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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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 email@example.com 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.
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.
Wigginton and Hopwas Parish Council needs new Councillors! We really need members from Hopwas as one of our members is moving away, there will then only be one member who lives in Hopwas and can tell us what the village needs. There should be 4 members for Hopwas Ward.
Residents from other parts of the parish; Wigginton, Comberford, Arkall Farm and Brown’s Lane are also welcome to join us to help make decisions on the places where you live and work.
Details of how to apply are on https://www.lichfielddc.gov.uk/Council/Voting-elections/Guidance-for-candidates-and-agents-2019-parish-elections.aspx
The closing date for handing in your application form is April 3rd, please make an appointment as soon as possible!
Please contact the clerk for more information: firstname.lastname@example.org
Bins to be out by 6.30am
Residents who live in Lichfield District and Tamworth Borough will need to put their bins out by 6.30am on their collection day, starting from Monday 25 February.
Through the Lichfield and Tamworth Joint Waste Service, Lichfield District Council and Tamworth Borough Council are asking that residents from across both areas put their bins out 30 minutes earlier – by 6.30am rather than by 7am – on their collection day.
This is so bin collections can start earlier, to avoid peak traffic and finish rounds in the light by 3.30pm, which is safer.
Cllr David Leytham, Lichfield District Council’s Cabinet Member for Operational Services, Leisure & Waste, said: “We’ve moved the start of our bin rounds forward by 30 minutes as our crews are getting stuck in traffic and have more homes to collect from as housing developments are built.
“Even if your bins are emptied later in the day, please make sure they are out by 6.30am as we may change our rounds when we’ve worked out the best routes.
“I’d like to thank everyone in advance for their help with this, however, as many bins go out the night before, most households shouldn’t notice the change.”
From 25 February, if your bin has not been emptied by 3.30pm, please report it as a missed bin online at www.lichfielddc.gov.uk/missedbins or call the team on 0345 002 0022.
To find out more about your bin collections, and what should go in each colour bin, visit www.lichfielddc.gov.uk/bins.
Does anyone know the whereabouts of several old minute books dating from 1927 to 1981? These were borrowed from County Archives in 1994 and never returned. If you know what might have happened to them please contact the Clerk.