THE Redditch Eastern Gateway and increased housing along the A435 in Studley’s new town neighbour have been named as two of the challenges facing the village by incoming parish council chair Councillor Sue Redman.
Coun Redman was elected to lead the council on Tuesday night and takes over from Coun Paul Beaman.
Coun Colin Summers was elected vice chair.
And while Coun Redman said she was keen to concentrate on promoting the many local groups and volunteers within the village, she was wary of continuing developments in Redditch.
“The challenges we face include the Redditch triangle development – the Eastern Gateway – and housing at the back of the estates running down the A435,” she said.
“It’s a question of how much heavy traffic will they generate to and from the new industrial estate and how that will affect Studley.”
She also said there would be housing pressures in Studley too.
“How can we make best use of the sites we have in the village and how can these be best matched to the housing needs of the people here.”
She added that raising money to improve Studley Scout Hut would be her chosen charity for the year.
The Scout Hut plays a key role in the village for youngsters aged six to 14 catering for Cubs, Scouts, and Beavers and is so popular more adult volunteers are needed to help out.
“I have always focused on local groups and volunteering in Studley,” said Coun Redman, who has held the chair twice previously.
“And for me the charity I want to focus on is the Scout Hut which is such a well used building.
They want to open it up more and put in disabled toilet facilities – there’s a phrase, making it easier to use for people with seen and unseen disabilities.”