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Behaviour crackdown

Posted on April 20 2013 at 12:16:17


Sarah Rees reports from the Oakalls and Parklands . . .

At the March PACT meeting the local police were advised about large groups of youths gathering around Kentmere Road and the children’s play area.

The problem this caused with noise and possible anti-social behaviour was selected as a PACT priority. In a six-week period (to April 15) the local policing team made 11 high visibility foot patrols of the area and two patrols in a marked police vehicle.

On five occasions the team liaised with groups of youths regarding the feelings of local residents and the problem of noise generated by large groups. Throughout the six-week period the local policing team reported no actual offences having taken place.

It is recognised that the better weather and lighter nights may cause more frequent gatherings of young people and the police will continue to monitor the estate.

Anyone concerned about this issue can contact the local policing team by calling 0300 333 3000 or email: tardebiggeandslideslow.lpt@west


A number of potholes have appeared on the estate since the bad weather, especially on Regents Park Road, by the roundabout leading to Finstall.

Worcestershire County have budgeted over a million pounds for pothole repairs.

If you are concerned about road damage on the Oakalls, please contact the Bromsgrove Customer Service Centre (01527 881288; worcestershire .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)) or Councillors Rod Laight (.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)) and Caroline Spencer (.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)), who will take action for any reported potholes in the Slideslow ward.

Please contact me with your views and concerns about any aspect of life on the estate.
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Dylan Rees


Ten-year-old Parklands resident Dylan Rees (right) enjoyed his first professional acting experience last month.

He was one of four local children cast as evacuees in the West End’s touring production of Goodnight Mister Tom, staged at the new Alexandra Theatre in Birmingham.

Dylan was selected by the national Stage Coach Agency, which was keen to find local children with limited live theatre experience, who they felt would gain much from the opportunity to perform in a professional production.

Olivier-award winning actor Oliver Ford Davies headed the strong cast, in the title role of Tom Oakley. The four boys appeared on stage with him in a variety of scenes, as evacuees, school children and Londoners in an air raid shelter.

They also joined the main ensemble singing war time classics such as Wish me Luck and Tomorrow is a Lovely Day.

“We did eight performances in five days and it was exhausting but lots of fun,” says Dylan, who was the youngest member of the cast.

“I was a bit nervous when I realised there were about 1,000 people in the audience but when the curtain went up I just got on with my job.”

Sarah is always keen to include “claim to fame“ stories from Oakalls and Parklands residents, so please email her with your good news!

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