and research of the Staffordshire Hoard, visit www.staffordshirehoard.org.uk

Don’t forget to fill in and return your 2011 Census questionnaire.

Pictured: Conserving the collection

“We’re delighted to be working alongside the team at Lichfield Cathedral, who will take this opportunity to explore the possible links between the hoard and the cathedral’s priceless Anglo Saxon treasures, including the St Chad Gospels and the Lichfield Angel.” Councillor Louise Flowith Cabinet Member for Tourism

Lichfield Christmas Festival Saturday 11 and Sunday 12 December Market Square and participating venues across the city. Celebrate the festive season at a weekend of Christmas events throughout Lichfield City. There will be hot chocolate and mulled wine served on the Market Square, a Santa’s grotto,

free entertainment – including dancing, drama and carol singing, a Rudolf trail for the little ones, a Christmas fayre, and special events at a host of venues. To find out more visit www.visitlichfield.co.uk/events

The next population census is taking place on 27 March 2011, when more than 25 million households, including all local homes, will be sent a questionnaire by the Office for National Statistics. It will include questions about work, education, citizenship, ethnic background, second homes, language, health, religion and marital status. Don’t forget it’s a legal requirement to complete the 2011 Census questionnaire, so make sure you remember to do yours. Find out more at www.census.gov.uk


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Festive waste and recycling

Your bin calendar 2010-2011

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Bin calendars

No change to your bin days over the Christmas holidays.

We recently sent bin calendars to every home in the district. The calendar is an easy way to double check when your bin day is and what colour bins you need to put out each week. If you haven’t got your leaflet yet, please download one at www.recycleforlichfielddistrict. co.uk or call us on 0845 002 0022.

This Christmas your bin collections will not be affected by any of the festive bank holidays, and we’ll be emptying bins across the district as normal. Simply put out your bins by 7am on your bin days, and we'll do the rest! Festive recycling tip For recipes to transform leftovers into tasty dishes visit the website

www.lovefoodhatewaste.com and don’t forget to recycle any peelings, bones or scraps, that can’t be used up, in your brown bin. Also recycle any real holly and mistletoe decorations, and even your real Christmas tree, but remember to take off all the decorations and to chop it up, so it fits in your brown bin with the lid closed.

Citycar park reopens We were pleased to officially re-launch the newly repaired Birmingham Road multi storey car park in November. After passing rigorous safety tests with flying colours, Councillor Stanhope, Cabinet Member for Democratic and Legal Services, did the honours and opened the car park to shoppers, who were keen to use it while they stocked up on their Christmas shopping. To give the car park a new lease of life, the works included painting the internal walls white, creating wider parking bays and installing new pay and display machines.

Above: Multi storey car park re-launch

“I am delighted the car park is open in time for the Christmas rush, and know visitors are glad to use it again as it is so convenient for the Three Spires Shopping Centre, city centre, Lichfield Garrick and beyond.” Councillor Stanhope Cabinet Member for Democratic & Legal Services

Lichfield Shopmobility has also moved back to the multi storey car park. The scheme offers people with mobility problems a place to park and the free use of an electric-powered scooter or wheelchair. To find out more call 07779 333807 or go to www.lichfielddc.gov.uk/ shopmobility

Snow or ice If it snows, or it is particularly icy, it can be difficult for our trucks to get out and about safely. So, if it does snow this winter, please go to www.recycleforlichfielddistrict. co.uk to find out when we will be emptying your bins.

Bulky waste collections

From old sofas and kitchen units, to bathroom suites and fridge freezers, we can take away your unwanted items. It costs £14 to remove one item and £5.85 for every extra item. See a full list of what we can take away at www.recyclefor lichfielddistrict.co.uk To book your bulky waste collection call 0845 002 0022. We offer a discounted rate to people who claim benefits, so if you do, remember to tell us when you book.


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The boy who wouldn’t grow up Above: The cast of Look at Me

Back in November, in the first week of rehearsals, we caught up with CBBC’s Barney Harwood to ask him how he feels about donning tights in Lichfield Garrick’s Christmas production of Peter Pan. special effects, we’ve also got an incredible music score thanks to Music Director, Adrian Jackson.

You work in children’s TV and are playing Peter Pan, so are you a big kid at heart? Yes! There’s something magical about not growing up. I think grown ups in the audience will also find their inner child when they come to see the show.

Peter Pan is playing at the Lichfield Garrick from 2 December to 9 January, with a selection of daytime and evening performances. Tickets cost from £10 to £13.50 for children and from £19.50 to £21.50 for adults. Book your seats now by calling box office on 01543 412121 or visiting www.lichfieldgarrick.com

Are you looking forward to appearing on stage with your dad Barnaby (who is playing Hook’s right-hand man Smee)? Yes, although the last time I appeared on stage with my dad, I was nine and played the back end of a cow, but because I was so small my udders dragged on the floor! Finally, what will make Lichfield Garrick’s Peter Pan an unmissable Christmas treat? It’s such a magical story, and this production not only has lots of

Above: Smee, played by Barney's father Barnaby

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An enriching Lichfield Garrick Whether it’s singing in a youth choir or treading the boards in an acting workshop, Lichfield Garrick is a hub of arts activities, which attracts people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities. The city theatre takes its role in the community very seriously. Here the Lichfield Garrick’s Artistic and Executive Director, Adrian Jackson, tells us more: “We want to share the wonderful world of theatre with as many people as possible, and so we work with and for the community wherever we can.” The extensive community development programme includes: Lichfield Community Youth Choir, Lichfield School of Acting, community workshops, Garrick Rep seasons, an education programme, and collaborations between professional and amateur theatre companies. The theatre also works with local schools and groups on community projects. The show, Look at Me, was one such venture when 80 pupils from Charnwood Primary School and Rocklands School took to the stage in the summer in a huge celebratory performance. The showcase, in front of friends, family, teachers and local dignitaries, featured special songs and dances around the themes of friendship and tolerance. It was a good way for the children to get to know each other, as the two schools now share the same site.

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“I’m delighted we can offer young people the opportunity to explore their creativity, and I know that singing and dancing on a professional stage is a memory these children will cherish.” Adrian Jackson Lichfield Garrick’s Artistic and Executive Director


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Burntwood’s fab! Ryan Waldron is halfway through a three year role as Burntwood’s Community Development Worker. It’s a post that is funded by Lichfield District Council, Burntwood Town Council and HomeZone Living. He also works closely with other groups and organisations, especially Forward Action Burntwood. Here we ask Ryan to tell us more about what the role involves. “My main task is to find ways to bring the community together. Thanks to loads of support, I have been involved in, and led on, lots of projects that do just that, said Ryan.

Above: Community clean up

Some of the partnership work that has been keeping Ryan busy includes: helping to set up a knitting group, running community clean ups,

“The response has been amazing, and I am looking forward to creating even more opportunities to get local people together.” Ryan Waldron Burntwood’s Community Development Worker

leading the organisation of Forward Action Burntwood’s FAB Summer Fete, working with Staffordshire Young People’s Service to host fun events for young people, arranging information sessions for older people, and helping to organise Burntwood’s magical Christmas lantern parades. Another highlight is the project that celebrates Burntwood’s proud mining heritage, which has seen local people create a willow sculpture of a local miner. On display at the Old Mining College Centre, the life-sized willow miner is also set to include recordings of former miners talking about their experiences working in local coal pits.

Above: Ryan Waldron with the Burntwood miner

And, new for 2011, Ryan will be inviting community groups to secure a bit of extra funding through the new initiative – Burntwood Community Chest. He said: “I hope lots of community groups based in Burntwood apply to us for a grant of up to £200 to spend on local projects. This could be anything from new bats and wickets for a cricket club, or toys for a playgroup, through to flyers to promote a community event.” For an application form, please visit www.lichfielddc.gov.uk/burntwood communitychest or call 01543 308225.

Above: Burntwood’s Big Draw

Many thanks: All of the projects mentioned were only possible thanks to the kind support of our partner organisations, including: Burntwood Town Council, HomeZone Living, Forward Action Burntwood, Staffordshire County Council, Burntwood Leisure Centre, Burntwood Community & Learning Partnership, Staffordshire Police, Staffordshire Fire & Rescue, Lichfield Community Safety Partnership, South Staffordshire College, South Staffordshire Primary Care Trust, Age Concern, Burntwood Live at Home, Burntwood Init, Staffordshire Young People’s Service, B-Arts, Lichfield & District Voluntary and Community Sector Support and lots of local groups and volunteers.

Driving groups across the district If members of your community or voluntary group struggle to get to activities, why not let Lichfield District Community Transport help?

Our low cost mini bus service is particularly aimed at people who live in rural areas and anyone who finds it difficult to use public transport or taxis. Costs start from just £5 an hour, plus 65p a mile. Michael Savic, Manager for Lichfield and District Live at Home, said: “Thanks to community transport, we can offer our group a good variety of activities. We use it for our weekly shopping outings and friendship clubs, and once a month for

day trips. Not only is it great value, it is also a friendly and reliable service.” To book your journey, hire the bus for a day out, or to find out about volunteering as a driver, call 01543 308165 or email community.transport@lichfielddc.gov.uk Lichfield District Community Transport is funded by Lichfield District Council, Lichfield City Council and Burntwood Town Council.


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Chasewater dam repair work begins www.lichfielddc.gov.uk/chasewaterdamblog

In November essential repair works to Chasewater dam got underway. Councillor Val Richards, Cabinet Member for Leisure Services, commented: “To plan repairs to a dam that is more than 200 years old has taken an enormous amount of preparatory work, so we’re pleased to get to this stage. I’d like to thank everyone who visits and uses the country park, especially the clubs, for their patience during the works.” We selected leading contractors, Galliford Try, to lead on the repair project, which will cost around £3 million. The works will limit the effects of heavy rainfall and erosion, making sure the dam remains safe for years to come. Pool Road, which runs along the top of the dam, is now closed to everyone, while the repairs take place – including pedestrians, horse riders and cyclists.

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Positive about young people From dance and DJing skills, to trampolining and Panna football, Positive Futures keeps 10 to 19 year olds, from Burntwood, busy. Run by Lichfield District Council and Staffordshire County Council, the programme encourages young people to take part in sports and other positive activities. Find out more at www.lichfielddc. gov.uk/positivefutures

Quick Facts: W We drained around one billion

gallons of water out of the reservoir. W All visitors to the country park should stay on marked paths and keep off the reservoir bed – especially children and dogs. W Once the works are complete, the

reservoir could take around two years to refill, depending on how much it rains.

Village views Thank you to everyone who gave us their views at our recent rural consultations. Pictured: Lucky winner Pippa Rowles

We travelled the length and breadth of the district, stopping off at village halls, craft fairs, shows and festivals, to talk to people living in our rural communities. Lots of people filled in our questionnaire and told us what it's like living in a rural community, including their views on housing, jobs, local services, transport and more. The feedback will help us to shape our proposals for how rural areas could be enhanced in the future.

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To say thank you for sparing the time to give us their views, we entered everyone into a prize draw. Alrewas local, Louise Hunwick, was the lucky winner of the adults’ prize draw and won £25 shopping vouchers, while 3-year-old Pippa Rowles, from Longdon, won tickets to see Peter Pan. We are holding workshops in the new year for anyone who wants to be more involved. Find out more by calling Clare Eggington on 01543 308192.

Above: Positive Futures’ Impact Dance have performed at festivals and shows across Burntwood

Aspiring to have fun The Aspire Project entertains 8 to 14 year olds from north Lichfield, Edingale, Mile Oak, Fazeley and Drayton Bassett, who might otherwise miss out on the fun. With term time and holiday activities, it helps young people to form friendships, develop self esteem and a healthy lifestyle. The Aspire Project is run by Lichfield District Council and funded by Staffordshire County Council’s Children’s Fund. Find out more at www.lichfielddc.gov.uk/aspire

Above: Autumn’s half term activities included a trip to Redpoint Climbing Centre


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Carols in the Park

Historic parks

Saturday 11 December from 5pm to 6pm Beacon Park

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Three of the city’s much loved parks are getting the makeover treatment, as part of Lichfield District and Lichfield City councils’ project to transform Minster Pool and Walk, the Garden of Remembrance and Beacon Park. Here’s a quick round up of how the works are progressing. Above: The Garden of Remembrance – a fitting tribute

A day to remember We were delighted to open the newly restored Garden of Remembrance in November. It was a fitting scene for the Remembrance Sunday memorial service, which saw local dignitaries place wreaths around the war memorial on 14 November. As part of the transformation, the war memorial, sundial, balustrades, gates, lion statues and urns were restored. A new ramp and paths, along with new planting completes the garden.

Above: Restored Captain Smith bronze (left) and Restored King Edward VII statue (right)

Minster Pool and Walk As part of the revamp of Minster Pool and Walk, the pool’s bank has been strengthened with a new wall that will protect the roots of nearby trees. Work is also underway to complete and light the avenue of trees to create a stunning atmosphere for evening walks. The historic area will also see a resurfaced path, seating, planting and more. Beacon Pa rk Work has stepped up a notch at Beacon Park’s Museum Gardens. In the summer, we unveiled the restored statues of King Edward VII and Captain Smith of the Titanic, which stand at either end of the formal garden.

Conservation specialists have also repaired the fountain’s stonework, which will be re-launched once work to restore the centre-piece fountain and install a new water pumping system is complete. We are also refurbishing the historic gateways into the park, creating extra paths, a seating area and refreshment kiosk, installing information panels and welcome signs, and planting new shrubs and flowers. Elsewhere across the rest of Beacon Park, the new bowling green has been laid, the Martyrs’ Plaque has been set in stone and is on display, the bank of the pool has been strengthened, and a new wooden boardwalk across the pool is complete. The new poolside café, bowls & education pavilion and the Swinfen Broun Pavilion extension are taking shape. Work to the new children’s play area is well underway, and, in the meantime, children have enjoyed a temporary giant sandpit – complete with a toy train and springy chickens, as well as a nearby wood and rope balancing course. Below: Natasha playing in the temporary play area

These works have been possible thanks to £3.919 million funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund and the Big Lottery Fund, as part of their Parks for People programme.

Sing your favourite carols and Christmas songs in the frosty outdoors.

Free entry – donations to Lichfield Proms in Beacon Park welcome.

Tone zone

Stowe Fields is now home to an outdoor gym, thanks to the kind donation of £17,000 by the Rotary Club of Lichfield St Chad. The gym, which is next to the children’s play area, is full of weather-resistant gym equipment, and is free for everyone to use. To find out more visit www.lichfielddc.gov.uk/ stowegym


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www.lichfielddc.gov.uk/lichfieldsection106 £400,000 106 funding up for grabs in Lichfield City – apply by 4 Feb 2011

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Thanks to section 106 agreements, we can invest in a whole range of new local facilities. These agreements are made when a company developing in the local area, such as a building firm, formally agrees to pay money towards local schemes as part of the planning permission process. Here are some of the latest section 106 funded projects: It’s play time! We invested £258,000 in the redevelopment of Shortbutts Park’s play area. The park, which opened in the autumn, includes a tyre swing, slide, climbing frame, see saw, zip-line and more. In celebration, our Chairman, Councillor Barry Diggle, added his name to a commemorative boulder, before children were unleashed onto the park to get down to the serious business of playing.

“Shortbutts Park is at the heart of the local community, and I know that children will have lots of fun playing here for years to come.” Councillor Barry Diggle Chairman of Lichfield District Council

Above: Cllr Diggle adds his mark to the park

Above: Local children try out the new tyre swing

Darwin Hall We invested £750,000 in the new Darwin Hall – a project led by Lichfield City Council. The hall opened in the summer, and boasts a main hall, meeting room, kitchen and an enclosed outside area. Run by a management committee, it is already proving popular with lots of community groups and local people who are using it for their classes, meetings and celebrations. Calder Crossing We invested £30,000 in a new bridge and footpath in Shenstone, called Calder Crossing. Named after the late Jim Calder, the new bridge crosses Footherley Brook and is fully accessible so everyone, including wheelchair users, can get to the public open spaces at either end. The project was led by Shenstone Parish Council. Martin Heath Hall We invested £30,000 to help modernise Martin Heath Hall in Lichfield, which is used by members of Christ Church and the wider community. Staffordshire County Council’s Children and Lifelong Directorate also donated £8,000 towards the makeover. Lots of local clubs and societies are now enjoying the new welcoming entrance, new kitchen, repaired ceilings, lighting and more.

If you are thinking of buying a new home, get that extra peace of mind by asking your solicitor to request a full property search from our land charges team. With unrivalled knowledge of the local area, you can trust that we will uncover any hidden extras before you commit to buying a property. Unexpected results sometimes include legal obligations on the property, hidden financial charges, and properties that do not have planning permission. And, if a search does come back with worrying results, we can also guide you through how to deal with these issues, if you decide to go ahead with the sale. Detailed property searches only take three days and cost £99.

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Need help and advice? www.lichfielddc.gov.uk/councillors Contact your ward councillor if you've got a local issue you want advice on. Email your councillor Councillors’ email addresses start with their first name, followed by a dot, followed by their surname and finished with @lichfielddc.gov.uk For example: barry.diggle@lichfielddc.gov.uk Burntwood Town Wards All Saints Brenda Constable E 01543 684685 Helen Fisher E 01543 305070 Boney Hay Rod Campbell E 01543 685484 Russell Heath E 01543 671857 Burntwood Central Kenneth Humphreys E 01543 676005 Brenda Rigby E 01543 672376 Chasetown Paul Atkins E 01543 674504 John Emery E 01543 304068 Chase Terrace Richard Bamborough E 01543 673850 Maureen Humphreys E 01543 676005 Stephen Tranter E 01543 304226 Highfield Douglas Constable E 01543 684685 Maureen Holt E 01543 684102 Summerfield Donald Isaacs E 01543 319588 Steve Norman E 01543 304711 Lichfield City Wards Boley Park Jeanette Allsopp E 01543 256114 Barry Diggle E 01543 258678 Janet Eagland E 01543 257102

Chadsmead Marion Bland E 01543 416449 Michael Fryers E 01543 300646 Curborough Brian Bacon E 01543 264357 Norma Bacon E 01543 264357 John Walker E 01543 257461 Leomansley Terrence Finn E 01543 252348 Ian Jackson E 01543 414732 Derek Love E 01543 252096 St John’s Gwyneth Boyle E 01543 251684 Doris English E 01543 256415 John Wilks E 01543 262268 Stowe Bernard Derrick E 01543 410124 Colin Greatorex E 01543 416677 David Smedley E 01543 410389 Lichfield Rural Wards Alrewas & Fradley Paul Hogan E 01283 790263 Margaret Stanhope E 01283 790215 Michael Wilcox E 01283 791761 Armitage with Handsacre Richard Cox E 01543 490560 Thomas Marshall E 01543 491625 Martyn Tittley E 01543 490758

Bourne Vale Charles McEwan E 01543 414622 Colton & Mavesyn Ridware Tony Hill E 07971 237620 Hammerwich Erica Bayliss E 01543 685380 Val Richards E 01543 686927 Fazeley Ben Adams E 01543 483013 Tony Brookes E 01827 287464

Have you registered to vote? Next May, if you are 18 or more, you will get the chance to vote for your parish and district councillors in the local elections. It’s also your opportunity to have your say in the proposed referendum on the UK parliamentary voting system. To vote, you need to complete and return your annual canvass form, which we sent to all local households in the autumn. If you haven't registered to vote yet, or if you have just moved to the district, please call our elections team on 01543 308125 or visit www.lichfielddc.gov.uk/elections to make sure you get to have your say.

Ian Lewin E 01827 260483 Kings Bromley Ian Pritchard E 01543 472732 Little Aston Louise Flowith E 07778 787522 Joseph Powell E 01543 255176 Longdon Neil Roberts E 01543 672957 Mease & Tame Phillip Bennion E 01827 373274 Ellen Perkins E 01827 373841 Shenstone Matthew Ellis E 01543 308003

Your one-stop-shop to give us your views on the things that matter to you. Whether you want to find out about planning applications in your area, or want to comment on local issues, visit

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Kick start your home repairs From a leaking roof to a new bathroom, let KickStart take the stress out of your home improvements. Calling all Lichfield District homeowners! Do you have a household income of not more than £27,200 a year, or receive benefits, or are 60 years of age or more? Then why not find out if we can help to improve your home? We’ve teamed up with Spirita Home Improvement Agency to offer qualifying local home owners

help with their home repairs, adaptations and improvements. The KickStart home repairs scheme includes impartial expert help, access to approved contractors and low risk loans. To find out more, call Spirita Home Improvement Agency on 01543 460792. KickStart is part of the Staffordshire Repairs Home Improvement Partnership.

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Mortgage rescue If you are struggling to make your mortgage payments, and are worried you might lose your home, why not find out if you qualify for help from the Mortgage Rescue Scheme? The scheme offers homeowners the chance to sell their property to a registered social landlord, who then agrees to rent it back to them. We manage this government sponsored programme, and have already helped four local families to stay in their homes. To find out if you are eligible for help, please call 01543 308000 and ask to speak to our housing options team, or find out more at www.lichfielddc.gov.uk/ mortgagerescue


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A-Z of council services and useful numbers www.lichfielddc.gov.uk/a-z Lichfield Connects Here to help

The big planning debate Get involved now! Every council needs a planning framework that explains where and what type of developments can take place in the future. We're developing ours at the moment.

If you can’t find what you're looking for, please call our customer services team, Lichfield Connects, on 01543 308000. Benefit Fraud Hotline 0800 783 1030 Business Support 01543 308228 Car Parks 01543 308999 Chasewater Country Park 01543 370607 Community Development 01543 308230 Community Grants 01543 308221 Community Research 01543 308122 Community Safety 01543 308777 Community Transport 01543 308165

Environmental Improvements Urban 01543 308193 Fusion Credit Union 01543 415032 Historic & Listed Buildings 01543 308203 / 308188

Unauthorised Development 01543 308205 Shopmobility 07779 333807 Street Collection & Small Lottery Permits 01543 308073

Housing Benefit 01543 308900

PCT 01889 571700

Leisure Centres:

Staffordshire County Council 0300 1118000

Social Services Housing Enquiries 01543 510800 01543 308715 South Staffs

Burntwood 01543 308810 Friary Grange 01543 308842 King Edward VI 01543 308782

Dangerous Buildings & Structures 01543 308157

Lichfield Garrick:

Disability & Equalities 01543 308145

General 01543 412110

Box Office 01543 412121

Lichfield Markets 01543 309850 Lichfield Tourism 01543 308216

Old Mining Empty Properties College Centre 01543 308706 01543 308220 Environmental Health 01543 308725

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We need your views to make sure our plans for how the district could be shaped in the future are right. Get involved now, and help us to decide where new developments will improve our district. Since we last asked for your views, in 2008's winter edition of intouch, we’ve updated our plans in line with your comments. We now need your views again to find out whether the plans, explained on the next three pages, are right for our district.

Thousands of you have already given your views on our draft plans but thousands of you haven’t, and we don’t want you to miss out.

We want to know… W Are we aware of important local issues - from transport and facilities for young people, to affordable homes? W Will our plans for shops, office space, and leisure facilities improve the district and meet local people’s needs? W Have we identified good areas for new housing? W Are we suggesting

too many new houses, or not enough?

Give us your views… At one of our exhibitions

Answer our online questions

Burntwood Leisure Centre Saturday 11 December, 10am-2pm Tuesday 11 January, 10am-2pm Thursday 13 January, 4pm-8pm

We've developed a simple summary and a broad range of questions. Answer the questions online at www.lichfielddc.gov.uk/ bigplanningdebate

Guildhall, Bore Street, Lichfield Saturday 18 December, 10am-2pm Tuesday 21 December, 10am-2pm Monday 10 January, 4pm-8pm Rural exhibitions We'll also host some events in local villages. Call us and we’ll send you details, or watch for dates online.

Write to us If you want to send in more detailed comments, write to: Planning Policy Manager, Development Services, Lichfield District Council, Frog Lane, Lichfield, WS13 6YZ

www.lichfielddc.gov.uk/bigplanningdebate or call 01543 308192/308148


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What’s planned for your area The next three pages are a brief summary of the plans, detailed in our Core Strategy, and what we need your views on. If you want to read our detailed plans visit www.lichfielddc.gov.uk/bigplanningdebate or pop into our Frog Lane reception in Lichfield.

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W Our Core Strategy document is part of our newly

emerging Local Development Framework, which we hope to adopt in spring 2012. It sets out how our district could be developed between now and 2026. www.lichfielddc.gov.uk/corestrategy

Burntwood and surrounding areas Our plans so far… for housing · Around 1,000 new homes could be built in and around Burntwood between now and 2026. · We’ve already found possible sites for 550 of these new homes in built up areas - including some on Mount Road Industrial Estate. We’re no longer looking at Hammerwich parish for large scale housing development. · Up to 425 new homes could be built on land opposite Burntwood Rugby Club (see map 1) , between Milestone Way and Church Street, Chasetown. Some homes could be built between Chasewater and Brownhills in part of the Green Belt. · Where new homes are built, the areas will benefit from new or improved local services and facilities, which would be agreed as part of the planning process. · Homes will be developed - including affordable and specialist housing - to meet the needs of first time buyers, families and the elderly.

for shoppers · The town centre will be further developed to meet local people’s shopping, leisure and entertainment needs - with up to 16,000 square metres of retail (that’s about the size of three Morrisons).

for businesses · Employment areas, such as Burntwood Business Park, will be enhanced with new employment land, redevelopment and modernisation. Up to 5,000 square metres of office space will be developed in the town centre.

for visitors, commuters and local people · Public transport, walking and cycling routes will be improved. · The quality of local open spaces will be improved, and more need to be created. · The heathland Sites of Special Scientific Interest will be looked after for future generations. · Facilities and attractions at Chasewater Country Park will be improved.

What we need to address… W More local facilities are needed

to complement the planned improvements to the town centre. W Burntwood has some areas that need environmental improvements - such as new street furniture and more trees. W There aren’t enough local jobs

for local people, and a lot of people commute out of the area for work. W There are not enough facilities for young people. W Although Chasewater Country

Park is enjoyed by many, it is not achieving its full potential, and it is difficult to get to.

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Our plans so far… for housing · Around 2,500 new homes (including apartments or houses) could be built in and around Lichfield City between now and 2026.

· Up to 30,000 square metres of office space could be developed in the city centre. This will help to strengthen and promote Lichfield's role as a centre · We've already found possible for business. sites for 1,200 of these new homes in built up areas · Employment areas, such for example where we've as Britannia Park, will be granted planning permission maintained with some on unused land. redevelopment and modernisation. · Up to 850 new homes could be developed at Streethay for shoppers (see map 2) and up to 550 · Up to 35,000 square metres new homes could be built of shops (that’s about the south of Lichfield (see map 3) size of 12 TJ Hughes) will be - this now means no loss of developed in the city centre. local Green Belt land. This includes the new · Where new homes are built, Friarsgate development. the areas will benefit from new shops, leisure and recreational facilities, which would be agreed as part of the planning process.

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· New small scale shopping, leisure facilities and hotels could be built in the city, in areas such as Bird Street.

· Homes will be developed for visitors including affordable and and commuters specialist housing - to meet the needs of first time buyers, · We will campaign for Trent Valley Station to be families and the elderly. modernised to include · The plans for the high better disabled access and speed rail link (HS2) have not more parking. been published yet, but we have considered it as part of our plans.

· Lichfield Southern Bypass will be completed.

What we need to address… W We need to protect the

W Lichfield City is a popular

character of the city from the pressure of large scale development.

destination for day trippers, but not enough visitors stay overnight or for longer.

W Lichfield City needs to

W Transport movement and accessibility is an issue.

provide quality shopping, employment and services for local people, and attract people from further afield.

W There are not enough things for young people to do.

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Our plans so far… for housing · Around 2,340 new homes could be built in rural areas up until 2026 (that’s 30% of the district’s total housing target). Sites for 940 of these have already been found. · Where clusters of new houses are developed, they will meet local need and will most likely take place in larger villages, with improved access to local services, such as shops, public transport and leisure facilities. · Up to 1,000 new homes (see map 4) could be built around Fradley, mainly on brownfield land, such as the old airfield, but not up to the scale of a new settlement. · Large scale housing development will not take place in our smaller villages.

extra 450 homes (see map 5) could be developed on the nearby Borrow Pit site.

for rural businesses · New communications services, such as broadband and telecommunications, that will allow business and people working from home to function better, will be supported. · New small employment sites could be developed in larger villages to support new rural enterprises and existing rural businesses. · The district’s landscape and its biodiversity will continue to be enhanced and protected in a way that is sensitive to the needs of farmers, businesses, visitors and residents.

· By expanding some of our for communities larger villages, people living in smaller villages and hamlets · Where clusters of new will be able to use the services houses are developed in and facilities developed. larger settlements, new services and community · 680 homes are being facilities will be negotiated as developed near Rugeley part of the planning process. Power Station, and up to an

for visitors, commuters and local people · Improving rural public transport is vital. · We want to improve access to services, public transport, local employment and housing in rural areas, while maintaining their character. · All new development will work to protect the district’s landscape and biodiversity, in particular Cannock Chase, the National Forest and local rivers. We will encourage energy efficient developments wherever possible.

What we need to address… W Rural amenities, such as

shops, post offices, doctors and pubs, are declining. W Many rural areas are not well served by public transport, which makes it difficult for people to access services and facilities. W There’s not enough affordable housing in our villages and rural areas. W People want us to

help rural villages adapt.

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Intouch is published by Lichfield District Council, District Council House, Frog Lane, Lichfield, Staffordshire WS13 6ZB, Winter 2010 © Every effort has been made to ensure that the information in this magazine is correct. However, the publisher cannot be held responsible for any loss or disappointment arising from misinterpretation, error, omission or subsequent change to the information.

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