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Drayton Bassett Conservation Area

Conservation Area Approved

The historic centre of the village is being considered as a conservation area. Lichfield District Council submitted a report to the Overview and Scrutiny Meeting on 12th November and the proposals were well supported. A report went to Cabinet on the 4th December and then Council on the 18th December. We have subsequently been notified that the Conservation Area has been designated. Residents within the Conservation Area will receive a letter from LDC to confirm this and outline the implications.


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Tamworth Community Transport Service

Bus service to Tamworth

Service is run on Tuesday and Thursday 8.45 pickup at Drayton Bassett return pickup 12.45 from Tamworth, fare £1.50 single, £2.00 return
The village is encouraged to use this service to avoid the risk of losing it.

Roundup of HS2 information

07.06.18 National Grid are undertaking ground investigation with regard to moving a number of pylons along the HS2 route. Work will start mid-June and continue for 8 weeks

23.10.2017 Ecological Mitigation and Ground Investigation reports available, look under Parish Council, Documents

12.10.2017 HS2 Drop in surgery on 01 Feb 18 in WI Hall

12.10.2017 HS2 Drop in surgery on 26 Oct 17 in WI Hall
See documents page for details

06.03.2017 Village update what to expect next

Mr Tahir Ahmed, HS2 Engagement Manager Area North attended the February Parish Council Meeting. Following Royal Assent for the Hybrid Bill, he will assume the role of main liaison and contact between the Parish Council, HS2 and proposed contractors, a joint venture Laing O'Rourke Construction Ltd and J. Murphy and Sons Ltd (Laing Murphy)

Whilst he believed that it could possibly be 2018 before work would commence in Drayton Bassett, ground investigation work within the Parish would start in the near future. This entails the examination and study of the soil, rocks and groundwater below the surface at various points along the route to ensure the design and work is done safely, economically and in the most efficient manner. It is likely therefore that in the coming weeks/months you may see people in High Viz jackets undertaking these surveys within the Parish
Another reminder Drayton Bassett Parish Council requires more individuals to volunteer to sit on the Council. In the event that these are not forthcoming , the Parish Council may cease to function, with responsibility for decisions ( such as the implementation of HS2 ) taken elsewhere.

27.02.2017 Update from Tahir Ahmed HS2 engagement officer
As you will be aware, Phase One of the new High Speed Two Railway (HS2), the part of the route between the West Midlands and London, received Royal Assent yesterday.

Please contact Parish Clerk if you need copies mentioned below

-A copy of the Route Wide Community Update. This was distributed to communities 1km and 300m from the line (in rural and urban areas respectively)
-A copy of the Home Owner Payments Guidance and application form (the letters to eligible property owners have been sent)
-The Rural Support Zone guidance and form for your use (also available on line at https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/hs2-phase-one-homeowner-payment-scheme-guidance-and-application-form )
-Useful Information on Royal Assent

Two funds, worth £40 million, are now open for bids: the Community and Environment Fund (CEF) and the Business and Local Economy Fund (BLEF). The CEF will help enhance community facilities, improve access to the countryside and conserve the natural environment, while the BLEF will support local economies in areas where businesses may experience disruption from the construction of HS2.

The CEF and BLEF together make up £40 million and will be allocated at a regional level: £15 million for the central area (Staffordshire, Warwickshire, Buckinghamshire Northamptonshire, Oxfordshire and Hertfordshire), £7.5 million for Greater London and £7.5 million for the West Midlands (Birmingham, Solihull and Coventry). The remaining £10 million will fund cross-border or route wide projects.

The website for the funds is now: www.groundwork.org.uk/hs2funds.

23.02.2017 HS2 gets Royal Assent
The parliamentary bill for the first phase of the High Speed 2 project received Royal Assent on February 23, marking the final legislative step before full civil works can begin.

HS2 Documents