Our Nieghbourhood Plan will give you a proper say in the future for our area!
We support better play facilities(COMING SOON!) for Hopwood and protecting our Green Belt!!
BEWARE THIEVES ARE ABOUT
Beware germ free people coming around wanting to vacuum your carpets
Keep vigilant with smellie lorries , tell Worcestershire regulatory services
Following another meeting between your District Councillor (Charlie Hotham) and your Parish Councillor(Adrian Smith) and the (Alvechurch Parish Council Chairman) Andy Humphries with Worcestershire Regulatory Services(WRS) and The Animal Plant and Health Authority(APHA) at Kidderminster yesterday Helen Groves(WRS) has re- affirmed this procedure document below to assist residents in how to complain when further offensive smells wash over Hopwood. Their main advice being to get registrationn numbers of the offending lorries that are leaking (difficult I know). No legislation exists about a lorry that "just"smells ....but they are not supposed to leak onto the highway, that can be prosecuted with the correct evidence !
Odour Complaints associated with Mayfield Farm, Alvechurch
Information for residents on reporting odour issues
Following a number of recent complaints regarding odour issues associated with Mayfield Farm in Alvechurch including odour from lorries and animal waste material on the roads adjacent to Mayfield Farm; and odour from the waste transfer operation itself. Please find details below on how to report these issues for investigation:
This can be investigated by Worcestershire Regulatory Services: If it is coming from the farm itself-- if the odor is coming from spillages or leaking from transport vehicles outside of the Mayfield Farm then it is a concern for APHA ......most confusing for residents who rightly say if Mayfield farm wasn't there neither would be these sickening smells.
· To formally report odour that you are experiencing at your property contact the Duty Officers on 01905 822799 who will log your details and give you a reference number. Keep a Diary of times noting when it occurs and for how long the smell lasts and the consequences of it ...e.g. Getting washing in, closing windows, disrupting you being able to be in your garden etc.
Also report this to your County ouncillor June griffiths
· This information will be passed onto Helen Groves, the lead officer for the current investigation regarding odour issues from Mayfield Farm. Contact will be made with you to discuss the matter in more detail and odour diary sheets and a copy of the odour descriptor wheel will be forwarded to you.
· Please keep filling in the diary sheets of evidence / complete the diary sheets and forward them after a 2 week period, preferably by email, to Helen.Groves@worcsregservices.gov.uk
or by post to Helen Groves, Worcestershire Regulatory Services, Wyre Forest House, Finepoint Way, Kidderminster, DY11 7FB . Please note evidence provided by you is essential to investigate any odour allegation made. WRS assue Charlie Hotham and Myself that they are randomly visiting the area .
· A judgement will then be made on whether the odour may constitute a statutory nuisance taking into account how significant the odour is in terms of it’s intensity, offensiveness, the time of day, duration, frequency etc. and whether targeted monitoring can be organised to gather further evidence to take formal action. Please note that the nature of the business at Mayfield Farm is such that, as some of the material is not required by law to be refrigerated, there will be a degree of odour from the operation at times, particularly during warm weather and also whilst the material is in transit on the highway.
Leakage of animal by-product material on the road
This can be investigated by the Animal Plant and Health Agency (APHA) who approve and routinely inspect sites that are storing or handling animal by-products, as part of this approval the vehicles used to transport the material must be leak proof:
·To formally report vehicles that are leaking material on the road, you must provide the following information: the registration of the vehicle, the date and time, the location and a photograph (if possible) and email to firstname.lastname@example.org for the attention of Jose Rodriguez, who will investigate the matter.
Animal by-product material on the road and associated odour
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 MPon site on the 21st August.... following this article to discuss the issues again.
Complain to your County Councillor if you are not happy , be persistant JGriffiths@worcestershire.gov.uk
439 Birmingham Road
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.
SATURDAY 8TH AUGUST------2015
OH DEAR OH DEAR -----WHAT A SMELL YET AGAIN----------------POOOOOOH!
Blood and smelly stuff all over the road
Lorries leaving and arring at Mayfield Farm at 4.45 and 5.45pm spoil what had been a lovely summers afternoon by smelling out Hopwood !!
Surely you must be smelling these disgusting lorries and the evil residues they spill over Canal Side and the Main A441......
I have been told there has only been 1 or 2 complaints this year.....I can't believe it ....it could be people are fed up through complaining about this plant for years and our local Authorities do nothing about it.
I say if you get a whiff of this dreadful stink you must report it and I have put the contact details below.
You can phone officers at the phone numbers below. The business to complain about is:---
Phoenix By Products Ltd.
Details below from Worcs. Regulatory services taken form BDC web site:-...........
INDUSTRIAL AIR POLLUTION
The operation of certain industrial processes have the capacity to pollute the air around us and are consequently regulated by Local Authorities under a strict Licensing regime in accordance with the Pollution Prevention and Control Act 1999. The requirements covers a broad range of new and existing industrial processes. The Community Protection Team of WRS undertakes this service for District & Borough Councils in Worcestershire
Our Service was created on 1st June 2010 to deliver local authority functions relating to Environmental Health, Trading Standards and Licensing on behalf of:
Bromsgrove District Council, Redditch Borough Council, Malvern Hills District Council, Worcester City Council, Worcestershire County Council, Wychavon District Council, Wyre Forest District Council
The Service reports to a Joint Committee of these seven authorities comprising two elected members from each council.
Let us know what you think We want to hear from you if you’ve got a comment to make, whether it’s good or bad about any of our services. We also want to hear your suggestions about how we can improve Worcestershire Regulatory Services (WRS).
By asking for your feedback, we can make changes if we need to and make sure your contact with WRS is a positive one.
Its election time again, now you can choose the right District and Parish Councillors to represent you.
We have a new elctoral area, we are now Barnt Green and Hopwood. Barnt Green moving up in the world!
We have been represented ? I use the word very lightly with tongue firmly in cheek by Conservative councillors over many years and our ward has seen little benefit from them.
At the last election Independent councillors were elected and now improvements are being made;
Don't let the Tories or labpour back in around Hopwood, the independents are making a difference.
Re-elect Charlie Hotham Our independent candidate born and bred in Barnt Green(now part of our ward) and Vice chairman of the BG Parish Council.
Charlie is a good chap and wants to help improve matters and would be a voice for our local community without getting involved in the political back biting at Bromsgrove District Council. SO I SAY COME ON VOTE INDEPENDENT AGAIN TO CONTINUE THE GOOD WOOD ALREADY STARTED !
18TH APRIL.......HOPWOOD RESIDENTS ASSOCIATION AGM ...18TH APRIL. 12 NOON AT 5 WAYS RUGBy Club ........................................................................................................
THE BIG HOPWOOD CLEAN UP ....LITTER PICK 11TH APRIL
MEET AT HOPWOOD VILLAGE HALL 11AM FOR A COFFEE AND TO GET YOUR EQUIPMENT....... HOPEFULLY THE iNDEPENDENT CANDIDATE FOR DISTRICT COUNCILLOR WILL BE POPPING IN AT THIS EVENT OR THE agm MEETING ON THE 18TH
Have you seen the "Vehicle Activated sign" finally acuired and up and running....all we need now is the hedgerow cutting back so motorists can see the sign!!....oh well one thing at a time eh?
WE ARE STILL PUSHING FOR A FIXED CAMERA AND PEDESTRIAN CROSSING
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.
Morris Homes..on land at Hopwood island ..
!....Planning officers recommend refusal
Lea End Lane Appeal Hearing about Newhouse Farm
updates.... Appeal upheld , 6 months for the the owner to remove extra business material, and operating independent unlicensed businesses
Lea End Lane Appeal Hearing about Newhouse Farm , un-planned development in their yard and dumping material down banks and into stream, plus damage to Lea End road surface from lorries using the yard........ results on this when receive
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/
HOPWOOD RESIDENTS LITTER PICK THE AREA ....NEW LITTER PICK COMING SOON !!