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Tesco Covid 19 Funding – information on application

Dear Residents

Tesco have sent us the following information.

Tesco Bags of Help COVID-19 Communities Fund.

Any not-for-profit organisations can apply for a Bags of Help COVID 19 grant worth £500 to support vulnerable groups. The fund can be used for ongoing organisation costs or for project delivery. Groups that already have Tesco Bags of Help funding can apply to this new fund. Due to the need to respond quickly to the emergency, there is a streamlined application process and funds will be given out every week.

The fund has been running since start of April, and we’re now in to the 2nd round.

We are low on applications in your area, so encourage groups to put in an application ASAP and please spread the word to other organisations you think may benefit (we’re aware many small grassroots community groups have been set up in response to the Covid pandemic – helping vulnerable members of the community which you may be a part of).

More information and the application form can be found here.

https://tescobagsofhelp.org.uk/grant-schemes/tesco-cv-fund/


Bramshall Road Diversion – Stone Road, from Church Lane to Bramshall Industrial Estate – 28th July

DIVERSION OF VEHICULAR TRAFFIC

B5027 Stone Road Bramshall

NOTICE is hereby given that the Staffordshire County Council on 28th July 2020 made an Order the effect of which will be to prohibit any vehicle from proceeding in that length of B5027 Stone Road in Bramshall from its junction with Church Lane to its junction with Bramshall Industrial Estate, unless the vehicle is being used in connection with the works; or unless the vehicle requires access to premises on the length of road.


St Michaels Road, Stramshall – Road Closure – 22.07.2020

TEMPORARY TRAFFIC REGULATION NOTICE

St Michaels Road Stramshall

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that Staffordshire County Council being the highway authority responsible for the repair and maintenance of St Michaels Road in Stramshall are satisfied that it is necessary to close the whole length of St Michaels Road for a period of 2 days but no more than 5 days from 22nd July 2020 because of the likelihood of danger to the public during carriageway repairs being undertaken by Staffordshire County Council.

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 premises on the length of road which is closed.


Local Covid 19 outbreak plan – Staffordshire County Council

Dear Residents

Staffordshire County Council have provided the following for your information – dated 06.07.2020

Local Outbreak Control Plan:

 

Staffordshire’s Local Outbreak Control Plan has now been published

We continue to monitor and map reported cases, so we can quickly identify any local outbreaks or clusters of cases in the community.

Following the announcement of a lockdown in parts of Leicester, we have taken a number of calls from the media speculating on a lockdown in Staffordshire.

The issue in Leicester related to the council not having access to Pillar 2 data, which are tests in the community.

We are monitoring this data daily and (currently) have no areas of significant concern.

As of yesterday, figures showed for example that Leicester had a total or 3,673 cases – a rate of 1,034 per 100,000 head of population. Staffordshire had 3,624 a rate of 414.1 per 100,000 people – so not in the higher bracket.

Obviously good intelligence is key, but we are also reliant on the people of Staffordshire sticking to the rules on hygiene, social distancing and self-isolating if contacted by NHS Test & Trace.

See the County website for updates:

https://www.staffordshire.gov.uk/Coronavirus/Outbreak-control/Outbreak-control-plan.aspx


B5013 – Speed Limit reduction notice

Dear Residents

Staffordshire County Council have provided the following information:


B5013 – Speed Limit reduction notice
– 03.07.2020.

Staffordshire County Council propose to make a Traffic Order under the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984, to impose a 30 mph speed limit on B5013 Abbots Bromley Road, Uttoxeter. Documents may be examined at www.staffordshire.gov.uk/trafficregulationorders
Objections should be sent in writing to: Strategic Asset and Network Management, Highways, 2 Staffordshire Place, Tipping Street, Stafford, ST16 2DH or to: trafficregulationorderobjections@staffordshire.gov.uk not later than 29 July 2020 quoting reference HoCPS/TM/TR11/20 and stating the grounds on which they are made.

Links below to a map and the two notices.

Stafford Road, Speed Limit changes CDD0117-TRO-01 TRO Plan 03.07.2020

Stafford Road – Speed Limit Draft Notice and Order for Local Speed Limit 03.07.2020

Stafford Road – Speed Limit Draft Notice and Order for Revocation of 40 mph 03.07.2020


ELECTORAL REVIEW OF EAST STAFFORDSHIRE BOROUGH COUNCIL: DRAFT RECOMMENDATIONS

Dear Residents

Please see below a link to the draft recommendations for electoral review.

  • The Local Government Boundary Commission for England has published draft recommendations on the future electoral arrangements for East Staffordshire Borough Council.

    Today is the start of a 10-week public consultation on the Commission’s draft recommendations on new ward boundaries across East Staffordshire Borough Council. The consultation closes on 07 September 2020. draft recommendations at lgbce.org.uk

supply comments at: https://consultation.lgbce.org.uk


Staffordshire Libraries – phased re-opening

Dear Residents,

We have been advised of the following by Cllr Atkins, Staffordshire County Council:

Update on the reopening of Staffordshire County Council’s 43 libraries, I am pleased to write that the phased reopening will begin on Monday, 6 July.
The intention is that:
• Burton, Newcastle and Stafford libraries will open on the Monday 6 July;

• Cannock, Leek, Lichfield, Perton and Tamworth libraries will open on Monday 20 July;

• Biddulph, Burntwood, Codsall, Kidsgrove, Rugeley, Stone, Uttoxeter and Wombourne
are scheduled for Monday 27 July.

Community Managed Libraries are being fully supported by the County Council. We have
been in touch with them throughout the closure and they are being encouraged to reopen at
their own pace from August onwards.

Although I am very pleased to tell you this, I must make clear that it is only a step towards
normality, rather than a return to a pre-pandemic service. We need to go about this
reopening carefully to ensure users, volunteers and staff are safe and people will need to use
common sense when they visit and observe the spirit of social distancing.

Hand sanitising, hygiene and social distancing arrangements will be in place at all libraries
and if Personal Protective Equipment is necessary it will be distributed to staff and volunteers
where appropriate.

The reopening is deliberately staged so that we open larger libraries first to see how the
safety measures work in practise before incorporating any lessons into the gradual opening
of the remainder.

We will be running an ‘order and collect’ service to start with, so no browsing, and there will
be limited numbers of visitors allowed in at any one time.

Meeting rooms will remain closed and there will be no access to toilets, PCs, printers,
photocopiers, or bus pass renewals in person. Although there will be no physical events
or activities in the buildings, the service’s online service and highly successful social media
engagement will continue.

Naturally we hope to ease these restrictions as soon as there is Government guidance that it
is safe to do so.

Staffordshire libraries already have a ‘home delivery’ service for those unable to visit and that
is being extended to include those who are currently isolating and prefer physical books to
the Council’s online service ‘Borrowbox’.


Support for Businesses in Staffordshire

There’s loads of support to help businesses through the Covid-19 pandemic, including:


PPE for businesses in Staffordshire

Dear Residents

We have been given the following information about PPE.

Are you a small business based in Staffordshire with nine employees
or less?

Do you need PPE to help re-open your business with confidence?

You could be eligible for a FREE pack of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) from Staffordshire County Council.

We know that times are tough for many small businesses at the moment, and that those of you that work in close, face-to-face contact or work in confined spaces are struggling to find regulation, cost-effective PPE.

We can’t help every business in Staffordshire with free PPE, but we can help 2,000 micro-businesses with one small pack, and help everyone with the contacts needed to purchase regulation and cost-effective PPE from trusted suppliers.

Each pack contains:

To be eligible** for a pack your business must:

  • be based in Staffordshire (not Stoke-on-Trent)
  • have nine employees or less
  • do one of the following:
    • Domestic trades e.g. plumbers, electricians, plasterers, joiners, decorators
    • Driving with customer e.g. taxi, private hire, driving instructor
    • Hotels and B&B
    • Food & drink preparation & service activities
    • Cleaning activities 
    • Hairdressing and beauty treatments, e.g. nail salon, tattooist
    • Personal human health, e.g. chiropody, physiotherapy, acupuncture

*Available to all business through our website
**Full terms and conditions apply.


Covid 19 and Shielding – update

The Health Secretary Matt Hancock confirmed via the  Downing Street Press Conference.

It was confirmed that from Monday, July 6, millions of people shielding will be advised they can spend more time outside their homes.

  • From then. those shielding from coronavirus can gather in groups of up to six people outdoors and form a ‘support bubble’ with another household
  • Government shielding support package will remain in place until the end of July when people will no longer be advised to shield
  • Shielding will end on August 1 and those who have been shielding will be able to look to return to work
  • Further detailed guidance is available here

BAME community and Covid 19 – Government Report

Dear Residents

Staffordshire County Council have updated the Parish Council on the following:

Following the publication of further stakeholder insight into the impact on BAME communities, we are continuing to work with NHS and Public Health England on what this may mean for our communities here in Staffordshire.

The report, submitted by Public Health England, has gathered insights from more than 4,000 people representing BAME communities and highlights that work still needs to be done to ensure that people from these groups are not disproportionately affected by the virus.

On suggestions for change, the stakeholders engaged have called for further work on the socio-economic, occupational, cultural and structural factors (including racism, discrimination and stigma) influencing COVID-19 outcomes in BAME groups, both within and outside the health sector.

It includes a series of recommendations including on research and data, policy change and improvements to communications, particularly around public messaging campaigns.

The link to the report is below:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-understanding-the-impact-on-bame-communities?utm_source=8ce09199-ce0f-47f2-899b


Hanbury Parish Council has a Clerk Vacancy

HANBURY PARISH COUNCIL

Vacancy for Clerk / Responsible Financial Officer

A vacancy will arise in September for the above position.

Working from home the successful candidate will be required to deal with all correspondence and will be responsible for all aspects of the Council’s finances.  The Clerk attends 10 Parish Council meetings per annum, preparing the agenda and taking minutes of the meetings, which are normally held in the Memorial Hall.  The Clerk is responsible for preparing accounts for audit, and also maintenance of the Council’s web site.

The position requires 245 hours work per annum. The starting salary is £9.77 per hour (NJC scale point 5), and additional allowances are paid for using home as an office, travel etc.

Those interested should contact Mrs Amanda Andrew (Clerk) on 01283820420 or email hanburyparishcouncil@live.co.uk

Alternatively contact Trevor Iball (Chairman) on 01283813400.

http://hanburyparishcouncil.btck.co.uk/


Meeting people outside your household – Coronavirus update

Dear Residents

The government has provided the following guidelines:

The government recognises how difficult it has been for people to be cut off from their family and friends in recent months. This has been necessary to help us all stay alert, control the virus and save lives. This guidance explains how you can now see people you do not live with, while protecting yourself and others from coronavirus.

In England, there are 2 ways that you can do this:

  • meeting outdoors in a group of up to 6 people with those you do not live with, but you should do this while observing social distancing guidelines and keeping at least 2 metres apart
  • single adult households – in other words adults who live alone or with dependent children only – can form a ‘support bubble’ with one other household. All those in a support bubble will be able to spend time together inside each others’ homes, including overnight, without needing to stay 2 metres apart. We are making this change to support the loneliest and most isolated. It is a targeted intervention to provide extra support to some of those most impacted by the most difficult effects of the current social restrictions, while ensuring we continue to keep the rate of transmission down

You must not:

  • meet other people indoors – including in their home or your home – unless you are in a support bubble, or for other limited circumstances listed in law
  • meet outdoors in a group of more than 6 with people who are not in your household or (where applicable) support bubble, or for other limited circumstances listed in law
  • form a support bubble with another household if neither you nor they are in a single adult household
  • stay overnight in another household that is not in your support bubble, unless it is for the limited set of circumstances outlined in law

Staying alert when meeting people you do not live with

You should continue to stay alert and limit your contact with others. Staying at home is the easiest way to do this but, as above, you are permitted to meet family and friends subject to strict rules – on which there is more detail below. At all times, it’s important to maintain social distancing guidelines to reduce the risk of spreading the virus.

In order to keep you and your family and friends safe, it remains very important that you stay alert outside your home and follow some key principles:

  • you should limit your interactions with people outside of your household or your support bubble (if applicable) as much as possible
  • you should continue to follow strict social distancing guidelines, particularly ensuring you are two metres away from anyone not in your household or your support bubble
  • you should take hygiene precautions by washing your hands as soon as you are home for at least 20 seconds , use hand sanitiser when you are out, use a tissue when sneezing and dispose of it safely and cough into the crook of your elbow
  • you should only form a support bubble with one other household, should not change or add to your support bubble once formed, and must only form a support bubble with another household if you or they are in a single adult household
  • you should access private gardens externally wherever possible – if you need to go through someone else’s home to do so, avoid touching surfaces and loitering
  • you should avoid using toilets in other people’s home (outside of your support bubble) wherever possible and wipe down surfaces after every use
  • you should wipe down any surfaces or door handles people from outside of your household or support bubble come into contact with if walking through your home
  • you should avoid sharing plates and utensils with people outside of your household or your support bubble
  • you should avoid using paddling pools or other garden equipment with people outside of your household or bubble

If you or someone in your household or your support bubble (if applicable) are showing coronavirus symptoms, everyone in your support bubble should stay home. If you or a member of your support bubble is contacted as part of the test and trace programme, the individual contacted should stay at home. If the individual becomes symptomatic, everyone in the support bubble must then isolate. This is critical to staying safe and saving lives.

Meeting outdoors with people you do not live with or are not in your support bubble

You are allowed to meet in groups of either:

  • up to 6 people from different households outdoors
  • any number if everyone is a member of your own household – or a member of your support bubble

You must not meet in a group of more than 6 with people you do not live with or who are not in your support bubble unless one of the other limited exceptions as set out in law apply. This is prohibited in law. The relevant authorities, including the police, have the powers to enforce the law – including through fines and dispersing gatherings.

Support bubbles and meeting outdoors

It is already the case that households can spend time outdoors together even if the household is larger than 6 people. You can also meet outdoors with everyone in your support bubble, even if this is more than 6 people

Since 1 June, you have been allowed to meet outdoors in groups of up to 6 people from different households. This might include members of your own household and people in your support bubble too. A group that includes people who are not in your household or support bubble must not be more than 6 people.

Meeting outdoors if you have a carer from another household

You can meet in a group of up to 6 people, including you and any carers, but it remains important to observe strict social distancing and keep 2 metres apart. But where you need personal care from your usual carer this may involve being closer than 2 metres.

Where to meet outdoors

You can meet people in both public or private outdoor spaces, such as gardens, yards or roof terraces – as long as you maintain social distancing at all times with people who are not in your household or support bubble.

You should not go indoors. If you do need to use the toilet or are passing through to access someone’s garden, avoid touching surfaces and if you use the toilet wash your hands thoroughly, wipe down surfaces, use separate or paper towels and wash or dispose of them safely after use.

If you no longer want to remain outdoors, you should go home. Do not go into garages, sheds or cabins – these are all indoor areas and where the risk of transmission is higher.

Using garden equipment

You should not be sharing garden equipment with people outside of your household or your support bubble because of the risk of transmission. You could bring your own or if you have to use chairs, for example, you should wipe them down carefully with household cleaner before and after use.

You should try to avoid shared equipment. For example you should use your own tennis racquet, golf club or basketball. Any equipment that is used should be cleaned frequently. Cleaning should be particularly thorough if it is to be used by someone else.

You should avoid using paddling pools and private swimming pools with people outside of your household.

Sharing food and drink outdoors, including picnics and barbeques

You should not pass each other food or drink unless you live together or are in a support bubble together. You should not use plates or utensils that someone from another house has touched – either bring your own or ensure you have thoroughly cleaned them before using. Wash your hands frequently and thoroughly for at least 20 seconds and use disposable towels if possible.

If you are in someone else’s garden, you must not go inside to help the host carry the food out or to help with the washing up.

Playing sport with someone you don’t live with

You can exercise or play sport in groups of up to 6 people from other households, but should only do so where it is possible to maintain a 2 metre gap from those you do not live with. You will be able to play sport outdoors in groups of more than 6 people and without social distancing if they are all from our household or in your support bubble.

People who play team sports can meet to train together and do things like conditioning or fitness sessions but not in groups of more than 6 and you should be 2 metres apart at all times. While groups could practise ball skills like passing and kicking, equipment sharing should be kept to a minimum and strong hand hygiene practices should be in place before and after.

You can also play doubles tennis with people from outside of your household (or bubble) as long as you remain 2 metres apart wherever possible. Any equipment that is used should be cleaned frequently. Cleaning should be particularly thorough if equipment is to be used by someone else.

If you are showing coronavirus symptoms, or if you or any of your household, or your support bubble, are self-isolating, you should stay at home – this is critical to staying safe and saving lives.

Travelling to meet people outdoors

You can travel to outdoor open space irrespective of distance, as long as you can return the same night and do not put others at risk because of services you may need in the time you are away. You should continue to avoid using public transport and should cycle, walk or drive wherever possible.

This guidance only applies to England. You must adhere to the individual country laws and guidance of the devolved administrations (Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland).

You should not travel with someone from outside your household or your support bubble unless you can practise social distancing, for example by cycling.

Making a support bubble with another household

In England, if you live by yourself or are a single parent with dependent children – in other words, if there is only one adult in your home – you can expand your support network so that it includes one other household of any size. This is called making a ‘support bubble’ and means you are able to meet indoors or out, be less than 2 metres apart and stay overnight as you could if they were members of your own household.

We recognise how difficult this time has been, particularly on lonely and isolated people, and this change is designed to provide extra support to some of those most impacted by the current social restrictions. Once you are in a support bubble, you can think of yourself as in a single household.

There are key principles for how you can form a support bubble safely. These are critical to keeping you – and your friends and family – safe and saving lives:

  • support bubbles must be exclusive – you should not change who is in your bubble or have close contact with anyone else you do not live with. This is critical to keeping you, and your family and friends, safe
  • if you or someone in your support bubble is showing coronavirus symptoms, or otherwise self-isolating, everyone in your support bubble should stay home. If you or a member of your support bubble is contacted as part of the test and trace programme, the individual contacted should stay at home. If the individual becomes symptomatic, everyone in the support bubble should then isolate

It is not yet possible for those who are not in a support bubble to start meeting inside other people’s homes – that remains against the law unless covered by any other limited circumstances as set out in the law. This is critical to helping us control the virus and keep people safe.

The following provides more detail on how support bubbles work.

Forming a support bubble with another household means you can meet – indoors or out – and be closer than 2 metres from each other. You can also stay overnight as if you lived with that household. This means you are able to have closer contact with those in your support bubble, which should help provide additional support to those who need it. You should continue to adhere to social distancing guidelines in full with other households.

This is really important to keep you and others in your support bubble safe by avoiding the risk of infection to those in your bubble. The risk of infection rises with the number of people in a bubble and the number of interactions you have with people you do not live with, so it’s important to take measures to try and protect against this. This means that support bubbles must be exclusive – you should only form a bubble with one household and they should only be in a bubble with you.

You must not gather indoors or stay overnight with anyone outside of this bubble and should not change your bubble. If you are in a single adult household, you may also want to consider making a bubble with another smaller household where possible. Everyone in a support bubble should isolate when one member of the bubble becomes symptomatic or tests positive for coronavirus.

Who can form a support bubble

If you live in a single adult household – either you live alone or are a single parent living only with dependent children – you are allowed to form a support bubble. You can choose to do so with any other household. This should be used to help those most in need. If you choose to bubble with another household, you should keep to the principles outlined and otherwise maintain robust social distancing to avoid increasing risk of infection to those in your bubble.

Physical contact with members of your support bubble

You can have close physical contact with members of your support bubble if you and they want to. Support bubbles are a cautious step to help people who may be lonely and therefore at greatest risk of isolation. You do not need to stay more than 2 metres from people in your bubble, but good hand hygiene and other measures can help to keep you and the people you meet safe.

Some people already take extra precautions with those they live with – for example, if one of them is clinically vulnerable, or one of them has a lot of contact outside the house, and you might want to do the same if you expand your bubble.

Support bubbles and isolation

If any member of your support bubble – either someone in your own household or one that you have formed a bubble with – develops symptoms or tests positive for coronavirus you should follow advice on household isolation.

If you share custody of your child, and you and your child’s other parent are both in separate bubbles, all households would need to isolate if someone becomes symptomatic in the group.

If you are clinically extremely vulnerable (shielding)

Unfortunately, we cannot advise anyone who is shielding to form a support bubble at this stage. However, we know how hard it is for people who are shielding and have been keeping this advice under close review. We will be setting out further advice for this specific group next week, now that the peak of the pandemic is past.

Those who are shielding are still advised to maintain strict social distancing and stay 2 metres apart from others – including those they live with.

If you are clinically vulnerable or have a higher risk of catching coronavirus (such as a frontline healthcare worker)

If you are clinically vulnerable, you should continue to take particular care to minimise contact with others. You should bear this in mind when deciding to form a support bubble. If you are at a higher risk of exposure to those with coronavirus (for example, if someone in your house is a healthcare or care worker that interacts with patients that have coronavirus), you should take particular care when deciding whether to form a support bubble and who with.

If you share custody of your child with someone you do not live with

Children with separated parents are already permitted to move between both households and there is no change to that. It is also permitted for those households – if there is only a single adult in them – to form a support bubble with another household.

However, it is very important that if someone in any of these linked households shows coronavirus symptoms, or is otherwise self-isolating, you should all stay at home. This is critical to controlling the virus, by avoiding a chain of transmission.

Using a support bubble for informal childcare

If you are a lone parent you can form a support bubble with another household to provide informal (i.e. unpaid) childcare for them or for them to provide informal childcare for you. You should not form a support bubble with more than one household.

Lone adults with children over 18

If you live with children over the age of 18, you will not be able to form a support bubble.

The exception to this is if the child was under the age of 18 on 12 June 2020 and is in a single-parent household. That household can continue to participate in their current support bubble or form a support bubble if they have not already done so, once that child turns 18.

We are making this change to support those who might be feeling lonely or isolated. It is a targeted intervention to provide extra support to some of those most impacted by the current social restrictions.

Lone adults with carers

If you are the only adult in your household, then you will be able to form a support bubble with any other household that is willing to exclusively bubble with you. This is irrespective of whether carers visit you to provide support.

If you live with other adults including your carers, then you will still be able to form a support bubble, however this would need to be with a single adult household.

Travelling to form a support bubble

There is no limit on how far you can travel in England to meet members of your support bubble but we recommend that you form a support bubble with someone who lives locally wherever possible. This will help to prevent the virus spreading from an area where there might be a higher rate of infection. You cannot form a bubble with someone who lives in Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland.

Returning from abroad

You should self-isolate in one place for the full 14 days, where you can have food and other necessities delivered, and stay away from others, including people you bubble with. See guidance on how to self-isolate when you travel to the UK.


Speed Limit order – B5027 Stone Road Bramshall and B5027 Bramshall Road Uttoxeter

Dear Residents

The Parish Council have received the details of the following order, with site map.

STAFFORDSHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL (B5027 STONE ROAD, BRAMSHALL AND B5027 BRAMSHALL ROAD, UTTOXETER) – (40 AND 50 MPH SPEED LIMIT) ORDER 2020

 

  1. Staffordshire County Council on 23 June 2020 made a Traffic Order under the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 that imposed the following speed limits:-

 

40 mph speed limit on B5027 Bramshall Road, Uttoxeter.

 

          50 mph speed limit on B5027 Stone Road, Bramshall.

 

  1. Documents may be examined at www.staffordshire.gov.uk/trafficregulationorders.

 

  1. Persons questioning the validity or provisions of the Order on the grounds that such powers are not conferred by the Act, or that any requirement or instrument made under the Act has not been complied with, may within 6 weeks from the date the Order was made apply to the High Court.

 

  1. The Order will commence on 29 June 2020

 

Date: 24 June 2020

Speed Limit D6665T-R00-04-P1 – Consultation Drawing – Bramshall

 

John Tradewell, Director of Corporate Services,

2 Staffordshire Place, Tipping Street, Stafford, ST16 2DH.


Road closure – B5013 – DELAYED

Dear Residents

Staffordshire County Council have advised the Parish Council that the proposed road closure of the B5013 has now been delayed until January 2021.

See the previous news items for full details of the scheme.


Road Closure – Dove Bank, Uttoxeter – 27th July to 31st July 2020

Dear Residents

We have been advised about the following road closure:

ROAD TRAFFIC REGULATION ACT 1984 (AS AMENDED) ROAD TRAFFIC (TEMPORARY RESTRICTIONS) ACT 1991

TEMPORARY TRAFFIC REGULATION NOTICE Dove Bank Uttoxeter

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that Staffordshire County Council being the highway authority responsible for the repair and maintenance of Dove Bank in Uttoxeter are satisfied that it is necessary to close that length of Dove Bank junctions with Church Street and Town Meadows Way for a period of 5 days but no more than 5 days from 27th July 2020 because of the likelihood of danger to the public during carrigeway repair works being undertaken by Staffordshire County Council.

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 premises on the length of road which is closed.

An alternative route for traffic is available via Church Street, Bridge Street, Town Meadows Way and vice versa.
https://one.network/?tm=117510668

IT IS ANTICIPATED THAT THE CLOSURE WILL BE IN PLACE BETWEEN 08:00hrs on 27th July 2020 AND 16:00hrs on 31st July 2020.


Stramshall Flower Box

Dear Residents,

The Council thought you would like to see a picture of the new flower box in Stramshall Village.

A kind resident made it for the Village and the Council provided the soil and plants.

I hope you all feel it is a nice asset to the Parish.

 


Staffordshire Start-up Programme – an opportunity for start-up businesses

Dear Residents

We have been advised of the following programme for anyone thinking of starting their own business.

“As part of a co-ordinated economic response to the Covid-19 pandemic, the County Council has now launched a new programme to support the development of 200 start-up businesses per year for the next three years.

There is no doubt that coronavirus has had unprecedented effect on the UK economy. We anticipate tough times ahead for businesses, with many needing to make redundancies or putting people’s jobs at risk.

However, looking back to the 2008 recession, the number of start-up businesses in the county increased and so we anticipate it may well be the same over the coming year.

People may be considering starting their own business due to their current employment after years of wondering if making the leap into self- employment is the right thing. We want to offer all the support they need, particularly in getting through the critical first year.

The new Staffordshire Start-Up Programme is a series of online programmes, delivered on our behalf by the Chambers of Commerce, that has the onus on overcoming and thrive in the face of the business challenges that Covid-19 has brought about. That includes finding and entering the right market, how to spot a business crisis on the horizon, training needs, and most importantly, finding the confidence to finally make that leap and register that business. It very much compliments other business support already out there.

Places are limited, but I would ask that you consider any budding-entrepreneurs in your division that may benefit and encourage them to apply to the business advisors at the Growth Hub now. If the Start-up Programme is not for them, they will of course be directed to existing sources of help.”

Applications are only to the Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire Growth Hub on 0300 111 8002 or businessenquiries@stokestaffslep.org.uk

More information is also available at https://www.staffordshire.gov.uk/Business/Coronavirus-COVID-19-support-for-businesses/Support-for-start-up-businesses.aspx

Kind regards.

Mark Winnington
Cabinet Member for Economic Growth
Staffordshire County Council


First Bus – further update

Dear Residents

We have received the following from First Bus.

Following recent guidance from the Government I want to update you on what we’re doing at First to keep you travelling safe. From the 31st May we are running far more buses to provide more seats for keyworkers and essential journeys. Full details and timetables are available on our website – please bear with us, it might take a few days to update all of the next bus and journey planner information.

Let’s look after each other
Even though we’re running more buses, we’ve got a reduced capacity on each bus so please allow plenty of time for your journey and travel at quieter times, so everyone can get where they need to go. If you can:
Pay in advance on the app or use contactless
Keep your distance and follow signage on board
Wear a face covering
Leaving windows open to aid ventilation

We have produced a short video https://www.firstgroup.com/help-and-support/coronavirus-information to show some of the changes we have made to comply with the Governments new guidelines.

Our telephone lines remain open if you do need to talk to us. Our operating hours are 9am-5pm Monday to Friday. Outside of these hours you can contact us via the contact form on our website. Our team will be monitoring Twitter at the weekends between 9am and 5pm and on weekdays between 7am and 7pm.


Track and Trace – how it works

Dear All

We have been given the following information about Track and Trace.

The NHS Test and Trace service is launched.

The service is a key part of the Government’s plan to keep the virus under control while carefully and safely lifting the lockdown nationally.

In brief, the new service means that:
If you have symptoms you must self-isolate immediately
You must book a test – if you test positive you will be contacted within 24 hours. Testing has been extended to the under fives
People you have been in close contact with will be traced
They will be instructed to self-isolate for 14 days regardless of whether they have symptoms or not
If there is a local outbreak, we will work with the Joint Biosecurity Centre and Public Health England to control it

Please go to the Government website for full details:

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/nhs-test-and-trace-how-it-works


Kate Griffiths MP – contact details

Dear Residents

Kate Griffiths MP has provided us with a poster, providing all her contact details, please feel free to click on the link below, download and display in local amenities.

Kate Griffiths MP
Telephone 01283 384 026
Email – kate.griffiths.mp@parliament.uk

Kate Griffiths MP – contact poster

 


Bramshall Telephone Box – Library now open

Dear Residents

Just to let you know that the Bramshall Telephone Box, by the Church, has been transformed into a Library.

I hope that you all enjoy the new village asset.

The Parish Councillors would like to thank the residents who were instrumental in getting this project completed.


Family Hubs – how to contact them

Dear Residents

Staffordshire County Council have provided the following information about Family Hubs.

New Family Hubs:
Coronavirus has changed the way families live, work and learn.
We know that it’s made life harder for local people to keep their families happy, healthy and safe. That’s why we’ve created eight new hubs of help.
The eight Family Hubs are virtual spaces where local people can find information, advice and guidance, as well as connect with others in their area.
The hubs will answer questions, help families find support and share ideas for coping with the changes coronavirus is making to our lives.

Ways to connect with your Family Hub
You can connect with us on Facebook, by phone, text and email.
Look at the table below for our contact details.

Family Hub contact info

Stafford
07711 349553
fiona.beech@staffordshire.gov.uk
@Staffordfamilyhub
Cannock
07570 820173
debs.prew@staffordshire.gov.uk
@Cannockchasefamilyhub
Lichfield
07794 175467
kerry.heath@staffordshire.gov.uk
@Lichfieldfamilyhub
South Staffordshire
07966 395431
michelle.nevey@staffordshire.gov.uk
@Southstaffordshirefamilyhub
Tamworth
07581 212713
amy.morrison@staffordshire.gov.uk
@Tamworthfamilyhub
Newcastle-under-Lyme
07977 222869
Sophie.lockey@staffordshire.gov.uk
@Newcastlefamilyhub
Staffordshire Moorlands
07580 324487
suzanne.barratt@staffordshire.gov.uk
@Staffordshiremoorlandsfamilyhub
East Staffordshire
07704 798133
mary.hutchinson@staffordshire.gov.uk
@Eaststaffordshirefamilyhub


First Bus – update

Dear Residents,

We have had the following from First Bus.

Following recent guidance from the Government I want to update you on what we’re doing to keep our services running for essential travel and key workers. I also want to share the changes we’re making to keep customers and colleagues safe whilst on board, and the steps you can take to help everyone travel safely.

Keeping Everyone Safe
First Bus has responded to government advice to enable social distancing on public transport and with immediate effect you’ll start to notice additional steps being taken to ensure a safe journey for everyone.

Our buses will be operating at a reduced capacity with around 1 in 4 seats being available. The Government has advised that people only make essential journeys and where possible travel off peak to avoid busy times, but you still may see ‘Bus Full’ signs as some services reach their revised capacity more quickly.

Occasionally a bus may not stop, most likely as it has reached its reduced seating capacity. If the bus does stop, but is near capacity, the driver will only allow one person to board for every person that gets off, so you may need to allow extra time for your journey and be prepared to wait.

In addition, you will also see further measures in place to help enable you to comply with social distancing guidelines. These include:
New capacity signs by the entrance of each bus
Seat signs and stickers to clearly show where you should and shouldn’t sit to maintain a safe distance
Reminders to be considerate of other passengers
No longer allowing standing

What can you do to stay safe?
You can help us by changing your behaviour in line with the reduced capacity. This might include:
Only travelling by bus if your journey is essential
Planning your travel in advance, avoiding peak periods
Wearing a face covering when on board
Sitting in a window seat, leaving an empty row of seats in front and behind
On our double deckers, consider sitting upstairs (if you are able)
Paying with contactless or purchasing your ticket in advance on our App
Using the correct change if you must pay by cash
No longer eating or drinking whilst on board
Leaving windows open to aid ventilation

Keeping you informed and updated
We are working hard to ensure that our website, social media feeds and colleagues are updated with the latest information, as quickly as possible.

Our telephone lines remain open if you do need to talk to us. Our operating hours are 9am-5pm Monday to Friday. Outside of these hours you can contact us via the contact form on our website. https://www.firstgroup.com/
Our team will be monitoring Twitter at the weekends between 9am and 5pm and on weekdays between 7am and 7pm.

Thank you for your ongoing support.

Stay safe,
Giles Fearnley
Managing Director, First Bus


Speed Awareness Campaign – Police update

Dear Residents

Please see below the link to the Police update on Speed awareness

https://www.staffordshire.police.uk/news/staffordshire/news/2020/may/staffordshire-police-support-national-speeding-campaign/

Please remember to drive to the speed limit within the Parish.

Thank you.


Dental Services – during lockdown

Dear Residents

We have been advised of the following:

ACCESSING DENTAL SERVICES IN STAFFORDSHIRE

In line with national guidance issued in response to the Covid-19 pandemic, dental practices in Staffordshire are currently closed for routine “face to face” dental appointments.

People seeking help with dental problems should not visit local dental practices in person but instead contact their usual practice by phone, between the hours of 9am -5pm, Monday to Friday, for information for advice on alternative arrangements in place. Outside normal hours or if a patient does not have a dentist, they should contact NHS 111.

All local practices are offering telephone or video-link consultations and can prescribe pain killers and antibiotics if needed. The practices will triage patients and be able to directly refer those in need of urgent face to face treatment to an Urgent Dental Care site where they can be seen.

People seeking help should not visit A&E departments or GP surgeries for dental care.
There are currently five operational urgent dental centres (UDCs) across Staffordshire for patients who are showing no Covid-19 symptoms. More local sites will be opened in the future according to demand.

For safety, a separate site is operational in Staffordshire that is designated for patients who are possible or confirmed COVID-19 patients, including patients with symptoms, or those living in their household.

There are also a further three specialist sites operational across Staffordshire that will treat shielded patients. The Community Dental Service are continuing to provide urgent care to many of the shielded patients already using their service.

No patient walk in services are permitted as we must reduce the risk to the dental profession.
It is very important for their own safety that patients are clear about whether they have a temperature, are symptomatic, self-isolating or in a vulnerable or shielded group.

We will continue to monitor activity going to these UDCs and should further centres be required due to patient need, this will be addressed by NHS England and NHS Improvement.
If you have any local intelligence of this process not being followed please contact the dental team via ENGLAND.dentalcontractswm@nhs.net whom can investigate and resolve any issues.


Road Closure – B5013 ABBOTS BROMLEY ROAD, UTTOXETER 15th June

STAFFORDSHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL ROAD TRAFFIC REGULATION ACT 1984 (AS AMENDED) ROAD TRAFFIC (TEMPORARY RESTRICTIONS) ACT 1991 DIVERSION OF VEHICULAR TRAFFIC B5013 ABBOTS BROMLEY ROAD, UTTOXETER

NOTICE is hereby given that the Staffordshire County Council on 9 June 2020 made an Order the effect of which will be to prohibit any vehicle from proceeding in that length of B5013 Abbots Bromley Road in Uttoxeter from its junction with A518 Stafford Road for a distance of approximately 380 metres in a southerly direction unless the vehicle is being used in connection with the works.

No access provisions, works access apart will be permitted for the full road closure period. No properties exist on the length of B5013 being closed. Access will remain along the B5013 for those properties and farms located on the B5013 beyond its junction with Uttoxeter Road and Quee Lane purely on an access only basis.

An alternative route for traffic is available via A518 Stafford Road, Loxley Lane, Uttoxeter Road and vice versa. For more information, visit: https://one.network/?tm=117135008.

The order will come into operation on 15 June 2020 and the said works will commence on or as near as practicable to that date. It is anticipated that the works will be completed by 10 October 2020.

The Order will remain in force for a period of 18 months, or until the Barrett Mercia development S278 highway works, which it is proposed to carry out on or near the road have been completed, whichever is the earlier.


Staffordshire County Council parks – phrased reopening

Staffordshire County Council Country Parks – Phased Reopening

· Following the publication of the Government’s updated guidance on exercising and staying safe during the COVID19 pandemic, the car parks at Staffordshire County Council’s country parks will begin a phased reopening from Wednesday, 13th May 2020; further details can be found on the county council’s social media accounts or via the county council’s website.
https://www.staffordshire.gov.uk/environment/OpenSpaces/List-of-Parks-Picnic-Areas.aspx

· Toilets will remain closed until additional hygiene and social distancing arrangements have been put in place and visitors should plan accordingly. Visitor centres and children’s playgrounds will remain closed for the time being.

· Visitors are asked to keep dogs on leads to help observe social distancing rules. Barbecues and fires are banned, and care must be shown when smoking owing to the strong risk to people, property and wildlife from fire. To ensure social distancing public gatherings of more than two people are still banned. Full guidance can be found here.
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/staying-alert-and-safe-social-distancing/staying-alert-and-safe-social-distancing#visiting-public-places


Planning links not working

Dear Residents

Currently the links on our planning pages are not working, the Council is working to restore this service.

Meantime, if you want to look up a planning application, please go to East Staffordshire Borough Council planning portal and enter the planning number and you will be able to view the documents.

 

http://www.eaststaffsbc.gov.uk/planning/applications-and-decisions/applications-and-appeals


Prime Minister address and Cllr Atkins update 10.05.2020

COVID19 update following on from the address given by the Prime Minister, the Right Honourable Boris Johnson MP yesterday.

The full text of the Prime Minister address and the address itself can be views here.

https://www.gov.uk/government/speeches/pm-address-to-the-nation-on-coronavirus-10-may-2020

The main points made by Mr Johnson were:

People should: Still stay at home as much as possible, work from home if they can, follow the 2m social distancing rule, limit social contact, wash their hands regularly, self-isolate if they or a member of their household shows symptoms.

Those who can’t work from home are being actively encouraged to return to work from tomorrow, but not by public transport

People can exercise more than once a day and play sport – but only with own households.

From June 1 some shops and primary schools may reopen

From July at the earliest some hospitality venues may reopen

Cllr Atkins OBE The Leader of Staffordshire County Council confirmed: The county council will now work with residents, businesses, partners and staff to align the roadmap with its own recovery planning once more detailed information is available.

Cllr Philip Atkins OBE said: “From the outset, we have said we will do everything it takes to saves lives, protect the most vulnerable and support our frontline care workers here in Staffordshire and our communities have been amazing in helping us do this.

“As a county council, we have recognised the need to restart our economy with the launch of our Back to Business campaign and we have been planning for how this council will support the county to recover for several weeks.

“It is hugely important for businesses to open their doors, people to get back to work and education and communities and services to rebuild, but this has to be when it is safe to do so and at the right pace.

“Over the coming weeks and months we will all be treading a very fine line as we gradually reopen this county and this country. This is absolutely not a green light for everyone and everything to go back to as we were before the pandemic.

“The challenge now is to build on what we have done so far. This means keep washing your hands regularly, social distancing and working from home if you can, so we continue to do everything we can to avoid a second and potentially more deadly peak in cases.”

The challenges and the risk remains huge, but just as we have done in the last few weeks, we will get through this together and rebuild a vibrant county with a flourishing economy for us all once again to benefit from and share in.”


VE Day 75- Royal British Legion live streaming event

Dear Residents

After the two minutes silence today, 8th May 2020, at 11am, the Royal British Legion will be streaming a live event.

To view this, please visit the link below:

https://www.britishlegion.org.uk/get-involved/remembrance/remembrance-events/ve-day-75?utm_medium=govdelivery&utm_source=email


Household Waste and Recycling Centres Opening – 14th May 2020

Household Waste and Recycling Centres (HWRCs)

Staffordshire County Council today made the decision to reopen 13 of the 14 our 14 Household Waste and Recycling Centres (HWRC) on 14th May 2020.

Anyone who is self-isolating or has COVID-19 symptoms must not visit.

If you have waste that you suspect or is contaminated with COVID-19 material, please ensure that is bagged twice and has been isolated for at least 72 hours before bring it to the site.

· The HWRC at Atherstone operated jointly with Warwickshire County Council may reopen slightly later than others in the county and we are working with colleagues from WCC to set a reopening date. We will of course update you about as soon as a decision has been made.

· The HWRCs will operate in a way which protects the health and wellbeing of both the public and members of staff operating them including social distancing. Certain restrictions apply including:

  • no vans, trailers or flatbed trucks will be allowed on sites until further notice;
    one person per vehicle;access will be by car only, no pedestrians allowed;a strict, two-metre distance rule will always be in place;materials such as asbestos, oils and paints cannot be accepted at this stage;only bring items that can be safely loaded and unloaded by the householder or driver. Staff will be unable to help carry heavy items as it will break social distancing rules;

· We would also ask the public to only visit if it is essential as initial demand will be high and to allow time for queueing.

· If you require any further information about opening times and services this can be found here, https://www.staffordshire.gov.uk/Waste-and-recycling/recyclingcentres/Re-opening-Staffordshires-waste-recycling-centres.aspx   or by searching for ‘household waste recycling centres’ on the county council website www.staffordshire.gov.uk.


FREE FOOD PANTRY SURVIVAL BOXES FOR UTTOXETER AND SURROUNDING VILLAGES

Hi All

Re: FREE FOOD PANTRY SURVIVAL BOXES FOR UTTOXETER AND SURROUNDING VILLAGES

We have now managed to formalise our food box process and as from Mon 4th May we will be accepting applications for Free Pantry Food Boxes for those that have EITHER found themselves disadvantaged while isolating during the lockdown OR are frontline NHS workers. The boxes focus on long life products that can go a bit further to make a number of meals and to hopefully complement some of the work done by other groups such as JCB hot meals and short life/fresh produce. We are working with the Uttoxeter COVID support network to help get these boxes out and delivered, (thanks to an amazing network of dedicated volunteers) but we need to spread the word, flyer attached.

If you’re working with those that meet the criteria above, please forward them a link to the application form to request a food box. It is one application per household. Flyer with details attached.

If people are struggling to complete the form, the Uttoxeter COVID helpline have very kindly said they will complete forms with people over the phone, as we appreciate not everyone will have access to the internet. The form is the only way to submit an application – due to time constraints and limited hands, we will not be able to accept applications by email.

APPLICATION FORM:
https://globefoundation.org.uk/foodbox

If you aren’t sure if someone meets the criteria, please drop me an email first to double check, we’ve purposefully used a light touch approach on the criteria to try and support as many people as possible, especially those that are falling through the cracks.

Big thanks to The National Lottery Awards for All for helping us to make this possible.

Stay Safe
Kind regards
Kate
Globe Foundation
Bramshall


Staffordshire Day – Robbie Williams message and Angels song by residents

Staffordshire Day 1st May 2020 – Staffordshire County Council informed the Parish Council:

The video compilation of renditions of Robbie Williams’ Angels has been shared across social media channels and on the media today.

In the end more than 200 people/groups submitted a clip for inclusion in the tribute to our health and care staff, volunteers and our key workers from across Staffordshire. It has received almost 6,000 views so far. I am sure you will all agree it is truly amazing! Many thanks to Russ Gethings and our team for his wizard video editing skills.

It can be viewed here, so please do share www.enjoystaffordshire.com/angels

Robbie Williams also took the time to share a personal message to all our staff, which you can see here if you missed it. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RMhtNwMi2VA


Daily exercise statement

Dear Residents

We have been advised of the following:

· The Leader of Staffordshire County Council, Councillor Philip Atkins OBE and Chief Inspector Becky Hyde, area commander for the Cannock Neighbourhood Policing Team have issued a joint statement urging people to use common sense and exercise locally during the current lockdown.

· This is in response to a growing number of people ignoring government advice and guidance on social distancing and unnecessary travel which has resulted in increased numbers of people congregating in areas such as Cannock Chase and other country parks.

· Visitor centres, toilets, cafes, children’s play areas, barbecue facilities and car parks at Staffordshire’s country parks have been closed for several weeks.

· For taking exercise the current Government guidance is:
o People are allowed out once a day to exercise, for instance for a walk, cycle, or run;
o Go out alone or with members of your household;
o Keep at least two metres apart if you encounter other people.

· In addition, people may wish to wear gloves when using gates and stiles to reduce the chance of infection and always wash hands for 20 seconds after returning home.

· Government guidance remains that people should stay local to exercise and it is acceptable to stop briefly if someone has been exercising vigorously enough to need a rest, but it is not permissible to sunbathe or barbecue.

· In addition to the prohibition of barbecues, following recent fires people outdoors are reminded to take great care disposing of matches and cigarettes.


Dentist access during lock down

Dear Residents,

We have been provided with the following:

 

ACCESSING DENTAL SERVICES IN STAFFORDSHIRE

In line with national guidance issued in response to the Covid-19 pandemic, dental practices in Staffordshire are currently closed for routine “face to face” dental appointments.

People seeking help with dental problems should not visit local dental practices in person but instead contact their usual practice by phone, between the hours of 9am -5pm, Monday to Friday, for information for advice on alternative arrangements in place. Outside normal hours or if a patient does not have a dentist, they should contact NHS 111.

All local practices are offering telephone or video-link consultations and can prescribe pain killers and antibiotics if needed. The practices will triage patients and be able to directly refer those in need of urgent face to face treatment to an Urgent Dental Care site where they can be seen.

People seeking help should not visit A&E departments or GP surgeries for dental care.
There are currently five operational urgent dental centres (UDCs) across Staffordshire for patients who are showing no Covid-19 symptoms. More local sites will be opened in the future according to demand.

For safety, a separate site is operational in Staffordshire that is designated for patients who are possible or confirmed COVID-19 patients, including patients with symptoms, or those living in their household.

There are also a further three specialist sites operational across Staffordshire that will treat shielded patients. The Community Dental Service are continuing to provide urgent care to many of the shielded patients already using their service.

No patient walk in services are permitted as we must reduce the risk to the dental profession.
It is very important for their own safety that patients are clear about whether they have a temperature, are symptomatic, self-isolating or in a vulnerable or shielded group.

We will continue to monitor activity going to these UDCs and should further centres be required due to patient need, this will be addressed by NHS England and NHS Improvement.
If you have any local intelligence of this process not being followed please contact the dental team via ENGLAND.dentalcontractswm@nhs.net whom can investigate and resolve any issues.


Coronavirus Testing – 65yrs old or have to leave home for work.

Dear Residents

We have been advised of the following:

In addition to essential workers, anyone in Staffordshire who is showing symptoms of coronavirus and:

is aged 65 and over or has to leave home to go to work

Please visit the website for full details:

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-getting-tested

or to book a test, please visit the below link

https://self-referral.test-for-coronavirus.service.gov.uk/test-type?utm_medium=govdelivery&utm_source=email


Bennetts Lane – Road Closure – 7th June 2020

STAFFORDSHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL ROAD TRAFFIC REGULATION ACT 1984 (AS AMENDED) ROAD TRAFFIC (TEMPORARY RESTRICTIONS) ACT 1991 DIVERSION OF VEHICULAR TRAFFIC Bennetts Lane/Loxley Lane Bramshall

NOTICE is hereby given that the Staffordshire County Council on 2nd June 2020 made an Order the effect of which will be to prohibit any vehicle from proceeding in that length of Bennetts Lane/Loxley Lane in Bramshall for its entire length between A518 Stafford Road and B5027 Stone Road, unless the vehicle is being used in connection with the works.

An alternative route for traffic is available and will be signed on site. For more information, visit: https://one.network/? tm=116940098.

The order will come into operation on 7th June 2020 and the said works will commence on or as near as practicable to that date. It is anticipated that the works will be completed on the same day.

The Order will remain in force for a period of 18 months, or until the telegraph pole works, which it is proposed to carry out on or near the road have been completed, whichever is the earlier.

Date: 3rd June 2020 John Tradewell, Director of Corporate Services, No. 2 Staffordshire Place, Tipping Street, Stafford. ST16 2DH Ref: PTTRO 4188248 Enquiries: Customer Contact Centre Tel: 0300 111 8000


Micro Business Support Scheme

Dear Residents

Staffordshire County Council Micro Business Support Scheme

· The county council has launched a £500,000 business support scheme for businesses with nine employees or less and cannot get support from other Government initiatives.

· The emergency fund will be allocated on a first come, first serve basis and will support up to 500 local businesses.

· Businesses can apply if they are registered in Staffordshire and have an annual turnover of less than £2million a year and if eligible can apply for grants of up to £1,000

· Businesses can find out more and apply by visiting: https://bit.ly/2VA6z0o


Hollington Lane, Stramshall – Road Closure – 8th June 2020

STAFFORDSHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL ROAD TRAFFIC REGULATION ACT 1984 (AS AMENDED) ROAD TRAFFIC (TEMPORARY RESTRICTIONS) ACT 1991 DIVERSION OF VEHICULAR TRAFFIC HOLLINGTON LANE, STRAMSHALL

NOTICE is hereby given that the Staffordshire County Council on 2 June 2020 made an Order the effect of which will be to prohibit any vehicle from proceeding in that length of Hollington Lane in Stramshall from its junction with St Michaels Road to a point adjacent to property known as, New House, unless the vehicle is being used in connection with the works; or unless the vehicle requires access to premises on the length of road. A through route will not be available. Pedestrian access is unaffected.

An alternative route for traffic is available via Hollington Lane, Watery Lane, A522 Uttoxeter Road, St Michaels Road and vice versa. For more information, visit: https://one.network/?tm=117129085.

The order will come into operation on 8 June 2020 and the said works will commence on or as near as practicable to that date. It is anticipated that the works will be completed by 20 July 2020.

The Order will remain in force for a period of 18 months, or until the South Staffs Water mains rehabilitation works, which it is proposed to carry out on or near the road have been completed, whichever is the earlier.

Date: 3 June 2020 John Tradewell, Director of Corporate Services, No. 2 Staffordshire Place, Tipping Street, Stafford. ST16 2DH Ref: 4196882 Enquiries: Customer Contact Centre Tel: 0300 111 8000


Fruit Pickers needed – can you help?

Dear Residents,

To help with fruit picking in Staffordshire, please visit:

http://www.cla.org.uk/help-feed-nation

Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) George Eustice MP. He stated that food availability in UK supermarkets had returned to “normal levels” after a period of panic-buying at the start of the coronavirus outbreak.

· Mr Eustice also said the international food chain is continuing to “work well”, but he said he expected there to be a need to recruit furloughed staff in the UK to harvest crops at the start of the summer.

The text of Mr Eustice’s statement can be found here. https://www.gov.uk/government/speeches/environment-secretarys-statement-on-coronavirus-covid-19-26-april-2020

To find out about fruit picking in Staffordshire please go to:

www.cla.org.uk/help-feed-nation


Emergency Food Parcels – 1000 delivered by Staffordshire County Council

Dear Residents,

Emergency Food Parcels

· Today, 23rd April 2020,  Staffordshire County Council delivered the 1,000th emergency food parcel to a vulnerable household without support.

· The parcels contain items such as tinned vegetables, meat, fish and fruit, baked beans, tea and coffee, sugar, rice, pasta, cereals, and porridge as well as toilet rolls, and long-life milk.

· Vulnerable people who must stay indoors should look for support from family and friends, neighbours, or from local community groups, but if someone has no-one to turn to, they can contact the county council on 0300 111 8050 or  visit the County website and complete the form. https://www.staffordshire.gov.uk/Coronavirus/I-need-help/Emergency-helplines.aspx

· People classed as extremely vulnerable, including those who have had organ transplants, have certain cancers, or severe respiratory conditions, who have no support should be receiving help direct from central Government after receiving a letter from the NHS. If someone who is extremely vulnerable has no support and has not yet asked for help they should follow the instructions in the NHS letter.


Staffordshire County council – Library Service Update

Dear Residents

We have been advised of the following:

Staffordshire County council – Library Service Update

· The county council’s library service is expanding its online eBooks service to meet rising demand caused by COVID19.

· Existing library members who need to sign up for online services can download the BorrowBox app or visit its website at www.borrowbox.com and use their membership number and PIN to access services.

· New library service members can register online by going to www.staffordshire.gov.uk search ‘join library’ and follow the instructions, but are asked to be patient if many people are trying to enrol at the same time.

· While Staffordshire’s physical libraries and mobile libraries are closed, all loans will automatically be extended until they reopen and no-one will face fines for late returns.


Brown Bins – collections resume on 20.04.2020

Dear Residents

East Staffordshire Borough Council has confirmed they will resume the Brown Bin Collection service on 20th April 2020.

Please put your brown bins out on the normal day that you would have normally.

 


University Hospitals of Derby and Burton NHS Trust – New Arrangements

University Hospitals of Derby and Burton NHS Trust – New Arrangements

· UHDB are implementing new arrangements to support families during the outbreak in conjunction with Public Health England (PHE).

· We will check with other Trusts that provide services to the residents of Staffordshire to understand if similar arrangements are being put into place across the region.

· Further updates will be provided as any new arrangements are put into place.

End of Life Care
Visiting is limited to one visitor and in accord with the patient’s wishes, with those visiting wearing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).
Our Patient Advice & Liaison Service (PALS) will provide support if family members are unable to visit via phone or virtual communication (for example, Skype, WhatsApp) and will also act as a patient-family intermediary to exchange messages/letters etc.
Maternity
One birth partner in PPE will be allowed to accompany if the mum-to-be isn’t suspected or positive with Covid-19, though this partner needs to be the same person throughout the birth.
Women who are attending for a planned caesarean section can be accompanied by their birth partner to the ward and can be present in Theatre during the operation.
The birth partner will be asked to wear a surgical face mask and adhere to infection prevention and control measures during this time.
The birth partner will be supported to stay with mother and baby in the recovery area on labour ward prior to transfer to the postnatal ward.
Once on the postnatal ward we would ask that the birth partner returns home.
We can’t allow birth partners or visitors to the maternity ward or attend Pregnancy Assessment Unit/Maternity assessment Unit or antenatal clinics (all settings).
If being induced, the birth partner can attend the initial admission and then home while awaiting labour.

Children
Visiting is limited to one parent per day, who may choose to stay all day or for a short period of time, but there should be no swopping or return in same day.
One parent is allowed to visit Neonatal Intensive Care, but we are currently awaiting guidance form the neonatal network to understand whether this can be increased to two parents.

Chaplaincy & Bereavement Services
Further to the visiting restrictions in place, we are also providing chaplaincy and bereavement support for patients and their families of all faiths and none.


Emergency food parcels – details

Dear Residents

We have been provided with the following information:

Emergency food parcels

· There has been a steady increase in the number of people approaching Staffordshire County Council for emergency food parcels

· 100 parcels were delivered yesterday, with the support of iCount volunteers.

· Details of the help and support available can be found at www.staffordshire.gov.uk/coronavirus


Post Office – voucher scheme to access your funds.

Dear Residents

We have been provided the below information which may be of help to you.

 

Post Office Help Scheme

A new initiative introduced by the Post Office is being rolled out to banks.

Anyone who cannot leave home may be able to ask a trusted friend or volunteer to withdraw cash at any Post Office using a single-use voucher.

The Post Office scheme is being extended and offered to all banks, building societies and credit unions.

If the bank allows it, someone can ask for a one-time barcode sent via text, email or post for a stipulated amount.

A trusted friend or volunteer can exchange the voucher for the cash requested.

Previously, only a named individual, such as a carer, could collect cash in this way on someone’s behalf. Now any trusted neighbour or volunteer can do so.

The idea of the Payout Now scheme is to allow people who are shielded or self-isolating, mainly elderly, to maintain access to cash without having to hand over a debit card and Pin to somebody else.

For more details please see BBC News and the Post Office website:
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-52229698
https://www.postoffice.co.uk/post-office-payout


Domestic Abuse – helpline numbers

Dear Residents

Staffordshire County Council have provided us with the poster below, which gives the helpline numbers that operating during the lock down.

National Helpline – 0808 200 0247
New Era Helpline – 0300 303 3778 – live web chat www.new-era.uk
Staffordshire Womens Aid – 0300 330 5959
Mens Helpline – 0808 801 0327
LBGT+ Helpline – 0800 999 5428

 


First Bus update 10.04.2020

Dear Residents

We have received this information from First Bus.

Keeping services running
While many other businesses have made the difficult decision to close their doors, buses are different. Working with Governments in England, Scotland and Wales we are able to maintain lifeline services through this period. We are very proud to be serving you at this time and particularly proud of our frontline teams who are showing tremendous resilience, dedication and overwhelming professionalism.

Those of you who are continuing to travel on our services will realise that we have seen a huge decline in passenger numbers – around 90% in most areas. In light of this and working in consultation with local authorities, we are focusing our efforts on maintaining those services which are fundamental to those who need to access hospitals and other NHS sites and shopping centres and their workplaces.

We have been listening to your feedback on our timetables and where we identify sufficient need, we have been making adjustments. In some areas we are running bespoke shuttle services for the NHS. If you want to talk to us about a service that as a key worker you need, or you are concerned about social distancing due to the numbers travelling on a particular service, do contact us via our website www.firstgroup.com/coronavirus.

Wellbeing of customers and colleagues

We have acted swiftly to respond to Government advice to protect the health, safety and wellbeing of our passengers and colleagues. This includes a more intensive cleaning regime on our vehicles and in our depots and running additional buses to avoid overcrowding at any particular time on a route. Our drivers are equipped with gloves and hand sanitisers and by far the majority of our buses have protective screens.

We do however ask that all customers who have bank cards, use contactless to pay for their fare. Where customers don’t have such a card, we do urge that you pay with the exact fare.

Keeping you informed and updated

We are working hard to ensure that our websites, social media platforms and contact centre colleagues have had access to the latest information. For the most up-to-date service information, travel advice and information about coronavirus, please refer to our website. Latest timetable information is available on our app. Whilst we have been making rapid changes to our schedules, real time information systems have not always been able to keep up to date. We expect this issue to be cleared very shortly as our timetables are now confirmed for the coming weeks.

Our telephone customer service remains open if you do need to talk to us, but operating hours will be changing on April 20th. We will be open from 9am-5pm Monday to Friday. Outside of these hours you can contact us via the contact form on our website and our team will also be monitoring Twitter at the weekends between 9am and 5pm and on weekdays between 7am and 7pm.

We look forward to increasing the timetables we offer as soon as the Government advises us that it’s sensible to do so.


Road Closures in Parish – from 20th April 2020 for 5 days

STAFFORDSHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL

ROAD TRAFFIC REGULATION ACT 1984 (AS AMENDED) ROAD TRAFFIC (TEMPORARY RESTRICTIONS) ACT 1991

TEMPORARY TRAFFIC REGULATION NOTICE Various Streets East Staffordshire

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that Staffordshire County Council being the highway authority responsible for the repair and maintenance of Various Streets in East Staffordshire are satisfied that it is necessary to close the following lengths of road in their entirety:

Bustomley Lane, Morrilow Heath; Church Lane, Bramshall; Dagdale Lane, Dagdale; Dodsleigh Lane, Godstone; Fram Lane, Withington; Lees Lane, Dodsleigh; Leigh Crossing, Upper Leigh; Leigh Lane, Leighbank; Leigh Lane, Bramshall; Leigh Road, Dagdale; Lower Nobut Road, Dagdale; Nobut Lane, Withington; Pigeonhay Lane, Beamhurst; Raddle Lane, Upper Leigh;

for a period of no more than 5 days from 20th April 2020 between the hours of 0800-1600 because of the likelihood of danger to the public during mobile carriageway works being undertaken by Staffordshire County Council.

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 premises on the length of road which is closed). An alternative route for traffic will be signed on site.
https://one.network/?tm=117006080

IT IS ANTICIPATED THAT THE CLOSURE WILL BE IN PLACE BETWEEN 08:00hrs on 20th April 2020 AND 16:00hrs on 24th April 2020.

John Tradewell Director of Corporate Services


“The Ramblers” Launch Path Campaign

Dear Residents,

The Parish Council has been advised of the following campaign.

The Ramblers has launched a campaign to build a growing movement across the country to uncover and save generations of lost paths and hidden ways before it is too late.

Paths are considered a precious asset, hidden in plain sight, and often taken for granted. They allow everyone to enjoy the countryside, both on doorsteps and across Britain’s landscapes.
But now, The Ramblers say, many paths are not recorded on the definitive map of rights of way, and if they’re not found and added by the cut-off date of 2026 when the map must be completed, they could be lost forever.

So, to combat this The Ramblers has launched its “Don’t Lose Your Way” campaign, which aims to build a growing movement across the country to uncover and save generations of lost paths and hidden ways before it is too late.

As part of the campaign, the organiser has also launched an online mapping tool which makes it easy to compare current and historic maps side by side and can mark on any missing paths.

https://www.ramblers.org.uk/get-involved/campaign-with-us.aspx


Letter to the Nation from Prime Minister

Dear Residents

You will all be receiving a letter from the Prime Minister. The letter you receive by post will include a leaflet.

The Parish Council thought you might want to see the letter on our website.

From THE PRIME MINISTER

I am writing to you to update you on the steps we are taking to combat coronavirus.
In just a few short weeks, everyday life in this country has changed dramatically. We all feel the profound impact of coronavirus not just on ourselves, but on our loved ones and our communities.

I understand completely the difficulties this disruption has caused to your lives, businesses and jobs. But the action we have taken is absolutely necessary, for one very simple reason.
If too many people become seriously unwell at one time, the NHS will be unable to cope. This will cost lives. We must slow the spread of the disease, and reduce the number of people needing hospital treatment in order to save as many lives as possible.

That is why we are giving one simple instruction – you must stay at home.

You should not meet friends or relatives who do not live in your home. You may only leave your home for very limited purposes, such as buying food and medicine, exercising once a day and seeking medical attention. You can travel to and from work but should work from home if you can.

When you do have to leave your home, you should ensure, wherever possible, that you are two metres apart from anyone outside of your household.

These rules must be observed. So, if people break the rules, the police will issue fines and disperse gatherings.

I know many of you will be deeply worried about the financial impact on you and your family. The Government will do whatever it takes to help you make ends meet and put food on the table.

The enclosed leaflet sets out more detail about the support available and the rules you need to follow. You can also find the latest advice at gov.uk/coronavirus

From the start, we have sought to put in the right measures at the right time. We will not hesitate to go further if that is what the scientific and medical advice tells us we must do.

It’s important for me to level with you – we know things will get worse before they get better. But we are making the right preparations, and the more we all follow the rules, the fewer lives will be lost and the sooner life can return to normal.

I want to thank everyone who is working flat out to beat the virus, in particular the staff in our fantastic NHS and care sector across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. It has been truly inspirational to see our doctors, nurses and other carers rise magnificently to the needs of the hour.

Thousands of retired doctors and nurses are returning to the NHS – and hundreds of thousands of citizens are volunteering to help the most vulnerable. It is with that great British spirit that we will beat coronavirus and we will beat it together.

That is why, at this moment of national emergency, I urge you, please, to stay at home, protect the NHS and save lives.

Boris Johnson


Parish Council – on line meetings regulations

Dear Residents

As you know the Parish Council will not meet in person tonight, due to the guidelines set out in March from the Government.

However, the May Meeting will be held on line, with public participation available.

The Parish Council is investigating the best way to host an on line meeting and will update you in the news area of the website in due course.

The regulations are as follows:

On 2nd April, the government published The Local Authorities and Police and Crime Panels (Coronavirus) (Flexibility of Local Authority and Police and Crime Panel Meetings) (England and Wales) Regulations 2020. These regulations come into force on 4th April and allow Parish Councils to hold meetings via an on line platform.

http://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2020/392/part/2/made


Kindness Fund – Staffordshire County Council

Dear Residents,

We have received the following from Staffordshire County Council.

COVID-19 Support Fund

We’re all in the fight against Coronavirus together, and brilliant work is happening right across Staffordshire to help people stay safe and well. Local people are stepping up to put projects together that make a difference and help people around them.

Now financial help is available to ensure that communities are resilient, connected and safe during this crisis. This is rapid, flexible funding to support communities to do their bit and to make sure that the voluntary sector continues to thrive now and after the crisis.

Each county councillor has £2,500 to support community groups in their area to be resilient, safe and connected. No match funding is required.

Funding is available for:
1. New support to help people get through the crisis
or
2. Existing volunteer/community groups who need support to keep going

For more information and to apply, see the Staffordshire County Council website:
bit.ly/StaffsSupportFund


Western Power – Power Cuts – contact details

Dear Residents

If you experience a power failure during the lock down, please see the numbers to call.

Phone: 105 or

0800 6783 105

Twitter: @wpduk


Staffordshire Day – 1st May 2020- Events to be held via live links

Dear Residents,

We have been sent the following from Staffordshire County Council.

Staffordshire Day set to give county morale boost.

Staffordshire’s community spirit will take centre stage for this year’s Staffordshire Day, which is still set to go ahead on Friday 1st May despite the global Coronavirus pandemic.
The event will be online-only, with a series of activities live-streamed and broadcast on social media, reflecting the restrictions placed on travel and mass gatherings to stop the spread of COVID-19.

Details of this year’s Staffordshire Day programme can be found at www.enjoystaffordshire.com/staffordshireday

Organisers ‘Enjoy Staffordshire’, with the support of Staffordshire County Council and other local authority partners, have decided to use Staffordshire Day to help bring communities together, and provide a morale boost while the country remains on lockdown.
Instead of the celebrations of previous years, which featured special events, offers and competitions, the 2020 Staffordshire Day will see a combination of live performances, talks and demonstrations, and classes to get involved with from your living room. And Enjoy Staffordshire is encouraging anyone who would like to showcase their skills and entertain the county to come forward by emailing their details to info@enjoystaffordshire.com.

Mark Winnington, Cabinet Member responsible for tourism at Staffordshire County Council and Vice Chair of Destination Staffordshire said:
“We all know what a wonderful county Staffordshire is and what truly amazing people we have here, and this is our chance to tell the world. This will be our fifth Staffordshire Day but because of Coronavirus, it will be very different and why we’re taking our activities online and on social media.
“They’ll include live music performances and poetry readings, history talks, quizzes, and as in previous years, our mug shot campaign. As well as showing off the pride we all have in our county as we’ve done on previous days, this year we’ll also be recognising our amazing community spirit. This includes promoting the resilience and kindness of local people, organisations and businesses, all making a real difference to people’s lives during the crisis. I want everyone to join in, share the posts and show everyone how proud we all are of our great county and wonderful people.”

Last year, over 30,000 people attended Staffordshire Day events, and there were more than 5,700 tweets using #StaffordshireDay, with the hashtag trending nationally for the whole day.

The date, decided by a public vote in 2015, is the anniversary of Josiah Wedgwood setting up his world-famous Staffordshire pottery company in 1759. Further details of this year’s Staffordshire Day programme can be found at www.enjoystaffordshire.com/staffordshireday


Government information on Schools – Free School Meal Entitlement in term time

Dear Residents

We have been advised of the following link to ensure you have the information about the Government announcement on free school meal entitlement.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-free-school-meals-guidance/covid-19-free-school-meals-guidance-for-schools

We hope this helps.


Queens Hospital Burton – Childrens Ward moved

Dear Residents

We have been given the following information:

Sent on behalf of Krishna Kallianpur, Interim Executive Chief Nurse

Children’s wards at Queen’s Hospital Burton to be temporarily relocated to Royal Derby Hospital as part the COVID-19 (coronavirus) response.

The NHS is currently facing an unprecedented situation regarding the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic. University Hospitals of Derby and Burton is taking measures to maintain safe staffing levels, due to increasing numbers of NHS staff who are self-isolating, and to meet the additional demands on services.

From 1 April 2020, staff who currently work in the two children’s wards at Queen’s Hospital Burton, and all children receiving care there at that time, will move to Derbyshire Children’s Hospital at Royal Derby Hospital. While A&E services at Queen’s Hospital will remain open to both adults and children, if emergency care is needed, families are encouraged to take children to Royal Derby Hospital Children’s Emergency Department where they will receive quicker care as this is where they would be admitted if required. If travelling by ambulance, children will be taken directly to Royal Derby Hospital. The nearest car park is number 5 and people should use entrance 18.

The relocation of services is a temporary arrangement to help the Trust cope with extra pressures and demands being faced as a result of COVID-19. Royal Derby Hospital has its own children’s emergency department and, as a larger unit, has capacity to safely care for the children who would usually be treated at both sites.

Neonatal services will remain at Queen’s Hospital Burton.

Krishna Kallianpur, Interim Executive Chief Nurse said: “Our priority is to continue to provide safe care for children and to do that we must maintain safe staffing levels by bringing together our experienced paediatric nurses and supporting teams.

“We are grateful to our colleagues on these wards who are rightly proud of the fantastic services we offer to Burton and surrounding areas. We really appreciate them being flexible as we do the right thing to keep our patients safe.”

The interim arrangement will be reviewed in three months when we have a better idea of the evolving situation and services will move back to Queen’s Hospital as soon as it’s safe to do so.

The Trust is writing to parents and carers of all children who are open access patients to let them know about the temporary arrangements.

Krishna Kallianpur
Interim Executive Chief Nurse

 


Extremely Vunerable must register for help if no support.

Dear Residents

Staffordshire County Council have provided the following information:

Extremely-vulnerable must register for help if they have no support

The extremely-vulnerable residents in Staffordshire are being urged to register for help if they need it.

An estimated 20,000 extremely-vulnerable residents in Staffordshire, such as those who have had organ transplants or some cancers, have received letters this week from the NHS telling them not to leave home for at least 12 weeks and still stay at least two metres away from other people within the home.

Those who feel they don’t have access to support from family, friends, or the community during that isolation should contact the NHS to make sure they receive help.

Alan White, Deputy Leader of Staffordshire County Council and cabinet member for Health, Care and Wellbeing, said: “Staffordshire County Council’s priority remains to keep the vulnerable adults and children in our communities safe in the coming weeks and people’s lives depend on following the right advice.

“Many of the extremely-vulnerable in Staffordshire will have someone able to help them by collecting shopping and medicines, but some won’t have and it’s essential they follow the advice in the letter and contact the NHS online or by phone.”

Further details of who the extremely-vulnerable are and what they need to do are available on the Department of Health website – https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-on-shielding-and-protecting-extremely-vulnerable-persons-from-covid-19/guidance-on-shielding-and-protecting-extremely-vulnerable-persons-from-covid-19

If someone is not online, hasn’t received a letter and thinks they have an underlying health condition which makes them extremely-vulnerable, they should contact their GP.

As well as the extremely-vulnerable there are another 150,000 Staffordshire residents who are also more liable to complications from coronavirus due to older age or other underlying health conditions. They are being urged to stay at home and minimise direct contact with family and friends.

To help tackle the growing crisis council staff will be deployed to new roles to ensure support for front line care services is maintained – and more than 650 have already signed up.

The authority is also promoting its Coronavirus Kindness campaign – offering ideas how communities can organise at a grassroots level to do practical things such as collect medicines, connect safely with people living alone and support existing local voluntary groups.

More information is available at www.staffordshire.gov.uk/coronaviruskindness .

Alan White added: “We are all working together for the common good and the response of Staffordshire residents has been fantastic.

“But remember it’s essential we to follow the advice on hand washing and social distancing.”


Local Businesses offering services

There are some local businesses and organisations who have also offered services:

Old Saddlers Yard Cafe – Free delivery of homemade meals – 01889 562270

Edmonstons Butchers – Free delivery of produce – 01889 567555

LH Aerials – providing help and assistance regarding TV related issues over the phone – 01889 560075

TLC Foods – Extended delivery times for its meal service – 07805 009 283

Ede Family Butchers – Free delivery of produce – 07818 433 925

Careline Calling – Part of St Oswolds Hospital in Ashbourne. Offering free befriending service – 01335 210 353

The Raddle Inn, Hollington – Free Delivery within a 5 mile radius on all orders over £10.00 – 01889 507 278

Helping Hands Food Bank – 07548 687 632

Renew Church – help with grocery delivery & offering support – 01889 567016

Sams Free Range Eggs – free delivery on Thursday evening on all orders received before 5pm on Thursday – 07967 437 896

Uttoxeter Iceland will be opening 8am – 9am for over 70s this Wednesday morning.

Global Zero Waste Shop – offering Free delivery to Uttoxeter. Look them up and order online http://zerowasteshop.org

Denstone Farmshop – offering a delivery service on orders over £25.00 – call 01889 590050 and select option 5

LY Beauty – giving free back massages to all medical professionals – 07598 977108

Titerton Cheese – Will provide FREE home delivery of products (cheese & eggs) – 07969 242687, email tittertoncheese@gmail.com or via social media.

Local Milkmen – Adrian – 01889 567652 or Clive – 07855 718553

JS Quality Meats – Free Delivery. Order before 10am – 01283 821123

Northgate Surgery is offering a prescription delivery service to their patients who are self-isolating or are unable to get out to collect their medications. Anyone who would like to take up the offer should telephone (01889 562010) and speak to our dispensary staff in the first instance please


Allotments – update from National Allotment Society

Dear Allotment Holders, The Parish Council has been advised of the following by the National Allotment Society:  Covid 19 Emergency Measures – March 26th, 2020.

Following the instructions around movement and gatherings from the Prime Minister on 23 March 2020, we are consulting with central government but as we understand the situation at the moment it is still permitted to visit your plot, to take daily exercise on their own or with members of your household. It is vitally important that you follow all the advice about social distancing and hygiene in the points below and not gather to-gether on site.

Any plot-holder who is self isolating because a household member is ill with corona-virus should not be visiting the site.

It is important that anyone attending the allotment takes care to stay the appropriate distance from others, avoid body contact and wash hands, as we have a water trough on site, please bring your own water to wash your hands.

It is essential that no un-authorised people are allowed onto the plots for the duration of this emergency.

Please remember to look out for one another during these very difficult times.

Members should take the following precautionary measures:

• Keep hand sanitiser in your shed and wash your hands regularly in water you have brought to site
• Use hand sanitiser before opening and closing any gate locks
• DO NOT gather together for a chat even if you are 2 metres apart.
• Observe “Social Distancing” with each other 2-3 metres
• If you take your children to the plot, ensure that they stay within its confines and do not run around on communal paths and spaces.
• Do not share tools
• Minimise the contact with each other for example no handshakes
• Do not wash your hands in water troughs – bring your own water to our site.

STAY SAFE


Key Workers Childcare – emergency number

Dear Residents

We have been asked to pass on the following:

School and Childcare for Key Workers

Has your school or childcare provider had to close due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak?

If you need emergency childcare in your local area, we may be able to help.

Please email eeac@staffordshire.gov.uk or call 01785 278 201


Coronavirus Business Support Information and website

Dear Residents

We have been advised about this link for Businesses to ensure they have the correct information about the support packages available to them.

https://www.businesssupport.gov.uk/coronavirus-business-support/

The Chancellor has set out a package of temporary, timely and targeted measures to support public services, people and businesses through this period of disruption caused by COVID-19.
This includes a package of measures to support businesses including:

a Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

deferring VAT and Income Tax payments

a Statutory Sick Pay relief package for small and medium sized businesses (SMEs)

a 12-month business rates holiday for all retail, hospitality, leisure and nursery businesses in England

small business grant funding of £10,000 for all business in receipt of small business rate relief or rural rate relief

grant funding of £25,000 for retail, hospitality and leisure businesses with property with a rateable value between £15,000 and £51,000

the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme offering loans of up to £5 million for SMEs through the British Business Bank

a new lending facility from the Bank of England to help support liquidity among larger firms, helping them bridge coronavirus disruption to their cash flows through loans

the HMRC Time To Pay Scheme

Coronavirus Financial Support


Stay at Home information

Dear Residents

Please see below the statement from the Government website and a leaflet giving full details on the stay at home guidelines.

“When we reduce our day-to-day contact with other people, we will reduce the spread of the infection. That is why the government is now (23 March 2020) introducing three new measures.

Requiring people to stay at home, except for very limited purposes

Closing non-essential shops and community spaces

Stopping all gatherings of more than two people in public

Every citizen must comply with these new measures. The relevant authorities, including the police, will be given the powers to enforce them – including through fines and dispersing gatherings.

These measures are effective immediately. The Government will look again at these measures in three weeks, and relax them if the evidence shows this is possible.

Published 23 March 2020

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/full-guidance-on-staying-at-home-and-away-from-others

Full_guidance_on_staying_at_home_and_away_from_others 23.03.2020


Staffordshire County Council – further update

County must listen and act to get through this together.

The people of Staffordshire must work together to support the NHS and help each other to survive the crisis facing the UK.

Philip Atkins, Leader of Staffordshire County Council, said: “Doctors, nurses, police officers and council staff helping deliver critical services must face the risk of Coronavirus infection every day, but most people do have a choice, and now is the time to make the right choice for you, your family and your community.

“The NHS is at tipping point, but we have the opportunity to save many lives by staying at home from now on.”

With immediate effect, people can only leave their homes for the following reasons:
Shopping for basic necessities, as seldom as possible;

One form of exercise per day – for example a run, walk, or cycle – alone or with members of your household;

For medical needs, including to provide care or help a vulnerable person;

Travelling to and from work, but only where absolutely necessary and when the work cannot be done from home.

If you are based at home then there is still much you can do in your local community.

Staffordshire County Council’s Coronavirus Kindness campaign offers ideas how communities can organise at a grassroots level to provide vulnerable people with practical support at home, including by collecting medicines, connecting safely with people living alone and supporting existing local voluntary groups.

More information is available at www.staffordshire.gov.uk/coronaviruskindness .

Philip Atkins, Leader of Staffordshire County Council, said: “We are working round the clock to try and keep people safe and we need everyone to work together for the common good.

“Over the coming days we will be calling on those with experience of care, the healthy and fit and our own staff to step up if they can.

“If you want to volunteer and help us care on the front line then your children and grandchildren will thank you for the part you played when it mattered most.”

Also, in light of the Prime Minister’s statement, Staffordshire County Council’s 14 Household Waste Recycling Centres have closed from 9am this morning.

The sites will be maintained and the county council will be working with district and borough councils to make best use of the sites to support essential services. The public is asked not to come to the sites until further notice.


List of useful website for information about Coronovirus

Dear Residents,

The Parish Council is getting updates about the virus and how to ensure that everyone stays safe.
Below is a list of links that we hope will be useful during this time.

Community Support – https://www.supportstaffordshire.org.uk/

Self isolation and Social Distancing – https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-guidance-on-social-distancing-and-for-vulnerable-people

Support for Employees – https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-employers-and-businesses-about-covid-19/covid-19-guidance-for-employees

Support for Business – https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-employers-and-businesses-about-covid-19/covid-19-support-for-businesses

Public Heath England – https://publichealthmatters.blog.gov.uk/2020/01/23/wuhan-novel-coronavirus-what-you-need-to-know/

NHS – https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

Government Action Plan- https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-action-plan

Remember: Stay at Home, but if you have to go out.

• Stay 2m away from people when you are out.
• wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds
• always wash your hands when you get home or into work
• use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
• cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
• put used tissues in the bin immediately and wash your hands afterwards
• avoid close contact with people who have symptoms of coronavirus
• only travel on public transport if you need to
• work from home, if you can
• use phone or apps to contact your GP surgery or other NHS service


Coronavirus – Update from Staffordshire County Council

Residents urged to take responsibility

People are being urged to act now and follow Government advice as the coronavirus crisis tightens its grip on the country.

This week an estimated 20,000 super-vulnerable residents in Staffordshire, such as those who have had organ transplants or some cancers, will receive a letter from the NHS telling them to stay at home and shield themselves from physical contact with the outside world.

Philip Atkins, Leader of Staffordshire County Council, said: “People’s lives depend on all of us following the advice – especially for the super-vulnerable, over-70s, those who are pregnant and people with underlying heath conditions.

“Please stay at home wherever possible and let the world come to you: work from home wherever possible and if you have to go out do avoid gatherings in public places.

“Finally, do stay in touch with family and friends – but only by phone and online here possible.

“We have an opportunity to act now to try and slow down the momentum and it is an opportunity we must all seize.”

Those most at risk should not go out for 12 weeks and will be given essential supplies if they don’t have a support system of their own. General health advice can be found on the NHS website – https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

The key priority for the county council remains to keep the vulnerable adults and children in our communities safe in the coming weeks.

To help tackle the growing crisis council staff will be deployed to new roles to ensure support for front line care services is maintained – and more than 450 have already signed up.

The authority is also promoting its Coronavirus Kindness campaign – offering ideas how communities can organise at a grassroots level to do practical things such as collect medicines, connect safely with people living alone and support existing local voluntary groups.

More information is available at https://www.supportstaffordshire.org.uk/ .

Philip Atkins added: “We are working round the clock to try and keep people safe and we need everyone to work together for the common good.

“If people want to make a difference and help others please follow the advice and remember washing your hands regularly for at least 20 seconds is still the most effective way of stopping the spread of the virus.”


Loan Sharks – an annoucement

Dear Residents

We have been asked to provide you with the following information.

The England Illegal Money Lending Team (IMLT) recognise that this period may be one of increased financial pressure for some people. The Team is fully committed to ensuring that illegal money lenders (loan sharks) do not take advantage and profit from other people’s hardship.

The Stop Loan Sharks helpline service (0300 555 2222) remains open and fully operational during the COVID-19 pandemic. We encourage not only victims but friends, family members and the wider community to come forward if they suspect someone is suffering at the hands of loan sharks.

Please help us raise awareness of the dangers of loan sharks and signpost people to support services by sharing the items attached.

Wishing all our colleagues and partners safety and good health during these difficult and uncertain times.

Please disseminate to your networks.

Thanks

Kind Regards

Nadeem Mahammed, MFPH,
LIAISE Officer (Leads in awareness, intelligence, support and education),
England Illegal Money Lending Team


Coronavirus (Covid 19) – Government response details

Dear Residents

Please see below the latest link for all information about the Coronavirus.

https://www.gov.uk/government/topical-events/coronavirus-covid-19-uk-government-response

We hope you find this useful.


Parish Council – 7th April 2020 meeting – not being held

18.03.2020

Dear Residents,

In light of the government guidelines about Coronavirus, I have consulted with my Vice Chair, Cllr Matt Slater and we have decided not to hold the scheduled April meeting of the Parish Council.

Due to our policy of delegated duties to the Clerk and our Financial Regulations, we will make payments of the invoices received that have been budgeted for and will ensure these are reported at the next meeting. All policies and budget of the Parish Council are on our website.
If you have any concerns about the Coronavirus, please consult Public Health England website, which is on our website in the news area.

Kind regards
Cllr Tom Ollerenshaw
Chairman


Stramshall Village Newsletter

Dear Residents

Please see below the Stramshall Village Newsletter in pdf format.

Stramshall Village NEWSLETTER MARCH 2020


Social Distancing – Guidance from Government

Dear Residents

We have been given the link below for information on social distancing.

I hope that you find this useful.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-guidance-on-social-distancing-and-for-vulnerable-people/guidance-on-social-distancing-for-everyone-in-the-uk-and-protecting-older-people-and-vulnerable-adults


Next One’ Fashion Show – Bramshall Village Hall – Friday 13th March

Dear Residents

We have been asked to let you know the following:

 

Ladies, escape the gloom and depression of the current times by coming along to the ‘Next One’ Fashion Show.

Tom will be there with his latest batch of high street clothes at bargain prices… and his cheeky banter!

Friday 13th March in the Parish Hall (doors open 7.30pm – show commences 8.00pm).
£2.50 entry includes refreshments.

Have an enjoyable evening.

For more info please phone SallyAnne on 565228


Coronavirus (COVID-19) and the latest Government plans

Dear Residents

We have been given the update below for your information from Staffordshire County Council:

 

You will have seen the news reports on coronavirus (COVID-19) and the latest Government plans.

At the moment, the country is in the ‘contain’ phase. This means that Public Health England and the NHS are working to detect and isolate cases of coronavirus as they emerge in the UK. The Prime Minister has stressed that it remains very much, “Business as usual.”

In Staffordshire, there are currently no confirmed cases, and the advice is to carry on as usual and continue to follow Department of Health guidance. The Public Health England website has all the latest advice and guidance. https://www.gov.uk/government/topical-events/coronavirus-covid-19-uk-government-response

We have established an Incident Management Team (IMT) to finalise our own action plan. Each department has a business continuity plan, and all departments are working to determine what the impacts will be in a worst-case scenario, and what can be done to mitigate these impacts.

In the meantime, there are practical steps that our communities can take to lessen the chance of infection. This includes washing hands more and using the ‘catch it, bin it, kill it’ strategy for coughs and sneezes.

Added to this, you can help reduce the impact and spread of misinformation by relying on information from trusted sources, such as that on the NHS website https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/ and Public Health England https://www.gov.uk/government/topical-events/coronavirus-covid-19-uk-government-response.

On your social media, please only share and retweet information from official sources such as the NHS and Public Health England. This way, we can ensure our communities are getting the right information.


Hedge and Hedgerow – cutting guidelines

Dear Residents,

Please be aware of the following:

Hedge/Hedgerow cutting – You must not do any work which might harm nesting birds or destroy their nests. You’ll usually find nesting birds during the main nesting and breeding season from 1 March to 31 August.

To look up the full guidance, please visit the government website:

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/countryside-hedgerows-regulation-and-management


Flood Damage Grants – closing date 4th March 2020

Dear Residents,

Following the damage caused by Storm Dennis across the Country the government has announced details of flood relief grants available to qualifying households and businesses that were flooded during Storm Dennis in February 2020:

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/major-package-of-support-for-storm-hit-areas

This funding is accessed by Districts/Boroughs and will only be available to those affected in district authorities that have 25 or more flooded households as a result of Storm Dennis.

Our Flood Team are supporting the districts/boroughs to pull this information together, therefore, could you please provide our Flood Team with details of internally flooded properties (gardens do not qualify) that you are aware of, by Wednesday 4th March. These will then be collated and passed to the district councils to determine if they will be eligible to apply.

Please send the following details to flood.team@staffordshire.gov.uk
District / Borough
Number of properties with internal flooding
Addresses / contact details


Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Consultation – have your say.

Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service Safety Plan 2020-2024 Consultation –

Views are sought on our draft Safety Plan 2020-2024 – Consultation on the draft Safety Plan 2020-2024 is now open and runs from February 17 until March 22, 2020.

https://www.staffordshirefire.gov.uk/media/2567/draft-safety-plan-2020-2024.pdf


Morelock Speed Indicator Signs – Stramshall – installed

Dear Residents,

You may have noticed that the Speed Indicator signs have now been installed in Stramshall.

The Staffordshire Police Commissioners Grant provided a grant so that the Parish Council could purchase these signs for the village and working with Staffordshire County Council Highways the signs were purchased from Morelock Signs. www.morelock.co.uk 

I hope that everyone agrees they will be a visual reminder to drivers to keep to the 30 mph speed limit within Stramshall and the Council is very grateful to the Police Commissioner, Staffordshire County Council and Morelock Signs for their help in ensuring this project has been successful.


One Man, Many Trumpets Event – Bramshall – 16th Feb at 3pm

Dear Residents,

We have been asked to make you aware of the following event.

One Man, Many Trumpets

Dr Paul Nevins introduces the trumpet during the 19th & 20th Centuries

St. Lawrence’s Church, Church Lane, Bramshall, ST14 5BQ

Sunday 16th February at 3.00pm

Free entry

Retiring collection in aid of the church

Tea/Coffee and Cake served afterwards at 4.00pm


NHS – asking patients and carers to share their story

Dear Residents,

We have been asked to pass on the information below:

Calling all patients and carers

Would you be interested in sharing your experiences of
the NHS with healthcare staff participating in our current
learning programmes?

As part of their learning, our participants are asked to
listen to the voices of patients and carers and consider
the impact of positive and negative experiences of the
NHS.

We’re currently recruiting patients and carers who
are willing to share their story.

Register your interest:
www.leadershipacademy.nhs.uk/eoc


Road Closure – Stone Rd, Bramshall – 18th Feb 2020

NOTICE is hereby given that the Staffordshire County Council on 18 February 2020 made an Order the effect of which will be to prohibit any vehicle from proceeding in that length of B5027 Stone Road in Bramshall in so much as passes by and is in the vicinity of the level crossing for a distance of 25 metres either side unless the vehicle is being used in connection with the works. Access to local properties will be available.

An alternative route for traffic is available via B5027 Stone Road, Bennetts Lane, Loxley Lane, A518 Stafford Road, A518 Uttoxeter Road, A51 London Road, A51 Lichfield Road, B5066 Hilderstone Road, B5027 Uttoxeter Road, B5027 Dayhills, B5027 Stone Road, B5027 The Level, B5027 Uttoxeter Road and vice versa.

For more information, visit: https://one.network/?tm=116094646.

The order will come into operation from 20:00 hours on 22 February 2020 and the said works will commence on or as near as practicable to that date. It is anticipated that the works will be completed by 15:00 hours on 23 February 2020.


The Staffordshire Warmer Homes initiative – now open

Dear Residents

We have been asked to pass on the following information from Staffordshire County Council.

The Staffordshire Warmer Homes initiative is due to launch in East Staffordshire next week. The initiative aims to install fully funded first time central heating systems into eligible homes across Staffordshire.

I hope you can help promote the scheme in your local area with residents.

The Staffordshire Warmer Homes initiative is funded by the £150m Warm Homes Fund, which has been established by National Grid to support local authorities to address some of the issues affecting fuel poor households.

We, Staffordshire County Council, are working in partnership with E.ON and East Staffordshire Borough Council to run this initiative in your area. We are also encouraging the local police, fire and health services to make referrals into the scheme.

We have identified a number of households across East Staffordshire that could be eligible to get fully funded central heating installed in their home and we are sending letters out to all of these homes in the coming weeks.

Residents can apply for this scheme if they do not already have gas central heating, claim benefits or tax credits, have low or no income, are disabled, elderly or have very young children.

Residents can apply online at www.staffordshirewarmerhomes.co.uk or freephone the Staffordshire Warmer Homes team at E.ON on 0333 202 4481.


2020 Support Staffordshire Volunteer Star Awards

Dear Residents

We have been provided with the following information to share with all of the Parish.

Nominations have now opened for the 2020 Support Staffordshire Volunteer Star Awards across the county.

Described by a previous host as ‘our own mini Pride of Britain Awards’ these events aim to publicly recognise and celebrate the outstanding achievements and commitment of volunteers and organisations who go the extra mile to support our communities.

In 2019 more than 1200 people attended ceremonies across Staffordshire with events held in Cannock Chase, Stafford and District, Lichfield and District, South Staffordshire, East Staffordshire and Staffordshire Moorlands. This year we will see the launch of additional events being held in held in Tamworth and Newcastle-under-Lyme.

The events will take place in June and nominations are being sought in the following 10 award categories:
− ‘Volunteering Support for Young People’
− ‘Volunteering Support for the over 65’s’
− ‘Personal Achievement’
− ‘Business Contribution to Communities’
− ‘Trustee of the Year’
− ‘New Volunteer Team of the Year’
− ‘Volunteer Team of the Year’
− ‘Young Volunteer of the Year’
− ‘Volunteer of the Year’
− ‘Lifetime Achievement’

Details of each event can be found on our website with further details on how to nominate https://www.supportstaffordshire.org.uk/volunteer-star-awards

The closing date for nominations is Friday 3rd April 2020 at 5pm.


Dog Fouling – how to report it

Dear Residents,

Residents have approached the Parish Council with regards to the Dog Fouling in the Parish.

East Staffordshire Borough Council have provided the leaflet below, click on link to download, and also a poster that will be displayed within Stramshall and Bramshall noticeboards.

Please remember that your dog is your responsibility and picking up after them is essential so that the whole community is kept tidy.

To report an issue, please email – community.civil_enforcement@eaststaffs.bc.gov.uk

Thank you in advance for your help with this issue.

ESBC Dog Fouling Leaflet – Your Dog Your Responsibility
Dog Fouling sign


Fly Tipping – how to report it

Dear Residents,

As the holiday period is now over, the possibility for fly tipping may increase within the Parish.

To report fly tipping, please contact East Staffordshire Borough Council, either by e-mail, telephone or via their on line portal. See the link below for the website.

http://www.eaststaffsbc.gov.uk/environmental-health/fly-tipping

They will need the following information:

Location of the rubbish that has been left. Postcode and Road name.
Date & time fly-tipping occurred
Description of fly-tipped waste
Plus any other information you consider to be helpful and may lead to the prosecution of offenders.

Calling 01283 508506

Emailing: community.civil_enforcement@eaststaffsbc.gov.uk