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A Taste of What Villagers are Saying . . .

Lawton’s View

Posted on February 27 2020 at 4:28:24 0 comments

MARCH 2020

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THE VILLAGE VIEW

Posted on February 27 2020 at 3:27:24 0 comments

Predictably, there are now around 300 sites, mostly in our Green Belt, jostling for the jackpot: an “APPROVED” stamp on an application to turn the fields they outline into yet another housing estate.

‘Hostile’ plans for Green Belt

Posted on February 27 2020 at 3:26:24 0 comments

Early last year the substantial Bromsgrove District Plan document was marketed depicting benign agency models alongside an almost impenetrably extensive questionnaire (think developer site hoarding only as part of an exam).

Our democracy is a failure

Posted on February 27 2020 at 3:25:24 0 comments

Month on month your pages reflect the gradual decline of our so-called democracy. Our elected representatives at local and national level are abrogating their responsibilities to the legal establishment and the general public.

Spend our money on Cofton, please

Posted on February 27 2020 at 3:24:24 0 comments

Can I say how appalled I was to read that some undisclosed amount left over from Cofton’s section 106 money would be spent on the Lickey toposcope (News in Brief, February 2020).

Too many people on the planet?

Posted on February 27 2020 at 3:23:24 0 comments

Last month’s letters and Village View reflected the current media emphasis on ecological issues, but avoided referring to a major contributor  – human beings.

Thanks to hall volunteers

Posted on February 27 2020 at 3:21:24 0 comments

I have seen first-hand how much effort, expertise and thought has been put into planning and the legal side of the new Cofton Village Hall by the Trustees.

Hall has room for post office

Posted on February 27 2020 at 3:20:24 0 comments

People think I am a bit mad when I say that I think the downstairs committee room of Alvechurch Village Hall would make an ideal post office for the village.

‘Cowardly’ note left on carer’s car

Posted on February 27 2020 at 3:20:24 0 comments

To the individual who left a typed/printed note on a car outside Malvern Grange Flats on Greenhurst Drive in Barnt Green: this obscene and abusive note left on a carer’s car, parked while on duty, is not being taken lightly.

The wording was very unpleasant and contained various swear words, all of which was intended to intimidate, and the note has been photographed by the carer.

I have spoken to the neighbours near to Malvern Grange, who were horrified at the note.

Windmill Hill Care would like to say that although carers can make mistakes parking while on duty, it is not intentional or done with malice. On this occasion the carer had not parked incorrectly or blocked any drive or bend on this road.

This was a coward’s way of dealing with a situation. If the author had the decency to leave a polite note with contact details, it would of course be dealt with.

What a shame that individuals like this live in our village.

Jackie Grant RN, Windmill Hill Care

Only joking?

Posted on February 27 2020 at 3:19:24 0 comments

In reference to the letter in February titled:  You just can’t get the staff. . .  is this individual for real?

Lawton’s View

Posted on January 29 2020 at 4:24:32 0 comments

FEBRUARY 2020

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THE VILLAGE VIEW

Posted on January 29 2020 at 4:22:04 0 comments

Climate change has rarely, if ever, been the focus of this column over the past 20 or so years –  perhaps because it always seemed a global crisis rather than one that could be tackled at village level.

Who would vote no to Plan?

Posted on January 29 2020 at 4:20:08 0 comments

Elections can bring out the best and worse in people, not just politicians, and throw up a whole caboodle of surprises.

Praise for village illuminations

Posted on January 29 2020 at 3:19:32 0 comments

Barnt Green village after dark is usually fairly gloomy – the street lighting being far from satisfactory – especially compared with the adjacent rail station.

Farming methods have to change

Posted on January 29 2020 at 4:17:08 0 comments

In her otherwise excellent analysis “What can we do for wildlife?” (The Village, January 2020), Mary Green reinforces the idea that it’s still OK to eat meat.

You just can’t get the staff. . .

Posted on January 29 2020 at 3:14:32 0 comments

I was interested to read a letter in December’s Village which rightly recommended “paying your gardener to do a proper job” of clearing up leaves.

Disgust at dog poo in graveyard

Posted on January 29 2020 at 3:13:32 0 comments

I want to voice my utter disgust at what my family experienced on Christmas Day.

Gone girl

Posted on January 29 2020 at 3:43:27 0 comments

I drive along the Old Birmingham Road in Lickey frequently and have noticed the disappearance of the creepy child bollard.

Polling confusion

Posted on January 29 2020 at 2:42:27 0 comments

This illustration by Simon Woolford, for the Lickey Community Group newsletter, reflects the apparent confusion of some residents when voting in the Lickey & Blackwell and Cofton Neighbourhood Plan.

Lawton’s View

Posted on December 19 2019 at 12:33:15 0 comments

JANUARY 2020

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THE VILLAGE VIEW

Posted on December 19 2019 at 11:27:15 0 comments

Well, that’s a bit of a surprise: the planners at Bromsgrove District Council are standing up to the developers who have gated off a planned public right of way through Barnt Green.

Gate ‘approval’ is a new low

Posted on December 19 2019 at 11:25:15 0 comments

Regarding the blocked public footpath at Barnt Green’s Foxhills estate (Village View, December 2019): if an unwelcome development is “inadvertently approved” then the district council must be incompetent.

Where were the ‘eyes and ears’?

Posted on December 19 2019 at 11:24:15 0 comments

As chairman of the late Lickey End Parish Council, I was frequently told that parish councils are the “eyes and ears “of the parish and as such play a valuable role in scrutinising/reporting on parish-related planning matters.

Verge parking is a disgrace

Posted on December 19 2019 at 11:22:15 0 comments

I’ve been patient; I really, really have, but I feel that the issue needs to be raised once again.

Sort the station car park!

Posted on December 19 2019 at 11:21:15 0 comments

I know this has been said many times before, but when is the car park at Alvechurch railway station going to be completed?

Clean up after horses

Posted on December 19 2019 at 11:20:15 0 comments

Quite rightly, dog walkers come under fire for not cleaning up after their dog, but horse riders seem to get a free pass. They seem to let their animals poop with gay abandon.

Lawton’s View

Posted on November 29 2019 at 3:05:56 0 comments

DECEMBER 2019

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THE VILLAGE VIEW

Posted on November 29 2019 at 2:05:56 0 comments

It’s hard to believe that, with everything else going on in the world and the country (apparently there’s a General Election), we find ourselves once again exercised to the point of distraction by the planners of Bromsgrove.

The journey to Barntchurch?

Posted on November 29 2019 at 2:04:56 0 comments

Your article “Green Belt roll-back” (October 2019) highlights a concern that the new Bromsgrove District Council (BDC) Plan Review is keeping the GL Hearn study (a desktop study by London consultants) as an option

Harness power of green verges

Posted on November 29 2019 at 2:04:56 0 comments

It’s great to see community spirit in Alvechurch channelled into “green” things like litter clearance and making the village as plastic-free as possible.

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