Proposed double-yellow lines, Public Consultation

The County Council are proposing to increase the length of the double-yellow lines near the junction of Sandhills Lane with Hewell Road.  The public consultation is open until 5th September 2018.

A copy of the draft Order, relevant plan and Statement of Reasons for proposing to make the Order may be inspected at Bromsgrove District Council, Customer Service Centre, Parkside, Market Street, Bromsgrove, Worcs., B61 8DA, and County Hall, Spetchley Road, Worcester, WR5 2NP during normal office hours.  Any objections/representations you may have must be sent in writing to Simon Mallinson, Head of Legal and Democratic Services at County Hall, Spetchley Road, Worcester WR5 2NP  or email roadtrafficregs@worcestershire.gov.uk

Read the proposal here: Sandhills Lane proposed dyls 2018-07-31

Stay Alert to telephone scams

The police and Warwickshire County Council’s Trading Standards Service are warning residents to beware of phone calls from fraudsters claiming to be HMRC.

The bogus callers attempt to frighten residents by falsely suggesting that the Police are on the verge of arresting them for unpaid taxes. The fraudsters then ask the residents to pay the bogus ‘tax bill’ often using iTunes gift card voucher codes.

Warwickshire County Councillor Andy Crump, Portfolio Holder for Community Safety said: “Whilst most people see through these scam calls and put the phone down, unfortunately some vulnerable people can and do fall victim to these frightening phone calls, losing thousands of pounds as a consequence.”

“If you have a vulnerable family member, neighbour or friend, make sure they are aware of this scam and how they can protect themselves.”

Warwickshire Trading Standards has seen an increase in the number of complaints in the past month relating to bogus HMRC phone calls, emails and texts. Many of the calls relate to demands for payment, but some also concern bogus tax refunds. In these cases residents are asked for personal and financial information that can then be used for identity theft and are normally asked to pay money in advance to receive their non-existent refund.

Be Aware

• HMRC will never use texts to tell you about a tax rebate or penalty or ask for payment using iTunes gift card voucher codes or similar.

• Telephone numbers and text messages can easily be spoofed. You should never trust the number you see on your telephone’s display.

• If you receive a suspicious cold call, end it immediately.

Protect Yourself and Others

• There are now a number of scam call blocking/filtering devices on the market that are very effective in reducing and in some cases eliminating bogus calls. These are particularly useful for vulnerable individuals who would struggle to spot a scam caller.

For more information and to report HMRC scams, visit:

• HMRC: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/phishing-and-bogus-emails-hm-revenue-and-customs-examples/phishing-emails-and-bogus-contact-hm-revenue-and-customs-examples

• Action Fraud: https://www.actionfraud.police.uk/

To receive scam alerts to your email inbox visit: https://www.warwickshire.gov.uk/scams

Roadworks information

Here is an interactive website where you can find out what roadworks are going on in the area both now and in the future by using the location and date search functions.

Go to www.roadworks.org for live information.

New Casual Vacancy

There is a second vacancy for the position of parish councillor.  The public notice is currently being displayed on the notice boards stating ‘an election to fill the casual vacancy shall be held if notice in writing of a request for such an election has been given by TEN local government electors for the parish to the Returning Officer at Bromsgrove District Council.’

The address to send that notice is Parkside, Market Street, Bromsgrove B61 8DA and must be delivered by Friday 10th August.

If there has been no call by that date then the parish council will seek a suitable candidate to co-opt.

Here’s a copy of the application form and the co-option procedure: Co-option procedure 2017-09

 

Road closure: Bittell Road / Fiery Hill Road junction

ROAD CLOSURE NOTICE

The road under the railway bridge between the junction of Hewell Road / Bittell Road and Fiery Hill Road will be CLOSED on Wednesday 1st and Thursday 2nd August to allow for remedial road works to be carried out.  The mini roundabout at the junction of Hewell Road with Bittell Road is to be correctly installed and some  Network Rail signage has to be attached to the bridge.  The usual diversion route will be in place.

Severn Trent Water investigations in Hewell Road

Severn Trent Water have issued a note (see below) to Hewell Road premises advising that in order to improve the water supply in the area they need to carry out investigation works.

There will be a few small excavations, trial holes on the footpath near to Poplar Drive and Orchard Croft, and also in the road at Orchard Croft, outside Rosebank, near the Post Office and by Millennium Park.  The trial holes in the road will require traffic light controls.  The work is expected to take one week starting 16th July.

Casual Vacancy

A casual vacancy has arisen on the Parish Council which provides an opportunity for ten local government electors (ie must be included on the Barnt Green Parish Council’s electoral register) to request an election.  The request for an election must be delivered to the Returning Officer at Bromsgrove District Council, Parkside, Market Street, Bromsgrove B61 8DA by Friday 20th July 2018.

The request must include the name, address (as shown on the electoral register) and electoral number of each of the ten requesters, the reason for the request and the date of the notice of vacancy (03/07/2018).  The Returning Officer will provide a template if required.

If no such request is made to the Returning Officer then the Parish Council will be able to fill the vacancy by co-option.

Click here for information about the co-option procedure:  co-option procedure and application form

M42 – advance notice of works

A new safety barrier is to be installed on sections of the M42 between junction 3a and junction 7a.

Start of works: Monday, 9 July 2018

End of works: Friday, 21 September 2018

Hours of work: 10pm to 6am Monday to Friday

To maintain a safe environment for workforce and road users, two lanes will need to be closed on the northbound and southbound carriageways in sections from 10pm to 6am.  One lane will be kept open for traffic. There will also be some overnight closures, which will be advertised in advance using signs at the roadside.

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Network Rail are improving platform 1

Network Rail have issued a letter (Network Rail update letter 2018-06-28, platform 1 alterations) to the neighbours of Barnt Green station informing them of essential works that will take place at various times between 23rd June and 15th July.  Some of the work will be during the day time with weekend and night time work from 30th June to 15th July.

Network Rail apologise for the inconvenience and aim to minimise any unnecessary noise.

Questions and concerns can be directed to www.networkrail.co.uk or call 03457 11 41 41.

Annual Fun Run

Well done and thank you to everyone who took part in the Barnt Green Fun Run on Sunday 24th June.  Despite the heat and the lure of England winning a football game, over 100 participants ran, jogged or walked the 3 laps (5k) around the village.  We’ll be doing it again next year – date yet to be arranged.  Excellent work from the Barnt Green Chuggers and Chain Gang team who ran the event with support from the sponsor Provest and the Parish Council.