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Parish Council Meeting - 25 July 2018

Members of the public are welcome to attend a meeting of the Parish Council at the Village Hall on Wednesday 25 July 2018

Summary agenda:
1. Apologies for absence
2. Public session
3. Declarations of Interests
4. Minutes of Previous Meetings
5. Neighbourhood Plan update
6. Matters of report
7. Planning
8. Financial matters
9. Group Reports
10. Correspondence, bulletins & reports
11. Horn Dance
12. HS2
13. Agenda items for the next meeting
14. Date and time of next meeting
Wednesday, 26th September 2018 7.00pm Memorial Room, Village Hall

The full meeting notice and draft minutes of the last meeting are available on these pages

A50 works - road closures from July 2018

There is a lot of work planned in the next few months, as this major project nears completion.

With the new bridge in place and slip roads integrated into the dual carriageway the A50 Project A scheme is nearing completion.

One of the final, big steps is the removal of the south embankment which raises the A522 up to the ‘old’ bridge which crosses the A50.

Workers will lower the area by approximately 20 feet, to allow the installation of new drains and utilities. We will also complete the outstanding stretch of the new A522 carriageway, footpaths and street lighting to connect it to the new junction and bridge across the A50.

To do this the A522 will be completely closed to all vehicles and pedestrians, just west of Tunnicliffe Way, 24-hours-a-day from 5am Monday, July 16 to Friday, September 28.

The slip roads, ‘on’ and ‘off’ the A50, from the A522 New Road roundabout will also be closed at the same time.

We have deliberately scheduled this essential phase of the project to coincide with both the summer holiday closure of the JCB Heavy Products factory and the school summer holidays when traffic levels will be lower. There’s no doubt this will cause some inconvenience and I appreciate your patience while we carry out this important work.

Diversions
Diversions will be clearly signposted and maps showing the alternative routes are available here or by going to www.staffordshire.gov.uk and searching for ‘A50’.

Traffic travelling west on the A522 towards Tean will be diverted on to the A50 at the B5030 McDonald’s roundabout and then leave the A50 at the new junction, use the new bridge and re-join the A522.

Traffic travelling east on the A522 towards Uttoxeter will be diverted on to the eastbound A50 and at the B5030 roundabout those wanting Uttoxeter town centre will be directed left towards the A518 The Dove Way.

Pedestrians will still be able to travel in both directions by following a short, signposted diversion between Tunnicliffe Way and The Parks, which passes through Torrance Grove and along a temporarily lit and resurfaced public footpath. Cyclists can also use the route but are asked to dismount on the public footpath.

Access to the Shell petrol station, which stands a few hundred yards west of the B5030 roundabout on the westbound carriageway will be maintained at all times.

Other work
There are also overnight closures of the A50 planned for the nights of:

* Friday, July 6th, 8pm to 5.30am: the westbound carriageway will be closed and the eastbound open as usual;
* Saturday, July 7th, 8pm to 5.30am: the eastbound carriageway will be closed and the westbound open;
* Saturday, July 14, and Sunday July 15, 8pm to 5.30am: closed in both directions.

During the closures of the A50, we will put a fully signposted diversion route in place, suitable for all vehicles including HGVs. Highways England will put advance notices warning of the closures on its wider A-road and motorway network to encourage traffic to take alternative routes on the nights of the closures.

Traffic heading west will be diverted northwards from the A50 on to the B5030 for a few hundred yards to the roundabout with the A518. Traffic will turn right there, cross back over the A50 along Dove Way and continue on the A518 clockwise around Uttoxeter and follow the road towards Stafford. Vehicles will then follow the A51 and A34 towards Stoke-on-Trent and then on to the A500 and A50. The route is reversed from the west.

Importance of the A50
The A50 is the most important transport link between the East and West Midlands. The planned improvements will also benefit major employers and their employees between Stoke-on-Trent and Derbyshire, making journeys quicker, easier and safer.

Staffordshire County Council is delivering these improvements on behalf of Highways England. We will continue to update you as the project progresses.

The A50 Growth Corridor Team

Closure of Schoolhouse Lane on 14 August 2018

A road closure notice has been issued by Staffordshire County Council to allow essential work to be carried out.

Although the closure allows for up to five days, the planned work is expected to be completed between 0930 and 1500 on that day.

The notice is available to view: PDF icon Schoolhouse Lane road closure notice - 14AUG18 (51.7 Kb)


Draft minutes of the Parish Assembly

Following the Parish Assembly 2018, the draft minutes are now available to view on these web pages

There is a link to the relevant document on the "Parish Council | Documents" page.

The Annual Report itself can be viewed directly at: http://www.abbotsbromley.com/pc/docs/annualreport2018.pdf


Neighbourhood Development Plan future June 2018

A meeting of Parish Councillors and residents was held on 21 June 2018 to discuss the future of the Neighbourhood Development Plan and the Working Group

Draft notes from the meeting held on 21 June 2018 are now available:




Community Involvement in Neighbourhood Development Plan

To aid understanding of the work carried out on consultation for the Neighbourhood Development Plan, the Statement of Community Involvement document is now online

As previously notified The Neighbourhood Development Plan Group Chair stood down from the group following the Parish Assembly meeting in May.

Much of the Assembly meeting was dominated by residents declaring their dissatisfaction regarding the amount of consultation and effectiveness of the engagement process.

As part of helping to understand the work carried out on consultation the Statement of Community Involvement document has been added to the Neighbourhood Plan website. You can find it under the "Document Library" drop down tab or link directly to the document: PDF icon Statement of Community Involvement (May 2018) (1.8 Mb).

Hopefully the information proves useful to both the community and any future Neighbourhood Plan Group.

A50 works - road closures in June 2018

There is a lot of work planned in the next few months, as this major project nears completion.

There will be five overnight closures of the A50 in June from the 13 to the 17 inclusive, to allow the integration of new slip roads on and off the dual carriageway. Details can be found lower down.

After that, there will be a complete 24-hour-a-day closure of the A522 from 16 July to 28 September just west of Tunnicliffe Way.

The closure is to allow the removal of the embankment which raises the A522 up to the current bridge that crosses the A50 dual carriageway.

Workers will lower the area by approximately 20 feet, to allow the installation of new drainage and utilities and the completion of the final stretch of the new A522 carriageway, footpaths and street lighting to connect it to the new junction and bridge across the A50.

We appreciate this will cause inconvenience, so perhaps allow a little extra time for journeys, but we thank you in advance for your patience. To minimise disruption we have deliberately scheduled this important work to coincide with both the school holidays and the summer holiday closure of the JCB Heavy Products factory when traffic levels are lower.

Vehicles travelling west on the A522 will be diverted on to the A50 at the B5030 McDonald’s roundabout and then leave the A50 at the new junction, use the new bridge and re-join the A522. Those travelling east towards Uttoxeter will be diverted on to the eastbound A50 and at the B5030 roundabout traffic wanting Uttoxeter town centre will be directed left to follow the A518 The Dove Way.

Diversions will be signposted nearer the time and maps showing alternative routes posted on our webpage, while access to the Shell petrol station, which stands a few hundred yards west of the B5030 roundabout will be maintained at all times.

Pedestrians will still be able to travel in both directions by following a short diversion through Tunnicliffe Way and Torrance Grove and then along a temporarily-lit and resurfaced public footpath before re-joining the A522.

Overnight closures in June
Wednesday, 13 June - 8pm to 5.30am
Westbound carriageway closed, Eastbound carriageway open as usual.

Thursday, 14 June - 8pm to 5.30am
Eastbound carriageway closed, Westbound carriageway open as usual.

Friday, 15 June - 8pm to 5.30am
Carriageway closed in both directions.

Saturday, 16 June - 5.30am to 8pm
Inside lanes of both carriageways will remain closed.

Saturday, 16 June - 8pm to 5.30am
Carriageway closed in both directions.

Sunday, 17 June - 8pm to 5.30am
Carriageway closed in both directions

The closures have been scheduled so that on Thursday, 14 June traffic heading towards Stoke-on-Trent will be able to get away from the Ladies’ Night event at Uttoxeter racecourse without any difficulty. The dates of this work may change due to weather conditions.

There are also overnight closures of the A50 planned for Saturday, 14 July, and Sunday 15 July, between 8pm and 5.30am.

During the closures of the A50, we will put a fully signposted diversion route in place, suitable for all vehicles, including HGVs. Highways England will put advance notices warning of the closures on its wider A-road and motorway network to encourage traffic to take alternative routes on the nights of the closures.

Traffic heading west will be diverted northwards from the A50 on to the B5030 for a few hundred yards to the roundabout with the A518. Traffic will turn right there, cross back over the A50 along Dove Way and continue on the A518 clockwise around Uttoxeter and follow the road towards Stafford. Vehicles will then follow the A51 and A34 towards Stoke-on-Trent and then on to the A500 and A50. The route is reversed from the west.

East Staffordshire Voluntary Car Scheme

With the closure of Mobility Link in Stapenhill all Parish Councils are being contacted to let them know that the voluntary Car Scheme is continuing under the name of East Staffordshire Voluntary Car Scheme

This offers a service for the residents of your community unable to use the public services available for essential journeys, i.e., hospital appointments.

Those involved with East Staffordshire Voluntary Car Scheme are the volunteer drivers who previously worked as volunteers for Mobility Link.

Here is a flyer providing the information required in order to book a journey:
- PDF icon Flyer for East Staffordshire Voluntary Car Scheme (29.2 Kb)

Neighbourhood Development Plan update May 2018

The Chair of the Working Group for the Abbots Bromley Neighbourhood Development Plan has resigned

A copy of the letter can be viewed here: PDF icon NDP Resignation (202.8 Kb)