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NOTICE is hereby given that the Staffordshire County Council on 9 June 2020 made an Order the effect of which will be to prohibit any vehicle from proceeding in that length of B5013 Abbots Bromley Road in Uttoxeter from its junction with A518 Stafford Road for a distance of approximately 380 metres in a southerly direction unless the vehicle is being used in connection with the works.

No access provisions, works access apart will be permitted for the full road closure period. No properties exist on the length of B5013 being closed. Access will remain along the B5013 for those properties and farms located on the B5013 beyond its junction with Uttoxeter Road and Quee Lane purely on an access only basis.

An alternative route for traffic is available via A518 Stafford Road, Loxley Lane, Uttoxeter Road and vice versa. For more information, visit:

The order will come into operation on 15 June 2020 and the said works will commence on or as near as practicable to that date. It is anticipated that the works will be completed by 10 October 2020.

The Order will remain in force for a period of 18 months, or until the Barrett Mercia development S278 highway works, which it is proposed to carry out on or near the road have been completed, whichever is the earlier.

Message From the Parish Council - May 2020

I'm sure the majority of parishioners would support the Parish Council in condemning this mindless vandalism to the wooden gate at the top of Millennium Green

I'm sure the majority of parishioners would support the Parish Council in condemning this mindless vandalism to the wooden gate at the top of Millennium Green, particularly at a time when we should all be pulling together to do the very best we can to fight the spread of Covid19 and protect everyone's health. Considerable costs will be incurred upon the Parish Council's budget; funds that could have been utilised elsewhere. These costs will ultimately be borne by all parishioners through the precept levied on each household. That is unless the person or persons responsible for this damage are found by the Police or have the decency to come forward and admit to their wrongdoing. Importantly, the antisocial acts of a tiny minority should not detract from the amazing community spirit in Abbots Bromley and the hard work of all those volunteering to ensure the village remains a fantastic place to live. Thanks go to everyone who volunteers in this village, often giving up a great deal of time and at personal expense.

The Nuttery, the Millennium Green Playground and the football pitch by the village hall have been closed for some time. The Parish Council, as Trustees of these facilities have done so in line with clear government guidance and regulations. We understand this will not be universally popular but it has been done in the interests of safety. We are fortunate to be in the heart of the countryside with plenty of fields and open spaces nearby should people wish to visit them. We are simply discouraging illegal gatherings within communal village spaces, as we have been advised to do. Unfortunately on several occasions people have chosen to disregard the closure of these facilities and there has been damage done to several of the gates which has resulted in more stringent security measures, all of which come at a cost.

Cllr Dr C Whorwood, Chair of the Parish Council

Abbots Bromley Parish Neighbourhood Plan - April 2020

Work to bring the Parish Neighbourhood Plan to the Draft stage for public consultations is being severely affected by the current COVID-19 pandemic.

A Parish Neighbourhood Plan is currently being brought to the Draft stage for public consultation. This is being severely affected by the current COVID-19 pandemic.

At this time there is little that can be done to positively progress the production of the Plan. However, the Neighbourhood Planning Group are communicating and working from home to continue as best as possible with the process.

Please see below a directive recently received by the Parish Council in relation to referendum arrangements associated with Neighbourhood Plans, which will inform of the advice and guidance that we must follow:

Regulations linked to the Coronavirus Act 2020 mean that No elections or referendums can take place until 6 May 2021. This includes Neighbourhood Planning referendums. These provisions will be kept under review and may be amended or revoked in response to changing circumstances.

Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government (MHCLG) recognises there will be delays in progressing Neighbourhood Plans due to the social distancing measures currently in place across the UK. The updated planning guidance also provides further advice on the implications for conducting publicity and consultation, and examinations.

MHCLG understands this will be frustrating for communities that have dedicated significant time and effort to the neighbourhood planning process and naturally want their plans to come into force as soon as possible. With this in mind, they have updated current planning guidance to set out that Neighbourhood Plans awaiting referendums can be given significant weight in decision-making.

Temporary Relocation of Burton Children's Wards

Children’s wards at Queen’s Hospital Burton to be temporarily relocated to Royal Derby Hospital as part the COVID-19 (coronavirus) response

The NHS is currently facing an unprecedented situation regarding the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic. University Hospitals of Derby and Burton is taking measures to maintain safe staffing levels, due to increasing numbers of NHS staff who are self-isolating, and to meet the additional demands on services.

From 1 April 2020, staff who currently work in the two children’s wards at Queen’s Hospital Burton, and all children receiving care there at that time, will move to Derbyshire Children’s Hospital at Royal Derby Hospital. While A&E services at Queen’s Hospital will remain open to both adults and children, if emergency care is needed, families are encouraged to take children to Royal Derby Hospital Children’s Emergency Department where they will receive quicker care as this is where they would be admitted if required. If travelling by ambulance, children will be taken directly to Royal Derby Hospital. The nearest car park is number 5 and people should use entrance 18.

The relocation of services is a temporary arrangement to help the Trust cope with extra pressures and demands being faced as a result of COVID-19. Royal Derby Hospital has its own children’s emergency department and, as a larger unit, has capacity to safely care for the children who would usually be treated at both sites.

Neonatal services will remain at Queen’s Hospital Burton.

Krishna Kallianpur, Interim Executive Chief Nurse said: “Our priority is to continue to provide safe care for children and to do that we must maintain safe staffing levels by bringing together our experienced paediatric nurses and supporting teams.

“We are grateful to our colleagues on these wards who are rightly proud of the fantastic services we offer to Burton and surrounding areas. We really appreciate them being flexible as we do the right thing to keep our patients safe.”

The interim arrangement will be reviewed in three months when we have a better idea of the evolving situation and services will move back to Queen’s Hospital as soon as it’s safe to do so.

The Trust is writing to parents and carers of all children who are open access patients to let them know about the temporary arrangements.