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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

Lawton April 19

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.

More graffiti from ‘Tanksy’
Posted on February 25 2019 at 2:53:29

Following on from your item in the February issue (Green graffiti protest), here is some additional work (above) by the anonymous environmental artist.

Bonfires bring air pollution
Posted on February 25 2019 at 2:51:29

This picture was taken on a Friday morning at 9am. All this talk about air pollution, yet as I write this bonfire has been burning for more than two hours and is still going.

Bench makes beautiful sight
Posted on February 25 2019 at 2:49:29

I took the photo above while I was out on a run in Lickey Hills.

Lawton’s View
Posted on January 31 2019 at 2:46:31

FEBRUARY 2019

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THE VILLAGE VIEW
Posted on January 31 2019 at 1:45:31

What a fine mess party politics has got us all into. After more than two years, the mist has lifted to reveal a Prime Minister more concerned with preventing her party being rent asunder than the future of the country she is supposed to be governing.

Libraries should be fully staffed
Posted on January 31 2019 at 1:42:49

I attended the public consultation at Rubery Library for the proposed changes to our local libraries and would like to make the following points.

When will the tip farrago end?
Posted on January 31 2019 at 1:40:49

So the saga of the Marlbrook Tip continues. Recent inspections have shown that the landowner has been importing hardcore to the site.

Tipping point
Posted on January 31 2019 at 1:36:49

On December 13 at 15.20 (3.20pm in old money), as I turned on to Rose Hill, a line of us followed a heavily-overloaded tipper truck up the hill.

The small birds are here!
Posted on January 31 2019 at 1:33:49

Richard Page wants to know where the small birds are (Village Views, January 2019).

Thanks for bin collection
Posted on January 31 2019 at 1:32:49

We would personally like to thank Councillor Charles Hotham for arranging to get the grey bins collected after we had missed out before Christmas.

Get your facts straight
Posted on January 31 2019 at 1:25:49

On Saturday January 5, I received a note through my letter box asking if I could clear an amount of dog waste from the waste ground at the side of my flat.

Parked cars are a real danger
Posted on January 31 2019 at 1:22:49

I recently contacted Worcestershire County Council’s Highways department about the parking situation on Fiery Hill Road.

Oh, sugar!
Posted on January 31 2019 at 1:20:49

It’s good to have a monthly recipe, but could you and your recipe writer please not describe something as a “healthy treat” and “full of good ingredients” when it is in fact full of sugar?

Lawton’s View
Posted on December 28 2018 at 3:14:59

JANUARY 2019

Lawton Jan 2019

THE VILLAGE VIEW
Posted on December 28 2018 at 2:13:59

With all the talk of referendums (and despite the protestations, it doesn’t look like there’s any sensible way out of the Brexit Mayhem without another one) some villagers have been left scratching their heads as polling cards for a totally different referendum, on January 10, drop through their doors.

Green belt ‘gifted’ to developers
Posted on December 28 2018 at 2:12:59

Thank you for alerting me to the District Plan consultation timeframe recently – which, like yourselves, I found to be a challenging read.

Tree trouble
Posted on December 28 2018 at 2:11:59

When I was on Barnt Green Parish Council I found out they were paying £200 each year for supply and installation of a Christmas tree.

20mph brings many benefits
Posted on December 28 2018 at 2:10:59

I write in response to the letter from an Alvechurch resident in last month’s edition, apparently motivated by the inconvenience caused by having to slow down at the two pinch gates in the village.

Remembering Robin
Posted on December 28 2018 at 12:48:59

I read with interest an article written in 2012 in your publication about an Alvechurch resident, Robin Walden.

Where are the small birds?
Posted on December 28 2018 at 12:46:59

I moved to Alvechurch just over a year ago and I really like The Village magazine. Now, as I’m keen to be involved with my local community, I thought I would tell you about something I’m experiencing: Where have all the small birds gone?

Planning process should be clearer
Posted on December 28 2018 at 12:42:59

Thank you for the article “How To Object” last month, but please could you make a correction?

Thanks for clear path
Posted on December 28 2018 at 11:07:59

A big thank you to the guys from Hillscourt Conference Centre/NASUWT for clearing the pathway on Rose Hill.

Lawton’s View
Posted on November 30 2018 at 11:33:55

DECEMBER 2018

Lawton's View Dec 2018

THE VILLAGE VIEW
Posted on November 30 2018 at 9:57:55

Every other week, usually on a Thursday afternoon, I run my near-nonagenarian father from Barnt Green over to the library in Alvechurch.

Planning laws are ‘undemocratic’
Posted on November 30 2018 at 9:54:55

The current planning laws are grossly undemocratic, and our local councils should be ashamed that they participate in the implementation of them.

Slower traffic will create pollution
Posted on November 30 2018 at 9:53:55

I see the 20mph speed limit is back on the agenda for Alvechurch. I would like to make the following observations.

Thank you, Peter
Posted on November 30 2018 at 9:51:55

I am the sister of the late Peter Rippington. I do not live in Alvechurch, but visit the village regularly to see my family. Each time I visit, I go to look at the memorial garden to my brother.

Fireworks caused panic
Posted on November 30 2018 at 9:51:55

I hope the people who set off the industrial-strength fireworks in Blackwell on Halloween were proud of themselves for creating so much noise. 

Barnt Green remembered
Posted on November 30 2018 at 9:48:55

I have been reading with interest your online article (March 2011) about Barnt Green as seen through the eyes of former resident Gavin Bantock.

Lawton’s View
Posted on October 30 2018 at 2:07:44

NOVEMBER 2018

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Too many councils for the coffers
Posted on October 30 2018 at 10:07:54

With Worcestershire County Council recently announcing a £17.9 million projected overspend in their current year budget, and the six district or city councils within the county, including Bromsgrove Council, clearly also under financial constraints, surely it is now an appropriate time to revisit the potential financial and other benefits of the whole of Worcestershire being governed by either one or two unitary authorities.

Be bike-friendly
Posted on October 30 2018 at 10:04:54

Thank you to Howard Allen for his excellent letter, “Politicians are too car-centric”, which appeared in the October edition of The Village

Double vision
Posted on October 30 2018 at 10:03:54

It’s good that The Village magazine highlights and has always supported the Alvechurch Parish Neighbourhood Plan.

THE VILLAGE VIEW
Posted on October 30 2018 at 10:33:42

If you think Brexit is a never-ending nightmare, then a foray into town planning might just tip you over the edge.

THE VILLAGE VIEW
Posted on September 30 2018 at 4:28:22

Twenty years on from our first issue, and what is most noticeable from a brief look at our coverage then and now is the resounding success of the housebuilding industry and their lobbyists.

Lawton’s View
Posted on September 30 2018 at 3:29:11

OCTOBER 2018

Lawton's View Oct 2018

Despair over speeding
Posted on September 30 2018 at 2:06:30

Can I add to your volume of motor-related concerns.

Politicians are too car-centric
Posted on September 30 2018 at 2:02:30

I was dismayed to read your article in September concerning our recently-elected “independent” politicians and their desire to “solve the growing parking problems across Alvechurch”.

Bonfires should be consigned to the past
Posted on September 30 2018 at 2:00:30

While there is much talk presently of new and old Cofton Hackett coming together and new exciting plans going ahead, what a pleasure it was to experience on a warm end-of-summer’s evening, at no later than 6pm, the sights and smells of thick, white, acrid smoke.

Barnt Green is blooming
Posted on September 30 2018 at 2:00:30

Thank you to our parish council for our lovely flowers in Barnt Green this summer.

Links to poignant wartime tale
Posted on September 30 2018 at 1:54:30

Your online article [originally published in July 2011] about the tragic crash of the wartime Blenheim aircraft was very interesting.

Happy birthday to you!
Posted on September 30 2018 at 1:52:30

Many congratulations on 20 years of The Village!

Lawton’s View
Posted on August 31 2018 at 1:19:35

SEPTEMBER 2018

Lawton's View Sep 2018

THE VILLAGE VIEW
Posted on August 31 2018 at 12:18:44

There is an entry in our 1998 office diary from Monday September 28 saying, simply: “Village #1 to press.” And here we are, 20 years later, still just about to go to press, for the 193rd time.

How to slow the traffic
Posted on August 31 2018 at 12:17:11

I read with interest your August Village View concerning the “rat run” through Alvechurch, and would like to make the following comments and suggestions.

Roundabout signs are dangerous
Posted on August 31 2018 at 12:15:11

It was interesting to read Sarah Rees’ report on the problems with the Oakalls roundabout (The Village, August 2018).

Long wait spoils benefit of new train timetable
Posted on August 31 2018 at 12:11:11

In common with so many travellers who have looked forward to the extension of the Cross City line to Bromsgrove, I was dismayed to find that trains stopping at Barnt Green at 19 minutes past the hour result in a wait of over 40 minutes at Bromsgrove for a connecting train to Worcester and beyond.

Lawton’s View
Posted on July 30 2018 at 2:01:55

AUGUST 2018

Lawton's View August 2018

THE VILLAGE VIEW
Posted on July 30 2018 at 1:00:55

The extended closure of a village road has highlighted once again the problem of the “rat run” from Redditch through much of this area into south Birmingham and the growing Longbridge development.

The aliens have landed!
Posted on July 30 2018 at 12:55:03

Right then: Mr Julian Cobbledick of Cofton Hackett (Village Views, July 2018) has a point with regard to “strange lights” in the Lickey Hills.

Mystery of empty housing estate
Posted on July 30 2018 at 1:54:03

Every now and then I like to have a browse through The Village magazine although I’m living far from my roots now.

Thanks to garden owners
Posted on July 30 2018 at 12:51:03

May I offer a huge thank-you to the lovely people of Alvechurch who opened their gardens on a glorious weekend under the National Garden Scheme.

Record amount raised
Posted on July 30 2018 at 12:50:03

I thought you would like to know that in spite of a certain football match taking place on the Sunday of Alvechurch Open Gardens, we managed to raise a record £5,115.

Lawton’s View
Posted on June 30 2018 at 12:20:49

JULY 2018

Lawton's View July 2018

THE VILLAGE VIEW
Posted on June 30 2018 at 11:19:54

You are probably expecting to read another column of head-banging bemusement over the antics of Bromsgrove District Council.

New station, old problems
Posted on June 30 2018 at 11:17:21

Last month’s letter, “Traffic frustration”, made interesting reading.

Infrastructure has whiff of decay
Posted on June 30 2018 at 11:16:21

I feel truly privileged to live in this part of Worcestershire – the trees are especially beautiful, not only at this time of year but all year round.

Street circus
Posted on June 30 2018 at 11:15:21

What on earth is going on with Swan Street in Alvechurch?

Lawton’s View
Posted on May 29 2018 at 12:38:11

JUNE 2018

Lawton's View June 2018

THE VILLAGE VIEW
Posted on May 29 2018 at 12:34:11

You know that feeling when you’re not convinced someone is telling you the full story? They’re doing something you don’t understand, and the justification for their course of action doesn’t make much sense either?

Speed limit conspiracy?
Posted on May 29 2018 at 11:31:10

I note that Coopers Hill in Alvechurch has now been reduced to an urbanised 30mph. 

Road only fit for horse and cart
Posted on May 29 2018 at 11:30:10

I have just driven from Barnt Green to Alvechurch and my shaken bones are yet to recover.

Traffic frustration
Posted on May 29 2018 at 11:29:10

It is high time that something drastic was done about the traffic situation in Aston Fields.

The Lickey cuckoo?
Posted on May 29 2018 at 11:28:10

Here is an original verse of seasonal poetry:

Lawton’s View
Posted on April 30 2018 at 1:45:04

MAY 2018

Lawton's View May 2018

THE VILLAGE VIEW
Posted on April 30 2018 at 12:44:24

When Alvechurch and Barnt Green faced an assault on their Green Belt land 18 years ago, this magazine reported the fight by the local planning authority to defend it.

Immoral and wanton vandalism
Posted on April 30 2018 at 12:42:40

I have just read your article (April 2018) about the proposed new town, “Barntchurch”, with great disdain.

There are better places to build
Posted on April 30 2018 at 12:41:40

Thank you for highlighting the current issues regarding future housing development in this area.

Was it a wind-up?
Posted on April 30 2018 at 12:39:40

Please tell me that the letter from Major Cuthbert Parker-Smythe (Barnt Green folks deserve a first-class service, April 2018) was a “wind up” for April 1st. . .

Maid message
Posted on April 30 2018 at 12:38:40

Dear most excellent Editor – If you would send me the telephone number of the scullery maid mentioned in Major Parker-Smythe’s letter, I would remain forever obliged to you and indebted.

Leaders needed
Posted on April 30 2018 at 12:37:40

After 12 years, I will be stepping down as leader of 1st Barnt Green Scouts, and would like to appeal for some new helpers.

Lawton’s View
Posted on March 29 2018 at 12:24:12

APRIL 2018

Lawton's View April 2018

THE VILLAGE VIEW
Posted on March 29 2018 at 11:17:36

Building homes on green fields is a profitable business. It is much simpler than taking on the challenge of brownfield sites and then, more often than not, the new homes have a greater value because of their lovely location.

New town would swamp us
Posted on March 29 2018 at 11:17:04

A proposal is to be considered by Bromsgrove District Council for 15,000 new homes on land between Alvechurch and Barnt Green.

MP should support own community
Posted on March 29 2018 at 11:03:04

Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government is the momentous title bestowed on Sajid Javid, our Member of Parliament.

Barnt Green folks deserve a first-class service
Posted on March 29 2018 at 11:01:04

I am a retired gentleman of class, born and bred in Barnt Green, and am writing to say I am much looking forward to the newly-electrified railway link to Bromsgrove.

Icy scene in Barnt Green
Posted on March 29 2018 at 9:36:00

Village reader Gill Hayes sent us this photo of an “icicle tree” on Sandhills Green, Barnt Green.

Lawton’s View
Posted on February 28 2018 at 1:46:07

MARCH 2018

Lawton's View March 2018

THE VILLAGE VIEW
Posted on February 28 2018 at 12:45:07

When plans for the “new” Longbridge were first being discussed in the years after the closure of MG Rover in 2005, there was widespread recognition that the development would increase traffic flowing between the new homes, shops and businesses that would be created there and the motorway network through this area.

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