Poll card letters remind voters to bring photo ID at May local elections

Information on the new voter photo ID requirement for the 2023 local elections will feature on poll card letters. The letters are now starting to be delivered to registered voters.

The letter makes it clear that voters must show photo ID to polling station staff to cast their vote at the local elections on Thursday 4 May 2023. It follows UK-wide legislation introduced last year by the Government and approved by Parliament.

There is a full list of accepted photo ID on the back of the letter. The list includes passports, driving licences, biometric immigration documents and some concessionary travel passes. The full list is also available on Wyre Forest District Council’s website www.wyreforestdc.gov.uk/voterid

The letter explains that voters can use their photo ID if it is out of date, as long as the photo is still a good likeness.  Only original documents will be accepted and the polling card letter is not an accepted form of ID.

Anyone who does not have an accepted form of photo ID can apply for a free Voter Authority Certificate. The easiest way to do this is online at www.gov.uk/apply-for-photo-id-voter-authority-certificate.  Anyone without access to the internet can apply by post. They should contact the Hub on 01562 732928 for a form. The deadline for applying for a Voter Authority Certificate is 5pm on Tuesday 25 April.

Postal voters are not affected by the new voter ID requirements. They will only receive a poll card and not a letter. Anyone wishing to vote by post and who has not already registered to do so can apply on the council’s website www.wyreforestdc.gov.uk/postalvote. The deadline for applications is 5pm on Tuesday 18 April. To vote by proxy, when you trust someone to vote on your behalf, voters should register before 5pm on Tuesday 25 April. Further information about proxy voting is available at www.wyreforestdc.gov.uk/proxyvote

To vote in the upcoming elections, residents must be registered to vote by Monday 17 April 2023. Anyone not currently registered can do this in a few minutes at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote

Ian Miller, Wyre Forest District Council’s Returning Officer, said:

“We are urging everyone to be prepared for the elections by making sure they are registered and have an accepted form of photo ID if they want to vote in person at a polling station.

“The polling card letter has all the key details on what form of identification you need to bring and where your polling station is. Postal voters do not need photo ID and anyone can chose to vote by post.

“Voters who do not have an accepted form of photo ID have until 5pm on Tuesday 25 April to apply for a free Voter Authority Certificate. I would encourage anyone who requires one of these to apply as soon as possible.”

Beales Corner FRMS works update

The Environment Agency Contractor, Jacksons, will be undertaking topographical and visual surveys in the Beales Corner, Bewdley area in the week commencing the 27th of March. These surveys will be used to help inform the construction approach in the coming months.

Please note these surveys will be taken outside and should not require internal property access.

However, if The Environment Agency Contractor does call and asks to take photos of the surrounding land, pavements and roads, your support would be much appreciated.

All the Contractors will carry an ID. Please do ask them for their ID if you have any concerns.

If you have any questions, please contact using the email address BLBFRMS@environment-agency.gov.uk

News Release from Wyre Forest District Council – Parking charges frozen and new app for Council car parks

A new cashless parking system is being introduced in all Wyre Forest District Council owned car parks from Saturday 1 April.

The MiPermit system will be available in all the authority’s pay and display car parks, replacing the JustParking app.

MiPermit is already being used by other councils in Worcestershire. Using the app means motorists do not need change to buy a ticket. They can also extend the parking time without having to return to their vehicle. It costs 10p per transaction which is added to the parking charge. There is no top up fee when someone wants to pay for extra time. Motorists can also pay 10p for a text reminder of when their parking is due to run out. Parking can be paid for up to 7 days in advance.

To help drivers there will be posters in the car parks explaining how to pay, using a number unique to each car park. The MiPermit app is an additional payment method and motorists can still pay with coins apart from in Bateman’s Yard in Kidderminster where only card or the app are currently accepted. Payments for season tickets will also be processed on MiPermit. Details of how this can be done will be available on the council’s website www.wyreforestdc.gov.uk/seasontickets.

Parking charges are not changing but two new tariffs are being introduced. There will be a handy 30-minute rate which is being introduced on Saturday 1 April. There is also going to be an overnight parking charge. This will be introduced in long stay car parks from Saturday 1 April and in short stay car parks from Friday 14 April.

Steve Brant, Head of Community and Environment Services said:

“Parking apps make it really easy for people who don’t have the correct change to pay for their parking. Many people are now opting to use them as they are so convenient. With MiPermit you can top up your payment and extend your stay without going back to your car.

Parking charges and season ticket prices are being frozen and a new half an hour rate at 70p and also a £2 ticket for parking between 6pm and 8am are being introduced.”

He added:

“As we get ready for the tourist season we have also been looking at our coach parking provision. We have pre-bookable spaces at Stourport Severn Meadows and we have made it easier for coach companies to access these. We also have an arrangement with West Midlands Safari Park which means coach drivers can park their vehicles there after dropping their passengers off.”

The easy-to-use MiPermit app is free and available from app stores. Users who don’t have a smartphone can book their parking by calling, by text or by paying online in advance. Visit https://www.mipermit.com/

Notice of Election Wyre Forest District Council Elections 2023

Please see details for both District and Parish Elections.

Notice of the Closure of A456 Bewdley Bypass, Ribbesford

PUBLIC NOTICE

 ROAD TRAFFIC REGULATION ACT 1984 – SECTION 14 (AS AMENDED)

 WORCESTERSHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL

 NOTICE OF THE CLOSURE OF A456 BEWDLEY BYPASS, RIBBESFORD, WORCESTERSHIRE (“THE HIGHWAY”)

Reason for restriction: Lining and cat’s eyesThere is a need to close the highway in the following terms:- 

  1. The effect of this Notice is that no vehicle shall proceed along that part of the highway from its junction with A456 Blackstone Roundabout to its junction with A456 Longbank Roundabout.
  1. This provision shall continue in force for a maximum of 5 days; however, it is anticipated that it will remain in force for 3 days commencing 1 May 2023. 
  1. Alternative routes: A456 Long Bank, A456 Callow Hill, A456 Tenbury Road, B4202 Worcester Road, A443 Worcester Road, A451 Stourport Road, A451 Dunley, A451 Bridge Street, A451 York Street, A451 Vale Road, B4195 Bewdley Road, B4195 Stourport Road and vice versa.

Nothing in this Notice shall prevent at any time access for pedestrians to any premises situated on or adjacent to the highway, or to any other premises accessible for pedestrians from and only from the highway.

THOMAS POLLOCK

Head of Commercial Law (Legal & Governance)

A456 Bewdley Hill. Closure

Good News

You may remember that we put out a request for witnesses in relation to a  theft of a mobility walker some weeks ago, Sadly the original walker couldn’t be found, but Bewdley SNT applied to the West Mercia Community Fund and thanks to their generosity , we have managed to replace the walker.

We have marked the frame before handing it over!

Property marking
Marking your property is a positive way to fight crime, it
can act as a deterrent.
It allows you to prove ownership and helps you to identify your
property easily if it is offered for sale. Marking your property also
provides a means for the police to identify stolen goods and return
them to their owners.
Ways to mark your property
• Permanent marking – using an engraving tool and a stencil.
• Invisible marking using an ultraviolet (UV) pen to write your details.
When the ink is dry it’s almost invisible to the human eye but shows
up under a special light. UV pen markings tend to fade over time so
it’s best to re-apply every six months.
• Photographs – some items such as jewellery and antiques are not
suitable for marking. In these cases, it is a good idea to take photos
of such items and keep them in a safe place with a record of any
serial numbers or markings and a description.

•Forensic marking – this method uses DNA technology to mark property with a code which is unique to the owner.
Marks to use
You can put any kind of mark on your property to distinguish it from other similar items. This could be your postcode pre-fixed with the number of your address, e.g. 63 ZN6 2BB.
A postcode is unique to your property, which most organisations recognise and allows the goods to be identified and returned to you.
Just by putting a name or symbol on the property makes it identifiable, but does not provide details to the police of who owns the property and where it came from.
It is strongly recommended that you take a photo of all your valuables and make a note of any distinguishing marks, including where and how you have property marked it. You can then print the photographs off and keep in a safe place, load onto your computer or keep on a memory stick.
By having these records, if your property is stolen you will have as much information as possible to give to the police and also pass to retailers and other organisations to help locate your property.

For the latest crime prevention advice visit:
www.westmercia.police.uk/cp/crime-prevention/
@westmerciapolice @westmerciapolice @WMerciaPolice
For crimes in progress call 999.
For non emergencies report online: www.westmercia.police.uk/report
If you are unable to report online, you can contact the police via the 101 non-emergency number.

Join the Great British Spring Clean

Join in the Great British Spring Clean

Residents and community groups are being urged to show their support for a national tidying campaign by clearing up litter in their neighbourhoods.

The Great British Spring Clean, run by Keep Britain Tidy is taking place between Friday 17 March and Sunday 2 April. Wyre Forest District Council is getting involved. It is backing the campaign and encouraging people to volunteer to spruce up their area.

Members of the Birchen Coppice and Rifle Range community have already committed to join in. They have organised a litter pick with the help of the council’s Community Builder for this area. Volunteers are gathering at St Peter’s Community Church, Meredith Green, Kidderminster ready to start litter picking at 9.30am. Anyone who takes part can join in with free tea and toast at the St. Peter’s Breakfast Club afterwards.

Children from Birchen Coppice Primary School are getting involved too. The community litter picking group, The Pick Up Artists are loaning them equipment so they can do their bit.

Thanks to the Little Litter Warriors, 100 children and 27 Leaders from Wyre Forest Scouts, Beavers and Squirrels groups will be taking part across the district. They will be using equipment the council donated to them last month.

The council is also supporting Stourport Community Clean Up, which has been organised by Wild Earth Movement and Green Earthlings. They will be welcoming people to get take part at the Riverside Park between 11am and 1pm on Sunday 26 March.

Individuals have also pledged to take part in the mass clean up. Friends Wendy Deem and Judy Stokes have been litter picking in Blakedown and Churchill since 2020. They go out several times a week. They will be out and about litter picking during the Spring Clean week.

Judy said: “Litter picking is good for our mental and physical health, and it feels good to be doing something positive for people, the planet and all the wildlife.”

After the 2022 campaign, 85% of people who took part said they felt more pride for their local area. 74% said it improved their mood too!

Councillor John Thomas, Wyre Forest District’s Cabinet member with responsibility for Operational Services said:

“We are extremely grateful to all the volunteers who take part in litter picks, helping us keep the district looking good. Their dedication makes a big difference to the community. The Great British Spring Clean is an excellent way for more people to join in. It brings people together, helps clean up where they live and does something positive for our environment.”

Anyone interested in becoming a volunteer litter picker can find out more information by visiting www.wyreforestdc.gov.uk/litterpicking.

Flood Advisory Service – Partner Teleconference Tuesday, 14 March 2023

Met Office Summary

  • Yellow Warning issued for Rain on Thursday for Wales (affecting Severn catchment but warning not covering West Mercia)
  • Rainfall – further rainfall expected onto the upper Severn catchment over the next few days – possibly 40-70mm
  • NB – Met Office industrial action could affect future forecasts

Environment Agency – Flood Warnings River Severn

  • Peak at Bewdley 3.7m – 4.1m expected on Thursday morning (this forecast peak is lower than previously communicated and would not cause any property flooding).
  • Flood warnings still expected along the Severn; No issues expected with other rivers or watercourses.
  • Barrier deployment – The lower stage (Phase 1) of the Severnside flood barrier in Bewdley has been deployed today (Tuesday). Beales Corner and Higher stage (Phase 2) of the Severnside flood barrier are now unlikely to be needed, but decision remains under constant review, depending on rainfall amounts.
  • EA will issue summary sheet with forecast river levels to professional partners at 9:00 and 15:00 daily. Info regarding peaks will also made public twice daily via twitter account (@EnvAgencyMids).
  • TCG – not being called – Another FAS will be held Thursday 10:30hrs