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Fireworks and Livestock

Farmers care deeply about the welfare of their animals, and are rightly concerned about anything that could jeopardise their wellbeing. Fireworks have the possibility to frighten livestock, which can lead to lower production and even stock loss. Poultry especially are at risk of a “smother,” where birds huddle together which can result in some birds dying. In addition fireworks can pose a fire risk if hot embers land on barns or in fields of standing crops. 

If you are thinking of marking the 5th of November (or any other event/date) with fireworks, we ask that you consider the safety and wellbeing of neighbours and neighbours animals. It is important to let farmers know beforehand that you are planning on letting off fireworks so they can take necessary precautions to protect their animals. Fireworks should always be used safely, and pointed away from buildings, standing crops, and fields with animals in them.

Always check the government advice before using fireworks: https://www.gov.uk/fireworks-the-law

Fire Chiefs & Burns Association Issue Fireworks Warning

The National Fire Chiefs Council (NFCC) has teamed up with the British Burn Association (BBA) to warn families of the dangers of holding firework displays at home this Bonfire Night.

Between 2014 –19 there were more than 1,000 severe burn injuries involving fireworks in England and Wales, with 38% of these in youngsters under 15 years of age and the majority (67%) were sustained by males.

The NFCC advises that in order to hold a firework display, the space required depends on the type of firework and must be checked. The information for each firework will be printed on the side of the product so should be checked before purchase. In general, the distance required will range from five metres to 25 metres, this is equivalent to half the length of a fire engine to two and half times the length of a fire engine. So, spectators should be at least this distance away from the firework when it is set off. Therefore, the size of the garden will need to be greater than the distance shown on the firework.

If families do have the space in their garden, they must ensure that fireworks are bought from a licensed supplier or authorised retailer who can also provide appropriate advice. Fireworks must not be bought or used by anyone under the age of 18 and fireworks must have the CE safety mark printed on them.

Recently introduced government legislation gives police the powers to fine people who break the latest measures. Government restrictions on social gatherings – both nationally and locally – aim to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and to ease pressures on the NHS.

Shout Out Your Property Is Marked

Over the past two years, residents of Fairfield, Wildmoor & Stoneybridge have taken up the offer of receiving a FREE SmartWater kit, marking their property with this unique solution.

Please remember it is crucial that you put your SmartWater stickers in your doors & windows advertising that your property is security marked.

If you have moved into our community and would like a FREE SmartWater Security Marking Kit, email admin@fvca.org.uk

Ultrafast Broadband Update

Full Fibre – Fibre to the Premises (FTTP) – is on its ways, as part of OpenReach’s upgrade of the Bromsgrove network.

In our Autumn newsletter we informed you that over the past few months contractors have been unblocking and preparing underground pipes for the upgrade.

It was initially thought that FTTP in Fairfield would be live sometime during the Autumn.  Contractors have encountered several issues with their preparation work that has delayed the “live” date, with talk now of early 2021.

Residents can register for OpenReach updates, visit https://www.openreach.com/fibre-broadband/fibre-for-home

Be s-careful this Halloween

West Mercia Police are asking those of you planning to take part in Halloween activities to be “s-careful” and follow Covid-19 regulations.

Whilst Halloween is going be different this year, for obvious reasons, we are sure that many of you are still hoping to seize the opportunity to have a good time.

Along with asking you to keep following the Coronavirus regulations (as the vast majority of you have been for the last eight months) we are also asking you to be “frightfully thoughtful” to those living around you. Some people, particularly those that live alone, can find parts of Halloween behaviour intimidating, so please be mindful of this. We have also produced our annual posters to help prevent visitors; these are available from our Safer Neighbourhood Teams and at the bottom of this page.

Chief Superintendent Sue Thomas said: “We want to get the balance right between ensuring everyone is doing their bit to prevent the spread of coronavirus by following the law whilst not stopping people from having a good, safe, time.

“As in previous years, we will have an increased number of officers on duty and will be carrying out additional high visibility patrols to ensure that anti-social behaviour remains low. We will also be engaging with those out and about and encouraging them to act responsibly and reminding them to follow Covid-19 laws. Where we need to though, we will take enforcement action.

“Perhaps most importantly, please remember that if you have COVID-19 symptoms or have been told to self-isolate you shouldn’t take part in any in-person Halloween festivities and shouldn’t give out sweets to trick-or-treaters. There are, however, lots of other ways that you can still make a memorable evening for your family.”

Planning Application – Hill Top Poultry Farm, Warbage Lane

The following planning application is available to view and comment on. Please use this
link to take you to the home page of Public Access
http://publicaccess.bromsgroveandredditch.gov.uk/online-applications/ which is the tool for
viewing applications and making comment electronically.


• Click on the link above
• Type in the application number and click, this will take you to the summary page of Public
Access.
• When at the summary page
• To view the documents you will need to click on the tab, then
the .
• To make a comment click on the tab,
• Fill out your details and make your comment and press submit, this will go straight to the
relevant planning officer and be immediately viewable in the comments tab.
• If you have provided an email you can request a confirmation email.

APPLICATION REFERENCE :20/01268/CUPRIO
APPLICATION TYPE:COU Prior Approval
DATE ACCEPTED:23.10.2020
LOCATION:Hill Top Poultry Farm, Warbage Lane Dodford Bromsgrove Worcestershire B61 9BL
PROPOSAL:Conversion of Agricultural building to two dwellings.
APPLICANTS NAME:Mr Owen
PARISH COUNCIL:Belbroughton Parish
WARD:Belbroughton And Romsley Ward
CASE OFFICER:Charlotte Wood
TELEPHONE:01527 64252 Ext 3412
EMAILCharlotte.Wood@bromsgroveandredditch.gov.uk

Planning Application – 9 Wood Lane

The following planning application is available to view and comment on. Please use this
link to take you to the home page of Public Access
http://publicaccess.bromsgroveandredditch.gov.uk/online-applications/ which is the tool for
viewing applications and making comment electronically.


• Click on the link above
• Type in the application number and click, this will take you to the summary page of Public
Access.
• When at the summary page
• To view the documents you will need to click on the tab, then
the .
• To make a comment click on the tab,
• Fill out your details and make your comment and press submit, this will go straight to the
relevant planning officer and be immediately viewable in the comments tab.
• If you have provided an email you can request a confirmation email.

APPLICATION REFERENCE :20/01214/FUL
APPLICATION TYPE:Full Application
DATE ACCEPTED:01.10.2020
LOCATION:9 Wood Lane, Fairfield Bromsgrove Worcestershire B61 9NF
PROPOSAL:Removal of outbuilding to create proposed single storey extension
APPLICANTS NAME:Mr Thomas Storey
PARISH COUNCIL:Belbroughton Parish
WARD:Belbroughton And Romsley Ward
CASE OFFICER:Jane Fray
TELEPHONE:01527 881263
EMAILjane.fray@bromsgroveandredditch.gov.uk

A message to our older communities in Bromsgrove, from Dr. Kathryn Cobain, Director for Public Health in Worcestershire

A message to the older communities in Bromsgrove from Dr. Kathryn Cobain.

“Since March, we have all worked hard to reduce the spread of Coronavirus. I want to thank you for all you have done so far, to keep us all safe. Sadly, our number of Covid-19 positives is rising once again. We have seen the virus spread through our younger people and now it is infecting our older communities. This is certainly happening in Bromsgrove and it is very worrying. We know that the over 60’s can be badly affected by the virus, it can make you very poorly, need hospital care and even cause death. This of course, leads to pressure on our NHS and creates a rising demand for intensive care beds. We need to act now, to prevent this situation becoming any worse. We need your help, to keep you and everyone safe. 

How can you help?  How can you protect yourself and others ?  Firstly, please follow the rule of 6, keep your distance, wash your hands regularly and wear face coverings where needed. These measures are our best defence against the virus. We know it can be hard, keeping a distance from others, avoiding travelling to places, not meeting up with big groups. But the virus spreads when we mix and have contact and don’t stay apart. Stay local, don’t visit areas with higher levels of restrictions. In Bromsgrove, we are close to areas with higher infection rates and these areas are on a higher level of alert. If we can stay local, stop visiting areas with greater numbers of infections, we can protect ourselves and others. Please ensure you self-isolate as soon as you have a symptom of Covid-19. The symptoms to look out for are; 
•    a high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
•    a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
•    a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means you’ve noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal

If you have any of these, no matter how mild your symptoms, please self-isolate immediately and book a test. You can do this online https://www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test
Self-isolation means you should stay away from everyone, not go out, don’t leave your home, don’t mix with others. Self-isolation is not the same as lockdown. If you have a symptom you should not go out for exercise, you need to stay at home, and away from those you live with, so you don’t pass on the virus. If you have no family support or help with things such as shopping or getting medicines our Here 2 Help service is available to support you as you self-isolate. You can contact them through our website; https://www.worcestershire.gov.uk/here2help

I know the situation is difficult, and I want to thank you for all you are doing. 
Please take care of yourself, follow the rules and stay safe. 

Dr. Kathryn Cobain. “

Plant Pots Needed

If you have any used 5″ plant pots, the church office would be most grateful to have these to use for Mothering Sunday flowers next year.

If you are unable to get to the church office in Belbroughton, leave your pots in the porch of St. Mark’s and someone will take them there.