Category Archives: Mossley

New homes for Mossley

New homes for Mossley
New homes for Mossley

Plans for a £3.6 million development of 37 new homes at Mossley Estate, Bloxwich have been given the green light by planning bosses.

Walsall Council approved a planning application from leading local housing provider Walsall Housing Group (whg) to build twenty two-bedroom and seventeen three-bedroom homes at Fisher Road.

The development, due to start in February, will provide much-needed family homes.

All the homes will be available for affordable rent. This means they will be made available to tenants at up to a maximum of 80 per cent of market rent and allocated to those applying for homes via choose & move.

The brownfield site is going to be developed by contractor Willmott Dixon on behalf of whg, with the expectation of handing over the homes to new residents in March 2014.

Funding for the project comes from the Homes and Communities Agency and whg.

The scheme forms part of whg’s ambitious plans to provide around 255 homes by early 2014.

Mark Tranter, Head of Development at whg, said: “We know there is a strong need for more affordable homes in our area, and this scheme is one way we are looking to address that.

“We are committed to developing affordable housing to ensure people in need have access to quality homes.

“Following consultation events we have held with residents to discuss our plans, we know that local people are happy to be seeing the site, which has been derelict for a number of years, be developed into family homes.”

Mossley Estate is a former Walsall Council estate constructed after the second world war.  The name dates back to at least 1840, and originates as an old farmer’s field name, Mosley (sic) Field, upon which the estate was built.

whg owns and manages around 19,000 mainly former Council properties across Walsall, including Bloxwich, Aldridge, Brownhills, Darlaston, Willenhall and central Walsall, housing almost 40,000 people.

Artist’s impression of the Fisher Road development courtesy whg

It’s curtain up for the Olympics at Mossley Youth Centre!

Olympic Sports

An Olympic themed community open day on Mossley Estate, Bloxwich, will provide local people with a curtain raiser to the start of the big day this Friday (27 July 2012).

Staff, volunteers, young leaders and partners have joined forces to organise the celebration at Mossley Youth Centre from 12 noon on Friday – ahead of the big opening day of London 2012.

Everyone in the area is welcome to drop in to the centre in Sneyd Lane, Mossley,  between 11am and 4pm and take part in a host of free Olympic themed events.

Local police are organising inflatable football,  a pool tournament, rip tag rugby, rounders, basketball, table tennis and other team games.

And for the less energetic there will be face painting, arts and crafts, manicures and hand massages , bric a brac stall, information from a range of partners and plenty of refreshments to keep everyone cool.

Partners involved in the day include Walsall Police, Black Country UTC, NHS mental health services, the childrens centre and local residents.

Portfolio holder for children’s services at Walsall Council, Councillor Rachel Andrew said:

“I hope as many local people as possible attend what promises to be a great afternoon’s entertainment.

“Excitement is mounting for the start of the Olympic Games and the open day will be a great opportunity for young people to have some fun, showcase the great work going on at the youth centre and build positive relationships with the local community.”

For further information contact Suzanne Snape on 07939 033389.

Asda helps Bloxwich residents celebrate Jubilee in style

Patrons of Bloxwich Children’s Centre are jumping with Jubeliee-ation after receiving a ‘feast fit for a Queen’ from Asda’s store on Woodhall Street.

After the store heard about their preparations to stage their own Jubilee party, staff and families from the centre were presented  with hampers of tasty treats to help them celebrate in style throughout the day, and well into the ‘knight’ (see picture, above, with store manager Brett Matthews (Union Flag waistcoat), Rob Hendon (Community Colleague, in green), Naila Aziz (in blue) and Jenny Holmes (in red)).

Bloxwich Children’s Centre, based on Mossley Lane, supports children and families in the community with everything from parent training courses to future employment training, day care services to breakfast clubs, as well as numerous health services.

Organiser and centre employee, Naila Aziz, said: “Our Jubilee party has been organised as a token of thanks to all the families who visit the centre and utilise its resources.

“Everyone leads such busy lives and a Jubilee party is a great way to get to know our neighbours, our patrons and other members of the community in a relaxed and fun atmosphere, plus, we’re all really proud of our Monarchy and the way they represent our country.

“We are overjoyed with Asda Bloxwich’s donation. It has taken a big strain off the fundraising side of the Jubilee party and we will definitely be putting the store on our honours list!”

Brett Matthews, general store manager at Asda Bloxwich, said: “The idea of community is very important at Asda. It is brilliant to see our neighbours working and coming together to share in the Jubilee celebrations, while creating some fantastic memories for their families. We all felt this deserved a bit of recognition and we hope our hamper donations will be enjoyed by all.”

At the party, which took place yesterday, as a ‘tip of the crown’ to past street parties, the centre organised games and activities such as pass the parcel and raffles, fancy dress for the children with a Kings and Queens theme, as well as handing out special jubilee celebration mugs as a keepsake of the day.

New support for anglers hooked on Sneyd Reservoir

Sneyd Reservoir by Adambro (via Wikipedia)
Sneyd Reservoir by Adambro (via Wikipedia)

A newly-formed angling club has all sorts of improvements lined up for Sneyd Reservoir and the surrounding area.

Supported by Walsall Council’s countryside services, the Mossley Angling Club and Community Friends aims to promote responsible angling at this valuable Bloxwich local nature reserve.

Members will sell angling tickets to local anglers, check anglers hold valid permits and work to improve the area by carrying out litter picks around the reservoir.

The group, which has been driven and supported by Councillor Fred Westley, has also been supported by the North Walsall Area Partnership which awarded it £500 to purchase public liability insurance and membership of the Angling Trust.

These funds also enabled the group to purchase a number of litter pickers and hoops to hold bin bags that members can use on their regular tidying sessions around the nature reserve.

Money from ticket sales will be re-invested into managing and improving the reservoir in Vernon Way.

Councillor Anthony Harris, Walsall Council cabinet member for leisure and culture, said: “Fair play to the community-minded locals who have formed what I am sure is going to be a very effective group.

“All members of the community will benefit from its efforts to maintain and preserve an important local asset. I compliment all those involved in this project – well done.”

Councillor Fred Westley added: “I was approached by local residents to see if we could do anything to help with the clean-up of this site.

“It is a beautiful place but it can be blighted by anti-social behaviour. If local people are taking care of a local area we hope it will encourage local pride for the place.”

Donovan Bailey, area manager for North Walsall Area Partnership added: “We welcome residents who want to volunteer and get involved in activities in their local community. This is a perfect example of how this can be achieved.”