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Parish to engage residents in plans

Posted on September 17 2008 at 11:34:14

Lickey & Blackwell Parish Council is reaching out into the community by introducing a series of Residents’ Meetings.

The first, on Safety and Security,  was held at Blackwell First School and saw a number of high profile presenters offering information and advice to the audience.

The session started with Emma Gardiner, aged 14, representing Youth Blackwell, delivering a heartfelt message asking that youngsters should not be treated as potential trouble makers.

Applauding the sentiment was Graham Rocke from Bromsgrove Community Partnership and Chief Inspector Tony Love of, West Mercia Police, who spoke on the new Smart Water property marking scheme being introduce in the area and the amazing successes achieved.

The meeting also covered speeding and parking. Local police officer, Jayne Willetts told people parking outside schools had the effect of helping to reduce the speed of vehicles.

The next inititative in the series is Mapping our Parish, where a more hands-on approach is required. This will see volunteers “adopting” an area of their parish and recording what they find for 12 months. This will include habitat, species and landscape archaeology, contributing to the knowledge of the area.

“Many may have a peripheral interest in the subject but feel that they may lack experience’, says Coun Keith Woolford.

“That isn’t a problem. All we ask for is enthusiasm.”

The project was launched by MP Julie Kirkbride MP earlier this month,  but the opportunity to become involved remains open with areas still available for adoption.

* Learn more about Mapping our Parish and receive a special pack offering crib sheets and useful information from Coun Jill Harvey 0121 453 5838 or see http://www.lickeyandblackwellpc.org

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