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Has your new blue bin and bag arrived? Please note that this Fridays collections will be from the current boxes, not the new bins. This will be the last collection from boxes, and then the first collections from bins and bags will be made on Friday 26th June. If residents do present bins and bags this Friday, they won’t be able to empty them, as they won’t have the correct vehicle, they will only be able to empty boxes.
What will happen to your old recycling boxes when the new blue recycling bins are delivered? Currently the Borough has no plans to remove your old boxes. They know that lots of residents have already found creative ways to use recycling boxes! The boxes are made of a type of plastic which is hard to recycle, and has little value. They’re very happy for residents to keep the boxes and lids, and use them for storage in sheds, greenhouses, lofts and garages, as planters, or for anything else. If you can’t reuse the box yourself, why not offer it to a friend or neighbour.
A planning application has been submitted for retrospective permission for the site that has been developed since bank holiday weekend at Blackbrook.
The application can be viewed on Newcastle under Lyme Borough Council website on Planning Applications>Track, Inspect and comment on an application . or use link below
If you wish to comment on the application send an email to email@example.com
20/00368/FUL Land to the West of Newcastle Road (A53) Blackbrook, Newcastle Under Lyme described as : Change of use of land to mixed use for the stabling/keeping of horses and as a residential caravan site for 4 gypsy families, together with erection of stable building, erection of 4 no. amenity buildings and laying of hardstanding.
Thank you for taking the time to contact the Council with regard to the unauthorised encampment at Blackbrook which occurred over the bank holiday weekend.
This was clearly a very well co-ordinated operation with a planning application being submitted to the Council on Friday with work commencing shortly thereafter. It is now clear from the date of some of the reports that accompanied the application that this scheme had been planned well before the bank holiday and with no consultation or engagement with the Council before proceeding.
As an absolute priority we are now reacting to this effort to circumvent the planning process. Please be assured that we will use every legal power available to the Council to pursue this matter and in doing so we will follow the necessary steps to ensure our work cannot be undone at a later date through any legal challenges the developers of this site may wish to mount. To this end, we have today secured an injunction to prevent any escalation of current planning breaches, for example by increasing either the scale of development or the number of occupants.
As you may be aware, this site has some planning history in the form of the withdrawn planning application in 2018 (reference 18/00491/FUL) and the refused 2019 application (reference 19/00332/FUL). We will be looking at how this new application addresses our earlier concerns relating to its isolated location away from key services, impact on highway safety, impact on a critical groundwater source and the impact from the noise of the nearby pumping station together with other concerns raised in the consultation process. We are actively engaging with Severn Trent about this particular aspect of the breach.
For clarity, I can confirm that this site lies outside of the Green Belt which ends at the railway line running through Baldwins Gate and is within land identified in the Local Plan as open countryside.
We are now commencing consultation on the planning application and will get the application before members of the Planning Committee at the earliest opportunity to ensure that a lawful decision is made as soon as possible.
For residents information Newcastle under Lyme Borough Council are treating the new traveller site, erected at Blackbrook over the Bank Holiday weekend, extremely seriously. They are liaising with Staffordshire County Council and Severn Trent to ensure they get maximum effect regarding any actions they take. Clearly, the Council must follow procedures set by various authorities.
The VE day celebration at the Loggerheads Pub on Friday 8th May has been cancelled by please celebrate at home.
At 11am, The Royal British Legion is calling on people to join in a moment of Remembrance and pause for a Two Minute Silence.
At 3pm, raise your glasses and join in the ‘Nation’s Toast to the Heroes of WWII’, this national moment of gratitude to those who gave so much during the war in Europe, from the safety of your own home or garden.
The meeting of the Parish Council for April was held virtually and it worked so this will be done again in May.
The next meeting of the full Council is Monday 18th May at 7pm . If anyone wants to join please email the Clerk.
The next meeting of the Parish Council will be held on Monday 20th April at 7pm. BUT it will be held virtually.
If you want to join us Email firstname.lastname@example.org and you will be given all the information to join the meeting. The agenda is on the web.
As the elderly and vulnerable self-isolate, they can be at an increased risk of falling victim to scammers. There’s been reports in the UK of people offering a shopping service for isolated people where they take payment in advance and then never return with the goods. Please be vigilant to this and only give money to people you know and trust such as family and close friends.
In these challenging times it is with regret that the Loggerheads & District Befrienders are suspending all their group activities with immediate effect. However, we will continue to support our community by keeping in contact with people by phone and helping with shopping etc. If you need assistance please contact us.
Phone: 07523 512934
If you are able to offer support please also contact us.
Remember your neighbour
In these challenging times the Parish Council urges you to help your neighbours, especially those who have been told to stay at home. Post a note through their door saying you can help if they need any shopping or someone to chat to. The Befrienders, Voluntary Car Scheme and First Responders are also ready to help ..just call 07523 512934 to volunteer to help or to seek help.