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  • Aged 29, Rachel is a busy young mum who fully understands the problems faced by young parents and families;

  • Wyre Forest born and bred Rachel was educated at Wribbenhall First and Middle Schools, Bewdley High School and Kidderminster College;

  • A Wyre Forest District Councillor and Kidderminster Charter Trustee since 2000 first for Sutton Park Ward and since 2004 for Greenhill Ward;

  • Rachel currently serves on the Community & Leisure Scrutiny Committee and the Miscellaneous Functions Committee and is a Member of the Skate Boarding Task & Finish Group;

  • Rachel is a leading campaigner for a full scale Cinema for Kidderminster, for improved road and pavement services, for better public transport across the District and on children and family issues;

  • Rachel is Liberal Group Spokesman on issues affecting young people and on the Cinema Campaign;

  • Rachel is a registered and active Guider of long standing and an active member of the Baptist Church. For many years she played the trumpet in Bewdley Scout & Guide Band;

  • Rachel is an effective, caring and hard working Councillor. On May 4th keep her where we need her ? on the Council working for Greenhill!


You've said it yourself..

?We cannot afford ever growing Council Tax Bills!?

AGREED! - It?s time to scrap the Council Tax and replace it with a fair and affordable system of Local Income Tax. We want first rate services AND real value for money and the answer has to lie in greater efficiency. We cannot go on losing half a million pounds a year in Wyre Forest simply because Council offices are spread all over the place. This must be sorted and fast!


?The Police are never around when you need them.?

AGREED! - We?re fighting flat out for a safer town with more Police on ?the beat? - and a LOCAL Police force NOT regional Police Forces!


?We need Hospital services HERE, in Kidderminster.?

AGREED! - We demand a return of key services to Kidderminster Hospital and no more downgrading under any circumstances!


?Our roads and public transport are a total disgrace.?

AGREED! - Our aim is frequent and reliable Public Transport and real action to improve roads, pavements, potholes, parking and traffic flow!


?Which schools will our children actually go to?!?

AGREED! - The so called Wyre Forest Schools Review has been a total mess. Children MUST be able to get into the nearest and most convenient local schools IF that is what parents want! We want clear guarantees on local school places for all and we want that now!


?We need houses that people can actually afford.?

AGREED! - We desperately need good quality affordable housing, better employment opportunities and first rate shopping facilities locally!


?The litter and dog mess are disgusting. It needs sorting.?

AGREED! - We?re campaigning for cleaner streets, better maintained parks, play areas and open spaces, protected Greenbelt and proper, sustainable recycling!


?There simply isn?t enough to do around here.?

AGREED! - We are fighting for a full scale cinema, arts centre and a wide range of sports, leisure and cultural facilities and opportunities for local people!


?They just don?t care about what people need.?

AGREED! - We are determined to get a fair deal with first rate services in a caring community for the old, young, families, disabled and disadvantaged ? for everyone!

Our Pledge!

- We want a Council that really takes YOUR views onboard BEFORE decisions are taken.

- We want a Council that cares and knows how to turn caring into action and Councillors who stay in touch all the year round!


 

Mallow Crescent Play Area!

...Cllr Rachel Lewis reports on the problems - 26.04.06


Council unanimously backs Liberal package against Hospital cuts!

...get all the details here! - 19.04.06


Council unanimously back Liberal Motion against Land Oak turn ban!

...read what Mike Oborski & Rachel Lewis had to say - 19.04.06


Land Oak Report Threat!

...says Cllr Lewis - 16.04.06


Liberals table Motion against Hospital cuts!

...and are the only Party to do so! - 13.04.06


Liberals table Land Oak Motion!

...opposing the proposed ban on turning from the A456 to the A449 at Land Oak - 13.04.06


Schools face funding crisis down the line!

and you may not be able to get your child into the school of your choice - 12.04.06



Phone Mast Victory!

...reports a jubilant Rachel Lewis - 29.03.06


Birmingham Road Pelican Crossing Delay...

...denounced by Rachel Lewis and Fran Oborski. Get the full story - 25.03.06


TA Phone Mast - the writing is on the wall!

...and Rachel launches petition - 24.03.06


Just like Harry Potter film!"

Amazing petition response - 21.03.06


TA Phone Mast Proposal denounced

It's just not on! - 17.03.06


Land Oak turning ban proposal - Latest update - Turns out the County Council knew all along but didn't tell anyone! - 16.03.06


MAD PLAN TO STOP CARS TURNING FROM BIRMINGHAM ROAD ONTO CHESTER ROAD!

Local Liberal Councillors have obtained a secret letter from Government Highways Agency Consultants saying that they want to...

  • "Prohibit the right and left turns from the A456 to the A449"

As Rachelexplains "Simply nobody would be allowed to turn left or right in either direction off Birmingham Road and onto Chester Road North at Land Oak."

TOTAL CHAOS!

"This would cause enormous confusion and diversions for motorists and absolute havoc on neighbouring residential roads which would be turned ? at a stroke ? into heavily overloaded and congested 'rat runs'!"

HARDEST HIT!

  • Baldwin Road, Bruce Road, Hurcott Road and Linden Avenue would be flooded with traffic. Neighbouring roads would be affected as well!

  • Traffic would pour on to Roden Avenue and Shrubbery Street.!

  • Businesses near the junction would be hard hit!

  • Householders close to the junction would find themselves faced with time consuming diversions!

THE NEW FREE CONCESSIONARY FARES SCHEME! HOW IT WORKS?

Here is your easy to follow guide to the new improved scheme. Don?t worry, it?s really very simple?.

  • Free concessionary fares on any bus journey starting or finishing in Worcestershire starts April 1st.
  • Existing bus pass holders will automatically be sent the new passes in the week starting March 20th.
  • New Applicants can get them from the Wyre Forest Community Housing Office in Oxford Street during the weeks starting March 20th, March 27th and April 2nd and from and Wyre Forest District Council cash office after April 10th.
  • Free bus passes are available to over 60s and anyone who is blind, partially sighted, profoundly or severely deaf, without speech, has a disability or injury that severely impairs ability to walk, has a learning disability or isa specified companion to a disabled person;
  • Proof of age or disability is required.

Get in touch if YOU need further information!


School catchment area review update

Formal Public Consultation on future School Catchment areas has now started and runs till April 4th. Locally?

  • Areas around Aggborough Crescent and the College site development will go to Spennells Primary School.

  • The present Lea Street catchment area between Comberton Hill, Chester Road North, Coventry Street, Hurcott Road (including Lea and Lorne Streets) will go to St. George?s Primary (even though some areas are nearer Offmore Primary School via Offmore Lane).

  • Both Spennells & St. Georges pupils will go to King Charles I High School.

    It is vitally important that you make your views known. The County Council are holding a ?drop in? session at Kidderminster Library between 2 pm and 8 pm 22nd March.

    If you have any queries contact County Councillors Fran and Mike Oborski on 823911


    Highways chaos

    The Tory County Council intend to close the local Highways Partnership Units and run it all from County Hall where it will be more remote and more out of touch. We believe this is bound to mean an even worse service locally on highway repairs.


    Health! Primary Care Trust! As Tories lose the plot!

    At the March District Council members through out a wishy-washy Tory motion which effectively said well we?d like to keep a Wyre Forest Primary Care Trust but, oh dear, we?ll put up with a whole of Worcestershire one if we have to.

    Rest of Council stand firm

    Instead Liberal, Health Concern, Labour, Lib-Dem and Independent Councillors voted to support a move proposed by Health Concern and seconded by Liberal Group Leader Mike Oborski that instead the Council should stand firm and FIGHT to keep a LOCAL Wyre Forest Primary Care Trust! We want local decisions on local issues?affecting local people?to be taken LOCALLY by LOCAL people!


    ?520,000 of YOUR money down the drain every year!

    That is the official figure for how much money Wyre Forest is wasting every year by being spread out over lots of offices and buildings! This has got to stop! We must get Wyre Forest into a single site HQ as soon as possible and use that ?520,000 every year to provide services and hold down Council Tax increases!


    Lea Street Parking?

    Action in Farfield seems to be pushing commuter parking into Lea Street. Hopefully changes in control of car parking next year will let us get a sensible residents only parking scheme at last.

    Lorne Street?

    ...is to be resurfaced shortly! At last! Good!


    Baldwin Road?

    At last we have the white line in the centre of the road on the curve in Baldwin Road. Let?s help it keeps motorists to the correct side of the road.


    St Ambrose Infants site?

    Planners look set to approve 14 homes (7 two bedroom & 7 three bedroom) with 25 parking spaces on the old Infants School site.


    College Road?

    We are pushing the Highways Partnership to get the developers to repair the damaged pavement. It?s proving to be a tough fight.


    Winging it?

    Have First Bus knocked off your wing mirror when parked in Lea Street? If so let us know!


    Chester Road Allotments?

    Following concerns from local residents we have asked the Council to take action to stop rubbish tipping report Rachel, Grahan and Paul. One eagle-eyed local resident got the details of a local builder dumping waste on the allotments. Meanwhile we are asking the Council to consider buying up more of the allotments and restoring the water supply to make them usable.


    Gordon House Hotel?

    Planners look set to approve the demolition of the Comberton Road Hotel and its replacement by a pair of semi-detached houses.


    Hurcott Village?

    20 MPH WITHOUT intrusive street lighting! Apparently it?s been done in Norfolk so why not here? We have also asked for a weight restriction on the bridge in the village.


    Tipping action?

    We have asked the Housing Company to clear up the tipping which has taken place in the woods between College Road and Cobham Road.


    Gamson Close?

    The Housing Company are negotiating to see if the Charity currently leasing the Gamsom Close Community Room could expand their services into part of the former Warden?s House.


    Cycle Way?

    It looks as though the County Council is persisting with a cycle way down Comberton Hill on the Station side to the Town Centre. Who exactly cycles from the Station to the Town Centre? To home yes ? but to the Town Centre? Is this really worth the loss of parking spaces




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    Rachel at the Land Oak Junction - campaigning against the crazy proposal to ban traffic turning off Birmingham Road onto Chester Road! Rachel has launched a massive petition against the proposal.
    "We're backing Rachel!" - Rachel with fellow Greenhill Liberal District Councillors Paul Harrison and Graham Ballinger.
    Rachel at the site of the proposed Phone Mast site outside the Texaco garage on Birmingham Road. The proposal was withdrawn after Rachel launched a petition against it.
    "We're backing Rachel!" - Rachel with local Liberal County Councillors Fran and Mike Oborski.
    Rachel at work on the next edition of FOCUS.
    Rachel with fellow Liberal Candidates Siri Hayward and Tim Ingham at Land Oak junction.
    Siri, Tim and Rachel with Liberal Group Leader Mike Oborski.


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