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During springtime, The Vale of Evesham, famous for its production of some of the finest apples, plums and pears in the country, becomes a picturesque display of colour. For a few short weeks between mid-March and mid-May, when the blossom is at its best, the Vale plays host to a range of different activities for all ‘budding’ horticulturalists.
The Blossom Trail is a popular attraction for visitors and locals alike, and with such a variety of fruit trees growing in one area, it is one not to be missed.
You can walk, cycle, or get a coach tour around The Blossom Trail, following the prominent yellow and black signs. If you choose to explore by coach, your tour guide will keep you informed about all the wonders of The Vale. These tours usually take place in April.
For more information, a copy of the trail and weekly updates on the blossom click here.
I've driven around the route and the yellow and black AA signs generally work OK, however, they don't always give adequate warning of an upcoming turn, and can sometimes be confused with the many signs pointing to new housing developments, also yellow and black. The only problem I found was at the top of Greenhill in Evesham where the B4184 meets the A44 at the roundabout, where was no sign advising you to turn left towards Fladbury.
According to a report in the Evesham Journal, MORE bad drivers will be sent to driving awareness courses rather than given points on their licences, according to a new plan from West Mercia's police and crime commissioner.
John Campion also says he wants to see more speedwatch groups and officers and staff being better trained to support victims and their families.
The ideas are part of an approach Mr Campion has published for tackling the number of people dying on roads in the region.
The report is based on 2018 figures which show there were 2,427 crashes in West Mercia resulting in casualties of which 53 were fatal and 461 were seriously injured.
West Mercia has bucked the national trend over the past four years with a 23 per cent decrease in road deaths - although there was a 32.5 per cent increase in people killed on local roads in 2018.killed or injured through prevention, increased enforcement and offender rehabilitation and victim support.
Mr Campion’s report says that, of the participants in a National Speed Awareness Course, only five per cent reoffended after six months. And he has promised funding will be allocated to deliver these projects.
Mr Campion said: “Road safety is a key priority and I remain committed to ensuring that together we find a way to make our roads safer. Whilst there is some great work already being done around enforcement and raising general awareness, there is always more to be done. This strategy ties everything together and sets out my vision for delivering a more effective response.
"It also outlines how I will deliver on my responsibilities as Commissioner within policing, as well as how I will work with partners locally and nationally to embed a whole-system approach. I welcome people’s views so this important document can be shaped by those that are using West Mercia’s roads.”
Members of the public are encouraged to give their views on the plans. To take part in the consultation, visit:
#MORSE is a new initiative to make roads safer throughout West Mercia launched in September, focusing on individuals who are repeatedly committing driving offences, as well as those who are at risk of offending.
#MORSE is a partnership between West Mercia Police, Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue, Shropshire Fire and Rescue and the WWMCRC to provide tailored support to address the root causes of dangerous driving. It aims to target all types of driving offences including speeding, driving under the influence of drink or drugs and careless driving.
#MORSE is delivered by a team of five YSS key workers and is funded by West Mercia Police and Crime Commissioner, John Campion.
As part of Operation Snap, members of the public can report and submit (via a ) digital footage showing potential traffic offences. This can range from driving dangerously or carelessly to overtaking on solid white lines, using a mobile phone while driving, ignoring traffic lights or dangerous driving around other road users, such as horse riders and cyclists.
Your submission will be sent to West Mercia Police where the evidence will be reviewed by one of our road traffic police officers.
Due to the large volume of submissions received each week, we are unable to update each submitter regarding the outcome of their allegation. However, all submissions are dealt with pro-actively to help reduce risk taking and poor driving on our counties roads.
Any footage submitted through the portal can be used by us to help educate other road users and to advise on case results.
Recently there has been much correspondence on various social media sites regarding tractors being driven through our village. In response, Roger Davies, Chair of Charlton Parish Council, and Sue Hiscocks from Charlton met with Matt Whiteman and Nick from Evesham Vale Growers. Evesham Vale Growers made it clear they wish to work with the communities within which they have farming activities and have agreed to advise their tractor drivers to drive at a maximum speed of 20mph limit through the built up part of our village, and this will be reduced down to 10mph where certain pinch points occur. The same limits will be applied to their tractor drivers moving through Fladbury and Cropthorne villages. They will also make sure their contractors are aware of these requirements.
If any particular driver is seen to be not complying, or using their ‘phone while driving, then please let them know and they will take it up with them directly. If their tractor registration can be noted then they can easily identify who they need to speak to.
To contact EVG please do this via email to:
West Mercia Local Relief Forum in conjunction with Charlton Community Flood Action Group, Charlton Parish Council, Worcestershire County Council, Wychavon District Council and the Environment Agency have published a Rapid Response Catchment Community Plan in the event of serious flooding of the Merry Brook. This document details the risk of a serious flooding event and the actions required in the event that such an incident occurs. You can view the plan document by clicking on the icon below:
If you were unble to make the drop in meeting on 6th June but would still like to discuss any of thee matters in any way, please feel free to email: email@example.com
Following the withdrawal of many rural bus services across the county (which severely affects Charlton), Worcestershire County Council commissioned an enquiry. The following link will take you to a report on their findings:
Charlton Parish Council has responded to the recent call for comments on Worcestershire County Council's Passenger Transport Strategy document on behalf of village residents.