weather warning
Yellow warning of thunderstorms
Areas affected: East Midlands | East of England | London & South East England | North East England | North West England | South West England | Wales | West Midlands | Yorkshire & Humber
Starts: 18:00 BST on Wed 16 June
Ends: 06:00 BST on Fri 18 June
Some places are likely to see thunderstorms later Wednesday through to Friday with the potential for travel disruption and flooding.
– There is a small chance that homes and businesses could be flooded quickly, with damage to some buildings from floodwater, lightning strikes, hail and strong winds
– Where flooding or lightning strikes occur, there is a chance of delays and some cancellations to train and bus services
– Spray and sudden flooding could lead to difficult driving conditions and some road closures
– There is a small chance that some communities become cut off by flooded roads
– There is a slight chance that power cuts could occur and other services to some homes and businesses could be lost
Issued at: 10:22 BST on Sun 13 June
Thanks to Vicky at Midlands Storm Chasers U.K

D&O Primary Care Network – Covid Update

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Time for some (slightly belated) #CovidVaccine numbers for Herefordshire and Worcestershire!
✅ 491,788 first doses given in total – up 14,446 since last week.
✅ 323,205 second doses given in total – up 36,647 since last week.
That’s a grand total of 814,993 vaccinations given so far – 51,093 of those in the week ending 23rd May 👩‍⚕️👨‍⚕️
✅ Almost all of those aged over 55 have received at least one dose, and 91.4% of those aged 50-54, 82.5% of those aged 45-9, and 81.4% of those aged 40-44 have had their first, too.
✅ 95.2% of over 80s, 100% of those aged 75-59, 96.3% of those aged 70-74, 89.4% of those aged 65-69, 68.6% of those aged 60-64, and 51.5% of those aged 55-59 have had their second dose, too – giving them the best available protection against coronavirus.
Our GPs and wider #NHS staff are still working – and in some cases, still volunteering their time, space, and resources – to rollout the vaccine to every single eligible patient, as quickly and efficiently as we possibly can.
So thank you to all of our patients for your continued support, and to all of our teams across Worcestershire who are working tirelessly to vaccinate as many patients as we possibly can 💙
Have a wonderful Bank Holiday weekend everybody – and stay safe!

(C2276 Dunley, Astley and Dunley)(Temporary Closure) Order 2021



Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984

(C2276 Dunley, Astley and Dunley)(Temporary Closure) Order 2021

Proposed Order: to close that part of C2276 Dunley from its junction with A451 Dunley to its junction with U64409 Reynolds Lane

Reason: Carriageway Patching by WCC

Exemptions: to permit access to any land or premises fronting the highway affected where there is no other form of access; and to allow the works to be undertaken.

Alternative route: C2276 Abberley, C2276 The Village, C2071 Abberley, C2071 Netherton Lane, C2021 Dunley, A451 Dunley and vice versa.

Maximum duration: 18 MonthsAnticipated duration: 12 days Commencing: 5 July 2021

Thomas Pollock Head of Commercial Law (Legal & Governance) County Hall Spetchley Road Worcester

11 June 2021

C2276 Dunley Part 2 [Diversion]


C2276 Dunley Part 2 [PLAN]


Fly Tipping – Not In Our Parish!

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Fly tipping is the illegal dumping of waste. It is anti-social and can cause pollution of the environment and be a physical danger to animals and human beings, spoils the local neighbourhoods and our quality of life.

Waste that is fly-tipped comes in various types such as: garden refuse and green waste; rubbish; large domestic items, washing machines, fridges, sofas and mattresses; furniture; tyres, asbestos and clinical waste.

Large fly tips of waste from construction, demolition, excavation and property renovation activities, which can at times block the highway, prove a serious hazard to the safety of road users, together with the pollution to the environment and animals.

The type of fly tip and size of it can vary dramatically from a single bag of rubbish to large quantities of waste which are dumped from trucks whilst driving along the road.

Waste is found fly tipped in various types of locations such as: verges beside the road, in lay-bys, on the public highway, on private land and even beside the provided bins at recycling sites.

Private land

Fly tipped waste on private land is the responsibility of the land owner, who will need to arrange for its disposal. Malvern Hills District Council will work with land owners where possible to identify offenders, prosecuting where appropriate.

Public Highway

Waste that is fly tipped solely on a public highway is the responsibility of Malvern Hills District Council. Please report online at Fly Tipping and Littering – Malvern Hills District Council

Duty of Care For Householders

Every householder has a ‘duty of care’ to ensure that they have taken reasonable steps to dispose of waste in accordance with the law. You are required by law to ensure that you are handing over your waste to a person or company who is authorised and licensed with a waste carriers licence to transport and dispose of it safely. There are some exceptions to the requirement of a licence, such as charities etc. The person taking away your waste must also keep a record of this, a waste transfer note, held for two years.

Handing over your waste without asking questions may lead to your waste being fly tipped and you being partly responsible and therefore liable to enforcement action being taken against you.

Further information regarding discharging your duty regarding the public register of licensed waste carriers(link is external).

The Environment Agency has a public register of waste carriers which you can use to see if an individual or firm holds a waste carriers registration certificate check online(link is external).

Bulky large items of waste can be taken away by our special refuse collection. Book a collection online at Bulky Waste – Malvern Hills District Council

Witnessing Fly Tipping

If you witness fly tipping or discover a fly tip, any information you give may help the investigation and lead to a prosecution of the offender. It would be useful if you could record the details and report it immediately.
Please do not put yourself at risk.

  • registration number of vehicle
  • colour and make of vehicle
  • any signwriting or distinctive marks on the vehicle
  • time and date
  • number of people involved
  • a description of the people and their clothing especially if distinctive
  • anything heard which may help identify them, names, etc.
  • what has been fly tipped
  • is it tipped on the footpath or carriageway
  • is it public highway

Do not:

  • touch the waste as it may contain syringes, asbestos or hazardous substances
  • disturb the site, as there may be evidence that could help identify the fly-tippers
  • approach anyone you see fly tipping

All information is valuable to us and will be treated confidentially. If you take photos (e.g. camera phones) please inform us.

Fly tipped waste must be collected and disposed of in accordance with the law therefore it is always best to report fly tips to the council so that they can advise accordingly on the correct disposal of the waste. Please note that Malvern Hills District Council are only responsible for the clearance of waste from public land.

EXT – Various Bridleways, Astley, Dunley and Abberley



Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 (As Amended)

(Various Bridleways, Astley, Dunley and Abberley)(Temporary Closure) Order 2016

NOTICE is hereby given that the Order made by Worcestershire County Council on          19 May 2016 the effect of which is to close that part of Various Bridleways, Astley, Dunley and Abberley as follows:

No horse shall be ridden or led and no cyclist shall proceed along the entire length of Astley and Dunley Bridleway AD-553, Abberley Bridleways AY-574, AY-573, AY-572, AY-571 and AY-570 from Netherton Road at OSGR SO 7783 6936 to Netherton Road at Netherton House, OSGR SO 7648 6878.

No person shall proceed along the lengths of Astley and Dunley AD-553 and Abberley Bridleway AY-574 from Netherton Road at OSGR SO 7783 6936 to the junction with Rock Footpath RF 833 at OSGR SO 7746 6907.

There will also be no public access to the track to Birch Hall from Netherton Road at OSGR SO 7782 6936 to where Abberley Bridleway AY-547 crosses the access track at OSGR SO 7768 6918 which was due to expire on 1 June 2021 has been continued in force with the approval of the Secretary of State for the Department Transport until the works to which it relates have been completed or until 1 June 2024 whichever is sooner.  Any further extension will require the approval of the Secretary of State.

The Order has been made to facilitate bridge repairs works.

Alternative route:

(a) Cyclists and horse-riders are via C2071 Netherton Road and vice versa.

(b) Walkers are via C2071 Netherton Road and Rock Footpath RF-833 and vice versa.

Thomas Pollock Head of Commercial Law (Legal and Governance) County Hall Spetchley Road


4 June 2021


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Notice of Order – Road Closure – Astley And Dunley – Malvern Hills District – 1014586


Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984

(Seedgreen Lane, Astley And Dunley)(Temporary Closure) Order 2021

Proposed Order: to close that part of Seedgreen Lane from its junction with B4196 Astley to its junction with Junction with U64211 Hampstall Lane

Reason: Carriageway Resurfacing by Worcestershire County Council

Exemptions: to permit access to any land or premises fronting the highway affected where there is no other form of access; and to allow the works to be undertaken.

Alternative route: U64211 Hampstall Lane, U64212 Bull Hill, B4196 Astley and vice versa.

Maximum duration: 18 MonthsAnticipated duration: 12 days Commencing: 28 June 2021

Thomas Pollock Head of Commercial Law (Legal & Governance) County Hall Spetchley Road Worcester

4 June 2021


U64214 Longmore Hill Seedgreen Lane Astley Burf (DIVERSION)

U64214 Longmore Hill Seedgreen Lane Astley Burf (PLAN)










1014586 – 1 – Seedgreen Lane, Astley And Dunley

Mike Horton CA48425

Appeal to find missing Ombersley woman (Update now found)

****Amanda has been found safe and well. Thanks all for your support****


Police are appealing for help to locate missing Amanda Hull from Ombersley.

The 38-year-old was last seen on Haye Lane in Ombersley at 9am today (Saturday 22 May).

She is described as white, approximately 5ft tall with blonde hair usually worn in a ponytail and was last seen wearing a bright yellow jacket and brown riding boots.

She has links to areas in Ombersley and Droitwich but may have travelled further.

Anyone with information on her whereabouts is urged to contact 101 quoting incident 00583i of 22 May.


Issued LJ Corporate Communications

Martley and Tenbury Safer Neighbourhood Team – Astley and Dunley Parish Council Report 2020-2021

It has been without doubt the strangest time for everyone in 2020 to 2021, including Policing.

We have seen many people ill with Covid symptoms, and thankfully recover, and sadly those who have passed from this dreadful disease. We have survived lockdowns, and tiers and are now free to begin to start returning to some sort of normality.

As far as Safer Neighbourhood Policing goes it has had its peaks and troughs of work flow last year and this, with a different type of work to actually police that being Covid concerns and enforcement. Many times it has been a case of explaining the Government Guidelines, sometimes sterner words of advice have been issued to those who have breached guidelines, and last case resort to issue fines.

We have worked with our community partners to provide reassurance and signpost people to services such as food banks, or food deliveries; dropping in on those who are isolated, and need more robust support.

As a result of the first lockdown, many of our highways were virtually empty, and Parishes eerily quiet. The criminal fraternity were scarce, never venturing out it seemed. When life resumed we did see a take up of crime, with criminal damage, and thefts. Also criminal types who tried to scam the elderly into paying for Covid tests.

Due to the lockdown and time spent at home many people have bought puppies/ dogs /cats / kittens into their homes. The cost of purchasing dogs has rocketed. As a result of the uptake, the criminal fraternity, never one to miss an opportunity, have taken to stealing dogs. This may be from gardens, outside shops, or actually snatching the dog leads from the owner. This is a very distressing type of Crime. People have reported wire wrapped around bars or iron work on their gates, or marks left to identify their address. We all need to be vigilant, and remove these items. Let your community know what is going on and tell the Police, otherwise we are unaware.

Crime in general has been low in our area, but we have seen a surge in catalytic convertor thefts recently. This is due to the Palladium metals inside the convertor. There is information on West Mercia Police Website on best practice on how to keep your vehicles safer from this type of theft.

There are also many more items of interest on the site in connection with security, internet safety, and lots more.

Astley and Dunley have received the following reports over the last 12 months. Racing drivers in Dunley, approx. 4 boy racers on a circuit. Speeding on the main road through Dunley, 2 calls re dangerous drivers, and a stables was broken into and an attempted break in at a business premise. Also reports of Quad bikes racing around The Snipes and onto the highway, and suspicious and concerning behaviour of an enterprise van and males within and The Quarry.

To look at the items raised above I will elaborate on what I know is or has happened;

Boy Racers. We have a motorbike team who are able to drive along these roads, and have been asked to allocate to their patrol routes, with a view to catching these individuals.

Speeding. Parish Council, Worcestershire CC, Safer Road Partnership, and other partner agencies are all involved in the dialogue re speed. As I write I do not have the definitive answer, but will make further enquiries. The Motor Bike team have been in the area conducting speed enforcement as well

Quads. Patrols of the area by The Snipes area are conducted. We attended the location earlier this year and moved on a dad and two sons, who were practicing their skills on the common land. They were actually riding proper scrambler bikes. They left with suitable words of advice.

Last year in November we were called to some mini motos. We managed to apprehend one bike and lad in a lane in Astley. The bike was seized and the individual dealt with by Police.

Odd Behaviour– we were informed of an enterprise van and males acting in a suspicious manner. One enquiry is still outstanding on one point, but due to the information given by the members of Astley and Dunley Parish, we had already identified one of the males!

Because calls were made to Police, we had the grounds to stop the van, which occurred in another Parish. A great result! However without the details and registration, Police would not a) have known about the van or the males and B) most certainly would not have been able to just ‘stop’ them – brilliant work!!

So we now know who was in the van. It is always good to know who is out and about. I would strongly suspect that they were poaching, but some of their methodology left a lot to be desired. Also due to the stop check conducted we are now able to share information with another local Policing Team, from where these individuals are based, so all in all a great job. Very unsettling at the time for all concerned though I have to say; but team work is definitely the way forward, so thanks again.

Quarry. There was also the unfortunate death at Shavers End Quarry last year.

Police, Local Authorities, Worcestershire County Councils and both Dunley & Astley and Abberley Parish Councils have all met to see what can be done, to try and find a way forward for the parking issues, rubbish etc. Highways have placed double yellow lines on one side of the lane at this point in time, and we await the other side of the lane to follow. We are noting every vehicle parked there, and each registered keeper will receive a letter from Police (this is something we have always done). Malvern Hills DC will send their enforcement team to impose fines for those parked on double yellows, and police will patrol to move on with verbal negotiation those who persist in staying at the location. Twitter, face book and local newspapers have been utilised by Police to send corporate messages to those young people who frequent the Quarry, most of which are from Birmingham or The Black Country. They point out the dangers of Quarry swimming and the two unfortunate deaths which have occurred there, and the fact that it is in fact private land. Police are working with the land owner to erect some more robust signage at the entrance to the site.

Lastly the team here is PC Jack Sykes & PCSO Ness Snape. We cover approx. 200 plus square miles, and more than 27 Parish’s. With that in mind if you need to contact us, many calls can now be made by online reporting on the West Mercia Website. If you want to contact us directly, you can call, text, email, the details are below.

If you do need an officer to attend however you do need to call 101.

Ness Snape 07814040307

Message from Vicky at Midlands Storm Chasers

lightning poster
Please take time to talk to your kids about thunderstorm safety !
Essential thunderstorm safety .
1 . When you hear thunder , take shelter .
A strike can travel 50 miles outside of it’s parent cloud .
So if you hear a rumble , take cover if you are outside .
A car is the best place as it is a faradays cage ,
But get indoors !
2. Never ever take shelter under a tree !
A tree is taller and if it is struck , it will splinter , loose branches and there are many examples of trees exploding in all directions !
3 . If you are out in the open , either get to a safe place as fast as you can , or tuck down . Discard any metal such as belt buckles , watches , mobile phones , put your Feet firmly on the floor , crouch ,head between your knees , bum slightly raised .
There is evidence to suggest you are more likely to survive a strike if you’re soaked through from the rain as the current will choose the wet clothes to travel through to the ground .
4 . Put down you golf clubs and fishing poles !
5. A tent is no shelter ! If the ground is struck , you will be too .
6 . Stay away from plumbing.
Lightning can travel through the water and copper pipes .
There are accounts of people being killed doing the washing up , taking a bath or shower .
7 . Unplug and device attached to a phone line and stay away from the electrics in your house .
If the house is struck , or a tv aerial, the current with move through your wiring !
8. Stay away from metal windows , and windows with internal metal frames such as UPVC .
9 . Never use an umbrella! It can act as a lightning conductor!
Mother Nature is incredible,
Always keep your eyes to the sky’s ,
Appreciate the power ,
But in the safest way possible .

Next Parish Council Meeting and AGM Postponed 12th May 2021

The Government have announced yesterday that they will not extend the date for allowing virtual meeting beyond the 6th May.

In a letter to the NALC and the LGA Minister Luke Hall confirmed that the Government “has concluded that it is not possible to bring forward emergency legislation on this issue at this time.”

This makes it difficult to comply with the Covid-19 current regulations.

The meeting will be rescheduled as soon as we are able.