Planning Inquiry, Arkall Farm

Please see below to all who have concerns about the proposed development of 1000 houses at Arkall Farm:

Dear All

I write as you have all shown concerns in the past about the proposed building of 1000 houses at Arkall Farm.

I suspect that you know that Lichfield District Council approved the application, but following a request from Tamworth Council the Secretary of State called in the application and there will be a public enquiry beginning on the 16th January in Lichfield, following which a final decision will be made. You will probably have received notifications of the various stages of the appeal process, but, like me, we all have busy lives and it is not very exciting to sit down and write to the planners again. However, now is the time to make one more effort, see below which is from an email from a member of Tamworth Council:

Not looking to get anyone’s hopes up, but on the evidence front I believe we are very much winning.

The bit we need is for letters and more importantly attendance from masses of the public at the hearing in Lichfield.

I will forward all the details urgently, but can you start getting the neighbours on board?

It would seem that it is worth a last push to send a quick email, I feel that it is sufficient to express your strong opposition to the plans and that you stand by your previous comments to Lichfield District Council, maybe briefly mention the traffic or any other concerns that you have but it’s not necessary to spend too much time on the detail, it has all been said before and it is there for them to read online. Just a short note in your own words would be great. If anyone could attend any of the public enquiry then that would be a bonus.

We don’t have the time ourselves to do a letter drop as we have previously, but if any of you could forward this to neighbours and friends or print out and push through a few letter boxes then we may just get enough responses to make a difference, this could be our last chance to influence the decision.

The reference numbers are:

Lichfield District Council Planning Application Reference: 14/00516/OUTMEI

Inspectorate Appeal Reference No: APP/K3415/V/17/3174379

Emails should be sent to Leanne.palmer@pins.gsi.gov.uk

I wish everyone a Merry Christmas and hope that the New Year will see an end to this application which has been hanging over us all for so long.

With thanks and best wishes

Alan

Alan Leedham

Please become a Parish Council member!

The Parish Council can have up to 7 members but currently there are only 5, and we have sometimes only had 3 members able to attend our meetings. We really need new members to make decisions about the villages in our local area, such as what equipment should be in the playground, and what we can do about traffic problems.

The Parish Council is the best way for members of the community to get things done by the District and County Councils!

Many people think it is something to do with the church – no, the parish is just the local boundary; or politics – no we are nothing to do with political parties either!

We are all residents of the local villages who meet once a month in our area for a couple of hours. Councillors can do a bit more if they wish but most of the Council’s work, such as the correspondence, accounts, agendas and minutes, is done by the Clerk.

Please think about joining us!

Please contact the Clerk on clerk@wiggintonandhopwas.co.uk or phone Margaret on 50230 if you would like to become a member of our Parish Council.

Bus service update

The Parish Council has been informed that Central Buses Ltd will be taking over the 82 service which goes via Wigginton and Comberford. Please use this service so that it can be viable and able to continue after April when the County Council subsidy will cease.   Use it or lose it!

The service 55 through Hopwas between Tamworth and Lichfield will close on December 23rd, although other services through Hopwas will continue.