Tuesday, 24 July 2012

Stirchley Library closes on Saturday

Stirchley Library will be closed from Saturday until some time in the autumn.

The closure is so that refurbishment of the building can take place to allow Stirchley & Brookside Parish Council to share premises with the library.  Co-locating will save money for the parish council and keep the library open.  As the most expensive library by far in Telford and because there are alternative libraries within a couple of miles, Stirchley Library was likely to have been closed in the next year or two.

The closest libraries to Brookside are Madeley, Dawley, Telford Town Centre and Ironbridge in that order.

When the library and parish council offices reopen in the autumn, the building will be renamed the Sambrook Centre in memory of the former chair of the parish council, Ute Sambrook who died of cancer in 2009.

Friday, 13 July 2012

Fun Day Cancelled

Unfortunately it has been necessary to cancel tomorrow's Sturchley & Brookside fun day because of the bad weather which is expected to continue into tomorrow.

The parish council hopes to arrange an alternative event in September.

Sunday, 8 July 2012

Telford & Wrekin speed limit fail

Back in March, Telford & Wrekin Council confirmed that they would be replacing the long absent 30mph signs near the junction of Bridgnorth Road (the road to Tweedale) and Brookside Avenue and placing 40mph repeater signs on Bridgnorth Road.

For some inexplicable reason they have instead put a 30mph repeater sign to mark the boundary of the 40mph and 30mph speed limits which isn't legally enforceable meaning that technically the speed limit on Brookside Avenue for anyone entering from Tweedale is 40mph and the police can't enforce the 30mph limit.

I have contacted Telford & Wrekin once again and hopefully they will do the job properly this time.  Thanks to Alan the Mobile Barber for telling me about the latest cock-up!

Wednesday, 4 July 2012

Regeneration meeting tonight & village green status

There is another regeneration meeting tonight at Brookside Community Centre from 6:30pm to 8pm.

At this meeting you will have the opportunity to see and discuss the draft plans that Telford & Wrekin Council have drawn up following early consultations with residents.

We saw the first draft of the plans at the last regeneration meeting a fortnight ago and they look great but there is one element of the plans I am undecided on: extending the car park into the green outside Windmill School.  Even before I became a councillor I opposed the development of the green, collecting feedback from residents regarding village green status and speaking at the planning board meeting considering the council's own application for a number of houses on the green which they deferred at that meeting and later withdrew.  When I stood for election I said that I would oppose building on the green and would continue to work for official village green status to protect the valuable green space for future generations.

So, the dilemma I have is that the draft regeneration plans foresee a larger car park where the current one is now.  This would be realised either by cutting down the trees at the front of the car park and extending towards the road or by encroaching on the grassed area.  The trees are teeming with birds during nesting season so I don't think cutting them down is an option so the only real choice for an enlarged car park is to take away some of the grassed area.  A larger car park is certainly needed as anyone who has been there at school opening and closing times will testify but the price of a larger car park is the loss of a few yards of the green.

My initial thoughts were that the green should remain intact and that the enlarged car park should be opposed but there is a need for a larger car park and it's only a few yards of the green that would be lost.  My more recent thinking on it is that perhaps the larger car park should be accepted on the condition that Telford & Wrekin Council voluntarily grants village green status for the green and the field behind Windmill School.  A promise not to develop either is no good because the parish council already has a written promise from the borough council not to build on the green which they have ignored with their draft regeneration plan.  Village green status would legally prevent any development of the green or the field (which is zoned for housing at the moment).

I will make this suggestion at tonight's meeting to see what the reaction is but I would like some feedback from residents on what you think the response should be to the idea of losing some of the green to enlarge the car park.  Please leave a comment or contact me.