The Parish of Alvechurch consists of four electoral wards Alvechurch, Bordesley, Hopwood and Rowney Green. Alvechurch ward comprises the village of Alvechurch and Withybed Green; the Hopwood ward includes the north half of Weatheroak, whilst the southern half is contained within the Rowney Green ward that also encompasses the Holloway and Grange Lane.
Sited within the Worcestershire district of Bromsgrove, Alvechurch is one of Bromsgrove’s 20 parishes and shares boundaries with Beoley, Wythall, Barnt Green, Cofton Hackett and Tutnall & Cobley Parishes. The parish also borders both the city of Birmingham and Redditch new-town and is therefore a vital part of the West Midlands Green Belt that serves as a buffer between conurbations.
The only part of the parish that is not covered by the Green Belt classification is the built-up area of Alvechurch village itself. The resultant restrictions on new building development in the Green Belt mean demand for new housing in the parish is high.
Alvechurch Village Centre is a designated Conservation Area, host to a number of listed buildings originating from the 15th century. The parish church of St Laurence is listed grade II
The parish is host to good transport links of all types including (by road) the north/south A441 and the east/west M42, (by rail) the Redditch/Lichfield cross-city service, and (by canal) the Worcester Birmingham canal. The river Arrow flows from its source in the nearby Lickey Hills through the parish and out towards Alcester. The village of Alvechurch lies in a valley surrounded by Hob, Scarfield, Coopers, Hopwood, Wast, Weatheroak and Newbourne Hills.
Parish Councils are the most local tier of Local Government, the grass-roots level. In this area Local Government consists of parish councils, district councils and county councils – all of which have been set up by Acts of Parliament. In Alvechurch the parish council has been in existence since 1894, since when there have been a few changes to its size and number of councillors to today’s parish which covers the wards of Alvechurch.
The Parish Council is funded by the council tax payer. Councillors work out how much money they will need for the forthcoming year and set a special rate called the precept which is collected by the District Council with the council tax.
Parish Council Services
Your Parish Council servicesThe Parish Council Office opens four days a week from 10.00 to 12.00 for information and advice. Among the services we provide are:
- Looking after the car park at the Social Club (daytime)
- Managing the playing fields and children’s play equipment at The Meadows, Hopwood and Rowney Green
- Footpath lighting and minor highways work
- Keeping the Alvechurch village centre clean
- Upkeep of community buildings at Rowney Green and Hopwood
- Grants to community organisations especially The Lounge.
- Grit and dog bin supply and servicing
- Advice and opinion on building/housing
- Making representations to the District and County for the benefit of the parish, for example on planning issues
- Leading Neighbourhood Planning for the parish
Changes at the Parish CouncilEvery year the Parish Council holds its Annual Meeting, at which responsibilities and priorities for the next year are agreed. This year, we have made few changes in our structures, following major changes last year. We have reviewed last year’s changes:
- The Youth Sport and Recreation committee will continue, and will be able to co-opt non-councillors from Alvechurch, Rowney Green and Hopwood.
- The Communications subcommittee will be renamed an advisory committee, reporting directly to the PC.
- The Community Safety Committee will be renamed the Community Safety Forum and continue to be a replacement for PACT. Being a Forum means the public will be able to speak more than during a formal Committee.