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Traveller barrier bungle

Posted on August 30 2017 at 11:29:22

Sarah Rees reports from the Oakalls and Parklands.

There was confusion among some residents in early July when “land protection hoops” were erected by a small piece of land opposite Royal Worcester Crescent on Regents Park Road.

It later transpired that these railings, erected to prevent travellers from accessing land on the estate, were placed at the entrance to the wrong piece of grassland.

Upon returning from holiday, Coun Caroline Spencer immediately contacted the head of department at Bromsgrove District Council and arranged a meeting to discuss the error.

She was reassured that further site protection hoops were available and would be installed on the correct land on Regents Park Road.

Coun Spencer said that following a site visit and risk assessment held in 2016, she was pleased that the high-risk areas had been identified.

The open grassed area where the site protection hoops were incorrectly erected was in fact assessed as a medium risk area. 

A pathway for this area was just about wide enough for a caravan to gain access, leading to a further open area which could accommodate several caravans. 

Coun Spencer added: “Although assessed as a medium risk area, at least there are now site protection measures in place enabling extra peace of mind for residents.”

Additional protection hoops have now been erected in the correct location.

Six young musicians from the estate took part in their first live gig as members of a Bromsgrove Rock School which launched earlier this year.

Jake and Harry Longley, Jack and Matt Smart, and Dylan and Oscar Rees were among 12 youngsters who performed to a packed audience at The Swan Inn, Upton Warren.

Matt, aged 15, said: “I’ve had drum tuition for eight years but joining the Rock School gave me a fantastic opportunity to play with other people. I really enjoyed the gig.”

The bands will be performing again on Sunday October 1 at the Belbroughton Scarecrow Festival.

Below: Margaux Franken (vocals), Matt Smart (drums) and Jack Smart; guitarist Jake Longley.


A Parklands resident received a card in error in July. The address was that of the resident, but it was for someone called Mrs G Wardle.

The resident has lived at the property for more than 14 years and has no knowledge of a previous owner by this name.

If anyone knows Mrs G Wardle, please contact us and we will try to get the card to the correct recipient.

Please contact me with your news, views and concerns about any aspect of life on the estate. Email: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

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