News Update - February 2020

Dear All,

This is a brief update to keep you informed about how work on the Neighbourhood Development Plan is progressing and also to inform you about some local parish issues resulting from the questionnaire we asked you to complete in 2018.

South Worcestershire Development Plan Review

As you may be aware our Neighbourhood Plan has to compliment the South Worcestershire Development Plan which governs planning issues and we cannot contradict policies therein. In the Autumn Wychavon published their draft preferred options which suggested an Ombersley allocation of 28 new homes on the land behind Sandys Road.

We had been working with the landowners of our top 3 choices of sites regarding feasibility and deliverability of the sites for housing particularly with regard to site access and traffic management. It will come as no surprise to you to know there are some challenges in this regard! The Parish Council gave their feedback to the preferred options draft on your behalf, and mentioned these challenges amongst other comments on the proposals generally.

Wychavon will be replying at the end of March. Until then we will be waiting to proceed with site identification in the Neighbourhood Development Plan. In the meantime our policies regarding what design, type and size of housing as well as landscaping are being drafted using the information you have given us in regarding your preferences. We are very grateful for your engagement and invaluable feedback so far.

Local Parish Issues

In October 2018 all homes in the Parish were hand delivered a questionnaire to which an amazing 63% of you responded. The results are not only a major influencing factor on TOAD in formulating our Neighbourhood Development Plan, but are also helping the Parish Council know what is important to you locally. We would like to share with you some thoughts on what is being proposed to enhance life within the Parish.

All About Ombersley

Concern was expressed in the survey that due to the size and rural nature of the parish some residents felt lonely and isolated and found it difficult to find out about activities within the parish. As a result the Parish Council were successful in securing a community lottery grant, and together with dedicated volunteers have set up a new one-stop website, with associated Facebook and Instagram pages.

Named ‘All About Ombersley’ this has recently been launched specifically to provide information concerning activities throughout the whole parish of Ombersley and Doverdale, information for visitors, as well as opportunities for interaction and discussion. As an example, this February residents visiting ‘allaboutombersley’ are being asked for their thoughts on naming the new cul-de-sac alongside Bristol House on Main Road. Please do take a look, and give us your feedback and ideas.

Memorial Park

A large number of residents felt the village of Ombersley, although surrounded by beautiful open countryside and walks, lacked any community outdoor space where residents could meet, sit, walk and exercise. It was felt more could be done to enhance the field adjacent to the Memorial Hall, an area generously donated to the hall by the late Lord Sandys. A grant obtained by the Parish Council from Wychavon has been added to some money held by the Memorial Hall committee, and with the permission of the hall trustees, a project is underway to rejuvenate the field to create a Memorial Park. You will have noticed that at the end of January the hedges surrounding the field were reshaped, which should also improve the pavement access along Main Road.

Telephone Box

The Parish Council and some willing volunteers are in the process of refurbishing the listed telephone box in the Village of Ombersley. All the glass has been removed for cleaning, the casing is being rubbed down and will be repainted before it is all put back together with an old black press button A and B telephone, appropriate posters and signage. The box will be kept locked, but opened during appropriate events such as the village fete and remembrance Sunday. To tidy up the area the redundant concrete bus stop post will be removed and a new seat and litter bin installed.

Ombersley Roundabout

The Parish council have had a number of complaints about the state of the roundabout in the middle of Ombersley and we have been working extremely hard to try and get matters improved. Following on from meetings between volunteers, the Ombersley Conservation Trust and County Highways plans have been drawn up, with volunteer assistance, to refurbish the island and replace the light, which is apparently now sub-standard anyway, with one more befitting the character of the heart of the conservation village. Funds of between £23,000 and £30,000 are needed dependent on the chosen surface. Highways have made it clear that there are no funds available from Worcestershire County Council at present to pay for the work, and due to the nature of the work to be carried out it does not meet the requirements of other grant agencies. At the request of the Ombersley Conservation Trust an application for funding has been made to them by the Parish Council and we are awaiting instruction.

The Weighbridge Corner

Another area of great concern is the weighbridge and its garden adjacent to Ombersley roundabout. The Parish Council are looking for the help of a building surveyor who is able to give us an assessment of the state of the hut in order that we can understand the extent of the task at hand before seeking grant aid. If anyone within the parish is able to help us with this it would be much appreciated. We would also welcome your ideas as to what you would like to see the Weighbridge hut used for. Suggestions so far have been to install a ‘ time capsule’ under the trap door, to use it as an information kiosk with a display about local heritage and a rotating community exhibition space. Please let us have your ideas.

Other improvements

Sue CollierLooking ahead, apart from general maintenance, as funds become available the Parish Council would like to install finger posts, new signage, notice boards and seating to enhance the area.

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With kind regards

Sue Collier
Ombersley & Doverdale Parish Council

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Everyone welcome!

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Please get in touch with Councillor Susan Collier, or Councillor Judy Goodman.

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