Local Plan Review
We will be holding 5 locality based online Q&A sessions to explain the Preferred Options to help people understand the plan and make their representations.
They will be held between 6pm-8pm:
You can also book an in person appointment between 10.30am and 7.30pm at the following venues:
- Wombourne Civic Centre – Tuesday 2 November 2021
- Bilbrook Village Hall – Wednesday 10 November 2021
- Essington Community Centre – Monday 15 November 2021
- Jubilee Hall, Brewood – Thursday 18 November 2021
- Penkridge, Haling Dene Centre – Monday 22 November 2021
Call 01902 696000 to book your slot.
October School Holiday Activity Camps
Join your nearest South Staffordshire leisure centre between 1-14 November and pay just £15, then nothing more until January 2022; giving you access to a wide range of fitness facilities throughout November and December for just £15.
- Priority and online booking
- Free online and on-demand classes
- Complimentary Health Check
- Free personal fitness programme
- Portable packages so you can switch at any time
To join, pop into your nearest centre from 1 November.
- Overview & Scrutiny Committee – Tuesday, 1 November 2021 – 6.30 pm – Council Chamber
Members of the public can virtually attend this meeting via Microsoft Teams – a link can be found in the news section on the Council’s website at www.sstaffs.gov.uk
Council Job Vacancies
- Planning Officers (Graduates/Assistants to Senior roles within Development Management, Planning Enforcement and Strategic Planning), closing at 5pm on 9th November 2021. Application Information
This week the full Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games Cycling Time Trial route will be publicly announced, along with the other road events for the Games, including the Marathon, Triathlon and Para Triathlon and the Cycling Road Race.
The cycling time trial event will be held on the 3rd and 4th August 2022 and will see athletes start and finish at Wolverhampton’s West Park with the course passing through the south of the district at Penn Common , Gospel End, Wombourne and Himley.
The event will offer residents the chance to spectate as one of 5 free road events held over the course of the games, which is a great way to showcase the District and an opportunity for residents and businesses to ‘Embrace the Race’ and come down, line the route and cheer on the athletes taking part.
For further information on the event please visit the Birmingham 2022 website at www.Birmingham2022.com/GetSet
To read the frequently asked questions about the route, click on the link below:
Meet your Local Police Officers – Locality 3
Your local Police Officer will be at Shareshill Post Office at 2.00-3.00pm on Monday 8 November.
It is an opportunity for District and Parish Councillors and the community to meet and speak to their local officers.
Just call in and have a chat any time within the hour.
No Trick or Treat Poster – A message from Staffordshire Police.
If you do not want trick or treaters please place this poster in your window. If you witness anti-social behaviour call 101 or contact us via our social media channels via digital 101.
If you witness a crime in progress please call 999.
Don’t open the door if you don’t want trick or treaters For more information and
advice follow our social media channels or visit our website.
To download the ‘No Trick or Treat’ Poster; click here.
Looking after your mental health
There are little things we can all do to help look after our mental health. Having good mental health helps us relax more, achieve more and enjoy our lives more.
The NHS has expert advice, practical tips and a mind plan quiz to help you look after your mental health and wellbeing, so discover what works for you.
Every Mind Matters – NHS (www.nhs.uk)
Volunteers Needed at our Community Bulb Planting Events
We are very pleased that we are once again able to hold our bulb planting events at our cemeteries this year and would love you to come along and join us to help plant some spring flowering bulbs including bluebells, daffodils and crocus.
- Monday 15th November between 10.00 and 12.00 at Sytch Lane Cemetery, Sytch Lane, Wombourne, WV5 0JP
- Monday 22nd November between 10.00 and 12.00 at Strawberry Lane Cemetery, Upper Landywood Lane, Great Wyrley, WS6 7AU
There’s no need to book, just turn up, meet others from the local community and get some fresh air and gentle exercise. Just wear sensible footwear and warm clothes and we will provide gloves, hi-vis vests and other equipment.
We look forward to seeing you there and please feel free to share the details with your friends and family. If you know any local community groups that may be interested please pass on the details.
Baggeridge raises Green Flag for their 23rd year as one of the country’s best parks
Baggeridge Country Park is one of a select list of parks celebrating across the country and is delighted to have been awarded the Green Flag for their 23rd consecutive year.
The status is recognition of well managed parks and green spaces for their high standards and environmental management; and sets the benchmark standard for the management of green spaces across the United Kingdom and around the world.
Councillor Bates, Cabinet Member for Community Services and Steve Gallis, Baggeridge Country Park Manager raised the Green Flag Award at Baggeridge in celebration of being marked as one of the best quality parks and green spaces around.
Have your say on the Mental Health Strategy
Staffordshire County Council have a public survey out at the moment to capture feedback from Staffordshire residents on their Mental Health Strategy. The survey closes 12 November 2021. Please share your views, thoughts, and feelings via the:
Staffordshire Mental Health Strategy Public Engagement survey
Have your say on Urgent and Emergency Care
This questionnaire has been designed to gather comments and public experience of using urgent and emergency care services
Urgent and Emergency Care Involvement Survey
Share your views on Primary and Community Care services
Healthwatch Staffordshire are the independent local champion for health and social care services in Staffordshire. Part of our role is to understand the experiences of people who are using the services and to give people an opportunity to speak up and have their voices heard
On this occasion, we are interested in your opinion of primary care and community services in Staffordshire. The future provision of primary and community care services is being considered, with the aim of offering enhanced services for residents as part of the Integrated Care System Plans.
We want to capture your views about Primary and Community Care services and how you think they could be better.
- What services are important to you in your local area?
- What would you like to see added to the current services?
Click here for further information and to complete the survey.
Survey closes 14th November 2021
NHS issues plea for people in the Midlands to stay safe and get the COVID booster vaccine
People in the Midlands who are eligible for the COVID-19 booster vaccine are being urged to stay safe and book a jab as soon as possible. The booster vaccine is offered to those eligible who had their second dose of the COVID vaccination six months ago as protection will have deteriorated.
The NHS will be in touch to notify eligible people when they are due their booster jab at least six months – that’s a minimum of 182 days – after their second vaccination.
Appointments can be booked quickly and conveniently at www.nhs.uk/book-covid-booster. People that can’t go online can book by phoning 119.
Those who are eligible for a booster at least six months after their second dose include:
- those living in residential care homes for older adults
- all adults aged 50 years or over
- frontline health and social care workers
- all those aged 16 to 49 years with underlying health conditions that put them at higher risk of severe COVID-19 (as set out in the green book), and adult carers
- adult household contacts of immunosuppressed individuals.
Recently, the NHS encouraged pregnant women to get the COVID-19 vaccine as data showed that nearly 1 in 5 of the most critically ill COVID patients were unvaccinated pregnant women.
Anyone receiving a text or letter inviting them for a booster jab should come forward as soon as possible to get crucial protection.
NHS Opens Online Covid-19 Vaccination Bookings For 12-15 Year Olds
Parents will be able to book covid-19 vaccinations online for their 12-15 year old children, the NHS has announced.
People will be able to go online and check the National Booking Service to see if their local site has appointments to vaccinate children and young people, as the NHS covid-19 vaccination programme continues at pace.
If a child has already been invited through their school, they do not need act on their invite unless parents wish to get their child vaccinated outside of school.
Click here to book a vaccine appointment for your 12-15 year old.
Staffordshire information for parents of 12-15 year olds.
Click here on Staffordshire information on how and where to get a vaccine.
Rising COVID-19 Cases
Staffordshire has seen a huge rise in cases and the NSH is urging people to be vigilant to prevent further lockdowns.
The best way to protect yourself and others from COVID-19 is to be fully vaccinated. People who are fully vaccinated should continue to follow safer behaviours set out below to prevent the spread of the virus. This includes:
- Let fresh air in if you meet indoors. Meeting outdoors is safer;
- Wear a face covering in crowded and enclosed settings where you come into contact with people you don’t normally meet;
- Get tested, and self-isolate if required;
- Try to stay at home if you are feeling unwell;
- Wash your hands with soap and water or use hand sanitiser regularly throughout the day;
- Download and use the NHS COVID-19 app to know if you’ve been exposed to the virus.
Door to Door Testing
Due to the high rates of COVID-19 in South Staffordshire, the County Council fleet of community testing vehicles are now visiting targeted postcodes. This is to ensure that residents can access testing on a more regular basis to try and slow down the spread of the virus.
30 October in Penkridge Market, Pinfold Lane, Penkridge ST19 5AP
8:00 to 14:00