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Band brings festive cheer

Posted on January 31 2016 at 9:36:41

BLACKWELL BAND

Sarah Rees reports from the Oakalls and Parklands . . .

Large crowds gathered for the fifth Oakalls festive concert just before Christmas.

There were a few changes to the format from previous years and Blackwell Brass Concert Band, who accompanied the carol singing for the first time, were heralded as a great success. 

The band thoroughly enjoyed their involvement on the night and would welcome the opportunity to support a similar Oakalls event in the future.

Residents enjoyed mulled Tardebigge Cider, mince pies and candy floss before the arrival of Santa at 7pm, helpfully assisted by volunteers from the Bromsgrove Lions Club.

Despite a light rain shower – the first inclement weather to beset the annual event since it started in 2010 – children flocked to Santa’s sleigh to make sure the main man was aware of how good they’d been all year, ahead of his visit on Christmas Eve.

The Bromsgrove Lions Club was extremely grateful for the donations made, which will help those in need from Bromsgrove and the surrounding areas.

Coun Caroline Spencer and County Coun Kit Taylor would like to thank those residents who volunteered to help on the evening, selling refreshments and ensuring the safety of the road closure.


SPEEDING POSES A THREAT

There have been a number of recent postings on the Oakalls Facebook page regarding speeding on the estate.

One resident posted “Speeding issues are getting worse at all times of the day and getting out of all of the roads leading off the main route is extremely dangerous.”

One of the main areas of concern is the safety of children who need to cross the busier roads, such as Regents Park Road, on their way to and from school: 

“For those of us with children it is now impossible to allow them to cross to get to school or to go to the park without close supervision,” says a resident.

These concerns have been passed on to County Coun Kit Taylor, who is in discussion with the Highways Department regarding the matter.

However, if a traffic calming resolution is possible it will be both a very slow process and a costly one.

It is strongly felt that it is often residents themselves who are travelling too fast along the main roads on the estate.

Coun Taylor says: “I take this matter very seriously. It is a problem everyone needs to be aware of. The lack of consideration by some drivers is putting the safety of all residents at risk.”-


FOOTPATH IMPROVEMENTS

Following last November’s inspection of the state of the steps leading from Davenham Road to Osborne Road, remedial work has taken place with the steps successfully redesigned.

The hedge on one side has also been cut back. This will provide a much safer route for residents using the footpath and steps.


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