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.

Council elections 2019

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: clerk@wiggintonandhopwas.co.uk






Bin collections

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.

My Staffs App

My Staffs App

The link below is for the new MyStaffs App.
It combines a host of services to help you with anything you need for example you can access services from Police, Fire, Ambulance and your Council.
You can register births and report things such as potholes, abandoned vehicles or fly tipping along with much more.
Click the link below to find out more.

Have your say on planning policy

Have your say on planning policy
Lichfield District Council is holding three consultations this winter and is encouraging everyone to have their say on local planning policies.

The first consultation, running from 19 December 2018 to 6 February 2019, will seek local views on the main modifications recommended by the planning inspector to make the Local Plan Allocations document sound following the public hearings in September.

The Allocations document is the second part of Lichfield District’s Local Plan and covers issues, from housing and employment land allocations through to reviewing planning policies used to determine planning applications.

The second consultation is on an updated version of the Statement of Community Involvement, which sets out when, why and with who the council will consult on local plans and planning applications. This will run from 2 January to 1 February 2019.

The third consultation is on changes to the Sustainable Design Supplementary Planning Document, which gives guidance on how sustainable development can be achieved through new development. The changes relate to Appendix A which sets out the space and amenity standards for development within the district. This consultation will also run from 2 January to 1 February 2019.

Councillor Ian Pritchard, Cabinet Member for Economic Growth, Environment & Development Services, said: “It’s important that everyone gets engaged in the planning process and takes the time to look at our proposals and gives their views.”

The documents and supporting technical reports will be available in reception of Lichfield District Council’s Frog Lane offices in Lichfield throughout the consultation periods.

They will also be online, where you can also comment, at www.lichfielddc.gov.uk/allocations.

Please send any written comments to developmentplans@lichfielddc.gov.uk or by post to: Spatial Policy and Delivery, District Council House, Frog Lane, Lichfield WS13 6YZ.

Lichfield District Small Business Grants

The Lichfield District small business grant scheme offers grants of between £500 and £1,500 to local small businesses and start-ups looking at overcoming financial barriers to growth.
A maximum of 50% of the costs of the total project can be applied for (overall project cost is capped at £3,000 to get the maximum grant).
Applicants must first receive support from the Enterprise for Success programme before their grant application is processed.
To be eligible, an applicant must be one of the following:
An individual who is a permanent resident and looking to start up a business within Lichfield District.
An existing small business (up to 10 employees) located in Lichfield District that has been trading for no more than three years.
The grant can go towards the following eligible costs:
marketing purposes
ICT software and hardware
office equipment e.g. laptop, desks, chairs
professional qualifications or training e.g. ISO, professional body membership
equipment to support product or process development and business growth
To register your interest or find out if you are eligible, please email us or call us on 01543 308149.
To apply for the grant, you will need to have first received support from Enterprise for Success who will provide you with an application form. The Economic Development service can refer yourself to the programme.
Once you have the application form, please email us a copy of the following completed documents:
· a completed and signed application form
· a business plan
· financial projections for two years
Any goods or services bought before or ordered prior to the grant approval date set out on the confirmation letter will not be reimbursed by us. We cannot guarantee all applications will be successful, with a limited amount of funding available per year. Applications will be evaluated and scored based on meeting the aim of the scheme, to support business and employment growth and helping to deliver our priority of a vibrant and prosperous economy.
The scheme will run for three years, from 2018 to 2021, with a pot of £20,000 funding available for each financial year. The closing dates for the first two rounds in this financial year are 28 December 2018 and 22 February 2019 where £10,000 shall be awarded. After this, the 2019/20 and 2020/21 rounds will close on the last Friday of the following months: May, August, November and February with £5,000 being allocated per round.
For more information, visit the grant’s webpage: www.lichfielddc.gov.uk/sbg where the guidance notes can be found.