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Posted on August 18 2012 at 8:32:25

The duck pond

Sarah Rees reports from the Oakalls and Parklands.

The wonderful Jubilee Picnic in the Park seems a long time ago now but work for the organisers didn’t end with the event itself. The Oakalls & Parklands Community Events Association (OPCEA) held a review meeting, where it was agreed that the party had been a tremendous success.

Approximately £1,400 was raised on the day from the tombola, donations and so on. After deducting final costs there is £1,200 remaining. This will be used for arranging future events for residents, such as bulb planting and the Christmas gathering.

The first OPCEA AGM will be held on September 16. It is hoped that residents will show their support by attending. The AGM will focus on various issues including:
*  The election of new officers for 2013.
*  To find a volunteer bookkeeper so all financial transactions are professionally recorded and handled.
*  To discuss future events and ideas for bringing the Oakalls / Parklands community together.

The venue has yet to be confirmed. Please check the Oakalls Facebook page for further details.


An action group meeting was held at Finstall School. District Councillors Caroline Spencer and Rod Laight pledged their support for all residents and made it clear that accepting the developer’s approach for a public viewing of the plans should not in any way be seen as the councillors’ endorsement of the plans.

It is now accepted good practice, in the interest of the general public, to encourage developers to engage in dialogue and declare their intentions early on in the process.

Coun Laight explained that his official position as a member of the Planning Committee meant he could not comment on the application in any way. He must attend planning meetings with no pre-determined views on any application.

He also advised the Action Group to be well prepared to submit planning law-based issues in the three-minute slot they would have at the planning meeting where the application would be considered. Coun Spencer said she would also be making a three-minute submission.

Before leaving the meeting Coun Laight advised residents and their advisers to look very carefully at the promises made at the time of purchasing their homes.

Since the meeting the formal application has been made by Newland Homes and, depending on its progress, should come to Planning in October or November.

* In the July/August issue I thanked Mr Chaudhari for the samosas donated to the Jubilee party. They were, in fact, supplied by the Bromsgrove Indian Community Forum.


The duck house on the balancing pond (above) has sunk and an idea to repair or renew it has met with some enthusiasm, as has the idea of erecting some nest boxes in and around the two estates. Watch this space…

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