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Redditch is a town and local government district in north-east Worcestershire, Englandmarker.The town is divided into separate districts.All street-name signs in Redditch have the street name in white lettering on a blue background and the district name in black lettering on a white background at the bottom of the sign. In the New Town areas the roads are usually named in alphabetical order and house numbering in the cul-de-sac closes is consecutive, starting with number 1 as the first house on the left as you enter, and the highest house number will be on the opposite side of the road as you leave.

Abbeydale

Politically, Abbeydale is represented by two Councillors from the Redditch Borough Council. They are;

  • Cllr Diane Thomas (Lib Dems)
  • Cllr Colin MacMillan (Con)


Astwood Bank

Batchley

Redditch United F.C. has its ground (The Valley Stadiummarker) in Batchley.

On 17 July 2008 a Batchley(Council)by-election was held.Here are there results;

Brenda Quinney(CON) 630 votes

Greg Chance (LAB) 539 votes

Maurice Field (BNP) 299 votes

Russel Taylor (LD) 121 votes

Orion Moon (IND) 25 votes

The British National Party beat the Liberal Democrats.

Callow Hill

Church Green

Church Green and St. Stephen's Church in central Redditch
A commercial district and public space in the centre of Redditch, Church Green forms part of the town centre, however it is treated as a district and typically appears in addresses for buildings located there. Church Green forms a traditional centre for the town, like a village green or town square, and features a bandstand and fountain (see picture, right). Dominated by St Stephen's church, it is home to several banks, estate agents, charity shops, a Chinese restaurant and other businesses.

Church Hill

The largest estate in Redditch, occupying the north-east corner of the town, Church Hill Ward has yearly elections of Councillors due to its size and the number of councillors. The estate comprises Moons Moat, Marlfield Barn and Bomford Hill which boasts a Roman amphitheatre. Church Hill is divided into
  • Church Hill North - primarily private residential
  • Church Hill Centre - a small commercial centre with shops, a medical centre, dentist, take-away along with some flats, and first and middle schools
  • Church Hill South - primarily social housing
with North and South parts separated by Church Hill Way (a buses only road), with Church Hill Centre in the middle. Church Hill's geometric layout, a characteristic of planned new town developments, largely separates private (North) residents from social (South) residents in their day-to-day lives, whilst bringing together the children of both sides of the community at common schools (in particular, at Church Hill Middle School). It has been characterised by some as something of a social planning experiment.

The estate is named after St Leonards church and the hill it stands on slightly north of Church Hill at Beoleymarker.

Crabbs Cross

Enfield

Feckenham

Feckenhammarker is technically a separate village, but is still governed by Redditch Borough Council and counts as a district.

Feckenham village arose because it straddled the ancient saltway track between Alcester and Droitwich (later a Roman road, now the modern B4090 road), and the early stretches of the Bow Brook.

Feckenham Forest once covered a substantial area of Worcestershire. It was used as a Norman royal hunting forest, and there was a royal hunting lodge near the village.

Greenlands

Headless Cross

Hunt End

Ipsley

Ipsley is home to the corporate headquarters of engineering firm GKN. Ipsley is one of the few estates in the town to not have any Council owned housing. In common with Winyates Green, all homes in the Ipsley estate are privately owned.

Lakeside

Lakeside is a largely industrial area of the town. Its location is within close proximity to the Arrow Valley Parkmarker. There is also a small housing estate.

Lodge Park

Lodge Park is where St. Bede's Catholic Middle School is.Politically, Lodge Park is represented by two Redditch Councillors, they are;

Cllr Andrew Fry (Labour)

Cllr Mark Shurmer (Labour)

Matchborough

Matchborough is a large district of Redditch. Its location lies between Winyates, Iplsey and Washford. Matchborough is the location of Arrow Vale High School and Matchborough First School. Matchborough consists of 2 areas, Matchborough East and Matchborough West, it also has a small shopping centre called Matchborugh Centre, similar to Church Hill and Winyates centres. Matchborough East contains the areas most iconic feature, Matchborough Pond located near Arrow Vale High School.

Moons Moat

The district of Moons Moat is an industrial and business estate in the north east of Redditch between Church Hill and Winyates. Moon's Moat itself is located in Church Hill.

Oakenshaw

Where McDonalds and Tescomarker are.

Oakenshaw South

Was built in the 1980s and consists of ten small, quiet closes.

Only a fifty minute walk from the town centre.

Park Farm

There is an Industrial Park in Park Farm. Park Farm is in the "Central Redditch" area.

Politically, Park Farm comes under the Lodge Park ward represented by two Councillors from the Labour Party.

Riverside

Smallwood

Southcrest

A mosque is being built near B&Q.

Town Centre

Worcester Square layout
The primary commercial core of Redditch is the indoor shopping centre, the Kingfisher Centre. Designed like an out of town mall facility, with fully covered walkways and integrated multi-storey car parks, the Kingfisher Centre was built in place of several established Redditch town centre streets. The walkways are named after these streets.The centre, along with Church Green and municipal buildings such as the Borough Council, Redditch central library and FE Collegemarker are enclosed on three sides by the raised one-way, three-lane Redditch Ringway. Designed for access to the car parks, it illustrates the early roads for prosperity approach in new town design philosophy applied in the UK in the 1960s and 1980s.

Walkwood

Washford

Washford is primarily a modern industrial estate in south-east Redditch. It is home to the corporate headquarters of automotive and bicycle accessories retailer Halfords, along with many smaller businesses. It is named after the Washford Mill, a long established pub and restaurant and one-time microbrewery.

Webheath

Winyates

Arriving at Arrow Valley Lake from the East
Winyates is a new town estate in eastern Redditch. It comprises
  • Winyates West
  • Winyates East
  • Winyates Green, to the east of Winyates East
West and East parts are separated by Winyates Way, a continuation of Church Hill Way and Matchborough Way. Winyates West adjoins Arrow Valley Parkmarker, accessible by a footpath under Battens Drive.

Politically, Winyates has three Redditch Councillors;

Cllr Nigel Hicks (Liberal Democrats)

Cllr Malcolm Hall (Liberal Democrats)

Cllr David Enderby (British National Party)

Nigel Hicks & Malcolm Hall are 2 of 3 Liberal Democrat councillors on the Redditch borough council. David Enderby is the only BNP councillor on the Redditch council, he was the first BNP councillor to be elected in the whole of Worcestershire.

Wire Hill

Woodrow

The local Redditch Hospital (The Alexandra Hospital) is in Woodrow.

References

  1. 2001 UK Census reports the Church Hill ward has a population of 8493


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