An Offer From Anglo Italian Tiles

Did you know that Anglo Italian Tiles has been trading in this area for 60 years?

Here’s a message the owners sent this week – read it because there’s a great offer for our visitors that could result in significant savings if you’re considering updating your bathroom or kitchen;

“Our company has deep historical roots in Wythall and started trading in 1949.
Our main site was in Houndsfield lane in 50’s, 60’s and 70’s before moving to the Maypole and later Hollywood Lane.
We now trade form our offices on the Alcester Road.
Local people have both supported and benefitted from our services for over 60 years.

Our new showroom is a hidden gem in the heart of our village.
We pride ourselves on supplying and installing stylish tiles and sanitary ware to peoples homes .many of our products are Italian but we also source from Britian and locally including Birmingham where possible.
All our staff and installers are local people who pride themselves on good customer service.
So our message is – if anyone is looking for quality tiles and bathrooms supplied and fitted professionally at competitive prices, then look no further than your local family tile and bathroom shop.
we offer a 20% discount to anyone who mentions ‘ contact’

Visit the Anglo Italian Tiles web site at

Can’t say fairer than that.

If any other local business would like to get in touch and have a mention on these pages, feel free.


Threshers Store Wythall

proposed elevation former Threshers WythallWe were contacted this week by a resident concerned at the current and deteriorating condition of the former Threshers premises on the corner of Station Road and Lea Green Lane.

Having contacted One Stop about the state of the building and the car park, he was told that they do not own the building and the sale was never completed, therefore the responsibility for the site lies with the landlord, thought to be a Mr Sanghera. this afternoon spoke with the agents handling enquiries on this property, Bartlett Property who confirmed that One Stop will indeed be taking possession of the site and are waiting for the landlord to commence works on extending the property, as outlined in planning application number 12/0060 dated 30 January 2012. Planning was granted on 2 March 2012.

The planning application refers to a single storey extension at the rear of the property and isn’t the first time such an application has been made.

We know from the licensing application, that One Stop will be opening from 6am to 11pm every day and their recent rebranding exercise means that Wythall is likely to be saddled with either a red and blue or worse, a bright and brash yellow frontage that will be seen from Norton Lane, Lea Green Lane and Station Road.

For those people who are currently using the car park as a park and ride, your days appear to be numbered.


Little Boxes, Little Boxes

Bromsgrove District Council today informed local residents of the revised planning application for Gorsey lane, Wythall (previously known as Bleakhouse Farm), submitted by the joint developer, Miller Homes.

If you’d like to see the full application, it’s available by clicking here.

Here’s a selection of some of the styles of housing being proposed for this facsimile estate.

new house style proposed for Wythall
new house style proposed for Wythall
new house style proposed for Wythall
new house style proposed for Wythall
new house style proposed for Wythall
new house style proposed for Wythall
new house style proposed for Wythall

There are a few more styles, but as they all look remarkably similar, only a small selection has been included on this page.

The site is already being cleared and the developers signs are now erected, so the planning application is just a formality.

Remember, before all of this was approved, we warned you that the original application, once granted, would be extended from the original 178 proposed homes to something like 750. This hasn’t happened yet, but it will.

The current plot will be extended considerably until it reaches Lea Green Lane and possibly Alcester Road. That’s the price of complacency folks.

Work Starts At Bleakhouse Farm

The site signs are erected, the old asbestos sheds have been demolished and the diggers have moved in to Bleakhouse Farm.

No doubt the marketing signs will appear soon, along with the construction traffic blocking the pavements along Station Road and Gorsey Lane.

Never mind, act quickly and you might just be able to secure  an off-plan plot at a bargain rate to resell later at a profit.

New Homes Bonus

Over 50 members of the public including parish councillors, from villages across Bromsgrove District attended the New Homes Bonus Public Forum at Bromsgrove Council House on the evening of 15th July.

This Public Forum, chaired by Cllr Kit Taylor who was accompanied by the other members of the New Homes Bonus Cross Party Committee Cllrs Sherrey, Mallett and Baxter, was called by Bromsgrove Council as a result of a 1429 name petition presented to Full Council in April which called on the council to introduce a policy on the New Homes Bonus which would oblige the council to pass on this money to local communities affected by housing developments following public consultation, which were the original intentions of the scheme as stated by Central Government.

The overwhelming and unanimous mood of the public at the forum was that it was imperative that the council followed the intentions of the scheme as stated by Central Government and pass on this money to improve local community centres and other facilities and provide funding for local scouts, guides, sports clubs and other community groups right across the district.

The point was strongly made that neighbouring Wychavon Council, as well as dozens of other councils up and down the country, have protocols in place which already pass some of this money on to affected communities, in the case of Wychavon it being 40%.

The committee were reminded that the Council has responsibility to invest in infrastructure and services across the district, not just concentrating on the town centre area.

The point was emphasized that there are ageing and outdated community facilities in Hagley and elsewhere that require capital investment immediately to cope with extra population influx from housing developments, and the New Homes Bonus was intended for this exact use.

It was also made clear how disappointing it was that the Council had only held this public consultation because a petition had virtually obliged them to when infact the Council should have been consulting with the public as far back as 2011 ( and then passing on the money ), when the scheme was originally launched.

Specific pleas were made by some speakers for this money to go to a host of community groups including those which would benefit children and youths.

Doubts were also continually raised as to how well ( or not ) the Council had run its budget over recent years if it was effectively using New Homes Bonus money to plug gaps in its financial budget rather than passing the money on to affected communities.

As lead petitioner of the petition presented to council, I look forward to the New Homes Bonus Cross Party Committee, which includes the Leader and Deputy Leader of The Council, now making a series of recommendations to go before Full Council which reflect the wishes of the public present at the public forum, which will ultimately lead to public funds via this scheme going to much-needed local community facilities and groups, as per the original intentions.

Peter Rowbottom
Hagley Residents Action Group

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