Thursday, 22 November 2007
There is also the question about how many of these incinerators are planned for Worcester. A recent trade article claims ten, WCC say only the one in Tenbury is planned. Is this correct or political jargon for we would like ten but have only drawn up plans for one.
The Tenbury & Burford Civic Society have arranged for an independent toxicologist and retired GP to talk about the dangers of emissions, at the Royal Oak on Market Street next Wednesday 28th November at 7.30pm.
We know that WCC have a vested interest in pushing ahead with their plans, but there is still a big question about whether this really is the best solution and an appropriate site.
Friday, 16 November 2007
The unique, but poorly neglected Temeside House on Teme Street, Tenbury Wells has been sold by Malvern Hills District Council for an undisclosed sum.
Although Temeside House itself was unaffected by the recent floods, a number of substantial offers were withdrawn by prospective purchasers.
I believe that there is now only one, much reduced offer on the table, and this has been accepted by Malvern Hills District Council who are desperate for the money to help balance their books, and to fund their new offices.
The hope that this premises would remain in public ownership and be run as part museum and part tourist attraction now look to be dashed.
What the prospective new owners plan for the site is unknown.
The suspicion remains that Malvern Hills District Council are asset stripping Tenbury remains, (see Bromsgrove Advertiser)
At the end of a hectic and well attended surgery, he met with a delegation from the Tenbury Civic Society and Tenbury Action Group to discuss in detail the proposed Biomass Power Station.
Bill Wiggin in discussion with Fran Buckingham, Secretary Tenbury & Burford Civic Society
This almost certainly indicates that a major road is about to be closed somewhere locally.
The best guess is the A4112 somewhere near St Michaels.
I have to wonder who picked the location for the display. If you are coming from the A49, then it's almost impossible to read unless you are in a queue waiting to turn right. If you are coming from Worcester then you would have just spotted it as you turn, and depending where it was in the message cycle, you probably would still have no idea what it said?
Tuesday, 13 November 2007
I read recently that on average shops re-fit every 5 years. I don't think that ever applied here, but now the work has been done, Tenbury will be able to compete on shopping style as well as friendly service (and very often on price).
I am concerned that no physical progress has been made on what Central TV referred to as 'The Bomb Site', I really don't think that 'Snail Park' (So I am told) is Tenbury's very own ground zero, but I had hoped by now that some stabilisation work could have begun.
It really would be a shame if all the good work done by the traders is undone by lack of progress on reinstating the Kyre Brook retaining wall.
The County Council are planning to build 10 biomass fired power stations, and take a 19% equity interest in each, with the balance being made up by commercial investors.
(Update 15/11/07) I have heard today that the Council are denying that they have plans to build 10 power stations. They did express a desire to generate 25Mw of power to enable them to become carbon neutral, and the power plants that they are planning do generate 2.5Mw each. Make of that what you will!
The power stations, which are relatively inefficient and are only commercially viable with government financial support, will do nothing to reduce overall pollution.
If you are wondering why the Council are supporting this venture, it has little to do with security of supply, or environmental concerns, but is much more to do with a book balancing exercise.
Councils are required to become Carbon Neutral, and rather than take the more traditional method of examining working practices, reducing energy consumption, converting their fleet of vehicles to Biofuel etc, they have calculated that if they build 10 biomass fueled power stations, this will balance the books.
The Tenbury Action Group has booked a prominent independent toxicologist to come and speak at a public meeting in Tenbury Wells, to clarify the health impact.
Dr Dick van Steenis is a retired GP who takes a special interest in the health effects of fine particulates. These wood-fired power stations would emit fine particulates, known as PM2.5 and PM1, depending on their size. These particles are so small that they can be breathed in.
Dr van Steenis says that some of the adverse effects include birth defects, premature deaths, cot deaths, autism, Attention Deficit Disorder, lower IQ, asthma, coronary artery disease, heart attacks, arteriosclerosis, strokes and cancers.
He will speak in Tenbury Wells on November 28th, at the Royal Oak on Market Street. The event starts at 7.30pm and after the talk there will be a question and answer session. Admission is free and all are welcome.
Tenbury Action Group Press Statement.
Shropshire Star Petition signed by 2500
Shropshire Star Bishops Castle Group object to Power Plan
Shropshire Star Dr Dick van Steenis to talk on power fears
Thursday, 8 November 2007
Whilst there is some excuse why the drains in the 'historic' town centre may be inadequate due to their age and design, it is incredible to find that the drains in the more modern parts of Tenbury are probably also sub-standard.
During the flash flood earlier in the year, water poured down the High School Drive and from Dark Orchard and Wheeler Orchard to flood the houses opposite.
A recent investigation into the state of the drainage has revealed that no one knows where the drains are, how big they are, or where they go. No plans or maps exist!
Perhaps this is normal practice at MHDC or are the drains the responsibility of WCC?
I hear that the drains in this small area are to be investigated and recorded.
An ITV Central News team, were in town today to film the re-opened Tenbury Wells Pump Rooms.
They interviewed Tourism spokesman Chris Dell, District Councillor, Tony Penn and the Mayoress, Mrs Martin.
After the filming at the Pump Rooms, they went on a walk-about around town to look at some of the restoration projects still in progress. The results of all the filming were finally transmitted on Sunday night and were rather disappointing!
There was some confusion whether the restoration work at the Pump Rooms had been completed. A representative from the 'Hub' believed that internal decoration and carpeting of some of the rooms had been planned. District Councilor Tony Penn, expressed his concern and dissatisfaction about the quality of the finish applied to the floor in the 'Assembly Room' and will take this up with Ivor Pumfrey, Head of Environmental Services at MHDC.
Monday, 5 November 2007
Of course they could have allowed free parking for the whole month but that would have been 36p per person!
Malvern Hills DC official position is as I understand it, that if they allow free car parking in one car park, then they have to allow it in all. Although the Teme Street Car Park provides only a minimal amount of revenue, other car parks in the district are big money earners.
Due to the small number of Tax generating properties in Tenbury, the facilities in Tenbury are a drain in the districts resources. Perhaps if the council had been more proactive in developing the business park, the area may have at least been revenue neutral?
Sunday, 4 November 2007
In his opening speech the Mayor paid tribute to the role played by the partnership between Advantage West Midlands and Malvern Hills District Council.
Following the opening ceremony the Pump Rooms were opened to the public for tours, including areas which had not previously been available until the Malvern Hills DC office had been vacated on Friday.
Friday, 2 November 2007
2 out of 21 Shops in Market Street Tenbury Wells are still closed. (as at 02/03/08)
|Marilyn Ladies Fashions|| |
26, Market St,
Clothes Shops -
|Yes||Yes||Reopened late October|
|The Barn Shop||Fruit, Veg & Plants||Yes||Yes||Reopened early August|
|The Little Fish Shop||Wet Fish Sales||Yes||Yes||Opened Feb 08|
|Pet Shop|| |
18, Market Street
|Yes||Yes||Reopened Late November|
|Sue Ryder||Charity Shop||Yes||Yes||Reopened 19th September|
|The Hair Shop|| |
16, Market St,
|Phil @ The Clockhouse||Deli & Butchers||Yes||Yes||Reopened Late November|
|Whites @ The Clockhouse||Restaurant||Yes||Yes|
|Royal Oak||Pub||Yes||Yes||Reopened 12th November|
|Singapore Restaurant|| |
6-8 Market Street
|Yes||Yes||Reopened Feb 08|
|The Spotty Dog||Tea Room||Yes||Yes|
|St Michaels Hospice|| |
1-2 Market St,
|No||Started||No Floor open to cellar |
New Floor layed Feb 08
|Richard C Swift Ltd||Bakers||No||Started||No Floor open to cellar |
New Floor layed Feb 08
|Ruffles||Curtain Shop||Yes||Yes||Fully reopened Jan 08|
|Yuh Wah||17 Market Street |
15 Market Street
15 Market Street
|Femina Hair Styles|| |
9, Market St,
|The Embroidery Shop|| |
7, Market St,
|No||In Progress||Due to open March 08|
|Mr Bens||Gents Barbers||Yes||Yes||Opened as Gents Barbers Jan 08|
|Country Flowers|| |
5, Market Street,
|Yes||Yes||Reopened Feb 08|
The former Spar in Bromyard Road, now trading as Star is shortly to metamorphosise yet again, and this time into a Co-Op.
This store will be the Co-Ops Bromyard Road, Tenbury store not to be mistaken for their Tenbury Road, Bromyard store.
The Co-Op is the world’s largest consumer co-operative with a turnover of more than £9 billion, 4.5 million members and 87,500 employees.
It operates over 4,500 trading outlets throughout the UK, including food stores.
Is this a change for the better? Only time will tell.
Thursday, 1 November 2007
In common with many buildings in Tenbury Wells the historic Pump Rooms have been closed since the floods in July.
Now they have been dried out and restored they will reopened on Sunday November 4th, at 10.30am, by the Mayor of Tenbury Wells.
The November 4th Open Day runs until 1pm and is organised by the Tenbury Tourism Group and the Tenbury and Burford Civic Society.
Everyone is very welcome.
Tenbury Wells was flooded three times in Summer 2007
19th June at approx. 18.00 hrs
17th July at approx. 14.45 hrs
20th July at approx. 18.00 hrs