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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.