Wednesday, 29 May 2013

Urgent Appeal To Find Missing Wellington Teenager

Missing teenager Georgia Williams West Mercia Police are urgently seeking the public's help to find a missing teenager from Wellington in Shropshire.

Georgia Williams, aged 17, left her home 7.30pm on Sunday 26 May and has not been seen by her family since.  Police and her family are increasingly concerned for her welfare.

Police believe that Georgia may have been travelling with a 22-year-old man from the Wellington area.  He was arrested this morning in Glasgow, on suspicion of kidnap.

Superintendent Nav Malik from West Mercia Police said:  "I am concerned for Georgia's welfare and am asking for the public's help to try and locate her.

"We believe that Georgia may have been travelling with a man since she left her home on Sunday.  A police operation has led to the arrest of a man in Glasgow but we have so far not been able to locate Georgia.

"We are keen to hear from anyone who has seen Georgia since Sunday afternoon,  or has any information about her whereabouts or movements over the past few days.

"I also want to know about the movements of a silver Toyota Hiace 300 GS van, registration number CX06 ASV, which we know the arrested man was driving.  We know that this vehicle travelled from Wellington to Oswestry, Shropshire, before travelling to Rhyll, Chester, Cumbria and then onto Glasgow."

Georgia is described as white, 5ft 3ins tall of slim build and she has red hair.

Superintendent Malik added:  "I'd also like to make a direct appeal to Georgia to get in touch with us.  If you hear these appeals, please contact us.  You are not in any trouble, we simply wish to make sure you are safe and well."

Anyone with information about Georgia's whereabouts can contact West Mercia Police on 0800 056 0944.

Saturday, 25 May 2013

Summer Term Course Programme

Central Telford
Summer Term Course Programme
(June - August 2013)

Day
Time
Course

Start date
End date
Monday
Brookside Community Centre
9:30am – 12noon
English and Maths
(Functional Skills)
Ongoing
Ongoing
Monday
Brookside Community Centre
9:30am – 2:30pm
Get that Job in Cleaning or Community Care
(a one week course which will also include qualifications in Health & Safety and Manual Handling)
8 July
12 July
Monday
Hollinswood Pavillion

10am – 2:30pm
Health and Safety in the Workplace
17 June
24 June
Monday
Brookside Community Centre
6pm – 8:30pm
English and Maths
(Functional Skills)
Ongoing
Ongoing
Tuesday
Meeting Point House
9:30am – 11:30am
Internet and Emailing
 (Drop In session)

Ongoing
Ongoing
Tuesday
Meeting Point House
10am – 2pm

Emergency First Aid at Work
4 June
11 June
Tuesday
Meeting Point House
9:30am – 2pm

Emergency First Aid at Work
2 July
9 July
Tuesday
Dawley Social Club
9:30am – 11:30am
Job Junction
(a ‘drop in’ session for jobseekers)
Ongoing
Ongoing
Tuesday
Meeting Point House
10am – 2pm
Food Safety in Catering
18 June
25 June
Tuesday
Meeting Point House
10am – 2pm

Food Safety in Catering
16 July
23 July
Tuesday
Brookside Community Centre
9am – 11:30am
English and Maths
(Functional Skills)
Ongoing
Ongoing
Tuesday
Meeting Point House
12:30pm – 3pm

English and Maths
(Functional Skills)
Ongoing
Ongoing
Wednesday
Brookside Community Centre
9:15am – 12noon
Job Junction
(a ‘drop in’ session for jobseekers)
Every Wednesday
Ongoing
Wednesday
Meeting Point House
1pm – 4pm
Job Junction
(a ‘drop in’ session for jobseekers)
Every Wednesday
Ongoing
Wednesday
Randlay Community Centre
12:30pm – 3pm
English and Maths
(Functional Skills)
Ongoing
Ongoing
Wednesday
Brookside Community Centre
1pm – 3pm
Keeping your Family Safe Online
5 June
x 5 weeks
Wednesday
Randlay Community Centre
7pm – 9pm
Keeping your Family Safe Online
5 June
x 5 weeks
Thursday
British Legion, Dawley
9:30am – 12noon
English and Maths
(Functional Skills)

Ongoing
Ongoing
Thursday
Meeting Point House
9:30am – 2:30pm

Interview Skills
6 June
20 June
Thursday
Meeting Point House
10am – 1pm
Riding the Storm
(Parenting Teenagers)
27 June
18 July
Friday
Dawley Social Club
9:30am – 2pm

Emergency First Aid at Work
14 June
21 June
Friday
Brookside Community Centre
9:30am – 12noon
English and Maths
(Functional Skills)
Ongoing
Ongoing
Friday
Dawley Social Club
9:30am – 2pm

Health and Safety in the Workplace
12 July
19 July
Friday
Meeting Point House
10am – 1pm
Taking Charge of Your Life
(Confidence Building and Assertiveness)
21 June
12 July
Friday
British Legion, Dawley
9:30am – 12noon
English and Maths
(Functional Skills)

Ongoing
Ongoing
Friday
Brookside Community Centre
9:30am – 12noon
English and Maths
(Functional Skills)
Ongoing
Ongoing
Friday
Brookside Community Centre
3:15pm – 4:15pm
Computer ‘Drop in’ (the Computer Suite is open for online job-searching etc)
Ongoing
Ongoing
Dawley Social Club
(day tbc)

tbc
Introduction to Internet and Email
tbc
tbc
Meeting Point House
(day tbc)

tbc
Introduction to Starting Your Own Business
tbc
tbc
Brookside Community Centre
(days and times tbc)
tbc
Computing for Jobseekers
tbc
tbc

For details of how to enrol on to any of the above courses, please contact Adult & Community Learning on 01952 382181 or call/text 07794 999282

Big Local Summer Extravaganza

Brookside Big Local is funding and promoting a summer extravaganza on 13th July.  The aim is to make as much good quality contact with residents as possible, to find out how they want to help change Brookside or developing their ideas.  Of course a great way to get people together is to offer a good time – so they have booked music and food!

Your input would be really appreciated, please find the attached stall booking form.  Remember Fun Activities are good – better than just dry information – so if you can run a raffle/tombola/games/be in fancy dress or any other idea that would add to peoples enjoyment (and can be realistically risk assessed) put them on your form!

These kind of events are always great for helping people make contact, between residents, voluntary groups and agencies as well as great fun.

Anyone working with or volunteering with young people/children might like to take part in a fun football competition (prizes to be announced), get in touch with Keith Whitton at the community centre to discuss details.

Tuesday, 21 May 2013

Parish council committees and a vacancy

Well, the AGM tonight went well and we even had a member of the public in attendance.  Just one but from small acorns and all that.

Following tonight's meeting I'm now on the policy committee, planning & environment committee, community & leisure committee, audit committee and neighbourhood plan committee.  Membership of the personnel and allotments sub-committees will be decided at the policy and planning & environment committees if councillors decide they are still required.

Cllr David Holloway resigned officially at tonight's meeting and notice of the vacancy will be published tomorrow.  Anyone resident who wishes to call an election can submit a letter signed by 10 electors to Telford & Wrekin Council requesting one be held.  If no election is called then the council will co-opt a willing volunteer to fill the vacancy.

There is no official wording for the request for an election but the wording Telford & Wrekin Council recommend is:
We, the undersigned being electors for the Brookside Ward of Stirchley & Brookside Parish, call for an election to fill the vacancy arising from the resignation of David Holloway
The names and addresses of the 10 electors supporting the request should be printed on the letter.

Monday, 20 May 2013

Parish council AGM tomorrow, electors' meeting next week

The parish council's AGM is tomorrow evening at 7:30pm at the Sambrook Centre.

Members of the public are, as always, welcome to attend the meeting (it's a rare but pleasant surprise to get members of the public at our meetings) although if you're looking to propose a resolution or interrogate councillors you'll want the Electors' Meeting next Wednesday at 7pm.  The Electors' Meeting is organised by the parish clerk and run by the chair of the parish council but it's a public meeting for local residents.

Sunday, 19 May 2013

Pot your own Day

Due to a late night out in Shifnal on Friday (a sober one, I hasten to add) I missed most of the setting up for yesterday's Pot your own Day but I did get there in time to help put out the plants and then somehow ended up looking after a potting table.

Now, it's safe to say that I'm not the world's foremost gardener.  I know the difference between a dandelion and a tree and that's about the extent of my gardening knowledge.  Ok, I'm exaggerating slightly but I really am clueless when it comes to gardening.  Still, I enjoyed myself and we raised quite a lot of money for the Air Ambulance and the parish council's Environmental Maintenance Officers took the opportunity to tidy up the undergrowth in the trees and bushes around the centre.

 

 

 

Monday, 6 May 2013

Tadorna Drive Charity Garage Sale

Tardona Drive is being turned into a giant charity garage sale on Saturday in aid of Severn Hospice.

The garage doors will open at 10am and close at 3pm.

This is a fantastic and inventive way of raising money for charity so well done to everyone on Tadorna Drive taking part.  Severn Hospice provide a hugely valuable service for terminally ill patients and their families and rely on charitable donations to pay the bills so please go and support them.


Sunday, 5 May 2013

Another fly tip reported

I reported four fly tips to the council this morning and unbelievably another one has appeared in broad daylight some time today.

This new fly tip is alongside Blakemore garages behind Bishopdale.


Fly tipping, shopping trolleys and Brindleyford

I had to drop my daughter off at her friend's house early this morning so I went for a wander around the estate on the way home.

I've reported four fly tips, two abandoned shopping trolleys and the dirt and debris from the building site on Brindleyford (again) this morning.

The fly tips are in the middle of the field behind Windmill School, at the top of Brackenfield by the retaining wall, on the footpath between Birchmore and Burnside and over the road from the electricity sub-station in Briarwood.

The shopping trolleys are by the basketball court on Brindleyford and next to the fly tip in Briarwood.



Wednesday, 1 May 2013

Windmill School Zig Zags

Since the council repaired the road outside the Windmill School, some parents have been taking advantage of the partially missing zig-zags and parking outside the school gates to pick up and drop off their children.

Whether the zig-zags are intact or not doesn't change the fact that it is dangerous to park outside the gates and even more dangerous doing three point turns or reversing round the corner when children are walking by and crossing the road.

I've asked Telford & Wrekin Council to replace the missing lines and they were due to do them this week but it now transpires that the lines aren't correct and they need to be replaced completely.  There is a borough-wide review of lined restrictions and they'll all be replaced by the end of the summer.  I've asked if Windmill can be prioritised and the local CSOs have said that they will try and pay some more attention to it.

Letter: Brookside centre is an eyesore not the whole estate

It's been a while since I sent a letter in to the Shropshire Star but after a Brookside resident brought an article "Demolition of eyesore Telford estate is to start" I felt compelled to come to our estate's defence. Brookside might not be about to win any awards for its looks but it's hardly an "eyesore"!

Brookside centre is an eyesore not the whole estate

An "eyesore"
I have to take issue with the Shropshire Star’s headline "Demolition of eyesore Telford estate is to start" (April 26).

Whilst Brookside local centre is undoubtedly an eyesore – hence the regeneration project – the whole of the estate certainly is not.

Just like any other housing estate, there are houses and flats that were built ugly and could only be improved with a wrecking ball but the majority of Brookside is well-maintained and people take pride in where they live.

The trees are starting to blossom and the many thousands of daffodils planted around Brookside Avenue are flowering.

At this time of year you could easily forget that you were on a neglected 1970s housing estate. The regeneration of Brookside Centre is long overdue and will hopefully breathe new life into the local economy and drive social regeneration but it is only the local centre, not the whole estate.

After years of neglect by Telford & Wrekin Council it would have been easy for Brookside residents to sit back and say “well if they can’t be bothered, why should we” but they didn’t and this regeneration scheme and the choice of Brookside as the pilot area for the co-operative council scheme is a testament to that.

So by all means describe the local centre as an eyesore but don’t please talk down the whole of Brookside and dismiss the efforts of local residents to improve their local environment with little or no support from the borough council.

Councillor Stuart Parr
Ukip
Brookside