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October 2018
 
Welcome to the latest edition of our online newsletter for residents.
Local plan update
Keep an eye on our website and social media for dates for the next stage of consultation on our Local Plan. The Local Plan will set out how much development is needed up until 2036 and where it should be located.  We are putting together a version of the Local Plan, know as a pre-submission plan, which will be submitted for government approval next summer. As part of the consultation we are looking to hold drop in sessions in November and you will be able to submit comments online. Visit our Local Plan Review webpage.


 
Tell us on a map
We have introduced another way for you to find out information or report problems about district council services. Our interactive mapping webpage helps you find out things like who your councillor is, the ten nearest planning applications to a specified postcode or details of listed buildings. Using the map you can also report problems like the location of flytipping, graffiti and much more. Visit our mapping webpage.
Click and collect and save £20
It’s a busy time in the garden, clearing away the summer bedding and tidying up for the winter ahead. So why not take the hassle and mess out of transporting garden waste and take advantage of our latest brown bin special offer?  You can save the usual £20 registration fee if you collect the bin from our Depot in Green Street, Kidderminster.  Click and collect today quoting discount code “collect” or call 01562 732528. Collections are fortnightly between March and December for an annual fee of just £48.50 for a standard 240L bin or £32 for a smaller 140L bin.
 
Don’t be a litter monster!
With Halloween just around the corner look out for our new spooky anti-litter campaign that will be creeping up on you throughout the month of October. Inspired by Kidderminster’s famous litter-picking group The Pickup Artists, this year’s horror-film themed campaign will be urging people not to be litter monsters, by binning or taking their litter home and not creating a nightmare on our streets.   Read more about the campaign. 
New licensing law for housing
From today (Monday 1 October) new rules have come into force for homes in multiple occupation. It means many more properties will need a licence. Up until now only properties with three or more storeys needed a licence. The new law requires landlords of all properties occupied by five or more people (including children), who are living as two or more different households, to have a licence. If you are a landlord or living in a shared property and would like to find out more visit our housing webpage or contact our housing team on 01562 732190.
Free Energy Advice Surgeries
Get advice on reducing your energy bills, heating your home efficiently and preventing damp, mould and condensation at our energy surgeries. We’ve teamed up with Act on Energy to offer free and impartial advice on all matters energy related. The next sessions take place on Tuesday 2 October at Stourport Library from 1.30pm-4.30pm, Wednesday 24 October at Kidderminster Library from 9.30am – 12.30pm  and at Bewdley Library from 1.30pm-4.30pm, followed by a session at Stourport Library on Tuesday 6 November 1.30pm – 4.30pm, with further dates available on our Warm and Well pages. If you can’t make it to a session, you can call Act on Energy’s free helpline for advice on 0800 988 2881.
Kidderminster Repair Cafe
Do you have an item which needs repairing and not sure where to start? Pop along to Kidderminster Repair Cafe.  They welcome anyone to take faulty items, sewing jobs and items for sharpening and they will do their best to repair, sharpen or advise! The Repair Cafe is run by volunteers who are keen not to put more stuff into landfill and pass on their repair skills.  It is free but they do welcome donations to cover costs. Tea, coffee and homemade cakes are available for you to enjoy while you wait!  The Repair Cafe is at Kidderminster Youth House, Bromsgrove Street, on the first Saturday of every month (except August) from 10am till 2pm.  You don’t need to book just turn up!
Spooktacular Halloween events
Looking for a spooky Halloween event for the family? Bewdley Museum is holding a ‘Nightmare at the museum’ on Saturday 27 October, 5pm-8pm. Tickets are £5 per person or a family ticket is £17.50 (2 adults & 2 children). Find out more about the activities and you can book online. Look out on the museum’s Facebook page for half term activities. Our rangers are organising a spooky trail on Wednesday 31 October. It is £2.50, and children need to be accompanied by a paying adult. Please book online. Meet at Habberley Valley car park at 5pm.
Flood alerts on Facebook
If you are on Facebook and live in Wyre Forest, you might like to follow a new page designed to give residents live flooding updates as well as lots of useful information about water management. Our colleagues at North Worcestershire Water Management, a shared land drainage service covering Wyre Forest and Bromsgrove and  Redditch districts, have created the new page to promote their work to reduce the risk of flooding while protecting and enhancing water environment. There’s also a survey for anyone who may have been affected by flooding to complete.  You can find their page here.
Conservation volunteers recycle boardwalk
Conservation volunteers have spent time this summer restoring a boardwalk at Moorhall Marsh in Stourport. The volunteers, who work closely with the council’s countryside rangers, have restored the boardwalk which leads out into the riverside wetland meadows using recycled materials from the old boardwalk at Spennells. If you’d like to volunteer your time on similar projects check out the host of opportunities on our conservation volunteer’s webpage.
Bewdley Museum’s giant WW1 poppy
Bewdley Museum is creating a giant crafted poppy to commemorate the centenary of the end of the WW1. Hand-knitted and crocheted poppies have been lovingly made over the past few weeks by volunteers, museum staff, and the All Saints Church Bewdley Knit and Natter group. The giant poppy will be created using all of the mini knitted poppies, which will be sewn onto a large wire structure for the walled garden. It will be on display from Tuesday 5 November.
Plink and Boo among town hall highlights
The topsy-turvy world of Plink and Boo is coming to Kidderminster Town Hall on Wednesday 31 October. This interactive circus theatre adventure for two to five year olds uses acrobatics, live music and plenty of toys. Performances are at 11am and 1pm, tickets are £5 per child, accompanying adults are free. Book online. Also over the next couple of months the town hall is hosting; actor and comedian Phill Jupitus, a wedding open evening, ACDC tribute band, Blind Lemon and many more. Visit the town hall website for more details.
New licences required for businesses working with animals 
New regulations come into force today (Monday 1 October) requiring certain businesses dealing with animals to apply for a licence. All business involved in selling animals as pets, providing or arranging boarding for cats or dogs, hiring out horses, dog breeding or keeping or training animals for exhibition must apply for a licence.  Worcestershire Regulatory Services will administer licences on our behalf under the changes introduced as part of the Animal Welfare Act 2006. More information is available on the Worcestershire Regulatory Services website.
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