New Parish Paths Warden

In conjunction with Worcestershire County Council, Glyn Walters who resides in Elder Close, Spennells has been appointed as Parish Paths Warden for the area.

He will be walking the local footpaths, and reporting to the County Council on any problems incurred. He will also be working closely with local landowners. He will shortly be undertaking training, and is keen to be of assistance.

A448 Stone Bend

Many accidents have occurred over the past three years on this stretch of road at the bottom of Stone Hill on the sharp bend, and speed has been the major cause. Your Parish Council has now had several meetings with representatives from Worcestershire County Council and Julian Turner from West Mercia Police.

The following is a list of the proposed traffic management measures intended to address the collision problems:-

• All staggered warming signs will be replaced by new yellow backed signs.

• A new “Dunclent Lane” flag sign will be erected opposite the land on the A448.

• New bend warning signs with “reduce speed now” plates will replace the existing bend warning signs with “max speed” plates.

• Extra verge marker posts will be used at the bend to help delineate it.

• The centre road markings around the bend will be increased in width from 100mm to 150mm Your Parish Council will continue to push the authorities to achieve our aims.

Lengthsman News

Our Lengthsman Bill Waldron, who also works for Chaddesley Corbett Parish Council has been busy clearing autumn debris from the highways and drains.

At the direction of the Parish Council, £2,100 is spent annually on the Parish highways for the benefit of parishioners. The funding is met largely by the County Council, but the work in the main is directed by the Parish Council and put to the best local use.

If parishioners wish to draw the Council’s attention to any highway matter within the parish, please attend on the public forums at the start of every parish meeting, or bring it to the attention of a Parish Councillor.

Crime Report

With the good support received from West Mercia Constabulary, crime remains at a low level in the parish. A Neighbourhood Watch scheme has been set up in Stanklyn Lane. Any other areas who wish to participate should contact the Clerk.

Sue Bamford, Clerk to Stone Parish Council