Small Habitats Grants Programme – Available funds

The GBSLEP Habitats Grants Programme is still open for applications!

This is an on-going rolling call – so we will be open for applications until funding is spent and we will be reviewing applications every other month.

Greening the Grey – Small Grants Project has just been approved for a new end date of December 2022. Therefore giving your small grants projects more time to be delivered.

The Programme is focused on reducing dereliction and the improvement and development of natural habitats on land in public ownership or with agreed public access and is suitable for innovative projects which improve land, water, air quality and general environment for people and wildlife.

Projects must be based in: Birmingham, Solihull, Bromsgrove, Wyre Forest, Redditch, Cannock, Lichfield, Tamworth and East Staffordshire.

Please note that there is no minimum hectares for applying to the fund.

Grants are for between min £20,000 and max £200,000.

Any queries or for an application form or email us on esif@solihull.gov.uk or phone us on 0121 704 6178 or 0121 704 6037

Please read the booklet below for further details:

Habitat Grants Programme 2019


Public Participation at Parish Council meetings

Dear Residents,

Please be aware that Public Participation at Parish Council meetings is encouraged and the Agenda allows 15 minutes of each Parish Council Meeting for this to take place. Members of the public are given this time to make representations or give evidence in connection with items included on the agenda.

Each representation must be a maximum of 3 minutes. At the discretion of the Chairperson, the meeting may be adjourned to give members of the public present an opportunity to raise other matters of public interest.

All meeting will be open to the public unless the Council otherwise directs. (Public Bodies (Admission to Meetings) Act 1960


Road Closure notice – Level Crossing – Stone Road, Bramshall – 25th July 2019

STAFFORDSHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL ROAD TRAFFIC REGULATION ACT 1984 (AS AMENDED) ROAD TRAFFIC (TEMPORARY RESTRICTIONS) ACT 1991 DIVERSION OF VEHICULAR TRAFFIC B5027 Stone Road Bramshall

NOTICE is hereby given that the Staffordshire County Council on 25th July 2019 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 direct vicinity of the level crossing for a distance of approximately 25 metres unless the vehicle is being used in connection with the works; or unless the vehicle requires access to premises on the length of road.

An alternative route for traffic is available via B5027 Stone Road, Bennets 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, B5027 Stone Road. For more information, visit: https://roadworks.org?tm=113292510.

The order will come into operation on 29th July 2019 and the said works will commence on or as near as practicable to that date (taking place nightly between the hours of 21:00 and 07:00). It is anticipated that the works will be completed by 2nd August 2019.

The Order will remain in force for a period of 18 months, or until the re-railing works, which it is proposed to carry out on or near the road have been completed, whichever is the earlier.
Date: 26th July 2019 John Tradewell, Director of Corporate Services, No. 2 Staffordshire Place, Tipping Street, Stafford. ST16 2DH Ref: PTTRO 4153248 Enquiries: Customer Contact Centre Tel: 0300 111 8000 http://roadworks.org


Update on Free Bus Passes

Bus Services – Message from Cllr Helen Fisher, Staffordshire County Council

Dear Residents,

I wanted to take the opportunity to remind you that changes to free travel (the English National Concessionary Travel Scheme) for older people who hold bus passes came into force from Monday, 1st July.

As you are aware, with less money to go around and rising costs of care to meet, we have had to look carefully at which non-statutory areas we can continue to fund, and these changes are in line with the national scheme.

The good news is that passengers will still be able to use their passes to travel for free between 9.30 a.m. and 11.00 p.m. and at any time at the weekend or on Bank Holidays and the vast majority already choose to do this.

If residents do want to travel at peak morning times, we are advising them to check with their local bus operator for the best prices and options for their journeys. Some operators are offering travel for a child’s fare or even for just one pound. However, this does vary so we are asking people to check before they travel.

After acting on feedback from the public, passholders who are disabled and are under retirement age will not be affected by the changes and can continue to travel for free before 9.30 a.m. This is because this smaller number of passholders generally need to travel at this time to get to education or employment.

The changes have been well publicised onboard buses, but I would ask that you share this information with anyone who you think may be affected. You can find out more information about bus passes please visit the Staffordshire County Council website, see link below

https://www.staffordshire.gov.uk/Transport/buses/OlderDisabled/247travel.aspx

Kind Regards
Helen Fisher
Staffordshire County Council
Cabinet Member for Highways and Transport


Recruitment of Independent volunteer Advisors to Staffordshire Police

The Parish Council has just received this request from Staffordshire Police, please use the contact details below if you are interested.

Independent Advisory Groups (IAGs) have been used by forces for over a decade. It is a volunteer role and the purpose of an IAG is to help us to build insight into the needs, wants and assets of the groups who are under-represented in our normal decision making processes. We use this insight to shape our service for the benefit of communities and engender trust and confidence. IAGs enable us to create a genuine partnership with communities and they are independent only in relation to their views.

We are continuing to challenge ourselves and provide an even better, more informed service to communities and thus we are recruiting for a new wave of Independent Advisory Group (IAG) members. The force is recruiting up to 12 residents of Staffordshire, aged 16 and above. These volunteers will provide the force with a critical appraisal of force policies and procedures, the police support to communities following a critical incident and offer an insight into the wants and needs of communities across the entire county. In effect because they come with different insights and a different perspective they are able to tell us what we may have missed and challenge thinking.

I would be grateful if you could share this with local groups and passionate individuals that could articulate the views of their community. There are fantastic opportunities to make a real difference and to enhance the experience and employability of anyone involved. Our only requirements are that they are 16 and over and that they are not already working or volunteering in the police or court system.

Anyone interested should contact volunteers@staffordshire.pnn.police.uk

Thank you in advance for your support, working together we can hopefully give every community in Staffordshire the chance to have their voice heard.

Best regards
Jenny Sims
Assistant Chief Constable