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Colour In Easter Egg Pictures

Traditional Easter egg hunts are canceled this year due to the coronavirus pandemic, but non-traditional Easter egg hunts are here.   We have some Easter egg coloring sheets you can download and print to decorate and place in in windows for passers-by to spot during their daily exercise walk.   You can walk through neighborhoods and point out, ‘Oh, there’s an Easter egg on that person’s window,’ and just have some fun.”   If you wish to just submit the…

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Fly-Tipping

Fly-tipping   Fly-tipping seems to be a problem in Upper Field Close.   We have had reports of household items, such as tables, chairs and other items being dumped on grass verges for the collection by the supposed scrap metal trucks. This has said to have been happening for three years, with some items being left lying for over a month.   The items are reported to Redditch Borough Council who them remove them.   The majority of local Councils…

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M42 Junction 3 / A435 Improvements

M42 junction 3, A435 improvements. May 2019 The Highways Agency is planning to work on the M42 at Junction 3, Portway/Redditch to ease the congestion at peak times. To do this they will be installing a dedicated lane on the M42 westbound onto the A435 southbound. They will also be widening the slip roads and adding a lane sections of the roundabout itself. Why and what are the benefits? The Highways Agency have identified that junction 3 of the M42…

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Ravensbank Drive flood alleviation works

Work starts today on the flood alleviation works on the land south of Ravensbank Drive. The area is at risk according to the Environment Agency’s surface water flood model and the work is to protect various properties and infrastructure downstream the surrounding land is due to be used a flood storage area. The balancing area will store water back and create a wetland environment. This application is to divert the existing watercourse away from the properties at Fairford Close by…

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Residents tell of no longer letting local newspapers

Do you get the local newspapers delivered to your home? We’ve been contacted by several Redditch residents who say they haven’t received a copy of the Redditch Standard or Redditch Advertiser for several weeks and some haven’t had then for up to almost 14 months. Some say they are missing out on vital things such as local news and planning applications, while others don’t mind about getting a physical copy and now read them online. You can comment on our…

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Keep it Bin it’ campaign

Keep Britain Tidy has joined forces with the government to launch the ‘Keep it, Bin it’ campaign, with shocking images at the heart of the drive to change behaviour when it comes to littering. Launched by Environment Secretary Michael Gove, and supported by some of the biggest names in retail, travel and entertainment, the campaign features poignant images of wildlife eating and getting tangled in litter, contrasted against typical excuses for people give for dropping litter. The emotive imagery demonstrates…

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2018 Church Hill Photography Contest

The 2018 Church Hill Photography Contest is now open. We are looking for striking digital images to celebrate and illustrate the Church Hill district. For rules and to enter visit 2018 Church Hill Photography Contest Thanks to our friends at Explore Worcestershire and MyPicture.co.uk for supporting this.

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Grass Cutting In Church Hill

Redditch Council seem to be behind with their grass cutting of late. It's reported to be almost four foot high on some parts of Paper Mill Drive alone, a mixture of grass and high weeds. It’s a safety issue and it’s not visually nice. It has become overgrown and looked bad. Residents pay council tax for things like grass cutting, tree and hedge management and litter picking to be done and some end up doing it themselves. According to the…

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Council waste charges ‘lead to increase in fly-tipping’

New figures suggest that Council charging to collect bulky household waste items are responsible for an increase in fly-tipping. The majority of local Councils now choose to charge households to pick up garden waste and any unwanted items that are too big to fit in a wheelie bin. Across the Country the number of fly-tipping incidents reported by councils have risen for three years in a row, Government figures show. Fly-tipping statistics for England, 2016/17 https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/652958/Flytipping_201617_statistical_release_FINAL.pdf Nottingham City Council, one…

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Could incident mean its time for a junction rethink?

There was another incident in Church Hill Centre on October 15th. It happened at the junction with Tanhouse Lane, Church Hill Way and Melbury Way. Several people received injuries in a traffic collision. Traffic coming from either direction, Tanhouse Lane or Melbury Way isn’t required to stop to allowed pedestrians to cross from the Centre site to the car park and visa versa as the point pedestrians use to cross is not an official recognised crossing point. We have seen…

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