|Please note: This will be the final news bulletin for this year. The next edition will be sent out on January 6th, 2023.
May we wish you a very merry Christmas and a healthy and happy New Year.
Festive events across the district
Christmas at the Monckton
A festive celebration will take place in Penkridge this weekend.
Running from 3 till 7pm at the Monckton tomorrow (Saturday), entertainment at the outdoor event will include live entertainment, food and hot drinks, craft stalls, a visit from Santa and more.
Santa’s Sleigh Tour
Santa will be continuing to tour villages in his sleigh in the run up to Christmas.
Run by Penkridge and District Round Table, the man in red and white will be visiting East Penkridge this evening (Friday), Wheaton Aston tomorrow, and South Penkridge on Monday.
For more information, dates and locations, click here or visit Penkridge Round Table’s page on Facebook.
Father Christmas tours Wombourne
Santa Claus is coming to town for those living in Wombourne, as he continues his tour.
He will be coming to the village on Sunday, December 18th, and Monday, December 19th.
See the locations he will be visiting, plus more via this link
Council and district news
Local Plan Review
There is just one week to go until our public consultation on the Local Plan ends.
|You have until midday Friday, December 23rd, to make your views known. Remember, as this is a formal stage of consultation, comments must be made in writing.
You can use our consultation portal, or send comments in by email or post.
We’ve made it simple to view the plan and supporting documents online. Just go to the main page of the council website, click on the consultation banner at the top of the page and it takes you straight to the consultation page. Here you can view the plan itself, or read the FAQs, Local Plan summary, guidance note for making comments, or response form and there are links to the supporting evidence.
Hard copies of the documents are also available at parish council offices and libraries in the district, and at the Community Hub in Codsall.
This is the final stage of consultation before the new Local 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 Publication Plan, FAQs and supporting documents can be found here: Local Plan Review Publication Plan South Staffordshire Council (sstaffs.gov.uk)
All comments made to the plan must be made in writing, and during the 6-week consultation period. For more information see the council website www.sstaffs.gov.uk/localplanreview or email email@example.com
Covid vaccination clinic
A series of Covid vaccination clinics are taking place in Kinver in the run-up to Christmas.
These will be held at Bills Pharmacy, High Street, and are for those aged 18 and above.
- Friday, December 16th, 9am – 5pm
- Monday, December 19th, 9am – 5pm
- Tuesday, December 20th, 9am – 5pm
- Wednesday, December 21st, 9am – 5pm
- Thursday, December 22nd, 9am – 5pm
- Friday, December 23rd, 9am – 5pm
Please be aware Covid-19 vaccination clinics may be limited to an allocated number of vaccines. Vaccines will be given on a first come, first served basis. Clinics may close early if all allocated vaccine has been used.
More information can be found at: Find a walk-in coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination site – NHS (www.nhs.uk)
Climate Emergency: A guide for residents and businesses
South Staffordshire Council has published an information pack for residents and businesses regarding the climate emergency.
The pack can be downloaded from the council website here and is full of useful tips and advice for residents and businesses alike, with practical guidance on how we can all reduce our carbon footprint.
The pack also showcases the work that the council is doing to reduce the effects of climate change through our own operations, as well as the work of key local partners.
For more information, click here
Community Safety Newsletter
The latest edition of the Community Safety Newsletter is now out.
Articles include good news, reminders about keeping your vehicle safe, and information about Chill Out clubs for young people coming to South Staffordshire.
See the newsletter here
Play the Census 2021 quiz:
How well do you know your area?
See how well you know the population of your local authority area with this interactive quiz.
Go to the following link, enter South Staffordshire in the search box, then answer the questions to see how much you know about the district.
Take the quiz via this link
Waste and Recycling Christmas Collections
December 2022 – January 2023
Garden waste collections have now finished for four weeks (two collections).
Collections will resume on Monday, January 9th, 2023 for all current subscribers.
During the garden waste collection break, you can present your grey bin for collection every week.
Click here to view your bin calendar online
There are changes to your waste and recycling collections due to the Boxing Day bank holiday.
There will be no collections on Monday December 26th. All collections will be one day later than normal for that week only.
Find out more about festive bin collections via this link
Real Christmas trees will be collected on your first garden waste collection in the new year (between Monday, January 9th and Friday, January 20th).
No need to book, just put your real tree out next to your green bin on your normal collection day.
Wishing you all a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from the Waste and Recycling Team.
Council job vacancies
- Health and Safety Advisor (Corporate), closing on January 8th.
All vacancies can be viewed in full and applied for on our new recruitment site: https://www.sstaffs.gov.uk/vacancies
Penkridge Leisure Centre: Further upgrades
Penkridge Leisure Centre’s gym will be temporarily closed until December 24th, whilst work is carried out on the air conditioning and to raise the ceiling.
This work is not only being done to further improve the facility, but to also allow the leisure centre to add additional pieces of gym kit including the Pulse Fitness Stairmaster and functional rig.
For more information email Penkridge@sstaffs.gov.uk or call 01785 714152.
Leisure centre member rewards
South Staffordshire Council’s leisure centres are rewarding members this month with daily rewards announced up to December 24th.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank leisure centre members for their ongoing support and loyalty and wish everyone the best of luck.
Free holiday food and activities for kids
Codsall and Wombourne Leisure Centres will be holding Aspire Active Camps for young people aged 5-14 years old.
Leisure centre Christmas opening times
For Christmas opening times at South Staffordshire Council’s leisure centres, visit https://www.sstaffs.gov.uk/leisure/leisure-centres-opening-times.cfm
Baggeridge Country Park visitor survey
Let us know what you think of Baggeridge Country Park and help us to improve the facilities and services on offer.
By completing this short survey, you can choose to be entered into a draw to win one of two annual parking passes.
Take part in the survey here
UKHSA extends cold weather alert
Further to the cold weather alert issued on December 9th, the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) is continuing to encourage people to stay warm and look out for those most at risk as freezing conditions persist across the country.
The Met Office is warning that all regions of England will continue to experience cold weather until midday on Sunday, December 18th.
For more information and guidance, click here