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Village News 18th October 2018

• At the Parish Council meeting last week a letter was received from Crest Nicholson, the developers who have acquired the land North of Dark Lane with permission to build 120 homes. They have identified areas where they feel that the development could be improved by way of its design and propose to substitute a modest number of the approved Lioncourt housetypes with some of their own housetypes, which they consider will better reflect the quality of the surroundings and strengthen the character and appearance of the development. The working group set up to liaise with developers will meet with them to view the proposals.

Following concerns by residents regarding the disturbance of the badger sett on the same development the Parish Council have received the following information. In the ecological surveys done as part of the planning permission badger setts were identified as lying within the development area. An updated ecological survey in June confirmed the presence of badgers on site. Condition 20 of the planning permission requires the translocation of the badgers to a new artificial sett away from the development area to safeguard them during and after the construction work. A license from Natural England has been granted to do this. Further works will be required to close the existing sett once the badgers have vacated and settled into their new sett. The Parish Council is anxious that the site they have chosen to install the new badger sett is in the middle of the area which floods and will raise these concerns with the planners and with Natural England

• In the public participation part of the meeting residents living near 70 Main Street spoke in opposition to the planning application for a large building in the rear garden being built to replace the existing shed, which borders Wellfield Road opposite the village hall. The Parish Council have recommended refusal on the grounds of it being a significant development and likely to add to existing traffic and parking problems in that area.

Following years of complaints from residents about speeding vehicles in the village, particularly down Main Street, Fox lane and Rykneld Street it was agreed a speed gun be purchased and used by residents nominated by Councillors to check speeds at times when complainants have indicated there is a problem. Details of the offenders will be logged and passed to the police.  

A formal report from Lichfield District Council’s Safety Officer was received following his site visit in the summer to assess the risks surrounding the play area on Walkfield. His conclusion was that ‘a fence is not a suitable precaution for safety purposes and would not be recommended around the play equipment’. 

• The Village Bonfire and Fireworks, once again organised by the 1st Alrewas Scouts, will be held on Saturday 3rd November on Walkfield playing fields.

• Village artist Sylvia Royal is running a Batik workshop on Thursday 8th November 10.30am to 4.30pm including a light lunch. No experience is needed and all materials are supplied. Go to www.sylviaroyalart.org to book

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