Review of Hackney carriage fares

As part of its review of taxi fares, Lichfield District Council is asking for feedback on proposed increases to fares.

Following calls from local firms to increase fares to bring them more in line with neighbouring authorities, the council is reviewing the maximum fares that can be charged by the Hackney carriage drivers it licenses.

The amount local taxi firms can charge has not gone up since 2012, and Lichfield District is among the lowest charging authorities.

Proposals include increasing normal fees from £3.60 to £3.80 for the first mile, with each subsequent 161 metres travelled going from 17p to 20p.

They also include increasing out of hours fees from £4.80 to £4.90 for the first mile, with each subsequent 161 metres travelled going from 23p to 26p.

Out of hours goes from midnight to 6.59am on any day, plus between 6pm and 11.59pm on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve, and on any public bank holiday.

As it is one of the few local authorities that does not have a charge for when a taxi is waiting, the council is also suggesting a waiting charge is introduced at £15 an hour, with subsequent charges applied after that time. The charge would only start after the taxi has been stationary for ten minutes, and then it would be applied for each subsequent ten minute interval up to a maximum of £15 for the full hour. The charge will continue to rise after the hour waiting time.

This means that fares also will include any waiting time within a journey, such as when a vehicle is stationary in heavy traffic.

The proposals also recommend that the soiling charge goes from £50 to £60, reflecting the increase in cleaning costs and the lost trade while the car is off the road.

Gareth Davies, Head of Regulatory Services, Housing & Wellbeing, said: “We are inviting taxi drivers and local people to give us their views on our proposed increases to our Hackney carriage fares.

“Our aim in setting the new fares has been to keep taxi fares affordable for local people and to make sure there is an adequate supply of taxis at all times, while understanding that drivers have rising costs and need to make a living.”

Find out more at www.lichfielddc.gov.uk/taxifares.

To send your comments about the proposed tariff rises, please email taxilicensing@lichfielddc.gov.uk from 29 November to 12 December 2019.

Media enquiries

Hayley Chipman, Assistant Press & Communications Officer, Lichfield District Council

T: 01543 308028 E: hayley.chipman@lichfielddc.gov.uk

Notes

  • Normal fees is tariff 1 which applies to any time that that is not tariff 2
  • Out of hours fees is tariff 2 this goes from midnight to 6.59am any day or between 6pm and 11.59pm on Christmas Eve, New Year’s Eve or on any bank holiday.

New Clerk

A new Clerk has been appointed to replace Margaret Jones, who after 7 years is leaving to spend more time on family matters. The new Clerk is Kate Shrezi. She is keen to get to know the area and hopes to recruit new members from the local community to help take the Council forward.

Clerk vacancy

An experienced Clerk is being sought for the Parish Council, working 8 hours a week from home, preparing for a meeting once a month and administering the finances and activities of the Parish Council.
Please contact clerk@wiggintonandhopwas.co.uk for full details

Job Description Clerk

Closing date 20th October.

Could you join our local Council?

We urgently need new members!

Anyone who lives or works in the parish (or within 3 miles) and is over 18 years old can become a Councillor. Please contact the Clerk on 01827 50230 or clerk@wiggintonandhopwas.co.uk if you are interested in making decisions about the local community and would like more details on becoming a Councillor.

If you can spare a couple of hours a month to discuss how our villages can be improved now is the time to come along to join us!
Why not come to one of our meetings to see what is involved? You would be made very welcome.

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.