Current issues in the area

 

 

Next Meeting starts 7.30pm, Wednesday 3rd October 2018 at the Hayes Green Community Centre.

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Parish Council Meeting – September 2018
Draft Minutes on the web.

 

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Community Fun Day 18th August 2018

 

Litterpick 4

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Parish Council Meeting – July 2018
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Parish Council Meeting – June 2018
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PARISH COUNCIL APM / AGM May 2018
Citizen of the Year – Rev Glynne Watkin
Business of the Year – Tasty Bites
Young Person of the Year – Louis Shelton
Grant cheques presented.
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Parish Council Meeting – April 2018

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Parish Council Meeting – March 2018
Public Participation spoke about Poplars Tip, Coverdale Way and the transfer of PCSOs Megan McAndrew and Claire Reeves away from the area.
Cllr A. Dean elected Vice-Chair.
Planning
18/29 – 24 Brampton Drive, Heath Hayes – Ground floor rear extension
18/33 – McDonalds, Hemlock Way – Fascia adverts
18/34 – McDonalds, Hemlock Way – 24 hour signs
18/42 – 65 Wimblebury Road, Heath Hayes – Residential development of 9 houses
Agreed – 17/466 – Tesco, Change of use of 9 parking spaces to hand car wash and valeting operation
Hayes Green Centre – Nursery closing on 21st March. This will be an opportunity to look at the use of the Centre and to determine the best course for future use.
WWI – Look at “Tommies” Benches, choral events and Remembrance Day.
Awards – Citizen, Rev Glynne Watkin. Business, Tasty Bites, John Street, Wimblebury. Young Person, Louis Shelton.
Defibs – 3 at the Community Life Church and 4 at the Tasty Bites in John Street, Wimblebury.
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Parish Council Meeting – February 2018
Public Participation had reports about ongoing problems with recycling centre at Tescos. Fly-tipping and bad smells from the Poplars Tip.
County Councillor McMahon reported that the £2,000 defibrillator grant and the 100 year lease on Cannel Mount had been agreed.
Planning 18/23 – 1 Newlands Lane, Heath Hayes. Single storey side extension and single storey rear extension. No objection.
17/455 – 2 Green Meadows, Heath Hayes. Garage conversion and first floor extension over converted garage – Approved.
Council agreed:
To pay for Christmas Lights.
To send a thank you card to Becky Graham who was leaving as Head to Heath Hayes Academy.
To support the Times Past group, meeting fortnightly at Heath Hayes Library.
To investigate the position with traffic flow at the rear of the library (Coverdale Way).
To assist with the arrangements for a memorial bench at Heath Hayes Library.
To get quotes for the removal of the Heath Hayes Cabin.
Defibrillators – 1 and 2 ok. 3 and 4 coming.
Chapel Street – no change.
WW1 Events – Series of manageable events from June to November. Not one big event.
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Parish Council Meeting – 3rd January 2018
County Council McMahon hopes that the money for the grant towards two defibrillators will be transferred soon.
County Councillor Hewitt reported that the carriageway repair on Hayes Way by Pheasant Way had been completed.
Planning Applications – 17/451 21 Salisbury Drive / 17/455 2 Green Meadows / 17/204 17 Bank Street / 17/365 34 Meadow Way – all approved.
It is hoped that the boarded up area that used to be the site of the former Farm Garage will be tidied up.
Heath Hayes Cabin – Structural review of building requested.
Hayes Green Community Centre – Concern about reduction of hours of Stepping Stones Day Nursery.
Parking around schools. Aims to get existing legislation enforced.
Mill Green Island – Renaming expected shortly.
Hednesford Road sped tables repainting expected soon.
Cannock Road overgrown footpath. Reported and awaiting clearing.
Heath Hayes Park – No change.
Bus Services – Consultation over. Awaiting report.
Heath Hayes Library. 18 volunteers. Two in training.
Village Green – No developments.
Christmas Lights – All went to plan. 7 lights. Possibly more next year.
Cannel Mount – Awaiting formal documents to sign.
Demential Awareness – Council in process of registering.
Newsletter – Prepare draft for publication.
Great War Centenary – Find out about local events. Liaise with St John’s.
Grants – 13 grants awarded – £3,700. 1st Scouts, 1st Cubs, 1st Beavers, 3rd Guides, 3rd Brownies, 4th Brownies, 2nd Valley, 1st Brownies, 1st Rainbows all £200. KIWI £400. Five Ways School, HH Area Support Group, St John’s £500.
Precept – Set at £73,000. Band D £18.23
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Parish Council Meeting – 6/12/2017
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Highways Fault Report – 6/12/2017
Footpath on island by Tescos, Heath Hayes. Heath Way at Hayes Way. By the Community Centre and the bus stop.
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Highways Fault Report – 6/12/2017
Footpath on Cannock Road between Chapel Street and Heath Way, Heath Hayes on the south side of the carriageway. Reported as overgrown and the footpath needs clearing.
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REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY 12/11/2017
Thanks for all who attended and helped.
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Completed – Five Ways Island.
The resurfacing of Five Ways Island has been finished as planned during August 2017.
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Friends Groups for Heath Hayes Park and Cannel Mount.
We are supporting the creation of a “Friends” group, independent of the Council, to look at the management, improvement and development of the sites. If you are interested in finding out more or want to volunteer, please contact the Clerk on raysmythe@msn.com
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Congratulations to our award winners for 2017.
Citizen of the Year – Peter Hawthorne
Business of the Year – Carabou
Young Person of the Year – David Woods
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My School, My Village ( replaces Best Kept Village )
The Council has entered the BKV for the last 20 years with an intention to raise civic pride and to help improve the appearance of the area. In 2016, the Council submitted three entries for Heath Hayes, Hawks Green and Wimblebury.
Upon reviewing the judging criteria, it was agreed that the BKV was not relevant to a large urban area and not flexible enough to be able to reasonably “judge” our area and therefore no longer a productive use of Council resources . It was felt to be more appropriate to concentrate on the three primary schools and to help projects at the schools and with the pupils.
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Meadow Way – The Council has liaised with residents and Taylor Wimpey about the maintenance of a shrubbed area on the inside of the bend near to Thistledown Drive. It is to formalise permission and to ensure the area does not become overgrown.
Taylor Wimpey has given permission for the area to be managed by the residents and it is hoped that this will be a realistic long term solution for this small piece of land.
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Flooding at the island at Heath Way and Hayes Way has been reported to Staffordshire Council. This was due to a broken and blocked drain which has now been replaced.
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Remembrance Sunday – 12th November 2017
10.00am services at St John’s and the Bourne Churches.
10.45am Parade from Bourne to Five Ways Island
11.00am Silence / Readings / Parade to Cons Club
11.20am Dispersal
Anyone willing to help with the marshalling, please contact the Clerk on clerk@heathhayes.staffslc.gov.uk
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Traffic Issue – Hednesford Road.
Some large vehicles entering Stafford Street from Hednesford Road are mounting the kerb endangering pedestrians and two have hit the Pharmacy. This has been referred to County Highways to see if anything could be done to deter drivers from cutting the corner.
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Christmas Lights.
As you may know, Cannock Chase Council will no longer be providing lights in the area and the Parish Council has accepted an offer to have the existing seven lights donated and for the Parish Council to undertake the responsibility for providing the lights. The Council will manage the lights for the 2017-18-19 festive seasons and will review the position throughout. It is estimated that the lights will cost £3,000 per annum to maintain the present provision.
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Mill Green Island.
The island is being referred to as “Tip Island” and in order to formalise the nomenclature and to improve the general attitude towards the area, the suggestion to officially name the island as “Mill Green Island” has been agreed by the County Council and will be added to the nearby roadsigns shortly.
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St John’s Church.
There is ongoing liaison between the Church and the Council. One of our defibrillators is sited there. Church events are shown on our Facebook page.
Future events are being considered.
There was a Community Christmas Tea at 3.30pm on Sunday 18th December followed by a Carols and Lessons Service at 6.00pm.
The Council agreed to pay £170 for the costs of having a Christmas Tree in December 2016.
Good to see the new wall in place.
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Cannel Mount

Current position – Our application to the County Council as part of their open spaces review to take over the management of Cannel Mount has been successful.

The Council is interested in taking over the management of the site and hopes that the site could be better managed and would be an improvement in facilities in the area. Ian Wykes and Emma Beaman from the County Council have liaised with the Council.

The Parish and County Councils met on 14/09/16 and there was a consultation meeting on 5/10/16. It is hoped that unless there are any unforeseen issues, the Parish Council could take over the management of the area during late 2017.

It is hoped to not only improve the site as a location for leisure activities but also to have recognition of the historical significance of the site with interpretation boards showing the former use of the site.

It is also hoped to utilise the strategic location to provide a link between Cannock Chase and Chasewater and to look at alternative routes for the long distance footpaths and national cycle routes.

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Chapel Street

The Council has asked the County Council to consider selling some land adjacent to Chapel Street, Heath Hayes, to enable the possible provision of a community centre and appropriate off road car parking. This is ongoing as there is also an issue with the County Council needing to determine an application for village green status which has been pending since 1996.
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Grants – The Council 2019 grant scheme has opened for applications in November 2018.
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The Chair and Clerk meet the day before each meeting to go through the plans for the meeting.
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COMPLETED EVENTS
Remembrance Sunday 2016 – 13th November.
Meeting at the Constitutional Club at 9.30am, then a march to the Bourne Methodist Church at 9.40am. Service at 10.00am, March to Memorial Gates 10.40am, Silence etc at 11.00am and then return to the Cons Club.
Anyone willing to help marshalling the event in 2017 (12th November) would be very welcome. Please contact the Clerk (clerk@heathhayes.staffslc.gov.uk).
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Footpath clearance – The path on the north side of Lichfield Road between Hayes Way and Eastern Avenue has been cut back.
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Work on the Hayes Way path between Heath Way and Hednesford Road was completed early October.
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Heath Hayes Cabin – Undergoing repairs and repainting. The Council has asked Cannock Council if it would be possible to transfer the lease to a third party as there has been a request to take over the Cabin and the Council is considering a sale or transfer.
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Arriva Bus Services – The Council has asked Arriva for the 62 route to be amended to include a loop around Wimblebury to allow residents to take one bus to get to Hednesford. This has been considered but not thought to be financially viable.
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Wimblebury Road Car Park – Reports of helium gas cartridges being left on the car park were passed on to Cannock Council. The area checked and the cartridges removed. As the report was initially made by a teacher at Heath Hayes School, the school was informed of the result.
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Heath Hayes Park.
Reports of litter left after football matches have been forwarded to Cannock Council and it is hoped that liaison talks with the league and the Clubs will help end this problem.
Cannock Council is looking at replacing a litterbin at the Park in due course when one becomes available.
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A drain in Badgers Way, near to Hayes Way is suspected to be blocked and has been reported to Staffordshire Council.
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This is a link to the Cannock Council survey on their financial plans.
https://www.snapsurveys.com/wh/s.asp?k=147446960443
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Broken street nameplates at Wimblebury Road and Heath Way reported to Cannock Council.
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Mill Green Retail Development. Full Planning permission was granted on 28th September. Building should start early 2017. Work has started on an access point to the site on the Mill Green Island.
MILL GREEN SHOPS.pdf
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Condor Grove Play Area – We have asked the District Council to review the site to see if the equipment is suitable for all children that might want to use the site.
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Gorsemoor School Crossing Patrol.
The Parish Council is opposing plans by the County Council to remove the SCP from Gorsemoor School. We have contested the argument that there are low pupil crossings as there are 590 pupils at the school and have had support from our County Councillors and MP.
At the present time, the decision is under review and the SCP will continue at least until the end of term in December at least
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SPACE Scheme
Here is the timetable for the 2016 SPACE Scheme. Now complete for 2016. The Parish Council has written to the Police and Crime Commissioner to offer congratulations and thanks to all involved for a very successful project.
Space Weekly Timetable 2016.pdf

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Gorsemoor School
The Council looked at ways to assist a request to purchase and install a box for housing a defibrillator unit on the external railings at Gorsemoor School at the meeting on Wednesday 6th July. The electricity supply to the box is a major factor. At the present time, there do not appear to be any grant sources.

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Defibrillators
Unit 1 – The Council applied for and received a grant of £500 from County Councillor George Adamson and raised a further £520 from the Kaleidoscope Choral Event at St John’s Church. We have purchased and installed a unit at the Hayes Green Community Centre.
Unit 2 – We have also liaised with Paul Dadge at the CFR and submitted an application for a grant to the British Heart Foundation. This has been successful and we have been given a second unit and cabinet. This is worth £1,500 and it has been installed at St John’s Church.
The Council is investigating further sources of funding and hopes to install any additional units at strategic locations across the area.
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Newsletter – Last published September. Next one due for approval January 2017. This may be published in The Chronicle.
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Meeting
The next Council meeting will be held on Wednesday 7th December. 7.30pm at Heath Hayes Library.
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Liaison Meetings
Organised and run by Cllr Diane Todd, held on 16th May (previously 15th February, 16th May), there was another in a series of meetings of local organisations at Heath Hayes Library.
These meetings help improve communication and liaison between the organisations in the area for the members of the public.
The next meeting will be 10am on Monday 21st November at Heath Hayes Library. Hopefully we will see some more new faces.
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BKV – 2016
The Council had three entries in the Best Kept Village Competition, with Heath Hayes, Wimblebury and Hawks Green.
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Maps
We have had maps of the three areas drawn up and we have highlighted all the positive aspects of the area.
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Litterbins
Cannock Council has replaced some damaged litterbins and there are plans to replace some damaged play area equipment and to refurbish bus shelters. The Parish Council is grateful to Cannock Council and Staffordshire County Council for their work on these issues.
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BKV Businesses – 2016
Businesses are encouraged to consider displaying adverts about BKV and to place hanging baskets or planters.
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BKV Poster Competition – 2016
There was a poster competition for 5 to 7 year olds and 8 to 11 year olds to design an A4 poster to advertise our entry into the 2016 competition. Either living in the area or attending school here. First Prize £10, Second £7.50, Third £5.
We are grateful to Gorsemoor School and Heath Hayes Academy for their entries. This competition will run again next year.
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Heath Hayes Park
The Council would like to have opinions about Heath Hayes Park.
Do you think that anything could be done to make the facility more useful? Is there anything that could be done to make you use it more often? Is there something that could be put into the park that you would like to see as a facility for the area? Please pass your comments to the Council via clerk@heathhayes.staffslc.gov.uk. Thank you.
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Heath Hayes Library
The County Council accepted a bid from the South Staffordshire and Shropshire NHS Trust to take over the management of the library from 1st April 2016. Contracts have now been offered and the Parish Council is no longer investigating options to take over the management of the library as the future of the library appears secure. This matter will be monitored.
Heath Hayes Library extra – We liaised with the District Council to get an electricity supply to the tree outside the library for Christmas lights. The District Council and Eon met and he electricity supply was connected and there were additional Christmas lights in 2015. We have had some nice comments about the new lights.
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Completed. Replacement street nameplates for Meadow Way.
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Completed. Pothole repair on Hednesford Road, Heath Hayes. Outside the Constitutional Club.
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Completed. The replacement of the fire damaged play equipment in the Condor Grove play area
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Completed – the repair of the supports for the Chapel Street nameplate outside the Post Office.
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Completed.
Gorsemoor Road – Work has now been completed (April 2016). Thanks to the commitment of County Councillors George Adamson and Diane Todd
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Completed.
John Street, Wimblebury – The County Council has resurfaced John Street (May 2016). Thanks to County Councillor Diane Todd for her commitment to this project.
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Remembrance Sunday – Ongoing
Will be held on 13th November. If anyone would like to assist with marshalling the event, please contact the Clerk on clerk@heathhayes.staffslc.gov.uk
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Wimblebury War Memorial Event – will be held on 6th November 2016.
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Newlands Lane
The County Council is monitoring the position and options of the road surface.
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Heath Hayes Academy.
Heath Hayes Academy – Headteacher Rebecca Graham has met with the Chair, Councillor John Bernard and the Clerk to discuss improving the links between the school and the Council and it is hoped that the school will participate in Remembrance Sunday and the Best Kept Village. Mrs Graham has also attended a Council meeting and met the rest of the Council.
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Community Fun Day.
Community Fun Day at the Hayes Green Community Centre held by the Community Life Church on 22nd August was a great success. The Council has agreed to donate the free use of the Centre if the event is to be held again next year.
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