Council Surgery in Wychbold

The Councils providing services in Wychbold and Dodderhill will be on hand to answer questions, provide information and discuss any concerns residents may have at an event in Wychbold Village Hall.

The event will take place on Monday 30th September 2019 at 6.30pm.

Representatives from Worcestershire County Council, Wychavon District Council and Dodderhill Parish Council will be in attendance, so do come along with those burning questions!

Village Hall and Open Space Funding Update

 

Village Hall and Open Space Funding Update

By now or in the next few days you will receive a pack containing details of the new and exciting plans the Parish Council have to give the community a Village Hall to serve the whole of the community in the future and to further improve the open space areas.

The pack contains a questionnaire/survey that can either be returned by post or by hand or completed online.

The “QR” code in the top right hand corner of the survey form gives the online address or you can manually enter it in your browser of choice as per below.

SURVEY LINK

On the Open Space Area Project we have also taken feedback from issues raised by the Allotment Working Group and also the young people within the community who talked passionately about their desire for a “Pump Track” at a recent council meeting.

 

In relation to the Village Hall project, the application needs to show the need for the community to have a Village Hall fit for the 21st century that enables and supports revenue generation and usage opportunities that a new vibrant Village Hall will bring for the benefit of the whole community.

 

Other supporting factors such as the issue of toilet facility access for the recreation ground also align with the concerns raised by the Village Hall Committee and therefore are at the heart of the plans for the new Village Hall.

The Parish Council reiterate our standing that we are open to work with all to deliver this vision.

Please take your time to read the booklets and give your feedback via the survey.

Tree Work at Piper’s Hill Common

Please see below communication received from Worcestershire Wildlife Trust:

I am a Reserve Officer for Worcestershire Wildlife Trust and, out of courtesy, just wanted to let you know about some work we have planned in your area. We own and manage Piper’s Hill Common SSSI (also known as Dodderhill Common and Hanbury Woods), which you may well be familiar with as the B4091 runs straight through it.  If not, it is a 15.5ha site which is a former wood pasture and has over 200 veteran trees.

You may well know that ash dieback has arrived in Worcestershire and it is already having a noticeable effect on some of our county’s trees. As land managers we are taking it very seriously but we are assessing it on a case by case basis and don’t intend to clear-fell areas of ash trees because we’re hoping to identify disease-resistant individuals.  However, we have a significant number of ash trees along the roadside at Piper’s Hill and these pose a health and safety risk to drivers travelling past the nature reserve on this busy road; ash dieback can cause trees to suddenly lose limbs or to fall over. Consequently, this winter we are planning on removing the ash alongside both sides of the road in a strip that’s about 15m wide (ie within falling distance of the road). We understand the shock that visitors and passers-by will have when they see such a familiar area change quite quickly but we won’t be removing every tree, just the ash and any other that are leaning hazardously into the road. Our priority here is the safety of road-users but we’re also relieved that, whilst we’re losing some of our ash trees, part of the by-product of this work will benefit the trees that are left behind, particularly the older ones. As we are working, we will also be taking the opportunity to clear some space around some of these veteran trees, which will help to increase their longevity.

Any queries about this work can be directed to the Worcestershire Wildlife Trust – enquiries@worcestershirewildlifetrust.org or 01905 754919

Funding opportunities for Village Hall and Recreation Ground

Village Hall Refurbishment and Recreation Ground Enhancements 2020 

The community of Dodderhill Parish has the opportunity to apply for up to £300,000 to refurbish Wychbold Village Hall in School Road and up to £40,000 to make improvements to the Wychbold Recreation Ground.

·      Investing in the Hall for the future

·      Eco friendly improvements to keep running costs down

·      Additional rooms for hire

·      Community activity space

·    Access improvements

·    Enhancements to community allotments

·    Nature trail completion

·    Pump track for bikes & scooters

A first round application to the Wychavon Community Legacy Grant fund has been successful and the Parish Council now need your help!

We need volunteers to help deliver surveys to households, shops and businesses to act as drop off points for surveys and people with experience in writing funding bids. The Parish Council need to match fund any award from the Community Legacy Fund and currently have some New Homes Bonus and “section 106” money available.  However, we need to apply for more funding to make this project come to life.

Legacy Fund Poster 1 2019

Legacy Fund Poster 2 2019

If you think you can help, please contact the parish clerk at clerk@dodderhillparishcouncil.co.uk or leave a message on 07929 213117

Contractors and Tradespeople wanted!

The Parish Council are drawing up an Approved List of contractors to undertake a variety of works within the Parish.

If any local company or tradesperson wishes to be considered for the list, please contact the Parish Clerk with your details together with a copy of your health & safety policy, your public liability insurance cover and details of any registration or licence necessary for your trade.
 
Our list will include (but is not limited to)
Tree Surgeons
Electricians
Plumbers
Carpenters
Maintenance and small works
Garden services
Grass Cutters
Pest Control
Painting and decorating
Sign writers
Welders
Fencers
IT Support
 
At relevant times, the Council will contact those contractors on the Approved List to invite them to provide quotations for works or submit a formal tender application depending on the value of the contract.
 
To apply to be on the list, please contact the Parish Clerk – clerk@dodderhillparishcouncil.co.uk

Adopted Tenders and Quotes Policy

Allotments available in Wychbold

Fancy a little green fingered relaxation and growing your very own fruit and veg?

There are vacant plots at the Wychbold Community Allotments at the Recreation Area off School Road, Wychbold.

Plots start at just £10 per year for a small plot and is a great way to relax and become self sufficient!

If you are interested in taking on a tenancy, or would like more information please contact either the Parish Clerk (clerk@dodderhillparishcouncil.co.uk) or Cllr Sue Howarth from the Community Allotments Working Group who is also an allotment holder! (sue.howarth@dodderhillparishcouncil.co.uk).

Allotment leaflet

Sample Allotment Tenancy Agreement

Worcestershire County Council Chairman’s Update – July 2019

A word from Cllr Peter Tomlinson, County Councillor for Dodderhill and Chairman of Worcestershire County Council

A lot has happened since I sent out a note of what I had been up to since that nerve tingling Council meeting on May 16th. From the 25th of May until now I have had 38 engagements varying from supporting other dignitaries in the County, the standard duty expected of the County Chairman, to ploughing my own furrow promoting sport, music and business.

Perhaps the most successful effort so far has been to promote the MAC’s Shelsley Walsh Hill Climb on its Classic Nostalgia weekend by mounting the railway sleepers coming out of the top ess and virtually writing off my classic MGC Sebring. The resultant photograph of my car on top of the sleepers featured in every local newspaper within the county and beyond. In their wildest dreams the MAC could not have expected publicity on that scale. Whilst my intention was to publicise Shelsley as being one of the jewels in the crown of Worcestershire and its place in the motor sport history of this country I did not expect to achieve it in this remarkably expensive way. This of course spoilt my intended appearance at the Chateau Impney Hill-Climb where I was to appear complete with chain, racing suit and car. Nevertheless I did attend and was amazed at the collection of vintage and classic cars on display and competing. Even better than the Goodwood Revival I thought and all here in Worcestershire.

I have attended a number of events in the cathedral and am getting to know the staff there quite well. One of the most moving events was the Sunday service commemorating D-Day. The single wreath was laid by a veteran of June 6th 1944. He was helped to the alter by other members of Royal British Legion and he then stood erect with no help, bowed his head and stood for some time before being helped back to his seat. He is 98 years old which meant that he was just 23 years old when he went ashore. Although required to walk out with the other dignitaries I defied convention (not for the first time and I daresay not the last either) just to shake his hand and thank him personally for my freedom on that day June 6th when I was just over one year old.

Whilst supporting councillor David Ross the Mayor of Kidderminster at one of his fundraising events for his chosen charities, I actually won the darts tournament which compensated somewhat for my Shelsley episode.

I thought at least I can point a dart in the right direction if not my car! I had the pleasure of opening a new development called The Burrows which features 8 self-contained apartments for people suffering from autism. My wife as a retired community paediatrician knows all about this syndrome and we have friends whose son is so severely autistic that he needs to be looked after 24 hours a day. However there are many who if given the right environment can live their own lives and indeed contribute to society. The Burrows with funding from the County and Fortis Housing have designed and built these apartments to cater for those aspects of autism which can trigger negative behaviour. For example each unit is completely soundproofed since noise can trigger a reaction, all the electrical elements have been designed to make them easy to use and as safe as possible. This kind of project often goes very much under the radar when the County is criticised, for example, for potholes and not doing enough to control traffic disruption (although we could do more!).

I have attached a list of my engagements so that you can see the spread of events I have attended. I am promoting the County as much as possible wherever I go with sport and music high on my list. The week following the last gig on that list saw me with my Chairman’s hat on during full Council week. What with all the pre-meetings and briefings it’s always difficult to fit any more engagements in but this week I have 3 meetings plus a jazz concert at Henley-in-Arden with the Ad Hoc jazz band. Then thank goodness things get a little quieter in August and it will be a time for a break…which we desperately need.

By the way I have Chairman’s Twitter account and you can log on @ChairmanWorcscc for those that understand how to use this medium. I am only just learning, but I put up something nearly every day. Do follow me if you can.

Kind regards to you all

Cllr Peter Tomlinson