A painting of Brierley Hill war hero Sgt William Jordan rescuing a wounded colleague has gone missing from Brierley Hill library. Sgt Jordan lived in Campbell Street, Brockmoor, an area of which he was hugely proud. He killed on the opening day of the Battle of Loos on 25th September 1915 and the painting, by award winning artist Francis Gibbons, was presented to Brierley Hill Council in 1917. Archivists in Dudley are now being asked to help find the irreplaceable work of art.
In 1944 Brierley Hill UDC published its ‘master plan’ for the future of the town. It gave the first recorded mention of the ‘new’ road for Brierley Hill – opened 64 years later as Venture Way, set out plans for new homes and a new Civic Centre. One has to wonder how influential the plan was in the development of the area, but followers of the current Brierley Hill Area Action Plan might feel that the picture of the plan does look strangely familiar!
News has been received this morning from the Community Development Foundation regarding the time-table for the final year of Community First funding. This is set out in the table below, with the implications being that all applications must be received by 11th November 2014 so they can be circulated for the panel’s last meeting of 2014 scheduled for November 18th.
On 17th June the planning inspectorate will be conducting an appeal hearing into ‘Clean Power’ proposals to build a further waste site in Brierley Hill. Local environmental group SNOW are calling a public meeting on 4th June at 7pm at Hawbush School to update residents and plan for the appeal.
At its March meeting of the Community First panel Nine Locks Senior Citizens Social Group and St Paul’s Neighbourhood Learning Centre were recommended for grants of £957.50 and £2,250 respectively. Looking to its last year of funding the panel also agreed to prioritise projects which help to make organisations more sustainable. Read the minutes here.
Brierley Hill Community Forum was set up in 2003 to bring groups and individuals together to engage with the regeneration plans for the area and to add value to the splendid work already being undertaken for the benefit of Brierley Hill. After a successful period the Forum is now calling a meeting to consider its future.
The search for volunteers to adopt planters in Brierley Hill high Street this summer all to look after them iis being stepped up today, as Shane Birch-Bastock the chair of the town’s traders’ association leaflets local shoppings seeking to add to the impressive list of ‘bloomers’ who have already volunteered.
Ten years of from acquiring Merry Hill from Chelsield, Westfield have sold their interest on to Intu. The centre will now be rebranded as Intu Merry Hill. It remains to be seen how this will impact on the regeneration plans for the area.
After intense lobbying the Brierley Hill SNOW group, consisting of concerned local residents, have won the right to appear at the appeal into Clean Power’s planning application.
Brierley Hill Civic Society discussed at its March meeting proposals to regenerate the town centre, fund raising, the future speakers programme, Brierley Hill SNOW campaign, the Christmas Festival and Brierley Hill in Bloom.