We have just come out of a quiet period for district council matters and as such this update is much briefer than usual.

Since the last update for the June Village News edition the Government has confirmed that council meetings should now recommence being held in public following strict safe distancing rules. I personally don’t agree with this decision as this has meant that the Clerks of Parish Councils and Democratic Services at District have been asked to ensure the safety of staff, councillors, and members of the public. Each Council has been able to adapt very well to remote meetings and in many cases, we have seen a rise in public participation.

I would like to take this opportunity to report that I was unsuccessful in being elected as the Worcestershire County Councillor for the Clent Hills Division (Hagley, Clent, Romsley, Belbroughton, Hunnington and Frankley). That honour goes to Karen who I would like to congratulate and wish her all the best for the future.

I would also like to sincerely thank my most extraordinary supporters who helped deliver over 12,000 leaflets, hosted banners and window posters and well-wishers for what was a tremendous effort. Nothing could be achieved without your help and determination. My thanks will always be sincere.

Please remember that we can both be contacted on s.colella@bromsgrove.gov.uk or r.jenkins@bromsgrove.gov.uk

Bromsgrove District Councillors Steve Colella (Hagley West) Rachel Jenkins (Hagley East)