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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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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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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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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 Nottingham City Council, one…

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Green Spaces Deliver Lasting Mental Health Benefits

Redditch has some great green spaces, Arrow Valley Park, Morton Stanley Park, Pitcher Oak Wood and more. Green space in towns and cities could lead to significant and sustained improvements in mental health, finds a new study published in the journal of Environmental Science & Technology. Analysing data that followed people over a five year period, the research has found that moving to a greener area not only improves people’s mental health, but that the effect continues long after they…

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Bomford Hill Drainage Works Completed

Work has been carried out to tame the runway water off Bomford Hill. Currently the runoff, ends up on the foot and cycle path at the foot of the hill and freezes during the cold weather making it a hazard for pedestrians and cyclists, it has also been known to end up in some gardens of some rather unfortunate residents of Oldbury Close. Matt Toomer, the Editor of Church Hill Blog says “back in the late 80s a drainage pipe…

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Bomford Hill Drainage Improvement

The problem of the runway water off Bomford Hill is to be tacked over the coming weeks. Currently the runoff, ends up on the foot and cycle path at the foot of the hill and in some gardens of some rather unfortunate residents of Oldbury Close. New ditches pipe and swales are to created and be installed to capture the rogue water and whisk if off away from the paths and houses. We'll be following the work and shall kept…

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Pond Management Update

The latest on the Pond regeneration project in Northleech; the galvanized bow top fencing is being installed around the pond, this is to secure this area so that it is safer for young children and families. I think you'll agree it looks better, and in time when the greenery and shrubs begin to grow it will look tidy. During October and November the Landscape and Drainage teams performed some vegetation clearance around the pond which they’ve nearly completed, then they…

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