As part of our ongoing commitment to road safety, and in partnership with the local community, the Road Safety Unit has now completed Phase 1 of a scheme aimed at reducing casualties a crossroads located in the heart of the ruralvillageofEarlswood.
In the last 5 years a total of 12 accidents have arisen mainly attributed to vehicles failing to observe or appreciate the junction from the direction ofValley Road. Of these 3 resulted in serious injury, and statistically without intervention that overall figure would have continued at the same rate or indeed likely to have risen in future years.     
Phase 1 focused on preventing the ‘see through’ affect drivers have when approaching fromValley Road, which in the view of the Road Safety Unit significantly  contributed towards drivers failing to observe the junction.
A build-out on Umberslade Road has now been installed which in turn has afforded greater protection for road users using the parking bays beyond the build-out,  a causation factor in another collision at the crossroads.
Future phases will investigate the conspicuousness and road user awareness of the junction fromValley Road, which is to be achieved by a combination of improving junction alignment and provision of interactive advanced warning signs.
For further information or any comments relating to the proposals please contact Simon Prescott, Senior Engineer, Warwickshire County Council (01926 412889).

FOUR males have been arrested after this sports car was allegedly stolen in a burglary before being rammed into a parked car and wall in a Midland high street.
A 22-year-old, two 17-year-olds and a 16-year-old were arrested on suspicion of burglary, aggravated car taking and other motoring offences on leaving hospital.
They have been bailed to return to Leamington Police Station in January, pending further police enquiries. The Porsche 911 Turbo Cabriolet, worth about £100,000, was found in a crumpled heap in Main Street, Dickens Heath, near Solihull, at 5.20am on Friday.
Warwickshire Police said the high-powered motor had been stolen from the driveway of a house in Forshaw Heath Road, Earlswood, Warwickshire, about 30 minutes before it was found.
The force said the keys were stolen during a burglary at the house.
Police would like to hear from anyone who saw four males walking in Earlswood in the early hours on Friday or anyone who saw anything suspicious taking place in the area of Forshaw Heath Road.
**Anyone with any information about the incident is asked to contact PC Robin Proud, in the Leamington Local Investigation team, on 0192 641 5000 extension 4296, or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

Changes Over the Festive Period

Please note that your bin collection dates will differ over Christmas and New Year. There will be no collections of rubbish, recyclables or green waste on Monday 26 December 2011.
Revised arrangements are shown below.
Normal Collection Day
Revised Collection Day
Monday 26th December 2011Tuesday 27th December 2011
Tuesday 27th December 2011Wednesday 28th December 2011
Wednesday 28th December 2011Thursday 29th December 2011
Thursday 29th December 2011Friday 30th December 2011
Friday 30th December 2011Saturday 31st December 2011
Police Message
Car Key Burglary
Forshaw Heath

Inc 23 16/12/2011
At 0500hrs this morning a Porsche was taken from a property on Forshaw Heath Rd Earlswood. 4 offenders were involved in removing the keys from the property before making off towards Dickens Heath.
They were seen by a neighbour who alerted Police and the vehicle was seen making off. The vehicle was spotted by officers making the area in response to the call, the vehicle continued to make off before then being involved in a RTC, and the offenders were subsequently arrested. In the vehicle were numerous electronic items which did not belong to the vehicle owner.
At 0400 4 males were disturbed in the rear garden of a property on Broad Lane. Offenders had triggered a perimeter alarm alerting the residents of somebody on their property, offenders made off when the resident shouted from a window, nothing was taken and no attempt was made to enter the house or surrounding outbuildings, it is thought these may be the same 4 individuals.
If anybody has any information in relation to the above, or has details of vehicles in the area around this time that may have dropped these 4 off, please call 101 or 01926 415000 quoting the Inc number.
Information can also be passed anonymously by calling crime stoppers 0800 555111
Burglary risk assessments and crime prevention advice as always is available by contacting myself on the details below, should any friends or family in the area wish to receive these messages direct, please pass on my details and I will add them to the mailing list.
Have a happy,peaceful and safe Christmas and New Year,

     David Martin                    PCSO6176 Alcester North Safer Neighbourhood Team Warwickshire Police      01789 444816             Work Mobile 0792 3288641
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Please Note Parish Council Report Not Minutes

The Parish Council met on Thursday 17th November 2011 at 19.30 hours in Tanworth Village Hall.
12 members of the public, together with District Councillor Atkinson, District Councillor Oakley and County Council Perry were present at the meeting.
Members of the public expressed their concern at the Parish Council’s decision to support keeping the lay-by open on the A435 by Alderhanger Lane.  One gentleman reported that whilst the lay-by was closed, residents were no longer subject to cars cruising up and down,  residents could resume dog walking without fear of seeing a sexual act taking place and fly-tipping had become non-existent.  Since the lay-by has re-opened fly tipping has resumed, the woods and verges are now used as a toilet, the ditches are damaged and the sexual activities have resumed. The site is now advertised on the internet as a D****** site.  It was felt that by supporting to keep the lay-by open the Parish Council were giving support to all of the aforementioned issues. The Alderhanger Lane Action Group brought about a temporary solution with the closure of the lay-by but there are many possible solutions which are documented, not all about the closure of the lay-by.  The Action Group feel that the site needs to be managed and the problems dealt with but  because the site borders different authorities, no-one wants to take control of the area.
Another member of the public forum said that not all the people in Alderhanger Lane have got a problem.  She reported that there have been ‘gentlemen’ there for many years.  People still walk their dogs and ride horses in the area and she has never seen anything upsetting in the area in over 30 years.  She felt that people in Alderhanger Lane are not affected and the lay-by should not be closed.  She stated that when the lay-by was closed and the area was flooded she has to walk home in the dark across the fields with a torch.
PCSO Martin stated that the area came under West Mercia Police, but he had numerous conversations with them and he confirmed that he believes there has been an increase in activity, but it has not reached the level that it was at previously.
County Councillor Perry stated that the previous closure of the lay-by had always been a temporary closure and that a resident had forced the re-opening of it when he submitted a planning application.  He said that in the past many options had been investigated such as keeping the vegetation cut right back, installation of lighting, patrols, blocking the area from cars, etc.   The police are aware of the problem and patrols have been stepped up.  Cllr Perry suggested that perhaps CCTV cameras to record car registration numbers and keeping the vegetation low could be a solution.
Councillor Stanton reiterated that the closure of the lay-by was only ever temporary. Councillor Keogh felt that the issue of fly tipping is not exclusive to this area and this problem exists in other areas.  Councillor Oakley said that we shouldn’t lose sight of the fact that there are flooding problems in the area which need to be addressed. He also pointed out that the lay-by belongs to Worcestershire County Council and the Parish Council never asked for it to be re-opened.  He also stated that the burger van is licensed and not illegal.  He feels that all of the issues need to be addressed.   The matter will be discussed further at December’s committee meeting.
Mr Dearing came along to the meeting to ask for support from the parish council for his planning application for a glasshouse at Hill Farm Cottage.  He stated that if his cottage wasn’t listed he could have the glasshouse under Permitted Development Rights.
Mr Greening spoke about the Gypsy site in Poolhead Lane.  He said that the parish council supported the Poolhead Residents’ previously and asked for support again when the expected planning application for change of use of the land to a residential gypsy site is submitted when the temporary permission expires early next year.
County Councillor Perry gave his report:  He confirmed that the owners of Field House in Tithe Barn Lane have agreed to take down their front wall and move it back as it encroached on to the verge.  This is likely to happen after Christmas.
There has been a site meeting about Bridleway SD268 in Aspley Heath.  The cost to solve the flooding problem will be in the region of £6,000 to £6,500.  This is an ongoing problem.  £680 would pay for a specialist clean, but the landowner needs to agree.
Earlswood Common will close for bridge joint repairs from 12th – 17th December between 22.00 hrs and 06.00hrs. 
The work on the other side of Shutt Lane is starting soon.
Councillor Perry will see what money is available to carry out improvements to Umberslade Road and Cut Throat Lane.  These improvements will cost in the region of £12,000 - £15,000.
The cost to divert the gas supply which runs alongside The Reservoir in Valley Road would cost £50,000.   Councillor Perry has stressed the need to put extra funding in to improve this junction and he is still trying.
A Community Grant of £1,500 has been awarded to The Museum to go towards their extension.
Vehicle Activated Signs (VAS) are to put on Shutt Lane and The Common.
There were 89 chimney fires in the Stratford area last year.  People with open fires are encouraged to call Smart Cleaning Log on 01789 751 527 to ensure that their chimney is fire safe.
279 people died from the cold last year.  Act On Energy provide free and impartial advice on conserving energy and they can be contacted on 0800 988 2881 between 9am – 5pm, Monday to Friday.
The County Council have good stocks of grit.  Some parishes have Snow Wardens and they have access to extra grit. 
Councillor Atkinson gave his report:
He stated that Alderhanger Lane is a problem.  He is disappointed about the withdrawal of support from the Parish Council because the position of the Action Group is weakened.
In the parish report, the parish council had previously raised the point that an application for a garden room in Blind Lane which would take the property over 30% had to be withdrawn because they applicants were advised by SDC that permission wouldn’t be granted.  But another property in Vicarage Hill had been granted permission for a conservatory that would take them well over the 30%.  Councillor Atkinson pointed out that the property in Vicarage Hill was able to take advantage of the Permitted Development Rights that were available to them.
District Councillor Oakley gave his report:
The next Community Forum which is on December 15th at Wootton Wawen Village Hall will focus on health issues.
Councillor Oakley reported on a policing and policy issue.  The Chief Constable has withdrawn premises so that the PCSO has to cycle from Alcester if he does not have access to a vehicle.  A group in Henley are looking at ways to provide a base at no cost to the Chief Constable.  They are discussing taking over the empty police station in Henley and use it as a community facility.  They already have £5,000 towards the £10,000 needed.  Councillor Oakley suggested that 2 or 3 parishes join with the group to see if it is viable to provide the police/PCSOs with a base to operate out of.  Alternatively, a group of parishes could look in to providing a vehicle as a base.  Councillor Oakley asked if the parish council would be interested in having a representative on this group to try and find some way to keep a police base. Councillor Instone volunteered to sit on the committee.  County Councillor Perry said that the police station is on a 99 year lease and it will cost £100,000-£125,000 to take over this lease.  Councillor Perry felt that the £5,000 is for use towards setting up the community library.  There is still no venue for the library. The idea of the police not having a base is so that police don’t have to go back to the police station to make reports.  It makes the system more flexible and gives the police a higher profile as they are more mobile.  Councillor Perry feels that more time is needed to give this new system a chance to see if it works.

The Clerk and Councillor Stanton had met with Ron Hill of Warwickshire Wildlife to discuss the wildlife area adjacent to Malthouse Lane Leisure Park.  Ron had looked at the area to the rear of 25 Malthouse Lane with a view to creating a wild flower meadow.  This area had been cleared by a previous resident.  He identified what was growing there currently and gave some suggestions of suitable species to try planting.  It was also suggested that fruit trees could be planted along the edge of the park next to the lakes.  This will be discussed at a future meeting.
The following Planning Applications were considered:        
Obelisk Farm, Umberslade, The Pigeon Barn, Poolhead Lane, Claremont House, Broad Lane and Hill Farm Cottage, Vicarage Hill.
Councillor Stanton reported that 4 or 5 branches had been cut off the tree on The Green by person or persons unknown.  No work should be carried out on a tree in the conservation area without planning permission.  The Clerk handed out two reports on the state of the tree.  Both reports were of the opinion that the tree needs to come down as it is diseased.  The Parish Council will put this item on the next agenda and discuss the way forward.  Councillor Willmott put forward a draft budget, proposing that the precept remain unchanged but money is factored into the budget money for a jubilee project, especially in light of the fact that the tree on the village green will need to be replaced.
Councillor Willmott proposed that the lease for the proposed new office is signed as soon as possible and that the Parish Council lends the Village Hall Trustees enough money to allow them to have the extension to the museum.  It is hoped that they will have raised funds to pay this loan off within the year.  Councillor Willmott will arrange to meet with the village hall trustees to discuss this proposal.
Areas of concern around the parish were reported as: Kerb damaged on the village green opposite The Bell.

The full minutes are available on our website or from the Parish Office in Earlswood Craft Centre, Wood Lane.  The next meeting will be on January 19th at Tanworth Village Hall and February 16th at Earlswood Village Hall at 7.30pm.  Anyone is welcome to come and listen or if you have an issue that you would like to raise, there is a Public Forum at 7.30pm.   If you would like us to start e-mailing a Parish Newsletter, please just e-mail the parish office at and we will add you to our circulation list.   If anyone has an issue which they would like us to pass on to PCSO Dave Martin, please give us the details and we will pass them on.  If the matter is of a confidential nature, then you are welcome to leave a sealed envelope in the parish office addressed to PCSO Dave Martin and we will hand it over unopened.   Don’t forget that PCSO Martin will be giving crime prevention advice or addressing local concerns at his mobile police surgeries which are on the first Friday of each month for a trial period. For further details on the mobile surgeries contact PCSO Martin on 07923 288641.  

Well I was just cogitating on saving energy. I mean power electric power. 

How many of us wind up an alarm clock. 
How many of us over sleep because of a power cut. 
How many of us actually need the power of an electric alarm clock
How many of us need to tell the time whilst we are asleep.

Bring back a wind up alarm clock

a) Less working hours lost
b) Help a little bit to save power

Just a small thing we could all do to save power and electricity.

It is not a lot for one family but how much energy would it save world wide?
I just can’t get over how rude some people are. Recently at work we advertised for additional members of staff and were promptly inundated with applicants, so many people with so much to offer. Having sifted through the CVs which really wasn’t easy at all. Well in any case we eventually managed to get it down to a manageable amount of people  we wanted to invite forward for interview. On the bottom of the invitation to interview was a polite request that if applicants felt the role was unsuitable or had a change of heart about the job could they please let us know asap so as we could give someone else the opportunity to attend. Even after that polite request 2 of our applicants didn’t bother.

a)    Showing up
b)    Letting us know they had had a change of heart

I really am so disappointed and annoyed that these two people denied someone else the opportunity of attending the interview and the possibility of a job.

Why do people do this?   
All the expense of toys to keep the Kittens amused and what are they happy with. An empty washing basket and a crumpled up piece of paper

Police Message
Inc 320 21/11/2011

At 1730 hrs on Monday offenders forced entry to a garage at the side of a house on Blind Lane Tanworth in Arden. Three males in a white transit van were seen at the entrance to the property, one male in a bright blue Adidas tracksuit with the logo on the back of the hooded jacket wearing blue trainers forced the door up to gain entry, nothing was reported as being taken, but prior to leaving this male also forced open the electric gate to the driveway, damaging it in the process.

It is also believed as well as this Transit, a dark coloured Audi on a 55 plate has been acting suspiciously and possibly involved in crime on the boarders recently.
 There was also a shed broken into on Doctors Hill Tanworth as well as 2 vehicles left insecure that had items removed in the area in the past few days. Please ensure all vehicles are left secure and please contact myself if you require any crime prevention or security advice.

If you have any information please call 101 or 01926 415000 quoting the inc number.

Don't give the opportunists the opportunity, please report all crimes or attempts on your property/vehicle and pass on details of any vehicles you see out of the ordinary in your area, you can call on the numbers below or cheaper still e-mail me the details of date,time,location and reg plate of the vehicle and I will be able to check it out or maybe link it to vehicles that are of interest to us and our neighbouring forces.

David Martin


Alcester North

Safer Neighbourhood Team

Warwickshire Police

01789 444816

Work Mobile 0792 3288641

Stratford-on-Avon District Council is proud to confirm that on Sunday 1 July 2012, the Olympic Flame will reach a number of communities in Stratford-on-Avon District who will have the honour of seeing the Olympic Flame pass through.
The communities in Stratford-on-Avon District are:
  • Earlswood
  • Alcester
  • Newbold-on-Stour
  • Alderminster and
  • Stratford-upon-Avon
The communities make up five of over 1,000 villages, towns and cities announced by the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) through which the Olympic Flame will be carried by Torchbearers during the London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay which is presented by Coca-Cola, Lloyds TSB and Samsung.  LOCOG has worked closely with representatives from a number of sectors in Stratford-on-Avon District to devise the route.
Cllr Chris Saint, Leader of Stratford-on-Avon District Council says: “This is a once in a lifetime opportunity for the residents of our District to experience an Olympic Torch relay and share in the Olympic spirit on the countdown to the start of the Games.  I feel immensely proud that it is passing through our wonderful District as part of its journey to the Olympic Stadium in 2012."
David Moorcroft, West Midlands for 2012 Chair said: “What fantastic news for the residents of Stratford-on-Avon District that they will have their opportunity to welcome the Olympic Flame on 1 July 2012. We encourage communities to start thinking now about how they will celebrate as the Olympic Torch Relay, a once in a lifetime experience for many of us, signals the approach of the London 2012 Olympic Games."
Sebastian Coe, Chair of LOCOG said: 'We are thrilled to confirm that Earlswood, Alcester, Newbold-on-Stour, Alderminster and Stratford-upon-Avon will act as host locations for the Olympic Flame, extending an invitation to people in Stratford-on-Avon District to welcome the Olympic Torch Relay during its journey around the UK.  This is the UK's moment to shine and I want to encourage people across Stratford-on-Avon District to start planning how they can be part of this once in a lifetime opportunity and show their support for the inspirational Torchbearers chosen to carry the Olympic Flame as we count down to the start of the Olympic Games."
For further information please visit the Olympic Torch Relay at you can carry out a post code search to see Communities near you.
The 70 day Olympic Torch Relay, will start at Land's End, Cornwall on the morning of 19 May 2012. On leaving Land's End, the Olympic Flame will travel an estimated 8,000 miles around the UK giving thousands of communities and individuals their moment to shine as the Olympic Flame comes to a place near them.
In announcing the villages, towns and cities LOCOG has realised the aspiration of taking the Olympic Flame to within an hour's journey time of 95% of the population. In fact, over 95% of the population will be within just 10 miles of the Olympic Flame next summer. The street by street detail of the route will be confirmed next year.
On the final day of the Olympic Torch Relay, it is LOCOG's intention that the Olympic Flame will travel down the River Thames as it makes its way to the Olympic Stadium on 27 July 2012 for the lighting of the cauldron at the Opening Ceremony, signifying the official start of the London 2012 Olympic Games.
The Olympic Flame will be carried across the UK by 8,000 inspirational Torchbearers each of whom will have a story of personal achievement and/or contribution to the local community. In December this year, successful nominees will be contacted with a conditional offer and final Torchbearer places will start to be confirmed from February 2012 onwards.
Today LOCOG launches two new public participation programmes. The 'Local Leaders' initiative is an invitation to people to take the 2012 Games into their community and create their own celebrations next year, for the Olympic Torch Relay and other key moments during the Olympic and Paralympic Games. People are encouraged to sign up to the Local Leader programme to receive further information on a range of themed celebration ideas focusing on the Opening Ceremony evening, gardening, quizzes and barbecues and be in the front row to receive free London 2012 event materials to support events.
Also launched today is the 'Get Set for the Olympic Torch Relay' education resource, available to all schools registered with Get Set, London 2012's official education programme. The aim of the resource is to provide schools with cross-curricular resources aimed at teachers working with 3 to 16 year olds to aid learning around history of Olympic Torch Relays, the design of the London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay and the Torch itself. A further education resource will launch next year to encourage schools to plan a welcome for the Olympic Flame and show support for the Torchbearers.   Lloyds TSB, official Education Partner of the London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay, have launched their Flame Followers schools programme which compliments the Get Set resources, and gives schools once-in-a-lifetime opportunities be right at the heart of the excitement and celebrations of the Relay.
Further background information 
  • The West Midlands for 2012 team is chaired by David Moorcroft and was set up to coordinate the region's response to London 2012 and maximise the opportunities London 2012 offers the region. The West Midlands for 2012 team brings together key representatives from each of the region's six sub regions and from business, sport, culture, tourism, education and skills, as well as disability interests and Government agencies.
  • 100% of the West Midlands population will be no more than 1 hr away from the Olympic Flame as it passes through the region over four days: 24 May; 30 May; 30 June; 1 July in the run up to the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
  • For more information on London 2012 related activity in the West Midlands, including the Olympic Torch Relay, visit
  • As the longest standing Presenting Partner of the Olympic Torch Relay, Coca-Cola will be using its heritage and experience to spread excitement across the UK ahead of London 2012. Coca-Cola's national nomination campaign - Future Flames – has focused on finding inspirational young people from across the country to have the once in a lifetime opportunity to carry the Olympic Flame. Next summer Coca-Cola will celebrate these Future Flames: young people who use their passions in areas like sport and physical activity, music and dance, and community and the environment; to spread happiness in their local communities. Find out more at:
  • As the only National Presenting Partner of the London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay, Lloyds TSB will be taking the spirit and inspiration of the Olympic Flame right to the heart of communities across the UK.  As part of Lloyds Banking Group, Bank of Scotland will be the National Presenting Partner in Scotland. We will bring the Relay closer to our customers through our branches on practically every high street and our activities in the community, National School Sport Week and Local Heroes.  Customers can be the first to hear about exclusive offers, including how they can have the chance to carry the Olympic Flame, through our customer-exclusive programme, Trackside. Find out more at www.lloydstsb/london2012.  Schools can be right at the heart of the celebrations through our Flame Followers programme, giving them access to free resources to get their pupils inspired and excited about the Olympic Torch Relay, and the chance for their school to carry the Olympic Flame, win a celebration party at their school during the Relay and win a Cheer Kit to welcome the Relay to their community.  Customers can be the first to hear how they can follow the Olympic Flame, through our customer-exclusive programme Trackside. Find out more at
  • As part of its support for the London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay, Samsung is providing a number of the Olympic Torchbearers through its public nomination process. These 'once-in-a-lifetime' opportunities to carry the Olympic Flame on its journey around the UK, represents one of the many ways that Samsung is enabling people from all corners of the world to be part of the greatest show on Earth.  Becoming an Olympic Torchbearer thanks to Samsung means everyone can become a part of the Olympic history. From June 13th 2011, Samsung has invited the world to recognise its unsung heroes. Samsung's nomination programme for Olympic Torchbearers is a worldwide search for these unique and selfless individuals. The campaign has been communicated globally via a number of marketing channels to ensure that the maximum number of people become aware of the opportunity.  It is Samsung's ambition that London 2012 will be an event that reaches and involves more people than on any other Olympic Games occasion. To learn more about the Samsung nomination programme, please visit
  • For the Paralympics the Cities have already been decided by LOCOG to receive the Olympic Flame: Saturday 25 August – Greater BelfastSunday 26 August – EdinburghMonday 27 August – Cardiff and Tuesday 28 August – Stoke Mandeville then down to London. They won't be going via local communities like the Olympic Flame.  For further information please visit:
  • In addition the World Shakespeare Festival is a celebration of Shakespeare as the world's playwright, produced by the Royal Shakespeare Company in an unprecedented collaboration with leading UK and international arts organisations, and with Globe to Globe, a major international programme produced by Shakespeare's Globe, for further information please visit:
Police Message
Attempt Burglary Dwelling Earlswood
Inc 55 16/11/2011
The Common Earlswood, between 2330-0730 Tuesday/Wednesday offenders have forced the lock and damaged a metal garage door in an attempt to enter an integral garage. Fortunately entry was not gained due to extra security measures on the inside preventing the door being lifted, and no items were reported taken.
If anybody has any information in relation to the crime please call 101 or 01926 415000 quoting the inc number.

Also an insecure vehicle was entered overnight Tues/Weds on The Green Tanworth in Arden. There has been more unreported of thefts from motor vehicles that have come to light, almost all vehicles that have been entered have been left insecure, the only reported exception to this was a vehicle left with items that were visible which resulted in a window being smashed to gain access.
Please ensure that all security measures available are taken, and all items removed from show.
The next mobile Police surgery takes place on Friday 2nd December at locations throughout Tanworth/Earlswood, there will also be a representative of Stratford District Council promoting Community Forums and how they help resolve Community Issues available, to discuss any issues that can be taken to the next Community Forum on December 15th 1830 Wootton Wawen Village Hall.
David Martin                    
Alcester North 
Safer Neighbourhood Team 
Warwickshire Police     
01789 444816            
Work Mobile 0792 3288641