Parish Council News – November 2019

Parish Council News November 2019

Smith’s Meadow Reminder – Your help needed – please bring your pruning equipment!
The Smith’s Meadow new hedgerow weeding/pruning/top gate painting weekend will be on the weekend of November 2 & 3, at 10am, I have chosen this weekend as the wild life will have finished breeding and the vegetation will have died down a little. If anyone wishes to volunteer to support this event please contact myself on my mobile 07805651502 or email johnpaul@wyrepiddlepc.org.uk for more information.
Pershore Infrastructure plans
Wyre Parish Councillors have recently met with Mark Mills from Worcester County Council to understand the Pershore Infrastructure plans and the impact on our village and surrounding areas. Mark has offered to come to Wyre and provide an update on the scheduled work at the Pinvin traffic lights, the Pershore Northern Link Road and local foot and cycle path plans.This has been arranged this for 28th November at 6.45pm in the village hall and is ahead of our formal parish council meeting at 7.30pm. All welcome. Please come along.
SWDP – 28th – important news
The South Worcestershire Development Plan has revealed proposed sites for new housing, employment and retail land. Several sites around Wychavon, some near Wyre Piddle, have been included for consideration. 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. Full details of the Plan are available at www.swdevelopmentplan.org.
Neighbourhood Watch
The neighbourhood where we live is OUR neighbourhood, and we should all take responsibility for it. The police are thin on the ground, so we need to be their eyes and ears. This also has the benefit of keeping ourselves and our neighbours safer through our vigilance.
It is like turning the clock back 60 years, when we all knew our neighbours and looked out for each other and helped each other, which is neighbourhood watch in a nutshell.
So, how do we effectively look out for each other? We should talk to our neighbours, be aware of our senior citizens, have you seen them lately, do they need help with anything? Elderly people are more susceptible to internet and phone scams, so make them aware not to give out financial and personal details, even if they are told it is their bank who is asking. Banks never ask you to reveal pin numbers and account details, so ensure they are aware, and if suspicious of anything, to speak to someone for advice before disclosing details. Any bona fide company will be happy to call back.
Talk to strangers – no, not your kids, but adults, just saying hello and making contact with someone wandering about your area makes any criminals aware that people are vigilant and taking notice of who is about.
Joining the neighbourhood watch and keeping in contact with each other is one way of reducing the risk of crime, downloading the We Alert app is another way of keeping in touch with any issues of concern within the village. If you walk your dog around the village, keep an eye out for any suspicious behavior, and report it, to the police (dial 101) or your NHW coordinator, and let your neighbours know so they can keep watch as well.
You don’t have to be a member of NHW, you just need to be a good neighbour, and you can still download the We Alert app and use it. Together, we can make our village a community of people who care. For more information, contact Lew Searle on 07795 251549/ lewissearle@wyrepiddlepc.org.uk or Andy Mac on 07971 020649/ andy@andymacs.com.
Lengthsman update
In case you didn’t know, the Lengthsman keeps all roads and footways in the village clear. He also makes sure all road signs are free from obstruction and the visibility at the entrance and exits of roads is clear. He is paid by Wyre Piddle Parish Council which is then reimbursed by Worcester County Council Highways Department. In the last few months our lengthsman, Pete Hurst, has mown and strimmed verges and footways on Wyre Hill, Worcester Rd, Main Rd, Evesham Rd and cleared hedge weeds on Church St. He has also mown and strimmed the roundabout at the Western entrance. He has replaced the footpath sign on Evesham Rd and worked on clearing the footway. He has applied weed killer to the road edge on Main Rd. He has strimmed around the benches, bank ditch and side hedges and entrance to Smith’s Meadow and has cleared the storm ditch on Mill Lane.

Over the next few months, he will cut back foliage, branches and brambles on Eastern Railway Bridge – around road signs, George Lane – around road sign by Railway Bridge, Haines Ave – Bramble over pavement, Poplar Avenue – foliage over pavement around Play Park Island, Worcester Rd – Hedge from mini roundabout to garden of No 1 Poplar Ave, Mini Roundabout /Western Bridge – hedge by WDBC sign, Wyre Hill – Footpath to Station entrance and Main Rd – cut back hedge by new build houses where there is no site fence in place.

He will weed spray roadside and pavements around The Close, Ryelands and Manor Farm, Poplar Ave, Wyre Hill, Church St., and on the Eastern Railway Bridge. In addition he will cut back the grass verge to path width on Main Rd – from new build houses to Eastern Bridge and Evesham Rd – from Eastern Railway Bridge to the village boundary.
I would like to thank Pete for all the hard work he does. Please help to keep the village looking good by looking after the frontage to your property and trimming back any foliage encroaching onto or overhanging the footpath. Obviously the more we can do to help, the more budget there is left to spend on the village in general.
If you have any queries about the lengthsman please contact Cllr Jenny Wilks on 07530482053 or jennywilks@wyrepiddlepc.org.uk.