LDC in the News … 2009 09 November 13 - 27 January 2009 Save trees and view this on screen – rather than print it Chief Executive’s Office Leisure & Culture Lichfield Garrick Democratic, Development & Legal Services Organisational Development Community, Housing & Health Operational Services Finance Revenues & Benefits This Week’s Top Stories Tipping protestors dumps rubbish inside council HQ Lichfield Mercury 15.01.09 Watch some birdies Lichfield Mercury 22.01.09 Best foot forward for slipper swap Lichfield Post 15.01.09 Strictly sizzling on the dance floor Burntwood Mercury 22.01.09 Colin’s bin there and done that Lichfield Post 22.01.09 Overall Activity Summary Total number of proactive releases/statements: 14 Total number of reactive press releases/statements: 2 For more information, copies of coverage or releases, or to inform the communications team of upcoming news, please contact R hiannon Purkis on: 01543 308774. LDC in the News … 2009 09 November Chief Executive’s Office What we’ve issued to the press What was in the papers No press releases or statements issued in this period No press coverage in this period What was in the papers no request for statement Birmingham Post 27.01.09 Father dies after street attack over bottle of wine A Lichfield father died in hospital yesterday after being punched and kicked in the face by a gang of youths over a bottle of wine. Express & Star 27.01.09 Father beaten to death yards from his home A father of three has died in hospital after being attacked just yards from his home in Lichfield. Birmingham Mail 27.01.09 Dad is beaten to death by gang An innocent dad was brutally battered to death just yards from his Midlands home by a gang of thugs. Leisure & Culture What we’ve issued to the press Press release issued to all local press 19.01.08 Join in the Big Garden Birdwatch in Beacon Park Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th January 2009, Beacon Park Wrap up warm and head down to Beacon Park this weekend to help count our feathered friends as part of the RSPB‟s Big Garden Birdwatch. All you need to do to take part is pick up a recording sheet from the golf hut in Beacon Park, grab a coffee from our catering pod, and find a nice spot to sit and enjoy the winter birds. Once you have got settled, you can then start recording how many birds you see in one hour. Once you‟re done, hand your sheet back to the golf hut. The RSPB will put all the results together to estimate how local bird populations are doing across the UK. Beth Osman, Heritage Parks Manager, said: “Joining in this national bird watch is a great way to help the RSPB and it will allow you to take a quiet moment to yourself to study our fabulous wildlife right on your doorstep. This time of year Beacon Park is full of wonderful colourful birds including Long Tailed Tits, Gold Finches, Robins and Tree Creepers.” For more information, please call the Park Rangers on 01543 308867. This is just one of the many events taking place in Beacon Park this year. For a full programme of events visit www.lichfielddc.gov.uk/parks What was in the papers Lichfield Mercury 22.01.09 Watch some birdies There‟s the chance to familiarise yourself with feathered friends living in Beacon Park this weekend as the Big Garden Birdwarch swoops into Lichfield. Lichfield Post 22.01.09 Go birding at Beacon Park Wildlife charity the RSPB is inviting Lichfield residents to take part in its Big Garden Birdwatch this weekend, by joining counters at Beacon park. Beth Osman quoted in full For more information, copies of coverage or releases, or to inform the communications team of upcoming news, please contact R hiannon Purkis on: 01543 308774. LDC in the News … 2009 09 November What we’ve issued to the press Press release issued to all local press 19.01.08 Gruesome and Ghostly City Tours Visit Lichfield‟s ever popular Gruesome and Ghostly city tours are back again to scare everyone with tales of spooky stories of Lichfield‟s past. Wrap up warm and join our expert tour guide for a walking tour around the city centre to find out where ghosts have been spotted and the creepy stories behind them. Tales covered include the mystery of the darkened Erasmus Darwin house, the history of the market square burnings, the ghosts of Dam Street, and many more stories of ghostly sightings. The creepy tours will be setting off at 7pm from the King‟s Head on 29 January, 2 & 10 February and 9 & 18 March. Ian Clark, Green Badge Tour Guide, said: “Join me, or one of the other guides, on a Gruesome and Ghostly tour. After you‟ve been expertly guided around the centre, you‟ll be able to impress your friends with ghost stori es when you visit the city.” There will be a chance to warm up at the end of the tour when you visit the King‟s Head for a glass of mulled wine and a sausage roll. Tickets cost £5.95, which includes the glass of mulled wine and a sausage/vegetarian roll. Tours sell out fast, so book your ticket now, which you can do by visiting the Tourist Information Centre, in the Lichfield Garrick, or by calling 01543 412112. What was in the papers Lichfield Mercury 22.01.09 Ghostly goings-on There‟s the chance to uncover the ghostly goings-on lurking within the cathedral city next week, as Lichfield‟s popular „gruesome and ghostly tours‟ make a haunting return. Lichfield Post 22.01.09 Ghostly goings-on Things that go bump in the night and other spooky happenings will be on the agenda in the latest series of Gruesome and Ghostly Tours of the city. Ian Clarke quoted in full What was in the papers no request for statement Lichfield Mercury 22.01.09 Friary youngsters step on to the saddle Pupils at the Friary school are following in the footsteps of Sir Chris Hoy by using revolutionary Watt bikes, at Friary Grange Leisure Centre. Lichfield Mercury 22.01.09 Clayton retains top Watt spot Round two of the Watt Bike Racing League took place last Friday at the Friary Grange Leisure Centre with an increased field totalling 33 riders. Lichfield Mercury 15.01.09 Cyclists put through their paces at Friary History was made at Lichfield‟s Friary Grange Leisure Centre last week as the first ever WATT bike racing league took place on Friday. For more information, copies of coverage or releases, or to inform the communications team of upcoming news, please contact R hiannon Purkis on: 01543 308774. LDC in the News … 2009 09 November Lichfield Garrick What we’ve issued to the press Press release issued to all arts press 16.01.09 Kylie Mania Thursday 29 January, 7.30pm £17.50 This contagious and energetic show will have you up on your feet, dancing in the aisles and begging for more Kylie Minogue is a living legend - from Locomotion to Can‟t Get You Out Of My Head, her award winning career has been credited with over 40 smash hit singles, record breaking international tours and iconic roles in both film and television. The Showgirl phenomenon lives on with Kylie Mania, Europe‟s smash hit Kylie show which has extraordinarily captured the look and sound of the „Princess of Pop‟. Adele Rankin from Channel 4 Television‟s Musicality ap pears as Kylie Minogue, with an international cast of singers and dancers, for a celebration of Kylie‟s memorable chart topping hits So if you are a Kylie fan of any age don‟t miss this night of glitzy songs, spectacular choreography and sparkling costumes. What was in the papers Lichfield Post 22.01.09 Kylie live – at the double… The „Showgirl‟ phenomenon lives on with Kylie Mania, the smash hit show which extraordinarily captures the look and sound of the „Princess of Pop‟. What we’ve issued to the press Press release issued to all arts press 16.01.09 Teddy Bears’ Picnic Sunday 25th January 2009, 1.30pm £10, £5 (up to 5 years), £3 (up to 18 months) Teddy Bears go free! If you go down to the Lichfield Garrick next week, you‟re sure of a big surprise… Hosted by ex-Crackerjack presenter, Jan Hunt, the Teddy Bears‟ Picnic is full of songs, games, stories, fun and laughter. It‟s a teddy bears‟ picnic to remember with some surprise visitors, including possibly the biggest teddy bear in the world, and non-stop fun and games. Both children and parents are encouraged to bring their teddy bears along with them. There will be prizes for the biggest, smallest, oldest, and friendliest teddies. The one and a half hour show is full of audience participation, prizes and giveaways, and even a birthday present and cake if it is your birthday on the day! A brand new show is suitable for under 5‟s, mums, dads and teddy bears! What was in the papers Lichfield Post 22.01.09 Teddy bears waiting for you If you go down to the Lichfield Garrick this weekend, you‟re sure of a big surprise… What we’ve issued to the press Press release issued to all arts press 13.01.09 Subitango Thursday 22nd January 2009, 7.30pm £17.50, £15.50 From virtuoso displays of traditional tango dance to the exquisite sounds of 1930‟s Buenos Aires Subitango is a breathtaking journey into the heart of Tango Argentino. The performance features two of the UK‟s leading tango couples; Giraldo Escobar & Vicky Sierra and David Benitez & Kim Schwarz, with live music from Tango Siempre. Tango Siempre's music is passionate, intense, soulful and unique. Their repertoire includes the intoxicating rhythms and melodies of 1930's Buenos Aires, the beautiful nuevo tango of Astor Piazzolla and powerful new work s by members of the ensemble. For more information, copies of coverage or releases, or to inform the communications team of upcoming news, please contact R hiannon Purkis on: 01543 308774. LDC in the News … 2009 09 November What was in the papers Lichfield Mercury 22.01.09 Strictly sizzling on the dance floor The show is a breathtaking journey into the heart of Tango Argentina where two of the UK‟s leading tango couples (Giraldo Escobar and Vicky Sierra, and David Benitez and Kim Schwarz) will perform with live music from Tango Siempre. Lichfield Post 22.01.09 Double dance delight A darkly passionate and dangerous sensual dance show set to the music of 1930s Argentina comes to Lichfield tonight, Thursday. Tamworth Herald 22.01.09 Passion on the dance floor Passionate, intense, soulful – just three words to describe Subitango. What was in the papers no request for statement Express & Star 26.01.09 Jan’s Crackerjack of a show One of the stars of children‟s television legend Crackerjacker has appeared on stage in Lichfield. Lichfield Post 22.01.09 It’s a Berry Rockin’ night The Fortunes and the Rockin‟ Berries celebrate all things groovy at Lichfield‟s Garrick theatre on February 8, when they bring their 60s show to the stage. Lichfield Post 22.01.09 Lou’s alter-ego Elsie pays tribute to Elvis A theatre production based on the songs of Elvis Costello comes to Lichfield Garrick next month. Tamworth Herald 22.01.09 G’day sweetheart If you remember the songs of Vera Lynn, Gracie Fields, Marlene Dietrich, Carmen Miranda and Anne Shelton, you should enjoy Forces. Lichfield Mercury 15.01.09 Garrick’s great start to the year – letter to the editor My New Year‟s Day was perfect thanks to my visit to the Lichfield Garrick. What a wonderful evening I had at the inaugural Viennese Gala. The staff were resplendent in their Viennese-style outfits and as attentive as usual. Lichfield Mercury 15.01.09 X-Factor star picks up some new habits The Garrick is heading for a gospel moment. It‟s time to put these habits on, grab a crucifix and get ready for nuns and tons of fun. For when The Songs Of Sister Act ring out on May 14, theatregoers who aren‟t up for a spot of dancing in the aisles won‟t have a prayer. Lichfield & Burntwood Chronicle 15.01.09 Gospel truth about X-Factor singer X-Factor contestant Rowetta Satchell will be bringing her talents to the Lichfield Garrick in the spring. Lichfield Gazette, January 2009 Bumper sales at the Garrick The Lichfield Garrick team is celebrating after bumper start-of-the-season sales. Top names including John Sergeant, Paul Daniels, Billy Ocean, Benjamin Zephaniah and many more. Lichfield Gazette, January 2009 An evening with John Sergeant An evening of words, wit and downright hilarity set to send Samuel Johnson and David Garrick off in style. For more information, copies of coverage or releases, or to inform the communications team of upcoming news, please contact R hiannon Purkis on: 01543 308774. LDC in the News … 2009 09 November Democratic, Development & Legal Services What we’ve issued to the press Press release issued to all local press 12.01.09 Winter Woodland Wonderland Free Woodland Tree Planting and Bird Watching event at Muckley Corner Common on Sunday 25 January, from 10am to 2pm Calling all green-fingered folk! The Forest of Mercia - along with the Friends of Muckley Corner Common and the District Council‟s Countryside Team - need your help to plant over 1,500 trees and shrubs at the new community woodland at Muckley Corner Common. The sudden influx of new trees and shrubs is all thanks to over £5,000 of English Woodland Grant Scheme funding, following a successful grant application by the Forest of Mercia and the District Council. Everyone is welcome to get their hands dirty at this free event which also includes a spot of bird watching, as part of the RSPB‟s 30th Big Garden Birdwatch. It‟s a great opportunity to stop and reflect on the beautiful creatures, whilst helping the RSPB find out how Britain‟s bird population is doing. Tamara Kabat, Lichfield District Council‟s Biodiversity Officer, said: “Planting so many trees and shrubs on 1.8 hectares of the common is a huge task, so we need lots of volunteers to come along and lend a helping hand. Don‟t forget to wear sturdy shoes, bring some thick gardening gloves, and to wrap up warm. Make sure you remember food and drink if you are staying all day and it would also be fantastic if you could bring a gardening fork or spade with you.” John Crowe, Chair of the Friends Group, said: “It will be a fun energetic day with a chance to stop and join us in recording the different species and number of birds we see in an hour at the common. The Friends Group welcomes any new members to help make a difference at the site.” All are welcome. Just turn up at 10am at Cranebrook Lane - where it meets the A5 just before the Muckley Corner roundabout. To find out how you can get involved, or for more information about the Friends of Muckley Corner Common, please contact John Crowe on 01543 371771 or Tamara Kabat on 01543 308249. You can also see the history of the project, check out the events calendar, and find out what the group is doing over the coming months at the group‟s new website www.muckleycorner.co.uk. Lichfield District Council‟s Countryside Team has got a whole host of interesting countryside events throughout 2009. From learning how to take a brilliant photo of the great outdoors, to tracking mammals, through to taking part in a traditional orchard wassail, you can take your pick! For the full programme, please visit www.lichfielddc.gov.uk/countryside. What was in the papers Lichfield Mercury 22.01.09 Help do the spadework for common land Green-fingered folk in Lichfield are being invited to roll up their sleeves and help in a major tree-planting project at Muckley Corner Common later this month. Lichfield Post 15.01.09 Help transform a beauty spot Green-fingered city residents are invited to get mucky next weekend, and help transform a Lichfield beauty spot. Tamara Kabat quoted in full Lichfield Gazette, January 2009 Winter Woodland Wonderland Woodland Tree Planting and Bird Watching event took place at Muckley Corner Common. Tamara Kabat and John Crowe quoted in full For more information, copies of coverage or releases, or to inform the communications team of upcoming news, please contact R hiannon Purkis on: 01543 308774. LDC in the News … 2009 09 November What we’ve issued to the press Press release issued to all local press 06.01.09 Another chance to show you love Lichfield City Centre District Council adds new date to the Bird Street car park consultation following the success of the December exhibition Don‟t worry if you missed the exhibition to introduce plans for the potential redevelopment of the Bird Street car park area (also known as Woolworth‟s car park) and the formation of a new pedestrian route from Market Street. Because so many people came along to the exhibition, Lichfield District Council is holding another event. Taking place at the Guildhall in Lichfield City Centre on Saturday 17th January, from 10am to 2pm, the event is another chance for even more people to see the plans and help plan the future of the site. Councillor Neil Roberts, Cabinet Member for Development, Democratic and Legal, said: “Last December over 200 people came to the exhibition to find out more about the potential redevelopment and to give the Council their views. Because it proved so popular, we have added another date so that anyone who might have missed the last event can still see the plans and gave us their views. “We need to know what local people want for the area, so if you are in Lichfield on Saturday 17th January, pop into the Guildhall between 10am and 2pm to give us your views. Council officers will be on hand to explain the propsals. If you can‟t make it to the exhibition, you can give your views in writing, by email or online at www.lichfielddc.gov.uk/birdstreetcarpark before the 6th February 2009.” You can also call the team on 01543 308252, email the team at firstname.lastname@example.org or write to the team at Lichfield District Venture, Donegal House, Lichfield, Staffs WS13 6NE. What was in the papers Lichfield Mercury 15.01.09 More time given to comment on South Lichfield housing Residents in the south of Lichfield have been given a 19-day extension to comment on proposals which could see up to 1,650 homes built in their back yard. What we’ve issued to the press Press release sent to all local press 09.12.08 Help plan the future of Bird Street Car Park Come along to an event this Saturday at the Guildhall in Lichfield to help plan the future of the Bird Street (also known as Woolworth‟s) car park and surrounding area. The District Council wants local people to come along and give their views on the potential redevelopment of the Bird Street Car Park area and the formation of a new pedestrian route from Market Street. For full press release see 2 - 16 December’s edition of LDC in the News What was in the papers Lichfield & Burntwood Chronicle 15.01.09 Car park redevelopment out for consultation A bid to redevelop a city centre car park has been thrown open to the public for their views. Lichfield Gazette, January 2009 Help plan the future of Bird Street Car Park The District Council wants local people to give their views on the potential redevelopment of the Bird Street Car Park area and the formation of a new pedestrian route from Market Street. Cllr Neil Roberts quoted in full What we’ve issued to the press Press release issued to all local press 02.12.08 I Love Lichfield District Don‟t miss out on your chance to shape the future of the district Hundreds of people are expected to come along to a series of events this December and get involved in shaping how Lichfield District could be developed between now and 2026 - from new housing, to new shopping areas, through to how the environment will be protected. For full press release see 2 - 16 December’s edition of LDC in the News What was in the papers Burntwood Post 15.01.09 Protest over 750 homes gathers pace The movement to fight a proposed 750-home development in Hammerwich is gathering pace. Locals are lodging objections to the plans, set out in Lichfield Council‟s Local Development Framework (LDF). They have concerns over green belt land, infrastructure and congestion. For more information, copies of coverage or releases, or to inform the communications team of upcoming news, please contact R hiannon Purkis on: 01543 308774. LDC in the News … 2009 09 November What was in the papers no request for statement Express & Star 27.01.09 Protesters duo out in force over green belt More than 100 protesters are expected to attend a special meeting in Burntwood tonight to discuss Lichfield District Council‟s plans for development in the district. Lichfield Mercury 22.01.09 Action group vows to fight scheme for 1,650 houses Residents fighting proposals to build up to 1,650 new homes to the south of Lichfield have launched an action group as the deadline for commenting on the plans draws nearer. Lichfield Mercury 22.01.09 Fradley is not the right place – letter to the editor Lichfield City Council, in its response to the LDF core strategy preferred options consultation, has come out in favour of a new settlement at Fradley as „a sustainable, viable and preferable alternative to substantial development in the green belt around Lichfield city‟ and casually dismisses the district planners‟ objections to option four. Lichfield Mercury 22.01.09 Council asked to approve pub conversion to flats Proposals to turn a village pub into apartments and build more homes in its grounds and neighbouring gardens look set to get the go-ahead despite residents‟ concerns over traffic and parking. Lichfield Mercury 22.01.09 City council rebuffs notion of big housing allocation Lichfield city councillors have slammed a consultation exercise over major planning policies as a sham, and accused the district council of railroading through its own choices. Lichfield Mercury 22.01.09 Futuristic homes ‘would be a blot on neighbourhood’ Furious residents are hoping a late show of support will help dissuade planners from approving five „futuristic‟ houses which they claim would be a blot on the landscape. Lichfield Mercury 22.01.09 Detached house vetoed The Planning Inspectorate has turned down plans to build a four-bedroom home off a busy Chasetown road. Lichfield Post 22.01.09 City rejects district’s vision of the future City council bosses have given thumbs down to Lichfield District Council‟s vision of the future – which included recommendations for new housing near the heart of the city. Lichfield Mercury 15.01.09 Appeal lodged An appeal has been lodged with the Planning Inspectorate after Lichfield District Council turned down an application to extend a home in Whittington. Lichfield Mercury 15.01.09 Village homes plan goes before local inquiry Plans for a small residential development in Armitage which were refused by Lichfield District Council will be considered at an appeal next month. Lichfield Post 15.01.09 Luxury homes to go up on hospital site More than half a million pounds will be pumped into Lichfield after a luxury housing development on the site of the former Victoria Hospital was given the thumbs up. Burntwood Post 08.01.09 Thanks for your park friendship – letter to the editor On behalf of „Friends of the Park‟ I would like to thank all those who have made donations to our project during 2008. We would also like to thank Lichfield District Council for their donation of £4,000 towards the additional pair of oa k gates to the rear of the building. For more information, copies of coverage or releases, or to inform the communications team of upcoming news, please contact R hiannon Purkis on: 01543 308774. LDC in the News … 2009 09 November Organisational Development What we’ve issued to the press What was in the papers No press releases or statements issued in this period No press coverage in this period Community, Housing & Health What we’ve issued to the press Press release issued to all local press 06.01.08 Mile Oak and Fazeley Sloppy Slippers Event Don‟t get tripped up by your old slippers. Here‟s another chance to bin your sloppy slippers and get a brand new pair Mile Oak Community Centre is the next venue to be visited by the Sloppy Slippers team on Friday 16 January from 1pm to 4pm. Riding high on the success of December‟s Sloppy Slipper event - when 80 older people got a new pair of slippers Lichfield District Council has announced another Health and Wellbeing afternoon where people over 70 can pick up a new pair of comfy slippers for a small donation of £1. Old and sloppy slippers have been known to trip older people up, which is why the District Council - in partnership with HomeZone Living, Burntwood Live at Home and Age Concern South Staffordshire, together with lots of new partners – re-launched its hugely popular Sloppy Slippers Campaign last year. The event will also see lots of agencies and groups – such as Age Concern, Trading Standards and the Fire Service - handing out information and offering useful safety advice. Councillor Ben Adams, Cabinet Member for Community, Housing and Health, said: “It is incredible to thi nk that something as simple as changing your slippers might help to avert a terrible accident. Last year‟s campaign was a great success and could have prevented over 800 slips and falls. I‟m looking forward to seeing the teams hand out even more slippers this year, and hope lots of local people will come along to this event.” The final Safety and Wellbeing event of the series is taking place at Oakdene Day Centre in Burntwood on Tuesday 3 February. For more information about a Sloppy Slippers event, or if you are an organisation and would like to get involved in the Health and Wellbeing events, please contact Lucie Broad on 01543 308218. What was in the papers Lichfield Post 15.01.09 Best foot forward for slipper swap Residents can swap sloppy slippers for a brand new pair at an event in Lichfield tomorrow, Friday. Cllr Ben Adams quoted in full For more information, copies of coverage or releases, or to inform the communications team of upcoming news, please contact R hiannon Purkis on: 01543 308774. LDC in the News … 2009 09 November Operational Services What we’ve issued to the press Press release issued to all local press 20.01.09 Retiring From Long Service Colin Adams is retiring from the District Council after 44 years service to the district. Colin Adams, a refuse truck driver for Lichfield District Council is retiring on Friday 23 January after 44 years of working for the authority. Colin started at the then Lichfield City Council in 1965 as a driver and has driven the length and breadth of the district countless times helping to keep the district spic and span. Colin said: “I started working for the Council when I was 19, and because I‟ve been in the s ame job for so many years I‟ve seen all the changes to the way rubbish has been collected over the last four decades. We started out collecting metal bins and all the waste was sent to landfill. Then I was there when we introduced recycling collections and later the green waste. It‟s the end of an era for me. I will miss everyone and will have quite a hole to fill after so many years on the job.” Of what he is planning to do with his retirement, Colin added: “My wife has given me 44 years worth of odd jobs to do round the house, so I will have to get cracking on those.” Ruth Plant, Director for Operational Services, said: “It is a great achievement to come to the end of such a long career and it must have been interesting to see the changes to the way rubbish is collected over the years. Colin has shown great dedication to the council and we will all miss working with him.” What was in the papers Lichfield Post 22.01.09 Colin’s bin there and done that A Lichfield refuse collector is retiring after 44 years service. Colin and Ruth quoted in full What we’ve issued to the press Press release issued to all local press 09.01.08 Little Litterbugs Targeted Lichfield District Council has joined forces with the Police and Youth Offending Service to tackle underage litterbugs across the district. A new scheme to deal with secondary school pupils who drop litter will spring into action this January. The campaign will see Council Environmental Health officers and Police officers giving under 18 year-olds who are caught dropping litter the chance to take part in community work - rather than pay a fine. Officers will focus on areas surrounding secondary schools. Friary School will kick start the process with a month of enforcement work beginning later this January. In preparation, the partnership sent a letter to all pupils and parents to warn them that officers regularly patrol around the school, and about the new consequences of dropping litter. Councillor Ben Adams, Cabinet Member for Community, Housing and Health, said: “We‟re pleased to work in partnership to deal with underage litterbugs, and would urge young people to think very carefully about the consequences of littering. Not only does it look horrible, it could also mean the hassle of paying a fine or giving up valuable free time to take part in a supervised litter pick. So be warned - Council and Police officers will be stepping up their enforcement activity, and if you are caught dropping litter you will be punished for your anti social behaviour.” Inspector Jonathan Staite, Lichfield‟s Neighbourhood Policing Unit Commander, added: “We‟re keen not to criminalise the young people of Lichfield District, and hope that, by taking part in some positive community work such as a litter pick, it will make them think twice about dropping litter.” What was in the papers Lichfield Mercury 22.01.09 Schools’ litter blitz Secondary school pupils across Lichfield district who drop litter are to targeted in a new campaign. For more information, copies of coverage or releases, or to inform the communications team of upcoming news, please contact R hiannon Purkis on: 01543 308774. LDC in the News … 2009 09 November What we’ve issued to the press Statement issued to Lichfield Mercury 12.01.09 Rubbish Protest On Friday 9 January, a local man emptied a bag of rubbish in Lichfield District Council's Frog Lane reception as an act of protest about fly tipping. The man shouted at staff and acted in an aggressive manner. The police were notified and the man was escorted off the premises. Councillor Louise Flowith, Cabinet Member for Operational Services, said: “We always take complaints very seriously. That said, no matter what the situation, our staff have the right to be treated in a courteous way and should not have to deal with this type of behaviour. We understand that the man is concerned about rubbish dumped in Barracks Lane, just off the A5, something he first reported to us in December. Since he first contacted us we‟ve litter picked the area twice and also sent out a supervisor to check it is tidy. Despite our efforts the man has been very displeased and his behaviour to council staff has become increasingly confrontational and abusive during phone calls. “We take dumping rubbish, or fly-tipping, very seriously and last year we had to spend over £27,000 cleaning it up. We run covert surveillance to catch people dumping rubbish and we will prosecute offenders whenever we can. We would also urge residents to report any incidents of fly-tipping they see on 01543 308999. If rubbish is dumped in an area and not reported to us it may take time for us to remove it. When we receive a report, in most cases we'll clean up the rubbish within 24 hours.” What was in the papers Lichfield Mercury 15.01.09 Tipping protestors dumps rubbish inside council HQ A disgruntled citizen found that grime doesn‟t pay after emptying rubbish in Lichfield District Council‟s reception in protest about fly tipping – getting himself arrested and fined for his pains. Cllr Louise Flowith quoted in part What we’ve issued to the press Press release issued to all local press 15.01.09 Commemorative Tree Ground Maintenance team-mate remembered Lichfield District Council‟s Grounds Maintenance team clubbed together to buy a liquidamber tree and dedication plaque to commemorate their team-mate, Ray Whordley, who died of cancer last December. Ray‟s wife Kay helped to plant the tree in a dedication ceremony on Tuesday 13 January. The tree now proudly stands at the entrance of Operational Services new depot in Burntwood. Ruth Plant, Director of Operational Services, said: “I was so impressed by our Grounds Maintenance team who sprang into action to create a lasting memorial to Ray. I know Ray will be sorely missed by the whole team.” What was in the papers Lichfield Post 22.01.09 Tree is a lasting memorial to Ray The life of a council worker who died of cancer has been celebrated with the planting of a memorial tree. Ruth Plant quoted in full Lichfield Gazette, January 2009 Commemorative Tree Lichfield District Council‟s Grounds Maintenance team clubbed together to buy a liquidambar tree and dedication plaque to commemorate their team-mate, Ray Whordley, who died of cancer last December. Ruth Plant quoted in full What was in the papers no request for statement Lichfield Mercury 22.01.09 Give us our change when we park in city May I query the legality of those Lichfield car parks where the meters do not give change? Now that we , the ge neral public, are required to pay some of the highest charges in the Midlands, is it unreasonable to ask for fair play by the authorities responsible? Surely refusing to give back and overpayment is very close to theft? Finance,Revenues & Benefits What we’ve issued to the press What was in the papers No press releases or statements issued in this period No press coverage in this period For more information, copies of coverage or releases, or to inform the communications team of upcoming news, please contact R hiannon Purkis on: 01543 308774.