Subscriptions were discussed at the AGM and members agreed that a subscription of £5 should be paid by each member.
The Annual General Meeting will be on Wednesday 26th.April 2023 at 7.30 p.m. in the Hopwas Social Club off School Lane.
The Parish Council have informed us that they have heard from Tarmac that the Forestry Commission will be carrying out an inspection over the next few weeks and any damaged trees will be felled if deemed necessary.
Lafarge Tarmac has asked Staffordshire County Council to withdraw Hopwas Woods from the Minerals Local Plan, which is currently under public consultation.
Stuart Wykes, Director of Land and Natural Resources, Lafarge Tarmac said:
“Following dialogue with stakeholders and partners we have asked Staffordshire County Council to withdraw the Hopwas Woods proposal from the Minerals Local Plan. We pride ourselves on working in harmony with local communities and want to do so at Hopwas”
“We want to work with local stakeholders on the stewardship of Hopwas Woods and we are willing to fund an independent study on its long term sustainability. This could include issues such as public access and environmental protection”
“We are committed to managing and enhancing the local habitat everywhere we operate.
We did not have firm plans to develop Hopwas but intended to use the public consultation on the Minerals Local Plan as an opportunity for dialogue to agree a way forward”
Wigginton and Hopwas Parish Council have decided to develop a Neighbourhood Plan for the parish, which will give local people more say on planning decisions and carries statutory weight. Lichfield District Council has now designated the Parish as a Neighbourhood Plan area. A Steering group has now been established and the Friends Chairman is a member of the Group.