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Dear customers & friends of the village and Robin Hood pub.
Since Kerry, Katrina and Jon have moved to the Robin Hood, they have turned the Pub around 100% from what it used to be. The Pub has come back to life and this is the feedback we are getting from everybody.
However, there are certain persons in the village who are determined to close the Pub or at least the facilities by spreading malicious rumours i.e. outside rock bands every Saturday night (UNTRUE), outside bar for seating 30/40 people (UNTRUE). This seems to be a re-occurring event with all past landlords.
If we cannot resolve this then we will lose all our summer trade.
There are 8 pubs a week closing down because of loss of profits, DON'T LET THIS BE ANOTHER ONE.
In 1947, Thomas Vale and sons sold a piece of land to the council in Stourport for use as a free car park for residents of the town.
For many people who live in the narrow streets of Mitton, the car park is the only place where they can leave their cars. For worshippers at St Wulstans Catholic church next door, it is the only place to leave cars for services, funerals, christenings etc. For shoppers on Stourport’s beleaguered High Street, it is one of few places to park in the whole town.
Several times in the past, the borough and district councils of Stourport and Wyre Forest have tried to impose parking charges on the site but the local residents and the Vale family have always argued that it was handed over on the promise that it would always be free. The council has always backed down. The last time this battle was fought, the council agreed that it would only ever charge for the car park if a pedestrian crossing was built over Vale Road so that shoppers could more easily reach the town centre.
Now, Wyre Forest is dismissing those former gentlemen’s agreements and imposing charges. The Chief Executive has refuted claims by the Vale family about the use of the land and the Councillor in charge has posted an unsigned and incomplete contract from 1947 as “proof” that the council bought the land without any stipulations.
Meanwhile, the council has given permission for Tesco to build a giant supermarket with 300 parking spaces just far enough away from the town centre to ensure local business doesn’t benefit.
The charges they propose are, they say, in the interests of consistency and equity across Wyre Forest, yet they are twice as much as some other areas. Meanwhile, the residents of Mitton who have nowhere else to park are suddenly being landed with a stealth tax of £260 per year for a permit – double the price of Residents Parking Permits in Central London. Notably, this was not included in the public consultation documents for the parking review, so most residents were unaware that they had a right to complain.
We believe that Thomas Vale gave over the land because he wanted it to be for the benefit of residents and businesses, not for the profiteering of the council.
We believe that there is nothing fair or equitable about forcing residents to pay £260 per year when they have no choice about where they leave their cars at night.
We believe that imposing charges on shoppers for the High Street when Tesco shoppers park for free poses a threat to the economy of the town.
We further believe that the public consultation was not given proper prominence or clarity and that the public have not been given fair opportunity to express their views. The council will finally vote on this matter towards the end of September and we urge people to write to council officers, councillors and the press to complain, as well as placing their signatures on this petition.
Despite the District Council getting back some of our money from Icelandic Banks, the Tories still have not reinstated the use of concessionary bus passes before 9.30 am.
18,500 people in Wyre Forest are still suffering from this savage Tory/Liberal cut.
Please make sure that you sign our petition for restoration of the use of concessionary bus passes during peak hours.
Under the national round of post office closures, Wyre Forest will lose four local post offices. Of these, two are unviable and it is reluctantly accepted that they should close. However, two, in Comberton Hill, Kidderminster, and Areley Kings, are thriving offices and local campaigns are being mounted to save these post offices. However, under the Government’s proposals, if they are saved, two others will close.
That is why this petition calls for a reduction in Wyre Forest’s closure from four to just two closures. IN that way, these two post offices can be closed without fear of service cuts elsewhere.
It is vital that new services be introduced to Kidderminster Hospital.
I very much welcome the Urgent Care Centre, which should now be kept as a permanent facility. A Palliative Care Suite for the terminally ill is very much needed in Wyre Forest. At the moment our patients would go to Worcester or perhaps Evesham or Bromsgrove.
We need a local facility and Kidderminster Hospital is most likely to be able to provide such a service which would cost £500,000 a year. There is a real need in Wyre Forest to offer palliative care beds. Please sign the Petition for new services at Kidderminster Hospital.
Update October 2007
Nigel says: "We now have 5,500 paper signatures.
Update August 2007
Nigel says: "We now have over 4,500 paper signatures on the petition collected at Street Stalls throughout Wyre Forest."
Please continue to sign the online Petition.
Nigel Knowles is running a campaign and a petition to have a Radiotherapy Unit placed at Kidderminster Hospital.
Nigel says “This Radiotherapy Unit could cost £2.5 million with the obvious on-going costs of operation. Cancer patients in Wyre Forest have to travel over 20 miles to New Cross Hospital Wolverhampton for their radiotherapy treatment. That is a very difficult journey for them to make many times for their treatment.
Worcestershire Acute Hospital Trust is currently looking at the possibility of providing a Radiotherapy Unit in Worcestershire, within the Three Counties Cancer Network. Kidderminster Hospital would be a great place to have it! We have the wonderful Millbrook Suite currently providing chemotherapy treatments for cancer patients and the Radiotherapy Unit would be a great extra provision for patients.
I think with Worcester Royal and the Redditch Hospitals being so busy, Kidderminster Hospital would be the best place. There is a great tradition of community support for Kidderminster Hospital and I’m certain the Radiotherapy Unit would be greatly welcomed by the people of Wyre Forest who have endured a difficult period of time in the transition between the transfer of A&E Services and the opening of our brilliant £26 million Treatment Centre in 2004”.