Weekly News 288
Bilbrook Remembrance event
A Remembrance event will take place this Sunday in Bilbrook.
The running order of the day is as follows:
- Service of Remembrance at Holy Cross Church – attend by 9.50am for a 10am start
- Procession from Holy Cross Church to Bilbrook War Memorial – 10.45am
- Act of Remembrance at the War Memorial, Bilbrook Village Green – 11am
Anyone wishing to lay a wreath at the Act of Remembrance should contact the parish clerk by calling 01902 840007 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
To purchase wreaths, email the Royal British Legion Codsall Poppy Appeal at email@example.com
Codsall Christmas Fair: Marshals needed
Codsall Christmas Fair returns on Friday, December 2nd – and an appeal has gone out seeking marshals to help with the event.
It will feature live music, street entertainers, fairground rides, Santa’s Grotto, hot food, 50 trade stalls offering a range of Christmas-themed products, and community carol singing with local school choirs accompanied by the Salvation Army Band.
The organisers are looking for up to 20 people who can spare a couple of hours to offer guidance to stallholders, redirect traffic, and keep an eye out for mishaps. The main period of time they need help is between 1 and 4pm.
If anyone is able to assist, please contact Richard Chapman on 07718 911358.
Christmas Craft and Gift Fair at Himley Hall
A range of craft and gift stalls will be on offer at Himley Hall this Saturday.
Running from 10am till 4pm, items on sale will range from craft gin, to floral wreaths, alpaca scarfs, and chocolate.
There will also be a choir, singing from 11am till 3pm.
The event will be held indoors inside the hall and outside in the courtyard.
Tickets cost £2.50 for adults and under 16s go free.
South Staffordshire Council’s Environmental Health and Licensing Team has worked with the organisers, with a view to helping them deliver a safe and successful event.
Council and district news
Local Plan Review
Members approved the next stage of the review of the Local Plan for public consultation at Full Council on Tuesday, November 8th.
|The Publication Plan, also known as a pre-submission plan, contains sites for housing, employment, gypsy and traveller pitches, and policies to determine planning applications.
This is the final stage of consultation before the plan is submitted to the Government and an independent planning inspector is appointed to carry out a public examination into whether it is sound and legally compliant.
The consultation runs for six weeks from Friday, November 11th, until midday on Friday, December 23rd.
There are five in-person events planned, where officers will be available by appointment to discuss the plan and next steps.
The Publication Plan, FAQs and supporting documents can be found here: Local Plan Review Publication Plan South Staffordshire Council (sstaffs.gov.uk)
Details of all consultation events and Q&A sessions are here: Publication Plan Public Engagement South Staffordshire Council (sstaffs.gov.uk)
All comments made to the plan must be made in writing, and during the six-week consultation period. For more information see the council website www.sstaffs.govuk/localplanreview or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Ways of tackling climate change explored at joint networking event
Steps being taken to reduce climate change in South Staffordshire and the Shropshire / Staffordshire border were discussed at an event hosted by landowner Bradford Estates in partnership with South Staffordshire Council.
Approximately 100 people representing businesses, local authorities, residents group and environmental campaigners attended the half day networking session at Woodlands Farm, Weston under Lizard, on Thursday (Nov 3) to explore ways of cutting environmental impact.
Councillor Len Bates BEM said: “It has been a pleasure to speak to such an engaged audience to promote the steps being taken by South Staffordshire Council to tackle climate change.
“We recognise our efforts fit into a wider global picture so it is important as many people as possible know about the initiatives being taken in their local area.”
Boundary Review – revised proposals
The Boundary Commission for England (BCE) is redrawing constituency boundaries in order to rebalance the number of electors represented by each MP, and a final consultation on proposed new constituencies is now open.
A new, revised map of constituency proposals, which takes into account feedback sent in by the public on the initial proposals, has been published on the consultation website bcereviews.org.uk
Send in your views before the closing date of December 5th to have your say on new parliamentary constituency boundaries.
Polling Station Review
South Staffordshire District Council is conducting a review of Polling Districts and Polling Places.
The review will take place between October 2022 and January 2023.
The timing of the review is to enable any changes to be implemented before the next scheduled district and parish elections on Thursday, May 4th, 2023.
Have your say:
South Staffordshire Residents’ Survey
Make your voice heard – take part in our new Residents’ Survey.
The survey is a chance for everyone living in South Staffordshire to let us know their views on where they live, and the district as a whole.
Have your say by completing the survey via this link
Five-star rated food outlets
Our Environmental Health team has had the pleasure of awarding a number of food outlets the top rating of five stars for food safety over the last month.
The food hygiene rating reflects the standards of food hygiene found on the date of the inspection. The food hygiene rating is not a guide to food quality.
Top five-star ratings went to:
- Bridge Manor Care Home, Wombourne
- Kingsway Church, Wombourne
Council job vacancies
- Cleaning Assistant, open application date.
- Relief Leisure Assistants at Codsall, Wombourne, Penkridge & Cheslyn Hay Leisure Centres – open application date.
- Swimming Instructors, all leisure centres – open application date.
For more information on all South Staffordshire Council vacancies and for details on how to apply, click here
The Goodlife Winter Saver
From November 1st to 30th, South Staffordshire Council’s leisure centres are giving customers the chance to join for just £10, with no further payments until January 2023.
Customers can sign up to any of the membership packages and enjoy unlimited use for two months, for just £10.
The earlier you join, the bigger the saving.
To view membership packages, click here.
Sign up from November 1st by emailing Leisure@sstaffs.gov.uk
Leisure centre Christmas opening times
For Christmas opening times at South Staffordshire Council’s leisure centres, click here.
Self Care Week Reminds us to Exercise Self Care for Life
Self Care Week is the annual national event that raises awareness of what we can all do to improve our physical health and mental wellbeing.
This year, the theme is Exercise Self Care for Life.
Incorporating the practice of self care into our everyday lives can help us to live as healthily as possible. There is evidence that suggests being as healthy as we can also help us to better cope with life’s challenges that come our way.
World Diabetes Day 2022 – Monday, November 14th
Being diagnosed early is so important for all types of diabetes.
Finding out your risk of Type 2 diabetes only takes a few minutes. It could be the most important thing you do today.
By completing this tool, you may be eligible for the Healthier You NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme.
Find out if you are at risk by visiting riskscore.diabetes.org.uk
Flood Action Week
Communities are being urged to prepare for flooding this winter with the Environment Agency warning of ‘ignoring the danger at your own peril’.
Amid increased extreme weather events brought on by the climate emergency, the Environment Agency is launching an awareness campaign – Flood Action Week – to encourage those who live in areas at risk of flooding to act now to protect their home, possessions and family.
The Environment Agency is urging people to take three simple steps: