Infrastructure

Roads/traffic

The  A515 ( Lichfield to Ashbourne road) borders the parish to the west. To the north the boundary is formed by the B5234 (Abbots Bromley to Burton-on-Trent road).

Forest Road or C18 divides the centre of the parish from the New Inn Roundabout (5 Lane Ends) to the north and Barton Gate (Top Bell) to the south. The speed of traffic along Forest road has caused difficulties for access of smaller roads, notably Rangemore Hall and Wilmore Lane) At the junction with Byrkley Park Garden Centre and Tatenhill Lane LCD screen road signs have been introduced to  ease the problem.

All other roads in the parish are best classified as country lanes, unsuitable for heavy traffic.

Tatenhill Lane passes through Rangemore Village, becoming Tatenhill Common and then Moores Hill and meets the crossroads at Tatenhill from there Branston Road  connects eventually to the A38 roundabout at Branston. This is a major access route to Tatenhill and Rangemore from Burton-on-Trent. Tatenhill is also accessed from Barton-under-Needwood by Dunstall Road , which becomes Main Street at the crossroads and leaves the Parish at the northern end of the village joining to Anslow and also the B5234 ( a main route into Burton-on-Trent).

The national speed limit applies throughout the entire parish, apart from a 30mph zone through Tatenhill and Rangemore.

The smaller routes through the parish have problems with HGVs, (which have been known to get stuck in Callingwood Lane). Sat Nav systems have directed traffic over the Trent and Mersey canal -weight restricted bridge, and through the winding lanes, of Tatenhill, Rangemore and Callingwood, short cutting between the A50 and the A38.

Other issues with traffic are excessive speeding and congestion.

Congestion is most notable at the start and end of the school day, in Rangemore by

the school, and John Taylor High School traffic passing through Tatenhill from all directions to Barton. Congestion through Tatenhill is especially a  problem if the A38 is blocked, as traffic uses the Tatenhill– Barton-under-Needwood route as an alternative.

Cycling

The National Cycle network Route 54 passes through Tatenhill village via Lawns Farm and along Dunstall Road. Lots of cyclists use the route particularly on Weekends.

Bus services

We have previously reported that the Needwood Connect previously provided by the East Staffordshire Mobility Link was discontinued from April following the withdrawal of funding by Staffordshire County Council. This was a blow to the small number of people in the parish, who relied on it.

A replacement, if reduced service is now available to the Parish, provided by Ashbourne Community Transport with limited funding from the County. Like Needwood Connect, this will again provide a door to door pick-up service for the elderly, disabled and isolated who cannot manage on standard buses or buses are not available.

The service is bookable for a journey in to Burton between 9am and 10am on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday each week, returning between 12-1pm. The subsidised cost is £5 return.The funding comes from commercial work, charitable donations, fund raising and a little support from Staffordshire County Council.

To book.  phone:  01335 300670      email: enquiries@ashbournect.org.uk

Our most local bus service is to the East of the Map is at the Acorn Inn, Rough Hayes. This accesses a number of regular Bus routes:

  1. Midland Classic. From Burton News Street to Terminus at Acorn. Approximately bus to Burton every 2 hours

from 8 am to 7pm  weekdays and Saturdays. No Sunday Service

810.Midland Classic. From Burton News Street to Acorn, then extended to Yoxall, Kings Bromley, Alrewas,

Fradley, Street Hay and Lichfield. Approximately on the hour between the No.10 buses. Same service as

No. 10 into Burton but stop is on the Acorn Inn side, not at Terminus. Stop to Lichfield is about 30 metres

towards Rough Hay, on same side as Terminus.

 

Timetables are available from Staffordshire County Council Website http://www.staffordshire.gov.uk/transport/publictransport/buses/needwoodforestconnectleaflet.pdf or from info@midlandclassic.com ,

Website midlandclassic .com or 01283 500228

BUS

East Staffordshire Voluntary Car Scheme: People to Places

East Staffordshire Voluntary Car Scheme provides a service to help the elderly and those living who are unable to use public transport to make those essential journeys. Volunteer drivers, using their own cars, offer a door to door service and will wait up to 90 minutes for the return journey.

The scheme can be used for the following:

  1. Hospital, doctors or dentist appointments.
  2. Hospital patient visiting.
  3. Social visits.
  4. Collection of prescriptions.
  5. Shopping trips.

The following fees apply:

  1. Fees in line with recommended passenger fare table; or 45p per mile plus 5p per additional passenger.
  2. Escorts travel free of charge.
  3. Service users can also join the scheme for a £5.00 annual membership.
  4. Additional fees may apply, i.e., parking fees, toll fees, admin charge of £1.00 (to cover telephone calls).

Contact: Email: eaststaffsvoluntarycarscheme@gmail.com

Telephone: Burton area – 01283 538385 (1700 – 2100) or mobile – 07716 417410

 Don’t forget: If anyone within the Parish has genuine difficulty with these costs, or those of the Transport Link (see below), they can apply to the Parish Clerk, in confidence, for assistance from the Henry Walford Charity.

School Buses

Staffordshire County Council provides a free school bus service to pupils within the Parish for those who live over 2 miles from their primary school and for those attending John Taylor High School as there are no pavements making the roads too dangerous for children to walk to Barton-under-Needwood. For children getting the school bus from Tatenhill Common, the parish council have built a bus shelter to provide a safe place to wait for the school bus.

Canal

The Trent and Mersey Canal forms the eastern boundary of the parish eastern boundary of the parish, from the Bridge Inn to Tatenhill Lock. Built by James Brindley and in operation since 1777, the canal has been fully restored in recent years and is open along its entire length for canal boats and walkers.

Footpaths and Bridleways

The parish is criss-crossed by footpaths and bridleways. Most have existed for many years but there have been recent additions created within National Forest planting schemes areas.

Local footpaths follow many scenic routes and have been included in scripted guided walk brochures available through The National Forest, notably  “Monks and Moorings”. Click “Walks” below to find latest information on walks.

Walks

Telecommunications

Telephone

There is universal access to a basic telephone service across the parish. The Tatenhill area is connected to the Branston exchange and the Rangemore area is connected to the Barton-Under-Needwood exchange. Areas from the New Inn and to the East use the Hoar Cross exchange. In all cases, the exchange is a considerable distance from the user and there is high attenuation on the lines, limiting broadband bandwidth. In the whole of Tatenhill and much of Rangemore, aluminium cables have been used and these have a much higher attenuation than copper cables precluding much use of broadband. Kijoma Broadband customers have the option to migrate their telephone service and number away from the poor aluminium lines to providers such as Voipfone (UK based, recommended) , Sipgate (Germany based) , Vonage (American based) and many others.

Mobile Phone Coverage

The hilly nature of the parish means that depending on your network provider and your location in the parish, mobile phone signal strength can range from good to zero, and can change within a range of a few feet!

Wireless Broadband System

Many properties in the parish struggle to receive broadband through the BT lines because of low conductivity aluminium cables. A wireless system has provided an alternative for 112 properties, and covers the vast majority of the parish. The is provided by Kijoma. The Kijoma service speed capability for customers is 40 Mbps+ download and different upload speeds based on tariff (starting at 2 Mbps and rising to 20Mbps). Anyone wanting further information, please use the “contact us” form on www.tatenhill.net and www.rangemore.net respectively.

 Broadband Roll-out

In line with Phase 2 of the Parish Broadband Plan, the majority of homes and businesses in our Parish can now access superfast broadband (24mbps) through fibre.

Fibre to premises has had a few teething troubles in Tatenhill but is now being made available. We have spoken to three householders who are now connected and it seems to be good. All have signed up to the lowest 40mbps package and are getting within two or three of that, some just under, some just over. Only BT seem to offer FTTP at the moment however. In Tatenhill, packages will be available providing download speeds of up to 330mbps and upload speeds of up to 30mbps. So we have gone from amongst to worst in the Country to amongst the best.

Rangemore now has fibre to the box, via 3 green boxes. Residents who have signed up in Rangemore Village and Wilmore Lane are reporting speeds up to 62mbp (not basic package) and 33 mbps respectively. A resident at Rangemore Hall Mews is now on a business package and getting 60+mbps, so all vastly improved and well into superfast.

The other sizeable cluster of population which may not to be able to get superfast is some of Tatenhill Common. We have a report from a resident in the Needwood Manor part of Tatenhill Common getting 23Mbps download even at peak time, so more or less superfast. We are talking to BT and the Superfast Team at Staffordshire County Council, about the possibly of taking fibre from Rangemore (green box near the Club) down an existing duct to a new green box in Tatenhill Common. This would really finish the work in our Parish. But……

we need evidence that residents either can’t connect to fibre or what speeds they are able to obtain. Please email Pete Cooper (p.cooper@tandrpc.org.uk) and let him know.

Also, don’t forget the excellent services available from Kijoma. We know people are still signing up.