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Questions on Notice

Meeting: 20/07/2022 - Council (Item 42)

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To deal with any questions on notice from Members of the Council, in the order in which they have been received.


A period of up to 15 minutes is allocated for the asking and answering of questions.  This may be extended at the discretion of the Chairman with the agreement of the majority of those present.



The Chairman explained that seven Questions on Notice had been received for the meeting and would be considered in the order in which they had been submitted. A maximum of 15 minutes was allocated to consideration of these questions and the answers provided and there were no supplementary questions.


Question submitted by Councillor A. English


“Many millions of pounds have been spent on the new Bromsgrove railway station. However, there has been a significant reduction in service running south since its construction and now recent timetable changes mean delays for those wanting to travel from Worcester to Barnt Green, Alvechurch and Redditch.  Does the Leader share my disappointment at the apparent downgrading of Bromsgrove station and what actions has the leader taken to improve services going south and to instigate a return of the timely Barnt Green and Alvechurch connection?”


The Leader responded by commenting that it was disappointing that the services mentioned had suffered reductions in recent timetable changes.

This was a matter for the West Midlands Rail Executive and the Train Operating Companies to address.  


Council was asked to note that through the County Council, the matter of the timetable changes had been raised with the West Midlands Rail Executive.  This included the matter of the connectivity with the services from Worcester through Bromsgrove onto the Redditch branch of the Cross City Line.  It had also been raised by the Rail User Groups.  Furthermore, the Leader was aware that Worcestershire County Council was actively engaged with promoting improved services in Worcestershire through various channels including the rail industry bodies on which they were represented.


Members could raise concerns regarding services directly with the Train Operating Companies and, where appropriate, the West Midlands Rail Executive.


Question submitted by Councillor H. Rone-Clarke


“Many residents are concerned about the number of cases reported to the RSPCA each year of pets being given as prizes via fairgrounds, social media and other channels in England. This issue, we know, predominantly concerns goldfish. Further, many cases of pets being given as prizes may go unreported each year.


Will the leader commit to banning outright, the giving of live animals as prizes, in any form, on Bromsgrove District Council land and write to the UK Government, urging an outright ban on the giving of live animals as prizes on both public and private land?”


The Portfolio Holder for Leisure, Cultural Services and Climate Change responded by explaining that he had raised a similar issue in a Motion considered at a Council meeting in 2016.  This Motion, which had proposed that pets should be banned as prizes, had been agreed by Council.  This approach had subsequently been enshrined in the Council’s Animal Welfare Policy.  At paragraph 4.0 of this policy, it was stated that the Council prohibited circuses or events who hired Council land or used the authority’s premises as a venue, to use animals, birds or fish as prizes.


Question submitted by Councillor P. McDonald


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