Wyre Forest District Council announces new chairmanA former Mayor of Kidderminster who was inspired to become a councillor to carry on the work of his late wife, has been elected Chairman of Wyre Forest District Council.Councillor John Aston (Independent - Aggborough and Spennells ward) was named Chairman at Wyre Forest District Council’s annual meeting, succeeding Councillor Shazu Miah. Councillor Peter Dyke will be Vice Chairman for the municipal year. TheChairman’sresponsibilitiesincluderepresentingthedistrictatawiderangeofregionalfunctions,attending community and charity events and formal openings, as well as chairing Council Meetings.Thereisalsotheadditionalworkofraisingmoneyforhischosencharities–‘MarieCurie’and‘KDYT’(Kidderminster & District Youth Trust). “MarieCurieisacauseclosetomyheartandIfeeltheydon’tgettherecognitiontheydeserve.Ialso chosetosupportKidderminster&DistrictYouthTrustastheyhelpyoungpeopleacrossthedistrictby taking them on trips and organising amazing activities.”WhentowncouncillorandMayorofKidderminsterin2012,CouncillorAstonraised£12,000forlocalmentalhealth charity Wyre Forest Mind.OrganisationsthatwouldlikeadviceoninvitingtheChairmantoattendaneventshouldcontacttheChairman’s secretary by email email@example.com_____________________________________________________Heard about the CAZ ?No?Thenyou’llberelievedtohearyoudon’tliveinBrumagumbut,forthe(poor)fewthathavetoworkthere,you’ll need to know that•FurthertrafficmeasuresareplannedinBirminghamontopofthecontroversialnewCleanAirZone- launchedonJune1butgivenasurprisingtwo-weeksuspension;sinceevenaClassDzone,withdailycharges(the most rigorous and extensive of the four options), wouldn't be sufficient to make the city comply with pollution rules.So, to cut emissions further and “encourage” people to switch to public transport, the Council will_•Remove ALL free parking Thecouncilsaysaround15%oftrafficparkinginthecitycentrecurrentlyusesfreeon-streetspacesandtheywant tocutthenumberofcarslookingforcitycentreparkingby30%=2.5%fewervehiclesperkilometreofstreets– together with the “benefit” in raising cash from parking charges. •Bantrafficentering(southbound)orleaving(northbound)SuffolkStreetQueensway(A38)fromParadise Circus.Thecouncilsaysthiswouldcutoveralltrafficandreducedelaysonthe A38atakeylocationwherepollution levels are too high and reduce traffic volume through Paradise Circus - an area with high pedestrian flows.•CloseListerStreetandGreatListerStreetatjunctionwithDartmouthMiddlewaytoreducedelaysand pollutionbecausetrafficontheringroadwouldnolongerneedtostop(andthenaccelerateaway)toallowvehicles from those two streets to cross the A4540. The traffic light junction would be removed.BirminghamCityCouncilsaysfinancialsupportisavailabletohelpcar,vanandtaxiownerswholiveorworkwithin the CAZ.______________________________________________Having to pay to get to BirminghamWith the launch of Birmingham’s Clean Air Zone - CAZ - those straying too far from Wyre Forest into the area inside the A4540 Middleway Ring Road (but not the ring road itself) with highly-polluting vehicles facing a charge of £8 or £50 per week.Exemptions are available _ •for those who live within the zone or •work in the city centre and meet certain requirements •vehicles with a disabled or disabled passenger tax class (but not for a blue badge alone)with more information available from the city council's website: www.brumbreathes.co.ukVehicles which ‘fail’ will be charged £8 a day (in the first year) - pay 6 days before visit to 6 days after - to .Gov.UkFines are £120 - reduced to £60 for prompt payment.Appeals can be made to Local, then National agencies.Those living inside the ‘Middle Ringroad’ will be exempt - for the first year ONLY._________________________________________________And ‘Yet More’ about neighbouring Birmingham (and it’s headaches)A total of 21 West Midlands Metro trams were pulled from service after the vehicle manufacture identified cracks in the underframe structure. Inspections have now been completed and repairs have started on the vehicles affected by the fault, a spokesman confirmed.The number of trams available will be reduced while the cracks are repaired meaning services will run at a maximum of every 10 minutes compared to the usual six to eight minutes until the full fleet is back in action.And to rub some more salt into the Tram-wound ..The underpass beneath Five Ways roundabout in Birmingham, which links Broad Street and Hagley Road - a busy route in and out of the city - is to close .. for TWO YEARS .. as part of the Midland Metro tram extension.Still, it’s supposed to be ready in time for Birmingham to host the Commonwealth Games in 2022._____________________________________________________“Happy Holidays” aheadA four-day Bank Holiday weekend has been confirmed to celebrate The Queen's Platinum Jubilee in 2022, our longest reigning monarch; so next year things are changing a bit, with only one in the fifth month of the year (the early May Bank Holiday weekend).In pleasing news, however, there'll be another Bank Holiday in early June, as the usual late May Bank Holiday weekend is delayed to the sixth month of the year.The May Bank Holiday Weekend will be moved to Thursday, June 2 with an additional Bank Holiday on Friday, 3 June.That makes a Bank Holiday ‘Four Day Weekend’ at the start of June – Thursday 2nd - Friday 3rd - Saturday 4th - Sunday 5th._______________________________________________
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