Saturday, 29 May 2010

BNP at the Regal

TIERNAN DOUIEB wrote "Now, what I wanted to write about was a very very odd and unexpected incident at the gig in Tenbury Wells that we did last night. I've regularly compered this gig a few times now and it's always been a really fun lovely gig."

Read more on Tiernan's blog.

Thursday, 20 May 2010

Tesco shows plans for new store in Tenbury Wells

Local people turned out in force for a public exhibition of plans submitted by Tesco to build a new supermarket on the former Cattle Market site in Tenbury Wells.

The two-day exhibition in the Pump Rooms gave people a chance to see detailed proposals and meet members of the Tesco project team. Visitors were able to view the plans and many left feedback, which will be incorporated into the scheme where possible.


Tesco has submitted plans to Malvern Hills District Council to build a new store on the site, which would transform the disused former Cattle Market site and create new jobs for local people. The scheme would include parking for 102 cars and improved linkages to the River Teme.

Tony Fletcher, corporate affairs manager for Tesco, said: “We were delighted with the number of people that came to see the plans and talk with our project team. The feedback we received from residents in Tenbury Wells and the surrounding area has been invaluable.

“This exhibition gave local people the chance to see images and full details of the scheme for the first time and see how Tesco can work with local traders to improve the overall viability of the town centre.

“We are working closely with the council in order to provide all the necessary information and are hopeful that the application will be registered soon.”


(Tesco Press Release)

Monday, 17 May 2010

Town Council overspend by £17,000

At tonight's Annual Town Meeting I asked

"The Town Council accounts for the year 2008-2009 appear to show an overspend of nearly £17,000. As far as I recall this overspend was never mentioned at any Council meeting. Can you tell me what caused the overspend.

answering on behalf of the Council the Town Clerk said that

"As the Audit for 2008/9 has now been closed, the opportunity to ask questions in relation to that year has now passed"

I pointed out that this was the first public meeting at which questions could be asked since the accounts were published but was told that

"notices are posted informing the Public when questions relating to the accounts can be asked"

It was indicated that the £17,000 was probably due to a technical overspend were figures from one year are included in another due to collection or payment dates.

Whilst I agree that this may account for some of the money, it doesn't account for the full amount.

I'm not suggesting any financial impropriety, but I think it may relate to the relocation expenses, following the Council's move from Temeside House to the Pump Rooms.

We may never know, but keep you eyes posted for the 'audit period notices' because I predict another overspend will shortly appear (unless the figures are rolled forward into the 2010-11 budget.)

Tenbury Tesco - Artist Impression

The proposed new store will be environmentally friendly incorporating a sustainable timber frame and glass structure, providing a modern, contemporary feel. It will include 94 car parking spaces and a host of energy saving features that will help to reduce the store’s carbon footprint and ensure maximum energy efficiency.

Tuesday, 11 May 2010

Tenbury on the Small Screen

Tenbury Wells was seen on BBC TV this week as local couple Roland and Miranda Ballard who created the Muddy Boots Food brand expand their horizons and pitch their products to a major supermarket. (Waitrose)

Catch the program "High Street Dreams" on iplayer whilst you can.

Meet Roland & Miranda this coming weekend at the Teme Valley Food Fair on the Pump Room Car Park.

http://www.muddybootsfoods.co.uk

Keen eyes will also spot Tenbury's own Reverend Claire, and Edward Gallimore (Miranda's father).

Tesco Exhibition - Update

Tony Fletcher, corporate affairs manager at Tesco, said:

“The plans we will be showcasing in the town next week (May 18th and May 19th) are from the original application submitted on April 30th, which has yet to be registered by Malvern Hills District Council.

“It is quite usual for a council to require further reports and information before registering and validating a planning application and we are working with the planning officers to ensure that they have all the necessary information to do so as soon as possible.”

Everything Everywhere

The mobile phone giant formed by the merger of Orange and T-Mobile's UK is to be called Everything Everywhere.

Although the Orange and T-Mobile brands will remain on the high street, the firm said its new name reflected the ambition of the new business.

I would be interested to hear how mobile phone and mobile internet users in Tenbury find the service from each of the mobile companies.

Please post your comments on the signal strengths you obtain in and around Tenbury and if you have any problems with mobile web services whether on your phone or laptop via a mobile modem.

Election Results



2005 Results

2010 Results





(Weighted for
boundary changes)




Conservative

22707 (45.5%)
27213 (50.3%)+4506
Liberal Democrat

19913 (38.3%)20459 (37.8%)+546
Labour

5087 (10.2%)3661 (6.8%)-1426
Other

2955 (5.9%)2760 (5.1%)-195
Majority

35946754+3160
Turnout



73.8%

The BOOT is back.

Plans are under way to reinstate the traditional Tenbury Bank Holiday Boot fare.

A new Commercial operator has come forward with a proposal that has been accepted by Tenbury Town Council for a Boot Fare on Monday May 31st and Monday August 30th.

The venue will be the Burgage as usual.

TESCO TO EXHIBIT PLANS FOR TENBURY WELLS

Tenbury local people are to be given a chance to view and discuss the details for the proposed new Tesco store in the town with a public exhibition at The Pump Rooms on May 18th and 19th.

Tesco has submitted plans to build a new 15,000 sq ft store on the Cattle Market site, which will create up to 180 jobs for local people.

Shoppers and residents will be able to see detailed plans and leave comments at the two-day exhibition, as well as speaking to Tesco representatives who will be on hand to answer questions about the plans.

Tony Fletcher, corporate affairs manager at Tesco, said: “This is an opportunity for members of the public, and the local community, to speak to members of our planning team and give their feedback. The comments we receive from local people at this exhibition will then be incorporated into the scheme where possible.”

The proposed new store will be environmentally friendly incorporating a sustainable timber frame and glass structure, providing a modern, contemporary feel. It will include 94 car parking spaces and a host of energy saving features that will help to reduce the store’s carbon footprint and ensure maximum energy efficiency.

The public exhibition will be at The Pump Rooms from 10am – 6.30pm on Tuesday May 18th and from 9am – 4pm on Wednesday May 19th.

Wednesday, 5 May 2010

Press Release from Tesco

Tony Fletcher, corporate affairs manager for Tesco, said: “Whilst we are aware that a meeting has been organised at short notice in Tenbury Wells this week, we are concentrating on preparing materials which will provide the necessary public information about the scheme.

“We think it is very important that everyone sees the full details of our proposals before deciding one way or the other. We are in the process of planning our public exhibition in the town and full details of this exhibition will be announced as soon as we have finalised the arrangements. This will be the opportunity for members of the public, and the local community, to speak to members of our planning team and give their feedback. The comments we receive from local people at this exhibition will then be incorporated into the scheme where possible.”

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Tuesday, 4 May 2010

Saturday, 1 May 2010

Tenbury County Cllr confronts Nick Clegg

Ken Pollock
Nick Clegg and the Liberal Democrat battle bus passed through Malvern today.

Mr Clegg was confronted by Ken Pollock, chairman of West Worcestershire Conservatives, who said he was "manhandled" out of the way by a policeman.

More information at Worcester News and Sky

also a very interesting article on Politics.co.uk