The St Kenelms Day celebrations for 2019 were a great success with hundreds of people relaxing in the park listening to the fabulous music provided by the Bluebird Belles and Stourport on Severn Brass Band.
Thanks to all of the acts for helping to make it a great day assisted by Avion TSL supplying the PA and also Craft 17 for providing refreshments.
See our YouTube Channel below for videos from the day
On 1st July 2019, the Bromsgrove District Council Planning Committee approved the resubmitted application for eight homes on Yew Tree Farm, Romsley. The Parish Council does not agree with this decision, and unfortunately, we have no right to appeal.
Throughout the past 18 months, we have worked hard to try to ensure that the Developer, Worcestershire County Council Highway Department and Bromsgrove District Council Planning Department were fully aware of the significant impact on road safety and congestion that this development will cause.
Whilst there has been some success in obtaining the widening of the pedestrian footway outside the development, the Parish Council does not believe that this goes far enough. We feel the plans should have carried a clear obligation on the part of the Developer to widen the road and improve parking provision at the location, thereby bringing benefits to everyone in our community.
Going Forward the Parish Council will continue to lobby Worcestershire County Council Highways Department to make the necessary changes to this section of road with the aim of reducing congestion, decreasing the incidences of driving on the pavement and improving overall road safety.
Speech delivered to Planning Committee by Romsley Parish Council
Romsley Parish Council response to planning application and visual evidence
Planning application 19/00305/FUL – Eight dwellings, Yew Tree Farm, Romsley
This is the Romsley Parish Council response to the amended planning application 19/00305/FUL which proposes the building of eight dwellings on land associated with Yew Tree Farm beside St Kenelms Road, Romsley.
The following images are examples of the visual evidence was captured by the Parish Council and
members of the community during two separate monitoring periods.
The Annual Chairpersons statement provides an opportunity to reflect on the past and to look forward towards new opportunities and challenges. However, as this is an election year the opportunity to look both backwards and forward is much greater, and we can consider the previous 4-year Council period as well set the strategic direction for the next 4-years.
The past 4-years have seen unprecedented political change and social division. Whether its Brexit, austerity, immigration or religious-based conflict, many people are angry, disillusioned, frustrated and animated for change. Every day seems to bring more finger-pointing and more blame which sadly involves verbal and physical attacks on individuals or groups in our society.
Despite this division, we must never forget that there is much more that brings us together than separates us. We all live together in communities, we interact, we share common space, we share common standards. We are reliant on each other, and we must all recognise our responsibility to maintain respect, tolerance and civility to each other and ensure the place we live remains a pleasant and enjoyable place.
For Romsley Parish Council the last 4-years has represented growth and progress with the Parish Council playing a much more active role in making Romsley a better place to live.
We have introduced flower planters, planted trees, replaced and repaired dilapidated bins, sign posts, benches and bollards across the Parish. The introduction and subsequent hard work of our Parish Maintenance person along with our Parish Lengthsman are making a noticeable difference to our built environment.
In the Park, we have installed new equipment such as the gym and picnic tables, planted wildflowers and improved security in the carpark. Whilst the community defibrillator not only offers our community an important benefit to their health, but it also secures the future of our much-loved traditional phone-box.
Through initiatives such as Smart Water, we have avoided the crime increases that have occurred in other areas despite the massive cuts to Police resources.
Whilst around planning we have challenged orthodoxy and given the community a focussed voice from which we achieved meaningful change to planning applications such as the Severn Trent aqueduct and Rolling Hills development.
The many events we now organise throughout the year bring our community together to celebrate Romsley and strengthen the bonds between us. 2018 saw record numbers attend the St Kenelm’s day celebration, The Christmas Carol Concert and the centenary of the ending of the Great War.
Romstock goes from strength to strength, last year seeing nearly 2000 people attending. I am particularly pleased that the quality and organisation of Romstock has improved year on year and it now contributes significant funds to benefit our community.
Despite these many positives, all this has been done against a backdrop of diminishing support from the tiers of local government that sit above us.
District and County Councils face unprecedented challenges on their budgets and have had to make tough choices over the services they provide. However, time and again they fail to consider the needs of Romsley residents properly. Too many times decisions are done to us and not with us.
Throughout the past 4-years, the most challenging issues for the Parish Council have involved a lack of active dialogue and joined up thinking with the tiers above us. From grass cutting and litter picking to highway maintenance and planning we expend far too much energy fighting to be heard and correcting the poor choices of Council Officers who all too often fail to engage and understand.
Early, meaningful and sustained engagement with the community, however challenging this may be, will reap the rewards in better and more effective services, reduction in bureaucracy and the avoidance of costly mistakes.
Going forward our society has many challenges to overcome. The political and societal upheavals are far from finished and whatever the outcome of Brexit the impacts will be felt for generations.
Regardless of the statements claiming the end of austerity, the pressure on District and County budgets will not reduce in the foreseeable future. Council Budgets are unlikely to increase significantly, and the pressure to fund social care will take an ever-larger percentage of the available funding.
As a result, more and more responsibility will lie with local communities to protect, provide and improve where they live and the services on offer.
For this reason, I would like to propose 6-core areas that I believe the Parish Council must focus its efforts on during the next four-year period.
- Sustainable planning that protects and directly benefits both the current and the future residents of Romsley.
- Safe and effective roads supported by efficient public transport.
- Strengthened in-community provisions for health, educational and wellbeing.
- The protection and enhancement of our natural environment.
- Improving our Civic amenities to make Romsley a better place to live.
- Maintaining a strong, active community that emphasises respect, tolerance and civility.
If accepted by the Council, I would propose that in the coming months we develop a clear and transparent plan for residents and stakeholders that describes our ambitions for each of these areas during the next 4-years.
Finally, I would like to take this opportunity to offer my thanks to the many people across the Council and the wider community who work tirelessly to make Romsley better for everyone.
I want to offer my thanks to the many community groups and volunteers such as the Guides, Scouts, pre-school groups, Art and History society who give up their time to benefit their fellow residents. I would also like to thank the friends of Romsley for their efforts to improve our community.
Despite the challenges we face from the tiers of Government above us we are fortunate to have the active support of our County Councillor and District Councillors I would especially like to thank Karen May and Margaret Sherry for their interest and support towards our community and its residents.
I would like to thank Ruth Mullet, the Council Clerk, for her advice and efforts throughout the year and I would also like to thank the members of the Parish Council for their active involvement and commitment
Finally, I would like to offer special thanks to the departing Councillors Louise Bestwick and Derek Tilt for all their hard work on behalf of Romsley during the past years.
Romsley Parish Council
The Parish Council is aware that a resubmitted planning application for houses on land adjacent to St Kenelm’s Road opposite the shops has now been entered.
The Parish Council is considering its formal response to the planning authority who is Bromsgrove District Council.
We would like to hear community thoughts while our formal response is being drafted. However, for them to be formally considered by the planning officers residents must lodge their comments directly with Bromsgrove District Council by the 26th April 2019 through the Council planning website https://publicaccess.bromsgroveandredditch.gov.uk/online-applications/
and then searching for planning application 19/00305/FUL .
The Parish Council urges all interested residents to do this.
Romsley enjoyed a wonderful night of Carols on Wednesday 12th December in the church hall.
Music was provided by Cradley Heath Salvation Army and the audience were in fine voice in a packed hall. Attendees also enjoyed mince pies and mulled wine while the children were delighted as Santa made an appearance.
Romsley Parish Council would like to thank all those who attended to make it a great evening and wish you all a Merry Christmas.
The Friends of Romsley is all about local residents getting together to make a difference to our village, as we are proud of where we live. Our first meeting was back in December 2017 and since then we have become a constituted group with a bank account and are looking at what we can do to look after and improve our local environment.
We are working in close partnership with Romsley Parish Council and we would like to thank them for all their support and supplying the first four planters around the village. These planters are now maintained by volunteers from the group and we have just replanted them with the winter & spring bedding. This has been supplied to us by Beechcroft Nurseries who are very happy to help support the group and sponsor the plants.
Whilst the evenings are dark we are meeting on the first Saturday of the month upstairs in the Co-op, who are very kindly offering us free use of their upstairs room. During the lighter months we will meet in the evening.
Some of our aims and objects are:
- To promote, protect and enhance Romsley Village and the area around it as a resource to be enjoyed by the local community and visitors, in partnership with Romsley Parish Council.
- To be open to everyone with an interest in Romsley Village, bringing together the whole community to be a voice for the area.
- To promote the conservation, protection, education and improvement of the physical, natural and social environment of the local area.
- To conserve the historic landscape.
- To safeguard its natural beauty, biodiversity and historic heritage.
- To pursue the improvement of facilities in Romsley Village for the benefit of residents and visitors.
So far we have carried out a number of litter picks around the village and the next one will be on Sunday 4th November, meeting at 10.00am in the car park of the park. Come along and join in, dress warmly and equipment will be supplied by the Romsley Parish Council.
We also entered Romsley Village in to the RHS “its Your Neighbourhood” competition with Heart of England in Bloom. It was a beautiful sunny day in August when the assessors came to look around our village. They were very impressed and we were awarded Level 4 “Thriving” with a score of 75 out of 100. The top level is 5, so we did exceptionally well for our first time. We are now looking at future projects to benefit the village and enter again next year. Well done to everyone who was involved.
We are always very happy to welcome new members to the group and our next meetings are at the Co-op at 10.00am on Saturday 3rd November, 1st December and 3rd February. We will be organising more litter picks, looking after the four planters, helping out with conservation work in the church yard and doing funding bids to bring in more colour and activities to the village. We would also again like to thank Romsley Parish Council, Beechcroft Nurseries and the Co-op for their support.
If you are interested in joining in then please contact me, Sarah Royal, the chair of the group at email@example.com or on 07982 401933.