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

Worcestershire Passenger Transport Survey

The Worcestershire Passenger Transport Strategy is now available online.

The Worcestershire County Council Passenger Transport Team have already been out to several locations across the county to engage with members of the public, schools, surgeries, hospitals and libraries to promote consultation of their Strategy.

For more information including how to take part, see the links below.  Further dates for August and September will follow.

Hard copies of these documents, and paper copies of the consultation questionnaire, are available in Libraries.

http://www.worcestershire.gov.uk/passengertransportstrategy

Worcestershire Passenger Transport Strategy – A5 Leaflet 

Event-Schedule-Worcestershire-Passenger-Transport-Strategy

South Worcestershire Development Plan Review

A new page has been created on the DPC website in relation to the South Worcestershire Development Plan Review. Residents are encouraged to read the information via the links provided and use the interactive map to see how the Plan may affect Dodderhill parish and Wychbold in the future. The Plan is due to go to the “preferred options” stage in November 2019.

Please note that the Parish Council have no powers to directly influence this Local Plan Review and it is being conducted by Wychavon District Council as the Local Planning Authority. The Parish Council will of course take part in any further consultations in relation to the parish later this year. Residents can also respond directly to the consultation and are encouraged to do so.

South Worcestershire Development Plan

 

 

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