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The next meeting of the Parish Council will be held on 20th July - further details to follow. The Parish Council normally meet on the third Monday of every calendar month, unless this has to be moved for valid reasons. During the lock-down period, meetings are being held using ZOOM. (see agendas)
Our latest NEWSLETTER can be found on the appropriate page, as above.
"Parish Statement June 2020
Trimpley Reservoir and Eymore Wood – issues arising during Covid19 Pandemic
During these unprecedented times with the Covid19 pandemic threatening so many lives and causing all the difficulties that, I am sure, you are all aware of, the members of the Parish Council, and particularly our Clerk, have spent a great deal of time exploring every route available to them in trying to find solutions to the issues which have occurred as a result of Severn Trent reopening Trimpley Reservoir.
We accept that with the easing of the lockdown, people who have been cooped up at home for weeks now wish to visit the countryside. With few visitor attractions open elsewhere, there have been problems with excessive parking at Eymore, with vehicles spilling out of the private car parks on to the roadside verges. The police have been informed and will take action if any obstruction is caused to the highway or to residents’ access.
Although the vast majority of people coming to the area are law abiding families, there have been issues at the Reservoir including antisocial behaviour, litter, parking, etc. The Parish Council have been in discussions with Severn Trent and are arranging a site meeting with STW Head of Visitor Experience to put forward recommendations as what actions they can put in place to address these matters. The land around the reservoir is of course owned by Severn Trent, and so we can only make suggestions with regard to this.
Although we have had these discussions we can only work within the law. Eymore Lane is a public road and therefore, as you would expect, we do not have the power to restrict this in any way. This is a Police matter, and of course any member of the public has the right to contact them accordingly.
The Parish Council is here to support the community and we try our utmost to find solutions to the problems faced by our parishioners, particularly those in Eymore Lane at this difficult time. Any suggestions are always appreciated and can be considered for action, as long as they fall within the powers that we have." Chairman on behalf of the Parish Council 11th June 2020
We have undertaken our Annual Internal Audit of Governance and Accounts and we are now publicising all documentation, and issuing the Notice of Public Rights to inspect these. All Audit documentation may be viewed under The Council - Finance.
Kidderminster Foreign derives its name from an old word forain, meaning outside. The Parish once included land that surrounded the very restricted limits of the Borough of Kidderminster. As the town grew, the “foreign” contracted until the present Parish of the Foreign comprises only the hamlets of Trimpley and Low Habberley and the Northwood area on the east bank of the River Severn.
The Parish lies within the Wyre Forest District Council area, in the County of Worcestershire. It is essentially rural in nature, made up of many scattered settlements, with a total electorate of around 780.
The Parish has a small attractive church in Trimpley, built in 1844, and a modern Village Hall and Social Club. The village school closed in 1983, and some children now attend Upper Arley C of E Primary School or Bewdley schools.
Trimpley Reservoir is in the North west corner of the Parish.
The Parish Council liaises closely with the County Council on Highways issues affecting the parish, and employs a contracted lengthsman for minor highway works. The Parish works with the District Council in emptying public litter bins under a localism contract, and reports incidences of fly-tipping. They also comment on each Planning Application which is formally registered with the District Planning office, and also with the police to minimise crime in the area. To this end, Smartwater kits were provided to each household in 2017 .