Community

Wildmoor Residents Association AGM

WILDMOOR RESIDENTS’ ASSOCIATION

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

Wednesday 5th June 2019 at 7.30pm

Venue

Fairfield Village hall

All residents and friends of the area are warmly invited to the Annual General Meeting of Wildmoor  Residents’ Association

There will be a focus and review of the past year’s events and current information on a number of proposed Quarry developments in Wildmoor.

Our Guest Speaker for the evening will be the West Mercia Police and Crime Commissioner, Mr. John Paul Campion who will explain his remit and focus on the causes and prevention of crime in our area. He will also be able to take questions from our audience.

As always refreshments will be served at the end of the meeting with ample opportunity for everyone to meet, talk and enjoy the remainder of the evening. nhideused1 \ls

Fairfield Spring Clean

Every month, for the past three years, Community Heroes from Fairfield Village Community Association have been fighting the Evil Grot to keep Fairfield village and the surrounding area clear of discarded rubbish, which includes bags of dog waste, empty cans and spirit bottles, half-full paint tins, car bumpers, cigarette stubs and green waste.

Discarded rubbish blights a beautiful landscape, pollutes the earth and can prove deadly if accidentally eaten by livestock and wildlife.

On Saturday 13th April, the Community Association will be giving the village a Spring Clean.  In addition to litter picking the roads and recreations areas in the community, signs will be washed, and village planters weeded.

The monthly litter picks, which take place on the second Saturday of each month, are a great opportunity for the community to come together and to build pride in where they live.  The Association’s slogan is Your Home, Your Village, Your Community, and the act of litter picking has helped developed friendships and the end results has created a welcoming environment for residents and visitors.

If you would like to take part in the Fairfield Spring Clean, meet outside the Village Hall on Stourbridge Road 10.30am.  Please wear suitable clothes and footwear, children to be accompanied by an adult.  Litter picking equipment will be provided.  If you have a bucket, sponge or weeding implement please bring it with you.

Scoping Opinion Request – Sandy Lane Quarry

Worcestershire County Council have sent the Community Association the following notice, if you or someone you know is able to help us assess the scoping proposition and help us draft a response please get in touch admin@fvca.org.uk :

Application Ref:    19/000009/SCO               Grid Ref:    (E) 394966, (N) 276292

Applicant:              NRS

Proposal:               Request for a Scoping Opinion for proposed importation of inert restoration material and the extraction of sand to enable engineering operations to take place and complete the Restoration of the Western Quarry

Location:                Sandy Lane Quarry, Sandy Lane, Wildmoor, Near Bromsgrove, Worcestershire

Worcestershire County Council as the Mineral Planning Authority has received a formal request from Heatons on behalf of NRS to adopt a Scoping Opinion for the above proposed development under Regulation 15 of the Town and Country Planning (Environmental Impact Assessment) (England and Wales) Regulations 2017. Scoping seeks to ensure that the information to be provided in the Environmental Statement that will accompany the planning application, addresses the key effects of the proposed development and ensures that the principle concerns appropriate to the local area are addressed comprehensively.

The Scoping Opinion and relevant documents are available to view on http://e-planning.worcestershire.gov.uk using the application reference: 19/000009/SCO. When searching by application reference, please ensure that the full application reference number, including the suffix are entered into the search field.

The Mineral Planning Authority adopted a Screening Opinion on 12 February 2019 (Ref: 19/000008/SCR), which concluded the proposal was Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) development.

The applicant states that the landfilling operations in the main part of Sandy Lane Quarry have now been completed by Veolia and the land restored. However, there are a number of geotechnical issues emerging regarding the stability of the western flank and the impact of the previous extraction operations in the western quarry area. The proposed development is an engineering and restoration project which would be designed to stabilise the landform and restore the remaining areas of the Sandy Lane Western Quarry site.

The proposed works involve the removal of approximately 320,000 tonnes of sand over a 3 year period to allow a buttress of material to be keyed into the base of the site for stabilisation purposes. All the site infrastructure is in place including site entrance, weighbridge, wheel wash and site welfare building. There would be no requirement for plant to undertake the processing of the sand on site.

The proposal also involves the importation of inert restoration materials which would be transported to the site in the applicant’s owned or controlled vehicles. Materials would be imported to complete the restoration of the western quarry area. It is estimated that approximately 1.2 million cubic metres of inert material would be imported into the site over a 6 year period (running concurrently with mineral extraction) at approximately 200,000 cubic metres per annum.

The overall application site extends to approximately 5.5 hectares of land. Access to the site is proposed to be gained via the existing Veolia Landfill site access off Sandy Lane (A491).

The Mineral Planning Authority has only 5 weeks to adopt a Scoping Opinion, therefore, I would be grateful for your comments on the Scoping Opinion Request by 7 March 2019 at the latest. If I do not hear from you by this date I will assume you have no comments

The agent appointed by NRS for this is:-

Heatons

9 The Square

Keyworth

Nottingham

NG12 5JT Should a representative of the company contact you about this matter, I would remind you of your obligation, under Regulation 17 of the EIA Regulations, to make available to them, if requested, any relevant information which they consider relevant to the preparation of the Environmental Statement. 

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