Prosecution for dog fouling offences

A man from Fazeley has been ordered to pay £1,852 after he was seen not clearing up after his three dogs.

On 9 December 2020 Staffordshire Magistrates’ Court found Rob Grice, from Victoria Drive in Fazeley, guilty of three dog fouling offences.

The case was brought by Lichfield District Council after Mr Grice did not pay the three fixed penalty notices issued to him after a council officer witnessed him not clearing up after each of his three dogs.

The court ordered Mr Grice to pay a fine of £1,320, costs of £400, and a victim surcharge of £132 – a total of £1,852.

Councillor Angela Lax, Cabinet Member for Regulatory, Housing & Health, said: “This sends a clear message to any irresponsible dog walkers, who don’t clean up after their pets, that we take this issue very seriously.”

To tackle problem dog fouling, the council drops off reporting cards to local homes in hot spot areas to get intelligence from community members.

This includes the location and the times when dog fouling appears, and a description of anyone seen not cleaning up after their dogs.

Since the introduction of the cards the council has been able to do more targeted patrols. This has contributed to a reduction of more than half of reports of dog fouling that needs to be removed across the district.

To report a dog fouling location or problem area in Lichfield District, please visit www.lichfielddc.gov.uk/report.

Have your say! Staffordshire County Council Residents Survey

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Staffordshire County Council is committed to listening and responding to the needs of its residents, which is why we want to hear from you.

Share your opinions on your local area and the services you receive from Staffordshire County Council in the new Staffordshire Residents’ survey.

It will only take 10 minutes to complete, and your responses will help us determine what is most important to residents and what we will prioritise in the near future.

The closing date for the survey is midnight on Monday 4th January 2021.

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Boost your wellbeing with Park Pause activities

Be in the moment by heading out to one of the district’s parks or open spaces and have a go at a series of wellbeing activities.

A free online Park Pause booklet has been launched to help people take time in nature, to benefit their health and wellbeing and reduce stress.

Ruth Piddington, Community & Education Officer for Lichfield District Council, has achieved a diploma in mindfulness. Until recently she had been leading Health Walks around Lichfield’s historic parks, but these have been put on hold due to the coronavirus.

To help encourage people to soak up all the benefits of the great outdoors, Ruth has developed a range of exercises that incorporate her new skills.

From breathing techniques and using all your senses, to spotting colours in nature and getting up close and personal with tree bark, these are just some of the eight activities in the Park Pause activity pack.

 Ruth Piddington said: “I am really pleased to be able to share what I learnt about mindfulness with everyone.

“In this often hectic world, especially with the stress caused by the outbreak of Covid-19, taking time in nature, and to be in the moment, should be good for your health and wellbeing.

“This is why I’ve put together eight activities for everyone to try in your local parks or green open spaces. You can think of them like exercises for the brain – the more often you try them, the longer you will be able to focus, increasingly enhancing your health and wellbeing.

“And, for everyone who enjoys Park Pause, we have extra activities in a follow up booklet, so there are plenty of ways to practice boosting your wellbeing.”

To download the booklets, go to www.lichfieldhistoricparks.co.uk/parkpause.

Media enquiries

Esther Epstein, Press & Communications Officer, Lichfield District Council

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Warning after rise in catalytic converter thefts locally

Lichfield District Safer Community Partnership is calling on people to stay vigilant as police officers look to fight a rise in catalytic converter thefts across the district.

The warning comes as intelligence shows many of these crimes take place in broad daylight and in full view of members of the public.

Thieves target catalytic converters as they contain small amounts of precious metals which increases their value, and the price of these metals has increased in recent years.

Mark Ward, Lichfield Police Chief Inspector, said: “It’s really easy for people to overlook these crimes because many don’t give it a second glance, innocently presuming the cars are either being repaired or having their tyres replaced.

“However, this isn’t always the case and that’s why it’s important for members of the public to stay alert. Offenders tend to travel in groups of three or four and are opportunists. Within minutes of targeting their vehicle, they will have stolen the catalytic converter and escaped.

“We need local people’s help in tackling this issue, and are asking for you to look out for this type of activity and record descriptions, noting down anything that could be useful to us. If it’s safe to do so, recording the incident on your phone is also extremely helpful.”

Councillor Ashely Yeates, Lichfield District Council’s Cabinet Member for Community Engagement, added: “As well as keeping alert to anyone tampering with cars and reporting any suspicious behaviour, we are offering advice about how to protect your car as much as you can from this type of crime.

“We hope our warning will help local people to be more aware of catalytic converter theft so they can prevent their car from being targeted.”

Vehicles should be parked in highly visible, well-lit areas. Off-road parking areas or secure compounds with strong perimeter fencing, warning signs and security lighting should be used wherever possible.

A monitored surveillance system can also be an effective deterrent and crime prevention of this kind can save on costly repair bills and minimise disruption to businesses.

Marking a converter with a unique reference will help police identify the owner should it be stolen, so always make sure that property is marked.

For more ways to protect your catalytic converter, please visit www.lichfielddc.gov.uk/catconverter.

To report a crime or suspicious behaviour please call 101, or send a direct message to Staffordshire Police on Facebook or Twitter. You can also anonymously contact the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

To get reports of any issues affecting your local area, sign up to Staffordshire Smart Alert. Registration is free and you can choose which organisations can contact you, what information you’d like to get, and whether you’d like to receive messages by email, text message or voice message. Sign up online at www.staffordshiresmartalert.co.uk.

Media enquiries

 Esther Epstein, Press & Communications Officer, Lichfield District Council

T: 01543 308778 E: esther.epstein@lichfielddc.gov.uk

 About Lichfield District Safer Community Partnership

The Safer Community Partnership works to make the district a safer place for everyone. It was set up as a result of the Crime and Disorder Act 1998, which requires police, local authorities, fire and rescue, probation and clinical commissioning groups to work together to protect their local communities from crime and disorder.

The partnership aims to make Lichfield District a safe and welcoming place to live, where individuals, neighbourhoods and communities take a sense of pride in where they live.

Lichfield District Street Aid    

Lichfield District Council is launching Street Aid to encourage people to ‘give small change for real change’, with the aim to help people who are sleeping on the street turn a corner in their lives.

The Street Aid fund will offer grants to help people, who are on or have been on the streets in Lichfield District, to maintain accommodation and employment, or make changes in their lives which will help them avoid returning to the streets.

The scheme offers people an alternative way to give rather than giving directly to people who are begging on the streets.

Each donation will be combined with others to provide grants for items needed to get people off the streets or help them stay off the streets. This could include paying for clothing for job interviews, a secondhand bike to travel to work, training courses, IT equipment, funding to access copies of birth certificates or other forms of ID, and more.

Organisations can apply to the fund for financial help that they cannot find elsewhere, and items will be given to the individual, rather than cash.

Councillor Ashley Yeates, Cabinet Member for Community Engagement, “As homelessness and rough sleeping has increased locally, so too has the desire of local people to do something about it.

“We know we have a caring community and we are hoping people will donate to Street Aid rather than giving directly to those on the street, as it could help people in need to get support to change their lives.

“Our housing team works hard to find accommodation for anyone who is sleeping rough locally. However, begging can sometimes exacerbate issues and prevent people from making positive steps towards housing.

“We want to end rough sleeping and street begging in Lichfield District, and launching Street Aid is one of a number of ways we are tackling homelessness.

“We have also employed a dedicated officer who is working with people who have complex needs to make sure their tenancy starts well. Spring Housing is working on our behalf to provide an outreach service to rough sleepers and local homeless people, and we are progressing with plans to buy up to five properties to accommodate people with complex needs.”

As part of Street Aid, the council is planning to install ‘tap and go’ donation points across Lichfield City. This would allow people to tap their contactless credit or debit card on the outside of a shop or business window and a machine, which is installed inside the shop, automatically debits a small, set amount from the card.

Donations will be pooled together into a Lichfield District Street Aid fund, which will be hosted by Staffordshire Community Foundation. All the money donated will go directly to helping people within Lichfield District.

To find out more and how to donate, go to www.lichfielddc.gov.uk/streetaid

Attention Local Business owners!

Staffordshire County Council currently have an offer for businesses to receive a full free PPE pack, businesses just need to go onto the website and request a pack here  https://www.staffordshire.gov.uk/Business/Coronavirus-COVID-19-support-for-businesses/Emergency-PPE/Emergency-PPE-information-for-providers.aspx

Lichfield District Council also have an information officer on the ground who has been visiting businesses throughout the whole district offering support and guidance,

LDC recently launched a love local campaign to champion our fantastic businesses in the district, there are posters online to download and more will be added soon, we also have printed packs available if businesses would like to request one https://www.lichfielddc.gov.uk/coronavirus-2/lovelocal/1

Covid 19 – Play Areas re-opening 4th July 2020

The play areas within the parish will re-open on Saturday 4th July 2020; the Council have carried out a risk assessment against the current government guidance and will put in all practicable measures to mitigate risk.

The play areas are checked weekly for maintenance issues, however they are not cleaned regularly and are not staffed.

Scientific advice suggests that the COVID-19 virus can survive for up to several days on some hard surfaces. The risks are reduced when outdoors, where surfaces may be subject to UV light and/or rain. Whilst all possible practical measures have been put in place the user of this equipment does so at their own choice and risk.

  • The maximum number of users at Hopwas Playing Field will be 10 (plus accompanying adults)
  • The maximum number of users at Comberford Millennium Green will be 6 (plus accompanying adults)
  • 1 adult to accompany 1 child (Under 14’s only)
  • Please retain 2m distance from other users outside of your household
  • 1 child (or household) per item of play equipment (with the exception of the see-saw)
  • To enable as many children as possible to use the equipment please limit use to 30 minutes
  • Use of hand sanitiser gel or wipes is advised when using the equipment
  • When using equipment do not touch face
  • Consumption of food and drink within play areas is not permitted
  • Please use bins provided or take litter home

Please do NOT enter the play areas if you, your child or any member of your household have a high temperature OR a new continuous cough OR a loss of taste or smell.

Covid symptoms

Play Area COVID 19 Signage

Covid 19 – Hopwas Play Area Re-opening branded

Covid 19 – Play Area Re-opening CMG branded

Covid-19 Risk Assessment July 2020

New signage will be put up on the morning of 4th July, until this signage is in place and the closure signage has been removed please do not use the play areas. This will enable the Council to carry out a final maintenance inspection for safety before re-opening.

Park for £1 at Lichfield city centre car parks from Monday

Lichfield District Council is launching a special offer across its Lichfield city car parks, and from Monday 6 July it will only cost £1 to park all day, any day of the week in council-run city centre car parks.

£1 parking offer

Pictures of cars in multi storey car park

The special offer, which is running from 6 July to 2 August 2020, will apply to most district council managed car parks in Lichfield city centre, including short and long-stay facilities.

However, there are some exceptions to the £1 offer. Due to the operating arrangement covering Backcester Lane and Gresley Row car parks, the special offer won’t be available at these car parks.

Arrangements will also be slightly different for the car parks that serve Beacon Park on Shaw Lane, Greenhough Road and Bunkers Hill. These three car parks are charged at a different, lower rate. So, customers can choose to pay the minimum 50p for a shorter period or pay the £1 rate for the full day.

Councillor Liz Little, Cabinet Member for Major Projects & Economic Development, said: “We’re really pleased to be introducing the £1 parking offer across our car parks, to support the city centre in these challenging times.

“We are encouraging all our residents to #LoveLocal and visit their high streets, while following social distancing rules, and we hope this special offer will also help boost footfall to our city centre.”

The council is working with its partners at Pay by Phone to update the system to reflect the new £1 charge. In the meantime, customers should select the car park code 59562 (normally for Bird Street only), and pay the minimum £1 amount which will be honoured for the full day.

So as not to disadvantage anyone who has already bought a parking season ticket, all permits already in circulation as of 6 July 2020 will automatically roll over for a free extra month after the expiry date.

The £1 parking special offer means the council’s free car parking for NHS, health care staff and key workers, which has been running since lockdown began in March, will come to an end after Sunday 5 July. However, everyone will be able to benefit from the £1 parking all day across the city from Monday.

The council-run car parks in Burntwood continue to be free to use.

For more information, visit www.lichfielddc.gov.uk/parkingoffer