Clerks Report – Parish Council Meeting 19th Feb 2020, Eccleshall Community Centre

Supplementary documents circulated to support the agenda:
• Committee minutes – Enhancements
• Highways meeting notes 28th January
• Quotations/further information regarding item 13, Allotments repair.
• Accounts summary to 30 Jan 2020.

Borough Councillor Update:-

SBC have launched its draft Climate Change Strategy 2020-2040, and anyone is welcome to comment. The draft and response forms are available at

Liaison Reports:

Community Centre:- No report.
Offley Hay Village Hall – No report
Visit Stafford – No report.
Slindon News:- no report.
Croxton :- No report
SID working well and having desired effect in the centre of the village.
However, some residents argue that there should be a post on the verge (by the Agricultural Plant business) as cars enter the village from Eccleshall and approach a blind bend and poor visibility at the junction of Arn Hill X-roads.
Reported. Action
1. Blocked drain at the bottom of the hill by the Vernon Yonge Blockage clearedwith resultant water spreading across the road at the bottom by Highways 2
of a hill and on a z-bend and creating a potential ice hazard. days after report.

2. a.) Pot hole on Croxton Lane Filled 2 days after report.
b.) Pot holes along the length of Shut Lane Some filled 2 days later

3. Litter along B5026 between Eccleshall and Loggerheads. Streetscene collected- Reported to Streetscene up litter 4 days later


1. Croxton & Environs Litter pick Advance notice on Saturday April 4th & Sunday 5th April. ‘Nextdoor Croxton’ & ABC magazine
* Co-op at Loggerheads have picked-up on the post on-line and will be helping.

2. WI ‘Show the Love’ Climate Change campaign. Press reports & Display in Eccleshall Library window for 2 week’s Possible radio
from 11th February. coverage

Ongoing reports:

a.)Damaged road surface / potholes at T-junction of B5026. Reported, awaiting
and Langot Lane. response

b.)Foul water in open ditch dug by farmer along hedge by Reported to Clerk
verge opposite the Well-Dressing site. Works remained with request for
unfinished, – leaving a mess for several weeks now. Environmental

Community Transport – No report.
Allotments – No report.

Ecclian Society:-
• A joint Ecclian/ Bloom Committee meeting was held on January 29th.
• David Pownall is giving up organising the lunch club and the Eccleshall calendar in 2020. Peter Rolfe (and others) have taken on the lunch club role and Philippa Smart and Al Hodson will be looking after the 2021 calendar.
• David will continue on the Committee, with various projects and was thanked for all his work over many years.
• Welcome Packs continue to be delivered to new Eccleshall residents by Wendy Baskerville and Barbara Bradley.
• A newsflash to all Ecclian Society members regarding the proposed development off Castle Street helped to augment the comments/ objections to this on the Borough Council website. The Ecclian Society Committee is strongly against this proposed development.
• The battery operated Christmas tree lights deteriorated further this year despite being replaced before Christmas. It was agreed that new sets would be purchased later in 2020. Alternative power sources will also continue to be researched.
• The oak posts will be surveyed as usual this year. Posts will be replaced as needed and alternative methods to fix the posts into the ground will be explored.
• The Ecclian dinner is being organised by Vanessa Chapman in late March.
• Key dates for the Society in the first half of 2020 include:
March. Distribution of Ecclian Spring Newsletter to all Eccleshall households.
March 2nd. Ironing and assembling flags for VE day.
May 7th. Erection of flags.
May 31st. Erection of mangers and hanging baskets
June 13-14th. Open Gardens
June 20th. Festival Street market and Ecclian tool stall.
Children/Young People: No report.

First Responders: No report.

Information to support agenda items:

Item 11 – To consider the consultation on Public Open Space Protection Orders issued by Stafford Borough Council. The full consultation document (58 pages) can be found at:
Submission deadline – 2nd March.

Correspondence, further information:


Correspondence circulated, to note:

1. Stafford Borough Council Members Digest received and circulated.
2. SPCA Weekly Bulletins – forwarded to all.
3. Visit Stafford Updates
4. Information on Geocaches in the Eccleshall Area for information:
This lists the approximate actual locations of nine geocaches hidden on Eccleshall Parish Council land:
● Eyeswell – two geocaches (1 at the info sign, 1 along the western section)
● Corner of Stafford Street and Stone Road – 1 geocache (bench)
● Elford Heath – 1 geocache
● Copmere Common – 1 geocache
● Welcome signs – 3 ( Stone Road, Newcastle Road, Chester Road)
● Church Street/Kerry Lane – 1 near the bench opposite Kerry Lane
Most of these were placed ten years ago (with permission) and are still frequently found by visitors to the town.
A virtual geocaching game known as a “wherigo” leads visitors around the town (basically around the pubs) and tells a historical fiction story about the eve of the Battle of Blore Heath (1459).
Each of the three churches in Eccleshall and the church at Croxton has a special church-themed geocache (“Church Micro”).
As of January 2020 there were 81 geocaches within three miles of Eccleshall, and 253 within five miles, almost all along footpaths and quiet lanes.

General Council Updates:

• Any items for inclusion on a meeting agenda must be received by the Clerk 10 clear days ahead of the meeting date.

SCC- Staffordshire County Council SARH – Stafford and Rural Homes
SBC- Stafford Borough Council SPCA – Staffordshire Parish Councils Assc.
EPC – Eccleshall Parish Council