No weekend bus service – 812

Published 25 June 2020

The 812 service on Saturdays is being temporarily suspended due to staff shortages, so there will be no weekend bus service until further notice.

The Parish Council has received the following information from the Government:

Published 24 June 2020

We interpret this as saying that the Village Hall playground will be able to open able to open after July 4th if social distancing rules are followed, and the Royal Oak and the Church will be able to open if  they adhere to ‘COVID secure guidelines’. Social distancing means keeping two metres apart if possible, but if not at least one metre plus ‘mitigations’ such as wearing a face mask.”

Prime Minister’s statement on the easement of the lockdown

The Prime Minister today (23 June) provided an update on the easement of the lockdown in England.

The two-metre social distancing rule will change from the 04 July. The public will be advised to keep two metres apart where possible, but where it is not, people will be advised to keep a social distance of at least one metre apart, while taking mitigations to reduce the risk of transmission.

From 04 July, two households of any size will be able to meet in any setting, inside or out. Pubs, restaurants and hairdressers will also be able to reopen, providing they adhere to COVID Secure guidelines.

The government will ask businesses to help NHS Test and Trace respond to any local outbreaks by collecting contact details from customers.

From 04 July, provided that no more than two households stay together, people will be free to stay overnight in self-contained accommodation, including hotels and bed & breakfasts, as well as campsites, as long as shared facilities are kept clean.

Most leisure facilities and tourist attractions will be allowed to reopen if they can do so safely, including outdoor gyms and playgrounds, cinemas, museums, galleries, theme parks and arcades as well as libraries, social clubs and community centres.

“Close proximity” venues such as nightclubs, soft-play areas, indoor gyms, swimming pools, bowling alleys, water parks and spas will remain closed for now.

The government will also work with the arts industry on specific guidance to enable choirs, orchestras and theatres to resume live performances as soon as possible.

Places of worship will be also be able to reopen for prayer and services, including weddings with a maximum of 30 people, all subject to social distancing.

Shielding Latest

Published 24 June 2020

Plans to ease guidance for those shielding

The Health and Social Care Secretary has today (22 June) announced that those shielding from coronavirus will be advised they can spend more time outside their homes from Monday 6 July.

From Monday 6 July, clinically extremely vulnerable people will be able to spend time outdoors in a group of up to six people including those outside of their household, while maintaining social distancing. Those who are clinically extremely vulnerable and live alone or are single parents with children will also be able to create a ‘support bubble’ with one other household of any size, following the same rules already in place for the wider population.

From Saturday 1 August, the guidance will then be relaxed so clinically extremely vulnerable will no longer be advised to shield. They will continue to have access to priority supermarket delivery slots if they have registered online before 17 July for a priority delivery slot. NHS Volunteer Responders will also continue to offer support to those who need it, including collecting and delivering food and medicines. The food and medicine boxes facilitated by the National Shielding Service will stop as of 1 August as individuals are advised they can visit shops and pharmacies.

To register and access a priority delivery slot:

From 1 August, those who need to work and cannot do so from home will be able to return to work as long as their workplace is coronavirus secure.

Clinically extremely vulnerable people should continue to follow strict social distancing measures, taking particular care to minimise contact with others outside their household and practise good, frequent handwashing.

The government will be writing to all individuals on the Shielded Patient List with updated information on shielding advice and the ongoing support that will be available to them.

The updated guidance for those classed as Clinically Extremely Vulnerable will be published on 6 July and 1 August as these measures come into force.

Virtual Open Gardens

Published 23 June 2020

The cut off date for entering and ‘liking’ the gardens will be noon on the 30th June. To date 22 people have entered, which is great response.

You can ‘visit’ the gardens by clicking this link

Proposed Sand and Gravel Quarry at Orgreave

Published 12 June 2020

Kings Bromley residents will be aware that the Staffordshire County Council Minerals Plan created three and a half years ago designated an ‘area of search’ stretching from Alrewas to Kings Bromley. Quarrying companies could then apply for planning permission to quarry anywhere in this area. This is the first application that has been made since then, although, of course HS2 are proposing to excavate 3 ‘borrow pits’ in the Parish – which they intend to fill in once the extraction has been completed.

Details of the planning application can be found on the County Council website:

Parishioners wishing to make comments or objections through this site will need to do so by 2nd July.

Key points of the planning application:-

  • There are two proposed buildings one 16m tall and one 12.2m. That is a five and four storey building
  • This quarry will be in operation for a minimum of five years
  • The first document states that the quarrying will be normal working hours Monday to Friday and Saturday morning, but deep within the documents given as support they want to run the concrete works 24 hours a day 7 days a week on the premise that HS2 may need to work 24/7. It however does not link the request to only when HS2 is on 24/7 so in effect they could do this at any/all the time
  • There is no meaningful preplanting or screening, so this will all be in plain sight from most directions
  • There will be 170 vehicle movements per day at the peak, including 17 at night between 10pm and 7.30am
  • There is no plan to bring any inert material in for the restoration, so we are again left with pools and ponds at the end of this quarry.
  • This quarry will clash with the new housing estate in Fradley, the extension of working hours and output at the Tarmac quarry site, the extended site at Barton and HS2
  • This planning application is not an HS2 application but a quarry developer who has won a contract to supply concrete to the HS2 site and thinks this is the most profitable place to put its works.

From a Kings Bromley points of view residents may wish to consider the following points when making their comments:

  • Given the disruption that will be caused by the HS2 workings, the cumulative detrimental environmental effect created by further workings is unacceptable
  • Although the plan envisages 170 trucks travelling east to the A38, we know that diversions off the A38 are frequent and this will cause much HGV traffic through Kings Bromley
  • The Manor Park quarry must be restored before this development proceeds. The Staffordshire Minerals Plan states explicity that “previous mineral workings to the east of Alrewas and west of Kings Bromley are subject to restoration works prior to the commencement of development within the area of search”.
  • The visual impact of the workings from the A513.

Face masks and gloves

Published 11 June 2020

If you require these they are available from Alison Howard or Steve Browne. Please contact them directly of by email to the clerk at

Discretionary business grant fund opens

Published 11 June 2020

Lichfield District Council has launched its discretionary business grant scheme, which is the latest government measure to support businesses that have been impacted by Covid-19.

To find out more and how to apply, go to

Second Regional testing sites open

Published 6 June 2020

The Government has announced a second regional testing site in Staffordshire.

The drive through centre will open at Stafford Education and Enterprise Park, Beaconside, ST18 0BF.

Anyone experiencing Covid-19 symptoms can book an appointment on the NHS website or by calling 119 to be tested. Residents can also go through national portals to access the full range of testing sites, including mobile sites, home tests etc.

The first regional testing centre opened at Stoke City’s bet365 Stadium on Friday 29 May. Regional testing sites can increase capacity from 100 to 1,000 tests per day and are run by the National Testing Programme.

Compost Bins

Published 1 June 2020

More here

Coronavirus – test and trace

Published 1 June 2020

Information is here