HS2 Receives Royal Assent

HS2 has now cleared both House of Parliament and received Royal Assent. This means that preparatory works can now begin including ground works, moving utilities and environment and habitat protection for wildlife before major construction begins. We understand that later in 2017 major re-design of the Stonebridge roundabout will begin, and we can expect other works on the A45 before rail or Interchange station construction begins in earnest, predicted for 2019.

As work begins we shall be strengthening local liaison with HS2 and its contractors, promised in a code of construction practice. This includes a 24 hour helpline number for complaints and a 24 hour, seven day a week help desk. We shall continue to have regular meetings with HS2 and Solihull officers and bring you latest news and all the contact names and numbers when published.

In the meantime we are actively pursuing funding for our traffic calming plan for the village, and an environment enhancement scheme for the Blythe valley which we hope will provide an important community asset.

Should you have any questions including issues of compensation for property blight follow the website link https://www.gov.uk/claim-compensation-if-affected-by-hs2/overview.

Problems with Pot Holes or Street Lighting?

Our Parish Clerk now holds a log to record pot holes (in roads or pavements) and any issues with street lighting.  Please feel free to pop in and note down any areas of concern and Julie will ensure that they are reported to Solihull MBC and monitor progress with resolving each issue.

Shadowbrook Lane Traveller Site Public Inquiry

As some readers may recall from our March article the appeal for this site was determined in favour of the Appellants and have received approval to remain on the site in perpetuity.  However, approval is subject to restrictions on caravan numbers and commercial activity.  This may still be subject to legal review.

Scouting in the Village: 1st Hampton-in-Arden

Scouting will be returning to Hampton in Arden on Thursday evenings in the Scout Hut.  This starts from 27th April.  Boys and girls are welcome to join the Beavers group from 5.15pm until 6.30pm or the Cubs group from 6.45pm until 8pm.  A Scout group will be coming soon, depending on interest.

Please note this is not instead of Friday Club and children are more than welcome to attend both. 

For more information please contact Vicky Woodall on vickyw79@gmail.com or 07786 980737.

Proposed Motorway Services at Catherine-de-Barnes

A decision by Solihull MBC has now been deferred until April 2017 (awaiting Highways England View).