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The Parish Council Office will be closed for the Bank Holiday on Monday 27th May 2013. In a real emergency you may contact the Executive Officer on 07752199989.
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Annual Reports 2013
ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY TOILET OFFICIALLY OPENED AT OUR ALLOTMENTS
An environmentally friendly toilet has now been installed at our Allotments in Baccabox Lane. The official opening has taken place and the toilet can now be used by allotment holders all year round.
A Message about your Parish Council Tax for 2013/2014
Your Council tax bill for this year states that it includes support for Wythall to the sum of £100,447 (called the precept). If you look back at last year's bill you will notice that the sum was £95,700. This represents an increase of £5,253, which is 5% and an average of 2p per week per household.
If you look at how much this represents in tax terms compared with last year, you will notice that the increase is far greater than 5%. For example, a band 'D' property has increased from £20 to £22.80, or 14%, or about 5.5p per week.
So how can we explain this?
Historically, council tax was calculated by taking the precept and dividing it by the number of properties in the Parish. Late last year Central Government changed the rules and local authorities now have to remove those households who receive Council Tax benefit from the calculation. This means that the same amount of money is being collected from fewer households, hence the increased tax.
Central government has helped Bromsgrove District Council, who administers all of our Council taxes, to reduce the impact of this change by awarding a grant, part of which was intended to be passed on to Parish Councils.
Bromsgrove District Council, agreed to pass on the grant, but unfortunately failed to communicate the details adequately. Every resident who lives in a parished area within Bromsgrove has been billed for the full amount, ignoring the grant.
Bromsgrove Council has offered to repay all of our residents the difference (£1.80) for a band 'D' property, however, realistically, the cost of doing so would be prohibitive. We will still however receive the grant, which in Wythall's case is £7,950. It is highly unlikely that Central Government will make this grant available in future years. The Parish Council will hold this money to offset or reduce our Precept for future years.
Cllr Mrs Sue Baxter
Finance, Policy and Resources Committee Chairman
Download Wythall rainfall charts below, kindly supplied by Cllr Ron Hall.
Wythall is situated in the north east corner of Worcestershire, within the District of Bromsgrove and the County of Worcestershire. The village shares borders with Solihull and Birmingham and has a population of over 12,000 spread amongst several areas which includes Majors Green and parts of Walkers Heath. The purpose of this website is to provide useful information for residents and visitors.
PARISH COUNCIL CENTENARY
The Parish Council had its Centenary in November 2011, a commemorative plaque to celebrate this occasion was unveiled by Cllr Caroline Spencer (Civic Head of Bromsgrove District Council) on 14th April 2012 at the Parish Council Office. (Photograph below shows Cllr Caroline Spencer being presented with a bouquet of flowers).
Other photos below show Cllr Helen Cleaver (our Chairman at the time) presenting shields to Woodrush High School and Coppice Primary School to celebrate the Parish Councils centenary. The shield will be presented annually to a pupil in recognition of student contribution to the community. Meadow Green Schools shield will be for Academic Achievement.
Places of Local Interest
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History of Wythall
The first recorded settlement in Wythall was at Berrymound, north west of
Majors Green. In 1911 two thirds of the ancient parish of Kings Norton was
transferrred to Birmingham and only Wythall remained in Worcestershire.
Wythall is derived from the name Wythworth, worth means enclosure where
Withies or Oziers are grown or prepared. The names Grimpits Farm and Grimes Hill
derive from Grim who was the Anglo Saxon god of war and dates back to when the
Angles and the Saxons were pentrating central England. The name Drakes Cross is
derived from the word Drakness meaning dragon. Headley Heath was originally
called Heathleage on the old tythe maps. Inkford was an area which was a
medieval village and is also a bronze ring site.
Chapel Lane and Station Rd appear on the oldest existing road map dated 1330
and these roads were used on the route from Droitwich to Coventry. Silver Street
is an old salt track from Houndsfield to Droitwich, this route was used for
carrying timber to the salt works.
What is now the Pearl Insurance complex was previously RAF Wythall (from 1938-1960) which was a ballon barrage centre that defended Southern Birmingham and Coventry during the second world war. After the war it became a demob centre for all WAAF`s nationally.
In medieval times there was a windmill on a mound at the site where
Becketts Farm is now. This was part of the ancient village of Wythall and formed
part of the Manor owned by the Bell family which also included the site of St
Marys church which was then the Manor Church.
(From the book Wythall and St Mary`s Church,by CF Sharpe, June 1972,
avaliable from Wythall Library and additional information supplied by the late Mr Roy
Pearson, Tree Warden )