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We hope that lockdown is treating you and your family well. As with previous lockdowns, we are supporting residents affected by lockdown by matching helpers through our Good Neighbour Network. If we can be of any help to you or someone you know, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and we can arrange for support to be put in place. Alternatively, please do get in touch if you are willing to help too. Locally, the vaccine rollout is going strong, with our local surgeries getting the priority groups covered as quickly as possible with capacity for even more as vaccine supplies continue to grow.
Summerfield Road trees
After reports showed that the grand Oak tree on Summerfield Road was rotten and unsafe, local residents were rather shocked to see such a beautful tree having to be cut down to keep the area safe. To compensate for this loss, Malvern Hills council has planned to plant 3 replacement oaks on the same parcel of grass along Summerfield Road. Depending on the weather, the trees will hopefully be planted on the 11th of February.
Lib Dem councillors have been leading the way to ensure fair access to pest control services for residents in vulnerable or lower income groups. After taking a motion to the council and securing the preliminary policy work, we are hopeful that this policy will be introduced into the next MHDC budget for the next financial year and a support scheme for residents in receipt of qualifying benefits will mean they will access the service free of charge. Naturally, we are delighted that our campaign is looking close to being a reality- having dealt with residents who have found themselves struggling to access this service
due to hardship, we know the difference this support can make. We think this is particularly important during times of increasing financial hardship for families and the need for a safe and clean home during this pandemic.
EV charging fees to be introduced
We have also learned of the new plans to scrap free charging for electric cars at the Priory Road car park in Great Malvern, with fees to be introduced at 26p per kw/h. Lib Dems have opposed this scheme, pointing out how these charges will undermine plans to reduce the district's carbon footprint in the next few years, as well as the push by MHDC to renew the town centre after COVID with green tourism.
The local Adopt-a-Street scheme, allowing residents to arrange their own litterpicks in their area, has been a runaway success during the latest lockdown. Hundreds of residents have taken up the scheme (including some of your Link councillors!) in the effort to keep our local streets tidy. It's been such a success that the scheme is gaining national recognition for its impact in improving our local environment and community participation.
If you want to learn more about the scheme, check it out here: https://www.malvernhills.gov.uk/community/adopt-a-street
We share residents' concerns about the state of the old convent between Goodson and Ranelagh Roads, which has attracted significant amounts of graffiti and loose rubbish around the site in recent months. We have worked with planning enforcement, street cleaning and environmental health teams locally to resolve the situation with the landowner and get some of the most offensive grafitti covered up. While we have not got a committment to tidy the site immediately, the owner is in agreement to come and clear the site and improve the appearance around the area after lockdown. This is a helpful short-term fix to the problems of the site, which we hope can be addressed in the long term by completing work to restore the grand building to its former glory.
New planning applications
21/00093/HP- Two storey side extension, 75 Lower Howsell Road. https://plan.malvernhills.gov.uk/Planning/Display/21/00093/HP
20/02042/FUL- Construction of detached dwelling, 33 Highfield Road. https://plan.malvernhills.gov.uk/Planning/Display/20/02042/FUL
20/01896/CU- Change of use to form 9 apartments and dropped kerb, 62 & 62A Albert Park Road. https://plan.malvernhills.gov.uk/Planning/Display/20/01896/CU
With best wishes,
Cllr Neville Mills, Cllr Kaleem Aksar & Dee Tomlin
The Link Lib Dem team