Well it is that time of year and I have decided the blog needs a bit of a face lift and a Spring Clean. The clocks have moved forward and the blog has almost stayed static in design and ideas for the last 4 years. I decided a clean uncluttered approach was best, which is remarkable for me.

Having looked at the blogs and websites I enjoy reading, I decided to have a bash at a simple look without to much colour.

OK so there is work to do and menus and sign posting to put in place but I actually quite like this look!  For now at least!

I am not quite so sure about the black header although I think it looks effective it also appears a bit morbid. I want to stay away from the colours, Green, Blue, Yellow, Red all those colours that appear to label the blog as a particular Political persuasion. So the next trick is to find the colour code and change it
Please don't ever say you weren't made aware of the intention of a Tanworth In Arden Neighbourhood Development Plan.

This includes all areas within the Tanworth Parish Ward. Including, Aspley Heath,Danzey, Earlswood, Forshaw Heath, Wood End &Tanworth In Arden.

With hard copy leaflets, social media, email at least 4 websites and word of mouth,Parish Notice Boards and now Audio Leaflets  there is no reason why you shouldn't know about the Neighbourhood Development Plan and the part you can play.It is totally up to you. 

The Question is Do we Plan or Not plan? 

The decision is yours it always comes to me the old saying. "Fail to plan! Plan to Fail" 

For those that do want to play a part in the  potential Neighbourhood Development Plan. You are in the right place to keep up to date 

Why is the NDP important to us? It quite simply gives us the opportunity to help mold and shape our own community and it's surroundings, infrastructure & potential development without  total dictation from those that do not live in our local area. 

Meetings have been arranged and Tanworth In Arden RA and Earlswood and Forshaw Heath RA are in support of Tanworth in Arden Parish Council. 

You don't need to be a member of either Residents Association you and your family or local group, business are included.

Meeting Dates and Info

Stratford District Council is planning to build 10,800 new houses in Stratford District over the next 15 years – do you want your say about where they should go?
Our options:
To do nothing and let Stratford District Council and Developers build where they want;
Prepare a Neighbourhood Development Plan so that we have some say over where the houses will be built.
Public Meetings, to explain the need for a Neighbourhood Development Plan have been arranged for:
• Friday 25th April in Earlswood Village Hall
Starting at 7.00pm* for 7.30pm – 9.00pm.
• Sunday 27th April in Tanworth in Arden Village Hall
Starting at 2.00pm* for 2.30pm – 4.00pm
• Saturday 3rd May in Earlswood Village Hall
Starting at 9.30am* for 10.00am – 11.30pm
* arrive early for pre meeting refreshments
If the parish does nothing, the projected 10,800 houses will go where Stratford District Council and the developers decide.
A Neighbourhood Plan cannot be done by the Parish Council alone. It must be a plan that represents the views of the whole parish.
These are the most important meetings of the decade.
Your participation is vital for the future of your parish.
Supported by Earlswood and Forshaw Heath and Tanworth in Arden Residents’ Associations.
A copy of the flyer can be viewed here ==> NDP meetings flyer (PDF document)
Well never say never! The Rumor Mill has it that Tanworth In Arden Parish Council is about to embark on a Neghbourhood Plan. How would this affect you?

Well in short folks if the rumor is true it means Residents and Business  get a say as to what happens in our Local Community.

It is great that I am able to add 1st Tanworth In Arden Scout Group to the Links on this page. With permission. The link has been added to Local Links



Just picked up from the Redditch Advertiser

Stratford District Council could be axed in major shake-up

Sourced by Redditch Advertiser 1st March 2014

THE future of Stratford District Council hangs in the balance as plans for a massive shake-up in the way local government works in Warwickshire were agreed to be explored further.
During a three-hour open debate held on February 25, the possibility of whether Warwickshire County Council could become a unitary authority, thereby replacing current district and borough councils and taking over responsibilities for services such as rubbish collection, council housing and planning, was discussed by all 62 members of the county council.
Local authorities across the country have had to face up to the prospect of damaging cuts, and it has been argued by some that the change in organisation could save taxpayers in the county £50 million a year.
County councillor Mike Gittus, who is also a part of Alcester Town Council, spoke during the debate and outlined the importance of parish and town councils. "Parish councillors have an active interest and concern for their local community and they represent local people and work in partnership with them," he said.
"They provide many local services and community facilities from graveyards to sports pavilions and are often best placed for involving their local communities in how money is spent.. I have oft' been heard to say: 'Give me £100 to spend locally and I will provide you with £500 worth of work, undertaken by a local person working locally and with local accountability.'"

Speaking ahead of the meeting, Councillor Izzi Seccombe, leader of Warwickshire County Council, explained: “Over the next four years the county council has to save £92m. When we consulted with the public on the proposals for our budget savings, a number of respondents indicated that we should be considering unitary local government to protect services."The model he favours is one with a single principle authority serving the residents of Warwickshire with an increase in service responsibilities in the parish and town council areas.

The council will now engage with members of the public, other public sector bodies, businesses, the voluntary sector and Central Government to develop ideas around this way of working.