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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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Another road incident at Church Hill Centre

Is a rethink or a redesign needed with the road layout at Church Hill Centre? The Junction with Tanhouse Lane, Church Hill Way and Melbury Way? There was another incident in Church Hill Centre on October 15th at around 8am. Several people received injuries in a traffic collision. As Church Hill Blog understands from Worcestershire County Council, they are waiting for West Mercia Police to report the circumstances of the matter to them as the transport authority before any conclusions…

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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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Council Survey Seeks Feedback To ‘Make Fireworks Better’

Would you be wiling to pay for parking at all car parks at Arrow Valley Countryside Park and Morton Stanley Park? To help secure the future of Redditch Borough Councils Firework Event, would you be willing to pay for dedicated on site parking? These are just two of the questions that Redditch Council is asking residents in a new survey. You can take part in the survey here

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Memorial service to be held for Rev Canon David Rogers

A service is to be held to celebrate the life of a much loved former Beoley vicar at the church where he served for more than 20 years. The late Rev Canon David Rogers, who was the vicar at St Leonard's Beoley for more than 20 years, died recently, aged 69, just a few days after being diagnosed with an aggressive brain tumour, leaving behind his partner, also called David. A service to celebrate David Rodgers life is being held…

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Smelly Times

We received report of a rather bad whiff across Church Hill yesterday. The informant described as a 'truly awful smell of human waste, eggs and rubbish' that had been hanging around the North part of the district since Tuesday or Wednesday. "I could smell it each time I went outside and I was unable to sit out in my garden for two days." They told us that this stink comes days after possible problems emerged with the drainage on Wharrard…

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The A441 Traffic Saga

  There have been traffic problems on the A441 Alvechurch Highway/Birmingham Road ever since the go-ahead was given for house building.   According to the Agent Gallagher "As part of a joint venture with a national house builder, planning permission was secured for 200 new homes along with B1 office space and open space.   The open space is situated to the north of Weights Lane and incorporates a flood attenuation pond as part of the sustainable drainage strategy for…

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Town Centre ‘Make Over’

The town centre is going to have £880,000 worth of 'improvements' beginning in March reports The Standard. £530,000 from Worcestershire County Council and £350,000 from Redditch Borough Council.To 'improve' roads and foot ways, drainage, street furniture, signage, planters, and street lights. There's nothing really wrong with all this. One wonders where this sudden windfall has come from? We can't spend money on the Hospital, or home some of the Towns homeless people living in tents on the Ring Road. But…

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Space Station (ISS) Times December 2016

The international space station will be passing over Church Hill throughout December. Somewhere dark, like Bomford Hill Park would make the ideal viewing location. The ISS is the largest Space Station/ laboratory ever built. Orbiting Earth at 17500mph at an altitude of roughly 200 miles. Consequently, spotting the station is very easy and you don't need any special equipment. You only need your eyes! All you need to know is when and where the ISS will be passing over your…

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