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You may have read in the local free press that charges for parking in the Country Park are likely to be introduced at some point in the future. Charges would apply to the car parks on Beacon Hill, in Warren Lane and at the golf club off Rose Hill. The monies raised will create a revenue stream for the Parks Dept.
Before charging is introduced, there will be a period of public consultation and there will also need to be work done to improve the surface of the car parks. At the present time, parking charges are still to be determined as is the need for possible yellow lining on roads such as Warren Lane.
Lickey Hills Care Home in Warren Lane is in the process of being closed and the site owners have applied to Bromsgrove District Council for the removal of Condition 2 from the planning application documentation. This would mean that the use of the site could change but at the moment, there is little formal evidence as to what the new use might be. The Society has expressed its concerns over a change of use and will continue to monitor the situation closely.
Birmingham City Council has launched its public consultation into its 2018/19 budget proposals.
The Council has already saved more than £642 million since 2010 but now needs to find further savings of £54 million for 2018/19. However, most of this has already been consulted on and are ongoing savings, so this specific consultation covers £14 million of new savings proposals.
Regarding Parks Services, it shows that Parks will be looking at ways to bring in more income. We take this to mean that there are no proposed cuts this time. We know that the Council views the remaining Park Keepers and Rangers as important to us all and so there are no cuts being proposed in the Budget for 2018/19.
Source: – Birmingham Open Spaces Forum – January Newsletter
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