County Council Chairman’s Update

A Word From The Chairman, Dodderhill’s County Councillor

As well as helping with problems you may have with County which I will always endeavour to sort out, I thought you might be interested to know what a Chairman of County gets up to in the meantime.

On Thursday May 16th I was installed as Chairman in the Chamber at County Hall. I caused something of a surprise when I announced that as Chair I was going to remain impartial and not vote on any motion (which previous Chairs have done) because I felt that voting would immediately destroy the whole essence of neutrality and impartiality. This caused something of a stir. So did about 100 climate change protesters filling the Chamber and completely upsetting the agenda. I spent most of the morning quelling the possibility of rioting and people glueing themselves to my desk. As it turned out most of them were better behaved than some councillors, but it was a baptism of fire certainly. I eventually got home at about 5.30pm after having been at County Hall from 8am… exhausted.

The next day I officiated at a Citizenship Ceremony with the Lord Lieutenant. There were 25 new citizens from amongst others, Poland, Bulgaria, Lithuania, Sri Lanka, Afghanistan, India, Pakistan, Holland and Oregon USA. I find it fascinating chatting to them all after the ceremony. At the beginning I have to stand up and tell them about the county they have chosen to live in and the more I research the more I realise that Worcestershire, one of the smallest counties in England punches way above its weight in so many areas. I have chosen to concentrate on sport, music and business in my year in all three categories of which we excel.

Saturday I attended the annual concert of our young musicians in the University Arena. Worcestershire Youth Music is now part of Severn Arts a newly formed self-governing charity. The concert was brilliant and the finale saw all the musicians, all 250 of them from the youngest aged 7 to those about to leave school and go to college on stage. It took 5 conductors to hold them all together as they played an arrangement of Ravel’s Bolero specially written for them. I have never seen/heard anything like it in my life, simply magnificent. And there were many, many proud parents, grandparents and siblings in the audience who applauded for what seemed ages afterwards. Difficult to follow but I had to then thank everyone and I urged the musicians not to give up playing when they left school or college, like I did, only returning to playing in a band in my 70s and wishing I had done it many years earlier!

On Monday evening I had a lesson in using a Twitter account under the name @ChairmanWorcscc which apparently is the County’s way of informing the public of my activities. I have never used Twitter before and am still wary of it. Some of the comments I have read from people are extreme and grossly discourteous. I will however persevere. I took the day off on Tuesday to attend the Shelsley Walsh Driving School hoping that I can knock a couple of second off my time in competition this season, before my wife makes me sell the MGC Sebring because she says I am too old and my reactions are not what they used to be to drive quickly. As you might expect I disagree but am sure to lose the argument!

Wednesday evening I attended the Severn Arts performance in Worcester Cathedral, a gathering of children from schools throughout the county who guided us around the ancient building in a mix of dance, drama, voice and music. It was a magical evening. The talent we have in this county is extraordinary.

Thursday was a meeting at Chateau Impney to meet the owner Rod Spollon and talk about his speed event in July and how that contributes to both the economic success and the motor sport image (eg Shelsley Walsh, Morgan Car Company) of this county.

Friday we drove to Hereford for the installation of its new county Chairman Sebastian Bowen. Again I made the vote of thanks.

Next week just 3 engagements..so far!

Cllr Peter Tomlinson

Joint Project to Improve Village Hall

The Parish Council and Wychbold Village Hall Management Committee would like to hear the community’s ideas for improving the Village Hall.

Funding is available from Wychavon District Council’s Legacy Fund and the Council and Village Hall Committee are working together on an application for a share of this money (up to £100,000) to make improvements to the Hall for the benefit of the community.

There are a number of “workshops” planned at the Village Hall that are open to the community to attend, share ideas and learn more about what the Village Hall could provide in the future, should the application for funding be successful.

The first workshop is on Tuesday 28th May at 7.oopm and will look at how the Hall can become more environmentally friendly and reduce running costs. Download the posters below for details about further workshop dates.

Community consultation workshop 1

Community consultation workshop 2

Community consultation workshop 3

Community consultation workshop 4

More information about the project can be obtained from the Parish Clerk – dodderhillpc@gmail.com

Annual Parish Meeting – 14th May 2019

NOTICE OF MEETING

TO ALL LOCAL GOVERNMENT ELECTORS REGISTERED FOR THE PARISH OF DODDERHILL

THE ANNUAL PARISH MEETING WILL BE HELD ON

TUESDAY 14th MAY 2019 at 7.00pm

AT WYCHBOLD VILLAGE HALL, SCHOOL ROAD, WYCHBOLD

 

AGENDA

1. Welcome by the Chairman of the Council

2. Apologies for Absence

3. Minutes of the previous Parish Meeting held Tuesday 15th May 2018

4. Chairman’s Report

5. Reports from District and County Councillors

6. Town Council Accounts Summary 2018/19

7. Reports from Dodderhill/Wychbold community organisations

8. Public Open Session

This meeting is the annual opportunity for local council electors to speak and to discuss issues of relevance to the parish. Please note that this is not a Parish Council meeting and therefore is not a decision-making forum.

“Pop Up” Cafe at the Village Hall & Recreation Ground

The Parish Council hope you have been enjoying the pop up café at the Village Hall, being run by Cllr Maureen Addy and her husband Bob.

They have both give their time freely to run the café, so pop down and say hello! It is open between 11am to 4pm on Thursday 25th, Friday 26th and Sunday 28th April. The café is not open on Saturday. The café sells tea, coffee, sweets, chocolate, ice cream and crisps. Perfect for refuelling after using the recreation field, new play equipment, zip line, outdoor gym and multi games court!

You can also view information about current Parish Council projects and how you can get involved!

 

New Pathway Works to Begin at Recreation Ground

The Council’s contractor, Sutcliffe Play Ltd, will begin work on the new pathways around the recreation ground on Tuesday 23rd April. The paths will be gravel and provide a circular route around the recreation ground.

The work will start at the top of the field, away from the play equipment, until the holidays have finished. The work should take around three weeks to complete.

There will also be some new bike racks installed at the Village Hall end of the field.

You can view a plan of the new pathways by clicking the link below.

Dodderhill P.C.- Wychbold Rec Ground Pathway Plan

Notice of Uncontested Election

NOTICE OF UNCONTESTED ELECTION

Wychavon

Election of Parish Councillors for
Dodderhill
on
Thursday 2 May 2019

I, being the Returning Officer at the above election, report that the persons whose names appear below were duly elected Parish Councillors for Dodderhill.

Name of Candidate and Home Address

ADDY, Maureen
3 School Road, Wychbold, Droitwich, Worcester, WR9 7PU

DOW, Guy Nathan
42 School Road, Wychbold, Droitwich, WR9 7PU

HOWARTH, Susan Gail
4 Pear Tree Way, Wychbold, WR9 7JW

KEANE, Alyson Elizabeth
(Address in Wychavon)

WALTON, Jacquline
76 De Wyche Road, Wychbold, Droitwich, Worcester, WR9 7PN

WEBB, Douglas James
(Address in Wychavon)

Returning Officer, Wychavon District Council

Road Closure – Chequers Lane

PUBLIC NOTICE

ROAD TRAFFIC REGULATION ACT 1984 – SECTION 14 (AS AMENDED)

WORCESTERSHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL

NOTICE OF THE CLOSURE OF CHEQUERS LANE, DODDERHILL, WORCESTERSHIRE (“THE HIGHWAY”)

Reason for restriction: Drainage Work / Flood AlleviationThere is a need to close the highway in the following terms:-

  1. The effect of this Notice is that no vehicle shall proceed along that part of the highway from its junction with De Wyche Road to its junction with St Richards Road.
  2. This provision shall continue in force for a maximum of 5 days, however, it is anticipated that it will remain in force for 4 days commencing 9 April 2019.
  3. Alternative routes: – C2004 Stoke Road, M5 Junction 5 to Junction 6 on slip, A38 Motorway Junction, A38 Worcester Road, Chequers Lane and vice versa.

Nothing in this Notice shall prevent at any time access for pedestrians to any premises situated on or adjacent to the highway, or to any other premises accessible for pedestrians from and only from the highway.

SIMON MALLINSON

Head of Legal and Democratic Services

Date 9 April 2019

Chequers Lane Droitwich WR9 7PH – Road Closure And Diversion

 

 

 

Dodderhill Parish Council – Council Tax 2019/2020

Dodderhill Parish Council have agreed to increase their share of the Council Tax by 35% to £49.47 per year for a Band D taxpayer.

This sounds like a lot, but in real terms is just a 25p per week increase to allow the Council to insure and maintain the fabulous new facilities at the recreation ground and to build up a small fund to replace/enhance the equipment in the future. This comes after years of council tax freezes and is still well below the national average parish charge of £64.05.

If you have any questions or comments, please contact the Parish Clerk at dodderhillpc@gmail.com.

Great British Spring Clean – Keep Dodderhill and Wychbold Tidy!

Help Keep Dodderhill and Wychbold Litter Free!

Dodderhill Parish Council and McDonalds (Wychbold) have joined forces to participate in Keep Britain Tidy’s  Great British Spring Clean!

The date for our event will be the weekend of

Sat and Sun 13th/14th April 2019

You are invited to join us as a volunteer at the event by sending your name and contact details to either Dodderhill Parish Council, dodderhillpc@gmail.com or McDonalds, 01264@uk.mcd.com.

We will contact you with further details when areas have been allocated. (Tell us if you would like a particular area)

All HV tabards, litter grabbers, gloves and recycling bags will be provided by McDonalds. The event will be run from either Wychbold Village Hall and/or McDonalds, Worcester Road, Wychbold. Should you have any further concerns with litter either before or after this event, then please advise using the above email details, giving location etc. McDonalds will endeavour to visit these areas and litter pick.

Any details given in relation to this event will be held securely and will not be used for any other purpose . You can check either party ’s Privacy Statement by referring to their web sites.

You can also register via the Keep Britain Tidy website where we have our own listing for the event.

Download the Event Poster here and feel free to share!