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Village News 25th April 2019

• The Parish Council Assembly was very well attended last week. Lichfield District Council Leader Mike Wilcox said it was one of the most informative Parish Assemblies he had  attended in a long time and how good and heartening it wasto hear what all the groups do in such a diverse village  like ours.

John Pegg from the Development Working Group spoke first. He gave the background on the development of 120 homes on the fields north of Dark Lane, construction of which starts this year for three years.  The application was registered with LDC in 2014 and rejected by them in 2015. It then went to Appeal and in 2017 the Secretary of State ruled it could go ahead. The main aim of the Working Group now is to mitigate the adverse effects that major construction will cause to the village. The preference is for construction traffic to come on and off site directly from the A38 via Micklehome Drive but the developers are currently refusing to consider this, instead planning to go down Dark Lane, Ecxhange Road and Main Street both ways. John Walton, the resident representative on the Working Group, is gathering resident support to put pressure on Crest Nicholson to listen to our concerns. If you wish to add your name and get up to date information on progress you can email him at jwalton467@btinternet.com.

District Councillor Mike Wilcox added to this. Highways England has commissioned a traffic survey to be carried out in June on the A38. If it is found that a 60mph variable speed limit is required there is a small chance we could get the two way traffic in and out of Micklehome. He also gave an update on development in Lichfield. The Friarsgate project fell through but the District Council has purchased some of the land and is still planning a cinema and more open spaces. M&S is staying in Lichfield but in a new store out of the town centre. Mike also informed residents of the success of the Keep Alrewas Tidy initiative he began in January. There have been two litter picks so far with around 30 volunteers nearly 50 bags of rubbish collected in and around Alrewas. The next one will be in May.

Donna Moss gave an update on the Spreed Watch initiative that the Parish Council is trying to set up to reduce speeding in the village. Unfortunately there has not been enough support from residents as yet. She appealed to residents to consider sparing just a couple of hours a month. Please contact Jan Altham on 01283 791520.

There was an update from PCSO Tracy Horton who stressed the importance of calling 101 rather than posting on social media when there was an incident. The main problem in the summer is anti social behaviour and litter caused by young people, often from other villages, and she is aiming to establish more communication with parents this summer to take responsibility for their children in knowing where they are and what they are doing.

Parish Council Chairman Dave Whatton rounded off the formal part of the evening with a summary of what the Parish Council has achieved over the past year and future projects. These include football pitch improvements, new lighting at the war memorial, number plate recognition cameras at the village exits to catch offenders and a cycle path link between the village and the Arboretum. He was delighted with the attendance and hoped that more residents would attend Parish Council meetings. These are held the second Monday of the month, 7.30pm in the village hall. Residents can speak on any item on the agenda during the public participation part of each meeting providing they give prior notice to the Clerk.

Reports on the clubs and groups next week

• The Bank Coffeehouse hosts a Drop-In the first Wednesday of every month in conjunction with Alrewas Surgery Patient Participation Group (PPG) between 9 and 10.30am. If you fancy some company or a chat, do go along and sit at one of the meet-up tables. It’s part of the PPG’s initiative to counteract loneliness so if you know anyone who may want some company please let them know about it. Help can be given to get them from their home to the Bank. The next Drop-In is 1st May.

•  Alrewas Live and Local’s next event is The Carrivick Sisters in Concert on Sunday 19th May in Alrewas Village Hall. Twins Laura and Charlotte Carrivick are fast building a reputation as one of the UK’s top young Bluegrass and Folk acts with their fabulous sibling harmonies and mastery of a plethora of instruments. As well as performing their own original songs and instrumentals, they play some carefully chosen covers on guitar, mandolin, fiddle, dobro and clawhammer banjo.  Much of their material is inspired by the rich folk lore, legends and dramatic surroundings of their home county, Devon. To date, they have released four CDs to great critical acclaim with several tracks being played on national radio.

Tickets are £10 available from Alrewas Pharmacy and Lorna Lewis on 01283 790799.

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