Staffordshire Day

Tamworth is doing its bit for the first-ever Staffordshire Day – with two side-splitting roadshows from the world’s funniest clown.

Staffordshire Day is a county-wide event which takes place on Sunday May 1. Organised by Enjoy Staffordshire, it aims to highlight all that is good about the county.

Events are taking place throughout the county – and Tamworth is giving residents and visitors double the chance to get involved, with the world’s funniest clown, Bibbledy Bob, entertaining the crowds at two roadshows on Saturday April 30 and Sunday May 1.

On Saturday, Bibbledy Bob will be thrilling the crowds from 10am to 3pm under Tamworth’s historic Town Hall in Market Street, where there will be music, magic, fun and balloon modelling – with Bibbledy Bob even attempting to pull off a Staffordshire Knot!

The award-winning clown will also be encouraging members of the public to ‘take a selfie for Staffordshire Day’ in front of the large pop-up selfie banner and share it on social media, using the hashtag #StaffordshireDay to show their pride in the county.

Then on Sunday May 1, Bibbledy Bob will take his roadshow to Roaster’s on Ventura Retail Park, again from 10am to 3pm.

Andrew Barratt, Tamworth Borough Council’s Director of Assets & Environment, said: “We are delighted to be part of the first-ever Staffordshire Day and hope that as many people as possible will come along during the weekend to support these events.”

Details of all the events taking place throughout Staffordshire can be seen at the Enjoy Staffordshire website www.enjoystaffordshire.com/staffsday


Cubs100_logoBe Prepared to Bloom is the theme for this year’s Tamworth in Bloom campaign – as the borough joins up with the Cubs to help them celebrate their 100th anniversary.

Tamworth is going for gold for the seventh year running in the Heart of England in Bloom campaign – and has enlisted the support of all of Tamworth’s Cub packs as the national Cub movement celebrates its centenary.

As part of Tamworth’s partnership with the Cubs, there will be a number of exciting new events, including:

  • Cub Fest in the Castle Grounds on June 18, complete with camping, campfires, cooking, demonstrations and archery.
  • Cub Cake & Brownie Bake-Off in October, which will give Tamworth’s Cubs and Brownies to show off their baking skills as they compete for the top title.
  • Community litter picks throughout Tamworth, led by the Cubs.

The Moor Street traffic island at the end of Lichfield Street will also sport a Cub theme – with the raised beds planted with flowers in the shape of the Cubs 100 logo, while a group of Cubs will accompany the Heart of England judges when they visit Tamworth on Tuesday July 12.

Tamworth is looking to make 2016 lucky number seven, after last year taking gold for the sixth year running in the regional Heart of England in Bloom campaign.

Now other groups, communities, businesses and individuals across Tamworth are being encouraged to get involved to help make the borough come alive. Everyone in Tamworth – especially those along the judging route – is being invited to do their bit for this year’s campaign, even if that’s just by putting up a hanging basket.

Businesses are being invited to get involved by sponsoring a display, with banners, planters, troughs and flowerbeds are all available for branding with the names of supporting companies.

The judging day lunch on July 12 – which will be served at Tamworth’s historic Town Hall – is being kindly provided by Roasters, who are one of Tamworth in Bloom’s main sponsors this year.

Tamworth Borough Council’s Corporate Director Growth, Assets & Environment, Andrew Barratt, said: “We are delighted to be joining with the Cubs this year to help them celebrate their centenary.

“Tamworth in Bloom is not just about the flowers – it’s about working with and celebrating the groups, organisations and individuals in the borough, and doing our bit to make Tamworth a place to be proud of.

“We hope that even more people will get involved in helping to make Tamworth bloom again this year.”

To get involved in this year’s Tamworth In Bloom campaign or for more information on sponsorship packages, contact Environmental Management on 01827 709445 or email environmentalmanagement@tamworth.gov.uk


Tough new measures to combat the minority of anti-social drivers who use Tamworth’s roads, car parks and open spaces as racetracks will come into force from May 1, after they were approved by Tamworth Borough Council’s Healthier & Safer Scrutiny Committee.

The committee agreed at its meeting on Thursday to introduce a new Public Space Protection Order, with some amendments, to cover the entire borough from May 1.

The Order will apply to all public highways, car parks and land to which the public has access with the permission of the landowners and will allow police to act more quickly to stop gatherings of car cruisers and boy racers which are causing or likely to cause nuisance, alarm or distress.

Police will be able to issue immediate penalties and even seize the nuisance vehicles. Offenders could receive a Fixed Penalty of up to £100 or prosecution in the Magistrates Court, which could lead to a fine of up to £1,000.

The Public Space Protection Order was approved with some minor changes following a public consultation. Some amendments were made in response to feedback from responsible car enthusiasts who expressed concern that the order would be an outright ban and would stop legitimate, responsible car meets.

The order, fully supported by Tamworth Police, is the first of its kind in the country. It will be implemented by Tamworth Borough Council, as a member of the Tamworth Community Safety Partnership, and enforced by the Police and designated Council officers, where appropriate.

Between August 2015 and January this year, Tamworth Police recorded 32 incidents of vehicle nuisance, including racing, cruising and noise. Hotspots include car parks on industrial estates, McDonalds in Watling Street, the B5000 in Glascote and various roundabouts throughout the borough.

Tamworth Borough Council’s Head of Community Safety, Jo Sands, said: “Unofficial and improperly-organised car cruising and other vehicle-related gatherings are a danger to the public, other road users and cause noise and wider environmental issues such as littering.

“Following analysis of the 100 online consultation responses received, the PSPO has been slightly amended to clarify the fact that it does allow for the organising of official meetings, social gatherings and charity events on land where the owner has no objection to such events taking place.

“It was never the intention to deter or prevent legitimately organised car cruising events or social meet-ups in Tamworth where permission has been granted by the landowner or these meeting do not create significant reported concerns by the neighbouring residents or businesses with regard to noise issues, damage or littering resulting in a call out to the Police. The Healthier & Safer Scrutiny Committee unanimously endorsed that view.

“The purpose of the order is to allow the Police and Council to act more effectively on the minority whose actions do create ASB, damage or danger to the public or take place at unsociable hours.

“Tamworth is leading the way in recognising the potential of the use of proportionate Public Space Protection Orders for this type of issue. The Orders are made to protect the safety, wellbeing and quality of life of all members of our communities.”

Inspector Jason Nadin from Tamworth Police said: “In the last calendar year, Tamworth Police received more than 100 calls from the public in regard to car cruising and boy racer incidents of anti-social behaviour, including noisy exhausts, racing on the highway, donuts performed in the streets of residential neighbourhoods and industrial estates, drifting around major traffic islands and general ASB. All of these incidents have a damaging effect on the community’s right to peace, respect and road safety.”

 

He added: “Each incident has been responded to by officers and in the majority of cases the incidents have been very resource intensive as the gatherings have amounted to more than 200 cars.

“We are working in partnership regionally with West Midlands Police and Warwickshire Police under the banner of Operation Hercules, under which we have tried different tactics to date including Section 59 warnings, seizures of non-insured vehicles and dispersal orders. The introduction of the PSPO in partnership with Tamworth Borough Council gives us another valuable tool in our kit to allow us to deal with this issue.”

The PSPO will be valid for three years, after which time it will be reviewed. Signs outlining the new PSPO and its powers will be put up in conjunction with landowners at recognised hotspots and will be used by Police as part of their targeted operations.