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A Taste of What Villagers are Saying . . .

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.

Don’t mind the residents, we just live here!

Posted on November 29 2019 at 2:02:56 0 comments

This is a suggestion to the “Cofton Hackett resident” (Village Views, November 2019) regarding their view that the No Entry sign in Ten Ashes Lane is out of date.

Look after your own leaves

Posted on November 29 2019 at 2:01:56 0 comments

It’s that time of year again when the good folk of Barnt Green believe that clearing their garden of fallen leaves means blowing them down the road and making them someone else’s problem.

Plants just need water

Posted on November 29 2019 at 1:47:56 0 comments

I was upset to read (News in brief, November 2019) that the contractors were blamed for the “disappointing” display this summer in the controversial tiered containers in Barnt Green.

A helping hand

Posted on November 29 2019 at 1:44:56 0 comments

I am sending pictures of myself and my grandson Alex doing our annual cleaning of the dirty road signs in our proximity.

Lawton’s View

Posted on October 29 2019 at 11:36:58 0 comments

NOVEMBER 2019

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THE VILLAGE VIEW

Posted on October 29 2019 at 10:35:58 0 comments

We English are a funny bunch. As the very nice chap from Post Office Ltd – a company wholly owned by the Government – finished telling residents their village post office would close its doors before Christmas and he couldn’t really say when another would open for business, he received a polite round of applause.

Don’t sacrifice our play area

Posted on October 29 2019 at 10:33:58 0 comments

I am writing with regard to Alvechurch Parish Council’s proposed car parking options for Rowney Green, and in particular the option to relocate the children’s play area.

Access-only sign is out of date

Posted on October 29 2019 at 10:28:58 0 comments

Having read much of the debate surrounding cars using Ten Ashes Lane between Groveley Lane and Barnt Green Road (Village News, September 2019 and Village Views, October 2019) can we just remember that the “Except for Access” signs are not some ancient historical local by-law.

Path has turned into quagmire

Posted on October 29 2019 at 10:18:58 0 comments

Despite the wet weather, my husband and I and our two 11-year-old Labradors set out on a fairly regular walk route from our home in Barnt Green, on to the path behind the Sports Club in Margesson Drive.

Love for the wildflowers

Posted on October 29 2019 at 10:17:58 0 comments

I wanted to say how much I appreciate the hard work, time and effort of the volunteers who are helping to sow perennial flowers in Greenbank’s wild flower meadow in Barnt Green.

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