Get involved with the Police Budget with live stream on Monday 20th January 2020 from 7pm (@WestMerciaPCC)

Get Involved with Police Budget

As the Police and Crime Commissioner John Campion, begins to set the budget for the next financial year, he wants to hear questions from the public, to put the Chief Constable.
How would you like to see your money spent? How would you like to see resources prioritised? What would you do differently?

Budget and resources will be the focus of the next live question and answer session taking place on Monday 20th January 2020 from 7pm, streamed live on the PCC’s facebook page (@WestMerciaPCC). There will be opportunity to submit questions in advance, or live during the broadcast. The Commissioner and his Deputy Tracey Onslow will put the questions to West Mercia Police Chief Constable Anthony Bangham, and new Deputy Chief Constable Julian Moss.

Commissioner John Campion said “It’s important that tax payers have a say in how their money is spent, and that resources are used wisely on the issues that matter the most. In previous years the public have helped to shape decisions leading to an uplift in officer numbers making the police more visible and accessible. This is an opportunity to have your say at the highest level, in the most open and transparent way.”

Questions can be submitted in advance via a Facebook comment or private message, or via email to
For more information about how you can take part visit:

Click here for information – POLICE Budget Facebook Live 080120

Grants on offer to help social mobility in Wychavon

Grants on offer to help social mobility in Wychavon
Up to £20,000 worth of grants are now on offer to schools, charities and community organisations to help support disadvantaged children and their families.
The Social Mobility Grant Scheme is aimed at Free School Meal (FSM) eligible children to provide positive activities and wraparound care services, as well as projects to improve pupil confidence and mental wellbeing.

Grants between £250 and £1,000 are available and successful applicants must ensure that the projects do not stigmatise or isolate individuals or groups of children or students.
Applications will be open until 1 February 2020 to schools, voluntary and community sector organisations, as well as early year settings. They can also be for small capital projects or revenue schemes.

According to the ‘State of the Nation 2017: Social Mobility in Great Britain’ (1), Wychavon was ranked fifth worst for early years social mobility. To address this, the scheme was launched to help early year settings find new ways to help their hard-pressed families and children.
Cllr Christopher Day, Portfolio Holder for Housing, Health and Wellbeing at Wychavon District Council, said: “The Social Mobility Grant Scheme is a great opportunity to help improve outcomes for FSM eligible children and their families, as well as close the gap between the most disadvantaged children and their peers. We are encouraging schools, early years settings, community organisations and others to apply.”

Applications must be made via online application. Visit for more information and to fill out an application form.
Please contact Leonie Silk on 01386 565569 or email at for more information.

Advice on Rural Crime Prevention

Rural Crime Prevention

Machinery Theft
• Where possible, vehicles should be housed in a lockable garage or building, ideally with security lighting installed to the perimeter.
• Vehicles should always be locked when not in use, with the keys kept hidden and locked away in a secure location.
• Keep recordings or photographs of serial numbers and vehicles as these can be crucial in recovery, should the worse happen.
• Securing Quadbikes to a fixed point on the ground or something that takes time to remove will also act as a deterrent.
• Never leave the keys in the ignition.
• Keep gates to yards closed as open gates can be an open invitation to thieves.
• Install immobilisers, chip keys and trackers as these are a simple way to deter criminals or track vehicles.
• Install CCTV

Who to call and when?
Urgent: If a Crime is in progress dial 999
Non-Urgent: Dial 101 to report a Crime after it has taken place.
Provide Information: Contact the Rural Crime Hotline to give information anonymously. You can submit information online

or call the Rural Crime Hotline on 0800 783 0137

Open4Community, your local on-line Portal for funding information and sources.

Are you looking for funding for local projects and initiatives?

Identifying and diversifying alternative funding streams has never been so important for local government. That is why Worcestershire County Council has again secured Open 4 Community, an on-line funding portal designed to meet the specific needs of Parish & Town Councils, voluntary & community groups, housing associations and large charities.
These groups and organisations can search for themselves through the thousands of Government, Lottery, charitable trust and other funds available on a European, national, regional and local basis.

Key features:

• Complete and concise fund details, including criteria, who to contact and links to application forms
• Time saving- enhanced support service for local community groups
• Automatic email alerts
• Weekly e-newsletters
• Bespoke reports for funding search results
• Monthly statistical reporting to help gain vital contact details that can be used for future marketing campaigns and research, and for proving the tool’s impact
• Dedicated local support section – to advertise your own local initiatives and events.

You will be required to complete a very simple registration form which will then allow you to access detailed information on all the funds available.

So, visit the website and begin your search! CLICK HERE TO VISIT WEBSITE


Wyre Piddle Parish Council-Notice of Vacancy in Office of Councillor is Hereby Given

that a casual vacancy has arisen in the Office of Councillor for the Parish Council.
If by 30 December, 2019 (14 days excluding Dies Non, after the date of this notice) a request for
an election to fill said vacancy is made in writing to the Returning Officer at the address below by
TEN electors for the said Parish, an election will be held to fill the said vacancy, otherwise the
vacancy will be filled by co-option.
If an election is called, it will take place not later than 3 March, 2020.

Dated 5 December, 2019

C J Hegarty
Returning Officer
Civic Centre
Queen Elizabeth Drive
WR10 1PT

Wyre Piddle Parish Council – SWDP Consultation Response 29th November 2019

Wyre Piddle Parish Council Reply to the SWDP Review 
Wyre Piddle is a category 4B village, which is a village “which has low/medium level of public transport provision and low services/facility provision”. Wyre Piddle has a low level of public transport provision, and no services within the village, apart from a public house. Therefore the nearest shopping centres are in Pershore and Evesham, which for most residents are not within walking or cycling distance for shopping.
The Strategic/Significant Gap Between Wyre Piddle and Pershore.
The interactive development plan map that accompanied SWDP 2016, shows that the significant gap is outside development boundaries both for Wyre Piddle and Pershore, and is thus defined as open countryside according to the SWDP 2016 document, SWDP 2C.
Current housing and employment developments are already proposed or built that border the significant gap (SWDP 47/1 and 47/2).
The Local Plan 2006 stated in SR10 that “In order to protect their setting and prevent the coalescence of settlements and within the defined Strategic Gaps, as shown on the Proposals Map, will be kept open and essentially free of development. Minor development proposals may, however, be permitted if they do no harm, individually or cumulatively, to the function and purposes of a Strategic Gap, or to its open character”.
The SWDP 2016 states in that “Development proposals should ensure the retention of the open character of the significant gaps” (SWDP 2D). It also states that “development proposals should ensure the retention of the open character of the Significant Gaps”. The Significant Gaps are then justified by SWDP 2016 by pointing out that the purpose of maintaining these gaps, which serve as a buffer or visual break between rural settlements and adjacent urban areas, is to provide additional protection to open land that may be subject to development pressures. This designation helps to maintain a clear separation between smaller settlements and urban areas in order to retain their individual identity. Acceptable development proposals within a Significant Gap would be the reuse of rural buildings, agriculture and forestry related developments, playing fields and other open land use and minor extensions to existing dwellings.
For at least 10 years, the Strategic/Significant Gap has been of importance to Wychavon Council, but now they want to do away with it, and it is apparent that if this happens Wyre Piddle and Pinvin will be subsumed into Pershore and the village will lose its identity and gain nothing. Why has there been a sudden change of heart over our Significant Gap?
Wyre Piddle Parish Council object strongly to the removal of our Significant Gap and insist that it is at least maintained at its current location, but we would consider that extending the gap to the South and East down to the Piddle Brook would mitigate the proposed development south of Wyre Road by the Travis Perkins site.
Development Boundary
In the evidence that was presented with this SWDP Review, the Development Boundaries Review stated “that the purpose of a Development Boundary is to direct development to the more sustainable locations, prevent encroachment into the open countryside, therefore protecting its character …..” Therefore it is unclear why Wychavon Council want to unilaterally remove the development boundary to Wyre Piddle, and why it is considered no longer appropriate. It appears that such changes are to allow developments to be put on any land that developers can obtain where no development boundary exists.
Since the 1960’s, there has been significant development within the village, with housing developments at Avon Green; Church Farm; Poplar Avenue; Brook Way; Willow Bank; Haines Avenue; Ryelands and George Lane, as well as individual developments along Worcester Road; Main Road and Evesham Road.
Much of the land that is identified on the SWDP Review interactive map of Strategic Housing and Employment Land Availability Assessment (SHELAA) that is within the Wyre Piddle parish boundaries, is outside the development boundary shown on the SWDP 2016 on the interactive map, and is thus classed as open countryside, where development will be strictly controlled.
However the proposal is to remove the Development Boundary from around Wyre Piddle. This will lead to pressure for infill development on land that was previously just outside the development boundary of the village. This appears to be allowing development by stealth and is opposed by the Parish Council. We wish to have the existing Development Boundary retained.
The SWDP 2016 development strategy was to “Safeguard and (wherever possible) enhance the open countryside and to focus most development on urban areas, where both housing need and accessibility to lower-cost public services are greater. The removal of the development boundary would appear to at odds with development strategy. As a category 4 village, we consider that further development outside the existing development boundary would be detrimental to the character of the village.
Strategic Growth Area
Item 17 of the SWDPR identifies Throckmorton Airfield as a new settlement, although it does not show or give any indication as to the strategic Growth Area that will take in land outside of the airfield. The Parish Council has become aware of a Strategic Growth Area (SGA) that is shown on a map to the North of Wyre Piddle that extends from Pinvin to Upper Moor and is either side of the A44 (Wyre Piddle Bypass). This Strategic Growth Area is not identified in your SWDP Review. Neither is the Strategic Growth Area around Throckmorton Airfield, where the maps that have been shown to us only has a star to indicate the approximate site of a development. Currently the land bordering the Wyre Piddle Bypass (A44) is showing as land that has been offered for development.
Obviously, Wychavon Council’s plans have gone far beyond a star on a map, in the case of Throckmorton Airfield, and it is disingenuous of the Council to withhold information that would have a significant bearing on people’s comments, when the current published information about these areas is very short on detail.
Some of the land that has been identified in the SGA is land that is known to flood regularly both from fluvial and surface water. Developments in these and other areas to the North will increase the risk and frequency of flooding in other areas despite SWDPR 33.
This SGA bordering both sides of the A44 (Wyre Piddle Bypass) is currently in the open countryside and is intensively farmed. There is no reason why perfectly good farm land that is still being used to grow crops should be developed. Wychavon Council should first use all brownfield sites to build upon before considering any greenfield sites.
As previously mentioned, Wyre Piddle is a category 4B village with no services and limited transport provision. Additional housing on the scale proposed on the SGA will have a significant effect on services in Pershore and the existing infrastructure. The proposals will ruin the integrity and identity of the village. In the SWDP 2016 it states that villages of a lower category than category 3 have a limited role in providing additional future development. It seems that policies are changed to suit developers rather than the residents of these areas.
The table associated with SWDPR 2 states that Category 4 villages are unsuitable locations for facilitating growth and that there are no allocations (for development) so we are extremely confused regarding the SGA map which is not in public circulation but produced by the Council, and what the Wychavon Council appear to be saying in their SWDP Review document.
The Parish Council oppose any development on this land, which should be left in cultivation.
Access to Throckmorton Airfield
SWDPR 50. The proposed development on Throckmorton airfield is not within our parish boundary, but may have adverse effects on the village, especially if roads are built to link up with the A44 close to the village.
Currently, there is a proposal to create a road from the roundabout on the A44 which leads to the landfill site. This will cause more congestion on the roads around Wyre Piddle and will almost certainly mean that Wyre Piddle will be used as a route to and from Pershore, missing the roundabout and congestion near Pinvin, especially if there is a major development immediately North of Wyre Piddle. This will negate the benefit that the Wyre Piddle Bypass brought the village. However, lack of detail in the SWDPR means that there is little to comment on at this stage. It would make more sense to have two roads leading onto the A44, one to miss the Pinvin crossroads, taking traffic towards Worcester and one leading towards Evesham. This would prevent significant backing up of traffic at the Pinvin crossroads.
Existing Infrastructure
The parish council is also concerned about the existing infrastructure in the Pershore area, that will be significantly affected by proposed developments.
Whilst item 10 of the SWDP Review speaks about viability assessment for sites, this appears to be only for new sites and does not discuss existing infrastructure. SWDPR 6 mentions infrastructure that is required to deliver the development, which might take in roads, schools and GP surgeries, but no sustainability appraisals have been carried out to see what effects there might be on the surrounding existing developments.
On non-strategic developments, there will be no new shops, schools or surgeries. This will no doubt be good for the existing shops, but there will be parking issues with more cars vying for limited parking spaces. There will be increased waits for doctor’s appointments. The parish council also found nothing in item 11 and SWDPR 7, Health and Wellbeing, regarding the hospitals in the area, which will also be affected by an increase in the local population.
SWDPR 32 relates again to new developments, but these developments even with sustainable drainage systems may increase water in existing surface water drains, ditches and culverts, and it is essential to include these in any development plan to prevent unexpected flooding as a result.
Whilst it is the aim of the SWDPR to reduce car use and to increase walking and cycling, and the aim in the Worcestershire Local Transport Plan 4 to create a Vale West Strategic Active Travel Corridors (SWAT 5), there is currently no funding for this scheme. There is no pathway/ cycle path between Wyre Piddle and Pershore, making walking and cycling hazardous.
Any development plan must take into account the need for improvements to all existing infrastructure.

Flood Risk
Whilst SWDPR 32 and 33 are all very well and good, water will run downhill towards the rivers and streams. Wyre Piddle lies on the banks of the River Avon and will thus is already susceptible to flooding. Surface water captured by new development and diverted into surface water drains will usually discharge into watercourses. With a lot of water in the drainage systems, water will flow more quickly into water courses and could cause flooding as a result. SWDPR 32B ii states that developers “will ensure no increase in flood risk or harm to third parties”. How is this to be managed, and should more flooding be caused as a result of development, what remedy would the Council apply to the developers? I would suggest that it would be very difficult to prove that a development has caused an increased flood risk, and thus a more robust inspection of proposals will be required at the planning stage, and an increase in staff both in the office, to ensure that the designs are adequate, and on site to ensure that the work is carried out correctly. It is well known that developers will try and minimize costs when they are on site and cut corners for the sake of keeping on programme. Given the extent of flooding that has occurred in Worcestershire, it is imperative that flood mitigation and sustainable drainage systems are rigorously inspected. Will you be increasing your staff to ensure that work is regularly inspected?
With potentially more water entering existing watercourse more quickly, there is more risk in flooding in these areas. What policy will deal with ensuring these watercourses will be maintained, and what guarantee do we have that they will be maintained?


Information about the SWDP for Wyre Piddle Residents – November 2019

Have your say on the South Worcestershire Development Plan Review

Decisions that are made will affect you

You may wish to object to the following.

• Removal of the strategic gap separating us from Pershore and Pinvin leading to the loss of identity for our village and the destruction of wildlife habitats.

• The lifting of restrictions on development boundaries likely to lead to pressure for infill developments on land that was previously just outside the development boundary of the village.

• The proposed strategic growth area both sides of the A44 between the Pinvin and Upper Moor roundabouts which would substantially increase the number of houses and therefore the population in the locality, putting strain on the transport and services network in the wider vicinity.

• The effect on existing infrastructure of additional housing around Wyre Piddle and of new infrastructure required to support the proposed new town on Throckmorton Airfield. Proposed expansion of housing, roads and employment sites around Wyre Piddle and the building of a new town at Throckmorton will greatly increase the amount of traffic and pollution and put extra strain on local services.

Please comment to the SWDP review team on the concerns outlined below and add your own if you wish. More details on how to comment provided at the end.

South Worcestershire Development Plan Review
The SWDP has to be reviewed every 5 years. The 6 week consultation period for the new 2021 plan is underway. As part of this a Preferred Options document has been produced. It sets out how the Government requirement to build another 14,000 new homes across Wychavon by 2041 will be met. This is on top of the need for around a further 28,400 new homes by 2030, to be built under the current plan, of which about half have already been built. More than 900 sites have been put forward in the SWDP review for potential development and have been assessed against a range of criteria. To find out more visit

Implications for Wyre Piddle
Councils are under pressure from the government to provide sufficient housing for our growing population and of course everyone deserves to have somewhere to live. However there are some areas of concern set out below. The Parish Council will be commenting on the proposals in due course. In the meantime the more people who put their views forward to Wychavon Council the better.
Wyre Piddle is one of the smallest villages in Wychavon and is classed as a category 4b village which has a low to medium level of public transport provision and low provision of services and facilities. This means that there is limited capacity for further development.

Strategic Gap
Wychavon Council are intending to remove the ‘strategic gap’ separating Wyre Piddle from Pershore and Pinvin.
Previously Wychavon Council have stated there was a need to retain the essentially open character between the northern boundary of the built up area of Pershore and the villages of Pinvin and Wyre Piddle, in order to preserve the separate identities of those villages. This may indicate that in the longer term Wychavon have decided to allow the coalescence of Pershore, Pinvin and Wyre Piddle. Any development in this area would intrude into the openness and threaten the distinct identity of Wyre Piddle.

Development Boundary
Wychavon Council intend to remove the development boundary from around the village, this is likely to lead to pressure for infill developments on land that was previously just outside the development boundary of the village. Changes to development boundaries may result in the destruction of natural habitats and the loss of agricultural land and have a negative effect on the village.

Strategic Growth Area
It has come to light that there is a proposed ‘strategic growth area’ either side of the A44 between the Pinvin roundabout and the Upper Moor roundabout. This would have major implications for Wyre Piddle as it would substantially increase the number of houses and therefore the population in the locality, putting strain on the transport and services network in the wider vicinity. It will mean building on arable farmland that is currently being intensively farmed. The land is also adjacent to Piddle Brook which is an area well known for flooding. Some areas of this land are susceptible to surface water flooding which may only be worsened by development in the area, and the effects of climate change which we are already experiencing. It is unlikely that old drainage systems will be able to cope with the increased burden, and thus sewer and surface water flooding could become much more prevalent.

Housing built on this land could also bring with it increased traffic within the village, depending upon where the planners decide to put access roads. Throckmorton airfield and surrounding land is also designated as a strategic growth area, with current proposals for 2,000 houses with plans for a further 4,000 houses. Schools, surgeries and shops are also proposed but currently there are no firm proposals for us to comment on.

Building more homes will naturally put greater pressure on our existing infrastructure networks. With no change to them, roads will become more congested, schools and hospitals will be at capacity, parking at local shopping centres will become increasingly difficult and everyone will suffer. Proposed expansion of housing, roads and employment sites around Wyre Piddle and the building of a new town at Throckmorton will greatly increase the amount of traffic and pollution; however it seems that there will be little investment to our existing roads to mitigate the proposed increase, despite work on Pinvin crossroads and the northern bypass. The new strategic growth area proposed at Throckmorton airfield also covers open countryside outside the airfield boundary. There are also concerns about where it is intended to access this site from existing roads or whether new roads will be built.

How to Comment
It is vital that you have your say on these proposals if you care about the area in which you live. All comments need to be submitted by 5pm on Monday 16 December 2019.
Comments are encouraged through the Consultation Portal, available on the South Worcestershire Development Plan website under ‘Preferred Options Consultation’. Or on a Comments Form which can be accessed on the same site. You can also comment by email to or by post to South Worcestershire Development Plan, Wychavon Civic Centre, Queen Elizabeth Drive, Pershore, Worcestershire, WR10 1PT.

In addition to sending in your comments you may also wish to make your views known to the parish council, so your comments can be taken into consideration when we make our reply to Wychavon. Email

Parish Council News – Published to Piddle Post 2nd December 19

Parish Council News

Meet your Parish Councillors
Wyre Piddle Parish Council invites you all to a Christmas social evening. This is an opportunity to meet your councillors and other villagers. Please join us for a glass of wine or soft drink and a mince pie at the Village Hall on Thursday 5th December between 7 and 9 pm.

Thank you’s
A big thank you to everyone involved in organising the remembrance event on 10th November. The display of poppies on the netting, the soldier silhouettes and the myriad of knitted poppies provided a really eye-catching back drop. The laying of the wreaths, trumpeter and the service marked the occasion in a serious and thought provoking way. The refreshments afterwards provided a fitting conclusion. Thank you to all who attended to mark their thanks and respect to our fallen heroes.

Smith’s Meadow
A huge thanks to Stuart, John and Susan for the support they gave in Smith’s Meadow on the weekend of the 2nd and 3rd November. Their help with the painting, hedge trimming and weeding was invaluable and very much appreciated. The meadow is looking in good shape with the new hedge row on the right beginning to take shape, and the new gate now in place at the lower entrance. We still have a lot more work to do with the overgrown hedge on the left hand side, if you are willing to help please contact myself for more information.

Keep our Village Clean and Tidy
Our village is signed up for the Wychavon Adopt a street scheme. If you could volunteer to litter pick on your own street or any other problem area please can you get in touch with me and I can deliver you some pickers and further information. I have 10 sets altogether – one for me, so that makes 9 available for some other willing and able folk!

Dog Owners
On walking around the village the Parish Councillors and other Parishioners are still noticing a lot of dog poo being left around the pavements and grass verges. Please, please, please ensure that when your dogs do their business, you do your business and clean it up!

Car Parking
There have been a lot of parishioner complaints about cars parking on the pavements. Please refrain from doing this to make it safer for everyone using the pavements, especially people with pushchairs and young children.

South Worcestershire Development Plan Review
As mentioned previously, the SWDP is under review. The 6 week consultation period for the new 2021 plan is underway. As part of this a Preferred Options document has been produced. It sets out how the Government requirement to build 40,000 new homes across Wychavon by 2041 will be met. More than 900 sites have been put forward for potential development and assessed against a range of criteria. The preferred sites for development have been selected. To find out more visit
Concerns for Wyre Piddle
• Removal of the strategic gap separating us from Pershore and Pinvin leading to the possible loss of identity for our village.
• The lifting of restrictions on development boundaries likely to lead to pressure for infill developments on land that was previously just outside the development boundary of the village.
• The proposed strategic growth area both sides of the A44 between the Pinvin and Upper Moor roundabouts.
• The effect on existing infrastructure of additional housing around Wyre Piddle and of new infrastructure required to support the proposed new town on Throckmorton Airfield.
A letter from the Parish Council giving more detail about these issues and how you can make your own comments will be delivered in the near future.

Wyre Piddle Parish Council Meeting Thursday January 30th 2020 7:30 All welcome
A very merry Christmas and happy new year to all!

South Worcestershire Development Plan – Wychavon DC Meeting 21st November- Important News

SWDP – meeting 21st November – important news
The South Worcestershire Development Plan has revealed proposed sites for new housing, employment and retail land. An additional 662 dwellings are proposed for Pershore, including 450 on Defford Road near ancient Tiddesley Wood. In our local villages there are 23 dwellings allocated for land west of Upton Snodsbury Road, Pinvin and 32 dwellings for Blacksmiths Lane, Lower Moor. Also, the site on the Wyre Piddle side of Hurst Farm, Wyre Road, which was turned down at appeal has been allocated for 72 dwellings with another 28 dwellings opposite the second Taylor Wimpey site on Wyre Road. Also there is some suggestion that the removal of the strategic gaps between Pershore, Pinvin and Wyre Piddle might be considered. Views are being sought to help shape the future growth of South Worcestershire into the middle of this century. A public consultation is being launched on Monday, 5 November on the review of the South Worcestershire Development Plan (SWDP), with a view to build three major new settlements across South Worcestershire. This will help Malvern Hills District, Worcester City and Wychavon District Councils decide how to best accommodate housing and employment growth in the area to 2041. Two councilors from Wyre Piddle will attend a briefing for Parish Councils on November 6th. A series of road shows are being held to provide people with more information and gather views. The nearest to us is on Wednesday 21 Nov. at the Town Hall, Pershore from 2pm to 8pm. Please attend and make your views known. Full details of the Plan are available at
Dates: Council Meeting with talk on Pershore infrastructure plans Thursday 29th November at 6:45
Meet your councilors for a Christmas mince pie and glass of wine Thursday 12th December 7-9pm