Monthly Archives: October 2009

Hat-trick Simeon’s hallowe’en wizardry


A hat-trick from top scorer Simeon Smith saw Vale FC thrash Racing Club Warwick 6-0 in the Midland Combination at Farnborough Road today. Power, Ellis and Aaron Smith completed the Vale scoring.
No such fortune for JKS. They went down 1-0 at high flying Brocton.

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Sharp rise in Vale crime for September


Crime in Castle Vale was up for the fourth successive month in September in comparison to figures for the corresponding month in 2008, according to West Midlands Police figures. 90 crimes were reported in the area during September 2009, compared with 70 for September 2008,  a rise of almost 30%.
Reported crime in the area was up by 8% over the past 12 months. This is in stark contrast to the West Midlands region as a whole, where crime is down by 10%.

Stables and paddock: council plans


The City Council would like the paddock and stable area in Farnborough Road to be run on a similar basis to another council run stables, Hole Farm Trekking Centre in Woodgate Valley Park (click here for link).
Martin Mullaney, cabinet member for Leisure, Sport and Culture says: “Here local children, including disabled children, are taught how to ride horses. The Woodgate Valley Park stables are a wonderful facility and I would urge residents who question the need for the paddock and stable to visit Hole Farm Trekking Centre.”
He was responding to an article in October’s Vale Mail in which the chair of the Stables Committee, Lynne Witkamp explained the absence of horses from the paddock  following some criticism at a local meeting that money spent on the area was money wasted.
Mr Mullaney said: “The paddock area will be cut before 7th November, so that the horses can use this area over this winter. In the Spring we will do additional de-weeding to stop the regrowth of the chicory plant.”
Mr Mullaney feels that the council’s policy of combining the paddock area with the football development is ‘an attempt to bring the countryside into an urban area’.
“From my observations, Mr Mullaney says, “I would have thought the residents of Farnborough Road will get great joy of seeing horses grazing across the road from them.”

Astral jobs under threat, says leaked document


A leaked Council report suggests that jobs at the Astral Youth centre are under threat, according to the Birmingham Mail. (click here to see Birmingham Mail article)
The Council is looking to cut youth services across the city by £1million, to alleviate its financial crisis.
Cabinet member Les Lawrence is said to be furious that the document has been leaked. The Council’s line at the moment is that no decisions have been taken.
A report being discussed at the Council’s cabinet meeting next Tuesday says: “The financial position for the City Council is challenging. The City Council is faced with dual pressures of increasing demand for many front line services, at the same time as major income streams are eroded as a result of the impact of the economic downturn.”

Vale police urge residents to check on door-to-door sellers


Castle Vale Police are urging residents to be aware that door to door callers claiming to be representatives of Scottish Power may be bogus. Concerned residents from Dyce Close and Whittle Croft have contacted police to tell them that they have been visited in recent evenings by ‘reps’ claiming to be working for Scottish Power. Police have contacted Scottish Power who say that they have no representatives in the area at the moment, and that they would not expect their sales people to be calling on homes during the evenings.
Police have also received complaints from residents who are suspicious about two smartly dressed adult male callers who claim to be acting for a charity.
Advice from the police is:

  • Answer the door but keep the chain on.
  • Ask to see ID.
  • All ID should have a telephone number that you can contact if you want further proof from the caller’s employers.
  • If you have suspicions, call the police on 0845 113 5000.

Pype Hayes bonfire schedule


The programme for the free bonfire and fireworks show at Pype Hayes Park on Thursday 5th November is:

  • 5pm – Gates/funfair open
  • 7pm – Bonfire lighting
  • 8pm – Fireworks and music
  • 10pm – Event ends
  • Free food for sunny Wednesday


    Free food  will be served up in Centre Park this Wedensday for youngsters on half term. It’s a barbecue, from 3-5pm, organised by local police, youth workers and wardens, who will be supervising sports activities around the park. The Met Office is predicting sunny weather, and temperatures of 18 degrees for the day, the warmest of the week.