Linking our rural communities with the main transport hubs, like Hagley station, has been a key ambition for me. We have been fortunate to secure the support and funding from Worcestershire County Council (WCC) for Bromsgrove District to have a Demand Responsive Public Transport initiative. This involves the introduction of an App through which you will be able to book and call a shuttle bus whenever required. This will reduce congestion and improve air quality. Our aim is to role this out across the entire Bromsgrove District.

Residents and businesses in our area, have had success in establishing community projects that have accessed the Gigabit voucher schemes. The current scheme has recently come to an end. I have written to our MP, Sajid Javid regarding the role out of the next stage of the Gigabit capable broadband for our area. I am committed to ensuring that we build on the achievements to date. Sajid has agreed that he will take up this matter with the Secretary of State at the Department for Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS). I am confident that a new scheme will be introduced soon.

I would like to take this opportunity to reassure residents that where concerns have been raised regarding trees on WCC land, the trees have been inspected by Arboriculturists and no safety issues have been identified. In addition to this, I would like to make it clear that the budget for the County Council is growing not shrinking currently, and whilst social care demands do create financial pressures for WCC, there have been no cuts to the Highway spend of which tree maintenance forms a part.

If residents have any issues concerning trees or other matters, please do not hesitate to contact me. Stay safe and well

Cllr Karen May - Mobile: 07818 085140 Email: kmay@worcestershire.gov.uk