AN AVENUE of hazel trees with commemorative plaque to mark the contribution of district councillor Hazel Wright to the well being of Studley was declared officially open at a special ceremony in the Recreation Ground on Tuesday evening (May 3).
And long serving Councillor Wright, who last year thought her political career was over after the district council re-drew the ward boundaries, was as modest as ever at receiving the honour.
“I honestly don’t feel I deserve it,” she said. “I just do what I’m asked to do and what I feel should be done. I’m very appreciative but I truly feel I haven’t done any more than anyone would do in this job.”
Since her re-election earlier this year she has once again thrown herself into campaigning for the village and Sambourne at Stratford district council, particularly in her defence of the Green Belt.
“I was first elected in 1988 and we were fighting to save the Green Belt then and here we are engaged in the same fight because it is so important that Studley and Sambourne stay as villages with their own village atmospheres – this is something I feel very strongly about.”
The issue is significant as Redditch creeps ever closer with plans to build at the back of Winyates Green up to the A435, the Eastern Gateway development at Gorcott Hill and housing proposals for the back of the Alexandra Hospital pushing up towards Green Lane.
Parish council chairman Coun Paul Beaman said: “This avenue of hazel trees is a fitting tribute to all the work that Hazel has put into the village and these trees and plaque are our way of saying thank you.”