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WORCESTERSHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL

 

PUBLIC NOTICE

 

Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984

 

(A441 Birmingham Road, Alvechurch)(Temporary Closure) Order 2019

 

Proposed Order: to close that part of A441 Birmingham Road, Alvechurch from its junction with B4096 Longbridge Lane to its junction with B4120 Redditch Road.

 

Reason: Carriageway Patching

 

Exemptions: to permit access to any land or premises fronting the highway affected where there is no other form of access; and to allow the works to be undertaken.

 

Diversion route: A441 Redditch Road, A441 Pershore Road South,  A441Pershore Road,  A4040 Fordhouse Lane, A4040 Vicarage Road, A4040 Howard Road,  A435 Alcester Road South, A435 Hollywood Bypass,  A435 Alcester Road, A4023 Coventry Highway, A441 Alvechurch Highway, A441 Birmingham Road, A441 Alvechurch Bypass and vice versa.

 

Maximum duration: 18 Months. Anticipated duration: 15 days Commencing: 4 April 2019

 

Simon Mallinson Head of Legal and Democratic Services County Hall Spetchley Road Worcester

 

13 March 2019













                       

Hopwood, 146 Bus time table 

 

 

Monday to Friday - 146 - Redditch - Alvechurch - Birmingham

                       
Bus Station, Redditch 05:45 06:30 07:25 08:25 09:35 then
at
these
mins
35 until 15:35 16:35 17:35
Red Lion, Alvechurch 05:55 06:40 07:35 08:35 09:45 45 15:45 16:45 17:45
Ash Lane, Hopwood 05:59 06:45 07:40 08:40 09:50 50 15:50 16:50 17:50
Redhill Rd, West Heath 06:04 06:50 07:45 08:45 09:55 55 15:55 16:55 17:55
Wharf Rd, King's Norton 06:09 06:56 07:51 08:51 10:01 01 16:01 17:01 18:01
Cotteridge Island, Cotteridge 06:11 07:00 07:55 08:55 10:05 05 16:05 17:05 18:05
Smallbrook Queensway, Birmingham 06:27 07:20 08:25 09:25 10:25 25 16:25 17:30 18:30

 

Monday to Friday - 146 - Birmingham - Alvechurch - Redditch

                     
Smallbrook Queensway, Birmingham 06:30 07:25 08:35 then
at
these
mins
35 until 15:35 16:35 17:40 18:40
Cotteridge Island, Cotteridge 06:45 07:43 08:53 53 15:53 17:00 18:05 18:58
Wharf Rd, King's Norton 06:48 07:46 08:56 56 15:56 17:04 18:09 19:01
Redhill Rd, West Heath 06:53 07:51 09:01 01 16:01 17:09 18:14 19:06
Ash Lane, Hopwood 06:57 07:56 09:06 06 16:06 17:14 18:19 19:11
The Square, Alvechurch 07:01 08:00 09:10 10 16:10 17:18 18:23 19:15
Bus Station, Redditch 07:13 08:12 09:22 22 16:22 17:30 18:35 19:27

* Not including bank holidays     

Saturday - 146 - Redditch - Alvechurch - Birmingham

 

             
Bus Station, Redditch 06:35 then
at
these
mins
35 until 16:35 17:35
Red Lion, Alvechurch 06:45 45 16:45 17:45
Ash Lane, Hopwood 06:50 50 16:50 17:50
Redhill Rd, West Heath 06:55 55 16:55 17:55
Wharf Rd, King's Norton 07:01 01 17:01 18:01
Cotteridge Island, Cotteridge 07:05 05 17:05 18:05
Smallbrook Queensway, Birmingham 07:25 25 17:25 18:25

Saturday - 146 - Birmingham - Alvechurch - Redditch

 

               
Smallbrook Queensway, Birmingham 07:35 then
at
these
mins
35 until 16:35 17:40 18:40
Cotteridge Island, Cotteridge 07:53 53 16:53 17:58 18:58
Wharf Rd, King's Norton 07:56 56 16:56 18:01 19:01
Redhill Rd, West Heath 08:01 01 17:01 18:06 19:06
Ash Lane, Hopwood 08:06 06 17:06 18:11 19:11
The Square, Alvechurch 08:10 10 17:10 18:15 19:15
Bus Station, Redditch 08:22 22 17:22 18:27 19:27

* Not including bank holidays


Sunday Bus service Ended, Diamond Bus cancel weekend bus service on Sundays


Community Walk

Brush off those cobwebs and clear your mind on
Sunday -  April 7th   
                   A WILD LIFE WALK FROM
WITHYBED GREEN

 
Leader      Mary Green (0121 445 5957)

                   
 
MEET.. The Crown’ Car park, Withybed  
Time...NOTE ....Prompt start 2.30 pm. Wear  suitable footware, some fields involved  

 

NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN(NP) IS NOW OFFICIAL

97% of voters said  YES ON THE 10TH


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 !   



 alvechurchparishplan.org/


Our Nieghbourhood Plan will give you a proper say in the future for our area!

Policies on:
Housing
Design
Environment
Leisure
Health
Education
Business
Transport 

We support better play facilities(COMING SOON!) for Hopwood and protecting our Green Belt!!
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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:

mailto:helen.groves@worcsregservices.gov.uk?body=E-mail%20Helen%20groves%20through%20this%20link

 Odour at your property

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 ahromidlands@apha.gsi.gov.uk for the attention of Jose Rodriguez, who will investigate the matter.

 

 Animal by-product material on the road and associated odour

This can be reported to Bromsgrove District Council using the contact form in the fly tipping section of their website. http://www.bromsgrove.gov.uk/my-place/street-cleaning/fly-tipping.aspx


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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 ,  be persistant
  
JGriffiths@worcestershire.gov.uk

Home address: 
Tre Dhen
439 Birmingham Road
Bordesley
Redditch, Worcestershire
B97 6RL

Phone:  01527 62018

Fax:  01527 592060

Bus. email:  j.griffiths@bromsgrove.gov.uk

Download Councillor J. M. L. A. Griffiths contact details as VCard


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.




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.

Also Contact your District and County Councillors

June Griffiths(County Councillor)  JGriffiths@worcestershire.gov.uk



Charlie Hotham (District Councillor)        charleshotham@gmail.com


Worcestershire Regulatory Services deal with Air Pollution......... their contact email is:-

http://www.worcsregservices.gov.uk/pollution.aspx


You can phone officers at the phone numbers below. The business to complain about is:---

Phoenix By Products Ltd.

Mayfield Farm

Canal Side

Alvechurch

Birmingham

Worcestershire

B48 7AA

Details below from Worcs. Regulatory services taken form BDC web site:-...........

INDUSTRIAL AIR POLLUTION

Introduction

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

Richard Williams tel : 01527 548303 richard.williams@worcsregservices.gov.uk

Steve Williams tel : 01527 548319     
steve.williams@worcsregservices.gov.uk

 

Who are Worcestershire Regulatory Services (WRS)?

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.

How can you get in touch?

Email   wrsenquiries@worcsregservices.gov.uk

Phone 01905-822799 for the WRS duty team

Write to Worcestershire Regulatory Services, Wyre Forest House, Finepoint Way, Kidderminster, Worcestershire, DY11 7WF

In person ….The majority of issues can initially be dealt with by telephone. If there is a need following this, officers will be more than happy to make an appointment to see you at your home.





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MAY: 2018

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 ! 

VOTE FOR CHARLIE HOTHAM !!  

        charleshotham@gmail.com    contact charlie through this e-mail

or 


                                         

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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

                      

January 2015

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

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 GET RID OF POLITICAL BACK SCRATCHING  IN  LOCAL GOVERNMENT SUPPORT INDEPENDENT CANDIDATES!





NOV 2014

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

Policing,


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
 
Pershore
 
WR10 2JN
 
 
 
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 !!

Lets keep the area clean if you See It ...BIn It