Stramshall Playing Fields – Swings are now open

Uttoxeter Rural Parish Council are delighted to announce that the swings have now been fully installed at the Playing Fields.

The soft rubber surface was finished on Saturday morning and a couple of children and their Mum were the first to use the facility.

The soft rubber surface has also been replaced around the existing slide.

The Councillors hope that everyone in the Village will enjoy the new facilities.


Become a Magistrate in Staffordshire – apply now

Ten new magistrates are needed for the Staffordshire Bench.

You do not need legal training or formal qualifications to become a magistrate and we are looking for applications from across the county and from all sections of the community.

Magistrates are not paid (although some allowances can be claimed), and must be able to attend training and sit in court for at least 13 days a year.

 

Anyone between 18 and 65 may apply. Applications are particularly welcome from members of Black and Minority Ethnic communities, people under the age of 50, people in paid employment, and people with a disability who are able, either unassisted or with the benefit of reasonable adjustments, to carry out the full range of a magistrate’s duties.

If you are interested in being considered for appointment and want to find out more about the work of a magistrate and how to apply, see:
www.gov.uk/become-magistrate


Speed Watch Volunteers needed – a new poster

Speed Watch poster – for volunteers

Staffordshire Speed Watch Team have produced a poster to gain more volunteers in Staffordshire.

Please feel free to download it and display it within your community.


Dog Fouling – East Staffordshire Borough Council information

The Parish Councillors have been made aware that Dog Fouling in Stramshall and Bramshall has increased, so the following statement from East Staffordshire Borough Council website might make clear the position within our County.

Dog fouling on the street or in public places

The Problem
Whilst we recognise that the majority of dog walkers within the borough act responsibly and clean up after their dog, a minority of people still fail to do so and this causes problems within the area.
Dog fouling is widely considered to be the most offensive type of litter on our streets and green spaces, being both visually unpleasant and also potentially dangerous with the threat of contracting Toxicariasis a very real risk to the public, particularly the young.

Report Dog Fouling
You can report dog fouling by calling 01283 508000 or online.
Help us to keep your area clean and free of dog foul. You can report offenders or hotspot areas by contacting the Community and Civil Enforcement team on our telephone number 01283 508856 or alternatively by e-mail on community.civil_enforcement@eaststaffsbc.gov.uk

What the Community and Civil Enforcement Team do
Allowing a dog to foul and not picking up the mess is an offence for which we operate a zero tolerance approach. The Community and Civil Enforcement team are authorised to issue ‘on the spot’ £75 Fixed Penalty Notices to anyone caught failing to pick up their dog’s mess. This may also lead to prosecution if the case goes to court.

Whose responsibility?
It is the responsibility of the person who is in charge of the dog at the time the fouling occurs to pick up the mess. This is not always the dog’s owner. Being unaware that the dog has fouled or not having a suitable means of removal is not deemed as an adequate defence.
Therefore ensure you always carry with you a bag to keep the dog foul in, you can use nappy bags/carrier bags etc or alternatively train your dog to foul at home in the garden. Dispose of the bag in an appropriate bin.

Dog fouling/odour in private gardens
These types of odours can be a source of irritation for neighbours as the smell from a build up of faeces can interfere with the use of an individual’s property.

What can you do?
Problems regarding odour can often be resolved informally by politely explaining the problem to the dog owner and trying to come to a compromise. However, this informal approach may not always be successful and some people may not be prepared to speak directly to the persons responsible.

You can also report dog fouling and odour (in private gardens) to Environmental Health at ehsupport@eaststaffsbc.gov.uk
http://www.eaststaffsbc.gov.uk/environmental-health/dogs/dog-fouling

The Parish Council hopes this information is of help to residents.


Stramshall Swings – soft play surface delay

The Parish Council would like to update residents that the swing frames are now installed, but the soft play area has been delayed.

The contractors are hoping to come this week to ensure that the soft play flooring is installed under the swings and we are hoping that this will be ready for use by the weekend.

The safety fencing will stay in place until the area is open.


Iron Man – Road Closures in June 2018

Staffordshire County Council have provided the following notice and link to view all road closures for the Iron Man event

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Staffordshire County Council made an Order on 29 May 2018 the effect of which will be to prohibit any vehicle, horse riders or cyclists from proceeding along the roads which form part of the Cycling and Running element of the event as listed in schedule 1, or waiting, loading or unloading in the lengths of roads as listed in Schedule 2 unless the vehicle is being used in connection with the event; or being used for police, fire brigade or ambulance purposes. Vehicular access to frontages will be maintained along with pedestrian access. Notice is hereby also given that as part of this Order it will be necessary to prohibit any vehicle from proceeding in Market Square in Stafford from outside F Hinds for approximately 50 metres in a southerly direction unless the vehicle is being used in connection with the event or requires access to premises only accessible through Market Square. Pedestrian access will be maintained. The restrictions are necessary to ensure the safety of event participants and road users.

The roads are viewable at https://roadworks.org and timings for which the Order will be in effect are anticipated to be

Schedule 1 – Sunday 10th June 2018 between 08:30hrs to 17:30hrs

Schedule 2 – Sunday 10th June 2018 between 08:30hrs to 17:30hrs


Stramshall Playing Fields – Swings and Soft Play surface being installed today

The Parish Council are delighted to inform the residents that the Swings and the Soft Play surface are being installed today and tomorrow.

There will be safety fencing up around the area while the work is being carried out and we ask that you do not use the area until the safety fencing has been removed.

The Council would like to apologise for the delay, due to the heavy rain earlier in April.


Swings for Stramshall – update

Dear All

The Parish Council would like to apologies for the delay in the installation of the swings in Stramshall.

The contractors are working hard to ensure that installation can be carried out by the beginning of June and are keeping in close contact with the Clerk, Mrs Gibson, to ensure that if an earlier date can be arranged, this will be offered.

The old swings were removed on 16th April 2018, in order that the new swings could be installed that week, but the weather hampered the planned installation for w/c 16th April.

The Council will continue to update residents as soon as any news comes in.


SPACE is back with the promise of more activities, for a broader range of youngsters.

Space returns to Staffordshire and Stoke this summer – with the promise of more activities, for a broader range of youngsters.

Staffordshire’s PCC, Matthew Ellis introduced the Space programme to bring together public, voluntary and private sector organisations to help nurture, support and guide Staffordshire youngsters.

And, new for this year, is the lowering of the age band for certain activities, from 11 to eight-years-old*, with Mr Ellis providing a substantial increase in funding for the programme.

Full details of activities and events will be rolled-out during the build up to the summer holidays. Space 2018 is also being extended in certain areas to include the autumn term holiday period too.

The scheme attracted more than 18000 attendees across the summer holidays in 2017 – an increase of 5669 from the previous 12 months.

Statistics showed a drop in police-reported youth-related ASB throughout the Force during the period when Space was in operation, with a 38 per cent drop in incidents between mid-July and early-September 2017, compared to the same period 12 months earlier.

Matthew Ellis said ‘Space 2018 promises to be our biggest yet. We’ve had huge numbers attending in the past and hope for even more this year.

‘Space is all about fun, learning and growing in confidence. Staffordshire, like many areas, experiences higher rates of ASB during summer holidays than at other times and I’m keen that efforts are made to tackle this. I’ve increased investment in the programme to widen its scope and range’

Use and follow #StaffsSpace2018 on Twitter for updates during the coming months.

To sign up for updates, please go to Staffordshire.space.uk or for further information you can email space@staffordshire.pcc.pnn.gov.uk

Twitter: @StaffsSpace
Facebook: facebook.com/StaffsSpace/
Instagram: @StaffsSpace


Decision announced on governance of fire and rescue service

The Home Office recently announced the governance arrangements of Staffordshire’s Fire and Rescue Service will become the responsibility of Staffordshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC).

This Government’s decision was the result of an independent and in-depth business case delivered jointly by the PCC’s office, Staffordshire Police and Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service.

It will mean Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Authority, which is made up of 21 councillors from Stoke-on-Trent City Council and Staffordshire County Council, will cease to exist in due course.

Staffordshire’s PCC Matthew Ellis said ‘The change to governance and oversight will not affect frontline operations of Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service. Officers and staff should not be unduly worried – it’s entirely business as usual.

‘This is an opportunity to further improve the way the police and fire service work together and to ensure more of the funding available goes to frontline services.

‘Staffordshire is a large and diverse county and it’s important the future for both services is financially more secure with a period of stability to get on with the difficult jobs they do’.

The PCC is currently meeting with Staffordshire Fire and Rescue staff through a series of engagement events. The legal transfer of governance is scheduled for 1st June 2018.


Olive Tree, High Street, Stramshall – Events List

The Olive Tree, the new Tearoom and Guest House in Stramshall has now produced an events list and the Parish Council are pleased to be able to include this on the News page.

You can either view the leaflet below or download it from the link.

The Olive Tree events list

Don’t forget that the Bar will be open every Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 3rd May 2018 to September from 5pm – 10pm.


A50 Closures in June

The Parish Council have been advised by Staffordshire County Council of the following closures to the A50 in June:

Dear Parish Council,

Surfacing of the new slip roads and three roundabouts has been completed recently and the next main piece of work will take place in June. This is when we will integrate the new slip roads on and off the A50 into the existing dual carriageway.

To do this as safely and quickly as possible, while keeping inconvenience to the public to a minimum, there will be a series of overnight closures between the B5030 roundabout at Uttoxeter and the A521 roundabout at Blythe Bridge:
Wednesday, 13 June from 8.00 p.m. to 5.30 a.m.
Westbound carriageway closed. Eastbound carriageway open as usual.
Thursday, 14 June from 8.00 p.m. to 5.30 a.m.
Eastbound carriageway closed. Westbound carriageway open as usual.
Friday, 15 June from 8.00 p.m. to 5.30 a.m.
Carriageway closed in both directions.
Saturday, 16 June from 5.30 a.m. to 8.00 p.m.
Inside lanes of both carriageways will remain closed.
Saturday, 16 June from 8.00 p.m. to 5.30 a.m.
Carriageway closed in both directions.
Sunday, 17 June from 8.00 p.m. to 5.30 a.m.
Carriageway closed in both directions.

During the closures, we will put a fully signed diversion route in place, suitable for all vehicles, including HGVs. Highways England will put advance notices warning of the closures on its wider A-road and motorway network to encourage traffic to take alternative routes on the nights of the closures.

Traffic heading east will be diverted northwards from the A50 on to the B5030 for a few hundred yards to the roundabout with the A518. Traffic will turn right there, cross back over the A50 along Dove Way and continue on the A518 clockwise around Uttoxeter and follow the road towards Stafford. Vehicles will then follow the A51 and A34 towards Stoke-on-Trent and then on to the A500. The route is reversed from the west.

The Shell petrol station, which stands on the westbound carriageway a few hundred yards west of the B5030 roundabout, will remain open as normal and access will be maintained via the A522.

We would like to thank everyone in advance for their patience.

The A50 Growth Corridor Team