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Village News 31st October 2019

• At the Parish Council meeting suggestions for road names for the new Green Acres development were approved and will be sent to the developers. Village historian Roger Hailwood helped with selecting names that had a historic significance. The roads will be named: Ainger Close after Alfred Ainger, a notable curate in Alrewas who became Chaplain to Queen Victoria in 1896 and later served as Chaplain to King Edward VII; Osier Close when Osiers were grown in the village for basket weaving; Meadow Lane, the Pastures and Trent View to reflect the previous use of the land and its position by the river; The Shotts and The Flatts after the systems of strip cultivation used here and were of major value to local people to provide food for their families. The plough and furrow features to the west end of the site are recognized as historic importance in County Council records and conservation documents and are clearly defined today.

The Alrewas Residents Group reported that the removal of incorrect signage and the installing of signage to direct construction traffic onto agreed routes through the village had been achieved after much contact with Crest Nicholson and help from Michael Fabricant. Concerns they are currently raising with Crest Nicholson include the car park for residents which is still not ready even through the traffic order is in force, the demolition the hedgerows and trees which had not been communicated to the Parish Council or ARG, and changes to the agreed flood plans. Councillor Mike Wilcox agreed to follow up these concerns with Lichfield District Council. A letter from Parish Council Chairman Dave Whatton which was sent to Crest Nicholson senior management together with a summary document outlining the expected impact of the development on the village is available here.

A resident living near the play area commented that antisocial behaviour had increased considerably over the summer period and asked what proactive measures the Council were taking to address this. The Chair and Vice Chair will meet with Police to discuss what further can be done to tackle crime and antisocial behaviour

The outcome of the bus shelter survey was reported. 77% of respondents supported a bus shelter so the Traffic Management Group were asked to conduct further research into demand, costs, designs and location. The purchase of 30 mph wheely bin stickers, which have been used to work as a speeding deterrent in other areas, was approved. These will be issued to residents in Main Street, Rykneld Street and Fox Lane willing to put them on their bins.

• The Alrewas Live and Local team are very pleased to present the Bonfire Radicals in concert at the Village Hall on Sunday 24th November at 8pm. Expect a fresh approach to traditional tunes, with raucous woodwind, delicate vocals, progressive violin, hard hitting bass, psychedelic electric guitar and percussive beats.

Tickets cost £10.50 and are available from Alrewas Pharmacy, the Bank Coffeehouse, or contact Lorna Lewis on 01283 790799.

• The 1st Alrewas Scouts are once again welcoming anyone to take part in the Guy Building Competition on Saturday 9th November preceding the village bonfire and fireworks display. Just take along your Guy to Walkfield between 9am and 11.45 on for judging at noon. There is a £25 first prize, £15 second and pride of place at the bonfire that evening.

• The Girl Guides are organising a Ceilidh on Friday 15th November in the village hall to support an international project in the Cayman Islands. The band is the Mucky Duck Ceilidh band, a 5 piece line -up with melodeons, hurdy gurdy, fiddle, double bass, guitar and dance caller.


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