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Village News 30th May 2019

• At the Annual Parish Council meeting Dave Whatton was re-elected as Chairman. We have two new District Councillors, Sonia Wilcox and Derick Cross who replace Margaret Stanhope, in addition to Mike Wilcox who was re-elected.

PSCO Tracy Horton reported that three youths have been arrested in connection to drugs recently reported in Alrewas but that in general anti-social behaviour was low according to the number of calls they get on 101. There have been only five made, compared to 25 in Fradley, which is why we have had less police presence. The issue of groups of children being out in the village late at night does raise child safety concerns and parents should be more aware of what their children are doing and where they are going. The PCSO will continue to work with All Saints and John Taylor schools to educate young people about anti-social behaviour, including dropping litter.

Nick Collins attended the meeting to present a proposal for CCTV in the village to capture the main areas of the village. Not only would this help identify offenders committing crimes and traffic offences but could also anti-social behaviour, speeding and heavy goods vehicles. It was agreed this would be pursued.

A grant towards the cost of the repairs to All Saint’s church clock was agreed. The Parish Council already pays for the annual maintenance of the clock but it is currently in need of repair.

John Walton who is leading the Alrewas Resident’s Group gave an update. He is closely monitoring areas of concern in regard to the Dark Lane development, such as the construction traffic plan, the effect construction traffic may have on listed buildings and the drainage and flood risk. He is becoming increasingly frustrated with Staffordshire County Council and Highways’ refusal to address the concerns of residents and the Parish Council. There was no notification prior to the Notice of Restricted Parking in Dark Lane and Exchange Road and the speed limit review and average speed investigation on the A38 has been postponed until October. This means there is little chance of getting construction traffic exiting the development on to the A38 off Micklehome Drive to avoid coming through the village. The developers have now agreed to construction traffic turning left only at Exchange Road so that the centre of the village isn’t affected. If you would like to offer support and be kept updated you can email John at jwalton467@btinternet.com

• The next village litter pick will be Saturday 8th June. If you can spare a couple of hours to help keep our village tidy please meet outside Alrewas Surgery at 10am. There will be free tea or coffee for all volunteers at the Bank Coffeehouse afterwards.

• Alrewas Cricket Club are hosting a Family Fun Dayon Sunday 9th June, one of many taking place across the country as part of the England and Wales Cricket World Cup 2019.  There will be an U11’s game in the morning, an adult match in the afternoon, bar open, barbecue and lots of activities for youngsters to take part in. All are welcome.

• The Alrewas Escape Room, which launched during the 2018 Arts Festival, is sold out for May and June but dates are currently being set for July and August. It’s £20 for 4 people to play and the money is donated to the Arts Festival to help fund 2020’s activities as well as creating new rooms in the future. Keep an eye on the Arts Festival website for new dates www.alrewas-artsfest.co.uk/escape-room-extra

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