No May Day Festival this year

A message from Cherie as the Lightwoods Park work gets underway…

“Unfortunately, we are not running the Lightwoods Park and House May Day Festival this year as Lightwoods Park and House are undergoing a full restoration and both the park and house will be under construction for the next 18 months.


We will review the construction phase in 2016 and see if we are able to run this in May 2016.

There will be a fantastic event planned for the official opening of Lightwoods Park and House in the summer of 2016 (currently forecast for August 2016)”.

 

 

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Developers to appeal GKN Rec decision

The developers proposing to build luxury homes on the natural woodland on the GKN Recreation Club are appealing against Sandwell Planning Committee's decision to refuse planning consent.

An appeal will now be heard by the national Planning Inspectorate based in Bristol (so much for the government's much trumpeted commitment to 'localism') who will make decision about whether to allow the destruction of the woodland and the building to commence.

Smethwick councillor Richard Marshall, in whose Ward the land is, said, “It is very sad that the developers and the club have just ignored the views of local people and are still going to try to concrete over the last piece of natural woodland in Smethwick. The council will be obliged to defend the planning committee decision and we will be looking to get submissions from experts in the environmental field to demonstrate the decision to protect the woodland was the right thing to do.”

 

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Developers to appeal GKN Rec decision

The developers proposing to build luxury homes on the natural woodland on the GKN Recreation Club are appealing against Sandwell Planning Committee's decision to refuse planning consent.

An appeal will now be heard by the national Planning Inspectorate based in Bristol (so much for the government's much trumpeted commitment to 'localism') who will make decision about whether to allow the destruction of the woodland and the building to commence.

Smethwick councillor Richard Marshall, in whose Ward the land is, said, “It is very sad that the developers and the club have just ignored the views of local people and are still going to try to concrete over the last piece of natural woodland in Smethwick. The council will be obliged to defend the planning committee decision and we will be looking get submissions from experts in the environmental field to demonstrate the decision to protect the woodland was the right thing to do.”

 

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Tesco announce closure of Bearwood store

Tesco has announced they are to close their store on Bearwood Road. The closure, one of 43 shops Tesco are closing across the country, is the latest blow to that stretch of shops in the shopping centre. The whole block from Anderson Road to Adkins Lane is currently in administration after the owners went into receivership. This has led to a situation where vacant shops where the lease has expired or the business has stopped trading, have not been able to be let.

Richard Marshall from Bearwood Traders said, “This is depressing news really. Just as the £5 million pound transformation of Lightwoods Park and House is about to get underway, we suffer another body blow on Bearwood Road. We can only hope the administrators sort out this ownership issue as soon as possible and we can start to see the shops being let again.

“Our thoughts at this time are with the people who are likely to lose their jobs” Richard added.

The Tesco Chief Executive Dave Lewis said…

“In January I announced that our performance as a business has fallen significantly short of where we would want it to be and that to protect the future of the business in the UK we would close 43 unprofitable stores.

It is with great sadness that I have to tell you that our Bearwood Express is one of the 43 we plan to close. The decision to close the store has been exceptionally difficult to take. I recognise it will affect many hard working colleagues, our customers and the local community.

Our priority is to explain what this announcement means for our colleagues and wherever possible, offer them alternative roles with Tesco. I would like to thank all our customers who have shopped in our store.

 

Tesco are also closing their store in the Tollhouse Precinct in Smethwick.

 

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We should never forget…

 

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Remember the holocaust…

This Sunday in West Bromwich.

 

 

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Bubbles makes the Beeb

The BBC website has picked up on the Bubbles massage parlour story today, with the story of the temporary closure by planning officials from Sandwell Council. Here's a link to their story… Bubbles massage parlour in Smethwick forced to close

Interestingly, the Beeb had succeeded in capturing an image from the Bubbles Facebook page before it was hastily taken down following the visit by the planning officers.

The current closure is only a temporary 'stop order' and the matter will still have to be considered by the full planning committee. Anyone wanting to make representations can do so via dean_leadon@sandwell.gov.uk

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