Small Business Grants

Local businesses urged to apply for a small business grant
Thirteen businesses have been awarded a small grant to help them prosper, and now round four of the scheme is open to small businesses and start-ups across the district.

The fourth round of Lichfield District Council’s small business grants scheme has recently opened. This is the scheme that offers small businesses and start-ups based in Lichfield District grants of between £500 and £1,500, with a total of £5,000 funding available in each round.

So far, there have been 13 successful applications from a range of businesses, including recruitment, virtual assistants, audiology, healthcare, marketing, accounting, procurement, matchmaking, a zero waste shop and cleaning services.

The grants, which will be match-funded by each of the companies, will go towards various items and services. They include projectors and screens, food containers and scales, a carpet extraction machine, rebranding services, content writing, website creation, exhibition stands, leaflets, computer equipment and professional sector certification.

The council is going through the seven applications it received in round three and will be contacting the applicants soon, to tell them if they have been successful.

Cllr Iain Eadie, Cabinet Member for Investment, Economic Growth & Tourism, said: “It’s great to see businesses already benefitting from our small business grants and that we have been able to help such a wide range of businesses from different sectors.

“We’re pleased to launch the fourth round of the grants, offering £5,000 to help local businesses and start-ups to prosper.

“We look forward to getting in the next lot of applications and finding out more about their plans for their businesses.”

A maximum of 50 percent of the cost of the total project can be applied for. Applicants will need to outline their business expansion plan, how the grant will help achieve this, and how the grant will be used to support business growth and create jobs.

The grant can go towards:

· marketing purposes
· IT software and hardware (excluding laptops, computers, mobiles and tablets)
· office equipment such as desks, filing cabinets and chairs
· professional qualifications or training such as professional body membership
· equipment to support product or process development and business growth

To be eligible, applicants must first receive 12 hours of free business support from Enterprise for Success programme, before the council can assess their grant application. To find out more about this programme, visit www.enterpriseforsuccess.co.uk.

The scheme is open to small businesses based in Lichfield District with up to ten employees that have been trading for no more than three years. It is also open to residents who are planning to open a business in the district.

The deadline to apply for the fourth round of small business grants is by 5pm on Friday 30 August 2019.

To register your interest in applying for funding and to find out more about the process, contact Jonathan Percival, Economic Development Officer, by emailing jonathan.percival@lichfielddc.gov.uk or calling 01543 308149.

For the full eligibility criteria and to find out more visit www.lichfielddc.gov.uk/sbg.

Lichfield Heritage Trail

Minster’s Trail
Children are invited to go on Visit Lichfield’s re-vamped heritage trail.

Visit Lichfield has launched a new-look heritage trail for children called Minster’s Trail. Children and parents can follow Minster the Duck on a circular tour of the historic city of Lichfield.

Using the trail’s map, Minster’s webbed feet will lead children and their families to key sites, such as The Samuel Johnson Birthplace Museum, Erasmus Darwin House, Lichfield Cathedral and Museum Gardens.

Along the way Minster the Duck asks a series of questions to get youngsters to take a closer look at their surroundings and to find out more about the city’s heritage.

Councillor Iain Eadie, Lichfield District Council’s Cabinet Member responsible for tourism, said: “We’re really excited to re-launch our heritage trail. We hope children and parents will jump at the chance to find out lots of interesting facts about the city. From burnings at the stake to Civil War shootings, there is plenty of interesting and sometimes horrible local history to discover.”

The trail is free and is aimed at children between 5 and 12 years of age. Children will receive a Minster Duck sticker at the end of the trail.

Minster’s Trail is available from Tourist Information at St Mary’s on the Market Square or can be downloaded at www.visitlichfield.co.uk/minsterstrail.

Hopwas Water Main

In addition to the on-going roadworks in Hopwas, a major water main burst on Saturday 11th May. South Staffs Water have said that the bridge over the river will need to be closed for 4 weeks to replace pipework so this will extend the time that Hopwas will be affected by roadworks. Diversions are indicated.

 

Annual Parish Meeting

All welcome to the Annual Parish Meeting at 7.15 on Thursday 9th May. This is an opportunity for residents to tell the Councillors what they’d like them to deal with – what facilities or services should your village have? Please come along and tell us!

No election on May 2nd

Polling station advice
Ahead of the district and parish elections on Thursday 2 May 2019, Lichfield District Council is warning voters that, despite receiving a poll card, they may not need to vote for their council representatives due to uncontested seats.
There are a number of wards and parishes where council seats are uncontested. This means that the candidates who put their names forward as part of the nomination process have been automatically elected.
Here both district and parish council seats are uncontested, Whittington & Streethay and Wigginton and Hopwas, so the polling stations at Thomas Barnes School, Hopwas and Church Hall, Wigginton will not be opened.
So do not go along to vote on May 2nd!

Hopwas Playing Field

The Parish Council recently decided to remove the goal post and netting from Hopwas Playing Field due to vandalism and nuisance caused to neighbours.  If any local sports club would be prepared to take away the equipment please get in touch. Councillors were sorry to have to take this decision and are aware that there have been some complaints locally.  They will talk about any alternatives at their next meeting.

If any local people wish to share ideas about how children could exercise safely in the playing field without causing problems for nearby households please come along to the Annual Parish Meeting at 7.15 on Thursday 9th May at Thomas Barnes School. If you are unable to come please contact the Parish Clerk before the meeting with your ideas and views.

A51 Road Works update

Highways’ contractor Amey has informed us of the following:

A51 Lichfield Road, Hopwas – Minor kerbing, and carriageway resurfacing work between School Lane and Fox Inn – 1st April 2019 for 7 weeks. See Plan-A51 Lichfield Road, Hopwas of works and residents letter Letter-A51 Lichfield Road, Hopwas Suggested diversion route Diversion Plan- A51 Lichfield Road, Hopwas

The carriageway reconstruction works of the scheme is expected to begin during week commencing 6th May 2019 for a period of 15 days, as outlined in the information below :

In the “residential section” (School Lane to River Crossing bridge) they will only close the route during the non-peak periods (9.30am to 3.30pm) to keep any disruption to a minimum.
They will undertake the majority of the work overnight in the “rural section” (Fox’ Island to River Crossing bridge) so not directly affecting any residential properties.

Here is the anticipated programme for the carriageway works;
Tuesday 7th May 2019 – School Lane to River Crossing bridge (5 days between 9.30am and 3.30pm).
Tuesday 14th May 2019 – River Crossing bridge to Fox Island (4 nights between 7.30pm and 6.00am).
Monday 20th May 2019 – School Lane to River Crossing bridge (4days between 9.30am and 3.30pm).
They anticipate being completed by 3.30pm on Thursday 24th May 2019.
There are no plans for any weekend closures.

Parking restrictions in Wigginton

Residents of Wigginton have raised concerns with the Parish Council about parking around the Walrand Close junction, around the Syerscote Lane junction and along Main Road. It is difficult for pedestrians to see when crossing the road due to the speed of the traffic which often travels on the wrong side of the road to pass cars. Residents are also finding it difficult to see when coming out of their drives.

The Parish Council have asked Staffordshire Highways for advice on putting down double yellow lines. As this is a conservation area narrow pale yellow lines can be used. The Parish Council would need to pay for a traffic order and to have the lines painted. To make sure that the majority of nearby residents are in favour of this scheme we have delivered leaflets to properties affected.

Any other residents wishing to comment please contact clerk@wiggintonandhopwas.co.uk as soon as possible or come along to the next meeting on 4th April at 7.15 at St Leonard’s School to make your point of view known.

Road closures in Hopwas

The Parish Council have been informed of road works to improve the kerbs and resurface Lichfield Road between the Fox roundabout at School Lane from 1st April for 5 weeks. Click here for details A51 April 2019

There will also be a road closure due to the Lichfield Cathedral to Tamworth Castle road race on Sunday 7th April, affecting School Lane and Lichfield Road. Click here for details special-events-road-race

Coton Lane will be closed again this week, and a sign at the junction with Comberford Road is indicating further work will take place to widen the junction.