The Village Notice Board


Reported crime continues to fall, probably due to the impact of lockdown and the need for having a ‘good reason’ to travel. This does not mean that there has been zero crime as there have been reports that attempts have been made to break into vehicles late at night. No doubt as lockdown eases so crime will once again rise. I would urge good habits to protect against such crimes are adopted as second nature, even when there is a lower-than-normal crime rate. Make sure valuables are removed from vehicles when parked, house doors and windows are locked, and neighbours are kept informed when going away overnight.

During the pandemic I have been pressing to establish a community speed watch. There has been some recent good news in that this initiative has received some funding. I have contacted the relevant officer with a view to discussing how this might work in Hagley. As soon as something tangible is known I will report back. I continue to receive reports of speeding vehicles and breaches of the Government social distancing guidance. Worcestershire Regulated Services is leading on providing inspections where these are reported, and I have been in close contact with the authority since Christmas.

I am disappointed that Bromsgrove District Council did not support my request for Government Covid recovery grants to be spent on more CCTV cameras at fly tipping hot spots as well as known crime or ASB areas.

Steve Colella and Roger Seabury Joint Coordinators