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ALVECHURCH PARISH COUNCIL PARISHIONER SURVEY – JULY 2021 FOOTWAY LIGHTING REPLACEMENT PROJECT

ABOUT THE SURVEY 

Three years ago the Parish Council used The Village magazine to let everyone know about the Neighbourhood Plan and how best parishioners could comment on and influence its policies and recommendations. That consultation was highly successful; the magazine is widely read and many useful comments came back.

This survey focuses on footway lighting and is the first of two in 2021. Questions on lighting follow below. The second survey will be published in September and ask for your views on how the Parish Council engages with the local community.

All responses will be strictly confidential but the need for your personal details in this first survey and the format of some lighting questions is fixed. This is because if residents favour the proposed approach, the Parish Council is then eligible to apply for a Public Works Loan to meet the costs of replacing many of our Parish lights.

We’ve had a lot of feedback recently on the need to repair footway lights, but those views now need to be made in this survey if APC is to be able to pay in the most cost-effective way.

Please help us by filling in the survey which is contained within the Village Magazine and return it as soon as possible to the Parish Council (Deadline 31st July 2021).

We look forward to receiving your comments.

Alvechurch Parish

The Parish of Alvechurch consists of three electoral wards Alvechurch Ward, Bordesley & Rowney Green Ward and Hopwood Ward. Alvechurch ward comprises the village of Alvechurch and Withybed Green; the Hopwood ward includes the north half of Weatheroak, whilst the southern half is contained within the Rowney Green ward that also encompasses the Holloway and Grange Lane, and is now combined with the Bordesley ward which borders Alvechurch Village ward along Station road.

Sited within the Worcestershire district of Bromsgrove, Alvechurch is one of Bromsgrove’s 19 parishes and shares boundaries with Beoley, Wythall, Barnt Green, Cofton Hackett and Tutnall & Cobley Parishes. The parish also borders both the city of Birmingham and Redditch new-town and is therefore a vital part of the West Midlands Green Belt that serves as a buffer between conurbations.

The only part of the parish that is not covered by the Green Belt classification is the built-up area of Alvechurch village itself. The resultant restrictions on new building development in the Green Belt mean demand for new housing in the parish is high.

Alvechurch Village Centre is a designated Conservation Area, host to a number of listed buildings originating from the 15th century. The parish church of St Laurence is listed grade II.

The parish is also host to good transport links of all types including (by road) the north/south A441 and the east/west M42, (by rail) the Redditch/Lichfield cross-city service, and (by canal) the Worcester – Birmingham Canal. The river Arrow flows from its source in the nearby Lickey Hills through the parish and out towards Alcester. The village of Alvechurch lies in a valley surrounded by Hob, Scarfield, Coopers, Hopwood, Wast, Weatheroak and Newbourne Hills.

Parish Councils are the most local tier of Local Government, the grass-roots level. In this area Local Government consists of parish councils, district councils and county councils – all of which have been set up by Acts of Parliament. In Alvechurch the parish council has been in existence since 1894, since when there have been a few changes to its size and number of councillors to today’s parish which covers the wards of Alvechurch.

The Parish Council is funded by the council tax payer. Councillors work out how much money they will need for the forthcoming year and set a special rate called the precept which is collected by the District Council with the council tax.