2021 Census

March 21 is Census Day.

2021 will be different from previous censuses in that residents will be asked to fill out the form online.

Sadly, Covid has restricted face-to-face engagement.

All households will soon receive the Census Code which will allow them to complete their census forms on March 21.

If filling in the form online causes you or anyone you know problems paper questionnaires can be requested from the free-phone Census Helpline 0800 141 2021 (this is open 8am-8pm Monday to Friday and 8am – 1pm on Saturday).

If you need help or more information visit the website at www.census.gov.uk.

(Source: Office for National Statistics)

Road Closures

Planned work in Bates Lane by contractors repairing the footpaths will start on Tuesday 22 March.

The disruption could last for several days.

Also, Broad Lane will be closed to vehicular traffic from Wood End to Hockley Heath for road repairs on Wednesday 10 March.

Major roadworks involving road closures around Earlswood Lakes, including Valley Road, will take place throughout the summer.

(Source:Warwickshire Highways)

Green Waste Charges from 2021

Stratford District Council will introduce a £40 charge for the collection of green waste from 1 April 2021.

Details of how to purchase a sticker for your Green Bin can be found on the District Council website.

(Source: Stratford District Council)

Vehicle Related Theft

Warwickshire Police report an increase in the theft of number plates in rural areas. The plates are stolen to hide the true identity of vehicles driving away from petrol stations without paying or to avoid speed cameras or the congestion charge.

The police can provide security screws to make the theft more difficult. They can be obtained by emailing: alcesternorth.snt@warwickshire.pnn.police.uk

(Source: Warwickshire Police)

Anti-Social Behaviour

The Parish Council is currently considering its budget for 2021/22. This is levied as a part of your Council Tax.

This year there has been an increase in antisocial behaviour, burglaries and car crime.  The Parish Council, along with both the Residents’ Associations, have been working to address these issues. However, schemes such as CCTV, Street watch or ‘My Local Bobby’ cost money. For example, ‘My Local Bobby’ could cost in excess of £27k per year. 

The Parish Council precept represents a very small part of your Council Tax. An increase to the average for Stratford District would provide an additional £40k to spend on such projects.

A camera has already been approved for the bottom of Malthouse Lane in Earlswood  and to put additional places like Valley Road would cost even more.  A Parish Council working party is exploring this and other initiatives in and around Tanworth.

The Parish Council would like to hear what you think of such a proposal.

Please contact the parish office preferably via email – office@tanworth-pc.org.uk  or in writing to:

The Clerk

Tanworth in Arden Parish Council

r/o Earlswood Village Hal

Shutt Lane,


B94 6BZ.

(Source: Tanworth Parish Council).

Earlswood Stores Re-opens

Earlswood Stores has re-opened as a Nisa.  The Post Office is fully functioning and the staff are largely as before.

Telephone ordering has also resumed.  For more details ring 702286.

Many residents value this facility greatly and would not welcome having to go further afield for their day-to-day shopping.


(Source: Jenny Buckley)


Cank Farm Sold to Spitfire Homes

Duchy Homes has agreed terms with Spitfire Bespoke Homes to buy the controversial Cank Farm site.

Spitfire is an established developer of up-market sites in the Stratford Area.

The new buyer is keen to start work as soon as possible and has made clear that, although they will propose to change the size and mix of the 18 houses, they will keep to the spirit of the outline permission granted in 2017.   The number of houses to be built will remain the same and the requirement to build affordable houses will not be resisted.

They will produce detailed plans soon and submit them to the Parish Council and the Residents Association

Only a few issues remain to be resolved: the restoration and preservation of the rural setting of Well Lane, the careful integration of the development into the setting of the nearby village and a safe and sympathetic pedestrian access to the churchyard, the School and the wider village.

(Sources:  Tom Ross)

Parish Council Changes

Following the Annual General Meeting of Tanworth Parish Council held online on Tuesday 22 September there have been changes at the top.

Dave Burgess has been elected the new Chair and Tom Ross and Leila Chaudry the joint Vice Chairs. Tom Ross has said he does not intend to serve a full term.

The outgoing Chair Roy Willmott will continue as a Councillor.

(Source: Tanworth Parish Council)

2020 Residents AGM

In the circumstances Tanworth Residents Association has decided not to hold an Annual General Meeting this year.

We still hope to deliver a Newsletter to each home in November as usual to keep you up to date on all the issues that currently affect us all.

(Source: Tom Ross)


Overhanging Trees

Trees and bushes overhanging neighbouring properties is often a significant source of irritation to residents.

To help residents understand their approach the Forestry Section of Warwickshire County Council has recently made clear to Tanworth Parish Council that trees are not pruned because they are causing shade.

“A tree owner has a duty of care to ensure the tree is ‘safe’ and there are no foreseeable safety based issues (which can include where branches are low over a persons garden, or starting to touch a building). 

Trees are a very important part of our environment, and trees in parks have a high amenity value to members of the public. 

Trees are allowed to grow to their natural height and shape, and to subject them to pruning to try to constrain or restrict this can be very counterproductive and result in reactive growth (i.e. the tree producing even more branches / leaf cover), or even make them more liable to disease or pathogens.”

For further guidance contact:  forestry@warwickshire.gov.uk

(Source:  Warwickshire County Council)