Community

Café & Post Office

The Café is under new management, the Post Office remains unchanged.  National Lottery tickets can no longer be purchased from the Café or the Post Office.

Fire Crews Called to Farm Fire

At 1.33pm on Thursday 3rd January fire crews from Bromsgrove, Redditch & Stourbridge responded to a fire involving a tractor within an agricultural building in Fairfield. The quick thinking farmer had removed vehicle from building prior to Fire Service arrival – fire extinguished and area dampened down.

Libraries Public Consultation

Worcestershire County Council are doing at public service consultation at each of Worcestershire’s 23 libraries and their views on what the focus should be for the future of the library. If you could let others know in order to spread the message that would be great and would be a huge help to the libraries near you.

They are conducting a public consultation about the future of Worcestershire’s Library Service and would like as many people as possible to have their say on the potential future transformation options.

This is your opportunity to provide feedback, not only on the proposals themselves, but also on the longer-term future of our libraries and the community services they provide and support.

They will be running drop in sessions ( details below) at each of Worcestershire’s 23 libraries. These meetings are to engage with those who regularly use the library, and give them an opportunity to express their views in person. They would particularly like to hear from people and community groups, like yourselves who regularly use the libraries to deliver community support groups, children’s activities, business services, amongst many others, or have expressed an interest in doing so. The link to the public consultation survey here, as they really want to engage with as many people as possible.

Energy Winter Resilience Plan

Notice from Western Power Distribution

Winter Resilience Committee launched to help protect vulnerable people across the UK

 

The gas and electricity networks have come together to help members of the public prepare in case they have a power cut or gas emergency this winter.

We’re contacting you as it would be great if you could help share this important information through your channels to help spread the word about the campaign.

Working with the Met Office, National Energy Action and Age UK, the Energy Networks Association’s Winter Resilience Committee has been launched by energy network operators, including Western Power Distribution, to focus on protecting those most in need. The Committee aims to raise awareness of the Priority Services Register and act as a source of advice and information on energy supplies throughout the winter period.

 

The Winter Resilience Committee plans to publish a dashboard following each named storm, the first of its kind to collate data from every energy network in the United Kingdom. The dashboard will be used as a resource for customers and policymakers to understand how these storms affect the country, and to track the resilience of Britain’s energy networks.

As we enter December, the Winter Resilience Committee, along with Western Power Distribution and other gas and electricity network companies, are urging people to be winter ready and take the following steps to prepare for the winter months.

 

How to prepare for winter

Know your free emergency numbers – in a power cut call 105 or, for a gas emergency, dial 0800 111999.

Prepare your home – keep a torch handy and get your appliances serviced by a Gas Safe registered engineer to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning. Vulnerable households can also get extra support by signing up to the Priority Services Register.

Keep your eyes open – keep an eye on the weather forecast and, if you have a power cut or a gas emergency, check on your neighbours.

 

The Priority Services Register

The Priority Services Register is a free service provided by the company and is eligible for anyone who is of a pensionable age, disabled, has children under 5 years old or relies on medical equipment.

As part of the service, customers are kept informed as much as possible of power cuts affecting their home and are given special help, if needed, through the British Red Cross.

The Priority Services Register offers peace of mind for vulnerable customers and their families and we do our very best to ensure that their needs are met at all times.

We already have 1.9 million customers on our register.

To find out more information or to register, please call us on 0800 096 3080 or visit www.westernpower.co.uk/psr.

 

A Warm and Safe Homes Action Guide created by National Energy Action (NEA) in partnership with the ENA’s Winter Resilience Committee can be downloaded here.

 

Formal consultation on the expansion of Fairfield First School

Proposal to increase the capacity of Fairfield First School

Worcestershire County Council is proposing to expand the school buildings at Fairfield First School to provide sufficient accommodation for an increase in the Published Admission Number of the school from 23 to 30. The current capacity of the school is 115 and the proposed capacity will be 150.

As part of any proposal of a community school that would result in an increase in the capacity of the school by more than 30 places and 25%, a formal consultation must take place.

Have Your Say

In accordance with the guidance document from the Department for Education – Making ‘prescribed alterations’ to maintained schools (April 2016), a further consultation into expansion of Fairfield First School is now underway in which anyone with an interest can express their views. The Public Consultation (Autumn 2018) document can be viewed on the County Council website at http://www.worcestershire.gov.uk/schoolconsultationsYour comments are most welcome and can be made using the online form which is also available via this website link.

A hard copy of the consultation documents can be obtained by contacting: Bosko Medakovic, Capital Accommodation Officer, County Hall, PO Box 73, Worcester, WR5 2YA. Telephone 07983965299 or email bmedakovic@worcestershire.gov.uk

Representations in response to the consultation must be received by noon on Friday, 7th December 2018.

 

Letter from Head Teacher School Expansion Letter from Head

Public Notice School Expansion Consultation  Public Notice Expansion of Fairfield First School

Consultation Overview Formal Consultation Proposal Document

Chadwich Lane Planning Application – Quarry

Consultation on a Planning Application (County Matter)
Town & Country Planning Act 1990

The Town & Country Planning (Environmental Impact Assessment) Regulations 2017

Application Ref:    18/000036/CM         Grid Ref:    (E) 395715, (N) 276943

Applicant:             Salop Sand and Gravel

Proposal:              Proposed extension to restored quarry, infilling the void using inert materials only, restoration of the land to agricultural use together with new access, creation of a geological exposure, landscaping and associated works

 

Location:              Land adjacent to former Chadwich Lane Quarry, Chadwich Lane, Bromsgrove, Worcestershire

 

Salop Sand & Gravel is seeking planning permission for the above proposal which is in the neighbourhood of your property.

The planning application, the plans, the Environmental Statement, Non-Technical Summary and relevant documents are available to view at the following places during office hours from

24 October 2018 until 23 November 2018:

 

 

If you wish to submit comments on the above planning application you can do so online using the link above or you can send them to us by email / post using the contact information in this letter.  Please ensure we receive your comments before 23 November 2018, and state whether you would wish to address the Planning & Regulatory Committee if given the opportunity.

 

Notes from FVCA:

 

The client is Salop Sand and Gravel, the same company that owns Wildmoor Quarry.  It was Mr. Parton, director of the company, that gave a presentation to the Parish Council regarding extending extraction at the Wildmoor Quarry site.  Should the planning application that is currently being considered be approved, the company may seek to extend operations at the Wildmoor Quarry site, on land owned by Mr. Parton.  Other landowners adjacent to Wildmoor Quarry include Worcestershire County Council and the Parish Council.

 

According to the Planning Statement, the application is requesting the extraction of approximately 1.28M tonnes of sand from approximately 3.5 ha, the extraction and restoration taking place in phases over approximately a 13 year period at recent extraction rates of approximately 100,000 tonnes per annum.  The maximum depth of extraction will  be between 25-30 metres, the base of the quarry will not extend below 154m AOD (above ordnance datum, i.e. “sea level”).

 

The Application Site extends to an area of 9.1 ha, 3.5 ha for extraction and the remainder (5.6 ha) for landscaping and assorted planting.

 

Access will be via a track leading to/from Money Lane.

 

The site will operate Monday to Friday 7am – 7pm and Saturdays 7am – 12pm, no operations on Sundays and Bank Holidays.

 

Restoration will include the importation of inert waste as suitable filling material.  An Environment Agency licence will be required.

 

The proposed site will have a greater impact on neighbouring properties than the former site, as there are properties nearby.

 

 

Operation Lollipop

Members of the public in Bromsgrove, Rubery, Alvechurch, Wythall and Hagley are now able to send digital photographs of dangerous or inconsiderate parking outside schools directly to their Safer Neighbourhood Teams via a dedicated email address – OperationLollipop@westmercia.pnn.police.uk 

Officers will then investigate and make contact with the registered keeper to take appropriate action where possible.

Operation Snap

Members of the public can submit (via a secure online form – https://www.nextbase.com/en-gb/national-dash-cam-safety-portal/) digital footage showing potential traffic offences.

This can range from driving dangerously or carelessly to overtaking on solid white lines, using a mobile phone while driving, ignoring traffic lights or dangerous driving around other road users, such as horse riders and cyclists.

Your submission will be sent to West Mercia Police where the evidence will be reviewed by one of their road traffic officers, who will enforce against any offences committed.

Any footage submitted through the portal can also be used by the Police to help educate other road users and to advise on case results.

Local Plan Consultation

The Bromsgrove District Plan 2011-2030 is being reviewed.

The current Bromsgrove District Plan (BDP), which was adopted in January 2017, forms part of the statutory development plan for the district, it sets out the Council’s vision and strategy for the area until 2030 and provides the basis for decisions on planning applications.

The current adopted Plan only allocates enough land to provide 4,700 of the 7,000 dwellings required to meet the District’s need for the 2011-2030 period.  The Council recognises that there may be a need to assist with the identification of land to meet the housing shortfall within the wider West Midlands sub-region.

The plan is usually reviewed every 5 years.

The District Council needs help to identify all of the planning issues facing Bromsgrove in order to develop appropriate policies to address them. The issues and Options consultation is open until the 19th November 2018 and the Council will be seeking views on the following:

  • Strategic Issues for Bromsgrove District
  • Housing
  • Employment
  • Transport
  • Town Centre and Local Centres
  • Social Infrastructure
  • Natural & Historic Environment
  • Climate Change and Water Resources

Consultation documents are online and can be downloaded from the Council website:

To give the Council your views

West Mercia PCC and Worcestershire council come together to tackle road safety

Police and Crime Commissioner John Campion and Worcestershire County Council are giving members of the public the ownership to improve the safety of their roads as part of a joint campaign.

Last weekend, at Sander’s Park in Bromsgrove, both organisations asked the county’s residents to let them know where they want the focus to be as part of the ‘Roads Focus’ campaign. The Commissioner and council want to give the public ownership to highlight where their concerns are. Be it installing white gates at the entrance of a rural village, putting up more signs to highlight young or elderly people crossing, introducing speed enforcement in a village or asking for other measures to discourage speeding.

During a week of action, which will take place in November, the Commissioner and the council will start implementing some of the changes that have been suggested by the public.

Those wanting to highlight concerns in their area can share their suggestions via https://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/4560444/Roads-Focus until the end of Sunday 7 October.

Over the course of the campaign, more work will be carried out to improve the safety of Worcestershire’s roads and general road safety advice will also be given to ensure people remain focused when using the road – be it as a driver or pedestrian.

PCC John Campion said: “I am committed to improving road safety, which is why I am pleased to be working with Worcestershire County Council on this very important issue. With this campaign, we want to start by asking people where they have concerns. We hope to resolve some of those and see more people feeling safer within the communities they live in and on the roads they use.”

Councillor Alan Amos, Cabinet Member with responsibility for Highways at Worcestershire County Council said: “The safety of Worcestershire roads is one of our top priorities as a council, and working together with the Police and Crime Commissioner, we’re looking forward to making our highways a better place for all road users. This campaign is an opportunity for us to get the views of local residents to identify potential hazards, enabling us to identify areas for improvement across the county, subject to funding and resources available.”