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A New Hedge for Bit End Field

A community project for all ages.

The wooden fence between Fisherwick Road and Bit End Field has deteriorated over many years, but at the same time it has become a green corridor and a haven for wild life. It would be a travesty of nature to rip it out and replace it with a bland fence. So your Parish Council intends to plant whips of bird-friendly native hedging shrubs on the inside of the fence in the gaps between the trees to improve this haven using biodegradable tree guards and mulch matting.

It’s very easy to create a hedge; the whips are ordered, the ground is soft and all we need is lots of help. Once the whips are delivered later this year or early next year then we would like as many as possible in our community to join us on two or three Saturday mornings to lay the matting and plant the whips. It’s not difficult or strenuous and we will provide demonstrations about the way to do it. We will have about 800 whips to plant, and with plenty of support that can be done easily in one morning. We will meet on the field at 9.30-10.00am for a couple of hours.

The only equipment needed is narrow spades/long trowels and wellies.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Councillor Jonathan Smith.

Ps. We are fortunate to have obtained a grant of £1350 from the Tree Council’s ‘Close the Gap’ fund to assist with the costs with additional funding from the Parish Council.

Community Infrastructure Levy

Message from Lichfield District Council
Meaningful Proportions

On a bi-annual basis, Lichfield District Council is required to transfer a proportion of Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) funds raised to the relevant parish councils, referred to as the ‘Meaningful Proportion’. Funds received between April-September will be passed onto the relevant parish council no later than 28th October of the same year. Funds received between October-March will be passed onto the relevant parish council no later than 28th April of the same year. For further information in regards to how the Meaningful Proportions are calculated, how they should be spent, and when they should be spent by, can be found within the attached ‘A Guide to Community Infrastructure Levy for Parish Councils’, and also the ‘Parish CIL spending guidance’.

October Transfers & details request: It is now approaching the time in which the funds received between April-September 2021 are due to be transferred. It has been calculated that Whittington and Fisherwick Parish Council will receive £6,976.84 for this period. Please find below a breakdown of the CIL funds received for this period.

App RefSiteParishDate collectedProportionParish amount
20/00304/FULWhittington Youth Centre, Main Street, Whittington (3 of 3)Whittington and Fisherwick06/04/202125%6,976.84
     6,976.84

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Good News for Whittington and Fisherwick
The new play area for younger children is now just over the horizon – the planning application has been submitted and is awaiting approval.  The playground will be at the west (Hospice) end of Bit End Field, adjacent to the Bowls Club, and will include swings, balance beams, hop stones, a wobbly bridge, sensory trail, scramble net, slides and a castle tower.  The Parish Council is hopeful that a substantial grant will cover most of the costs, subject to formal approval which is expected soon.  

Funding has, however, been confirmed to take the village a step closer to decarbonisation.  A massive £33,400 grant from the Rural Community Energy Fund will enable the Council to explore opportunities to reduce the area’s carbon footprint, including collective low-carbon heating technologies which could provide heat to the majority of homes, potentially through a heat network.   

HS2 Works:

Balfour Beatty Vinci have announced that they will be undertaking ground investigation surveys on land belonging to
Network Rail, near Cappers Lane. These surveys help to understand more about the ground conditions where we will build the railway. The surveys will involve taking soil samples and boring trial holes in different locations. They will be transporting our equipment on the railway track.

When these works will take place
These works will take place overnight for 2 weekends
21-22 August 2021 from 10:30pm –9:00am 1 night (Saturday)
28-29 August 2021 from 11:30pm – 7:30am 1 night (Saturday)

For further information click on the link below:

HS2 Works Cappers Lane

Balfour Beatty Vinci will be temporarily closing Cappers Lane to complete several different types of surveys in one closure. The utility trial trenching surveys, will involve digging into the ground to establish what is underneath the surface. This will provide information on the location of underground utilities.
To complete the surveys a team of engineers will capture data about what is present in the area using a digital measure or camera. This will include recording location and sizes of features such as hedges, grid covers, kerbs, road layout and road markings. These surveys will help finalise the design of the new railway and to reinstate features where possible after construction.

Click on the link below for further information:

Audit of Accounts for the Year Ended 31st March 2021

The Council is pleased to report that Mazars have just completed their audit of the Accounts and corporate governance arrangements. For the year ended 31st March 2021 no issues were found that need to be brought to the attention of the Council or the residents of the Parish. These reports are posted on the Council Tax and Final Account pages and can also be found by clicking on the links below: