Whittington and Fisherwick Parish Council was formed in 1980 by the amalgamation of the two parish councils, although each Parish still retains its identity.
The main responsibilities of the Parish Council cover; Open Spaces, Parks & Recreational Areas, the Parish Pavilion, Litter, Planning Applications, Rights of Way; Bus Shelters, Benches, Street Lighting, Trees, Dog Control, the Environment and many other issues. It also makes representations on behalf of the village covering other areas of concern.
The Council consists of 15 Councillors, serving two wards, Whittington & Fisherwick.
The Parish Council has over the last few years played a leading roll in many parish projects, including establishing an annual Countryside Craft Fair which has raised over £150,000 for parish projects.
The council has purchased 2 acres of land from the St Giles Hospice (formerly known as Glebe Field) which has been developed into a BMX track and community orchard with further plans for a trim trail. The Parish Council has also taken a twenty five year lease at a peppercorn rent on the old Grange School playing field (Swan Park) which, with the aid of grant funding, has been developed into a recreational and sporting facility. In 2009 the Council opened allotments for local residents which now have 31 working plots.
The Parish Council is supportive of the local community through its annual grant scheme with a closing date for grant applications each year on 31st December. Notice of successful grants are notified in April of the following year.
The Council is consulted in respect of all planning applications within the Parish, considers these applications and makes observations which are forwarded to Lichfield District Council, the Planning Authority for the area.
The Parish Council acts as a ‘grass roots’ authority, channelling its electorate’s concerns through to the appropriate departments within other authorities. Its Councillors are a visible presence within the community and are able to address the public’s concerns through the medium of Council meetings.
The Council produces 3 newsletters a year and delivers to every household within the parish. It runs an active and informative web site and has a Facebook page.
Whittington & Fisherwick Parish is a rural community within the District of Lichfield, in the County of Staffordshire.
The 2011 Census records the population of Whittington and Fisherwick as 2603, living in 1045 households.
The key community issues are: an ageing population, a focus on larger properties in the current housing stock and a lower than average level of rented housing.
Age W&F Lichfield
(Information supplied by the National Statistics office)
David Walton, Clerk to the Council