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					LDC in the News …
2009

15 December

20 May – 03 June 2008

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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
Going wild at the Garrick Lichfield Mercury 29.05.08 Bumper summer of fun on the cards for children Lichfield & Burntwood Chronicle 29.05.08 Vow to clamp down on illegal dumpers Express & Star 20.05.08 On course to help boost health and fitness Lichfield Mercury 29.05.08 John takes the chair from Janet Birmingham Mail 20.05.08

Overall Activity Summary
Total number of proactive releases/statements: 11 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 Rhiannon Purkis on: 01543 308774.

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Chief Executive‟s Office
What we‟ve issued to the press

Press release issued to all local press 14.05.08 A new Chairman for Lichfield District Council
Former Vice Chairman Councillor John Wilks was appointed as the new Chairman and Councillor Joe Powell as the new Vice Chairman, of Lichfield District Council at this week's Annual Council Meeting, held on Tuesday 13 May. Councillor Wilks replaces Councillor Janet Eagland after a year in the role. For full press release see 06 – 20 May edition of LDC in the News

What was in the papers

Lichfield Mercury 22.05.08 New civic line-up named
Former Lichfield District Council vice chairman John Wilks was appointed as the new chairman of the authority and Councillor Joe Powell as the new vice chairman at the annual district council meeting. Cllr Janet Eagland and Cllr John Wilks quoted in full

Lichfield & Burntwood Chronicle 22.05.08 Council‟s chairman
Former vice chairman Councillor John Wilks has been named as the new chairman of Lichfield District Council. Cllr Janet Eagland and Cllr John Wilks quoted in full

Birmingham Mail 20.05.08 John takes the chair from Janet
Lichfield District Council has appointed its new chairman for the coming year. Cllr Janet Eagland and Cllr John Wilks quoted in full.
What we‟ve issued to the press

Press release issued to all local press 12.05.08 Young Enterprise Honoured
A group of enterprising students visited the District Council House on Thursday 8 May to tell assembled guests, including Councillor Janet Eagland, Chairman of Lichfield District Council, about their experience in the Young Enterprise Company Programme. For full press release see 06 – 20 May edition of LDC in the News

What was in the papers

Lichfield Mercury 22.05.08 Enterprising youngsters visit council
A new generation of business leaders visited Lichfield District Council to talk about their experiences with Young Enterprise.

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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Leisure & Culture
What we‟ve issued to the press

Press release issued to all local press 20.05.08 Summer of Fun
Lichfield District Council launches its summer activity programme for children and young people across the district This year‟s programme is packed full of exciting, fun activities to entertain young people across the district this summer holiday. Lichfield District Council‟s Summer Activity Programme runs from 21 July – 22 August with a wide range of play schemes, activities and coaching sessions on offer. This year the scheme includes Play Rangers. The team of Play Rangers will be visiting parks and public spaces throughout the district to run fun activities including cricket, basketball and even creating dens. Mary Cooke, Play Development Manager for Lichfield District Council, said: “Each year we present a huge variety of fun activities to keep children and young people active over the summer holidays. From gymnastics and cricket through to trampolining and table tennis the programme gives everyone the opportunity to try something new this summer. Also, play schemes are back by popular demand and at only £35 per week it‟s an excellent way to keep your children occupied while you‟re at work.” Summer activity brochures have been distributed to all schools within the district, if you haven‟t yet received your copy you can download the brochure from www.lichfielddc.gov.uk/summeractivity or for more information please call the Play Development Team on 01543 308765 or email play.schemes@lichfielddc.gov.uk. You can also pick up a brochure from your local leisure centre or the Lichfield District Council reception.

What was in the papers

Lichfield & Burntwood Chronicle 29.05.08 Bumper summer of fun on the cards for children
Children across Lichfield can enjoy a bumper programme of activities this summer. Mary Cooke quoted in full

Express & Star 23.05.08 Summer activity lists are revealed
Youngsters in Lichfield have plenty to look forward to during their summer holidays, with everything from cricket to trampolining on offer in the district. Mary Cooke quoted in full
What we‟ve issued to the press

Press release issued to all local press 16.05.08 Come to a tour with a difference
Saturday 24 May from 2pm Come along to a city tour with a difference – the Pubs, Priests and Prostitutes tour introduces you to a world full of contradictions with prostitutes, priests and pubs figuring highly through the ages. For full press release see 06 – 20 May edition of LDC in the News

What was in the papers

Lichfield Mercury 22.05.08 True stories of priests, pubs and prostitutes
Pubs, priest and prostitutes are what visitors can expert on a new city tour around Lichfield city centre this weekend. Lizzie Thatcher quoted in full

Lichfield & Burntwood Chronicle 22.05.08 Tour with difference
Lichfield residents are being invited to a city tour with a difference this weekend – on pubs, priests and prostitutes.
What we‟ve issued to the press

Press release issued to all local press 13.05.08 Whitsun week fun at Lichfield leisure centres
Don‟t just sit around the house this half term. Join in the fun at Lichfield & Burntwood leisure centres Lichfield District Council‟s Leisure team has announced a whole host of fun activities for children this half term. From a basketball coaching course at King Edward VI Leisure Centre, to squash and tennis for only £2 a game at Burntwood Leisure Centre, there‟s some sporty fun to suit every child. For full press release see 06 – 20 May edition of LDC in the News

What was in the papers

Lichfield Post 22.05.08 Sporting fun for half-term
A fun packed host of activities will keep youngsters entertained during next week‟s half term at leisure centres across the district. Neil Turner quoted in full

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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What was in the papers no request for statement

Lichfield Mercury 22.05.08 Be serious about next generations – letter to the editor
I read again that the „section 106‟ money is possibly going to fund a car park. Don‟t the outrageous car park fees in Lichfield fund redevelopment?

Lichfield Mercury 22.05.08 Su much to admire in our lovely city – letter to the editor
What a glorious city we live in, from the gothic dominance of our medieval cathedral to the stark beauty of the recent New Minster House complex.

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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Lichfield Garrick
What we‟ve issued to the press

Press release issued to all arts press 02.06.08 Journey South
Sunday 22nd June at 7.30pm Tickets: £22.50 & £16.50 See Journey South on the „Home‟ tour at the Lichfield Garrick this June Journey South have come a long way since being runners-up in ITV‟s X Factor. The down to earth brothers saw their debut album „Journey South‟ enter the charts at No.1 selling a massive 220,000 copies in its first week. It then went onto sell over half a million copies in the UK alone, and was followed by a 41 date sell-out headline tour. The boys spent most of 2007 writing and recording their new album „Home‟, and their 2008 tour will showcase songs from the new album alongside tracks from the first album, and popular cover versions they performed on X Factor. Andy Pemberton sums up the bands feelings: “We really appreciate the great stepping stone the X Factor gave us and the chance to have a No.1 album and get so many great fans. The new album „Home‟ though, is the reason why we‟ve been gigging and playing as a band for the last ten years. This album is a true reflection of us as a band, and we are so proud of the songs we‟ve written and recorded here. We hope our fans feel the same”

What was in the papers

No press coverage in this period

What we‟ve issued to the press

Press release issued to all arts press 28.05.08 Summer and autumn season 2008
The Lichfield Garrick is delighted to present their exciting new season packed full of shows to suit all tastes. With comedy, drama, ballet, a wide range of musical treats and the festive pantomime, the Lichfield Garrick is proud to present another entertaining season. The new season is full of famous names, including Matthew Kelly, Nick Owen, Kevin Kennedy, Gary Walker, Billy Pearce, Alvin Stardust, Antony Costa and more. Adrian Jackson, Artistic and Executive Director of the Lichfield Garrick, said: “We‟ve worked hard to make sure the summer and autumn season has something to appeal to all tastes. I am especially looking forward to guest conducting at the Last Night of the Proms. The lavish evening will feature proms favourites played by the British Philharmonic Concert Orchestra and conducted by Anthony Kraus. Our annual festive pantomime is also a favourite and very popular with audiences, so don‟t forget to book early to make sure you don‟t miss out on this Christmas treat.”

What was in the papers

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 Rhiannon Purkis on: 01543 308774.

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Press release issued to all arts press 28.05.08 Daisy Pulls it Off
By Denise Deegan Tuesday 17 to Saturday 21 June from 7.30pm Tickets: £19, £17, £15 & £10 Directed by Ian Dickens Ian Dickens Productions Ltd is proud to announce a national number one tour of the world famous Daisy Pulls it Off starring Kim Hartman, who starred as Helga in all 96 episodes of the BBC comedy „Allo „Allo, Ben Roberts, who played Chief Inspector Conway on Thames TV‟s The Bill for 14 years, Julia Mallam, Emmerdale‟s Dawn Hope, and Carly Hillman, Nicki di Marco from EastEnders. Denise Deegan‟s Daisy Pulls it Off is an affectionate, keenly observed parody of life in an English boarding school for girls of a bygone era. A smash hit in the West End, this topping yarn was described by The Sunday Times as “perfectly ripping, absolutely spiffing not to mention scrummy entertainment". The plucky heroine Daisy Meredith, an elementary school girl, is forced to face and overcome snobbish prejudice from both staff and pupils. But, with her chum, Trixie Martin the madcap poet, she forms a secret society to find the missing treasure that would save the school. Along the way she also finds the time for a dramatic cliff top rescue and a jolly good game of hockey! …Continued
What we‟ve issued to the press What was in the papers

This enchanting nostalgic production is brimful of old fashioned values, midnight feats and a jolly good adventure story to boot that will appeal to the whole family.

No press coverage in this period

What we‟ve issued to the press

Press release issued to all arts press 21.05.08 Così fan Tutte or The School for Lovers
Thursday 5 to Friday 6 June at 7.30pm Tickets: £20, £18, £15, £10 Comic Opera in two acts by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Sung in English The Lichfield Garrick is delighted to welcome Opera UK. They appear for the first time in Lichfield and present Mozart‟s wonderful comic opera. Picture this: you and your best friend are deeply in love with two sisters who are deeply in love with you. However, another friend says that they would be unfaithful given half a chance. No, you both cry. A bet is laid - if you go away they‟ll cheat on you, così fan tutte, “that‟s what they all do”. So, off you go to the army, but the plan is that you come back in disguise to seduce each other‟s lover. Do they forget you? Do they each fall in love all over again with these new strangers? Is that what they all do? Director, Jane McCulloch, sets the opera in the summer of 1914, the last carefree days before The Great War broke out and youthful innocence will be lost forever.

What was in the papers

Lichfield Mercury 29.05.08 Favourite comic opera shifter to pre-war setting
The veritable tangled web of deception is woven when two fiancées are tested on their loyalty by their other halves.

Lichfield Post 29.05.08 Opera in English The Lichfield Garrick is delighted to welcome Opera UK making its debut appearance in the city presenting Mozart‟s wonderful comic opera Cosi Fan Tutte (The School for Lovers). Tamworth Herald 29.05.08 A Cosi night out Opera UK appear for the first time in Lichfield on June 5-6 to present Mozart‟s comic opera Cosi fan Tutte of The School for Lovers.

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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What we‟ve issued to the press

Press release issued to all arts press 21.05.08 Chris Packham - Never mind the Buzzards here‟s the Really Wild Life
Saturday 7 June at 7.30pm Tickets: £15, £12, £10, £8 (students), £6 (16 and under) 50 things you didn‟t know about wildlife, were too afraid to ask, and probably wished you‟d never learned. Why do lizards sneeze? Why do Glow-worms glow? Why were dinosaurs so big? What is a Mollymawk? Did you know there is only one truly blue bird? Could you guess the oldest living things on earth are still thriving just around your corner? This lively, informative and entertaining illustrated talk is a romp through some of the most peculiar, amazing, disgusting or confounding aspects of the world‟s wildlife. Using his own superb photographs, Chris Packham relates his encounters with weird and wonderful creatures, tells tales of their strange lives, and regales young and old alike. But it‟s not all nonsense, for behind nature‟s bizarre there is always a good sound gem of biological reason and Chris uses his exceptional skills as a populariser of science to enjoyably explain why badgers are so sparing with their poo and why it makes good sense for some birds to eat snot. Birds, mammals, insects, reptiles and plants are all examined and explained with Chris‟s usual pragmatic attitude and dressed down to earth with his irreverent humour. A family orientated event to suit all with a curiosity toward nature.

What was in the papers

Lichfield Mercury 29.05.08 Going wild at the Garrick
Using his own superb photographs, Chris relates his encounters with weird and wonderful creatures, tells tales of their strange lives, and regales young and old alike.

Lichfield Post 29.05.08 An entertaining romp through aspects of wildlife Fifty things you didn‟t know about wildlife, were too afraid to ask, and probably wished you‟d never learned. Lichfield & Burntwood Chronicle 29.05.08 Really Wild night with TV presenter This lively, informative and entertaining illustrated talk is a romp through some of the most peculiar, amazing, disgusting or confounding aspects of the world‟s wildlife. Tamworth Herald 29.05.08 Eye on wildlife Fifty things you didn‟t know about wildlife, were too afraid to ask, and probably wished you‟d never learned: that‟s Chris Packham‟s promise when he comes to the Lichfield Garrick on June 7
What we‟ve issued to the press

Press release issued to all arts press 15.05.08 “Have you had it long, madam?”
Tales from the Roadshow Friday 30 May at 7.30pm “Have you had it long, madam?” is a unique stage show about the BBC‟s highly successful and long-running series, the Antiques Roadshow, presented by two of its most popular experts – Hilary Kay and Paul Atterbury. For full press release see 06 – 20 May 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.

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What was in the papers

Lichfield Mercury 22.05.08 The secrets of some Roadshow relics
A unique stage show about the BBC‟s highly successful and long-running series, the Antiques Roadshow, presented by two of its most popular experts – Hilary Kay and Paul Atterbury, comes to the Lichfield Garrick on May 30. Lichfield Post 22.05.08

Have you had it long madam? – TV Classics
“Have you had it long madam?” is a unique stage show about the BBC‟s highly successful and long running series, the Antiques Roadshow, presented by two of its most popular experts – Hilary Kay and Paul Atterbury. Lichfield & Burntwood Chronicle 22.05.08

Behind the scenes look at TV favourite “Have you had it long madam?” is a unique stage show about the BBC‟s highly successful and long running series, the Antiques Roadshow. Tamworth Herald 22.05.08 A fond look at antiques show Fans of hit BBC television programme The Antiques Roadshow won‟t want to miss a new show being staged at Lichfield Garrick Theatre.
What we‟ve issued to the press

Press release issued to all arts press 15.05.08 Todd Miller and the Joe Loss Orchestra
Saturday 31 May at 7.30pm The Lichfield Garrick is delighted to welcome the world famous Joe Loss Orchestra The Joe Loss Orchestra is now Britain‟s longest running live entertainment company. Since 1930, the orchestra has never been disbanded or reformed; it has been in constant operation throughout the world, with Britain‟s best musicians and singers. For full press release see 06 – 20 May edition of LDC in the News

What was in the papers

Lichfield Post 22.05.08 Big band sounds as Joe Loss Orchestra takes the stage at the Garrick. The Joe Loss Orchestra, of the Britian‟s longest running live entertainment companies plays the Lichfield Garrick next week. Press release issued to all arts press 08.05.08 The London Piano Trio
Thursday 29 May at 7.30pm The London Piano Trio was formed by three of London's foremost artists in the summer of 1998. Since then they have performed in many countries to rave reviews. For full press release see 06 – 20 May edition of LDC in the News

What we‟ve issued to the press

What was in the papers

Lichfield Mercury 22.05.08 Musical talent at the treble
The Lichfield Garrick is playing host to three talented and very popular musicians.

What we‟ve issued to the press

Press release issued to all arts press 01.05.08 The Comedy Shop
Wednesday 21 May at 7.30pm The Lichfield Garrick is delighted to bring together four great talents from the world of comedy. For full press release see 22 April – 06 May edition of LDC in the News

What was in the papers

Express & Star 30.05.08 Frank on stage
Comedy legend Frank Carson will be tickling funny bones at Lichfield‟s Garrick theatre on Sunday.

What we‟ve issued to the press

Press release issued to all arts press 24.04.08 Jimi Hendrix Tribute - Are You Experienced?
Thursday 22 May at 7.30pm 600,000 people went to the Isle of Wight in August 1970 to see the legendary rock guitarist Jimi Hendrix perform. How could anyone possibly measure up to him? For full press release see 22 April – 06 May 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.

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What was in the papers

Express & Star 22.05.08 Hendrix tribute act
A Staffordshire theatre will welcome a tribute to rock legend Jimi Hendrix tonight.

What was in the papers no request for statement

Lichfield Mercury 29.05.08 That‟ll be the day for Buddy‟s fans to book up
A long serving amateur theatre group is celebrating its 75th anniversary with a toe-tapping performance of the global hit Buddy at the Lichfield Garrick.

Tamworth Herald 29.05.08 Rockers set to roll once more by popular demand
Just days after appearing at the Lichfield Garrick for the bank holiday weekend the Brum Rocks Live show is back by popular demand.

Lichfield & Burntwood Chronicle 22.05.08 All rise for former Blue Star at Garrick
Coronation Street Curly Watts, former Blue star Antony Costa and broadcaster Nick Owen are a handful of the stars set to appear at the Lichfield Garrick as part of its new season.

Lichfield Mercury 22.05.08 The devil is in the detail
Revenge isn‟t always sweet, as strikingly demonstrated in the psychological thriller The Devil at Midnight to be presented by Lichfield Players next week.

Lichfield Post 22.05.08 Devil of a Play
Revenge isn‟t always sweet, as strikingly demonstrated in the psychological thriller The Devil at Midnight to be presented by Lichfield Players next week.

Lichfield Post 29.05.08 Actor/musicians play out of life story of Buddy and the Crickets
Sutton Coldfield Musical Theatre Company, currently celebrating 75 years in the world of amateur dramatics is proud to announce its latest production of the global hit musical Buddy, a first for the non professional theatre in the Midlands.

Express & Star 28.05.08 Thought provoking play shows impact of abuse
Brian Clemens is best known as the writer of The Avengers and The Professionals but in 2001 he was moved to write this play dealing with the circumstances of the Orkney‟s Satanic sexual abuse cases of 1991.

Democratic, Development & Legal Services
What we‟ve issued to the press

Press release issued to all local press 28.05.08 Stop Notice Issued
Stop notice issued to business operating without planning permission Lichfield District Council issued a „stop notice‟ recently to prevent a company using an empty property at Bells Bridge, in Fradley, as a vehicle washing and valeting business. The council served the notice because of concerns about how safe it is for vehicles entering and leaving the site onto the A38. A lack of proper drainage, needed to cope with the extra water from cleaning the vehicles, could also pose safety concerns as water could drain onto the road. Another issue was the disturbance to local residents from noise because the business was operating late into the evening. Councillor Roberts, Cabinet Member for Development Services, said: “Serving this notice sends out a strong message to people that we take operating a business without the correct planning permission very seriously, and will put a stop to such action. This case was particularly serious as the unauthorised business posed a number of road safety concerns, and so we enforced this notice.”

What was in the papers

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 Rhiannon Purkis on: 01543 308774.

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What we‟ve issued to the press

Statement issued to all local press 28.05.08 Beacon Park Tree Statement
Councillor Neil Roberts, Cabinet Member for Development Services, said: “On 26 May, strong winds blew down a branch of a Horse Chestnut tree on Beacon Park. As tree surgeons were tidying the tree up, they discovered it was hollow. Because it is part of an avenue of trees lining a much used public path, the tree poses a safety risk should there be high winds again. Because of this, tree surgeons will be removing the Horse Chestnut this week. The Council is now considering planting a Lime tree in the future to fit in with the rest of the avenue, which is mostly made up of Lime trees.”

What was in the papers

Express & Star 31.05.08 Tree must be felled
A towering horse chestnut tree will be removed from Lichfield‟s Beacon Park after high winds sent a branch crashing to the ground. Cllr Neil Roberts quoted in part

What we‟ve issued to the press

Letter sent to the editor of the Lichfield Mercury 23.05.08
Dear Sir, Section 106 monies raised through the Darwin Park will be used in the main within the development itself. Projects are set to include building an underpass bridge, creating a community hall, and maintaining the open space across the site, which is at present being looked after by the developers. A percentage of 106 payments are also used to enhance local facilities - such as Beacon Park, the Scout Hall and our leisure centres - which benefit the whole community. As a council we are committed to providing venues for younger members of our community and plans for the new Friarsgate development include a bowling alley and six-screen cinema. This year we also secured £200,000 of Big Lottery funding to develop children‟s play areas across the district. On top of this, we work hard to produce exciting programmes of events to keep children entertained. We‟ve recently launched our summer activities brochure which is full of activities including week-long playschemes, coaching courses, summer swimming offers, and even a mobile skate park, all of which are subsidised by the council. Finally, I would also like to point out that Lichfield has low rates of crime and last year we had 630 less than expected report to the police of anti-social behaviour. Kind regards, Councillor Neil Roberts Cabinet Member for Development Services Lichfield District Council

What was in the papers

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 Rhiannon Purkis on: 01543 308774.

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What we‟ve issued to the press

Press release issued to all local press 23.05.08 Mammal Mania
Become an animal detective for the day at a free Mammal Signs & Tracking event on Sunday 15th June at Gentleshaw Common from 10am to 4pm Organised by Lichfield District Council‟s Countryside Team, in partnership with Staffordshire Mammal Group, this free, fun and informative event for all the family will introduce you to the different types of mammals that live at the Site of Special Scientific Interest. Mammals, such as bank vole, wood mice and shrews, are elusive creatures that find lots of inventive ways to hide from predators and prying eyes. Quite often the only clue to a mammal‟s whereabouts is its tracks and trails, so come and join the experts who will help you track down and record several different species of these shy animals. Derek Crawley, Mammal Recorder with Staffordshire Mammal Group, said: “Not only will this be a fantastic day in the great outdoors, the signs and tracks found of all the different mammals will help us to learn what animals are present at the Common. We‟ll be running fun activities such as making plaster casts of footprints and looking for vole tunnels in the grass.” Please remember to wear sturdy footwear and sensible outdoor clothing and to bring along a packed lunch and drink. To book your free place, please contact Lichfield District Council‟s Countryside Team on 01543 308183 or email denice.deverall@lichfielddc.gov.uk This event will take place during Love Parks Week - a national campaign to raise awareness of the central role parks and green spaces play in communities across Britain.

What was in the papers

Lichfield & Burntwood Chronicle 29.05.08 Invitation to join in with common mammal hunt
Voles, shrews and mice will all come under the microscope next month during a special mammal hunt on Gentleshaw Common. Derek Crawley quoted in full

Burntwood Post 29.05.08 Following the animal trail
The culprit will not be found in the dining room with a lead pipe when Burntwood folk turn detective next month. Derek Crawley quoted in full
What we‟ve issued to the press

Press release issued to all local press 15.05.08 See plans for parks on Bower Day
When you come to Beacon Park as part of the Bower Day festivities on Monday 26 May, don‟t forget to stop by the Council‟s stand to see the plans for the improvements to three city centre open spaces Lichfield District Council, in partnership with Lichfield City Council, is working with landscape architects, architects and conservation specialists to develop detailed designs for the city centre parks restoration as part of the stage two Heritage Lottery and Big Lottery Fund Parks for People application. For full press release see 06 – 20 May edition of LDC in the News

What was in the papers

Lichfield Mercury 22.05.08 City park revamp plans on display
Plans for the improvements to three city centre open spaces will be on display at the Lichfield Greenhill Bower on Monday.

Lichfield & Burntwood Chronicle 22.05.08 Plans can be viewed
Visitors to the Lichfield Bower Festival are invited to take a look at plans to improve the city‟s three open spaces. Cllr Neil Roberts quoted in part

Lichfield Post 22.05.08 Design plans on display
Thousands of visitors expected at this weekend‟s Lichfield Greenhill Bower will also get the chance to view exciting plans for three open spaces within the Lichfield district. Cllr Neil Roberts quoted in full

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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What we‟ve issued to the press

Press release issued to all local press 13.05.08 Calling all rural residents
If you live in a rural part of the district, your council needs you! Lichfield District Council has sent out 6,000 surveys to residents living in rural areas to find out their experiences and views about housing in the district. The Council is now urging rural residents to fill in and send back the questionnaire to inform the plans for future development in rural areas. For full press release see 06 – 20 May edition of LDC in the News

What was in the papers

Express & Star 28.05.08 Invite to complete housing surveys
Thousands of people from across Lichfield are being urged to get involved with a survey to determine views on housing in the area. Richard Kind quoted in part

What was in the papers no request for statement

Express & Star 30.05.08 Homes eco bid denied
The company behind a plan to build 5,000 homes on the outskirts of Lichfield have denied claims the development is an eco-town.

Lichfield Mercury 29.05.08 Homes scheme go-ahead
Planning consent has been given to demolish a 1970s house, garage and swimming pool in Shenstone‟s conservation area because „it doesn‟t add positively to the area‟. But it will be replaced with a new five-bed home and a six-bed property, both with detached double garages.

Lichfield Mercury 29.05.08 Minister puts eco-town scheme under scrutiny
Developers bidding to build one of the country‟s first eco-towns on land between Fradley and Lichfield have faced a „challenging‟ panel of experts.

Lichfield Post 29.05.08 Eco town protest march
Campaigners protesting about government plans for an eco town near Lichfield are calling on city residents to help them in their fight by joining a rally against the proposals this weekend.

Lichfield Post 29.05.08 Action call over lorries
A leading Lichfield councillor is calling on people to come forward and make their views known about mammoth HGVs thundering through the rural countryside surrounding the city.

Express & Star 28.05.08 Detailed plans for 155 homes
Plans for the first phase of a 600-home development on the site of the former Rugeley Power Station A site have been submitted to Lichfield District Council.

Lichfield Mercury 22.05.08 What should replace statue? – letter to the editor
I have sent a form to the national Save our Sculpture Campaign to get a response on „Old Father Time‟. This has been duplicated to English Heritage and the local conservation officer. Tamworth Herald 22.05.08

Plan to build 77 new homes in Fazeley
Plans to build 77 dwellings on the site of one property in Fazeley could lead to overcrowding in the area, a councillor has said. Express & Star 28.05.08

Plans for „eco town‟ under from critics.
Plans for Britain‟s first 5,000 home „eco town‟ near Lichfield have been slammed for not having the environmentally friendly features it should have.

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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Organisational Development
What we‟ve issued to the press What was in the papers

No press releases or statements sent out in this period.

No press coverage in this period

What was in the papers no request for statement

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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Community, Housing & Health
What we‟ve issued to the press

Press release issued to local press 30.05.08 Calling all locals to muck in
Community effort needed to keep the district sparkling Local residents are being urged to take pride in their district by mucking in with a community litter pick, which has been organised by Lichfield District Council, the Police and HomeZone Living. The event is held in a bid to raise awareness about how important it is to keep the streets free of litter. The Community Pride litter pick will take place on Friday 13 June in locations at Armitage with Handsacre. It will kick off at 1.30pm at the village hall on Shropshire Brook Road. Everyone is welcome to roll their sleeves up and come along to help. Councillors Richard Cox, Thomas Marshall and Martyn Tittley will be joined by representatives from the Police and 12 pupils from Croft primary school and Hayes Meadow Primary school, who will also be getting their hands dirty in the aim to keep the district clean. Councillor Ben Adams, Cabinet Member for Community Services, said: “This is a great way for the residents to take pride in their community and get involved in a hands-on way. We hope lots of people join us on the day and help us to keep Armitage with Handsacre tidy.” Event organisers are also hoping that the litter pick will make the area presentable ahead of the Armitage Village Day on Saturday 21 June. The District Council will provide gloves, black bin bags and litter pickers, so anyone interested in taking part just needs to turn up on the day in scruffy clothes. For more information, please contact Lucie Broad, Community Development Worker, on 01543 308211.

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Press release issued to local press 23.05.08 Popular course makes a return
A FREE course to help local people find out how to stay fit and healthy is running every week from Monday 2 June from 7pm to 9pm Because of the popularity of the Level 1 course when it ran earlier in the year, Lichfield District Council, in partnership with Premier Skills and Wolverhampton College, is offering local residents the chance to gain their Level 2 NCFE Foundation certificate in exercise studies for free. Run by a fitness instructor from Premier Skills, the health and nutrition course offers anyone aged 19 or over expert advice on how to keep themselves and their family fit and healthy. Including practical and group work, the seven week course is split into three units. These are: understanding health and exercise, understanding the role of nutrition in exercise, and planning and preparing for personal exercise and nutrition. Councillor Ben Adams, Cabinet Member for Community Services, said: “We‟re thrilled the course proved so popular with local people when we ran the level one course earlier in year. This is another great opportunity to gain a qualification that will be an important addition to any CV and could lead onto exciting opportunities in the leisure industry.” The health and nutrition course will run for seven weeks from Monday 2 June from 7pm to 9pm at The Methodist Room, Lichfield Road, Handsacre. For more information and to book your free place, please call Lucie Broad on 01543 308218.

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Lichfield Mercury 29.05.08 On course to help boost health and fitness
A free seven-week course to help local people find out how to stay fit and healthy is running every Monday from June 2.

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Burntwood Post 29.05.08 Nutrition and exercise is course focus
A health course run by Lichfield District Council will make a return in June by popular demand. Cllr Ben Adams quoted in full
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Press release issued to local press 22.05.08 Have your say on play area
Come to Redwood Park on Monday 9 June from 6pm to 7pm to find out what the plans are for a new games area Lichfield District Council has secured £200,000 from the Big Lottery Fund to spend on play areas and schemes across the district. The funding will be spent on five play projects. One of these is a multi-use games area at Redwood Park, Chase Terrace. Lichfield District Council is holding a public consultation to find out what local people think about the proposal. The plans include a multi-use games area that would have an all-weather surface, football and basket ball nets and be enclosed by a low fence. Helen Spearey, Strategic Director of Community, Housing and Health, said: “This is a great opportunity to give young people a space of their own to play ball sports and have fun in Chase Terrace. The games area would complement the new youth club that is being run at the park by Beacon Community Church. Please do come along to Redwood Park to tell us what you think of our proposals as we want to make sure they reflect what the local community want for their area.” For more information, please contact Spencer Duval on 01543 308764 or email spencer.duval@lichfielddc.gov.uk

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Lichfield & Burntwood Chronicle 29.05.08 Chance to see how £200,000 will be spent on five play projects
Chase Terrace residents are invited to attend a consultation to discover how a £200,000 playscheme grant will be spent. Helen Spearey quoted in part

Lichfield Post 29.06.08 Lottery boost for play areas
Lichfield District Council is celebrating having secured £200,000 from the Big Lottery Fund to spend on play areas and schemes across the district. Helen Spearey quoted in full

Burntwood Post 29.05.08 Lottery cash pays for new play area
Lichfield council has secured £200,000 of Big Lottery Fund money for a project which will see a new multi-use play area built at Redwood Park. Helen Spearey quoted in part
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Press release issued to local press 22.05.08 Lichfield‟s Private Landlords‟ Forum
Set to meet in the Committee Room at District Council House on Thursday 5 June from 10am to 12.30pm Lichfield District Council once again invites private sector landlords from across the district to come to Lichfield‟s Private Landlords‟ Forum. As well as the chance to meet other private landlords, the forum will also discuss a range of issues that affect landlords. The first item on the agenda will be a promotion by Sean Kearns of netrent.co.uk, which is an online service which offers landlords free property adverts, an online landlords‟ forum, and discounts on products and insurance. They also organise tax seminars in partnership with local authorities. Floating Support, the scheme which helps vulnerable people manage their tenancies, will then be explained by Cornerstone. A local independent mortgage specialist will also be on hand to discuss buying to let in the current market. Finally, the benefits of getting Midland landlord accreditation will be explained, and there will be an update on the local deposit bond scheme. Helen Spearey, Strategic Director of Community, Housing and Health, said: “If you‟re a landlord with properties in the district this forum will prove an invaluable source of information. We hope lots of landlords come along, as we‟re keen to work with them to make sure our residents are happy and safe in their homes.”

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The Forum is taking place in the Committee Room at District Council House, Frog Lane, Lichfield on 5 June from 10am to 12.30pm. It will be followed by a buffet lunch where attendees can network with fellow local landlords.
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Burntwood Post 29.05.08 Landlords‟ chance to meet up
Burntwood landlords will have the chance to meet other landlords and discuss a range of issues at a private landlords forum.

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Press release issued to local press 19.05.08 North Lichfield Together Campaign
Local agencies join together to spread „Community Pride‟ in North Lichfield Local agencies - such as Lichfield District Council, the Police, Fire Service, HomeZone Living, and Midland Heart are joining forces to tackle anti social behaviour, litter and community issues in North Lichfield this May. The three day Together Campaign kicks off on Wednesday 28 May with a look at the issues around anti-social behaviour. The second day, Thursday 29 May, is when organisations and the local community will come together to take part in a huge community clean up. This will involve everyone rolling up their sleeves and taking part in a litter pick from 10am to 2pm. There will also be skips and recycling bins placed behind Jigsaw on Dimbles Lane, from 10am to 4pm, so local people can throw out their household clutter. As well as graffiti removal, local organisations will take to the streets to look at areas of environmental crime so they can suggest improvements. The final day, Friday 30 May, is a celebration of North Lichfield. Taking place at Curborough Community Centre from 10am to 3pm, the day of free festivities will include nail art, DJ-ing and mixing workshops, dancing, refreshments and much more. Organisations will also be on hand to offer fire and security advice. Councillor Ben Adams, Lichfield District Council‟s new Cabinet Member for Community Safety, said: “North Lichfield has a vibrant and active community. We wanted to celebrate this by holding a Together Campaign. Not only will the campaign see organisations and the community coming together to tackle local issues, it‟s also a chance to appreciate the community, meet new people and have fun, so please do come along and get involved.” To find out how you can get involved please call Bob Haynes, Community Safety Officer for Lichfield District Council, on 01543 308777.

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Lichfield Mercury 22.05.08 Community groups invite focus on north Lichfield
Local agencies are hoping residents of all ages will join them in a three-day effort to tackle antisocial behaviour, litter and community issues in north Lichfield next week. Cllr Ben Adams quoted in full

Lichfield Post 22.05.08 Anti-social actions to be stamped out Tackling anti-social behaviour is top of the agenda for a multi-agency initiative to clean up the streets of North Lichfield this month.
Cllr Ben Adams quoted in full
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Press release issued to local press 29.04.08 Brownies lend a helping hand
North Lichfield Initiative is working to improve Leyfields - an area of open space in north Lichfield, and they were only to pleased to accept help from the brownies For full press release see 22 April – 06 May edition of LDC in the News

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Lichfield Mercury 22.05.08 Doing their bit for the local environment
The 7th Lichfield Brownies have been helping to spruce up Leyfields as part of North Lichfield Initiative‟s latest project.

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Lichfield Post 22.05.08

Breast screening unit in city
A vital service screening over 4,000 Lichfield women for breast cancer will take place in the city next month – thanks to the generosity of a city centre store. Lichfield Mercury 29.05.08

Unsupervised skate plan courts disaster – letter to the editor
I would first make the point that I am not an opponent of the proposed skate park although I am yet to be convinced that such an excessive cost can be justified. However, good luck to those that see it highly desirable.

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Operational Services
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Press release issued to all local press 19.05.08 Bower Recycling Float
St Joseph‟s primary school in Lichfield is giving Lichfield District Council a helping hand in spreading the message about recycling. Past pupils, pupils and parents have been giving up valuable time on their weekend to decorate a float that will be taking part in the Bower parade through Lichfield City centre, as part of the Bower Day on 26 May. The theme of the float is recycling, and everyone has been working hard to decorate wheelie bins and green boxes that Lichfield District Council donated to the school. On Bower Day children and parents will be dressing up as huge pieces of rubbish and posing next to the different themed wheelie bins. Mr Flahive, St Joseph primary school teacher, said: “Mrs Maclean, the float coordinator, has once again shown imagination and flair in organizing a merry band of volunteers. The team have really enjoyed working on the float and I‟ve been impressed by the imaginative take on the recycling theme. We hope people will enjoy seeing the float, which is a light-hearted take on the serious issue of recycling.” Christine Cole, Recycling Officer for Lichfield District Council, added: “We were delighted to help with this float as it is a great way to promote how important it is that we all embrace recycling. The decorations look fantastic and I‟m sure the float will be very eye-catching.”

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Lichfield & Burntwood Chronicle 22.05.08 School‟s float spreads the word on recycling
A Lichfield primary school is giving the district council a helping hand in spreading the recycling message.

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Press release issued to all local press 19.05.08 Covert CCTV used in mission to cut fly tipping
Last year, the Council had over 600 incidences of fly tipping, so Lichfield District Council is launching a hard hitting campaign to help keep Lichfield District clean this summer. People travelling around the district will have noticed a series of posters the Council have put up in lay-bys and fly tipping hot spots to warn people that covert CCTV is being used to keep a watch over such areas, and anyone caught fly tipping will be prosecuted. For full press release see 06 – 20 May edition of LDC in the News

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Lichfield Mercury 22.05.08 Surveillance cameras to catch fly-tippers
Covert CCTV will be used as a secret weapon by Lichfield District Council in the ongoing war against fly-tipping. Cllr Louise Flowith quoted in full

Lichfield & Burntwood Chronicle 22.05.08 Crackdown vow as fly-tipping on rise
Council chiefs have vowed to crack down on fly tippers as illegally dumped tyres and fridges continue to blight the district. Cllr Louise Flowith quoted in full

Express & Star 20.05.08 Vow to clamp down on illegal dumpers
Lichfield District Council has vowed to crack down on fly-tippers as illegally dumped tyres and fridges continue to blight the district. Cllr Louise Flowith quoted in full

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Lichfield Mercury 29.05.08 Is this why we have a fly-tipping problem? – letter to the editor
What do they expect when their colleagues at Staffordshire County Council have recently closed the Trent Valley Road tip on Mondays and Tuesdays?

Lichfield Mercury 22.05.08 Not fair to start charging extras – letter to the editor
We are writing to express our disgust at the decision by Lichfield District Council to start charging residents £35 a year for the use of a second brown bin to recycle their garden refuse.

Lichfield Mercury 22.05.08 Council chose wrong car park machines – letter to the editor
At the risk of being accused of perpetuating the saga of letters with regards to the new parking meters; everyone else seems to be concerned with the level of increases or the sign errors for evening parking. I am concerned about the competence of our council when putting contracts for technical equipment.

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Finance,Revenues & Benefits
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