Tuesday March 19 2019



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Last-minute lorry stop

Bromsgrove District Council served a temporary stop notice on lorry activity at Marlbrook Tip – just one hour before the latest, long-awaited meeting in the tip saga was due to begin.

‘Promising’ path ideas

The latest developments on the rail crossing diversion in Blackwell look “promising and optimistic”, Lickey & Blackwell parish councillors heard.

Time to have your say on plan

A public consultation on the joint Lickey & Blackwell and Cofton Hackett Neighbourhood Development Plan will run until March 29.

Celebration time

Members of the Alvechurch Neighbourhood Plan steering group, past and present, toasted the successful public approval of the plan with a gathering at The Weighbridge pub.

Village’s ‘fallen angel’

Following complaints over the cutting down of the village Christmas tree in November, two further festive mishaps befell Barnt Green, councillors heard.

Dance donation

Members of Alvechurch Border Morris presented a cheque for £208 to Redditch Nightstop.

Hoping for your vote

Neil Harris, a village Conservative hopeful in May’s local elections, explains why he – and his party – should be given a chance . . .

Independents’ day?

With local election campaigning about to begin, independent hopefuls in Bromsgrove are pooling ideas and experience as they push to change the face of local government.

You really could not make it up

The latest chapter in the sorry saga of Marlbrook Tip sees laden lorries returning to the Green Belt beauty spot with full loads, yet the authorities charged with drawing it to a close appear to be nowhere near finding an ending and the story is beginning to repeat itself. We try to make sense of the latest plotlines . . .

Waes Hael to all

Muskets, Morris dancing and general merriment were the order of the day at the Alvechurch wassail.

Daisy’s story raises smiles

A budding author from Barnt Green has won a young writers’ competition with her short story about a case of mistaken identity.

Oakalls litter pick

The Oakalls & Parklands Community Events Association is to hold its Annual Litter Pick as part of the Great British Spring Clean.

Chance to see classic comedy

Alvechurch Dramatic Society present Noël Coward’s classic comedy Blithe Spirit as their spring production.

Bromsgrove boys win BAFTA for short film

Two former Bromsgrove school pupils have won a BAFTA for their short film.

All change

Out-going Barnt Green parish clerk Gill Lungley handed over the reins to her successor, Tracy Bodley.

Holes in Hewell Road

By the time you read this, Severn Trent should have finished digging “trial holes” in Hewell Road, Barnt Green, in preparation for replacing the water main in the summer holidays.

Speeding ‘not a problem’

After speed monitoring on Mearse Lane and Twatling Road, district councillor Kit Taylor told Lickey & Blackwell Parish Council that although residents have a perception that drivers are speeding, the average speeds recorded were “within tolerance levels” so Highways did not consider it an official problem.

No sign of fixed speed camera

Speed was also on the agenda for Alvechurch Parish Council, which heard that the A441 in Hopwood still does not meet the Safer Roads Partnership’s criteria for a fixed speed camera.

Precept to rise

Parish councillors in Alvechurch voted to increase the precept – the part of the council tax that goes to the parish – by five per cent after a heated debate.

Bouncing bollards

New “indestructible” bollards that bounce back into place if hit by a vehicle could be installed throughout Alvechurch thanks to county council cash.




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