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  • Arrow Valley Country Park’s New Playground to open as soon as possible

    In light of stubbornly high COVID-19 rates in Redditch I supported a decision by Redditch Borough Council to delay the opening of the new playground at Arrow Valley Country Park for a couple of weeks. Unfortunately the bureaucratic wheels have not turned as quickly as I would have liked in regards to the removal of […]

  • 78% approval for the regeneration of Redditch Town Centre following submission of £25m bid to government

    I was very pleased to see a strong 78% approval for the regeneration of Redditch Town Centre. More details on this survey will be published in due course and we will share the findings with the relevant bodies to demonstrate community feeling on this issue. 413 people responded on a self-selecting basis either as a […]

  • Redditch Towns Deal bid submitted – why we need a new home for the library and an open public square

    As reported by local media, the Redditch Towns Fund bid was approved by the Full Council of Redditch Borough Council as ‘good to go’ to central government for approval by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government. See the full details of the bid here It was a proud moment for me to second […]

  • Restocking our own shelves

    It’s been a little over a week since England entered a third national lockdown as part of the government’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic that we’ve all come to know so well. Too soon to tell if the measures are working, but long enough for the side effects to bite. In some ways we appear […]

  • New Year Message

    ‘Thank heavens it’s nearly over’ comes the cry of the socially distanced masses all over the world who are looking forward to a better 2021. At least that’s the conventional wisdom, and it’s good to see hope abounds. Temper it, though, because we’re not out of the woods yet, and there’s more trouble to come […]

  • Peace and goodwill toward all mankind

    The COVID-19 virus is just that: a virus. It’s an indiscriminate microscopic parasite that relies on a host body to thrive and reproduce. Ruthlessly efficient and devoid of any emotion a virus does not care if you’re fed up with it or not, and it doesn’t give a toss about your opinions on how the […]

  • Redditch Town Centre Conservation Zone ‘at risk’ status

    There’s a maxim in politics: perception is reality. It’s a way of saying that it doesn’t matter what the reality is, the perception that people have is all that matters. It’s true because people vote based on their perception, not based on actual facts. It’s a warning I raised when the Borough Council’s Executive Committee […]

  • Update on Coding Clubs

    I wanted to report that I am in danger of being unable to fulfil one of my pre-election promises, which was to provide coding clubs for Church Hill residents. I have attempted to launch a scheme three times, but each one has not had a sufficient level of uptake to make them viable. Learning how […]

  • Update on Planning Application for possible Lidl on Batten’s Drive

    The planning application relating to a proposed Lidl supermarket on Batten’s Drive is being heard by committee this week. Details can be seen on this link. Ref: 18/01049/FUL Back in 2018 I did a poll on here and spoke to local residents in the surrounding area (on the Church Hill side). Overall, the opinion I […]

  • Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMO)

    In the spirit of my commitment to openness and transparency in the course of my public service to the people of Church Hill I will share my positions on certain topics from time to time and attempt to explain my reasoning when I approach certain issues. Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMO) HMO is a term […]