Churchill & Blakedown
Parish Council Newsletter
CHURCHILL AND BLAKEDOWN PARISH COUNCIL
Clerk: Roger Gurney, 56 Malvern Road, Powick, WORCESTER WR2 4RT
01905 830756 Mobile: 0782 444 7555 email:
Communication with residents:
Gordon Stevens has taken over the running of the Parish web site. He keeps this up to date with Parish Council information and other items of interest. The Parish Council has continued its full support to the Parish Plan Working Group’s preparation of the Churchill and Blakedown Parish Plan. This has recently been the subject of public consultation.
Arthur Trow has decided to retire from mowing the grass at the War Memorial, a task he has done since the early 1930s.(see newspaper article via this link)This is a remarkable achievement to have done the same voluntary work for over three quarters of a century. Mark Jones continues to work in the Parish as the Parish Lengthsman and Handyman. Evidence of his efforts as lengthsman can be seen along the minor roads where water runs-offs and footways have been cleared back. As handyman the general improvement by the removal of litter and tidying up around seats and bus shelters can be seen. The Parish Council has continued to take over some litter picking duties from Wyre Forest DC, for which a very modest reimbursement is made. Vernon Rudge is contracted to cut the playground and highway verges.
The Parish Council successfully supported the retention of the Post Office.
The Parish Council agreed to budget for £25,000 for the coming year, as this will enable the programme of maintaining the appearance of the Parish (through the handyman/ lengthsman) to continue and to support parish organisations. In 2008/9 grants totaling some £2,092 have been given; this includes churchyard maintenance at both churches (£330 each), Millennium Green Trust (£264), Churchill PCC (£600), Churchill and Blakedown Sports Committee (£468), WRVS (£100). The Parish Council has made a contribution of £1,150 towards kerbing work in Station Drive. The Council has been reimbursed for some grants.
Highways and Parking:
The Parish Council has pressed for work to be done in Station Drive, as a step to solve the problems of parking on the roads around the station, which is having an impact on local residents and the Shoppers car park. The County Council is being pressed to introduce a 20mph speed limit near the school.
48 applications have been responded to and comments have reflected the views of local residents. 4 applications needed considerable discussion – proposed car park at Station Yard; proposed redevelopment of Little Champson; proposed redevelopment of Duckpen Cottages; and the proposed development off Mill Close. Comments have been made on 5 planning appeals.
CHURCHILL AND BLAKEDOWN PARISH COUNCIL NEWSLETTER JANUARY 2008
Parish Council Members are working towards the Parish Council becoming a Quality Parish Council. A regular newsletter is part of this process, keeping residents informed of its activities.
The Parish Council is supporting the preparation of a Parish Plan, which seeks ideas & concerns from residents. The first period of consultation is to start shortly; please submit any comments or views to the Parish Plan Working Group.
Since the election in May 2007 there are several issues which have been regularly discussed at Council meetings, including;
- Improvements to Station Drive and the control of car parking in the vicinity
- Action to improve the safety at Churchill cross roads
- Improvements to the access to the Shoppers car park
- Action to control speeding vehicles along Belbroughton Road
- General policing presence in the Parish
- Monitoring the national proposals for reducing the number of post offices and to support the retention of Blakedown Post Office
The Parish Council does give financial support to organisations in the Parish and since May 2007 grants have been given to the Friends of Blakedown Playground (towards the playground refurbishment), Millennium Green Trust (insurance), Sports and Recreation Committee (mowing and pavilion repair) and the churches at both Blakedown and Churchill (churchyard maintenance).
Mark Jones, the parish handyman and lengthsman, works hard to keep the parish tidy and the minor roads clear of standing water, leaves and overhanging branches.
The Parish Council raises most of its revenue through its precept. This coming year the Council is very keen to continue its programme of maintaining the appearance of the whole parish (through the handyman/lengthsman) and to give financial support to parish organisations, and to do so has agreed that the precept is increased by just over £5,000, to £18,000.
Parish Council agenda and minutes: - www.churchillandblakedown.co.uk,
The Parish Council:
Mrs Sallyann Cartwright (700808),
Simon Charman (700507),
Peter Dearden (Vice Chairman) (700603),
Tim Gardiner (701204),
Jim Long (701168)
Vickie Swindells (01384 440071)
Mrs Pauline Hayward (700476),
Brian Pitt (700819),
Bob Whiston (01384 560606) (Chairman)
Clerk to the Parish Council: Roger Gurney (01905 830756)