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Village News 20th May 2021

• At the Parish Council meeting Cllr Dave Whatton was re-elected as Chairman. The Trim Trail has been well received, although the scout’s bonfire will have to be moved a little away from its usual spot this year.

Following some resistance from the Alrewas British Legion branch to allow the use of their land by the bowling green as a rewilding project, the Parish Council are investigating the land in Deepmore Close as an alternative location. This land has previously been identified for three bungalows for elderly residents as sheltered accommodation and also as an overflow carpark for Alrewas Village Hall. The Neighbourhood Plan working group will consider all three options and residents of Inge Drive and Deepmore Close will be consulted.

Ongoing concerns about the drainage proposals submitted by Crest Nicholson was discussed and it was agreed County Councillor Eagalnd will intervene and support will also be sought from Michael Fabricant MP.

Further to residents requests, quotations will be obtained and permission requested from the War Memorials Trust to repaint the names on the War Memorial. Quotations will also be sought for repainting of the Lock Gates on the Kings Road.

The Parish Council continue to deal with ongoing vandalism to the play area fencing, one of the reasons why there was reluctance to install fencing. Residents are urged to report any incidents to clerk@alrewasparishcouncil.org.uk

It was resolved to take over responsibility for the Willoweave structure by Bagnall’s Lock with

its associated maintenance costs. This was previously maintained by Alrewas Arts whose funds are insufficient at the moment.

Staffordshire County Council will be putting double yellow lines on roads near the National Memorial Arboretum which could have an effect on businesses near the NMA and on parking in Alrewas when large events take place.

Next Parish Council meeting will be back in village hall at 7.30pm on Monday 14th June. Members of the public are always welcome.

• Alrewas Island has now been seeded, new trees planted and bug hotels built. It is hoped that, by July, it will be look like the original meadow as it was back in the 1960’s.

Alrewas Island is private land but owned by the Coltech Foundation who, once work is completed, will be making it available for community groups to book for a wide range of eco activities.

• Alrewas Cricket Club can now welcome spectators (members and guests only) and outdoor only table service will continue until 21st June. Social membership costs just £10 a year, e-mail timaston@needwoodcottage.go-plus.net.

Teams are now invited to enter this year’s Orme Cup. Due to fixture congestion this will be limited to 8 teams. Matches will generally be played on Tuesdays or Sundays starting in early June. To enter your team please contact Ken Herr on 07505 457204 or ken.herr2008@icloud.com

• As our village hospitality venues open inside for the first time in six months residents are urged to read the signage and respect the rules they have to put in place for what we hope is the final month of restrictions. Thanks should go to the pubs that have been open since 12th April. It has been extremely difficult and unprofitable for them but they have done it for their customers and community.

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