Defibrillators

Additional Defibrillators:
The Parish Council is pleased to announce that there are two more defibrillators available within the parish of Whittington and Fisherwick. These are located at the newly opened Sheepwash Farm Day Nursery (Sheepwash Farm Day Nursery, Fisherwick Road, Whittington, WS14 9JN), and Fisherwick Lakes (The Lodge, Fisherwick Lakes, Fisherwick Wood Lane, WS13 8QF). Whilst these defibrillators aren’t owned by the Council they are available for use by any member of the public should the need arise. The Council would like to thank Rob Gray for making these facilities available.
These of course will be a useful complement to the Council’s own defibrillators which are located at the Pavilion on Bit End Field (Vicarage Lane, Whittington, WS14 9LQ) and the Whittington Village Hall (Langton Crescent, Whittington, Lichfield, Staffs WS14 9LR)

HS2

MESSAGE RE HS2 WORKS FOLLOWING COUNCIL QUESTION:

“I want to provide an update regarding the ongoing closure of Park Lane. Our works in this area include vegetation removal as well as the translocation of soils into a mitigation site, a habitat for wildlife being constructed to the north side of the road. The translocation of soils requires large vehicles to travel down Park Lane from the direction of Broad Lane. Due to the width of Park Lane we need to employ traffic management to ensure the safety of both our vehicles and the wider public while these movements take place. While we investigated the possibility of temporary traffic lights, these were not deemed suitable since we would effectively need to close the road for extended periods while our vehicles travelled to and from our mitigation site. As such we decided that closing Park Lane presented the safest option for us to pursue without creating traffic pressures as our works progress.
We understand that the ongoing closure of Park Lane is disruptive for local journeys. We are progressing our works as effectively as possible and look to remove our works at the earliest opportunity, subject to site and weather conditions.
Please let me know if you have any further questions.
Kind regards,
Paul
Paul Moore
Engagement Manager

HS2

HS2 MESSAGE:
We previously advised you about a planned closure on Darnford Lane, and I want to let you know that this has been rescheduled for between Monday 7 December and Friday 11 December. This will allow safe access to our work sites to prepare for future construction works, which include roadside vegetation clearance, and will be in place between 9:00am and 5:00pm on these days.

Following community feedback about our diversion route we have updated the route to avoid smaller or less appropriate roads. It now crosses the A38 onto Ryknild Street before directing traffic onto Tamworth Road.

I also wanted to provide an update on our closure of Park Lane near Huddlesford. This closure will be in place until Friday 4 December before being lifted over the Christmas period.
Kind regards,
Paul Moore, Engagement Manager, LM JV

Christmas Tree

For a number of years Whittington and Fisherwick Parish Council has erected a Christmas Tree out side the Village Hall on Main Street. These trees has been kindly donated by Sara and Richard Dyott who despite all our current problems are continuing to donate this generous gift. The Tree will be put up on 8th December with the usual gang of 6 doing the heavy lifting. This really does brighten up the spirits and probably even more so this year!

Coronavirus Update

Come on Whittington and Fisherwick…let’s do it for what matters

Everyone has a reason to want to see the back of the Coronavirus pandemic. You may want to cuddle your grandchildren, get a business up and running again or simply get back into the gym.

We’re all different, but we can all do some simple things to stop the virus in its tracks.

We know that changing guidance can be confusing, but three things won’t change:

  1. Hands – keep them clean. COVID virus can stay active on surfaces for up to 24 hours. You could pick up or pass on the virus by touching a contaminated surface. Washing your hands with soap and water or hand sanitizer kills the virus.
  2. Face – wearing a face covering over your mouth and nose can help protect other people from droplets containing the virus. If you have the virus you’re less likely to pass it on.
  3. Space – spreading the virus is much less likely to happen if you stay more than two metres apart from someone who has it.

Infections are falling in Staffordshire but we’ve still got more cases per 100,000 people than the West Midlands and England. With national restrictions coming to an end on 2 December, we need to do everything we can to stop the spread and get back to what matters most.

Lichfield Road

Message from HS2:
Many thanks for inviting me to meet with you on Monday evening. It was great to discuss our current scope of works with you all and our decision making process when it comes to planning traffic management.

I want to provide a short update on our planned closure of Lichfield Road. Due to some programme delays as well as understanding of poor site conditions, we will need to reschedule our works along Lichfield Road to take place in the week beginning Monday 30 November. After considering our work in this area we were able to reduce the length of our works, meaning we will only close the road for one week rather than two. The closure will still take place between 9:30am and 3:30pm and the diversion route will be unchanged.

SCAMS

Here are a few of the type of tricks these scammers try: (i) Phishing: An email scam where you appear to get a message from a legitimate source, such as your bank. A link in the email goes to a fake website which collects your information. Never click the links in a suspicious email.

(ii) Investment scams: Generally a phone based scam. You are encouraged to hand over money to invest in a company or product, which doesn’t really exist. Report to the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) or report it to Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040, or online at Action Fraud.police.uk

(iii) Pension scams: Since 2015, retirees are able to access large sums of money from pension pots. An unfortunate side-effect has been this group is now being targeted by scammers.

(iv) Authorised push payment fraud: The goal of this scam is to get you to voluntarily authorise a payment to the scammers. This often occurs when you’re in the process of buying a house, having building work done on your home or booking a holiday. Check the company you expect to be paying did send you the email and the bank details match.

(v) Safe account scams: You will be contacted, usually on the phone by someone claiming to be from your bank. They will say your account has been compromised and encourage you to transfer all of your money from your bank to a “safe account”. If you’ve been contacted by phone, just hang up.

(vi) Pharming: The scammers target a website you are visiting. You type in the correct website address, but you then get directed to a fake version, where you inadvertently put in your login details and secure information. Be observant when logging into websites and look-out for suspicious website addresses.

(vii) Smishing: Scammers will contact you by text claiming to be from your bank saying you need to update your personal details, or there is some kind of issue. Call the number on your card and find out if they have tried to contact you. Don’t click any links in text messages.

(viii) Door to door scams: These scammers knock on your door and try and scam you by trying to sell you a product or service. Anyone you suspect of trying to scam you should be reported to the police,

(ix) Dating fraud: Some fraudsters will connect with you on a dating website using a fake profile. Once you’ve become involved they will start asking for money.

(x) Taxman HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC): HMRC recently warned customers about hoax calls from scammers pretending to be the taxman. The caller tells you that you’re due a tax rebate and asks you for your bank details so the money can be paid into your account. There is no money and the scammer obtains your bank details for personal use.

Crime – be vigilant!

On 08/11/2020 at 15:22hrs an unknown female offender has approached a property on Weston Road, Lichfield and stolen parcels that have been delivered to the doorstep.

If you have seen or heard anything regarding this matter please contact Staffordshire Police via 101 quoting Serial 614 08/11/2020.

Online shopping has made it so convenient to buy any number of things, and as nice as it is getting something delivered to your door in a matter of days there will come a time when you won’t be around to receive a package. A package sitting in front of your house is an easy target or theft.

If you know you are not going to be in, consider one of these steps to prevent doorstep package theft:
– Go onto your order and request your parcel to be put in a ‘safe place’ whilst you are out so your packages aren’t left out in the open for everyone to see.
– Hubs are great to use and companies like Amazon will have Safe Package Delivery Hubs where your parcels will be delivered to a local shop, which you can later collect.
Message Sent By
Deryn Small (Police, Police Community Support Officer (PCSO), Lichfield)

HS2

Upcoming HS2 enabling works in areas between Drayton Bassett and Handsacre in Staffordshire will sometimes result in temporary changes to public rights of way (including footpaths and bridleways) and cycleways.

The affected locations will be in Hints, Swinfen and Packington, Whittington, Huddlesford and Streethay. Please follow this link for more information on all locations.

For a more detailed notification on the diversion of the public right of way in Hints, a link to the notice is here.

The reference to Whittington relates to the need to marshal users of the public footpaths Whittington 16 and Whittington 17 in November and December. These paths will also not be closed but local users may be asked to wait a short time to ensure it is safe to pass.
Whittington 16 is a Bridleway starting at Whittington Heath, 100yds of Marsh Lane. Ending Opposite Home Farm Cottages, Tamworth Road.
Whittington 17 is a footpath starting 200 yards South west of Ellfield House Lodge. Ending on Common Lane,