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Village News 24th January 2019

• At the Parish Council meeting last week Alrewas resident Mr John Walton used the public participation section of the meeting to express residents’ concerns about the potential severe traffic problems that will be created under the current plan by developers Crest Nicholson to use Dark Lane, Exchange Road and Main Street as the main throughway for heavy goods traffic during the construction of the 120 homes north of Dark Lane.  District Councillor Mike Wilcox reiterated that a Traffic Plan must be agreed by Lichfield District Planning Department before construction begins and will strongly pursue the introduction of two way traffic at the top of Micklehome Drive so that the all construction traffic can come directly off the A38 there and leave the same way. He has written to Crest Nicholson expressing his deep concerns with the proposals that have been suggested and strongly advised them that to build upon any long term relationship with the community there needs to be a plan that does not disrupt residents and businesses, which the suggestions that have already been made do.

Both the Parish Council and residents are keeping a careful eye on the badger activity on the land to be developed. The badgers have returned to their original set and Natural England has been notified. The developers have assured LDC that they are sending ecologists to the site to assess what action needs to be taken before construction can begin.

Also at the meeting maintenance works to help improve the playing surface of the football pitch on Walkfield were approved. This will include surface aeration immediately, then applying a coat of sand top dressing and over seeding the whole pitch with a mechanical seeder and good quality sports seed as soon as the last football match of the season is played. 

• Alrewas Dramatic Society’s next production is ‘Mr Wonderful’ in Alrewas Village Hall from the 14th to 16th February. The play by James Robson is about Norma who works in a factory, cares for her bedridden mother Phoebe on the verges of Alzheimer's and is trying to find her Mr Wonderful through a dating agency. Tickets are £7.50, £6 concessions, available from Alrewas Pharmacy. It is not suitable for children.

• The Bruce Ncube singing group continues to meet every Wednesday in All Saints Church from 7.30 - 9:00pm. This unique choir, which celebrates African and world music harmonies, is fun and uplifting. All are welcome, just turn up, it’s £3 per session.

• There has been a massive increase in thefts of keyless cars in the district, including one in Fox Lane two weeks ago where a car was stolen without the offenders needing the owner’s keys from the house. Two criminals working together using electronic signal relay devices can steal a vehicle within minutes, normally from outside the owner’s home, and residents with such cars are strongly recommended to purchase a Faraday bag to store their keys in which blocks these signals.

• The village Whist Drives continue to be held every other Thursday at the Methodist Hall. New members are always welcome. It’s just £1 with tea & biscuits served at half time. Doors open 1.45pm for 2pm start. The next ones are 31st January, 14th and 28th February

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