Vacancy for councillor

Due to the resignation of one of the eight parish council members, there is now a vacant seat on the council.  There is a 14-day window (ie 14 working days) of opportunity to call for a by-election which will end on 8th May.  If by that time there has been no call for a by-election then the parish council will co-opt a suitable candidate.

If you are interested in calling a by-election then ten local government electors must submit the request to the Returning Officer based at Bromsgrove District Council.  A request template can be obtained from the Returning Officer at their office in Parkside, Market Street, Bromsgrove B61 8DA.

If you are interested in becoming a parish councillor please contact the Executive Officer at the parish council office.  More information will be posted on here after 8th May.

Official notice of casual vacancy

Rail works, 22nd – 24th April

Network Rail has been in touch to tell us about the next stage of the electrification project:

We’re about to commence some significant electrification installation work in the area between the railway station and northwards beyond the Bittell Road rail bridge, to put in place the electrification arrangements to tie-in the new electrification to the existing, and to run it back towards the Redditch Branch platforms.

This will involve foundation piling and augering along the railway parallel to Fiery Hill Road and the opposite side. A ‘movax’ vibration piling machine (see photo) will be used, which although makes some noise, is quieter than percussive hammering of the piles. The work will take place between 2300 on Saturday 22nd April and early morning on Monday 24th. Our contractor ABC Electrification will try to minimise noise by doing the installation furthest away from housing first, and vibration piling at night. They will continue in daytime hours on Sunday 23rd April to final-hammer in the piles, which will be noisy, but confined to daylight.

Network Rail have also provided a more detailed timetable for the extent of the work: BAG2 51m 880y to 55m 1562y Improvement Works Barnt Green Hewell Lane …


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Barnt Green Motor Festival

It’s all systems go for Sunday 2nd July 2017.  The parish council will be hosting an event showcasing local motor vehicles of interest – not necessarily vintage or classic, but definitely interesting!  For more information contact the parish council – or / 0121 447 9893 or 0121 445 4214.

The event will take place between 2pm – 5pm in the centre of Barnt Green village.

Annual Assembly 26th April


The annual opportunity for residents to discuss Parish Affairs will take place on Wednesday 26th April.  This is your meeting so please make the time to come along to have your say on any matters relating to Barnt Green.  Hot topics are likely to be the condition of the roads in the village, the suggestion that we might install public toilets and proposed improvements to the playing field – why not add your voice and share your opinion on these and other village-related matters?

As part of the meeting, Steve Hinton the Senior Ranger at the Lickey Hills Country Park has been invited to talk on the current challenges facing the country park.

Refreshments will be provided after the discussions.

NB This is not a parish council meeting; but since we are obliged by law to host it each year it would be really heartening to see it well supported!  It starts at 7.30pm and will be held in the Cofton Lounge, Parish Centre, Sandhills Road.  We hope you can make it and look forward to seeing you.

If it matters to you, then it matters!

Hail, Salubrious Spot!

Local author, Gavin Bantok, has written to let us know of the book he has written about his life growing up in Barnt Green during the 1940’s and 50’s.  It is a fascinating glimpse into the history of our village.

Gavin tells us that the revised edition of ‘Hail, Salubrious Spot! (How’s Your Rupture?) – Memories of a Worcestershire Village’ is now available on and as a Kindle book, and can be read on a Kindle Reader, iPhone or iPad and other devices, with the Kindle app.  You can look inside and read the first two chapters without buying the book.

The book is authored by Gavin, but has essays in it written by his brothers and other relatives. It is also copiously illustrated with many pictures and photos in colour.


Read about GB’s early days of making drama along with many humorous anecdotes about the Bantock family and local personalities!  Compare the village of yesteryear to that of today and see what’s changed and what hasn’t.    Take a look and enjoy!

Hail Salubrious Spot, coverpage

Small Grants Scheme

Bromsgrove District Council, in partnership with the Bromsgrove Engagement and Equalities Forum, have launched the 2017-18 first round of Small Grants Scheme!

The grants are available for activities that support community and equality outcomes within Bromsgrove District. Voluntary, charitable and community groups can submit bids for up to £500 to deliver projects which address community issues and support wider community involvement.

This round will close at 4pm on 31st March 2017. Projects must be delivered by between 1st May 2017 to 31st Oct 2017 to qualify for this round of funding.

The Grant Application Form is available, click here:- Guidance and Form – 2017-18 Round 1 Small Grants Scheme or find it via under Small Grants Scheme

Funding Fair for community groups

If you’re a voluntary of community organisation working in Bromsgrove or Redditch and need help with funding, this is the event for you.

Special funder workshops available to book but places are limited.

Wednesday 8th March 2017, 10am – 3pm at Redditch Town Hall

Book online at

Or contact BARN on 01527 60282 or for more info.

Funding Fair Flyer 0.3

Pedestrian Access now open!

The walkway between Kendal End Road and Fiery Hill Road is now open for pedestrians to use.

Barnt Green is open for business

Despite the road closure, the shops in Barnt Green are open and ready for business as usual.

The road under the railway bridge near to Bittell Road, Fiery Hill Road and Kendal End Road is closed at that junction to all traffic, including to pedestrians.

The developers of the new housing site are working to install a footway between Kendal End Road and Fiery Hill Road so that pedestrians can use the bridge at the railway station to get into/out of Barnt Green village.  Vehicle drivers will need to follow the diversion signs – the official diversion from Rednal is either via Groveley Lane, A441, Bittell Road or via Rose Hill, Twatling Road, Fiery Hill Road, Hewell Lane.

All drivers are asked to add extra time to their journeys and to observe the speed limits – which vary between 20mph along Hewell Road in Barnt Green village centre, 30mph along all other roads except for Bittell Road between Barnt Green and Alvechurch (40mph), Rose Hill (40mph) and the A441 (40mph through Hopwood, 50mph in places either side of Hopwood).

Information is available from Worcestershire County Council for live roadworks updates –

and from Worcestershire County Council for bus timetables and changes –

The works being carried out require a temporary road closure to allow for the pavement on the north side of Bittell Road, the road under the railway bridge, to be moved to the south side of the road; this was a requirement of the planning consent for the Cala Homes development.  At the same time, major infrastructure improvements are being carried out for water, gas and telephone services which the parish council is hoping will mean this part of the road should not have to be closed again for the foreseeable future.

The road closure is expect to last until March 2017.