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European Election - 23 May 2019

Just when you thought it could not possibly get more exciting, we now have an election for the European Parliament

The formal notification of the election can be viewed on these web pages by clicking the link ---> PDF icon Notice of Election - 23 May 2019 (16.5 Kb)

Election Information - 2nd May 2019

On 2nd May 2019 there are elections for Abbots Bromley Parish Council and the Bagot Ward of East Staffordshire Borough Council

Information from the electoral officer at East Staffordshire Borough Council has been published relating to the local elections in May:

2019 Annual Report (Updated)

A second version of the annual report to the Parish Assembly is now available

You can view the annual report for this year (and many previous years) on the Parish Council Documents page of this website.

You can also view the 2019 Annual Report directly.

Abbots Bromley Art Class Open Afternoon - 9th May 2019

On Thursday 9th May, there will be an open afternoon at the Abbots Bromley Art Class from 2pm to 4pm

Held weekly in Church House, the Abbots Bromley Art Class is open to all levels of ability.

On this particular Thursday we are holding an open afternoon so that anyone interested can drop in to find out more about us and see examples of some recent work.

Abbots Bromley Annual Parish Assembly - 17 April 2019

This will take place in the Village Hall and all residents are invited to attend.

Tea and coffee will be available from 6.30pm and the councillors will be present if you would like to discuss any issues with them informally beforehand.


The formal business will commence at 7.00pm.

1. Apologies
2. Chairman’s Report – Presentation by Cllr P Charles & Cllr Mrs A Appleby
3. Signing of Parish Assembly Minutes 2018
4. Presentation of Certificate to 2018 Jubilee Cup holder
5. Presentation of Jubilee Cup for 2019
6. Receive the accounts from United Charities
7. HS2 Update
8. Update on the Abbots Bromley Neighbourhood Plan
9. Open Forum
10. Chairman’s Closing Remarks

Mobile Library dates/times now available

The dates and times of the mobile library visits to our village are now available on these web pages

In the "Information" section of these web pages there is a page with details of local services where you will find information about the mobile library visits.

Elections on Thursday 2 May 2019

Attached are the Notices of Election for the Borough & Parish Elections due to be held on Thursday 2 May 2019.

Click on the following links to view the notices:

Parish Council Grants - April 2019

There is an opportunity for local organisations and charities to apply to the Parish Council for a small grant.

This could be to help fund some new equipment, improve facilities or generally help the organisation to keep operating.

If you would like to apply for a grant then please submit your request in writing to the Parish Clerk at or to the address below before 19th April 2019.

Please include as much information as possible about the organisation, what the grants is required for, when the money will be spent and any supporting quotations.

All grant applications will be considered at the Parish Council meeting on Wednesday, 24th April and you will be notified after this meeting if the application has been successful. You will then be invited to a future Parish Council meeting to receive the grant.

Sarah Meads
Parish Clerk
Marsh Farm
Uttoxeter Road
Abbots Bromley
WS15 3EJ

High Speed Two (HS2) Newsletter - March 2019

High Speed Two (HS2) is the new high speed railway for Britain. This newsletter is about Phase 2a of the railway, which will run from the West Midlands to Crewe, passing through parts of Staffordshire and Cheshire.

The project team recognise that local people may be concerned about the potential impacts of HS2.

This newsletter explains the latest plans and the support available.

Re-naturalising Tad Brook

South Staffs Water has started a £19,000-scheme to improve biodiversity, whilst reducing diffuse pollution along Tad Brook near Blithfield Reservoir.

Supported by the National Environment Programme fund from the Environment Agency, the scheme will divert the existing Tad Brook from its current course, which is very straight, so that it meanders and creates an improved habitat for otters, brown trout and invertebrates.

The work involves felling the old non-native trees, which have been badly damaged by squirrels, and creating a new course for the brook, meeting up with the drainage from the surrounding fields. Once the work is completed, native willow and alder trees will be planted to create a new wet woodland, complimenting the biodiversity of the brook.

Visit the South Staffs web pages for full details and video.

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HS2 Power Supply Proposals (February 2019)

HS2 are intending to build a large electricity substation just south of the B5234 Abbots Bromley Road at Parkgate (I mile west of Newborough)

To recap, HS2 are intending to build a large electricity substation just south of the B5234 Abbots Bromley Road at Parkgate (I mile west of Newborough) where there are existing high voltage overhead power cables. HS2 then intend to erect two parallel lines of pylons – 60 in total, between 28 and 39 metres tall.

Power will then be cabled from this new substation in a south westerly direction, through Bromley Hurst and across the Blithe Valley to Newlands Lane near Colton, where it will be used as the sole power source for phase 2a (Birmingham to Crewe) of HS2.

Following on from our report in November’s Bulletin a Steering Group has been formed with the Parish Councillors from Newborough, Hoar Cross, Abbots Bromley and several affected parishioners, to try and mitigate the effects of this.

The original proposal was for 2 power circuits to be installed from the Rugeley power station site. Now that a 3rd circuit is deemed to be necessary for security of supply, this site, according both HS2 and the National Grid, is apparently no longer suitable – hence Parkgate. Following a meeting with Michael Fabricant (who in turn has written to the Under Secretary of State responsible for HS2), we have been advised that reinstating Rugeley is not a viable option.

The one option we now have is to petition for the cabling to go underground. Because of the initial disruption of this to the various landowners, we have written to them requesting their support. If this is forthcoming we would intend to petition for this solution, by the imposed deadline of 15th March.

Regular updates will be provided at Parish Council meetings and detailed in the meeting minutes. To access the full proposals submitted by HS2 visit

Web pages on new server

From Saturday 16th February 2019 these Abbots Bromley web pages have been moved to a different server

At 7am the nameserver records were updated to bring the web pages into operation on a different server operated by another hosting company.

For most users this will have no effect other than the pages should now load rather more quickly than before.

Longer term this server change will enable the AB web pages to start using https (rather than http) and it will also provide a number of benefits to those who update the pages including statistics of usage that are compliant with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).