Overgrown Hedges and Trees bordering roads and paths. (Encroachment)

OVERGROWN HEDGES AND TREES BORDERING ROADS AND PATHS

Dear Parishioners,
You may not be aware that there are strict rules governing the growth of trees and hedging bordering paths and roads.

1. There should be clearance of at least 2.2m (7’ 2’’) above a footway, pavement, or verge to allow pedestrians free passage.

2. Hedges/vegetation should be cut back to the boundary line so as not to overhang or encroach onto the highway (meaning carriageway, footway or verge)

We realise that there are only a couple of months to go before all hedge cutting has to stop until 1st September but we would request that you check any of your boundaries to make sure that you are compliant with the above.

It is very easy for hedges to get thicker just by a little bit each year, despite being cut back regularly, to the extent that they eventually take up quite a lot of space on a pavement. That hedge may require some radical pruning to put it back where it should be. Indeed, your hedges may need more than one pruning session to keep them inside your boundary line.

All hedge/ tree cutting should be completed by 1st March.

NB Health and Safety take precedence so wherever there is a danger to the public caused by overgrown hedges they can be dealt with irrespective of date.

There is a process to be followed as shown below:

– If required, the Parish Council will send a letter to individual landowners to notify them that their hedges/trees need some remedial work.

– If the problem is not rectified then the matter would be passed to County Highways. They will then contact the Landowner to ask for that work to be done. If not completed within a certain time period they will undertake the work themselves and may then present a bill to the landowner.

CLICK HERE to download document in pdf.

Abberley Parish Council 2019

South Worcestershire Development Plan Review – Suggested comments for SWDP Consultation Review

South Worcestershire Development Plan Review – Preferred Options Paper public consultation from Monday 4th November to Monday 16th December 2019 and a revised version of the Local Development Framework.
The South Worcestershire Councils (SWCs) (Malvern Hills District, Worcester City and Wychavon District) have commenced a review of the South Worcestershire Development Plan (SWDP). The SWDP was adopted in February 2016 and the SWCs are required, by the 2017 Regulations to complete a review every five years. The SWDP Review will cover the period to 2041.

The SWDP Review will allocate further land for houses, jobs and retail. It will also set out planning policies for making decisions on new development proposals up to the year 2041.

This ‘Preferred Options’ consultation follows last year’s Issues and Options consultation document and it sets out the Councils’ draft policies and identifies the sites which the three Councils think should be developed for housing, employment and mixed uses. We want your views on the preferred options.

Abberley Parish Council has researched and offer the following information to residents who wish to make comment on the SWDP Consultation Review.

Land East of Clows Top Road CFS0601s
– Comments on its Inclusion in the SWDPR

– Marring of unique and beautiful landscape due to the positioning of the site – the amenity of the visual aspect of the landscape is considered to be very important both in the current SWDP and the Review. SWDP6 B ii; SWDPR29 Para 14.64;

– The Worcestershire Way runs through Abberley and has several access points. Start point for many is the Village Hall Carpark;

– The site would be viewed from several paths that crisscross Abberley – 521(B); 518(B); 517(B); 516 (B); 522(B);

– Beginning of the destruction the historical aspect of the Landscape;

– Character of Abberley Common further diminished by another estate type development SWDP 21;

– Too close to the Conservation Area ( The Village), Listed Building ( Tump House) and TPO(Tree Protection Order – willow at Tump House;

– Number of houses 18 is only indicative ie approximate and could be increased to 30;

– Precedent would be set for further building on this site;

– Abberley Parish has fulfilled MHDC requirement for housing until 2041 let alone 2031. ( MHDC base figures on Abberley Parish as a whole. We believe does not take into account that ALL development occurs on Abberley Common.) The village is a Conservation area so not available for any development other than infill. (Three sites for development are included in the current plan, totalling an indicative number of 35. Planning permission now means that that number is now 57 in actuality. Windfall and permission on smaller sites brings that to 63. An extra 18 houses would be totally disproportionate;

– The effect on wrapping these houses around the Village Hall would be disastrous. A large part of its income is derived from events that take advantage of its fabulous setting. The Caravan Club specifically hires the Hall for this reason;

– The Primary School will reach capacity at around 120 after the next classroom is built and there is no room for further expansion;

– Negative effect on the pre school and outside play areas;

– Infrastructure to support extra housing not in place – traffic congestion. NB Particularly at A443 and A4133;

– Access to site problematical on both roads – the road is already being altered to accommodate the Walshes Farm development;

– Riders, walkers, cyclists and children use the minor road leading to The Village with great frequency – safety compromised;

– Overstretching of resources particularly in respect of the Doctor’s Surgery;

– Flooding on Suffolk Lane by Jacob’s Well exacerbated by run off from the field where the potential development is sited;

Representations can be made in the following ways:
• On-line: by following the links from https://swdp-consult.objective.co.uk/portal/swdp_review_preferred_options
• By Email: contact@swdevelopmentplan.org
• By Post: South Worcestershire Development Plan, Wychavon Civic Centre, Queen Elizabeth Drive, Pershore, Worcestershire, WR10 1PT

All comments need to be submitted by 5pm on Monday 16th December 2019.
Revised Local Development Schemes
Each of the SWCs has also adopted revised Local Development Schemes. These documents set out the schedule of planning policy work for the next three years. The Local Development Schemes for each council can be viewed at http://www.swdevelopmentplan.org/?page_id=8789

If you have any queries you can contact us by phone 01386 565000 or email contact@swdevelopmentplan.org.

 

Pavement Parking in Abberley

Dear Parishioners,

It is often brought to our notice that there is a problem with pavement parking in Abberley. It is misguided to think that it is helpful to park across the pavement. It may allow cars to pass unimpeded but it makes it IMPOSSIBLE for pedestrians, people with sight problems and pushchairs and prams to pass safely.
Below you will see the rules about parking as written in the Highway Code. They are advisory but extremely sensible. If it is ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY to park on the pavement please make sure that you leave enough room for a pushchair to pass.

HIGHWAY CODE
244 You SHOULD NOT park on a pavement.
Parking on a pavement can obstruct and seriously inconvenience pedestrians, people in wheelchairs or with visual impairments and people with prams or pushchairs.

LAW GL(GP)A Sect 15
243 DO NOT park
– near a school entrance
– opposite or within 10 metres (32ft) of a junction
– near the brow of a hill
– where the kerb has been lowered to help wheelchair users and powered mobility vehicles
– in front of an entrance to a property
– on a bend

NB DO NOT instructions are prosecutable whereas SHOULD NOT is advisory

Parish Council thanks for support with comunity litter-pick on Saturday 12th October.

LITTER PICK
Abberley Parish Council wish to thank all those who turned up for the Village Litter Pick on Saturday 12th October. It was amazing and really heartening to see our merry band of 15 set off to scour the hedgerows and verges for RUBBISH!! What had been forecast as a miserably wet morning actually transformed itself into one of those glorious autumn days where it is a joy to be outside.

Garbed in the ubiquitous high vis vest and armed with what turned out to be rather efficient grabbers we set off determined to give those litter droppers a trouncing.

We collected over 20 bags most of which I am thankful to say were accumulated at the Shaver’s End part of town. Our doughty volunteers did a lot of scrambling around down banks to retrieve some fairly unpleasant detritus. Shame on those who think that it is all right to bag up dog poo in plastic and just leave it lying around. And what makes those guilty parties think that it is all right to throw them into the undergrowth. The least you could do is use a compostable bag! I don’t think there is a rubbish fairy detailed off to collect them as you obviously think there is.

Which brings me to the Litter Angels whose name were whispered. It became apparent on our clearing of the countryside that that there are people who, without being asked, make it their business to regularly patrol our highways and byways collecting litter and debris and perhaps it is to them that we should give the biggest thanks of all.

Worcestershire County Council call out for local contractors to assist with snow clearance.

Worcestershire County Council utilises local contractors to assist us with snow clearing across the County.
We’re always looking to increase these, as the service they can provide to us is invaluable, especially in assisting in clearing roads to local isolated communities during severe weather. Contractors are assigned to specific zones, based on where they live. This allows us to deploy them at very short notice to augment the gritters

If you are aware of any local farmer, or contractor, with a JCB, or tractor and plough/blade who would be willing to assist us when it snows, please respond to this email with any contact information you may have. We will then contact them directly to discuss it further.

Payment is made on based on their hourly rate for plant and labour.

Please contact below if you are interested.

Theresa Ashley
Worcestershire Highways
Worcestershire County Council
Sixways House
Warriors Way
Pershore Lane
WORCESTER
WR3 8ZE

Tel +44(0)1905 843036
Email tashley@worcestershire.gov.uk

Late Summer Shindig!

Late Summer Shindig
Abberley Parish Council would like to send a huge thank you to all those who participated in the Late Summer Shindig.
The brilliant band of George Buchanan, fantastic food from The Crunchy Pig and delicious drink from Magic Bars and, last but certainly not least, Paddy Levack, complete with bagpipes, contributed to making it a foot tapping evening – even reluctant dancers were having a go by the end!!
A special thanks must go to Jim Gibson for heading up the whole thing and being a fabulous compere on the night and to Lisa Walker and Sarah Crabbe who were indefatigable in their enthusiasm for making sure the show stayed on the road.
Various clubs and groups active in Abberley produced some wonderful displays advertising what they do; by all accounts there is much in which to get involved.
The biggest thanks go, of course, to YOU – who came, who saw and who danced.

Catherine Knight
Chair – Abberley Parish Council

Apply for a Community Grant up to £20,000 funded by European Social Fund

Apply for a Community Grant up to £20,000 funded by the European Social Fund
Worcestershire County Council are currently delivering a Social Fund that enables small businesses or charities support inactive individual’s back into further education or employment.
You must be a small business with 49 employees or less or a charitable organisation.

There are specific priority groups that ESF are wanting to target:
 Participants over 50
 Participants with a Disability
 Participants with Ethnic Minorites
 Participants who are Women

IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO KNOW MORE ABOUT THE SCHEME PLEASE CONTACT HOLLY ON 01905 843737 OR EMAIL HPITTS1@WORCESTERSHIRE.GOV.UK

CLICK HERE FOR Grants ESF POSTER

 

Abberley Parish Clean-Up, Saturday 12th October 2019- 10am to 1pm.

Abberley Parish Clean-Up Saturday 12th October 10am to 1pm Start at the village green Abberley Parish Council are organising a village tidy-up.
Help us to give your village an autumn clean!

CLICK HERE for Tidy-Up poster

• Meet at the village green at 10am to collect equipment • Rubbish to be deposited at Village Hall Car Park where it will be collected. • All equipment must be returned on completion to the village hall area or to a member of the council team.
All welcome but children must be accompanied by a responsible adult
We will provide the equipment (high vis jacket and gloves, rubbish bags etc) Please tell us if you’re helping by 4th October.
Council can only support litter picking in 30 mile/hour zones – areas outside this are at your own risk.
Cathie Eberlin 07739 455827
cathie.eberlin@abberley.parish.org.uk

Catherine Knight
catherine.knight@abberleyparish.org.uk

 

Neighbourhood Development Plan Update Report September.

Abberley Neighbourhood Plan Progress Report.

Councillors Knight and Andrew met with David Clarke of MHDC to brief him on progress to date, share with him the three documents created so far and talk about next steps. This meeting flagged up the current piece of work by MHDC on village categorisation, progress by MHDC on the review of additional sites put forward in the call for sites and the need to identify green spaces within the NP. David Clarke was given copies of all three documents created to date and shared the draft design guidance with the planning officers dealing with the two SWDP sites on Abberley Common.

The final signed off version of the Housing Design Guidance was received from Aecom last week and is now on the PC web site.

Part of the display space at the 21st Sept village Ceilidh event was used to make residents aware of work done to date and next steps.

David Nicholson will be writing the first draft of the actual NP plan in October 2019.

The NP working group will be meeting on 27th November.

All Minutes from the Neighbourhood Plan Working Group are available on the Parish Council Website at

CLICK HERE for Abberley NDP Working Group Meeting Minutes

All documents produced for the Neighbourhood Plan to date are available on the Parish Council website at
CLICK HERE for Abberley Neighbourhood Plan Policies and Documents

A hard copy can be obtained from the Parish Clerk, 1a Church Walk, Stourport on Severn, Worcestershire. DY13 0AL.

Abberley Parish Clean Up – Saturday 12th October from 10am to 1pm.

Abberley Parish Council are keen to work with the local community and Parish groups in organising a community clean up on Saturday 12th October from 10am to 1pm. If you or a group you are involved with are interested in getting involved with us please contact Catherine Knight or Cathie Eberlin.

CLICK HERE to contact Catherine Knight 

CLICK HERE TO EMAIL Cathie Eberlin

We will then keep you informed of our plans.