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8TH MARCH 2021
NEW PEDESTRIAN REFUGE BEING INSTALLED ON THE 8TH MARCH 2021 SEE THIS LETTER FROM WCC BELOW.
TRAFFIC CONTROLLED INSTALLATION FOR ONE AND A HALF WEEK
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Up coming Community Walks
PLEASE NOTE DUE TO CORVID 19 ALL WALKS ARE CANCELLED.....THEY WILL RESUME WHEN THE GOVERNMENT ADVISES
Diamond 146 Bus Service cancelled, Hopwood now has no public transport service apart from the once a weekday restricted service, 182 and 183 to bromsgrove and back
Funding for Neighbourhood Watch signage: The money for replacement signs is in the HRA account
Adrian to contact Jane Mathews who is currently one of our neighbourhood watch ambassadors as she has now sold her house and is relocating.
1. Update from Bromsgrove District and Worcestershire County Councillor Charlie Hotham:
a. A441 Crossing. For many years the residents of Hopwood have been asking for a pedestrian crossing by the bus stop where there are currently only two bollards. Despite trying for this there is currently no funding. To install a crossing here will cost approximately £100,000. However, work can be carried out to slightly improve the refuge area by the bollards. Councillor Hotham has arranged for railings to be erected by the bollards, dropped kerbs, paint and notices to warn drivers that pedestrians will be crossing here. The Councillor has also succeeded in getting the request for a pedestrian crossing put on the list of needed crossings in Worcestershire. However, there are currently approximately 70 areas on this list, only four are completed every year in order of greatest need. It was also pointed out that the “no right turn sign” at the top of Ash lane was in the wrong place and that often cars are turning right out of Ash Lane. It was raised that better on road markings at the Ash Lane and at the garage exiting junction was felt to be needed.
Gill Lungley and John and Pauline Eagles also highlighted to Councillor Hotham that a crossing of some description was also needed at the upper end of the A441 near the Westmead Hotel as there was no crossing there at all and it was felt that people are risking their lives when attempting to cross the road to reach bus stops.
Councillor Hotham also updated the meeting on the activity of Stonehouse Waters in Stonehouse lane. The works and development of this site did not have planning permission and Bromsgrove District council put an enforcement notice /action on it. It has now been closed down.
Councillor Hotham also updated the meeting on the Verge reinforcement that has occurred in Ash Lane and Stone house lane. The work carried out initially was deemed to be substandard by an engineering review. The verges have now been reinstated but unfortunately the kerb areas and some drainage channels have been concreted in and will now have to stay.
b. State of footpaths from Hopwood Island to Roberts Corner. Concern was expressed as to the state of the public footpaths here particularly on the right hand side which is now extremely narrow in most places and paths overgrown. Councillor Hotham agreed but unfortunately there are very limited funds to address this. County Councillor Hotham has inspected these paths and feels that currently the left-hand path although in need of work is in better condition and any money available will be spent on improving this path. There is a fund of 15000 pounds available and work will be carried out from Roberts Island up wards. It was acknowledged that this will not be enough to redo the whole length of the path. The upper part of the path will be weeded, and hedgerow cut back. The work will be carried out by Ridgeway who are the company WCC has given their contract to. Disappointment was expressed about this state of affairs and in particular that there was no provision for including a cycle lane.
c. Public inquiry Report Mayfield Farm. Following years of complaints about the activities of this farm and the obnoxious smell emanating from these activities, a public enquiry was held by the traffic commissioners in regard to two areas of activity;-
ACR Haulage: The application of a standard national licence for three vehicles and seven trailers was granted. This company deals in “fallen Stock”. Following discourse with the owner our District Councillor and David Rischmiller (BDC officer) and community safety partnership team, ACR haulage agreed to change the trailers used for transportation to “hard-top” trailers as soon as possible. These trailers are owned by the Leo group who have approximately 400 trailers. All will be eventually changed to hard tops but in the meantime there may still be the occasional soft top trailer used. It was generally agreed by those present at the meeting that the frequency of the smells had diminished.
Concern however was expressed about the frequency and unsocial hours of transport entering the site. There is no current restriction on this. Those who have concerns should contact relevant agencies or Councillors.
Aisha Halal Meat LTD.
The traffic commissioner reviewed the licence in the light of the complaints received. The licence was granted subject to conditions.
· Vehicles will enter and exit using forward gear
· There will be no operation, movement, loading or unloading (other than in an emergency) before 0800 and after 2100 hours Monday to Saturday or at all on Sunday. However, by way of derogations from this rule:
A. Authorised vehicles may make a maximum of two outward movements in total between 2100 and 2330 each day from Sunday to Thursday inclusive and a maximum of two inward movements between 0700 and 0800 from Monday to Friday inclusive;
B. On the Sunday immediately preceding Christmas day and the Sundays preceding Eid-al-Fitr and Eid-al-Adha authorised vehicles may be loaded, unloaded and operated between 0900 and 2100.
C. There will be no maintenance of authorised vehicles or trailers within the operating centre, other than essential steps to ensure legality on the road.
D. Engines on authorised vehicles will not run for more than 10 minutes before leaving or after returning to the operating centre.
E. Except during loading and unloading, refrigerated vehicles and trailers will be connected to the mains electricity supply so that goods vehicles engines are not run when vehicles are not in use.
F. The operator has undertaken to fit its forklift trucks with white noise reversing alarms by 31stOctober 2019. In addition the operator has to draw up and submit a noise reduction strategy setting out further noise reducing measures. These strategies have been identified as;
· no radios to be played,
· no shouting across the yard,
· forklift to be driven slowly,
· Roller shutter on facility to be kept closed other than when loading and unloading.
G. It was highlighted at the meeting that other activities were occurring at Mayfield Farm; Councillor Hotham informed the meeting that the Environmental Agency is aware of this.
It was generally agreed by those present at the meeting that the frequency of the smells had diminished and that the farm was actively cooperating with residents to further improve the problems and their relationship with the local community.
d. Troublesome Neighbours. Concern was expressed regarding troublesome neighbours and the lack of any apparent Meaningful action being taken by various authorities. Councillor Hotham informed the meeting that if there were a significant number of complaints then a Community trigger could be actioned whereby the various authorities would need to meet. If you have any complaints regarding ongoing/persistent troublesome neighbours then please email appropriate departments for example; BDHA, the Police, Councillor Hotham, and the Parish Council. Police sergeant’s emails address email@example.com
2. Bank Account:
3. Website Payments.
HRA bank account has been changed to Lloyds due to HSBC freezing our account by mistake. A balance of £326.20, included a community grant of £150 from the Parish Council received in May 2018, was transferred to open the new Lloyds Account. It was agreed at the meeting that Adrian should be paid £264.44 for website fees he has incurred on behalf of HRA since 2014. In order that our new account balance would not be depleted to unacceptable levels by this payment, Adrian spoke to Peter Higgins before this meeting and Peter paid in another £100 payment from the initial Ombudsman fund via online transfer into the new account. It was also agreed that an additional signatory was needed for this account. It was agreed that this should be our Secretary, Janet Murphy as a neighbour of the Chairman for reasons of accessibility.
4. Further suggested actions by HRA.
Attendees were asked if they had any ideas for small projects that HRA could undertake within budgetary means. One suggestion was to sow wild flowers on recreational area in Woodpecker Close; however we would need BDHT approval for this.
Clarification was asked regarding the three dwellings for travelling people that has been approved for the bottom of ASH lane/slip road. Planning was granted as recognition for the need for more sites for travelling people. It was stated that the agreed planning was particularly for these three families. If they decide to move the approval cannot be transferred to anyone else.
Concern was also expressed regarding the parking by” park and ride “people down Ash Lane causing congestion.
A question was asked as to who is now responsible for cutting the farm hedges in Stonehouse Lane now that Stan has died.
The phone box on the A441 has been painted blue and appears to have been adopted by the police.
A very big THANK YOU to all those involved in getting the new children’s play equipment installed at Hopwood Community Centre especially the Hopwood moms (Samantha, Clare and Penny) who instigated and led the idea.
Meeting closed at 19.00hrs.
NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN(NP) IS NOW OFFICIAL
97% of voters said YES
THE NP HAS BECOME THE LEGAL PLANNING DOCUMENT FOR
THE PARISH OF ALVECHURCH- GIVING LOCAL PEOPLE A SAY IN WHAT DEVELOPMENT
SHOULD BE LIKE IN OUR PARISH !
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See latest bromsgrove Standard article about the A441 in Hopwood
(not our fault Worcestershire County Council say!! and We have done everything they have asked for.....NOT! ) Cllrs- Adrian Smith and Andy Humphries and 2 residents met with Sajid Javid our MP on site on the 21st August.... following this article to discuss the issues again.
Complain to your County Councillor if you are not happy about our highways or its footpaths ... be persistant
Local Residents picking up the missed pieces
District Councillor Charlie Hotham and Parish Councillor Adrian Smith together with Hopwood residents and their children ready to set off and clean up Hopwood.........what a fine picture they make.
GET RID OF POLITICAL BACK SCRATCHING IN LOCAL GOVERNMENT SUPPORT INDEPENDENT CANDIDATES!
HOPWOOD VILLAGE HALL IS ALIVE AND KICKING AGAIN
The new committee are begining to get the hall back in good shape again with lots of much needed maintenance being completed; roof repaired , heating renewed, new doors, signs and the hall singing and dancing in its new colour scheme.
The Village Hall was 100 years old this year and its birthday was well celebrated by local residents who along to the splendid tones of our local big band "Hopwood Junction " really enjoyed a super evening.
The start of a whole new chapter in the life of this lovely community building. So if you want somewhere to hold your party or group activity in the future,.... HVH is definitely back on the map.
28th November 2014 100 year celebtations at Hopwood Village hall
Hopwood Village Hall October 2014 Watch this space ,still work to be done.
Hopwood Residents Make a great job of cleaning up the whole area, as the local authority can't afford to do it.
Below we see some of the residents from Lower Hopwood who were galvanised into taking matters into their own hands and enthusiastically assisted by some of our younger residents. Lea End residents also joined in the good work with an equally determined group of volunteers led by one of Hopwood Residents Association's committee members, Tim Parsons. Tim organised all the equipment for both groups and the Lea End team set about cleaning their area at the same time.
Great work from our caring community. A further event is planned for the start of Spring.
Please be aware and update your security
Worcestershire Regulatory Services has received information in relation to suspected rogue traders who have recently been operating in the Malvern area.
A householder was cold called by a male who stated that roofing work needed to be carried out on her property. The caller went round to the back of the house without being invited. Unknown to the householder there were already two other men on the roof. The householder was informed that some tiles needed to be replaced. An argument then ensued between the first male and the two males on the roof as to who was to do the job. The men left the property after the householder threatened to call the Police.
The first male subsequently returned demanding payment for work he'd done on the last visit, replacing a tile and cleaning gutters. No payment was made, however the trader left saying he'd come again when he was next passing.
The trader left a calling card with the following information.
SUPER SEAL - UPVC roofline products etc
0800 29 27 199
23-25 Aintree Road
Keytec 7 Business Park
Following enquiries it has been confirmed that the trader is not at this address and has no connection with the businesses that are based at the address.
Residents should be wary of anyone cold calling at their properties, whether this is offering to carryout household repairs or merely trying to gain access to the property. Legitimate contractors and callers do not operate in this manner.
To report an incident or for advice on your rights please contact Citizens Advice Consumer Service on 08454 04 05 06
Or to report suspicious activity you can contact West Mercia Police on 101.
For Information about Local Policing
For more information or any further advice, please contact your Local Policing Team. Alternatively contact CSO 6715 HYDER at Wythall Police Station. You can find out who your LPT is by visiting our website: http://www.westmercia.police.uk/localpolicing/
Lets keep the area clean if you See It ...BIn It
HOPWOOD RESIDENTS LITTER PICK THE AREA ....NEW LITTER PICK COMING SOON AS LOCKDOWN IS OVER !!