Barton under Needwood Parish Council

We would like to welcome you to the Barton under Needwood Parish Council website and we hope that you will find it very useful and informative about our Village.


The purpose of the Website is to provide useful information and further enhance communication between the Parish Council and the residents of Barton under Needwood. The whole purpose of the Parish Council is to safeguard the well-being of Barton under Needwood and of its residents. If you have any issues or concerns about anything affecting the village please do not hesitate to contact the Parish Council Office.

Things to be aware of:

Barton Speedwatch – The team have been in operation since November 2015.  See here for their findings so far. New Volunteers are urged to come forward to get involved in the Community Speedwatch programme.  If you are concerned about traffic in the village and want to help, please contact the Clerk for further information.  All equipment and training will be provided.  Note there will no longer  be additional signage at their locations as there is permanent signage at the village gateways. Operation currently suspended until further


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Green Leaves is a small group of independent volunteers who meet frequently (but on a casual basis) to pick up and where possible recycle discarded litter. If you would like to become a ‘Green Leaf’ contact Sue Palmer (07814 500 127) or drop a note through the village hall letterbox marked F.A.O. ‘Green Leaves’, c/o Barton Parish Clerk.  



Barton's 17th Century Cattle Brand.

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Notice of European Parliamentary Election  here. 

Important Information for Anybody Affected by the Flooding on 16-02-2020


Notice of Situation of Pollling Places EPE  here. 

Statement of Persons Nominated EPE  here. 

Declarationof Result - Election of Borough Councillors  here. 

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Councillor Vacancies

The Parish Council currently have 3 vacancies and would like interested persons to come forward for co-option on 6th June 2019.  

If you can commit to making a difference to this community and are willing to get involved please contact the Clerk - deadline for applications 24 May.


Councillor Vacancies

The Parish Council currently have 3 vacancies and would like interested persons to come forward for co-option on 6th June 2019.  

If you can commit to making a difference to this community and are willing to get involved please contact the Clerk - deadline for applications 24 May.




Introducing Barton's new 'Happy to Chat' Benches

Outside St James' Church

In the UK, more than a million older people say they always or often feel lonely, according to Age UK. A review found 17% of older people talk to family, friends or neighbours less than once a week. For many, it is even more scarce than that.

Some people may go days or even weeks without the simplest of human contact, so the 'Happy to Chat Benches' seek to break down that social barrier and allow us to all say 'hello’. The benches are a simple way to let people know that you’re open to a chat.

Chronic loneliness can impact on memory, mental and physical health and is a major contributing factor behind financial exploitation of the elderly.

But it's not just the elderly who can benefit from a random "hello".  New mums can sometimes feel isolated, often going all day without speaking to another adult.  So, if you’re waiting for the bus or enjoying the view you can sit and chat to someone new.

The Government has triggered the Flood Recovery Framework.  This is being faciltated by ESBC.  Details can be found on the Council website here for residents with properties affected by the recent flooding. This information includes an online form for registering a claim.


In summary: if your propertywas flooded as a result of the recent storms Ciara and Dennis, then there may be funding available to support you.  Depending on the amount of flooding and damage caused you may qualify for a Community Recovery Grant: £500 per eligible household that has been flooded or is “unliveable” as a result of flooding and Council Tax Discount: 100% Council Tax discount for a minimum of three months, if flood water entered the home or the home was otherwise considered “unliveable”.

Qualifying Criteria for Residential Properties: the property you are applying for must be your main home. Second or empty homes are not included in this scheme.  Flood water must have entered the inside living space of your property.  Properties considered to be “unliveable” could include where access to the property is severely restricted (e.g. upper floor flats with no access) or the adverse weather has resulted in other significant damage to the property such that it would be or would have been advisable for residents to vacate the premises for any period of time, regardless of whether they do vacate or not.

Flooded gardens or garages will not usually render a household eligible.

UPDATE 10/3/20 -Feedback from meeting with Agencies : here.  The Public Meeting with all agencies scheduled for 21 April has now been postponed until further notice.

Barton Neighbourhood Scheme: 

As of the 1st August the Barton Volunteer Network will no longer be taking calls or emails.  We would like to thank all the wonderful volunteers who supported us through the first wave of the pandemic.  The great news is that a new neighbourhood scheme has come out of this. The Barton Neighbourhood Volunteers are a small charity set up by a group of local people who will be contactable Monday to Friday between 09:30 and 12:30 on 01283 296229 or  You can leave a message outside these hours and they will get back to you as soon as they can. Services will initially be similar to those delivered by BVN but they hope to add to their portfolio as time progresses.  So if you need support or would like to volunteer they would love to hear from you.

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Disruptions for works week commencing 15th June- for details see Highways England Bulletin click here  

Local weather warnings can be found here

UPDATE 31/7/2020:  We are actively working on this project again working with EA, SCC and STW.  Councillors Ed Sharkey and Derek Lord are leading on this.  Staffordshire highways are planning to clean the culverts in Efflinch Lane/Mill Lane in August, for example.