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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