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People power sets the agenda

Posted on October 15 2009 at 12:51:53

Two meetings in a series designed to involve residents have been held by Lickey and Blackwell Parish Council.

The first, held at Blackwell First School in late September, was entitled “Dig for Victory” and was an informative and entertaining mix of environmental, wildlife and recycling matters.

One of the key speakers, Rachel Kennett, of Bromsgrove District Council, introduced many to the new 2010 waste collection system, and offered additional information on allotments and composting. Lesley Penfold, governor of the school, gave an insight into their efforts at organic gardening and involving the pupils.

Ron Smith, the parish council contracted gardener, spoke of how to make the most of planters and how he came to the profession, while Lickey Hill Country Park Ranger Steve Hinton gave a humorous talk on encouraging wildlife into your garden and showed many example of birds, insect and animals you may see.

Having produced a wonderful garden, Judy Berrow from the National Garden Scheme described the benefits opening it to the public.

The highlight of the event was the presentations of the parish council’s Annual Best Front Garden, awarded by Nikki Gow of Fresh @ Burcot Garden Centre, the award’s sponsor, following her talk on how the younger generation can easily contribute to the growing process.

The second meeting was a departure from the usual parish residents’ meetings and encouraged a more pro-active role in determining the future precept and its use.

The Community Power meeting discussed an initiative called “The Power of Well-Being”, which allows certain qualified parish councils to adopt a wide-ranging power on be behalf of the residents.

Many walks of life were represented at the meeting at Hillscourt Conference Centre in Lickey: the police, education, business, both district and county councils, the residents and the parish council.

“As a first step, we had a very lively discussion on local affairs, some within the scope of our council and others really a wish list,” said Coun Keith Woolford. “With next year’s budget presently being considered, we will be taking careful note of what our residents and those working in the parish feel is needed.”

 

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