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County Councillor Report- Cleeve Prior          

APM 2016/17 & 12 month Summary – 10th May 2017

Prepared by Alastair Adams

 

Littletons Division, Worcestershire County Council

 

Thank you for everyone that voted for me on 4th May, and I confirm I was duly elected with 1991 votes (63%). So I am your County Councillor for another 4 years, and I promise to continue to work hard to represent the interest of all 8 villages in the Littleton Division, and to make sure our voices are heard in County Hall.

Another year flown by!

 

At the APM, it is good to look back over the last 12 months and review the improvements to Cleeve Prior and the surrounding area carried out with the help of Worcestershire County Council.  Here is a reminder of some of the things that have happened over the last 12 months;-

 

  1. Advisory 20mph speed limit infront of Cleeve Prior school along Main Street. – all working
  2. New signs erected directing HGV’s  to avoid weight restricted roads and weak bridges. Installed by Worcestershire and Warwickshire County Councils.Also Unipart re-inforce the Lorry Advisory Map to all their hauliers and erected new signs and printed new literature.
  3. Patching and road repairs - There have already been a lot of road improvements around the area– re-surfacing and patching in most villages and along the main routes such as Buckle Street & B4035. Mill Lane was repaired on the stretch to the Wharf with about 10 tonnes of binder. Major works planned for Main Street in the next few months including new kerbs and pavements
  4. Long stretch of Pavement in Cleeve Prior re-tarmacked along Evesham Road B4085
  5. Cleeve Road Ditch clearance & Culvert on Manor Marlcliff side of The Manor,
  6. Speed checks are continuing to be done by PC Jamie lee and the 2 CSO Bradley & Elliot around the area
  7. Mobile Speed cameras in the area -. The good news , (or maybe the bad news if you get a ticket!) is West Mercia Safer Road have now added 2 sites to their Mobile Speed Enforcement cameras in the area from July 2016.
  8. Offenham Rd/Elm Road roundabout – we eventually got agreement after 3 years of pushing! Work started in November, and it is now all finished – Feedback from residents that use it during rush hour say it is a big improvement.
  9. Footpath behind the Travellers site – Worcestershire County Council is organising a litter by the Community payback team of offenders.
  10. Pot Hole/Collapsed drain Hoden Lane –  repaired
  11. Skip at the end of the bridle path, Mill Lane – this has been removed and a new entrance to the Bridleway erected by WCC Countryside Services

 

  

Other more County-wide improvements

     1.      Surfacing dressing– Spring is the start of road patching and surface dressing and many roads around the area wereimproved

  1. Recycling Reminder - There are lots of things you should NOT put in your Green bin such as batteries, black plastics, aluminium foil, old flower pots, electrical appliances, old saucepans, shoes, cloths, etc. And unfortunately if you do put these things in, they you are wasting them! Many of these items can be recycled in the right place –either at certain recycling sites at various shops, or at the Household Recycling Centres.

 

 

 

So please help the environment and only put into the Green bin the items as specified on the top of your green bin or as per the website http://www.severnwaste.com/envirosort/what-can-i-recycle/

 

  1. 3.      WCC Driving Home Highways programme - An extra £12m is being spent on rural roads over 2 years. I have identified several roads in my Division requiring attention.
  2. 4.      Worcestershire has one of the fastest growing economies in the UK, and the Worcestershire Local Enterprise Partnership have ambitious plans to further boost the economy by £2.9billion, and create 25,000 new jobs by 2025.

 

The County Council has put the economy as one of their key priorities, and have made significant investment in achieving the following:-

 

  • Nearly 100,000 properties & Businesses connected to Superfast Broadband in the last 4 years, and more to be achieved by Summer 2017
  • Building a new business park near junction 6 of the M5 called “Worcester Six” which will eventually create 5,000 jobs
  • Expanding Vale Park in Evesham & Malvern Hills Science Park
  • 16,000 new apprentices starts between 2012 & 2015
  • New £24m Bromsgrove railway station – opened in July 2016
    • A major new regional interchange station is being built near Worcester which will link the Worcester to London, and Birmingham to Bristol railways – to be called Worcestershire Parkway. So you will soon be able to catch a train at Honeybourne and travel to Bristol! It is planned to open by the end of 2017.

 

  1. The new Energy-from-Waste plant in Hartlebury is now fully operational – April 2017. This means all the waste in the black wheelie bins that used to go to land fill will now generate electricity instead. It will treat up to 200,000 tonnes of waste, producing 15.5 MW of electricity for export to the grid – enough to power all the homes in Kidderminster.

  

County Council Gypsy Site update

 The County Council run site sits alongside a larger privately run Gypsy site on Evesham Road. The site WCC manages is leased to Council (by 5 different owners) and the lease runs out in May 2018. The County Council have decided they will not be renewing the lease on the site and are aware that at least one of the owners would not wish to renew a lease agreement anyway.

 There are several vacant plots on the County Council site as a result of tenants leaving but the Council does not intend to accept any new residents at Cleeve Prior due to the short length of time left on the lease.

 Councillor’s Divisional Fund

 

  1. Cleeve Prior Pre School- grant paid for tables and mats
  2. Cleeve prior Short Mat Bowls Club wanted some help with a new mat. The existing one is 30 years old - grant paid
  3. Cleeve Prior Chroniclers wanted a document display stand to hold all the historical information on the village - grant paid
  4. Cleeve Prior Wharf – grant requested for life buoy, table and sign – grant paid
  5. Cleeve Prior Heritage have applied for a partial grant for a new toilet block – grant paid

 

 

 

 

 

Your County Councillor, Alastair Adams can be contacted on adams.pebworth@gmail.com  or mobile 07725 979 277 or www.alastairadams.org

 

 

 

End of report.

 

 

County Councillor Report- Cleeve Prior          

Month: April 2017

Prepared by Alastair Adams,  Littletons Division, Worcestershire County Council

 

County Council elections taking place on 4 May

Just a reminder that the County Council elections are on Thursday 4th May.  It is 4 years ago I was elected for the first time to County Hall. I stood for election as I was fed up with the poor condition of the roads around us, and our broadband was virtually non-existent! I am pleased to say that in the last 4 years County Council have listened, and their officers have visited Cleeve Prior many times and carried out improvements. We now have Superfast Broadband, and many of the roads and pavements in the area have been improved but there is still more to be done. If you are happy with what I have achieved over the last 4 years in Cleeve Prior and the surrounding areas, then please support me on the 4th May.

 

The new Energy-from-Waste incinerator in Hartlebury is now fully operational – April 2017. This means all the waste in the black wheelie bins that used to go to land fill will now generate electricity instead. It will treat up to 200,000 tonnes of waste, producing 15.5 MW of electricity for export to the grid – enough to power all the homes in Kidderminster. The Energy-from-Waste facility is the largest single piece of capital infrastructure in Worcestershire and Herefordshire and marks the virtual elimination of landfill in the two counties.

 

Highways issues :-

  1. New pavement along Evesham Rd – when these pavements were re-surfaced recently, they used a new method called “Microsurfacing” however there was a problem with the application and therefore Ringways will re-attend and re-finish the work in April. Now completed.
  2. Pavement Access to The Close, Cleeve Prior – This will be a new pavement construction and therefore monies are needed to fund this. I have flagged it for future funding.
  3. 3.    Cleeve Road Ditch clearance & Culvert on Manor Marlcliff side of The Manor, Cleeve Prior – works due to start before the end of April
  4. Footpath behind the Travellers site – Worcestershire County Council is organising a litter by the Community payback team of offenders.
  5. Main Street – pot holes and requires patching/re-surfacing. I have flagged this to Highways and requested my Highways Liaison officer visits to inspect.
  6. Pot Hole/Collapsed drain Hoden Lane – to be repaired before the end of April

As always, if you have any issues on any Highways matters, please report it on the WCC website http://www.worcestershire.gov.uk/homepage/98/report_it Also remember a photo of the Highways problem is as good as “a thousand words” so always take a photo where possible

Divisional Funds.

  1. Cleeve prior Short Mat Bowls Club wanted some help with a new mat. The existing one is 30 years old - grant paid
  2. Cleeve Prior Chroniclers wanted a document display stand to hold all the historical information on the village - grant paid
  3. Cleeve Prior Wharf – grant requested for life buoy, table and sign – grant paid

 

The purpose of the Divisional Fund is to help local community organisations that are run by volunteers who dedicate a lot of their time free of charge to make a difference to the community. There are all sorts of community organisations in our area from Scouts and Cubs, Girl Guides to Toddlers and Mums Groups, Football and Cricket clubs, Senior Clubs to Sea Cadets, Heritage and Historical societies, Youth Clubs and the local WI, Rural Cinema to Gardening clubs, Maypole and Village Hall committees, BretFest and village fete committees, Friends of the Church to British Legion,  Bowls clubs to Britain in Bloom village groups,  cycling groups like H-Bug and many more. In fact there is so much going on in the 8 surrounding parishes, you would be amazed. All 8 surrounding villages have relative good websites listing all the events on in each village. So have a look at some of the surrounding village websites.

 

Your District & County Councillor, Alastair Adams can be contacted on adams.pebworth@gmail.com  or mobile 07725 979 277 or www.alastairadams.org

 

Month: March 2017

Prepared by Alastair Adams   

Littletons Division, Worcestershire County Council

 

Divisional Funds.

As it is the end of the Council’s financial year at the end of this month, there was a flood of applications for grants from local groups. I was pleased to be able to help them as follows, and 3 from Cleeve Prior benefitted:-

  1. Cleeve prior Short Mat Bowls Club wanted some help with a new mat. The existing one is 30 years old - grant processed
  2. Bretfest – Bretforton Music festival 15th – 22nd July wanted some help with the hire of a piano for the event - grant processed
  3. Cleeve Prior Chroniclers wanted a document display stand to hold all the historical information on the village - grant processed
  4. Pebworth Rural Cinema wanted some help with a new BluRay player and marketing material - grant processed
  5. Cleeve Prior Wharf – grant requested for life buoy, table and sign – grant processed
  6. Bretforton Community Shop want some paint to decorate their shop floors - grant processed
  7. Honeybees WI have put in a request for some new tables – grant paid
  8. Honeybourne Village Hall wanted some help to set up a rural cinema – grant paid for a projector and a screen
  9. Littletons Juniors want some help with a new football kit for the team,  and some footballs  - grant processed

 

What’s going on in your Neighbouring Villages? – I cover 8 parishes and I am always amazed on the number of clubs, and community groups that are organising events every month from rural cinema to short mat bowls, senior clubs to youth clubs, WI to Heritage Trusts; there is a lot going on. I have suggested each village web site has a link to all their surrounding villages so any resident can see what is going in their neighbouring villages; See your neighbouring parish websites:-

http://www.southlittleton.org.uk/

www.pebworth.org

http://www.northandmiddlelittleton-pc.gov.uk/

http://offenhamvillage.co.uk/

http://www.badsey.org.uk/

www.honeybourne.org.uk 

So make sure you have a look at what is going on in your neighbouring villages.

 

Highways issues :-

  1. New pavement along Evesham Rd – when these pavements were re-surfaced recently, they used a new method called “Microsurfacing” however there was a problem with the application and therefore Ringways will  re-attend and re-finish the work sometime in April.
  2. Footpath behind the Travellers site – Worcestershire County Council is organising a litter pick by the Community payback team of offenders.
  3. Skip at the end of the bridle path, Mill Lane – this has been removed and a new entrance gate erected by WCC Countryside Services
  4. Main Street – pot holes and requires patching/re-surfacing. I have flagged this to Highways and requested my Highways Liaison officer visits to inspect.
  5. Pot Hole/Collapsed drain Hoden Lane - reported

 

As always, if you have any issues on any Highways matters, please report it on the WCC website http://www.worcestershire.gov.uk/homepage/98/report_it Also remember a photo of the Highways problem is as good as “a thousand words” so always take a photo where possible. 

 

County Councillor Report- Cleeve Prior          

Month: February 2017

Prepared by Alastair Adams   

Littletons Division, Worcestershire County Council

 

Worcestershire County Council – New Corporate Plan

See the new corporate plan - http://www.worcestershire.gov.uk/info/20088/about_your_council/109/worcestershires_corporate_plan

 

There is much to be celebrated in what has been achieved so far, and the Council has ambitious plans to continue to improve and develop the County.

 

Did you know that Worcestershire;-

  • is one of the fastest growing economies in the Country
  • has 9 out of 10 schools rated good or outstanding
  • delivered 16,000 apprenticeships between 2012-2015
  • has over 90% homes able to connect to Superfast Broadband
    • will be building a new regional interchange railway station called Worcestershire Parkway that will connect the  Worcester to London network with Birmingham to Bristol network just off junction 7 of the M5

 

There is lots more in the plan, and it is worth a read.

 

Worcestershire LTP4 (4th Local Transport Plan)  is out to consultation, closes 17th March 2017 see  http://www.worcestershire.gov.uk/LTP

 

County Council Budget 2017/18, and Council Tax 2017/18

It is that time of year when Council Budgets are approved and this has direct impact on the Council Tax you pay.

 

Central Government have allowed County Councils to increase local tax by a maximum of 4.9% (of which 3% can only be used solely for Adult Social Care, and 1.9% for other uses)

 

As you have heard on national news, Adult Social Care is consuming ever more of the budget of all councils. This is partly due to the aging population, but one fact the media often forget to mention is that Council Adult Social Services are means tested, and so the majority of elderly people do not get any help from Adult Social Services, or if they do and have assets of more than £23,000, they are charged for the service used.

 

So what sounds like a simple media headline that all Adult Social Services need more money, is in fact much more complicated than at first glance. Currently Adult Social Services consumes £131million of the WCC budget ( over 40%). How any extra money raised by higher taxes is used and what outcomes the extra money can produce is difficult. Also there are many elderly people that are above the threshold of assets so cannot claim free Adult Social Care, but have a limited income, and struggle to pay their existing bills, so any increase in their council tax has a direct impact on their livelihoods.

 

So you can see, there are many more issues that have to be faced when the County Council are determining the budget, and setting the council tax.

 

So there has been much debate at County Council over the last few months and they have decided not to increase council tax by the maximum of 4.9%. Instead at the Worcestershire County Council meeting on Thursday 9th February, the Council proposed a budget of £318million, and a 2.94% increase in council tax (2% ring-fenced for Adult Social Care, and 0.94% for other).

 

This 2.94% increase equates to £33 increase on the Worcestershire County Council tax band D for 2017/18.

 

This cautious approach will mean there will be extra help for Adult Social Care in Worcestershire, but also keeps the council tax increases low. Worcestershire still has as one of the lowest Council Tax in the country.

 

Your local tax demand is made up of 5 different state bodies; the County Council, the District Council, the Parish Council, the Police, and the Fire & Rescue Services.  Each of these can decide their own increase so when you get you council tax demand, you will see the breakdown between these 5 organisations.

 

Highways issues :-

  1. New Offenham Rd/Elm Road roundabout in Evesham – Works completed and many residents have confirmed it is a big improvement and reduces congestion at this junction.
  2. New pavement along Evesham Rd – when these pavements were re-surfaced recently, they used a new method called “Microsurfacing” however there was a problem with the application and therefore Ringways will  re-attend and re-finish the work sometime in April.
  3. Footpath behind the Travellers site – rubbish requested to be cleared. I have contacted  the landowners which are WCC/Place Partnerships who have arranged to visit site.
  4. Skip at the end of the bridle path, Mill Lane – this has been removed and a new entrance erected by WCC Countryside Services

 

As always, if you have any issues on any Highways matters, please report it on the WCC website http://www.worcestershire.gov.uk/homepage/98/report_it Also remember a photo of the Highways problem is as good as “a thousand words” so always take a photo where possible.

 

Divisional Funds.

  1. Cleeve Prior Wharf – grant requested for life buoy, table and sign – grant processed.
  2. Bretforton Cricket Club has applied for a grant for a new scoreboard. A £500 grant has been paid
  3. Freedom Disco, Badsey for people with learning disabilities  – grant paid for the mini bus
  4. Honeybees WI have put in a request for some new tables - awaiting more info

 

One last call to action for any Cleeve Prior community organisation that need funds, there is still some Divisional Grant money available but all grant applications need to be emailed to me before the end of February.

 

Your District & County Councillor, Alastair Adams can be contacted on adams.pebworth@gmail.com  or mobile 07725 979 277

County Councillor Report- Cleeve Prior          

Month: January 2017

Prepared by Alastair Adams   

Littletons Division, Worcestershire County Council

 

 

Wishing you all a very Happy and successful New Year

 

 

Highway issues:-

  1. New Offenham Rd/Elm Road roundabout in Evesham – Works should be finished by the end of January, and once this new roundabout is finished, I am sure it will reduce congestion at this junction.
  2. New pavement along Evesham Rd – when these pavements were re-surfaced recently, they used a new method called “Microsurfacing” however there was a problem with the application and therefore Ringways will  re-attend and re-finish the work sometime in April.
  3. Footpath behind the Travellers site – rubbish requested to be cleared. I have contacted  the landowners which are WCC/Place Partnerships.

 

As always, if you have any issues on any Highways matters, please report it on the WCC website http://www.worcestershire.gov.uk/homepage/98/report_it  Also remember a photo of the Highways problem is as good as “a thousand words” so always take a photo where possible.

Sidor Meats in Blackminster

I received a complaint from a resident about the smoke from this polish sausage manufacturer drifting across his garden. I have reported it as a nuisance to the WRS. Also Planning Enforcement are involved as a planning application is needed for a new extractor/flue. Still ongoing.

 

O&S review on Planning Enforcement

The WDC Executive Board have agreed to implement 11 out of the 12 recommendations in the O&S report on WDC Planning Enforcement. This will improve the service, and  a copy of the report can be found under “Scrutiny Reports” on http://www.wychavon.gov.uk/scrutiny-library

 

 

Divisional Funds.

  1. Bretforton Cricket Club has applied for a grant for a new scoreboard. A grant has paid.
  2. Cleeve Prior Heritage have applied for a partial grant for a new toilet block - grant paid
  3. South Littleton Scout Hut requested a grant for a new cooker – grant paid
  4. Freedom Disco Badsey for people with learning disabilities  have requested a partial grant for a mini bus – grant paid
  5. Honeybees WI have put in a request for some new tables - awaiting more info
  6. Cleeve Prior Wharf – grant requested for life buoy, table and sign – awaiting more info

 

One last call to action for any Cleeve Prior community organisation that need funds, there is still some Divisional Grant money available but all grant applications need to be emailed me with the following details before the end of February :-

To process a grant request, please supply the following information:
1. A paragraph about the community organisation and how it benefits the Community – ie when it started, number of volunteers who help run it,  the number of residents that regularly use it etc

2. Ideally two quotes for the equipment/product/service you need, and why
you need it. (although internet prices are acceptable, so you can send me
the link to the internet pages)


3. Bank details of the organisation – sort code,
account number


4. Main Contact details for the organisation (email, tel, address)  


5. Is the organisation vat registered?


6. Can the organisation claim back vat?

 

 

 

Your District & County Councillor, Alastair Adams can be contacted on adams.pebworth@gmail.com  or mobile 07725 979 277

 

County Councillor Report- Cleeve Prior          

Month: December 2016

Prepared by Alastair Adams   

Littletons Division, Worcestershire County Council

 

 

Wishing you all a very Happy Christmas and a fun-filled and successful New Year

 

Severn Trent and sewers

I had a very good meeting with Severn Trent this month and they mentioned that they will not know of problems if the public don’t report things. Therefore if there are problems with sewers in your area, especially in temporary flash flooding, then please report the problems by using the website  https://www.stwater.co.uk/my-supplies/report-a-problem/

 

Highway issues:-

  1. HGV’s and the Advisory Lorry Routes - The new Warwickshire lorry route signs guiding all lorries from Evesham to follow the Advisory Lorry Routes have been erected.
  2. New Offenham Rd/Elm Road roundabout in Evesham – Works are progressing well in building this new roundabout which once finished will reduce congestion at this junction.
  3. County Council Lighting Engineer to contact the Parish Clerk to help with the review of the village street lighting.
  4. New pavement along Evesham Rd – when these pavements were re-surfaced recently, they used a new method called “Microsurfacing” however there was a problem with the application and therefore Ringways will  re-attend and re-finish the work.

As always, if you have any issues on any Highways matters, please report it on the WCC website http://www.worcestershire.gov.uk/homepage/98/report_it  Also remember a photo of the Highways problem is as good as “a thousand words” so always take a photo where possible.

 

O&S review on Planning Enforcement

A 77 page Review on WDC Planning Enforcement has been published listing 12 recommendations to give the residents of Wychavon a better service. A copy of the report can be found under “Scrutiny Reports” on http://www.wychavon.gov.uk/scrutiny-library

These recommendations will be going to Executive Board meeting in January, and hopefully all 12 recommendations will be implemented asap to help improve the service.

 

Divisional Funds.

  1. Pebworth in Bloom has requested a grant for the re-furbished telephone box to house the defibrillator  - grant paid
  2. Bretforton Cricket Club has applied for a grant – awaiting more info
  3. Honeybees WI have put in a request for some new tables - awaiting more info
  4. Cleeve Prior Heritage have applied for a partial grant for a new toilet block – grant processed
  5. South Littleton Scout Hut – grant request for a new cooker processed
  6. Freedom Disco Badsey for people with learning disabilities – mini bus – grant processed

 

 

Your District & County Councillor, Alastair Adams can be contacted on adams.pebworth@gmail.com  or mobile 07725 979 277

 

County Councillor Report- Cleeve Prior          

 Month: November 2016

 Prepared by Alastair Adams   

 Littletons Division, Worcestershire County Council

 

New Offenham Rd/Elm Road roundabout in Evesham - Good news, works have started to build this roundabout at last!

 County Council Lighting Engineer to contact the Parish Clerk to help with the review of the village street lighting.

 HGV’s and the Advisory Lorry Routes - The new Warwickshire lorry route signs guiding all lorries from Evesham to follow the Advisory Lorry Routes will be erected by the end of November.

New pavement along Evesham Rd – when these pavements were re-surfaced recently, they used a new method called “Microsurfacing” however there was a problem with the application and therefore Ringways will  re-attend and re-finish the work.

O&S review on Planning Enforcement

 A 77 page Review on WDC Planning Enforcement has been published listing 12 recommendations to give the residents of Wychavon a better service. I have asked all Parish Councils to write and support these recommendations.

  Divisional Funds.

 Please remind all community organisations in your village that I have a Divisional Fund which can give small grants (normally up to £500) to help with purchasing new equipment or services that will help their organisation flourish.

 

 Businesses booming

 And finally following the news that Worcestershire is the 3rd fastest growing economy in the UK, there has been a lot of good news stories from local businesses in the last month.

 

For example, I attended a very interesting presentation by the MD of Evesham Vale Growers (EVG) who have invested £25m in the state of the art tomato growing facility which is a model of sustainability. They harvest rainwater to grow tomatoes in hydroponic systems in a huge greenhouse. The waste from both the growing and packing operations powers an anaerobic digester (AD) that in turn produces digestate and biogas. Carbon dioxide and heat are also generated by the AD, both of which are utilised in the greenhouse growing operation. The carbon dioxide makes the tomatoes grow bigger, and the heat and special LED lights means tomatoes can be grown all year round. The biogas is sold into the national grid, and digestate is spread on their crops rather than having to use expensive chemical fertilisers. Any vegetable and salad waste with little calorific value for the ADs is fed to their 350 head of Aberdeen Angus beef cattle, which then produce manure that is a good feedstuff for the digester. A complete circle of sustainable horticulture, but the best part of this process is the vision that sees a great future for growing tomatoes in the Vale of Evesham as currently we import 85% to 95% of all tomatoes sold in the UK. With this new process, tomatoes can be grown here all year round, and so the future looks bright! EVG already produce 240 tonnes of tomatoes per week and supply many of our UK Supermarkets including Sainsbury, Co-Op and Morrisons. Well done EVG, and we look forward to when Evesham tomatoes are as well known nationally as Evesham Asparagus!

 

If you have any good news local stories then let me know, as I am a great believer that good news needs publicity.

 

 Your District & County Councillor, Alastair Adams can be contacted on adams.pebworth@gmail.com  or mobile 07725 979 277

 

County Councillor Report- Cleeve Prior          

Month: September 2016

Prepared by Alastair Adams   

Littletons Division, Worcestershire County Council

 

County Council Gypsy Site update

The County Council run site sits alongside a larger privately run Gypsy site on Evesham Road. The site WCC manages is leased to Council (by 5 different owners) and the lease runs out in May 2018. The County Council have decided they will not be renewing the lease on the site and are aware that at least one of the owners would not wish to renew a lease agreement anyway.

There are several vacant plots on the County Council site as a result of tenants leaving but the Council does not intend to accept any new residents at Cleeve Prior due to the short length of time left on the lease.

 

Offenham Rd/Elm Road roundabout -  The final technical drawings have been approved by the WCC and the Contractor has appointed a contractor and is ready to start work in October.

 

WCC Driving Home Highways programme

An extra £12m is being spent on rural roads over 2 years. I have identified several roads in my Division that I believe should be included in this programme including;-

  • Weston Road, Bretforton
  • New St, Bretforton
  • Stratford Rd, Honeybourne
  • Dudley Rd Estate, Honeybourne
  • Main St, Cleeve Prior
  • Meadow Rd/Norval Rd/Withy Trees Rd, Estate, South Littleton

There is no guarantee that all these roads will be done as part of this project, but I am keeping my fingers crossed. A Pavement project will follow early next year too.

 

Other Highway issues:-

  1. A resident has requested the speed limit is lowered in front of the Fish & Anchor and Offenham Park. The WCC have stated the road has recently been assessed, and it concluded no change to the speed limit was necessary due to the largely rural nature of the route. However, the WCC have agreed to re-visit this road and consider other traffic calming features, such as extra signs, etc
  2. Highways have announced that there will be approx. 12 days of traffic controls on along Bretforton Rd B4035 from the Round of Gras eastwards towards Bretforton starting late September as part of repairs to pavements. Please note!
  3. REMINDER to apply weed killer by the lengthsman to pavements & kerbs to stop grass and weeds growing at edge of roads and damaging the pavements.

 

O&S review on Planning Enforcement

A 77 page review on Planning Enforcement will be published this month listing 12 recommendations to give the residents of Wychavon a better service. More information in the next report

 

Divisional Funds.

Please remind all community organisations in your village that I have a Divisional Fund which can give small grants (normally up to £500) to help with purchasing new equipment or services that will help their organisation flourish.

 

And finally, Did you know that the county of Worcestershire is the 3rd fastest growing economy in the UK? Only London and Oxford have grown faster. And the Worcestershire Local Enterprise Partnership have ambitious plans to further boost the economy by £2.9billion, and create 25,000 new jobs by 2025.

The District Council and the County Council has put the economy as one of their key priorities, and have made significant investment in achieving the following:-

  • Nearly 100,000 properties & Businesses connected to Superfast Broadband in the last 4 years, and more to be achieved by Summer 2017
  • Building a new business park near junction 6 of the M5 called “Worcester Six” which will eventually create 5,000 jobs
  • Expanding Vale Park in Evesham & Malvern Hills Science Park
  • 16,000 new apprentices starts between 2012 & 2015
  • New £24m Bromsgrove railway station – opened in July 2016
    • A major new regional interchange station is being built near Worcester which will link the Worcester to London, and Birmingham to Bristol railways – to be called Worcestershire Parkway. So you will soon be able to catch a train at Honeybourne and travel to Bristol! It is planned to open by the end of 2017.

 

The list goes on, but I was really excited when I heard about Boardman Bikes have just announced its plans to develop its World Class Centre at The Valley in Evesham. The new centre will give cyclists access to cutting edge facilities including a cycling specific wind tunnel, performance testing lab, event space and a Boardman concept retail store. Boardman Bikes will also be relocating its headquarters to the site. In its press release Chris Boardman MBE, Chairman of Boardman Bikes, is quoted as saying: “Creating a Performance Centre that's truly accessible to everyone has been a dream of mine since the early 90s. When I was racing I was able to see the effect of every choice I made. Now that opportunity will be available to all, be they a sportive rider or Tour de France contender.”

The Valley was selected as the site for the new centre due to its central location, transport links, proximity to local facilities and safe cycling network. This is clearly great news for Evesham and Worcestershire,  and builds on the huge success of GB cycling at the Rio Olympics. It gives a new slant to the WCC slogan  “World-Class Worcestershire”

On that vein have a look at the new website http://www.worldclassworcestershire.co.uk/

 

 

 

Your District & County Councillor, Alastair Adams can be contacted on adams.pebworth@gmail.com  or mobile 07725 979 277

 

 
 
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Your District & County Councillor, Alastair Adams can be contacted on adams.pebworth@gmail.com  or mobile 07725 979 277
 
County Councillor Report July 2016

County Councillor Report- Cleeve Prior          

Month: July 2016

Prepared by Alastair Adams   

Littletons Division, Worcestershire County Council

 

HGV’s and the Advisory Lorry Routes

All 8 Parish Councils in my Division have expressed concern of HGV’s using roads that are not suitable for their size, weight or manoeuvrability, and so over the last 2 years I have been discussing ways on how the 3 County Councils can work together to try and control the movement of such vehicles. Last month, several meetings occurred that has made some good progress as follows:-

  1. Worcestershire County Council  and Warwickshire County Council have reviewed all signage in the area, and designed nearly 20 new signs that will be erected over the next few months. The aim is to give clear instructions to HGV drivers about the weight restrictions, bridge heights, and to follow the advisory Lorry Routes to the main destinations such as Unipart, Kanes, Honeybourne Trading Estate, etc
  2. Unipart agreed to liaise with all their hauliers and to re-inforced the message of the weight limits in Blacksmith lane and on Bidford Bridge, and advise all drivers to travel to Unipart from A46 via the advisory Lorry Route.
  3. It has been suggested to resurrect the regular meetings of the Vale Of Evesham Freight Quality Partnership which was made up of local hauliers, HGV operators and generators in together with the Worcestershire CC and Warwickshire CC and Gloucestershire CC, FTA, RHA, Police
  4. Worc CC  and Warwick CC will also look at how best to update  the Satellite maps so they show the weight limits and low bridges.
  5. A suggestion is being considered to change the weight limit on Bidford Bridge as well as Welford Bridge to 7.5tonnes.
  6. Warwickshire Trading Standards are looking at installing cameras over Bidford Bridge and will be looking to prosecute any offenders which could affect Operating Licenses. So be aware!
  7. Gloucestershire are looking at imposing a weight limit on Mickleton Rd in Honeybourne.

 

WCC Driving Home Highways programme

An extra £12m is being spent on rural roads over 2 years. I have identified several roads in my Division requiring attention. I have suggested Main Street B4085 in Cleeve Prior but please let me know if there are any stretches of road that you think are in particular bad condition.

 

Mobile Speed cameras in Badsey and Shinehill Lane

The Mobile Speed Enforcement cameras have been operating in the last month in Bretforton Rd in Badsey and Shinehill Lane in South Littleton, Honeybourne and elsewhere in the area. Already one Parish Councillor in South Littleton has been issued a ticket for doing 36mph in a 30mph speed limits. So please keep to the speed limit or risk a fine and points on your license! 

 

Offenham Rd/Elm Road roundabout -  The final technical drawings have been approved by the WCC and I am hoping that work on the new roundabout will start in Autumn

 

Other Highway issues:-

  1. Please note considerable Surface dressing is now occurring around the area so please drive slowly over the loose chippings or they will damage your windscreen!
  2. The new pavement improvements along B4085 are all complete. I will ask the Highways inspector to check them.

 

 

 

County Councillor Report- Cleeve Prior          

Month: May 2016

Prepared by Alastair Adams   

Littletons Division, Worcestershire County Council

 

The main thing to report is Roads improvements and Roads improvements!

As I mentioned last month, it is that time of the year when Highways schedule all the major road improvements. There have already been a lot of road improvements around the area since my last report – re-surfacing along Buckle Street, new wider pavements along B4035 in Badsey, patching and re-surfacing in Dorsington Rd in Pebworth, and Mill Lane was repaired on the stretch to the Wharf.

Next month the long stretch of pavement along Evesham Rd is planned to be repaired.

Please be aware that over £4m is being spent on the roads around Evesham, so there will be a lot of road works locally so expect temporary traffic lights and diversions so add a few minutes to your journey times over the next 2 months.

 

Mobile Speed cameras in Badsey and Shinehill Lane

West Mercia Safer Road Partnership have been carrying out speed surveys on the roads around the area, and have now agreed to add 2 sites to their Mobile Speed Enforcement cameras – Bretforton Rd in Badsey and Shinehill Lane in South Littleton – see http://www.thinksaferroads.org.uk/cc-south-littleton-and-badsey/

So be warned!

 

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Divisional Funds.

  • Badsey Rainbows Girl Guiding – grant requested for some sports equipment, books and some promotional material

 

 

Your District & County Councillor, Alastair Adams can be contacted on adams.pebworth@gmail.com  or mobile 07725 979 277

 
 
May AGM Report 2016
 

  

County Councillor Report- Cleeve Prior          

 

Month: April 2016

 

Prepared by Alastair Adams   

 

Littletons Division, Worcestershire County Council

 

 

 

Every Spring the Worcestershire County Council start their main road maintenance schemes including patching, surface dressing and re-surfacing. This year Cleeve Prior has been identified for some improvements, so expect some inconvenience as your roads and pavements are being upgraded and improved. Also be aware that over £4m is being spent on the roads around Evesham, so there will be a lot of road works locally so add a few minutes to your journey times.

 

Click here to find out more and see the leaflet 

 

Other issues:-

 

 

 

Advisory 20mph speed limit infront of Cleeve Prior school along Main Street. – all working

 

 

 

Mill Lane – a resident has asked whether the lane to the Wharf can be repaired/ re-surfaced

 

 

 

Proposed extinguishment of Footpath CP514, Cleeve Prior  - I have spoken toRichard Jones (Countryside Access Team Leader (Mapping & Enforcement) about the concerns of the Parish Council, and he recommends the council attends the  inspectors visit on 21/4/16

 

 

 

Double yellow lines painted outside the Blackminster Business Park –. These lines were requested to be painted by the Parish Council, and supported on safety reasons by Network Rail and WCC. Parked vehicles were forcing HGV’s to drive in the middle of the road just before the level crossing which could have resulted in a head on collision blocking the road and railway. The full legal process was followed with the TRO (Traffic Regulation Order), and now the lines have been installed, they are legally enforceable.

 

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Divisional Funds.

 

  • Cleeve Prior Pre School- grant paid for tables and mats
  • Offenham Youth Club – grant paid for games console
  • Offenham village hall – grant paid for Broadband installation
  • Littleton Juniors Football Club – grant paid for some new mobile goal posts
  • Pebworth – grant paid for some new permanent goal posts

 

 

 

 

 

Your District & County Councillor, Alastair Adams can be contacted on adams.pebworth@gmail.com  or mobile 07725 979 277

 

 

County Councillor Report- Cleeve Prior          

Month: March 2016

Prepared by Alastair Adams   

Littletons Division, Worcestershire County Council

 

The SWDP (Local Plan) has been adopted and is now a legal entity.The WDC formally approved the South Worcestershire Development Plan on 24th February and this should mean that the WDC Planning Department has much better control over any new housing development moving forward

Community Speed Watch – is where volunteers from the community carry out speed checks in their villages. They are trained by the Safer Roads and all equipment is provided.  – I have spoken to the manager in charge of Community Speed Watch at Safer Roads Partnership in Warwickshire and West Mercia asking how we could set up one in this area.

Step 1 – I need to know which parish out of the 8 Parishes I cover has the greatest problem of speeding through their village, and which road in particular.

Step 2 – Safer Roads Partnership will do a traffic speed survey on that road. If it meets the criteria, volunteers will be requested from that Parish for training – 6 volunteers are needed

Step 3 – all equipment is shared between communities so the equipment will have to be collected and returned

See http://www.thinksaferroads.org.uk/community-speed-watch-launch/

For more information on Community Speed Watch

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, please me or your Parish Clerk.

 

Satellite Superfast Broadband – new government scheme

To help those houses and farms that are outside our main villages, and therefore have poor Broadband a new scheme has just been announced by WCC. Houses too far from the superfast broadband fibre enabled cabinets have slow speeds, and the cost of installing a new3 cabinet near these remote houses is prohibitive. Therefore the government will help pay for a satellite connection.

For more information see

http://www.superfastworcestershire.com/other-projects

And

http://www.superfastworcestershire.com/USC-FAQS

 

New “Slow Down” and “30MPH” wheelie bin stickers available – if you want some, please ask at the Bretforton Community Shop or contact me or your Parish Clerk.

 

Advisory 20mph speed limit infront of Cleeve Prior school along Main Street.now installed

 

Proposed extinguishment of Footpath CP514, Cleeve Prior  - I have spoken toRichard Jones (Countryside Access Team Leader (Mapping & Enforcement) about the concerns of the Parish Council, and he recommends the council attends the  inspectors visit on 21/4/16

 

Offenham Rd/Elm Road roundabout -  Final design drawings submitted. Work expected to start July/August

 

40mph speed limit Offenham Rd between Evesham and Offenham -  New signs now erected

 

Divisional Funds.Last month the following were requested:-

  • Offenham village hall – grant requested for Broadband
  • Littleton Juniors Football Club – grant requested for some goal posts
  • Pebworth – grant request for some goal posts

 

Your District & County Councillor, Alastair Adams can be contacted on adams.pebworth@gmail.com  or mobile 07725 979 277

 
10/02/2016

County Councillor Report- Cleeve Prior        

Month: February 2016

 

Prepared by Alastair Adams   

Littletons Division Worcestershire County Council

 

The main news this month is Worcestershire County Council have agreed to install an advisory 20mph speed limit infront of Cleeve Prior school along Main Street. New 20mph signs using the existing flashing lights will be erected.

 

Superfast broadband - More than 8,000 more homes and businesses across Worcestershire are set to benefit from expansion of faster fibre broadband programme. With £6.2million extra funding invested from BT and BDUK, this initiative is called the Superfast Expansion Programme. Hamlets and remote houses outside the main villages in the Littletons area should benefit from this scheme, with Ullington identified as one community that will be upgraded by Autumn  2017.

DrivingHome Programme - Some other good news,  Worcestershire County Council has recently announced a significant investment in a two-year highways infrastructure improvement programme. £12 million of capital funding will be used on rural and urban roads across the county.

Local Flood Risk Management Strategy  - WCC also launched a public consultation on its draft Local Flood Risk Management Strategy to ensure every resident and business has the opportunity to express their views. The consultation is open until Monday 29 February 2016. The Council, as a Lead Local Flood Authority, has a duty to manage flood risk from surface water, groundwater and ordinary watercourses across the county. To read the draft Strategy and comment visit www.worcestershire.gov.uk/flooding 

 

Council Tax - The proposed WCC council tax increase is 3.94% for the WCC (of which 2% is the ring-fenced grant for Adult Social Care services, as allowed by the Spending Review). Wychavon District Council is looking at increasing its council tax by £5 per year

 

Offenham Rd/Elm Road roundabout -  Still on target that by the end of February the roundabout designs will be finalised.

 

40mph speed limit Offenham Rd between Evesham and Offenham -  New signs to be erected 1st week of march

 

New bus Shelter in Main Street  -  WCC are still planning on starting work to install the new bus shelter before the end of March.

 

Grass growing on kerbs and pavements along the B4085  WCC & WDC have agreed to help with the clearance of the grass and weeds on the pavements using a mechanical scraper but they have said some parts of the pavement will need to be rebuilt/repaired.

 

Divisional Funds. Last month the following were approved:-

  • Bretforton Community Shop – new notice board
  • 1st Badsey Cubs & Scouts - £1000 towards their refurbished scout hut
  • Cleeve Prior heritage Trust – new electricity cable to the Field Barn

Remember there is still the chance to obtain a grant for a local community project contactme.

 

 

Your District & CountyCouncillor, Alastair Adams can be contacted on adams.pebworth@gmail.com  or mobile 07725 979 277

 
 
20/01/2016

County Councillor Report- Cleeve Prior          

Month: January 2016

 

Prepared by Alastair Adams   

Littletons Division, Worcestershire County Council

 

WISHING YOU ALL A VERY HAPPY AND A PROSPEROUS 2016

 

The main news last month on WCC in the national press was about the Leader of the County Council being stopped before Christmas and breathalysed as part of a routine Police “Don’t Drink and Drive” check,  and being over the limit. As a consequence, he has lost his job. This is a sad story as Adrian Hardman has been an excellent leader of the council and steered the ship in very stormy waters through what is probably the worst ever period in the council’s history with severe austerity cuts. However it goes to show it is never worth having that extra drink and then driving home. Never take the risk.  He has been replaced by Simon Geraghty who has been the Deputy Leader of Worcester County Council for many years and has also been leader of Worcester City Council.

 

  • Superfast Broadband

As you all know a new BT cabinet was installed in Cleeve Prior in July 2015 bringing Superfast Broadband to your village. Unfortunately residents trying to order Superfast in November were told they couldn’t because the Cabinet at Cleeve Prior (Bidford Cab 12) had capacity issues.
When I investigated, it turns out that each cabinet has a number of 'cards' within it,
containing a number of ports; every time a new user takes up the service a
port is taken up.
When a new cabinet is initially built under the government and council BDUK scheme, only enough cards are installed to cater for around 20-30% of the premises connected to the cabinet to take-up the service (European regulation on gap funding!). Beyond this point new cards are installed by Openreach at their cost. Openreach have a trigger mechanism that warns when capacity is approaching, at which point a new card/cabinet is ordered. However, sometimes, as in this case, the pace of demand outstrips the pace at which the extra capacity can be added.
The good news -  the cabinet was upgraded at the end of November so residents were able to order Superfast by early December.  An nice Christmas present!

  • Police speed checks.  PC Jamie Lee has continued to do these checks around the villages in December, and people are now becoming aware, and reducing their speeds. No one wants a speeding fine!
  • Offenham Rd/Elm Road roundabout.  Progress does seem to be happening with this new roundabout following my meeting with the Head of Infrastructure at Worcestershire County Council in November. I am still monitoring it but it does appear that by the end of February the roundabout designs will be finalised.
  • 40mph speed limit Offenham Rd between Evesham and Offenham. Following my emails last month chasing why the signs had not yet been erected reducing the speed from 60mph to 40mph along this stretch of road, WCC have confirmed it is with their Legal Department who have now advertise the fact in the local newspapers of the pending speed reduction. They have apologised for the delay but blame a back-log in Traffic Regulation Orders processing.
  • Blackminister Schools   The Worcestershire County Council’s manager for school placements has confirmed he has started the process to help Blackminster School in moving forward now several of their feeder First schools are looking to add a 6th year. WCC will help look at future models, and 2- tier schooling. Meeting arranged at Blackminster with the pyramid schools for 28th January.
  • Grass growing on kerbs and pavements along the B4085  I asked WCC to help with the clearance of the grass and weeds on the pavements, and with the WDC they have agreed and are hopefully going to use a mechanical scraper. See map below. Moving forward they have stated they hope the local lengthsman will keep the pavements clear by applying weedkiller at regular intervals throughout the year to prevent the grass and weeds growing.

 

Your District & County Councillor, Alastair Adams can be contacted on adams.pebworth@gmail.com  or mobile 07725 979 277

 
16/11/2015
 
County Councillor Report- Cleeve Prior     

Month: November  2015

 

Prepared by Alastair Adams   

Littletons Division, Worcestershire County Council

 

Bidford Bridge open – repairs to Bidford Bridge are now complete and the bridge is open to traffic – Hooray!

Also the Diamond Bus service 247 has reverted back to normal route from 9thNovember.

However, the bridge will be closed again on 18-20th November whilst they install some bollards

For further information see the Warwickshire County Council Special website:-

http://www.warwickshire.gov.uk/bidfordbridge

PACT – (Police And Communities Together)  I attended the PACT meeting this month, and it was good to hear that speed checks are continuing to be done around the area. It was also good to meet our new CSO Elliot Wilson at the meeting which means we now have 2 Community Support Officers in Evesham North Rural; Elliot Wilson & Bradley Sansom.

Superfast Broadband

As you all know a new BT cabinet was installed in Cleeve Prior in July bringing Superfast Broadband to your village. However, some residents have had difficulty getting Superfast as when they phoned their Broadband provider to order it, the ISP’s computer did not recognise Cleeve Prior as having fibre optic installed. This was a data updating error on the national computer systems, and after many phone calls and emails to the regional director of BT and the Head of Openreach, the problem has be solved. So if you still do not have Superfast, then you should now be able to order it. Any problems, let me know.

 

Weeds on pavements and kerbs

I have got agreement from WCC Highways will pay for the lengthsman to eradicate these weeds and grass that damage the fabric of the pavements and edges of the roads by applying weed-killer. However the parish council will have to pay for the training of the lengthsman to use weed-killer. I have supplied the Parish Council with the training information from Pershore College. Many of the pavements can be improved simply by killing the weeds and grass.

 Scrutiny Team looking into Planning Enforcement  As Chair of O&S at WDC, I can report that a team is investigating the effectiveness of the Council’s department that administers Planning Enforcement matters, and any residents who have recently had need to use, or had experience with,  planning enforcement are asked to send in their comments; good or bad!

 

Divisional Funds Finally, there are still some Divisional funds available so if you have an important community project that needs a small grant of up to £500 then please let me know before the end of this financial year.

I can be contacted on adams.pebworth@gmail.com

 
 
06/11/2015
Message from Alastair Adams

Dear All

Steve Henderson, Regional Director of BT, has responded to my email – see below.

So supposedly,  all residents  in Cleeve Prior can now order Superfast Broadband.

If so – EXCELLENT NEWS

If not – please let me and Steve Henderson know (his email below) with details – who you spoke to, your address, and your home telephone number

So please try again to order Superfast…….

 steve.e.henderson@bt.com

Kind regards

Alastair Adams

County Councillor Report- Cleeve Prior 
Month: June  2015
 
County Councillor Report- Cleeve Prior 
Month: April  2015

 

Planning –Strattford District Council

The Bad News is Stratford District Council on Wednesday 25th March approved 594 new houses in Lower Quinton – Planning ref 14/01449/OUT & 14/01186/OUT. This does not bode well for another planning application pending for 400 new houses in Long Marston Airfield – Planning ref 14/03579/OUT
 
 
 
Issues - Points Raised  with updates:
  1. B4085 Main Street & Cleeve Rd –to be closed again from Cleeve Prior to Arrow Lane whilst road to be surfaced dressed sometime on 11th & 12thApril. Also parts of the main road all the way to Evesham through Middle Littleton is also being surfaced dressed
  2. Repaint 30mph and slow signs on Main Street Cleeve Prior – pending until road re-surfaced
  3. Traffic speed survey requested - data collection at 2 locations
 
County Council News: Broadband
Superfast Broadband continues to be rolled out across Worcestershire and most of the cabinets in the area are now live.
The remaining cabinets that need upgrading are the ones that serve Pebworth, Adlington South Littleton, and Cleeve Prior.
As stated above, good news,  the cabinet in Cleeve Prior has been surveyed, and is planned to be upgraded before the end of September 2015.
More information on Superfast Broadband can be found at http://www.superfastworcestershire.com/cabinet-status
 
 
Councillor’s Divisional Fund
In addition to the good causes already authorised, the following actions have happened this month :
  1. Field Barn Heritage Centre in Cleeve Prior has requested a contribution to repairs to roof – paid
  2. Offenham village hall – grant requested to help with upgrades – paid
  3. Pebworth in Bloom – grant requested for paint to smarten up the railings around the village - paid
 
 
 
 

 

Letter from Alastair Adams

 

 

Dear All

I had a meeting this week with the CEO of WCC about the progress of Superfast Broadband in Cleeve Prior, Pebworth and Aldington, and today we have heard that all 3 will be upgraded before end of September this year, and it may be considerably sooner.

As you can see below the cabinet 12 Bidford on Avon which serves Cleeve Prior has now been surveyed.

Good news to end the week

Have a Happy Easter.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kind regards

 

Alastair Adams

County Councillor – Worcestershire County Council - Littletons

& District Councillor – Wychavon District Council - Honeybourne & Pebworth

Personal mobile 07725 979 277

Home tel 01789 721227

Email: adams.pebworth@gmail.com

www.alastairadams.org

 

 

County Councillor Report- Bretforton         

Month: Bretforton  March 2015

 

Prepared by Alastair Adams

Littletons Division, Worcestershire County Council

 

Budgets have been approved at both County Council & District Council for 2015/6

 

 

First Schools – there is a county wide move by academy schools to hold public consultation on whether to add a year 6 thus making  them align with first schools in Gloucestershire and Warwickshire. This is causing widespread concern in middle schools as it will affect their funding. Everyone is asking all schools, high, middle and first schools, to work together to find a solution. News this month - Pershore School voted against taking on an extra year, and Littletons School has decided to defer a decision pending any outcome from the discussions on a pyramid plan with the middle school.

Reoprt march 2015 

Planning –Stratford District Council

The Good News is Wychavon District Council has won another major planning appeal this month (making it 3 in a row) and the planning inspectors are agreeing that WDC do have a 5 year housing supply. This is a big step forward and should help prevent any more unwanted new housing development in our villages in Wychavon.

However, the bordering District Councils are not doing so well, and in Long Marston/Quinton there are 3 planning applications totalling 1544 new houses being considered this month by Stratford District Council as follows:

1.      594 new houses in Lower Quinton – Planning ref 14/01449/OUT

2.      400 new houses in Long Marston Airfield – Planning ref14/03579/OUT

3.      Another 550 new houses by St Modwen in Meon View– Planning ref 14/01186/OUT

If  all these this go ahead, then this will ultimately grow into a new town as nearly 2500 houses are already approved or pending approval! – so if you don’t want a new town on your borders,  make sure your objections are heard – for more details go to the Stratford District Council web sitehttp://apps.stratford.gov.uk/eplanning/ and enter the reference numbers above. There is a planning meeting at 6pm on Wednesday 25th March at Quinton Village Hall when at least 2 of the above are going to be decided, so please attend to show your opposition to the above planning application if possible

 

Number of burglaries in the area

This was discussed at length at the recent Police Liaison meeting (PACT), and the police are concentrating on this issue, and there is a task force working on it. I also wrote to the police commissioner. The main point for all residents is to stay vigilant and to note down any registration numbers of suspicious vehicles in the area.

 

 

Highways –

 

Points Raised with updates:

 

1.      Pavement along the B4035 has been flagged up by a resident as being in a poor state as you enter the village from Weston Sub Edge. Highways have planned work before the end of March to repair parts of the pavement and to fit new kerb stones by the bus shelter.

2.      Missing letters on the Bretforton Sign on entrance to the village from Weston Sub Edge. New signs ordered.

3.      Potholes on B4035 by  old cement works – Amey  (the GCC Highways contractor)  has confirmed this stretch of “No Mans Land” has been identified for a scheme in 2015 by Gloucestershire Highways.

4.      Cars parked in front of the cottages in New Streetwhich gives problems for vehicles exiting Main Street as visibility is restricted.  Highways will paint “SLOW” markings onto the road  before and after  the line of parked cars in Spring

 

Councillor’s Divisional Fund

In addition to the good causes already authorised, the following actions have happened this month :

1.      Roundabout charity that supplies furniture to low income families – a grant to help fund a fork lift truck – Paid

2.      Pebworth Church – help requested to repair a wall - Paid

3.      Blackminster School – help requested with brochure to promote school - Paid

4.      Honeybourne Cycle Fest has requested help with marketing – grant form submitted

5.      Field Barn Heritage Centre in Cleeve Prior has requested a contribution to repairs to roof – pending

6.      Offenham village hall – grant requested to help with upgrades - pending

 

 

County Councillor Report- Cleeve Prior 

Month: February  2015
 
Prepared by Alastair Adams
Littletons Division, Worcestershire County Council
 
County Council News:
From April 2015, the Care act 2014 introduces a series of reforms that affect existing and new service users, their families, and carers. There are 60,000 carers in Worcestershire. For more information, see www.gov.uk/careandsupport
 
First Schools  there is a county wide move by academy schools to hold public consultation on whether to add a year 6. This is causing widespread concern in middle schools as it will affect their funding. I met with the Head of Blackminister to discuss. Everyone is asking all schools, high, middle and first schools, to work together to find a solution. The County Council recognises that a move over to a 2tier school structure in Worcestershire over time is the most likely outcome as only 5% of pupils in UK schools now use the 3-tier system.  However, the schools need to work together on this to achieve the best outcome for our children.
 
Planning Strattford District Council
Long Marston Airfield  Cala Homes have put in planning application into Stratford District Council for 400 new homes on the Long Marston Airfield. If this goes ahead, then this site will ultimately merge with the old Engineers Site (Now called Meon View) which is already being developed by St Modwen. This has the potential to grow into a town as nearly 2000 houses are already approved or pending approval! so if you don’t want a new town on your borders,  make sure your objections are heard  for more details go to the Stratford District Council web sitehttp://apps.stratford.gov.uk/eplanning/ and enter the reference 14/03579/OUT
 
 
Issues - Points Raised  with updates:
1.      B4085 Main Street & Cleeve Rd to be closed again from Cleve Prior to Arrow Lane whilst road to be surfaced dressed sometime after 11th April.
 
County Council News: Broadband
Superfast Broadband continues to be rolled out across Worcestershire and most of the cabinets in the area are now live that are linked into the Badsey Exchange.
The remaining cabinets that need upgrading are the ones that serve Pebworth, Adlington South Littleton, and Cleeve Prior.
I was hoping Cleeve Prior was going to be upgraded in Q1 of 2015 as suggested at a recent meeting with BT Openreach, but the latest on the website suggests July 2015-June 2016!
I suggest as many people as possible in Cleeve Prior write into to complain as I think this is another example of “cross County discrimination”! I understand the Bidford Exchange has been upgraded, and most of the cabinets that are linked to the Bidford Exhange in Warwickshire have been upgraded, but the cabinet in Cleeve Prior which is also connected to Bidford Exchange has not been as it is in Worcestershire!
The same has happened with Pebworth  the Pebworth exchange is in Warwickshire has been upgraded, and all the cabinets connected to it except one which is Pebworth village which happens to be in Worcestershire!
I think it is time to use People power to bombard County Hall and BT with emails demanding to know when Cleeve Prior Cabinet will be upgraded. Please email the following people asking when Cleeve Prior (Bidford Cabinet number 12) will be upgraded, and why Bidford  Exchange has been upgraded, and many of the cabinets attached to it in Warwickshire but not cabinet 12 that serves the village of Cleeve Prior! ;
Steve Ashton  project manager of Superfast Broadband   his email =sashton@worcestershire.gov.uk
 
Simon Geraghty  Cabinet member responsible  his email =SGeraghty@worcestershire.gov.uk
 
Pauline Harris  WCC Senior Project manager  her email =PHarris4@worcestershire.gov.uk
 
Adrian Hardman  Leader of the Council email =AIHardman@worcestershire.gov.uk
 
Ken Pollock  Chairman of O&S  email = KPollock2@worcestershire.gov.uk
 
Peter Luff  MP =email = peter.luff.mp@parliament.uk
 
Rachel Hill WCC  Project Director of Broadband email =RJHill@worcestershire.gov.uk
 
Rob Shakespeare  BT project manager  email= rob.shakespeare@bt.com
 
Robert Stepniewski  WCC Project Manager  email =rstepniewski@worcestershire.gov.uk
 
All the above of aware of this situation, and have had emails from me and/or meetings with me on this subject. Please also mention Pebworth too as part of the cross county discrimination!!!!
 
More emails the better! Send them weekly if necessary!
More information on Superfast Broadband can be found at http://www.superfastworcestershire.com/how-to-get-it
 
 
Councillor’s Divisional Fund
In addition to the good causes already authorised, the following actions have happened this month :
1.      The old Long Lartin Staff sports ground & club building  a grant has been requested to help turn it into a community asset  paid
2.      Roundabout charity that supplies furniture to low income families  a grant to help fund an apprentice  grant form submitted
3.      Pebworth Church  help requested to repair a wall - paid
4.      Blackminster School  help requested with brochure to promote school - grant form submitted
5.      Honeybourne Cycle Fest has requested help with marketing  pending
 
Finally I visited various businesses in the area last month, and was very impressed with how many people they employ, their successful growth, and their commitment to this area and community. I visited the following:
1.      Unipart
2.      Kanes
3.      Planet Products
4.      Organics
5.      All Things Rural
6.      Roundabout
 
 

 

County Councillor Report- Cleeve Prior      

 

Month: January  2015

 

 

 

Prepared by Alastair Adams

 

Littletons Division, Worcestershire County Council

 

 

 

WISHING YOU ALL A HAPPY 2015

 

 

 

 

 

A GREAT START to 2015 with central government agreeing a £78million 6 year funding to help Worcestershire roads. This will be spent on the maintenance and upkeep of the roads including mending pot-holes and cracks in the roads.

 

In addition there are a number of major capital investments that central government have agreed in Worcestershire that will enhance the road network around this area including upgrades to the M5/M6 network.

 

 

 

Planning

 

Long Marston Airfield – Cala Homes have put in planning application into Stratford District Council for 400 new homes on the Long Marston Airfield. If this goes ahead, then this site will ultimately merge with the old Engineers Site (Now called Meon View) which is already being developed by St Modwen. This has the potential to grow into a town as nearly 2000 houses are already approved or pending approval! – so if you don’t want it, make sure your objections are heard – for more details go to the Stratford District Council web site http://apps.stratford.gov.uk/eplanning/

 

 

 

Highways

 

  1. We have a new Highways Liaison Officer – Gerry Brienza. I gave him a tour of Cleeve Prior  and showed him the various issues that are outstanding.

 

 

 

Issues - Points Raised  with updates:

 

  1. New fencing in the Gypsy site erected  -  the fence has been checked by Eddie Hooper.
  2. B4085 Main Street & Cleeve Rd – Highways have confirmed this road will be closed from 16th Feb to 20th Feb 2015 for carrying out major carriageway repairs. I am expecting Highways will re-tarmac some sections but mostly we will see patching and then surface dressing in Spring 2016. Diversions are to be put in place. The week is half term so no school buses are running from 16th Feb to 20th Feb 2015.
  3. Road closure at Bidford Bridge effecting buses – I liaised with WCC about the loss of the bus service in Cleeve Prior and some service was re-instated.

 

 

 

 County Council News: Broadband

 

Superfast Broadband continues to be rolled out across Worcestershire and most of the cabinets in the area are now live that are linked into the Badsey Exchange.

 

The remaining cabinets that need upgrading are the ones that serve Pebworth, Adlington South Littleton, and Cleeve Prior.

 

 I was hoping Cleeve Prior was going to be upgraded in Q1 of 2015 as suggested at a recent meeting with BT Openreach, but the latest on the website suggests July 2015-June 2016!

 

I suggest as many people as possible in Cleeve Prior write into to complain as I think this is another example of “cross County discrimination”! I understand the Bidford Exchange has been upgraded, and most of the cabinets that are linked to the Bidford Exhange in Warwickshire have been upgraded, but the cabinet in Cleeve Prior which is also connected to Bidford Exchange has not been as it is in Worcestershire!

 

The same has happened with Pebworth – the Pebworth exchange is in Warwickshire has been upgraded, and all the cabinets connected to it except one which is Pebworth village which happens to be in Worcestershire!

 

I think it is time to use People power to bombard County Hall and BT with emails demanding to know when Cleeve Prior Cabinet will be upgraded. Please email the following people asking when Cleeve Prior (Bidford Cabinet number 12) will be upgraded, and why Bidford  Exchange has been upgraded, and many of the cabinets attached to it in Warwickshire but not cabinet 12 that serves the village of Cleeve Prior! ;

 

Steve Ashton – project manager of Superfast Broadband  – his email = sashton@worcestershire.gov.uk

 

       

 

Simon Geraghty – Cabinet member responsible – his email = SGeraghty@worcestershire.gov.uk

 

 

 

Pauline Harris – WCC Senior Project manager – her email = PHarris4@worcestershire.gov.uk

 

 

 

Adrian Hardman – Leader of the Council email =AIHardman@worcestershire.gov.uk

 

 

 

Ken Pollock – Chairman of O&S – email = KPollock2@worcestershire.gov.uk

 

 

 

Peter Luff – MP =email = peter.luff.mp@parliament.uk

 

 

 

Rachel Hill –WCC  Project Director of Broadband email = RJHill@worcestershire.gov.uk

 

 

 

Rob Shakespeare – BT project manager – email= rob.shakespeare@bt.com

 

 

 

Robert Stepniewski – WCC Project Manager – email = rstepniewski@worcestershire.gov.uk

 

 

 

All the above of aware of this situation, and have had emails from me and/or meetings with me on this subject. Please also mention Pebworth too as part of the cross county discrimination!!!!

 

 

 

More emails the better! Send them weekly if necessary!

 

More information on Superfast Broadband can be found at http://www.superfastworcestershire.com/how-to-get-it

 

 

 

 

 

Councillor’s Divisional Fund

 

In addition to the good causes already authorised, the following actions have happened this  month :

 

  1. Evesham Sea Cadets – grant for tools to help repair the boats used by the cadets – Approved & paid
  2. The old Long Lartin Staff club building – a grant has been requested to help turn it into a community asset – grant submitted
  3. Roundabout charity that supplies furniture to low income families – a grant to help fund an apprentice – pending
  4. Pebworth Church – help requested with fallen over wall -pending
  5. Blackminster School – help requested with brochure to promote school - pending

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

End of report

 

County Councillor Report- Cleeve Prior      

Month: December  2014

 

Prepared by Alastair Adams

Littletons Division, Worcestershire County Council

 

WISHING YOU ALL A VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS & A HAPPY NEW YEAR

 

 

Issues - Points Raised  with updates:

  1. New fencing in the Gypsy site  -  the fence has now been erected.
  2. Woodland along the river – I have spoken to the Chair of the Cleeve Prior Heritage Trust and they discussed it at their last committee meeting and unfortunately they are not interested as potentially too much work.
  3. B4085 Main Street & Cleeve Rd – Highways have confirmed this road will be closed from 16th Feb to 20th Feb 2015 for carrying out major carriageway repairs. I am expecting  Highways will re-tarmac some sections but mostly we will see patching and then surface dressing in Spring 2016. Diversions are to be put in place
  4. Footpath in 11 The Close. This has been inspected by Highways and is not considered to be a priority. However, they have noted it and will monitor it. In the meantime, they do recommend the local lengthsman (paid for by Highways) is used to kill the moss and weeds on the footpath.

 

 County Council News: Broadband

  1. Superfast Broadband continues to be rolled out across Worcestershire with most of the cabinets in the area are now live including South Littleton this month.
  2. The remaining cabinets that need upgrading are the ones that serve Pebworth, Adlington and Cleeve Prior.  Cleeve Prior should be next to be upgraded and I am awaiting confirmation from BT, but the rumour is it will be completed in Q1 2015. We are still waiting a date for Pebworth & Adlington.

 

 

Councillor’s Divisional Fund

In addition to the good causes already authorised, the following actions have happened this  month :

  1. Evesham Sea Cadets – grant for tools to help repair the boats used by the cadets – Approved
  2. The old Long Lartin Staff club building – a grant has been requested to help turn it into a community asset – pending further information
  3. Roundabout charity that supplies furniture to low income families – a grant to help fund an apprentice - pending

 End of report

Report for November 2014

Letter to Minister

 

Month: June 2014

 

Prepared by Alastair Adams

Littletons Division, Worcestershire County Council

 

Issues - Points Raised  with updates:

  1. New fencing in the Gypsy site  - meeting 15th May -  Natalia and I  met Eddie Hooper, and his team at WCC, the out comes were as follows:
    1. Eddie distributed a map showing his proposals to install a wire fence between the bridal path and the Council Travellers site and along the private site (stock proof fencing – low square style with posts). The line is next to the bridal path not near the traveller plots. This will prevent the dogs from escaping and if damaged can be repaired cheaply.
    2. However, all concluded that low wire fence was of little use on the back of Carlys plot as it is open and her dogs would still see people walking along the bridal path and still frighten any riders. Therefore Eddie Hooper agreed to put in a 6 foot wooden panel fence and replace the two missing panels from the neighbouring plot. Carly will be asked if this fence can be positioned back from the bridal path, so that vegetation can be reintroduced to screen her plot. To be paid by WCC. A gate will also be installed to allow pedestrian access from the private site to the bridal path .
    3. The wire fence will no longer extend out behind the private plots as these are secure anyway and it would be a waste of resources, and the saving will help to pay for the wooden fences.
    4. We then started to look at finding a solution for stopping quads/4x4’s accessing the bridal path from around the site.
    5. There was discussion about replanting thorny bushes in the places where gaps have appeared. This would not happen until Autumn because it is too late in the season. 
    6. We looked in some detail at the possibility of off-set raised sleepers on the bridal path to deter quads. It is a solution that would need more research and Eddie and his colleague agreed to meet on site and look into it further. 
    7. It was agreed as a start to dig some trenches along the open spaces where we believe the vehicles are gaining access to the bridal path and using the earth excavated to build steep mounds next to the ditches (a bit like a tank trap!)
    8. Funding will been made available by WCC, but it is likely that Alastair and the Parish Council will also be asked for a contribution to help spread the cost. Specific sums were not discussed.
    9. Finally, Eddie/Phil will ask their contractor to quote for removing the hidden metal container in the Parish Council’s field to see if they could get it cheaper than the current quote obtained by the Parish.  

County Council News:

1. Bus subsidies have been reviewed following the public consultation and only being cut by £1.5m now instead of the proposed £3m. More support for the Community Transport schemes which should benefit the villages

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Councillor’s Divisional Fund

In addition to the good causes already authorised, the following actions have happened this  month :

  1. St Mary & St Milburgh Church in Offenham have requested help with buying some tables so the church can be used as a community centre
  2. Cleave Prior Heritage Trust has asked for help buying some building materials to repair paths
  3. Bretforton Silver Band – request for help with a shed to store equipment
  4. Footpath mower requested by Cleeve Prior and Littletons path warden

End of report

 

April 2014

Prepared by Alastair Adams

 

County Councillor Report- Cleeve Prior      

Prepared by Alastair Adams

Littletons Division, Worcestershire County Council

Thank you to all those that wished me a swift recovery – I am now back on my feet and soon will be able to drive again

I am reviewing the last 12 months and am interested in the Councils views on the following questions:-

It is nearly 12 months since I started on my journey to become your CountyCouncillor, and I would love to hear your Parish Council’s views on :

1.       What you see as the top 3 things I have achieved for your Parish?

2.       What you think my priorities should be for the next 12 months for your Parish ?

Many thanks

 

Issues - Points Raised  with updates:

  1. Flooding at the corner near the pub. WCC Drainage team  visited Cleeve Prior last month and checked all drains and culverts and confirmed to David Lavender at the WCC that they were all clear. David has agreed to meet me, Colin Greenwood and the lengthsman to discuss in more detail in Cleeve Prior but later in the year (still awaiting date ).
  2. New fencing in the Gypsy site  - quotes have been received and I had a meeting with Eddie Hooper. The suggested fence (agreed with the residents of the site) is a wooden post and wire stock fencing. It will run the length of the council site and the private site that runs along the bridal path. It will be paid for by the WCC and will have a small gate onto the bridle path for pedestrians. If the parish or the Cleeve Prior Heritage Trust want the fence extended, then this can be done but at a cost of £8/metre. Meeting arranged for 15th May with Eddie Hooper and PC to discuss
  3. Quad bikes on the bridle path -  At the same time as the fence is installed, steps could be installed along the bridle path made from railway sleepers which could prevent or at least restrict the speed of the quad bikes on the bridle path. Eddie Hooper to discuss with Fiona/Richard at footpaths.

County Council News:

  1. Broadband – The good news is Pebworth & Badsey telephone exchanges have been upgraded with fibre optic Superfast Broadband so all the Parishes in my Division should soon get Superfast Broadband. The bad news is each village will have to wait for the fibre optic to be connected from the exchange to the cabinet in their village.

No dates have been set yet for this to happen but it should happen within 12 months.

WCC has also got another £1.1m extras funding for the rural areas so houses outside the village that still get  poor Broadband may soon see some improvement too!

Councillor’s Divisional Fund

In addition to the good causes already authorised, the following actions have happened this  month :

  1. Offenham Cricket Club for new bowling mats – Approved
  2. Offenham Maypole – painting – I received an enquiry and am awaiting further information– Approved
  3. Pebworth Villahe Hall – I have received a request for help with the speaker system– Approved
  4. Honeybourne Cubs & Scouts – I have received a request for help with their marquee– Approved
  5. Cleeve Prior Heritage Trust – have requested help with a new path - pending

 End of report

  

February 2014

Prepared by Alastair Adams

Littletons Division, Worcestershire County Council

 

I have been waiting for nearly 2 years for an operation on my back (I had sciatica) and last Monday 27 Jan I was called in for a pre-op, and then they decided to operate on Wednesday 29th Jan  – no notice!

I had a laminectomy and discectomy –  3 hours operation the UniversityHospital – Coventry & Warwickshire. I now have a 5 inch scar on my back and the hospital recommend I am off work and all duties for at least a month!

I felt at death’s door on Thursday & Friday after the op, but I am feeling a lot better now if weak!

I am planning on looking at my emails on a daily basis but may be slower in responding!

 

Issues - Points Raised  with updates:

  1. Flooding at the corner near the pub. WCC Drainage team  visited Cleeve Prior last month and checked all drains and culverts and confirmed to David Lavender at the WCC that they were all clear. David has agreed to meet me, Colin Greenwood and the lengthsman to discuss in more detail in Cleeve Prior but later in the year (hopefully March ).
  2. New fencing in the Gypsy site  - quotes have been received and I had a meeting with Eddie Hooper. The suggested fence (agreed with the residents of the site) is a wooden post and wire stock fencing. It will run the length of the council site and the private site that runs along the bridal path. It will be paid for by the WCC and will have a small gate onto the bridle path for pedestrians. If the parish or the Cleeve Prior Heritage Trust want the fence extended, then this can be done but at a cost of £8/metre.
  3. Quad bikes on the bridle path -  At the same time as the fence is installed, steps could be installed along the bridle path made from railway sleepers which could prevent or at least restrict the speed of the quad bikes on the bridle path. Eddie Hooper to discuss with Fiona/Richard at footpaths.

 

County Council News:

  1. The main news from County Hall is the setting of the budget for 2014/15 which was agreed at the council meeting on 13 February. The budget proposal is for 2014/15 is £334million and savings of  £25m/year for the next 4 years
  2. The appointment of the new Chief Executive of Worcestershire County Council was announced – Clare Marchant who was deputy CEO. She will start in her new role on 1st June
  3. Additional funding has been allocated for buses – following the public consultation on the buses, £1.1m has been allocated to help reduce the impact of removing the bus subsidies.

 

Councillor’s Divisional Fund

In addition to the good causes already authorised, the following have been submitted this month :

  1. Offenham Cricket Club for new bowling mats

 

 

End of report

 

December 2013

County Councillor Report- Cleeve Prior    
Month: December 2013

Prepared by Alastair Adams
Littletons Division, Worcestershire County Council

Issues - Points Raised  with updates:

  1. Flooding at the corner near the pub. I received a phone call from Colin Greenwood about this problem, and then discussed it with David Lavender at the WCC. David stated that various flood alleviation measures had already been installed, but the lengthsmen needed to keep all the grills cleared. He agreed to attend the village to meet with Colin and the lengthsman to discuss. I met David Lavender on 4th Dec and reminded him we needed a date.
  2. Cleeve Prior Heritage Trust – use of buildings for educational purposes. I have received an email from Brian Taylor offering their resources and facilities for educational purposes.  I have put Brian in contact with the WCC education dept.
  3. Road markings at entrance to village – dragon’s teeth – These have now been done
  4. New fencing in the Gypsy site  - quotes have been received from Matt Maginnis and meeting arranged on 12/12/13 to discussed the options with the residents of the site.
  5. A resident contacted me about moving from her current social house because of under occupancy  – I contacted the Housing department to help her

County Council News:

  1. Public consultation of the future of subsidized buses  WCC has started a public consultation on the future of subsidies for the buses. 80% of the buses routes in Worcestershire do not need any subsidy so most bus services will not be affected – see consultation booklet for more information or go to www.worcestershire.gov.uk/busservicereview   I have also given the Parish Clerk some posters to display around the village and some questionnaires to circulate.
  2. CEO Trish Haines has announced her retirement from the Council next April.

Her announcement is below:

Trish Haines, Chief Executive Worcestershire County Council said:
"I have thoroughly enjoyed my time as the Chief Executive of Worcestershire County Council and feel privileged to have worked alongside Adrian, his Cabinet, my leadership team, wider staff body and the Council's many partners.

I am particularly proud that despite very challenging financial circumstances, the Council has improved the services residents said were most important to them. School results have improved for 5 years in a row, and are now in the top half of national league tables, all our children's homes are rated as "excellent", in a review conducted by The Times newspaper recently we are the 6th best authority nationally in terms of road conditions and we have seen The Hive, Europe's first joint public and private Library opened in Worcester and the internationally acclaimed Ashmolean museum bring a venue into Broadway. I am also pleased that the Council has successfully worked with local communities to help them take on and run services which are important to them but which the Council can no longer fund, such as Pershore Library, Malvern Cube and Outdoor Education Centre.

This has been a fantastic final chapter of my career and one I will look back on with fondness. Adrian is an inspirational leader and his Cabinet are both innovative and measured in how they are leading the Council through the current economic climate, being in control of change and looking to truly reform the way the Council operates .Through this approach not only is there a plan for the future but that plan will, I believe, mean a stronger Worcestershire for both local people and businesses."

Councillor’s Divisional Fund
I have authorised the following from the Divisional Fund :

  1. Cleeve Prior Heritage Trust -  for the improvement & enlargement of their car park- payment made on or around 21 November 2013
  2. 1st Littleton Scout Group -  for improvements to the Scout Hut - payment made on 6 December 2013
  3. Bretforton Sports Club -  towards the new sports equipment sheds -  submitted 14/11/13  banking details requested and completed BACS form awaited
  4. Evesham Sea Cadets -  for new catering equipment to teach the sea cadets cooking skills -   payment made on or around 14 November 2013
  5. Pebworth in Bloom – money for the re-decoration of the railings around the village car park – submitted 6/12/13 - pending
  6. South Littleton Playground Action Group – submitted 3/12/13 : banking details requested


I have also  received a letter in November from Offenham Cricket Club requesting assistance with a mobile cricket nets for coaching purposes 
 
End of report

November 2013

County Councillor Report- Cleeve Prior    
Month: November 2013

Prepared by Alastair Adams Littletons Division, Worcestershire County Council

Highways –The summer’s  major  re-surfacing works have all now been completed. Highways are now concentrating on their winter routine – gritting and emergency pothole repairs.

Issues - Points Raised with updates:

  1. Sign at junction with Arrow Lane – As I mentioned at the last meeting  without the arrow, my worry is the lorries will still come through Cleeve Prior. Highways have now agreed to fit an arrow if all parish councils agree – so North & Middle Littletons, South Littletons, and Cleeve Prior but Offenham PC have refused. So Highways will not install an arrow!
  2. Flooding at the corner near the pub. I received a phoner call from Colin Greenwood about this problem, and then discussed it with David Lavender at the WCC. David stated that various flood alleviation measures had already been installed, but the lengthsmen needed to keep all the grills cleared. He agreed to attend the village to meet with Colin and the lengthsman to discuss. I chase for a date for the meeting
  3. Cleeve Prior Heritage Trust – use of buildings for educational purposes. I have received an email from Brian Taylor offering their resources and facilities for educational purposes.  I have contacted the WCC education dept.
  4. Road markings at entrance to village – dragon’s teeth – I have logged this request.
  5. Cleeve Prior Bridle path – This is all now completed by WCC footpath depart, and has improved it no end. However, it has caused another problem in that quad bikes are using it.
  6. Cleeve Prior Gypsy site – litter pick – substantial rubbish has been collected, and the area does look better
  7. New fencing in the Gypsy site  - quotes have been received from Matt Maginnis but I have heard nothing about whether he has discussed the options with the residents of the site or confirmed what will be installed. I will chase him. The quotes so far are: Initial rough estimates for 220 metres of fencing with gates are as follows:
  1. 2mtr high steel security fencing (6 ft. sections) = £10,000
  2. Pig wire / sawn timber posts and two strands of wire =£4,500
  3. Pig wire / wooden posts and two strands of wire = £3,000


County Council News:
The big news that that I mentioned last month is the Council has to save £100m by 2017. This hit the local press in the last few weeks.

Councillor’s Divisional Fund
I have authorised £500 from the Divisional Fund to be paid to the Cleeve Prior Heritage Trust for the improvement & enlargement of their car park.

Overview & Scrutiny
The 6 District Councils and the County Council are doing a 6 month scrutiny of Worcestershire Regulatory Service, and I am sitting on the O&S panel representing Wychavon with my colleague Peter Tomilinson. As part of this exercise we want to hear the views from as many people as possible on their experience with the WRS – whether positive and negative!
This is a big review looking at the performance of the Worcestershire Regulatory Service since it became a joint service in 2010 as it covers such a wide variety of services including Food Standards, Food Safety, health & safety, animal health and welfare, licensing, air quality, noise complaints and other nuisances, fair trading, air quality, environmental permitting, infectious diseases, product safety, under age sales, consumer & business advice, public health (including burials and drainage, health promotion and pest control. – see their web site for more detail http://www.worcsregservices.gov.uk/default.aspx
So please let me know your views on WRS and those of your parishioners in the last 3 years. Please can I have your comments.  Please email them to adams.pebworth@gmail.com  Thank you.

End of report

October 2013

County Councillor Report- Cleeve Prior    
Month: October 2013

Prepared by Alastair Adams
Littletons Division, Worcestershire County Council

Highways
Good to see that Three Cocks Lane and Ferry lane in Offenhham have been patched and re-tarmacked. Also the main road from Honeybourne to Bretforton has been done too since my last report. It has been estimated that Highways have spent nearly £2million since May improving roads in and around the Littletons Division; some may say about time too!

Issues - Points Raised  with updates:
Traffic Calming Gates to the entrance of the village B4510– INSTALLED
Hedge by the Gypsy Site overhanging into road – CUT
Sign at junction with Arrow Lane – As I mentioned at the last meeting  without the arrow, my worry is the lorries will still come through Cleeve Prior. Highways have now agreed to fit an arrow if all parish councils agree – so North & Middle Littletons, South Littletons, and Cleeve Prior have –just waiting on Offenham PC
Cleeve Prior Bridle path – work has started on clearing this. I have also asked whether a boulder or barrier should be installed to prevent cars driving along the path
Cleeve Prior Gypsy site – litter pick – skip delivered and rubbish collected
New fencing in the Gypsy site  - I  received an email from Matt Maginnis today saying prices and options should be available later this week

Cost cutting at Worcestershire County Council
The County Council has to save £100m by 2017. One way they are hoping to achieve this is via Commissioning. Commissioning means sourcing the right service from the right provider at the right price for the taxpayer
The likely consequence is that a growing percentage, but not exclusively, will be spent externally - providing greater choice and flexibility.
Different outcomes, different models of delivery – the right provider may continue to be the Council.
Private, voluntary and other public sector organisations are likely to be involved, along with community groups, staff spin offs and social enterprises.
By working closely with partners we will have joined up services and maximised efficiencies by doing so.
All other functions are moving through a commissioning cycle which will be completed by 2017.
Worcestershire’s commissioning process is driven by fulfilling the needs of our residents and having an absolute focus on outcomes for communities.
It provides an opportunity to 'Act Local', by helping people coming together to do things for themselves.
To work it needs people to use their time, ideas and skills to make things better for themselves and their local community.  

Councillor’s Divisional Fund
I am starting to accept suggestions for these grants. Any charity or community organisation that needs a little help with a specific project should write to me. Adams.pebworth@gmail.com  I have received a letter from Cleeve Prior Heritage Trust.

End of report

Also click here for a summary of “Main News in Littletons ” which covers all 8 Parish Councils in the Littletons Division

September 2013

County Councillor Report- Cleeve Prior    
Month: September 2013

Prepared by Alastair Adams
Littletons Division, Worcestershire County Council

Highways –
All the key roads in the area that were identified to be repaired have now been completed except one which is the main road from Honeybourne to Bretforton. I have been assured by Highways that work on this road will start this month in September.

Issues - Points Raised  with updates:
Traffic Calming Gates to the entrance of the village B4510,– This has been on-going since before I was elected. However, I have now received confirmation from Roy Fullee that the gates are made, but I have still not received confirmation of an installation date.
Hedge overgrown over  pavement near Main Street junction with B4510, Aldington - enquiry re 5726941 -   Network Rail have now cut the hedge and installed a mirror opposite the dangerous Aldington junction.
Visit by Peter Luff to Cleeve Prior on 14th August -  This was a very good meeting  with Peter Luff,  Bill Longmore (Police Commissioner), the local Police Inspector and Police Sergeant, the WCC Cabinet Member responsible for Highways, John Smith, District Councillor Richard Lasota and the local representative of the Gypsy site. A worthwhile discussion took place and we walked the Bridle path. A number of important actions were agreed and hopefully this will result in things being better for everyone in the area.
Hedge by the Gypsy Site overhanging into road – I have reported this to Highways, and they will contact the landowners to ask them to cut it
Sign at junction with Arrow Lane – I had a meeting held with Kieran Hemstock this month as the neighbouring Parish had stated there needed to be an arrow on the sign directing the lorries back down the B4510 through Offenham back to A46. Highways are reluctant to do this for some reason. Are Cleeve Prior Parish Council in agreement with North Littleton? If so I will push the point. Without the arrow, my worry is the lorries will still come through Cleeve Prior. Highways are suggesting they are expecting the lorries to turn around – I am not sure where!

 PACT. (Police Liaison Meeting) As mentioned last month, Evesham North Rural policing is being increased: By the end of September we should have in place have 1 x new patrol person, and 2 x new CSO’s, a new CSO for the schools, and 6 x new Special Constables. The Special Constables will concentrate on enforcing speed limits in and around the area.  Unfortunately, as part of this re-organisation, we will be losing a familiar face in Cleeve Prior; Julie Pardoe, our current CSO,  is moving to Pershore Rural North. May I take this opportunity to thank Julie for all her hard work over the last few years, and I warmly welcome the new members of the Evesham Rural North team to Cleeve Prior

30mph stickers for wheelie bins  Reminder - these are now being produced by the West Mercia Safer Road Partnerships, and if you want some please contact your Parish Clerk– I have given him the contact name to obtain some. They are free but must only be applied to wheelie bins.

Broadband –– Worcestershire County Council signed a £20m deal with BT in August to bring broadband services in the county in line with the government’s targets. That means that all residences should have access to a minimum of 2Mb/s broadband speed by the time that the project completes in June 2016. Additionally the deal will see superfast broadband speeds (up to 80Mb/s) made available to 90% of homes in the county. There was a meeting on Wednesday 21st August with the council and BT to find out more about the next steps.

July 2013

County Councillor Report- Cleeve Prior    
Month: July 2013

Prepared by Alastair Adams
Littletons Division, Worcestershire County Council

Highways –

Here is an update on the following road works in this area. We are making progress!
C2006 Buckle St, Station Rd , Weston Rd Honeybourne Patching
C2274 Mickleton Rd Honeybourne Patching
C2009 Sheenhill Lane South Littleton  Patching
C2214 Arrow Ln North Littleton Patching - completed
B4085 Blackminster Surfacing
B4035 Bretforton (Main road through) Patching & Surfacing
C2049 Long Marston Rd Pebworth Patching - completed
B4510 Offenham Surface Dressing

Reporting Highways issues - I would recommend all residents to use the App on their smart phones called “Looking Local” or the one called “Worcestershire County Council”. Both Apps have a “Report it” feature which is the fastest way to report a Highways issue into the council. The Apps allow you to take a picture of the pothole, the smart phone locates it via GPS, and you simply type in the problem and give your name and contact details. Simple, but fast and effective.

Overview & Scrutiny. I attended my first County Hall Overview & Scrutiny meeting and put John Hobbs under the spot light. He is ultimately responsible for Highways in Worcestershire, and I questioned him on various issues within Highways. I made a point about the speed of repairing pot holes. The outcome was very encouraging as within days the potholes I quoted were all filled in, and I think he took on board the issues I raised.

PACT. (Police Liaison Meeting) I attended the meeting at Evesham police Station on 8th July, and it was agreed that the Chairman would invite someone from each Parish Council to the next meeting. Also it was announced that Evesham North Rural will have a substantial increase in policing resources. Currently we have just 1x patrol person, and 1x CSO (community Support Officer). We will soon have 2x patrol person, and 2x CSO’s, a CSO for the schools, and 6 x Special Constables. Speeding has been identified as an area that will receive considerable more focus! So be warned!

30mph stickers for wheelie bins  I understand these are now being produced by the West Mercia Safer Road Partnerships. I will see if I can get some for the village.

On-going issues - Points Raised at previous meetings with updates:
Traffic Calming Gates to the entrance of the village B4510,– This has been on-going since before I was elected. However, I have now received confirmation from Roy Fullee that the gates are made, and Tom Comerford will arrange their installation. I will chase Tom.
End of report

June 2013

It is only been a month since I was elected, and I am still finding my feet at County hall.

However I have already had some success for Cleeve Prior.

Following my attendance at last month’s Parish Council meeting, I understood that there had been a long running saga with Highways over the speed limit on the south side of Evesham Road in Cleeve Prior B4085. Highways were proposing to increase the speed limit from 30mph to 40mph. There were a group of residents at last month’s Parish Council meeting who strongly opposed this idea. The Parish Council also voted on it last month and decided they also did not want this increase in the speed limit. I therefore took it up with Highways at County Hall, and after much discussion, eventually got agreement that if I signed an “Objection Stage Report”   this proposal would be dropped. I signed the report;  my first official paperwork signed as a county councillor, and the speed limit will now stay at 30mph -  a win for Cleeve Prior!

Also, during the month I received a request to help with finding a “Travellers Teacher”, and contacted the head of education department at County Hall. I have since put the relevant people in contact with each other and understand a meeting is being organised at Cleeve Prior school. I hope the outcome from the meeting is a success.

Kind regards

Alastair Adams

County Councillor – Worcestershire County Council - Littletons

& District Councillor – Wychavon District Council - Honeybourne & Pebworth

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