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Posted on June 29 2014 at 2:00:33

Long grass

Sarah Rees reports from the Oakalls and Parklands . . .

At the start of the Spring Bank Holiday, Councillor Caroline Spencer was notified that the grass area dividing the highway to and from Redditch was seriously overgrown.

This was exacerbating an already dangerous junction for residents negotiating the roundabout to enter the Oakalls (pictured right).

On the Bank Holiday Sunday, Coun Spencer spoke to and emailed the Portfolio Holder at Bromsgrove District Council who oversees grass cutting, reporting the urgency of getting the grass cut.

This task was given the priority it deserved and the grass was mowed on the Tuesday morning immediately following the long weekend break.

Coun Spencer has long been a strong supporter of residents’ needs. She always acts swiftly in an attempt to ensure matters of concern are resolved as quickly as possible.

Residents are very fortunate to have such a pro-active councillor supporting them.

The role of our local councillor goes beyond tackling the problem areas associated with life on the estate.

Coun Spencer has been a strong force in co-ordinating many events – from bulb planting to the festive carol concert which has taken place for the past three years.

This is always well attended and has become an annual community celebration which many look forward to.

She was also significantly involved in the planning of the hugely successful Jubilee picnic in May 2012. Around 1,000 residents, friends and families enjoyed a gloriously sunny afternoon with live entertainment, food and drink stalls and children’s activities.

It was hoped that an event could be held on the estate this summer, for the benefit of the Oakalls and Parklands community. However, a request for volunteer helpers in the April Village resulted in zero response. Such events cannot be managed single-handedly.

Please consider the importance of getting involved, even with a small time commitment, to ensure we develop the “village” spirit that was the anticipated essence of the estate when it was first conceived.

There are not many estates that have the benefit of a local councillor who is not only prepared to champion their cause regarding problems but who also invests valuable time in co-ordinating events which forge stronger resident relations.

Opening Oakalls Grange

The prestigious new development of three-, four- and five-bedroom homes off Regents Park Road is now officially open and is proving to be an unprecedented success for Newland Homes.

Residents might remember that it was Coun Spencer, along with Coun Rod Laight, who initially liaised with Newland Homes and helped ensure that residents were consulted ahead of the planning application.

From the first consultation meeting in April 2012 to the showhome opening in May 2014, Coun Spencer has been actively involved in making sure residents’ concerns were heard, and she has liaised continually with Newland Homes to minimise any disruption to current residents as a result of the build process which began last September.

Prospective purchasers, a number of whom are existing Oakalls home owners, now have the opportunity to view the eagerly-anticipated showhome, which was officially opened by Coun Spencer on May 24.

Given her involvement with the estate, Newland Homes’ sales manager, Gail Remnant, was delighted when Caroline agreed to open the showhome and so officially launch Oakalls Grange.

Should you have any local issues which you would like to discuss with Caroline, you can contact her on 01527 832414 or email: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

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Above left: Coun Spencer opens the Hamilton showhome with Gail Remnant, Newland Homes’ Sales Manager, and Sales Advisor Jo Smith.

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