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Village News 18th June 2020

• Alrewas Civic Society have installed four new benches in the village. One is on Fox Lane opposite Oakfield Road following requests by residents unable to walk far in one go to provide a place to rest between the South end of the village and Main Street. The other three are on Walkfield playing fields.

• Serious concerns were raised at the Parish Council last week in regard to the planning application for sand and gravel extraction and associated plant and infrastructure by CEMEX on land south of Orgreave. Concerns included two large four to five storey concrete plant buildings to be constructed on the site, the quarrying will last at least five years, there will be considerable vehicle movement, around 170 lorries per day including 24 hour movement for the concrete plant traffic, and no screening or backfilling was planned. Matt Griffin from Staffordshire County Council attended the meeting and confirmed that the proposal also went against the approved Staffordshire Minerals Plan.

It was agreed that a group co-ordinated by Stuart Threlfall would be created to report to the Parish Council. The Parish Council will be submitting their objections to the proposal and strongly urged residents to do the same by emailing your comments to planning@staffordshire.gov.uk, referencing L20/03/867 M Land South of the A513 at Orgreave, no later than 2nd July.

There is a Facebook page Alrewas and District Quarry Group for all the information and updates

• All visitors and patients to Alrewas Surgery must now wear masks. There are masks being made by some kind seamstresses in the village which are available from the Bank Coffeehouse for £2 with all monies going to Alrewas and Fradley Charities.

If you wish to receive the Alrewas Surgery newsletter for regular updates and news please email alrewas.ppg@nhs.net

• Following complaints from a resident Lichfield District Council have placed a stop order on the work taking place to renovate Alrewas Island.

Nick Collins and the Coltech Foundation had been doing a fantastic job regenerating the scrubland that has been abandoned and unkept for nearly 40 years and were well on their way to getting it back to the lovely meadowland and riverbank it was in the 196O’s. They have thinned out the willows and planted the cuttings upright, creating over 50 new willow trees, and had started to dredge the Millstream which has badly silted up over the years and become a flood risk. It was the equipment needed for this that prompted the complaints and they are now awaiting a decision as to whether special planning permission is needed, despite having the approval of the Environment Agency

• All Saints Church is now open for private prayer only from 10am till 4pm daily following new guidance from the Government and the Church of England. The wardens and ministers have been working hard to adapt the church and follow the guidance set out. Posters and signs are up around the church to give instructions for your health and safety and they ask you to use the sanitiser provided on the way in and out of the church.

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