Bus services decision

The County Council have now decided to end the subsidies for the 82 bus service which is used by residents of Wigginton and Comberford.  Please see below for information they have sent to the Parish Council:

An eight week public consultation on how best to spend Staffordshire County Council’s £1.3m annual bus subsidy has resulted in the option which safeguards most journeys.

The County Council’s Cabinet has today also agreed to work with bus operators, district and borough councils, parish councils and local community groups to explore options for supporting some of the journeys which will no longer be funded by the authority from April 2018.

While the vast majority of bus journeys in Staffordshire are currently made without any subsidy from the County Council, some journeys are still costing taxpayers more than £10 every time someone gets on board. As the County Council needs to spend a record £300m on care this year alone, we need to make sure that every penny of taxpayers’ money is working its hardest.  The option chosen means that most trips can still be made at the lowest average cost to taxpayers.

More than 96 per cent of all bus journeys currently made in Staffordshire will still be able to be made.  In cases where journeys will no longer be subsidised, such as the Dial-A-Ride, we want to work with local bus operators, local councils and communities to see which are the most important to them and look at helping them explore other options for funding.

Further details of the approved proposal can be found at www.staffordshire.gov.uk/busreview.  This details only journeys which will continue to be subsidised by the county council.

Any changes to bus timetables will be implemented by bus operators from April 2018. The County Council is not able to confirm changes to specific routes which will no longer be subsidised at this stage. Details of any changes will be finalised and published by bus operators once known.

The Parish Council is meeting with members from other affected villages to explore options to help those residents who rely on this service.

More Brown’s Lane housing – consultation meeting

The Parish Council has received the following information about an application to build more housing off Brown’s Lane, close to Wigginton:

‘ An outline planning application is being prepared for a proposal comprising up to 220 dwellings, access, public open space, landscaping, sustainable urban drainage systems, footpaths, roads and associated infrastructure at land off Browns Lane, Tamworth. An exhibition on behalf of Summix Ltd has been arranged and you are cordially invited to view these emerging proposals on: WEDNESDAY 14TH JUNE 2017

BETWEEN 3PM – 7.30PM

AT THE TOWN HALL, MARKET STREET, TAMWORTH, STAFFORDSHIRE, B79 7LY’

See the attached plan Proposed Concept Masterplan

Arkall Farm application called in

The Parish Council have been informed that Tamworth Borough Councillors have been successful in having the application for housing at Arkall Farm called in by the Secretary of State so that further consideration can be given to the decision by Lichfield District Council to allow planning permission.

Comberford Church

Comberford Church has now reverted to the ownership of the family who donated the building to the village. It is hoped it will be available for community use once it has been refurbished.

Arkall Farm Planning Application

The Planning Committtee at Lichfield District Council has voted in favour of the Planning Officer’s recommendation that the application to build 1000 houses on rural land at Arkall Farm should go ahead. It will have a monitor and manage approach, so allowing building of 300 houses and then deciding whether the local road network can support another phase.

A large gathering of local residents from the area around the development site were disappointed to hear that the Committee approved the application, despite widespread opposition from those who feared the effects of so much building in this area, where Anker Valley and Brown’s Lane developments have already begun close to the already congested at peak times Ashby Road.

Planning Committee to consider Arkall Farm development

Lichfield District Council will finally consider the planning application to build up to 1000 houses at Arkall Farm at its meeting on Monday 27th February. It will take place at 6pm at the Council offices in Frog Lane. The public are able to attend to watch proceedings although not to speak at the meeting.

See below for how this may affect you:

http://www.netag.org.uk/another-massive-queue-on-the-b5493-ashby-road-into-ne-tamworth-today-is-this-going-to-be-the-new-normal/

Parking Restrictions in Hints Road

The Parish Council have received many complaints over the last few years about parked vehicles restricting visibilty for drivers on Hints Road, and have passed these on to Highways. Highways are now proposing that double yellow lines be painted around the junction of Nursery Lane and Two Trees Close with Hints Road to prevent parking. See plan showing where the lines would restrict parking Parking Consultation Plan

Local residents are encouraged to send in their views on this proposal. Either reply to the letter delivered to nearest properties by Highways, which you can read below, or let the Parish Council know what you think.  Please email the Clerk with your opinion – clerk@wiggintonandhopwas.co.uk or contact Highways as soon as possible!

  • Will it make it easier to drive or walk along Hints Road?
  • Will it be safer for road users?
  • Will it make it harder to park elsewhere?

Parking Consultation Letter

Neighbourhood Plan now ‘made’

Lichfield District Council have approved the Neighbourhood Plan, it has now been ‘made’ so forms part of the Local Development Plan and can be used to determine planning applications. For the final version and determination statement please see the end of the Neighbourhood Plan page.

Christopher Pincher MP

Come along to Wigginton Church on Saturday 12th November to chat about local concerns with your MP Chris Pincher. Also attending will be local District Councillors David Leytham, Rob Strachan and Alan White who is also our County Councillor.