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West Midlands Interchange

 

You may have recently received a letter about West Midlands Interchange, which is a proposal for a new Strategic Rail Freight Interchange (SRFI) at Gailey/Four Ashes, adjacent to the West Coast Mainline and also close to Junction 12 of the M6 – south of Penkridge.  Although the proposal is not within Saredon parish, it is very close by and the consultation zone extends to include some residents in Saredon.

 

The proposal which is 250 hectares (over 600 acres) in size is classed as a nationally significant infrastructure project.  The nature and scale of the proposal means that the application will be submitted straight to the Planning Inspectorate (PINS) and will not be decided by South Staffordshire Council.  Based on the recommendations of the Inspectors appointed by PINS, the Secretary of State will be asked to decide the application.

 

It is anticipated the application will be made in September 2017, and in the meantime, Four Ashes Ltd are carrying out a great deal of consultation.

 

The first stage of consultation began on 13th June 2016 and runs to 24th July 2016.  Anyone can make comments about the scheme and the consultation includes three public exhibitions, where you will be able to find out more information about the proposal:

 

Public Exhibitions

Date

Venue

Time

Thursday 30th June 2016

Haling Dene Centre, Penkridge

2pm-7pm

Friday 8th July 2016

Coven Memorial Hall, Coven

3pm-8pm

Saturday 9th July

Calf Heath Village Hall, Calf Heath

10am-2pm

 

Alternatively, you can find out more about the project at http://www.westmidlandsinterchange.co.uk/. Or, contact the community relations team contactus@communityrelations.co.uk or call the free helpline on 0800 377 7345

 

Saredon Quarry Liaison Committee

 

Under the approved planning application for the Quarry, a Liaison Committee is to be formed to improve dialogue between the quarry operators and local residents, parish, district and county councillors. It is anticipated that the committee members will be confirmed in the next few weeks.

 

Saredon Quarry Approved Blast Monitoring Scheme

 

Staffordshire County Council recently approved the Blast Monitoring Scheme which sets out how and when residents and local groups should be informed of blasting and the timescales that the work will be carried out.  you can view the approved scheme here 

 

South Staffordshire Connect

 

Call and book services are a form of pre booked transport using smaller vehicles such as minibuses or adapted vehicles instead of large buses. They have some things in common with bus services such as the fare charging but only operate when booked.

 

You can use the services to travel to any location within each service operating area, and if you are travelling further afield you can connect with the local bus or train service.

 

Who can use the service?

 

Anyone living within the operating area, who cannot access a local bus service, can use the services for any purpose such as shopping, medical appointments, work, training or just meeting friends. In most cases the services pick up from a home address, if it is safe and practical to do so. Passengers with a disability or those living in more isolated locations can be picked up and returned to their home address, if it is safe and practical to do so.

 

How to register/book?

 

There are two ways in which to register for South Staffordshire Connect. You can complete the online register form or you can call 0300 111 8003 to register over the phone.

 

For more information about South Staffordshire Connect see the County Council webpages at https://www.staffordshire.gov.uk/transport/publictransport/buses/Plan-your-journey/Call-and-Book-Services/South-Staffordshire-Connect/South-Staffordshire-Connect.aspx

 

or download the leaflet

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