Saturday, 31 January 2009
Any one wishing to place an advert or contribute community information on the screen should in the first instance contact the Town Clerk.
Thursday, 29 January 2009
The winning design emerged as clear favourite during the public consultation exercise held earlier this year.
Following meetings with the Planners, the Malvern Conservation Officer and other Council Officials it was agreed that the popular design was suitable and could be built, and was supported by the two Tenbury District Councillors.
Originally it was thought that the plans were to be approved unopposed but now that the final Planning Application have been submitted, it looks like a number of people are going to raise technical and esthetic objections.
Sunday, 25 January 2009
I believe that the Town Council is a very poor communicator. Unless you attend their meetings, it is very difficult to follow what they are doing and why. They do publish their minutes, but over a month after the event, and by necessity this is a very brief and bland summary.
The contents of this blog are an eclectic collection of my own random thoughts, and subjects brought to my attention by other residents who feel this blog is a good conduit for communication. I am not elected or nominated as a spokesman by any organisation. I do not pretend to talk on behalf of the community. There are people who share some of my views, and others that do not. I do not write all the articles, but usually act as Editor. If you do not like what you read here, find another blog to read, or better still write your own.
I used to write to the Town Council if I had any concerns, but rarely got any kind of reply, and I found that talking to individual Councillors, had little effect, so I started to write my blog, as a pressure valve.
My audience is very small. Tracking software shows that most of the people who read this blog are a small number of repeat visitors, and some others that may stumble upon a link, click and leave the site within seconds. I do not publish my name on the blog, as this blog is not about self-publicity, but locally most people know I am. Certainly the Town, District and County Councillors do, as does the local prospective parliamentary candidates for each party.
Thankfully we still have freedom of speech in this country and most people are either tolerant of what I write, or complimentary. To the few that I upset, I apologise. Feel free to comment and unless the comment is too abusive, or likely to be illegal I will continue to publish them. Most people take advantage of the 'anonymous' option, but I especially welcome 'named' comment.
Saturday, 24 January 2009
I have nothing against Bowling and I will be the first to admit that I do not know all the details, but the basic information and sums just do not seem to add-up, and the amounts being spent seem to be a 'hot topic' around Town.
A Bowling Green specialist surveyor was summoned (at great expense) from Yorkshire, to tell the TC that the problem with the green was root invasion from nearby Poplar Trees, the wrong sort of grass and too much rolling.
The purpose of a Town Council is to raise a precept and provide services and facilities for the public. Perhaps we cannot expect these services and facilities to be run on a commercial basis to make a profit or to break even, but at what point does the cost of a facility used by a small minority become unacceptable?
Each year, thousands of pounds are lavished on the facility, whilst the income it generates is marginal.
Now we hear that many hundreds of pounds are to be spent felling the poplar trees, and that new edging is required, again costing over a thousand pounds.
Felling the trees, is likely to make matters worse in the short term, as the roots which run close to the surface shrink and cause yet more disruption to the playing surface. Next we will hear that the surface is to be dug up and relaid with new soil and turf!
Whilst all this is happening on the Bowling Green, the Regal continues it's downwards slide. If you are unlucky enough to be sitting in the wrong place at the wrong time during a performance you are likely to get wet due to a hole in the roof. Lottery funding is being sought, (but not guaranteed) and the Town Council will need to make a certain contribution by way of match funding, which can be work already undertaken.
Almost half the screen is being used to show a few photo's of Tenbury (which have been deleted here for copyright reasons). Whilst these photo's are of some interest, after a few weeks they become less so.
Ninety-eight-year-old Pauline Jones died in a bungalow fire in Tenbury Wells this morning.
Tenbury Fire and Rescue crews, were amongst the 6 appliances called to attend the blaze.
531 P1, 532 RP, 521 P1, 522 RP (MP4), 466 ALP, (541 P1 Relief)Firefighters from Tenbury Fire & Rescue Service entered the building wearing breathing apparatus and used a hose reel and thermal imaging camera to search the smoke-filled house.
Firefighters recovered Mrs Jones from the house but paramedics were unable to revive her.
Full report in
Worcester News 2
Tenbury Fire & Rescue
Friday, 23 January 2009
Collect from local stores (eg; Tenbury News) or view online at www.temevalleytimes.co.uk
Many stories of interest, some of which have been covered here, but with more detail.
Read and enjoy!
Wednesday, 21 January 2009
At the Town Council meeting in October 2008 Mr J Wallace – WCC Highways Liaison Engineer, promised to get the problem fixed but now it not only persists but has got worse.
The problem has developed into a pot hole, so close to the kerb it is just waiting for an unsuspecting cyclist to come along.
Prospective Liberal County Councillor candidate Cliff Slade (seen here today) has written to Worcestershire County Council urging action to get the problems sorted before an accident occurs.
Original Blog Entry
Monday, 19 January 2009
The costumes for this film were designed by Tenbury based costume designed Charlotte Walter.
One critic wrote: "The movie captures a real sensation of being back in England in the 1920s. It's a light comedy and easy to watch."
At the Finance and Staffing Group meeting tonight, final figures were entered into the various Town Council budgets that make up the precept, and subject to full Council approval, no overall increase will be requested.
Exactly how this has been achieved is unclear, as substantial additional costs have been budgeted for, such as £640 for a licence to continue to hold weddings at the Pump Rooms, and £1200 for edging of the Bowling Green. It was also unclear whether a further £900 would be required to licence the website for a further year.
CCTV is to be discussed by full Council, but no budget has been set as the Mayor is proposing to vote against the purchase.
Sunday, 18 January 2009
The rate of rainfall was too heavy for the roof which is in need of renovation and water was seem running down one of the interior walls of the cinema.
The 1930s Art Deco Cinema is owned by Tenbury Town Council who have applied for Lottery Grant funding to carryout a major program of renovations, which will include a new roof.
Saturday, 17 January 2009
Fierce bidding saw the top price of £60 paid for the Mama Mia poster, which was then donated back to the supporters group for resale.
Other popular posters included Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix which sold for £11.50, and Quantum of Solace which sold for £5.
See www.regaltenbury.co.uk for full details, or the display in the Library window.
At the moment, Tenbury Wells is the second most expensive (in Council Tax terms) place to live in the Malvern Hills District Council area.
Last year Tenbury's increase was in the region of 7% (against a very low rate of inflation). This year the increase is likely to be in the 4% to 7% range.
The Pump Rooms are now owned and maintained by the Town Council and additional funds will need to be raised for the regular and ongoing costs of maintaining this facility.
(Also see letters page of this weeks Tenbury Advertiser - Seems that I am not alone in my concerns)
In common with their other facilities such as the Community Centre, The Regal, the Tennis and Bowling Facilities, these assets are increasingly expensive to run, whilst usage and therefore income appears to be diminishing.
Excerpt from a previous blog on Council expenditure below.
The purpose of a Town Council is to raise a precept and provide services and facilities for the public. Perhaps we cannot expect these services and facilities to be run on a commercial basis to make a profit or to break even, but at what point does the cost of a facility used by a small minority become unacceptable. For instance when does the public subsidy of a game of Tennis become too much? 50p? £5? £50?
Due to the way public records are kept and published it is almost impossible to say how much the Town Council subsidise each game of Tennis or each Game of Bowls, but we can see that the income from all the Sports and Recreation facilities (plus the Cemetery) is in the region of £6,000, where as the expenditure is nearing £22,000. The income from the Bowling appears to be in the region of £1,000, but the cost of the Green Maintenance alone is in excess of £3,000.
In the last year that figures were available, 50% of the money raised through the precept was spent on wages.
The Town Council are our elected representatives, but we should all take an interest in what they do. After all we pay for it.
Read the original blog entry : Ask not what your Council does for you.
Monday, 12 January 2009
In addition, funding for a Heritage Access Officer was also applied for.
It is hoped that a decision will be reached before the summer, and that urgent roofing work can be carried out this year.
Money will also be made available to research and record the history of the building.
It is hoped that the Heritage Access Officer can also increase the number of visitors coming to the building for both Cultural Events and to learn about the building and history of the site.
If the grant is successful then the Town Council will be required to raise an estimated match fund of £25,000, although some of this can be off-set against work already carried out.
Present in audience:
Richard Burt - LibDem Parliamentary Candidate
Cliff Slade - LibDem County Council Candidate
Bob Martin - Ex-Mayor
About 100 people attended this well run and good natured meeting. Noticeable absences were the retail community which found it impossible to attend due to the late notice and timing of the meeting.
It was raised that some of the flooding was caused by flash flooding, it appeared to be agreed that this was at least partly due to WCC's failure to fix the Bog Lane problem.
Friday, 9 January 2009
The Public flood defence meeting being held tomorrow morning is difficult if not impossible for most retailers to attend. Saturday morning is the busiest time of the week for the retailers and in most businesses there simply aren't enough staff to allow the owner/manager to take time out to attend the meeting.
One retailer said, "I only heard about the meeting yesterday and I simply cannot rearrange cover in time for me to attend. Why the meeting couldn't have been held later in the afternoon when the shops are quiet or at closing time I don't know."
I was particularly taken with the letter from Ron Swann, who very clearly put over the reason why we should be proud of Tenbury.
I too heard Claire Blakeway on Radio 4, and she spoke very well about life in Tenbury. Although we do have a few "rotten apples" (especially when in drink) we should continue to fight to keep Tenbury special.
Only a blow in
Monday, 5 January 2009
Funds have been secured, and now the work has been put out to tender.
This project which attracted no public support, and is likely to be seen by only a few people each year as it is hidden away. It is also in danger of costing the residents substantial costs in maintenance in future years, although initially the maintenance work will be carried out the Tenbury in bloom volunteers.
Questions were also raised about the missing drop kerb for the zebra crossing, the installation of a road sign with the support in the middle of the pathway, the quality and finish of the paving and various other questions.
One rumour that was squashed was that the missing coping stone hadn't been removed by New Year revellers, but had been sent away to be machine cut to fit the remaining gap.
Whilst the National Concessionary Travel Scheme has been an overwhelming success with journeys travelled in the Malvern Hills area up from 182,000 in 2006-07 to 440,000 in 2007-8, the cost of paying for this increase is crippling Council Finances.
Payment for the scheme has to be met either by increased Council Tax Charges or budget reductions in other areas.
The money is available, but they cannot say, where or when.
Under the contract agreed by Severn Waste Management signed in 1998, they are obliged to build and manage a new waste site for Tenbury Wells to replace the old fashioned and unsuitable site currently located on the Town Car Park.
Two sites in Burford, a site in Tenbury Town and the Tenbury Business Park have all previously been explored and rejected as unsuitable.
At tonight's Tenbury Town Council meeting, Paul Beard. the Waste Management Contract Manager of Worcester County Council was asked to think again about all the possible sites as the need to move and upgrade the waste and recycling facilities locally becomes ever more urgent.
The new site would include facilities for recycling metal, electric goods, plastics and batteries.
Saturday, 3 January 2009
Despite freezing weather, an estimated 125 people came to watch the film and to support the volunteer run cinema.
Despite the weather the temperature in the Cinema was described as OK.
The film will also be shown on Monday and Tuesday next week.