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SHELFIELD GREEN LANE, SHELFIELD GREEN- 24 November 2014- tree cutting

BURFORD LANE & SPERNAL LANE- Early December 2014- Carriageway patching. Pedestrian access to and egress from properties and land situated adjacent to the length of road to be closed will be maintained at all times. Vehicular access will be maintained where possible. The Contractor dealing with this matter is Pete Wills for Balfour Beatty (Tel: 07837 319322).

The Council regrets any inconvenience that may be caused. The person dealing with this matter at Warwickshire County Council is Michael Rogers, County Highways (Tel: 01926 412515).

Information can also be found on the village noticeboards.


Western Power Distribution are trying to locate the owner of the unadopted footpath to the rear of The Lodge (the footpath from the back of the church to Park Lane) as they want to install a low voltage underground electricity cable below a section of this footpath.

*Great Alne Phone Box
*Phone Box on School Road

Notices to this effect dated 15 September 2014 are on the village noticeboards. Work will commence in any event after the expiry of 28 days from the date of the notice. It is anticipated tht the work will take no longer than 2 days to complete but access to the footpath will be restricted during the course of the works.


Jim Bacon, Chairman of the Studley Neighbourhood Watch group and Chair of Stratford District Neighbourhood Watch attended the March meeting and spoke about the work of the Neighbourhood Watch (NW) scheme. NW groups try to raise awareness about crime- what can happen and what can be done about it. For example, tamper proof number plate screws are available free of charge from the Police. It is intended that the Alcester model of communication, weekly reports and a monthly summary of incidents and advice by email, will be rolled out across the district. Current topical crimes are distraction burglaries- often in supermarket car parks and domestic fuel tank/oil thefts.

If you would be interested in rekindling the Neighbourhood Watch group in Great Alne then please get in touch with the Parish Clerk.


Great Alne has a Film Club with screenings usually on the third Thursday of the month at 7.30pm.

For other information about what's going on at the Memorial Hall please click here for further details.


      • The main contractor has been on site for two months
      • Groundwork will be ongoing for the remainder of the year
      • There will be nothing visual on the site until the New Year
      • There are 25-30 people working on site
      • Retrospective planning permission has been applied for the signs at the Eastern entrance
      • The inappropriate and dangerous sign near the school has been removed and placed in more suitable location
      • The monthly newsletter from the contractors will move to bimonthly with the next one being issued in August
      • 8 units have been sold and are being released in phases
      • See for further details


The local landowner and Andy Wilkins, Planning Consultant, attended the July Parish Council meeting to give a further update to the outline proposal which has arisen from the Stratford Strategic Housing Land Availability Asessment (SHLAA) for Great Alne. The site to the rear of the school has been identified as a broad location for growth. Andy Wilkins explained that whilst there had been a change in stance by SDC with regard to housing numbers (ie. accepting that Maudslay Park will be included in Great Alne's new housing quota), he had spoken with David Nash, Head of Planning Policy at SDC who agreed that it would still be acceptable to look at the site with a view to development. Andy and the landowner would like to continue the dialogue with the Parish Council and explore the proposal in more detail in order to meet the local housing need and offer tangible benefits to Great Alne.


Stratford District Council's Policy Team now accepts that Maudslay Park is an integral part of the settlement of Great Alne, providing a sustainable part of the infrastructure of the village in the form of a shop, medical centre and recreational facilities.

The Policy Team is now of the view that Maudslay Park will be counted as Great Alne's housing requirement for the purpose of the Core Strategy.


The Parish Council remains in discussion with Phil Ward, Rural Housing Enabler at Warwickshire Community Council about affordable housing in the village. Phil has recently undertaken a Local Market Housing Needs Survey on behalf of the Parish Council. The report was discussed at the May Parish Council meeting and the Parish Council supported the recommendation to approach the landowners and carry out a financial feasability study for sites 1 & 2.

A plan of potential sites which have been considered for a small development of affordable housing in the village can be downloaded from the right of the page as well as both Survey reports from 2010 (Housing needs) and 2014 (Local market needs).


The Parish Council approved a small budget to assist with an action plan to improve the condition of this E-road. A barrier has been erected approximately 1m from the edge of the green lane and close to the scrub on the left hand side from Coughton Fields Lane up to the open field. Thick posts/tree trunks have been set into the ground by digging holes and using a post rammer. Materials were provided by Heart of England Forest Ltd. Very sadly and frustratingly two of the posts have already been uprooted.


Located in the Heart of England Forest, and now known as Alne Wood Park, this facility is now being advertised in the local press and administered by the local funeral directors Hemming & Peace. See for more information.


Stratford District Council have now added the following items to their kerbside recycling collection service:

  • Small household electrical and electronic equipment eg kettles, calculators, mobile phones & chargers, cameras, clocks
  • Textiles eg clothes, sheets, curtains, towels
  • Household batteries

All items must fit into a carrier bag- simply put the items in separate carrier bags, tie them up and place them alongside (not in) either bin on any normal collection day.

For more information please contact 01789 260616 or visit


Sarah Brooke Taylor writes: "With colder months just around the corner- now is the time to think about topping up your oil tank and taking advantage of the lower oil prices that have recently been enjoyed.

We are delighted that for the fourth month running we have managed to achieve a per litre price below 50p. In August our members paid just 49.99pence per litre, saving 4.51 pence per litre against the average. As a charity that works solely for the benefit of rural communities and we are delighted with these results.

If you are reliant on heating oil and would like to join our members in making savings have a look at our dedicated website ( or contact us on 01789 472611. The syndicate is open to households, community groups and businesses across Warwickshire."

Email: or call Sarah Brooke-Taylor on 01789 842182.


Great Alne is not in an area included in the current roll out of superfast broadband. WarwickNet, a broadband company the Parish Council contacted last year, is not interested in taking on any additional residential areas and are concentrating their offering on business parks. They did kindly pass on our enquiry to Leigh Hunt at CSW Broadband who confirmed that Great Alne is in a ‘white' area which is waiting for future additional funding. The Parish Council is in discussion with URV at Maudslay Park as they are also looking at broadband provision for their housing development.

For more info see


Please let the Parish Council know of any local issue that is causing you concern. You can use the Contact Us form in the Information section of this website, or ring the Parish Clerk on 07833 790375 or alternatively email

If you have something you would like to report to Stratford District Council you can do this using their on-line forms. Anything from abandoned vehicles, unruly dogs to fly tipping can be reported, just click on the link on the right of this page (External Links).


Each month a Community Newsletter is produced by the Alcester South Safer Neighbourhood Team that includes details of crime in the area (including Great Alne) and an incident overview. Please see the website for further details and a contact list for the team.


The District Council's Community Links transport service has now become U-Bus- a unique community transport scheme designed for residents who live within the Stratford on Avon District. Look out for the orange vehicles in your area.

The new bus service runs from 9.30am-2pm Monday to Friday. It is free to register with UBUS irrespective of your age or status. You can book a UBUS journey by calling the friendly team on 01789 264491 quoting your membership number and journey details.

Please note that the service West of Stratford ie the Alcester area does not run on a Thursday. Costs are £2.50single and £5 return.


The Community Forums are an advisory body, which act as a key vehicle for the community engagement within the locality. Members of the public can raise issues of concern and wherever possible, together with relevant agencies, solutions to those concerns can be worked out. The date of the next forum meeting will be advertised here when available.

If you would like to suggest an issue for a future Community Forum meeting, or get involved, please contact Warwickshire County Council Stratford Area Office on 01789 290784 or email:


Regularly the Parish Council endevours to compile a newsletter containing relevant and up to date information about events and issues within the parish. It is the intention of the Parish Council that every home within the parish boundary receives a copy of this newsletter, however, things can go wrong and if you have not been receiving your newsletter then please let us know, or download a copy from the list on the right hand side of the page. If you would like to receive the newsletter by email then please let us know by contacting

If you wish to suggest material to be included in the newsletter then please feel free to contact the Clerk, or make your suggestion known at the next Parish Council meeting - a full list of meeting dates can be found on the home page.

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