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Village News 21st March 2019

• At the Parish Council meeting last week Councillor Janet Eagland reported that Tarmac were increasing the tonnage of aggregate they were excavating in order to meet the needs of HS2. This side of the A38 will not yet be affected.

District Councillor Mike Wilcox reported that he will be meeting with leaders of Staffordshire Highways and developers Crest Nicholson to ensure that the concerns of the Parish Council and villagers are addressed in relation to the Traffic Plan for the Dark Lane development, and that a solution is found that is acceptable to the Village.

Under the conditions of the planning permission ‘before the development is commenced, full details of the accesses and traffic management works off Dark Lane and Micklehome Drive shall be submitted to and approved in writing by the Local Planning Authority. The accesses and off-site highway works shall thereafter be constructed in accordance with a timetable to be submitted to and agreed in writing with the Local Planning Authority’. Another condition is that the trees and hedgerows shown to be retained on the approved plans shall be protected and ‘no works shall continue on site until the approved tree protection measures are in place’.

The Police and Crime Commissioner has responded to a request from the Parish Council to consider a variable speed limit on the A38. He recognises the concerns about the increase in accidents but it is Highways England that will decide based on the evidence they have. He recommended logging problems onto the A38 Watch page on Facebook which is for anyone to add any disruptions on the A38. This keeps everyone up do date on the state of the traffic but also collects evidence of problems. 

Other items noted at the meeting: Alrewas Tree and Garden Services will no longer be providing handyman services for the Parish Council from April due to volume of other work. The Civic Society have contributed £500 to improve the lighting at the war memorial following the deterioration of the Christmas lights on the oak tree and new options will be considered. All Saint’s Church thanked the Parish Council’s commitment in providing funds to maintain the church clock.

• The village pop up florist ‘A Different Colour’ returns for Mother’s Day. The stall, selling beautiful quality flowers and indoor plants, will be outside The Bank Coffeehouse on Friday 29th and Sunday 31st March.

• Barton Library has had a clearout of old books and a delivery of new books and now has a massive range to borrow. Library membership is free to residents of Staffordshire and you can take out up to six books at a time. It is our nearest library and also has frequent events serving the local community including a new drop in service for 40 - 74 year olds the first Thursday of every month 3.30 – 6.30pm where checks can be done for your cholesterol levels, blood pressure, BMI and blood sugar levels. 

• The next whist drives in the Methodist Hall are on 28th March and 11th April at 2pm. It’s a friendly club, run fortnightly, and newcomers are always welcome.

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