WDC and WCC Councillor Liz Tucker update report

District/County Councillor: Cllr. Liz Tucker

Station Road: The August Bank holiday closure of the Pershore Station Road Wyre Road junction for Persimmon to complete their outstanding Section 278 road work obligations was cancelled.  Persimmon have been pressed to get on with this by County Highways Development Control for ages without effect.  Persimmon needed to arrange for the shallow gas main near the entrance to Mill Lane to be raised before they could start on the required road works and failed to do so.

This was too late for the zebra crossing work at the other end of Station Road to be brought forward out of school term time.  Weekend closure will be required but mostly 2 way traffic control.

Northern Link: Latest update confirms that reptile translocation is still ongoing at the Link Road ( circa 350 translocated to date ) and will continue until the Ecologist determines a date for surveys to end ( expected early Oct .) The Great Crested Newt traps and translocation hibernaculums have just been installed last week and a 30 day trapping exercise started yesterday. Again hopeful that the Ecologist will give us a green light by early Oct.  It is still the intention to award contract in November but until they have the ecological clearance they cannot say for certain

Front Plot The Old Piggeries– I’m still seeking evidence of the leased grazing land required to meet DEFRA rules which needs to be clarified before any decision can be taken.  A new prefabricated building/shed has appeared near the entry which I have reported to Planning Enforcement.

20/00585 Land Between North End And Amajen House Upton Snodsbury Road Pinvin:  Amended plans came in this morning 1st September.  The tenure split would now be 20 affordable rent (1 to 4 bed) and 14 shared ownership (2 to 3 bed).  Previously the proposed split was 25 rented and 19 shared ownership.  Once all the plans and documents are loaded onto the web-site, new consultations and neighbour notifications will be sent out.

The agent’s summary of the changes is:

– A reduction in the overall number of dwellings from 44 to 34

– A reduction in the density of the development from 39dph to 30.6dph

– Increase in Green Infrastructure from 40% to 48%

– Relocation and re-profiling of attenuation basin within public open space

– Removal of private driveway from Upton Snodsbury Road

– Increased garden sizes on some plots

– Reorientation of plots on the western side of the estate road

– Increased landscaping and tree/hedge planting throughout

– Amended house type designs to include additional features such as Chimneys

The tenure split would now be 20 affordable rent (1 to 4 bed) and 14 shared ownership (2 to 3 bed).  Previously the proposed split was 25 rented and 19 shared ownership.

Once all the plans and documents are loaded onto the web-site, new consultations and neighbour notifications will be sent out.

Speeding and HGVs  through Main Street – Kieran Hemstock has given a summary of the speeds and number of HGVs for the speed lines put down 15th – 21st July at the Spion Kop end of the village as follows:

All Vehicles: Mean speed = 27.8mph, 85th percentile = 32.8mph

Heavy Goods Vehicles: Mean speed = 26.4mph, 85th percentile = 30.9mph

As a general rule, we would be looking for mean speeds to be at, or below, 30mph in a 30 limit.

To add further context, the Police will consider camera enforcement where 85th percentile speeds are >35mph.

Pinvin Memorial Hall – Good news that the interim secretary of the committee has managed to put in the application for a £10k government business rates grant just before the deadline of the grant opportunity closing.  The hall AGM continues on 10th September in order to appoint new committee members.  I believe strongly that it is of great importance to every village that there is a public hall of some sort available to residents for public business, social activities, clubs, meetings etc.  Community First has a knowledgeable advisor who provides a subscription service for village halls https://www.comfirst.org.uk/village_halls which could help the new committee.

Outdoor Film This Friday 4th September – Wychavon have arranged an outdoor film event on Abbey Park starting at 8 pm.  It is called Monsters Inc.  it will be free and organised to be as Covid safe as possible.  On Saturday The Lion King (original) will be shown on King George V Play Fields, Droitwich Spa and on Sunday it is the turn of Evesham with The Greatest Showman  on Corporation Meadow.