Casual Vacancy

Public notice is given that a casual vacancy has occurred for a councillor in the parish council of Barnt Green.

There has been no call for a by-election to fill the vacancy, in which case the Parish Council is expected to co-opt a suitable candidate.

If you are interested in the community, keen to represent the people who live and work here and have time to attend at least one evening meeting each month then please contact the Executive Officer for more information.

An application form is attached along with a brief explanation of the requirements of the role.

Co-optionApplication and SupportingInformation

BarntGreen/Cofton footpath

Network Rail has provided an update on the closure of the footpath between Barnt Green and Cofton that crosses the railway line north of Barnt Green station (footpath no. 500), as attached: Cofton footpath crossing to remain closed for 2016  and below…

“Network Rail has confirmed that the footpath level crossing at Cofton will remain closed during 2016 while a safer solution for crossing the railway on this route is found and put in place.

The crossing passes over three live railway lines with a maximum speed of 90mph and 300 trains per day.  A study of the crossing in summer 2015 which formed part of the Bromsgrove to Barnt Green electrification project revealed that there was insufficient warning time of approaching trains and the crossing was closed on 9 July 2015.

Ben Parish, level crossing manager for Network Rail, said: “We have had to extend the closure of the footpath crossing at Cofton as it is not safe to cross the three railway lines with trains travelling at such fast speeds as there is simply not enough warning time of oncoming trains.

“We will continue to explore options to allow footpath users to cross the railway safely at this site and two possible options have been identified. We will be consulting with local stakeholders on these over the next few months.”

The crossing connecting Cofton Church Lane and Bittell Farm Road near Barnt Green, has been legally stopped-up by way of an Order confirmed by Worcester County Council and approved by the Department for Transport. The Order will remain in place until 31 December 2016 while Network Rail finds a solution which will allow users of the public footpath to cross the railway safely.”

Sport Relief Mile Sunday 20th March

Barnt Green Sport Relief Mile Sunday 20 March 2016

Join in the fun and games

After the success of the event in 2012 & 2014, The Sainsbury’s Sport Relief Mile is back again in Barnt Green on Sunday 20th March 2016, with more participant places available than ever before.  The event has proved very popular with locals; in 2014, it was sold out and raised over £4000 for charities at home and overseas.  It is hoped that the event, which sets off from Millennium Park on Hewell Road, will attract hundreds of locals who will be running or walking, but most importantly taking part, to raise money for Sport Relief.

Mums, dads, youngsters along with road runners, joggers and those just wanting to enjoy their first fun run, can enjoy a choice of a one mile route round the village, or a three or six mile route that includes an off-road section past the Bittell Reservoirs.

Barnt Green Chuggers, the local running group based at Barnt Green Sports Club on Margesson Drive, are once again organising the event in conjunction with Barnt Green Parish Council.   Mike Dickenson, Chairman of the Chuggers said: “The club positively encourages those wanting to jog, run, get fit and enjoy the company of others doing the same – and see the Sport Relief Mile as a great way for people to ‘have a go’ and raise money for good causes”.

There will be 270 places for runners of all ages & abilities with waves of runners starting from 12pm, with each wave preceded by a fun warm-up in the park.  The runners will finish by 2pm, then there’ll be fun & entertainment continuing afterwards.  There will be something for everyone on what looks set to be a great day.  More details will follow!

Places can be booked from January 2016. Why not get sponsored and help transform the lives of people living here in the UK and in some of the world’s poorest countries, while being part of an incredible nationwide event. To register your interest NOW or book from January 2016, visit   

 Entry fees:  Adult £7:  Children (<16) £3:  Family (2 adults, 2 children) £17


Barnt Green is a popular, semi-rural village of some 728 households in the north of the Bromsgrove District of Worcestershire. The Parish is bounded on its north-west side by the wooded Lickey Hills and to the east by the Upper and Lower Bittell Reservoirs.

The village centre contains many destination shops and services. Key services such as doctors, dentists, a post office, restaurants, take-away food outlets and several small businesses are also centrally located in the village.

Residents are well served by a wide range of community services, clubs and societies including churches, sports and social clubs, an excellent school and several pre-school playgroups and nurseries.