A50 Closed in both directions – 28th Sept – 1st Oct 2018

Staffordshire County Council updated the Parish Council with the followign information:

The final major piece of work for Project A is scheduled for the end of September.

Immediately after the current work on the A522 is complete the ‘old’ bridge, which originally carried the A522 across the A50, will be demolished.

To allow the work to be carried out as quickly and safely as possible, the A50 will be completely closed in both directions from 8pm on Friday, September 28 until 5.30am on Monday, October 1.

The A50 will be closed between the A521 roundabout at Blythe Bridge and the B5030 roundabout at Uttoxeter.

We have done as much of the preparatory work as possible in advance to reduce the amount of time the A50 needs to be closed. The knock-on effect from the diversion will mean that some local roads will be busier than usual that weekend. We would like to thank everyone for your understanding and suggest you allow extra time for your journeys.

Highways England will put in place advance notices on its wider A-road and motorway network, including the M1, M6 and A38, to encourage traffic to take alternative routes. During the closure signposted diversions will be in place, suitable for all vehicles including HGVs. The media has been notified and national radio stations will also be told closer to the time so they can include the closure in travel bulletins.

The demolition work consists of placing protective matting on the A50 carriageway to protect the surface from the machinery which will be breaking down the structure piece-by-piece from the top down. No explosives will be used.

Once the bridge deck has been dismantled and the rubble removed by lorry, the central support and side walls will also be pulled down. The work will be around the clock and inevitably there will be some noise coming from the site. We’ve assessed it with environmental health officials and with windows closed we expect it will sound less than the volume of a dishwasher, or background music in a restaurant.

We will use water spray whenever needed to keep dust under control and the site will be tidied and cleared to reopen on Monday morning.

Diversion
The diversion route will be the same for vehicles travelling in both directions. From the East, traffic will be diverted northwards from the A50 at Uttoxeter 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 The 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, before joining the A500 and then the A50 to Blythe Bridge. 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 open as normal and access will be maintained at all times via the A522.

A522
The current work to remove the south embankment and lower the level of the road by 20ft is progressing well and will be completed before the A50 closure begins. Diversions remain in place and maps showing the alternative routes are available here or by going to www.staffordshire.gov.uk and searching for ‘A50’.

Importance of the A50
The A50 is the most important transport link between the East and West Midlands. The planned improvements will also benefit major employers and their employees between Stoke-on-Trent and Derbyshire, making journeys quicker, easier and safer.

Staffordshire County Council is delivering these improvements on behalf of Highways England. We will continue to update you as the project progresses.
The A50 Growth Corridor Team
a50growthcorridor@staffordshire.gov.uk


Community Council of Staffordshire – CLOSED

A group that has been supporting rural communities across Staffordshire for over 64 years has decided to bring their work to an end. Members of the Community Council of Staffordshire met for the last time at Great Bridgeford Village Hall on Monday 20th August 2018 to hear about their final year’s work and reminisce.

The organisation would have been celebrating their 65th anniversary in October this year but due to various factors have decided to call time on their work a month or two earlier .
“It was a very difficult decision to take “said the current Chief Executive Chris Welch “ but the Trustees have been considering the future for the past 18 months and in light of the current economic climate ,they made the decision to carry out a managed closure of the organisation rather than slowly wither on the vine”.

The Community Council started life in the 1950s with their first meeting taking place in October 1953. Their work has been varied from supporting luncheon clubs, garden guilds, community transport, helping to set up Out of School Clubs, run training for unemployed people and helping communities develop affordable housing being just a sample of the work carried out The main groups and people supported over this time have been living and working in the rural parts of the county.

“We have carried out some amazing pieces of work over the 64 years “said Chris “and we’ve been at the forefront of many new initiatives , but we are probably best known for running the Staffordshire Best Kept Village Competition”.

The Trustees and the Chief Executive have worked hard to find the right organisations to take over the work they currently carry out. “The Best Kept Village Competition will continue into the future in the very capable hands of the Staffordshire Community Foundation, a well-known local charity and our support work for village halls and the work we do for the government, through Defra, will be handled by another local charity, Support Staffordshire “said Chris
The last meeting that took place at Great Bridgeford saw a many old faces in attendance with Chief Offices, volunteers and staff covering the last 40 years, exchanging fond memories of the fantastic work carried out by the organisation.


Bennetts Lane, Bramshall – Road Closure – 23rd – 28th August 2018

The Parish Council has been advised of the following road closure:

TEMPORARY TRAFFIC REGULATION NOTICE EMERGENCY CLOSURE Bennetts Lane Bramshall

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that Staffordshire County Council being the highway authority responsible for the repair and maintenance of Bennetts Lane in Bramshall are satisfied that it is necessary to close to all vehicular traffic that length of Bennetts Lane outside Rodway for a period of 21 days from the date of this Notice because of the likelihood of danger to the public during repairs to leaking comm pipe being undertaken by South Staffordshire Water.

Access will be available for pedestrians and for vehicles being used in connection with the works and for vehicles requiring access to premises on the length of road which is closed.

Access for emergency services vehicles will be available via the alternative route.

An alternative route for traffic is available via Bennetts Lane, Loxley Lane, Stafford Road, Hockley Road, Oldfields Road, Stone Road, Bramshall Road and vice versa. https://roadworks.org?tm=107982364

IT IS ANTICIPATED THAT THE CLOSURE WILL BE IN PLACE BETWEEN 12:25hrs on 23rd August 2018 AND 17:00hrs on 28th August 2018.

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 (Strategy, Governance and Change) 23rd August 2018 Tel: 0300 111 8000 roadworks.org …


LEIGH Village are holding a Produce and Craft Show – Bank Holiday Monday 27th August 2018

Looking for an afternoon out on
BANK HOLIDAY MONDAY 27TH AUGUST?
34th ANNUAL LEIGH PRODUCE & CRAFT SHOW
LEIGH VILLAGE HALL
School lane, Church Leigh, ST10 4SR
2.30 – 4pm
ADMISSION 50p – CHILDREN FREE
Afternoon teas,Raffle, Bric-a-brac, Jewellery Stall, Cake Stall.& Plant Stall


Bramshall Village received Highly Commended in Best Kept Village 2018

The Parish Council would like to congratulate the Best Kept Village Committee in Bramshall for receiving ‘Highly Commended” in the 2018 Best Kept Village Competition.


Highways Log – a list of all reported issues

The Parish Council voted to add the Highways Log to the website at the last meeting.

The Parish Clerk reports all highways issues to Staffordshire County Council (SCC) and records these in a log, which includes the date it was reported, the reference number and the dates of any follow up contact from SCC.

Please see below the first one to be on the website, it will be updated bi-monthly by the Clerk and will be located in the Documents area of the website.

Highways Log – Website 25.07.2018


Tesco Bags of Help Grant Scheme – our project for World War One Bench is in store from 1st September

The Parish Council are delighted that Tesco Bags of Help Grant scheme have confirmed that our  project along with two other successful projects within the region will go forward to a vote in Tesco stores where their customers will decide the outcome by voting for their favourite project each time they shop.

Voting will take place from Saturday 1st September to Wednesday 31st October 2018 and we will get notification at the end of November 2018 confirming the amount of funding the Parish Council will receive.

Our Project is to purchase a World War One bench for Stramshall Playing Fields, to commemorate the 100 year anniversary of the ending of the war.

Please vote in store from 1st September until 31st October, so we can install this iconic item within the Parish.

 


New governance for fire and rescue starts today

The Parish Council have received the following update:

It’s been four months since the Home Office confirmed that Staffordshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner would take responsibility for governance of the fire and rescue service. Those new arrangements start tomorrow.

This communication clarifies what it means in practice and, importantly, what it doesn’t mean. It will be business as usual, as far as fire operations are concerned and it’s also important to understand this is not, and never has been, a merger of the two. Staffordshire Police and Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service will remain separate entities with separate budgets and staff.

The only area where that will change significantly is developing a shared approach, as set out in the business case, to some support and administrative functions. Work is also underway to take forward initial ideas from the two services around how police and fire can work better together generally.

The principles around this work are to find ways of ensuring more of the money available overall is allocated to both services for work in the heart of communities across Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent.

On a final note, it would be appropriate to thank all top tier authority councillors for their work over many years as members of the Fire and Rescue Authority.

The PCC will be known as Staffordshire Commissioner for Police, Fire and Rescue and Crime.

Matthew Ellis
Police & Crime Commissioner for Staffordshire

Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner
Weston Road
Stafford
ST18 0YY

Tel: 01785 232270

Twitter: @StaffsPCC
OPCC Website: http://www.staffordshire-pcc.gov.uk