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Lawton’s View
Posted on February 27 2020 at 4:28:24

MARCH 2020

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THE VILLAGE VIEW
Posted on February 27 2020 at 3:27:24

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

FEBRUARY 2020

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THE VILLAGE VIEW
Posted on January 29 2020 at 4:22:04

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

JANUARY 2020

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THE VILLAGE VIEW
Posted on December 19 2019 at 11:27:15

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

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

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

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

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

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

DECEMBER 2019

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THE VILLAGE VIEW
Posted on November 29 2019 at 2:05:56

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

NOVEMBER 2019

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THE VILLAGE VIEW
Posted on October 29 2019 at 10:35:58

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

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

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

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

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.

Football fundraising
Posted on October 29 2019 at 10:16:58

Following the very generous offer of Peter Gwilliam and Scott Wilkinson of Alvechurch FC to donate a season ticket for the first draw of “J’s Football Cards” in August, I was thrilled to be the winner!

Burcot homes plan will change village life
Posted on October 29 2019 at 10:16:58

It is sad to learn that the beautiful hamlet of Burcot is being forced to accept a new housing development on the garden centre site.

Lawton’s View
Posted on September 30 2019 at 4:08:29

OCTOBER 2019

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THE VILLAGE VIEW
Posted on September 30 2019 at 3:06:29

What a fine mess there appears to be on a new housing estate in Barnt Green.

The Lickeys are well managed
Posted on September 30 2019 at 2:05:08

As Chair of the Lickey Hills Society (LHS), I would like to respond to the letter from John A Ridarta in your September edition.

Rangers do a great job
Posted on September 30 2019 at 2:03:08

Your contributor last month asked about the management of the Lickey Hills. I moved back into this area from Hertfordshire two years ago.

Police should listen to residents’ concerns
Posted on September 30 2019 at 2:01:08

With regard to the issue of motorists using Ten Ashes Lane as a cut-through (Short-cut concerns, The Village September 2019), I find it interesting that the local police deem that the speed and volume of traffic was “not of a high level of concern”.

Law is clear and must be upheld
Posted on September 30 2019 at 2:00:08

Your picture of one of the six identical road signs sited at the entrances to Ten Ashes Lane, Cofton Hackett, clearly shows a red circle.

Closing junction is not solution
Posted on September 30 2019 at 1:59:08

I don’t agree with Steve Smith and his proposals that Ten Ashes Lane be closed at the junction with Barnt Green Road.

Saj is respecting ‘will of people’
Posted on September 30 2019 at 1:58:08

I would like to comment on the September Village View, and firstly point out that, like our MP Sajid Javid, I also voted “remain” in the EU referendum.

Don’t blame it all on Brexit
Posted on September 30 2019 at 1:55:08

Your September Village View bemoans local vandalism before going off on an irrational rant about Brexit.

Floral inspiration
Posted on September 30 2019 at 1:53:08

What a charming and interesting article, Flowers for the future, by Mary Green in your September magazine.

Lawton’s View
Posted on August 30 2019 at 12:33:29

SEPTEMBER 2019

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THE VILLAGE VIEW
Posted on August 30 2019 at 10:32:47

Yet again, the chairman of Alvechurch Parish felt compelled at the council’s monthly meeting to urge adults to talk to their children about the costs to everyone of vandalism.

Church has no cash to spare
Posted on August 30 2019 at 10:31:47

I would like to take the opportunity to clear up one or two misunderstandings in the letter about the new Cofton Village Hall in last month’s magazine.

Please stop the stencilling
Posted on August 30 2019 at 10:27:47

May I appeal to the grown-up who gave a stencil set to a young child as a birthday present to take it back as soon as possible.

Lickeys must be protected
Posted on August 30 2019 at 10:18:47

I wonder if any of your regular contributors know anything about the Lickey Hills – who currently manages this beauty spot and plans for the future?

Post Office is essential
Posted on August 30 2019 at 10:18:47

I wonder when we will discover the fate of Alvechurch Post Office? The building has been sold, but nobody seems to know what’s happening.

Church could chip in for the hall
Posted on July 29 2019 at 11:53:36

As a resident of Cofton Hackett, I was interested to read the article in last month’s Village regarding the apparent poor response from Cofton residents to appeals for funds to fit out the new village/parish hall.

Grubs to blame for wrecked lawn
Posted on July 29 2019 at 11:52:36

Having read Keith Hughes’s letter “That’s the badger” (July 2019), I think I can shed some light on why this has happened.

Chemical solution
Posted on July 29 2019 at 11:51:36

Keith’s problem is a chafer grub. They are a larvae that live a couple of inches under the turf and live off the roots; then the rooks, crows, magpies, foxes and badgers feed off the grub which is very high in protein.

Thanks to supporters
Posted on July 29 2019 at 11:50:36

Alvechurch Football Club would like to thank the landlords and regulars at the Swan and Crown pubs who continue to support J’s football cards, which has been an amazing support for the youth section over the years.

Time to find a new planet!
Posted on July 29 2019 at 11:49:36

With regard to Mr John B Holland’s response (July 2019) to my ongoing concerns about bonfires and their impact on air quality, we will just have to agree to disagree!

How I revitalised my garden
Posted on July 29 2019 at 11:46:36

Readers may recall my letter in January 2019 asking Where are the small birds?  I have only been in Alvechurch a short while, but I have turned my garden into a natural habitat to attract wildlife.

Lawton’s View
Posted on July 29 2019 at 12:20:36

AUGUST 2019

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THE VILLAGE VIEW
Posted on July 29 2019 at 12:17:36

This month we’ll try to observe the summer convention and keep the bees in our bonnet under control – there will be plenty enough to worry and complain about once September comes.

Bonfire gripe misses the point
Posted on June 30 2019 at 1:44:26

While refuelling my father’s bonfire on one of the many Sunday mornings during the 1940s, little did I realise that one day my actions may cause consternation to someone in the 21st century.

Tune in to Radio Cofton
Posted on June 30 2019 at 1:43:26

Reservoir Road has two new resident DJs on Cofton Hackett Radio (CHR). Myself (aka Dogtags) and my next door neighbour, Will, have our own shows at 8pm on Tuesday and Friday respectively.

Baskets brighten up village
Posted on June 30 2019 at 1:43:26

It was good to see Nick Houghton and his two helpers from Where Next? Redditch planting out containers and putting up the hanging baskets in Barnt Green.

Memories of a great friend
Posted on June 30 2019 at 1:41:26

I would like to say a few words about a great friend who lived in Alvechurch for many years.

That’s the badger!
Posted on June 30 2019 at 1:40:26

Having lived on the Lickey Hills for 20 years and the land having been in the family for 80 years, we have never been plagued by badgers – until this year.

THE VILLAGE VIEW
Posted on June 30 2019 at 1:39:26

Even though it’s summer and we usually give the bees in our bonnet a rest for a month or two, there’s one that just keeps buzzing around our head . . . and it is all to do with that fear we have of a looming Barntchurch.

Lawton’s View
Posted on June 30 2019 at 1:37:26

JULY 2019

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Lawton’s View
Posted on May 30 2019 at 1:35:07

JUNE 2019

Lawton's View June 2019

We must have clean air debate
Posted on May 30 2019 at 11:33:30

I would like to respond to John Impey and John Holland, with regard to my published concerns about bonfires in your magazine.

Let’s consign bonfires to past
Posted on May 30 2019 at 11:32:30

I am amazed at the comment by John Holland last month (Bonfires haven’t killed me yet. . .)

Graffiti culprit must come clean
Posted on May 30 2019 at 11:31:30

Despite the best endeavours of Lickey & Blackwell Parish Council, graffiti remains steadfast on street furniture including road signs, Virgin boxes and our weather station on Rose Hill and the Old Birmingham Road, Lickey.

Lure of the Lickeys
Posted on May 30 2019 at 11:30:30

An original bluebell poem offering for the “smile corner” of your lovely mag.

THE VILLAGE VIEW
Posted on May 03 2019 at 3:38:33

The independent wave continued to wash over the Village area in the Bromsgrove Council elections. The whole tract from Redditch, through Beoley, Portway, Alvechurch, Rowney Green, Barnt Green and Hopwood to the Birmingham border is now represented by independent councillors.

Lawton’s View
Posted on April 29 2019 at 3:11:55

MAY 2019

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THE VILLAGE VIEW
Posted on April 29 2019 at 2:10:55

How often have we or someone else said: “At least we’ll be able to make our voices heard at the ballot box”? Well, it’s been a long wait, four years since the last local elections, but at last the time has come to make a change at Bromsgrove.

Tories won’t stand up for village
Posted on April 29 2019 at 2:00:04

I see that once again the Conservative Party has selected a district council candidate for Barnt Green & Hopwood who lives on the other side of Bromsgrove.

Village news or entertainment?
Posted on April 29 2019 at 1:58:04

Many years ago, my boss advised me to regard the BBC and ITV news programmes as entertainment. Likewise, The Village magazine is just as much fun.

Cycle concern in Rowney Green
Posted on April 29 2019 at 1:56:04

A number of residents in Rowney Green have raised concerns about the speed at which some cyclists go down Rowney Green Lane.

Bonfires haven’t killed me yet . . .
Posted on April 29 2019 at 1:29:04

According to Mr Ridarta of Cofton Hackett (Bonfires have the potential to kill, April 2019) I guess I should feel exceedingly lucky to be alive.

Memories of our friend Robin
Posted on April 29 2019 at 1:26:04

In answer to the query (Remembering Robin, Village Views, January 2019), the bench at Alvechurch Marina is indeed in memory of our dear departed friend Robin Walden, as is the apple tree alongside The Weighbridge pub.

New homes will spoil Burcot’s beauty
Posted on April 29 2019 at 1:24:04

I agree wholeheartedly with the comments in David Barton’s letter last month. I would like to add, “Democracy is a great thing – if only the authorities would use it more often!”

Appeal for democracy
Posted on April 29 2019 at 1:22:04

Please let me clarify, after a recent experience, what I would do if I felt I had good reason to object to the planning application to build a house immediately in the vicinity of my property, and why.

Lawton’s View
Posted on March 30 2019 at 2:10:44

APRIL 2019

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THE VILLAGE VIEW
Posted on March 30 2019 at 1:09:44

The local elections fall at an awkward time for this magazine: we have to go to press with this issue before the deadline for nominations, while the elections themselves are to be held on May 2, within a couple of days of our next issue landing on doormats.

Bonfires have the potential to kill
Posted on March 30 2019 at 1:06:44

I agree entirely with the view expressed by Michael Lewis, (Village Views, March 2019), with regard to the selfish menace of bonfires.

Planning process is unacceptable 
Posted on March 30 2019 at 1:04:44

I would like to point out to John Williams (How to object to plans, Village December 2018) that the planning process is very clear even if unacceptable:

Stranger than fiction!
Posted on March 30 2019 at 1:03:44

I have just read your article on the Marlbrook Tip fiasco. It would be extremely funny if it was not true!

Stuck in the mud
Posted on March 30 2019 at 1:01:44

Barnt Green has recently been blessed with its very own balancing pond, located at the Foxhills housing estate.

Help us find Heinz
Posted on March 30 2019 at 1:01:44

My family used to live at Scarfield Farm. My mother, who is now 92, remembers with fondness the prisoners of war who helped out on the farm.

Lawn being used as field
Posted on March 30 2019 at 12:59:44

Yet again the left-hand side entrance to Greenbank in Barnt Green is being used as a field.

Lawton’s View
Posted on February 25 2019 at 4:08:29

MARCH 2019

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THE VILLAGE VIEW
Posted on February 25 2019 at 3:04:29

If there was a Top 10 of “You Couldn’t Make It Ups”, the Marlbrook Tip debacle would surely be a chart-topper.

Create hedges to attract birds
Posted on February 25 2019 at 2:59:29

I write in response to the letter Where are the small birds? in your January magazine.

Be thankful for hardworking bin collectors
Posted on February 25 2019 at 2:55:29

Further to a recent letter (Village Views, February 2019) I would like to thank all our hardworking bin collectors for their faithful and efficient service.

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