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Best Kept Village Competition 2013

Are you going to support your village to win the Community Council of Staffordshire’s Best Kept Village Competition in 2013?

Although we may have only just put the Christmas decorations away thoughts have already turned to the 2013 Best Kept Village competition, as organised by the Community Council of Staffordshire. Communities in Staffordshire compete against each other in the competition by entering one of two categories depending on the size of their village – Brewood and Coven qualify for the Best Kept Large Village competition while Bishops Wood and Coven Heath meet the criteria as entries for the Best Kept Small Village competition.

In the first few months of 2013 communities, led by each villages’ BKV Working Group, simply need to update the entry map used by the judges when visiting each village and complete the entry form. The Parish Council is pleased to sponsor each community entering the competition by funding the cost of the entry fee, BKV official posters and photocopying and laminating costs. The Parish Council also funds prizes for the Children’s BKV Poster competition, so look out for any news from the BKV Working Groups.

The Parish Council has already started planning what work can be done around the village including refurbishing its bus shelters, painting benches and tidying verges which may otherwise be left neglected. Although this work helps, the competition is judged as a community event and as such is reliant on the community to join forces to take a critical look at their village to identify what they could do to improve their local environment; be it helping to keep the streets and lanes clean and free from litter, clearing those weeds at the end of the drive and dog owners always clearing up after their dogs.

These activities need to get underway as soon as the weather permits and commence throughout the summer with judging taking place from May to the end of July. And just to keep everyone on their toes, you never know when the judges are visiting. No pressure, you just have to maintain the high standard throughout the competition – unless you choose, like some volunteers, to keep it up all year round!

Want to help make a difference to your local environment this year? Join in the Best Kept Village competition and do your bit. Phone the Clerk on 01902 850809 for more details.

Feedback from the judges after the 2012 competition is available here for: Bishops Wood, Brewood, Coven and Coven Heath.


Ash Dieback Information

South Staffordshire Council have added some information to their website regarding the recent Ash Dieback - a fungal disease which threatens one of Britain's most common trees.

The page contains information on how to recognise the disease as well as contact details to report sightings.

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Staffordshire Police Commissioner Elected

Conservative Party candidate Matthew Ellis has been elected as Police and Crime Commissioner for Staffordshire. The turnout was 11.9 per cent, the lowest in the country.

Details of the result can be found here.

Ellis' campaign called for more police on the beat and the use of technology, such as mobile tablet devices, to reduce desk work by officers.

The following video is his campaign proposal, in which he outlines his ideas and priorities:


Police & Crime Commissioner Election - 15th Nov

The Police Reform and Social Responsibility Bill has now become an Act.  This means that Police Authorities will be abolished and replaced by Police and Crime Commissioners.  People will go to the polls on Thursday 15 November 2012 to vote.

Staffordshire and Stoke on Trent’s voters are being urged to seize the opportunity at the first-ever elections for a Police and Crime Commissioner to choose a candidate who understands that local problems need local solutions.

At an event on 25th September 2012 arranged by Staffordshire Third Sector Network (S3SN) the voluntary sector were given a valuable insight into the intentions of the Police and Crime Commissioner candidates, Joy Garner and Matthew Ellis.   The candidates took part in a Question Time session which allowed representatives of voluntary sector organisations to ask important questions about the role of the sector within future Policing strategy and the wider Community Safety Partnerships.

A summary of the discussion can be found on this PDF document.

South Staffordshire polling stations can be found here.


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