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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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Plans mooted to make Redditch ‘vibrant’

Some are suggesting Redditch Town Hall and Library should be torn down to make way for housing or office blocks to make Redditch "vibrant". Do we really want anymore housing or office blocks? Here at Church Hill Blog we would like to see a wider range of shops that stay open past 5.30pm along with some new recreational and entertainment venues, such as bowling, ice skating and a decent swimming pool. Regarding housing, we have had more than our far…

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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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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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Play Area Upgrade Begins

Work has begun on the upgrading of the play area in Upper Field Close. Contractors are removing the current equipment and clearing the site to enable the installation of the new play area. They are removing the current galvanized bow top fencing which has been recycled around the pond to secure this area so that it is safer for young children and families. The wooden sleepers which border the current site shall be removed and be replaced with recycled plastic…

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Council To Upgrade Play Area

There some exciting news coming for the younger residents of Church Hill North. The current play area situated in Upper Field Close is to be upgraded with new and improved equipment, fencing and landscaping. This will include recycled plastic sleepers to replace the damaged wooden sleepers which retain the large mound and these will be included within the play area to remove the litter trap between the wall and the fencing. There has also been some work undertaken to remove…

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