Community

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.”

Meal for an Older Person lonely on Christmas Day

Do you know any older people who are usually on their own on Christmas Day?

We have received an invitation from a local family for two older people to enjoy a Christmas Day meal, provided by an amazing cook (local venue).

If you know of any older persons that may like to some company on Christmas Day please email admin@fvca.org.uk Transport will be provided.

 

National Planning Policy Framework 2018

The revised National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) sets out the Government’s planning policies for England and provides a framework within which locally-prepared plans for housing and other development can be produced.

Details on the new NPPF can be found here;

https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/revised-national-planning-policy-framework

The Bromsgrove District Plan (adopted January 2017) is at the start of a review process and will provide a long term vision and strategy to meet the future needs for homes and employment across the District. It is important for everyone to have the opportunity to get involved and have their say on local issues that affect or interest them.

The first stage of the consultation will be seeking your views on the Issues & Options that you feel need addressing for the Plan. Subject to Bromsgrove District Council’s approval, the consultation will take place at the end of September and will run for 7 weeks from the 24th September 2018 until the 12th November 2018.

Details on the Local Plan Review can be found here;

http://www.bromsgrove.gov.uk/media/2433162/SCI-low-res-11-07-16.pdf

This consultation will be important in defining the shape of our communities in the next few years. Belbroughton and Fairfield parish council will endeavour to keep parishioners updated on developments. Enhance the process with public meetings and help communicate these views in an effective and positive way.

Be active, be aware, and become involved. Help shape your community for the generations to come.

Your parish council will be helping to bring this process near to your by organising public meetings and consultations.

The PC’s own website and other local media sources will keep you informed
http://www.belbroughtonandfairfield-pc.info/home-and-news.html

Fairfield Village Community association
http://fvca.org.uk

Belbroughton and Fairfield Neighbourhood plan
https://b-m.facebook.com/BelbroughtonFairfieldNeighbourhoodPlan/

Councillor Bob Morgan August 2018

Community Digs Deep for Libby Mae’s Little Angels

Your generosity raised £278.00 for Libby Mae’s Little Angels at August Afternoon Tea at the Village Hall.

50 people enjoyed elegant finger sandwiches, delightful cakes and glasses of Prosecco. Charlotte & Richard from Libby Mae’s gave a presentation, which moved many people.

Thank you to everyone for supporting this event, including the people behind the scenes – organising the event, delivering flyers, baking cakes, making sandwiches and to Fairfield Post Office for acting as our “box office”- and to those people that dug deep in their pocket to help raise a fantastic amount of money for FVCA’s nominated charity.

Village Hall Gates

In response to anti-social behaviour and illegal activities, which has involved the police, the Village Hall trustees will be installing gates at the entrance & exit to the car park and parking post in the service road.

Gates will only to be opened for the duration of the hire period and will be locked at the end of each hire. This will prevent unauthorised vehicles accessing the car park and deter anti-social & illegal activities, which have included drug dealing.

To restrict vehicle movements during a hire period, hirers will be allowed to shut the gates.

With several users reporting near misses of vehicles using the service road to do a “u-turn” and an intervention by the local police, posts will be installed prohibiting vehicle access. The posts will only be retracted for emergency vehicles or with the authorisation of the trustees.

The Village Hall trustees appreciate that the gates may inconvenience some motorists, however, our duty is to provide a safe venue for Hall users.

Fly Grazing

Horses have been placed on land I own without my permission. What can I/the police do?

Abandoning horses on public/private land without the permission of the land owner is known as ‘fly grazing.’ If this happens, the police must be notified of this within 24 hours (tel. 101) and the owners have up to 4 days to reclaim their horses. (previously it was 14 days).

Before taking action to remove the horses, you should enquire whether your neighbours or anyone locally know who the animals belong to. If, after the 4 days nobody reclaims the animals, the land owners have a much wider range of options as to what to do with them. Though they can still choose to sell them at auction, they can also choose to re home seized horses privately or to charities, sell them privately or as a last resort they can have the animals humanely euthanised . Any excess money will remain recoverable with the owner.

You will be responsible for the control and welfare of the animals during the time that they are detained on your land and will need to make sure that they are fed and have access to water. If there is no water supply in the area where the horses are, or you have any other concerns regarding the welfare of the animals, you should raise your concerns with the RSPCA.

Anti-Social Behaviour

A quick quide as to what it is…

Anti-social behaviour means “any behaviour from any person that causes another person harassment alarm or distress”. This means hurting or upsetting someone.

Anti Social Behaviour (ASB) is NOT just caused by young people! ASB covers many different types of behaviour, some which you might find is a part of your daily life without even realising the effects it can have on others and the consequences you can face.

Types of anti-social behaviour include:

– Graffiti and vandalism
– Littering or dumping rubbish
– Isuse of fireworks including using them late at night
– Shouting or noisy behaviour in places where this might be annoying or upsetting (e.g. outside someone’s house)
– Using rude, abusive or insulting language
– Threatening behaviour or bullying – including on the internet or via mobile phones
– Uncontrolled or dangerous dogs
– Assaulting someone or threatening them
– Stealing
– Joyriding or using vehicles in an anti-social manner (for example noisy radios, wheel spinning)
– Drinking alcohol in the street
– Rowdy drunken behaviour in the street.Some antisocial behaviour, are crimes and punishable by the law. Each case will be treated individually. Anti-social behaviour is widespread and takes many forms. The Police and Council work together in partnership, identifying and then trying to resolve these issues.

If you know of any anti-social behaviour and are unable to resolve the issue through local mediation please contact the Police on 101 if it is a criminal matter or your local authority for all other issues.

Dog Fouling in the Village

In response to residents’ concerns, volunteers from the Community Association have this morning cleared dog faeces from the cut grass verge along Brook Road.

For some having a dog leave its mess on the path, cut grass verge, recreation ground or on someone’s garden appears to be a laughing matter. Last year an elderly resident stepped in some dog mess, unfortunately unknown to the resident there was a slight cut on her foot and she became infected, subsequently requiring hospital treatment.

Please spread the word, clear up dog mess after your dog has defecated.
Place dog poo bags in the bin, not on a tree, hedge, railings, side of road etc.

To report dog fouling please complete the online form http://www.bromsgrove.gov.uk/my-place/street-cleaning/litter,-street-cleaning,-dead-animals-and-street-name-plates.aspx

Operation Snap – report poor driving and dangerous behaviour

 

Road users across Worcestershire, Herefordshire, Shropshire and Warwickshire can report incidents using footage from dashcams or other devices

As part of Operation Snap, members of the public can submit (via a secure online form ) 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 and Warwickshire Police where the evidence will be reviewed by one of our road traffic officers, who will enforce against any offences committed. Any footage submitted through the portal can also be used by us to help educate other road users and to advise on case results.

See the Frequently Asked Questions section (https://www.warwickshire.police.uk/article/47353/National-Dashcam-Safety-Portal-NDSP-FAQs)

For further information regarding the Safer Roads Partnership please visit the West Mercia Police Website, (Crime & Safety Section) Safer Roads Partnership

https://www.westmercia.police.uk/article/38869/About-Safer-Roads-Partnership

Traffic Issues – Background and Update on What Is Being Done to Address the Issue

During a visit to a FVCA meeting in February 2017, the Chief Constable recognised that there was an issue with regard speeding through the village and suggested that the following measures needed to be adopted:

1. Psychological interventions e.g. signs,

2. Enforcement and

3. Engineering work.

The first two have been achieved, with better signage in the village, a speed limit that is now enforceable (at the time the Traffic Regulation Order for Stourbridge Road was non-compliant) and now visits by the Mobile Enforcement Officer. The Safer Road Partnership found that the road through the village was of concern, in fact the speeds can be so high that it is deemed unsafe to operate Community Speedwatch.

The last things that needs to be done is Engineering Works. FVCA in partnership with the Parish Council, having considered the options and the community impact (residents, school, businesse, etc), have suggested suitable works for consideration by Highways. It is vital that any works are effective and have minimal negative impact on the community (residents, businesses, school, etc).

Residents, School Parents, Commuters etc are invited to email Cllr Alan Amos, Cabinet Portfolio holder for Highways, detailing their experiences and personal observations. This will help focus his mind as he considers our suggested works, i.e. works before the entrance to the village to slow down traffic and a traffic table between school drive and the post office. Please email Cllr. Amos at AAmos@worcestershire.gov.uk Please copy your email to Cllr Shirley Webb swebb2@worcestershire.gov.uk

Of course, people will be wanting more. A systematic step by step approach is required.

It is worth noting that a pedestrian crossing was considered in 2016, the cost would be £100,000 + (cost of build, consultants, electricity, etc) and the County Council said that there was a long waiting list. The works that are being proposed would provide traffic calming across the village (Stourbridge Road), whereas a pedestrian crossing provides a one-point piece of calming that in reality will only be effective when someone wants to cross the road.

Even though the County Council have trialled 20mph zones outside schools located on minor roads, the Council will not adopt a similar policy on a main B-road, i.e. Stourbridge Road.

Parking restrictions do have a part to play with regard accessibility for pedestrians, especially for enabling safe accessibility for young children, the elderly and people with mobility issues. FVCA are urging Highways to adopt strategically placed lines that have minimal negative impact. Before adoption, any further parking restrictions will need consultation.

Lastly, the Parish Council have agreed to consider an extension to the Recreation Ground carpark. Unfortunately, we need someone with planning experience to help guide us through the maze that is Green Belt regulations. If you or you know anyone that can assist us do please contact fvcommunityassociation@outlook.com