Broad Lane Update

The good news is that contractors for Severn Trent say the work on Broad Lane is ahead of schedule.

 The bad news is that the next stage will be very disruptive for residents going to and from Wood End Station and the Birches Medical Centre.

Phase Three from Vicarage Hill to The Common will be done in two stages.

Initially, there will be no access to Broad Lane or Poolhead Lane from Vicarage Hill.  Residents will have to approach the station and the Surgery from Tom Hill.

When the section to the Surgery is complete Poolhead Lane will re-open to traffic and access to the Surgery will be via Vicarage Hill only until the work is completed.

Planned work by contractors on behalf of BT Openreach which was due to start on 15 June will now begin at a later date. 

The area from the Bell on The Green down Doctor’s Hill to and including Knowlebury Cross will be closed to vehicular traffic.

(Source: Tom Ross)

Overhanging Trees

Trees and bushes overhanging neighbouring properties is often a significant source of irritation to residents.

To help residents understand their approach the Forestry Section of Warwickshire County Council has recently made clear to Tanworth Parish Council that trees are not pruned because they are causing shade.

“A tree owner has a duty of care to ensure the tree is ‘safe’ and there are no foreseeable safety based issues (which can include where branches are low over a persons garden, or starting to touch a building). 

Trees are a very important part of our environment, and trees in parks have a high amenity value to members of the public. 

Trees are allowed to grow to their natural height and shape, and to subject them to pruning to try to constrain or restrict this can be very counterproductive and result in reactive growth (i.e. the tree producing even more branches / leaf cover), or even make them more liable to disease or pathogens.”

For further guidance contact:  forestry@warwickshire.gov.uk

(Source:  Warwickshire County Council)

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Lorry Park at Beoley

Residents at the Blind Lane end of Broad Lane may be aware that Walkers, the haulage firm, over the county boundary in Worcestershire went into administration recently.

There may be two planning applications: one to Bromsgrove District Council to provide a general overnight lorry park and the other a street trading licence to regularise the food facilities already being advertised.

With the new distribution warehouse at Gorcott Hill and the improvements to Junction 4 of the M42 there are fears that this can only mean a vast increase of noise and traffic at the Beoley Garage exit on the A435.

A public consultation exercise on the street trading began on 23 June and will last for 28 days.  If residents wish to comment on the plans they should be made in writing to:

ann.may@worcsregservices.gov.uk

If more information is required Mrs May can be contacted on 0777 955 4280

(Source: Edward Carter)

Tanworth Church Clock

Any residents who have looked up in recent months to the Church tower to see what the time is will have been frustrated by the absence of the clock faces.

The Cumbria Clock Company have advised the Church that work is progressing on the restoration.

(Source: Tanworth Church)

No Green Waste Charges till 2021

Stratford District Council have decided to postpone the introduction of a £40 charge for the collection of green waste until 2021. They will decide the exact date for introduction later.

Plans to increase car parking charges across the Council car parks have also been postponed until next year.

(Source: Stratford District Council)

Beware of email and other Scams

Sadly, there are always people who try to make money from the misfortunes of others.

The Coronavirus crisis has produced a series of emails that purport to come from HM Government. They do not.

Be very careful of any emails that offer money or help from a source that you do not know.

If things seem to be too good to be true, they usually are.

(Source: Warwickshire Police)

Do You Know Someone Who Needs Help?

A number of local people and organisations are busy compiling a list of vulnerable residents in Tanworth who may be in need of help in this time of national crisis.

They would also welcome able-bodied people able to volunteer to provide that help.

There are already several sources of help for those struggling with the practicalities and feeling of isolation that people are and will feel in the coming weeks:

– There is a community facebook page set up for those able to access it called “Tanworth-in-Arden Village Community“.  It offers help and support to residents and people can post to and read about what is going on in our community hour by hour
– The Warwickshire Lad on Broad Lane is offering a takeaway service between 6pm and 8pm with details on their website
Tanworth Church has a number of volunteers to support more vulnerable people that they are aware of in the community
Beaumont Farm is offering meals and groceries for collection or delivery and is updating the Community facebook page regularly

There are also your neighbours who I am sure would be delighted to help if asked.

Despite all of this, if you are still struggling and need help with groceries or prescriptions or any other practical issues or you know of somebody nearby who may, then please contact Jonathan Ashcroft on jonathan.ashcroft@btinternet.com and he will endeavour to help you or put you in touch with someone who can.

A parallel volunteer scheme is being organised by Earlswood And Forshaw Heath Residents Association.

If any residents are entitled to free school lunches for their children they can call Warwickshire County Council Welfare for 6 weeks of support for food on 0800 408 1448. 

(Source: Jonathan Ashcroft)

Tom Hill Bridge

Sadly, Network Rail does not get any awards for the state of the railway bridge over Tom Hill.

Considering that this is one of the main approaches to the Conservation Area for residents and visitors alike Network Rail has consistently refused to re-paint the bridge.

The situation has been made worse by the graffiti added recently.

 

(Source: Tom Ross)

People’s Award 2020

Tanworth Parish Council is launching the People’s Award 2020.

The aim is to thank and reward those people volunteering in Tanworth who deserve recognition for community activity, environmental achievements or in some other way contribute to the life of the Parish.

There will be two categories: Individual and Non-Profit Organisation or Voluntary Group.

All nominations will be judged using the following criteria.
. Community involvement – encouraging a community spirit
. Inclusivity – making sure everyone can be involved
. Inspiration – inspiring people to do more
. Innovation – new and exciting ways of delivering projects
. Lasting impact – will be around or make a difference for a long time
. Tackling issues that affect the people living in the Parish

Nominations do not need to meet all the criteria: each nomination will be judged on its individual merit.

Nominations must be received by 10 April 2020. Presentations of awards will take place at the Parish Assembly to be held at Tanworth Village Hall on Wednesday 22 April 2020.

For details of the Rules and nomination forms see website at www.tanworth-pc.org.uk.

(Source: Tanworth Parish Council)

Danzey Station Signs

West Midlands Trains are to be congratulated for updating the signs on Wood End and Danzey stations.

Sadly, their geographical skills are somewhat lacking in terms of the destinations of Platforms 1 and 2 at Danzey.  

Platform 1 is actually for Stratford upon Avon and Platform 2 is for Birmingham.