You are invited to a meeting of the Brierley Hill Civic Society to take place at 5.30pm on Monday 16th November 2009 at St Michael’s Church, Brierley Hill.
Please note: Steve Greaves from Dudley College will open up the former Glass Centre in Moor Street at 4.30pm prior to the meeting to give us a chance to take photographs, look around, inspect etc. All welcome to attend! Meet at the Glass Centre.
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The designation of Brierley Hill High Street as a conservation area will help to maintain the best of its buildings and provide a framework for the much needed improvements in the area – supporting the development of a special Brierley Hill sense of place as the regeneration of the area progresses – said Pete Boland, Principle Conservation Officer at Dudley Council in addressing the town’s new Civic Society.
Mr Boland showed slides illustrating the characterisation research which had taken place prior to designating the area as a conservation area. These revealed a surprising number of high quality, attractive buildings which gave an insight into the historic development of the area and gave Brierley Hill a character of its own.
The distinctive quality buildings will be afforded extra protection as a conservation area and plans will be taken forward to improve the environment in the High Street, integrate new development appropriately to maintain the distinctiveness of the town – by for example using local materials for construction- and will be underpinned by the use of planning controls.
An action plan has been produced and a grant application has been made to the Regional Development Agency for funding to commence the environmental improvements.
Bats, Kingfishers, Watervoles and other special species will get their own regeneration proposals with the new Brierley Hill Area Action Plan to be published by Dudley Council on 30th November.
Speaking at a meeting of Brierley Hill Civic Society Nicki Dale, principle planning officer with Dudley Council, described the surprising number special species of wildlife which have been identified in the area. These include bats, black redstarts, dingy skippers, great crested newts with little legs, green hairstreaks, kingfishers and watervoles. Continue reading Bats, Kingfishers and Watervoles get their own regeneration plan!
Following the insolvency of the Civic Trust, civic societies up and down the country have been seeking ways of networking nationally. On 16th October Civic Societies met together as part of the Civic Society Initiative. Read about the event and download the “Own the Future” document by clicking here.
A draft constitution for Brierley Hill Civic Society is now available from the downloads page. Comments would be welcomed in advance of our next meeting on 16th November 2009.
Pete Boland, head of Dudley Council’s Conservation team, and Nikki Dale, senior planning policy officer will be star speakers at the next meeting of Brierley Hill Civic Society on 19th October. Pete will be talking about the proposals to create a conservation area in Brierley Hill High Street, whilst Nikki will be talking about proposals to create green wildlife corridors in Brierley Hill. Both Pete and Nikki are fascinating speakers and all are welcome to attend the meeting which starts at 5.30pm at St Michaels Church. For an agenda and notes of the previous meeting read on… Continue reading A Greener Brierley Hill and Preserving Our Heritage: Civic Society Agenda for 19th October
Brierley Hill Civic Society will be meeting at 5.30pm on the third Monday of each month. There is some debate about the best meeting time and the Society agreed to keep this under review.
So the next meeting will therefore be at 5.30pm on Monday October 19th at St Michael’s Church.
The next meeting of Brierley Hill Civic Society which will be held at 5.30pm on 21st September 2009 at St Michael’s Church Brierley Hill. Continue reading Civic Society Meeting – St Michael's, 5.30pm, tonight