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LDC in the News … 2009 10 November 04 - 18 August 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 The doggone mystery of Ganni and her lost years Lichfield Mercury 06.08.09 Children’s ideas win prizes Express & Star 17.08.09 Historic trail is a treat Birmingham Mail 06.08.09 Cash in on £500,000 bonanza groups told Express & Star 18.08.09 Open mic sessions at Garrick Lichfield & Burntwood Chronicle 06.08.09 Overall Activity Summary Total number of proactive releases/statements: 12 Total number of reactive press releases/statements: 8 For more information, copies of coverage or releases, or to inform the communications team of upcoming news, please contact Rhiannon Purkis on: 01543 308774. LDC in the News … 2009 10 November Chief Executive’s Office What we’ve issued to the press What was in the papers No press releases or statements were issued in this period No coverage in this period Leisure & Culture What we’ve issued to the press Statement issued to the Lichfield Mercury 12.08.09 Shortbutts Lane Park Cllr Val Richards, Cabinet Member for Leisure Services at Lichfield District Council, commented: "To help draw up plans for Shortbutts Lane we consulted widely with local people and football organisations and changing facilites were not high on people's wish lists. "Whilst it seems easy to suggest that we provide a basic shelter, we would not wish to provide one that does not meet necessary standards in terms of disability access, player comfort and safety. We also need to make sure any facility would be well used. Our experience however shows most children turn up ready to play, and the fact our changing rooms elsewhere in Lichfield are rarely used by junior teams, confirms this. "We've worked hard to provide improved changing facilities and pitches locally. Only last weekend new changing rooms were formally opened in Hammerwich, and improved facilities in nearby Beacon Park are planned. To provide similar facilities in Shortbutts Lane would be extremely costly and would mean very little money would be left for any other developments, such as natural play areas, improved footpaths and more tree planting, which local people have told us they want." What was in the papers Lichfield Mercury 13.08.09 (page 7) Change plans to include facilities say footballers City footballers say plans for the redevelopment of a popular park should be revised to include changing facilities. Lichfield District Council is set to spend £250,000 revamping Shortbutts Park, off Shortbutts Lane but there is no building at all to cater for the football teams who play there and have to change, and leave valuables in their cars. Cllr Val Richards quoted in full What we’ve issued to the press Press release issued to all local press 13.08.09 Coin competition winners Lichfield District Council announces winners of historic coin competition To help celebrate Dr Johnson‟s 300th birthday Visit Lichfield, Lichfield District Council‟s tourism team, held an historic coin competition this summer. Back in June, the tourism team asked 4 to 14 year-olds to think up a shopping list of what Dr Johnson may have spent a half crown coin on. The council received lots of entries, and after much head-scratching choose two competition winners. Twelve year-old Charlotte Hambly of Tamworth was chosen as the winner of golden ticket to the Arts & Crafts Summer Fun at Sam‟s House. Her suggestion of what Dr Johnson might have bought was: a posh writing set including an ink pot, quill and writing parchment. The second winner was Mollie Johnson who thought Dr Johnson would have spent his half crown on a magnifying glass. Eleven year-old Mollie from Burntwood has won a family ticket to see Pinocchio at the Lichfield Garrick this October. The tourism team also thought Mollie‟s younger brother‟s entry of a big red dragon was brilliant. They thought he deserved a special mention because, on top of drawing a fantastic dragon, the four year-old is named after the great man himself - Samuel Johnson! Councillor David S Smith, Leader of Lichfield District Council, said: “We enjoyed going through all the entries. We chose our winners because their suggestions really captured the spirit of Dr Johnson, who would have no doubt found a new writing set and a magnifying glass extremely useful!” …continued For more information, copies of coverage or releases, or to inform the communications team of upcoming news, please contact Rhiannon Purkis on: 01543 308774. LDC in the News … 2009 10 November To see an online selection of the council‟s historic coins and medals, visit www.lichfielddc.gov.uk/coinis today. A selection of some of the best coins is also on display at Lichfield Heritage Centre and the bookshop at the The Samuel Johnson Birthplace Museum. “This is a really exciting year for Lichfield, and there will be lots of fun events to celebrate all through the year. To find out what‟s going on, and to join in the festivities, please go to www.visitlichfielddcgov.uk/2009,” continued Cllr Smith. What was in the papers Express & Star 17.08.09 (page 25) Children’s ideas win prizes The winner of an historic coin competition launched to help celebrate the 300th birthday of Dr Samuel Johnson have been announced. The competition was organised by Lichfield District Council‟s tourism team in honour of the city‟s famous son. What we’ve issued to the press Press release issued to all local press 10.08.09 Circus Skills Workshop Budding performers aged 6 to 13 are invited to take part in a Circus Skills Workshop on Thursday 20th August at Burntwood Leisure Centre Burntwood Leisure Centre is holding a Circus Skills Workshop on Thursday 20th August, from 10am – 4pm. For only £8, children will get the chance to have a go at skills such as juggling with balls, scarves and clubs, balancing various items, diabolo and plate spinning. Paul Watson, Leisure Centre and Sports Development Manager, said: “If you‟ve ever fancied finding out what it‟s like to be part of a circus then you‟ll love this workshop. From juggling and plate spinning through to diabolo and balancing, this workshop is full of fun activities. Places are limited so book early!” The workshop will be taught by professional circus performers from The Street Entertainers Agency. For more information or to book a place on the workshop please contact Burntwood Leisure centre on 01543 308810. The workshops have been funded by School Sports Partnership. What was in the papers Express & Star 12.08.09 (page 18) Circus thrills for all Burntwood youngsters who have dreamed of running away to join the circus can learn all the tricks of the trade at a special workshop next week. Paul Watson quoted in part What we’ve issued to the press Press release issued to all local press 04.08.09 Children’s Trail chosen as top family day out Lichfield District Council‟s Children‟s Trail, which guides youngsters and their families around Lichfield‟s historic city, has beaten off stiff competition from the UK‟s top visitor attractions to be included in a brand new family days out guide, created from public nominations. Lichfield District Council‟s tourism team is celebrating after hearing the news that their Children‟s Trail has been included in the Little Chef‟s guide to 51 Great Family Days Out. The guide came about following research that showed British families were not spending enough quality time together. Public nominations flooded in, with families sharing their personal favourites, including both high profile attractions and places off the beaten track. The final top 51 – chosen to celebrate 51 years of Little Chef restaurants - was based on the number of nominations, the accessibility, cost and appeal to a family group. The guide includes something for everyone with excursions including well known destinations such as Alton Towers, Legoland and London Zoo, plus hidden gems such as Lichfield‟s very own Children‟s Trail! Tom Hutton, one of the authors of a Rough Guide to Britain, said: “The final 51 is an eclectic mix of days out demonstrating the range of fascinating things to do and beautiful places to visit in the UK. It‟s great that the public hasn‟t overlooked the less obvious attractions either.” Councillor David S. Smith, Leader of Lichfield District Council, added: “Our Children‟s Trail takes youngsters on a quick tour of the city, stopping at interesting buildings and historic sites along the way. At each stop, Minster the Duck asks questions so that children can find out more about the city‟s fascinating past. We are all delighted it has been voted one of the top 51 days out. It‟s a popular trail and we know parents also enjoy finding out more about Lichfield along with their children.” The 51 Days Out guide can be found online at www.littlechef.co.uk and on the Out and About map, which can be picked up for free in all Little Chef restaurants. For more information, copies of coverage or releases, or to inform the communications team of upcoming news, please contact Rhiannon Purkis on: 01543 308774. LDC in the News … 2009 10 November What was in the papers Lichfield Mercury 06.08.09 (page 16) City tour is in tourists’ top 50 list A children‟s trail, which guides youngsters and their families around Lichfield, has been voted one of the top family days out in the UK. Cllr David S Smith quoted in full Birmingham Mail 06.08.09 (page 16) Historic trail is a treat A children‟s trail around an historic cathedral city has been voted one of Britain‟s best family days out. Cllr David S Smith quoted in full What we’ve issued to the press Press release issued to all local press 31.07.09 Football comes to Fazeley Calling all wannabe Ronaldo‟s – learn some fancy footwork to impress your friends this summer at the Aspire Football Coaching Week Lichfield District Council‟s Aspire team are running a fun football coaching week this summer. The course will run from 17 to 21 August from 10am to 3pm daily at Coton Green Football Club, Fazeley. The course will involve all the fundamentals of the game including, dribbling, ball control, shooting and passing and goal keeping skills. For full press release please see 21 July - August’s edition of LDC in the News What was in the papers Birmingham Mail 06.08.09 (page 12) Football skills course for kids All wannabe Ronaldos are being urged to sign up to a summer coaching course to learn some fancy footwork. Nick Baker quoted in full What we’ve issued to the press Press release issued to all local press 23.07.09 Proms in the Park 2009 Lichfield District Council is unpacking the Union Flags and dusting off the bunting ready for this summer‟s spectacular Proms in the Park Lichfield District Council is putting the finishing touches in place for this year‟s Proms in the Park. The evening of free music and fireworks is set to take place in Beacon Park on Saturday 5 September, from 6.15pm with the main concert at 7.30pm The council has come up with some special offers to help the audience get into the spirit of proms, including VIP tickets, greetings messages and even the chance to sponsor a song. For full press release please see 21 July - August’s edition of LDC in the News What was in the papers Express & Star 05.08.09 (page 13) Sponsor plea for Proms in the Park Union flags are being unpacked and bunting is being dusted off in Lichfield ahead of this summer‟s spectacular Proms in the Park event. Beth Osman quoted in full What we’ve issued to the press Press release issued to all local press 03.08.09 Festival of Football to Kick Off New Pavilion! A celebratory Festival of Football, for 5 to 13 year-olds, is taking place at the Hammerwich Hospital Road football grounds on Sunday 9 August, from 10am Lichfield District Council, in partnership with Hammerwich Parish Council, is holding a free children‟s Festival of Football in August, to celebrate the official opening of a brand new pavilion at the grounds, which will be opened by Burntwood resident Alan Wiley – the top Premier League referee. The Burntwood Dragons will be looking after the under 8s - who will be playing football games on two mini soccer pitches. Meanwhile, the junior pitch will see footie fans, age 5 to 13, having a go at panna football (played inside an inflatable ring), keep uppy competitions, target shooting, beat the keeper, speed gun challenges, as well as five-aside football games. The district council‟s mobile leisure team will be there on the day with a giant inflatable dinosaur! An ice cream van will also be fully stocked to make this a cool summer day. The football fun and games will lead up to the pavilion grand opening at midday by Premier League football referee Alan Wiley. …continued For more information, copies of coverage or releases, or to inform the communications team of upcoming news, please contact Rhiannon Purkis on: 01543 308774. LDC in the News … 2009 10 November The £430,885 pavilion is complete with four changing rooms, an officials‟ room, and a kitchen. Funding for the building came from the Football Foundation, who provided a grant of £230,885, and the Highways Agency – who funded £200,000 of the project to compensate for the loss of Jubilee Park – owing to the M6 Toll. At 1pm Chasetown FC will take on Burntwood Dragons - with Alan Wiley refereeing the match. Councillor Val Richards, Cabinet Member for Leisure Services, said: “This festival is a wonderful way to celebrate this fantastic new pavilion. I am sure the many local football clubs, who are set to use the facility, will be impressed with it and will enjoy it for years to come.” The festival is free, but places must be booked in advance and are on a first come first serve basis. To reserve your child‟s place, please call Burntwood Leisure Centre on 01543 308810 or pop into the centre. What was in the papers Lichfield & Burntwood Chronicle 06.08.09 (page 3) Leading ref is in charge at footy festival Premiership referee Alan Wiley will officiate at a Festival of Football in Burntwood this weekend. Birmingham Mail 06.08.09 (page 16) Footies fest to open new pavilion A FREE festival will mark the opening of a new £430,000 pavilion this weekend. Cllr Val Richards quoted in full Express & Star 05.08.09 (front page) Alan’s whistle to launch pavilion Top Premiership referee Alan Wiley will help kick off a new era for a Staffordshire football ground when he opens a £500,000 pavilion this weekend. Cllr Val Richards quoted in full What was in the papers no request for statement Lichfield Mercury 13.08.09 (page 5) Tragic Michael’s mates say we’re not skating on thin ice over park plans Young friends of the late Michael Patterson have refused claims that Lichfield‟s proposed skatepark could turn into a haven for troublemakers. Plans recently unveiled by Lichfield District Council for a possible skating facility in Beacon park have been roundly welcomed by many. But scores of nearby residents contacted the Mercury to complain. Lichfield Mercury 13.08.09 (page 18) Support park for next generation – letter to the editor What a great letter from Howard Willis in Last week‟s Mercury and how refreshing to know that there are people like him who actually care. Good kids or problem kids they are still our future generation. Let‟s show them that we do care by pulling out all the stops to get this superb facility built, which indecently, is backed by the local police who see many problems. Lichfield Mercury 13.08.09 (page 18) Unnamed few are a NIMBY brigade – letter to the editor Regarding the letter from 20 anonymous individuals who are concerned about the skatepark and wish not to be identified. I also live close to Beacon Park and I feel that their concerns of speeding cars, abusive and intimidating youth are unwarranted. Lichfield Mercury 06.08.09(page 18) Closing park at night is an unnecessary act – letter to the editor A lot of people use the park at night for a shortcut to the village, i.e. chippy, Chinese, pub and people walk their dogs and meet up for a chat, 90 percent of the people who have complained are people who have not lived here long. A lot of people who have lived in Emmanuel Road, Woodford Crescent and Hunter Avenue, are up in arms about this proposal. Get ready for the fireworks! Lichfield Garrick What we’ve issued to the press Press release issued to all local press 20.07.09 Open Mic at the Lichfield Garrick Showcase your talent at the Lichfield Garrick next month. Lichfield Garrick is set to host a brand new series of open mic sessions throughout August. Open to everyone, this is your opportunity to show off your singing and musical talents. The open mic sessions will take place on Saturday 8 August from 2.30pm to 6pm, Saturday 15 August from 8pm to midnight and Saturday 22 August from 2.30pm to 6pm in the Green Room Café/Bar. For full press release please see 21 July - August’s edition of LDC in the News For more information, copies of coverage or releases, or to inform the communications team of upcoming news, please contact Rhiannon Purkis on: 01543 308774. LDC in the News … 2009 10 November What was in the papers Lichfield Mercury 06.08.09 (page 2) Chance to show off your talents The Lichfield Garrick is set to host a new series of open mic sessions throughout August. Adrian Jackson quoted in full Lichfield & Burntwood Chronicle 06.08.09 (page 30) Open mic sessions at Garrick Wannabe singers have the chance to take to the stage at the Lichfield Garrick theatre when it starts open mic sessions on Saturday. What was in the papers no request for statement Lichfield & Burntwood Chronicle 13.08.09 (Page 34) Just a minute – host Parsons to visit Garrick Legendary television presenter Nicholas Parsons will be sharing a laugh with his fans when he visits the Garrick Theatre in September Lichfield & Burntwood Chronicle 13.08.09 (page 34) Puppet show for adults only A cult adult musical show is being staged at the Lichfield Garrick next month. Sammy J in the Forest of Dreams is coming to the Garrick Theatre on September 27. Express & Star 10.08.09 (page 11) Theatre wild for snappers Renowned wildlife photographers Jonathan and Angie Scott will present their latest images at the Lichfield Garrick this month. Lichfield Mercury 06.08.09 (page 18) Theatre support is always great value – letter to the editor I have been a Lichfield Players season ticket holder for more than 20 years. I was delighted to attend the special evening last Saturday at the Garrick Studio as a thank you to us for our support. We were all treated to sketches, poems and monologues from the Lichfield Players. Express & Star 05.08.09 (page 18) Puppet show is for grown-ups A cult adult musical puppet show is being staged in Lichfield on September 27. Democratic, Development & Legal Services What we’ve issued to the press Press release issued to all local press 31.07.09 Building a better city with section 106 money Lichfield District Council publishes results of city centre consultation online Earlier this year, Lichfield District Council asked local people to tell them how they would like around £500,000 to be spent in the city. The money has been secured by the council from developers, who were asked to contribute towards improving the local community through section 106 agreements, as part of their planning approvals for city centre developments. Nearly 150 people gave their views on the projects they think the money should be spent on. The four main areas local people are keen for the money to be invested in are: Greener and cleaner public spaces Environmental improvements, including street design, street furniture and planting Community amenities, facilities and activities so that young people in particular can embrace sports and culture Community safety to keep crime levels low Councillor Neil Roberts, Cabinet Member for Development Services, said: "We're really grateful to everyone for giving their views. We will be asking local groups to apply for a share of the money to fund their local projects. We'll use the feedback people have given us to help assess applications, and select the ones that will meet the needs of local people.” To see the summary of results, please visit www.lichfielddc.gov.uk/citycentre106 What was in the papers Express & Star 18.08.09 (page 18) Cash in on £500,000 bonanza groups told Community projects in Lichfield are being urged to put their names into the hat for the chance to secure a slice of more than £500,000 in funding. For more information, copies of coverage or releases, or to inform the communications team of upcoming news, please contact Rhiannon Purkis on: 01543 308774. LDC in the News … 2009 10 November What we’ve issued to the press Comment issued to the Lichfield Mercury 03.08.09 Heritage Parks Comment Councillor Neil Roberts, Cabinet Member for Development Services, said: “Our heritage parks are much loved and much used by local people and visitors to Lichfield. We‟re excited about our £3.9 million plans to restore them, and wanted to introduce these plans in more detail, so that people know exactly how the parks will be improved. “Feedback from the day was really positive, and we are delighted the plans have been met with such enthusiasm. Building work is set to start this autumn, and we will keep everyone informed about the different phases of the works nearer the time, so you know what to expect.” What was in the papers Lichfield Mercury 06.07.09 (front page) £3.9m park revamp plans are unveiled New play equipment, a café, bowls pavilion and a greenhouse are all features of Lichfield District Council‟s plans to improve Beacon Park. Cllr Neil Roberts quoted in full What was in the papers no request for statement Lichfield Mercury 13.08.09 (page 14) MP backs group to fight 8,000 homes Lichfield and Burntwood‟s MP Michael Fabricant has welcomed an alliance of residents, saying “desperate groups can now all speak with one voice”. Express & Star 12.08.09 (page 6) Problem pub looks set to be bulldozed A Burntwood pub that was once a hotbed of anti-social behaviour looks set to be bulldozed. Plans to demolish the former greyhound pub have been sent to Lichfield Council – but the future use of the site remains shrouded in mystery. Express & Star 11.08.09 (front page) Anger over 8,000 new homes plan in district Lichfield residents outraged by plans to build 8,000 new homes in the district over the next 15 years have written to every member of the council to win their support. Lichfield Mercury 06.08.09 (page 3) New crossing to boost safety Work to install a new puffin crossing on a busy Lichfield road will get underway later this month. The county council has teamed up with Lichfield District Council and Streethay Parish Council to fund the work. Lichfield Mercury 06.08.09 (page 18) Invest in what the city needs - art – letter to the editor I believe it is important that the money received for the statue should be spent in a way that reflects the bequest by Col Swinfen Broun to the citizens of Lichfield. Lichfield Mercury 06.08.09 (page 19) Centre plans will require a wonderful eye – letter to the editor I cant but agree with Michael Fabricant regarding the need to keep the proposed Birmingham Road shopping centre under review. Though Cllr David Smith is deeply involved with continuing this scheme as it is proposed, nevertheless its general concept must always be vulnerable to attack from the accelerating pressures that are now so powerfully evident in the retail sector which seem to be beyond local control. Express & Star 06.08.09 (page 15) Mansion to be created on site of former hall A luxurious country house inspired by an historic mansion which once stood on the site is set to be created near Lichfield. For more information, copies of coverage or releases, or to inform the communications team of upcoming news, please contact Rhiannon Purkis on: 01543 308774. LDC in the News … 2009 10 November Community, Housing & Health What we’ve issued to the press Statement issued to all local press 11.08.09 North Lichfield Comment Councillor Helen Fisher, Lichfield District Council‟s Cabinet Member for Community, said: “When tragic events like this happen, it is very easy to jump to the conclusion that they reflect the community as a whole. But, we know from working closely with local people, both before and after Mr Eccles' murder, that many people didn't recognise where they live from some of the comments made in the national media, and were saddened by the way north Lichfield had been portrayed. “We have a long history of working in partnership with people living in north Lichfield, and whilst they tell us there are some issues that need to be addressed, they also tell us they like living here and are proud to be part of their local community. “Following Mr Eccles' death, we have brought forward some of our plans for the area, stepping up our visits to the Dimbles Lane shops, improving security, and installing new bins. We're also working with partners to improve facilities in the shopping area, including putting in CCTV later this summer. “Agencies have worked even more closely with local people, involving them at every stage of the work they are doing, including hosting community workshops and events. We've also worked to raise the profile of local activities for young people that take place in the area. Overall this work has had a positive impact and reduced the incidences of anti-social behaviour. "Looking to the future we will continue our programme of partnership working so that the community's ongoing needs are addressed." What was in the papers Lichfield Mercury 13.08.09 (page 2) ‘Don’t judge our district’ Lichfield District Council welcomed the guilty verdicts – and condemned tabloid headlines immediately after Mr Eccles‟s death. Helen Fisher quoted in full Express & Star 12.08.09 (front page) CCTV set for site of attack CCTV is to be installed at the shopping parade where Michael Eccles was confronted by his killers. Helen Fisher quoted in full BBC News (website) 11.08.09 ‘Problems persist’ at murder site An area where a father was brutally murdered on a trip to the shops has become notorious for anti-social behaviour, residents have said. Helen Fisher quoted in full www.24dash.com, 11.08.09 Man and teenage boy guilty of murdering father in Lichfield street attack Lichfield District Council described the convictions of Carl Keatley, Jordan Carroll and Edward Carroll as a “positive result” for Michael Eccles‟ family and the local community. Helen Fisher quoted in full What we’ve issued to the press Press release issued to all local press 30.07.09 Successful Prosecution Lichfield District Council has successfully prosecuted a man after they discovered he was operating an unauthorised caravan site On Tuesday 28 July, Alexander Holland, 67, of Coppice Lane in Hammerwich, pleaded guilty of using the land at the back of his property as a caravan site, without an appropriate caravan site licence. Tamworth Magistrates‟ Court fined Mr Holland £1,000, and ordered him to pay £400 costs and a £15 victims‟ surcharge. Councillor Ian Pritchard, Lichfield District Council‟s Cabinet Member for Housing, Health and Environmental Protection, commented: “This is a good result, and I hope it will act as a deterrent to anyone who thinks they can get around the licensing laws. We take this issue very seriously because if a site is unlicensed, it means we have not been able to check that it meets electrical and fire regulations, and that the proper sanitation is in place. So, if you have a caravan on your property, even if it is just one, and you are considering offering it to anyone outside of your household to use, contact us to see if you need a licence.” To find out more, please contact Lichfield District Council‟s Environmental Health team on 01543 308714. For more information, copies of coverage or releases, or to inform the communications team of upcoming news, please contact Rhiannon Purkis on: 01543 308774. LDC in the News … 2009 10 November What was in the papers Lichfield Mercury 06.08.09 (page 2) Man fined over illegal caravan A Hammerwich man has been fined £1,000 after pleading guilty to using land at the back of his property as a caravan site, without an appropriate licence. Cllr Ian Pritchard quoted in full What we’ve issued to the press Press release issued to all local press 31.07.09 Long lost pal found after five years! This summer, Lichfield District Council‟s dog warden service reunited a lost dog with its owners, five years after she went walkabout. Ganni - an eight year-old Jack Russell cross - went missing when she was taken on holiday with her family to Devon, in the spring of 2004. How she was found in Hopwas (Lichfield) will probably remain a mystery forever! Luckily Ganni had been micro chipped, which enabled Lichfield District Council‟s dog warden to trace her owners who live in Somerset. Her owner Andrew said: “When I picked up the phone, the last thing I expected was that Ganni had been found after all these years. We have missed her dreadfully, and have now introduced her to the brand new members of the family - as we‟ve had three children in the last five years! “Ganni went missing when we were on holiday in Devon. She escaped over the garden wall, and we understand that she might have been stolen by someone from Staffordshire. It‟s lovely to have our dog back and she‟s settled into family life well.” Eddie Pearson, Lichfield District Council‟s dog warden, added: “Reuniting dogs with their families is the best part of my job, but this is the first time I‟ve reunited one that has been missing for so many years. This clearly shows the benefit of having your dog micro chipped, without which we would never have been able to trace Ganni‟s‟ owners. I am sure she is happy to be home after such a long adventure.” If you have lost your dog, visit the council‟s lost dogs register at www.lichfielddc.gov.uk/lostdogs What was in the papers Express & Star 18.08.09 (page 18) Dog turns up 5 years after disappearing A beloved family dog which disappeared five years ago has turned up near Lichfield. Jack Russell cross Shanganni – known as Ganni – vanished while on a family holiday in Devon in the spring of 2004. Eddie Pearson quoted in full Lichfield Mercury 06.08.09 (page 3) The doggone mystery of Ganni and her lost years A missing pooch has been reunited with her family by Lichfield‟s dog warden service five years after she disappeared. Eddie Pearson quoted in full Tamworth Herald 06.08.09 (page 33) Ganni finds her way home after a five-year wait Ganni, an eight-year-old Jack Russell cross ,was lost when she was taken on holiday with her family to Devon in the spring 2004. Eddie Pearson quoted in full www.animalfriend.org.uk Missing mutt back home after five years One family will no doubt be keen to extol the benefits of the technology after they were reunited with their canine companion five years after she disappeared. Eddie Pearson quoted in full What we’ve issued to the press Letter sent to the editor of the Lichfield Mercury 27.08.09 Dear Sir, I am writing in response to the letter 'Closing park failed to address problem'. Lichfield District Council works with the police and our partners to tackle anti-social behaviour in various ways. Fencing and gating off Burntwood Park is just one example of this, and it will help us to put a stop to people drinking and causing a disturbance in the park in the early hours of the morning. This approach was very much favoured by local people, who told us their views at a series of public meetings we held earlier this year to discuss ways to deal with the park‟s problems. …continued For more information, copies of coverage or releases, or to inform the communications team of upcoming news, please contact Rhiannon Purkis on: 01543 308774. LDC in the News … 2009 10 November However, our efforts do not stop there. We work with the police to tackle underage drinking, and have created a number of alcohol controlled zones across the district, including Burntwood. The police have already used these to confiscate large quantities of alcohol from people who are drinking on the streets or in local parks. We also work with our partners to provide positive activities for young people to keep them busy and off the streets. Positive Futures is one such scheme that offers 10 to 19 year-olds, who live or go to school in Burntwood, activities throughout the year - such as boxing, trampolining, DJ taster sessions and street cheer. We also support Burntwood Init that provides activities for 13 to 19 year-olds, including sailing, wakeboarding, driving, as well as regular youth clubs. Unfortunately there is sometimes a minority of people who choose to continue to behave in an inconsiderate manner, which is why we are continuing to work closely with the police to tackle the complex issue of anti-social behaviour. Yours sincerely, Cllr Helen Fisher Cabinet Member for Communities Lichfield District Council What was in the papers Lichfield Mercury 06.08.09 (page 19) Closure was part of a wider plan – letter to the editor Letter printed as above What we’ve issued to the press Press release issued to all local press 22.07.09 FREE Beacon Park Bat Walk Join a free walk around Beacon Park to see if you can spot any bats on Friday 14 August from 8.30pm till late North Lichfield Initiative and South East Staffordshire Bat Group invite north Lichfield locals with an interest in wildlife to a free Bat Walk in August. Join the bat experts on a guided walk of Beacon Park to see how may species of bats you can spot, while hearing more about these fascinating nocturnal creatures. For full press release please see 21 July - August’s edition of LDC in the News What was in the papers Lichfield & Burntwood Chronicle 06.08.09 (page 8) Going batty in the park People in north Lichfield are being invited to a free bat walk with wildlife experts in Beacon Park on August 14 to see how many species they can spot and find out about the noturnal flying creatures. What was in the papers no request for statement Express & Star 18.08.09 (front page) Comments attacked The comments of an outspoken councillor who likened his own north Lichfield was to Beirut have been attacked. But Mike Kinghan, chairman of North Lichfield Initiative, said the area was nothing like Councillor Walker described. Birmingham Post 14.08.09 (page 19) Eccles killing like Clockwork Orange – letter to the editor What a permanent tribute it would be for the victim Michael Eccles and his dear family, if that area could be seen to turn around for the better. But only those living there, the community, the residents, the churches, the councillors, the MP, the courts, the police, etc can do this and they must have the will to do so, for the sake of future generation. Lichfield Mercury 06.08.09(page 18) Closing park at night is an unnecessary act – letter to the editor A lot of people use the park at night for a shortcut to the village, i.e. chippy, Chinese, pub and people walk their dogs and meet up for a chat, 90 percent of the people who have complained are people who have not lived here long. Express & Star 06.08.09 (page 25) Police back soccer sessions Football-mad youngsters in a Staffordshire village have been brushing up on their skills with a helping hand from their local police officers. The holiday project is being backed by Lichfield District Council as well as the primary school. Lichfield Mercury 06.08.09 (page 25) Making space for mental health An annual event to promote positive mental health within the employment community is set to take place tomorrow. Deputy Mayor of Lichfield, councillor Christopher Spruce, will open the event, which will be attended by local police, Lichfield District Council and a host of employment and volunteering organisations. For more information, copies of coverage or releases, or to inform the communications team of upcoming news, please contact Rhiannon Purkis on: 01543 308774. LDC in the News … 2009 10 November Operational Services What we’ve issued to the press Letter to the editor of the Lichfield Mercury 05.08.09 Dear Sir, I would like to respond to the letter „When local rules are missed‟ which appeared in the 30 July edition of the Mercury. I am incredibly sorry our wardens issued a ticket incorrectly to the author of the letter, and I can wholly understand any frustration felt. I would also like to reassure readers that when we found out our parking attendants had mistakenly issued tickets, outside of the charging period, we stopped it immediately. We also asked the team at Stoke on Trent to refund the mistakenly issued tickets and to apologise on our behalf to everyone who was ticketed. I am sorry that the author felt the apology given was lukewarm. We are committed to communicating well with local people and as such, I will be looking into this to ensure that all apologies sent on our behalf are both adequate and sincere. I will also be checking to ensure that all responses are issued within the promised time frame. We are always interested in feedback on our new parking scheme and I would encourage local people to send their comments to email@example.com or to contact me directly. Yours sincerely Ruth Plant Director of Operational Services Lichfield District Council firstname.lastname@example.org What was in the papers Lichfield Mercury 13.08.09 (page 18) Apology given over wardens’ fine error Letter printed as above What was in the papers no request for statement Lichfield Mercury 13.08.09 (page 18) Picnic parking fine left a nasty taste – letter to the editor Lichfield for me has now become a very un-welcoming city so I will not be returning there as often in the future, certainly not to Beacon Park. Lichfield Mercury 13.08.09 (page 19) Easy solution to parking problem Reading in the Mercury on July 23 about mothers parking on the car park of the Burntwood Institute while they take their children to school. For more information, copies of coverage or releases, or to inform the communications team of upcoming news, please contact Rhiannon Purkis on: 01543 308774. LDC in the News … 2009 10 November Finance,Revenues & Benefits What we’ve issued to the press Press release issued to all local press 10.08.09 Benefit fraud prosecutions Two found guilty of benefit fraud Following investigations by Lichfield District Council‟s Benefit Investigations Team, the local authority has successfully prosecuted two people for committing benefit fraud. In the first case, 51 year old Karen Godderidge, of Allton Avenue in Mile Oak, pleaded guilty to „making a false declaration‟ in her claim for housing and council tax benefit. On 29 July, Tamworth Magistrates‟ Court heard how Mrs Godderidge failed to declare that she received a student bursary. Had this been declared, she would not have been entitled to either housing or council tax benefit. As a result, she received £1,462 in benefits, which she now has to pay back to the council. The court fined Mrs Godderidge £130, and ordered her to pay costs of £400 and a £15 victim surcharge. In the second case, heard at Tamworth Magistrates‟ Court on 6 August, Brian Rogers pleaded guilty to two charges of „dishonestly making a false declaration‟ when claiming housing and council tax benefit. The court heard how 60 year old Mr Rogers, of Schoolfields Road in Shenstone, had failed to declare that he received a civil service pension. As a result, he received £3,755 in housing and council tax benefit that he was not entitled to. He will now have to repay the full amount to the council. The court gave Mr Rogers a 12 month community/supervision order, a three month curfew (between 7pm and 7am), and ordered him to pay costs of £200. Councillor Michael Wilcox, Cabinet Member for Finance, Revenues and Benefits for Lichfield District Council, said: “These cases show how seriously we take benefit fraud. It‟s really important to tell the benefits team if your circumstances change. It could be anything - from recently getting married through to receiving more tax credits – remember to report any changes straightway.“ To find out more, please visit www.lichfielddc.gov.uk/changes or, to report a change in your circumstances, call Lichfield District Council on 01543 308900 or email email@example.com. What was in the papers Lichfield Mercury 13.08.09 (page 5) Two benefit cheats caught Two more cheats have been prosecuted for benefit fraud by Lichfield District Council. Express & Star 11.08.09 (page 17) Two more prosecuted in benefits crackdown Finance chiefs at Lichfield council are continuing their crackdown on benefits cheats with two further prosecutions. Cllr Michael Wilcox quoted in part For more information, copies of coverage or releases, or to inform the communications team of upcoming news, please contact Rhiannon Purkis on: 01543 308774.
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