Road Safety and Traffic Calming

The Parish Council has submitted an application to Solihull MBC Highways for an interim road safety and traffic calming scheme. The scheme consists of four informal pedestrian crossings and associated signage within Hampton in Arden. The proposed locations are:

• On the High Street by the church
• On the High Street at the Fentham Road Junction
• On the High Street by the railway bridge
• On Meriden Road Close to the Diddington Road Junction

The application is under the HS2 Road Safety Fund and will be match funded by your Parish Council. Once installed and operational we will assess the effect of these measures on traffic behaviour and speeds to see if further action is justified.
In Catherine de Barnes discussions have started to investigate suitable traffic calming measures for community roads.
Speed Watch

SLOW DOWN AND OBEY SPEED LIMITS! – This is the message to road users. Why? Because most vehicles are travelling too fast – a recent speed watch on the High Street and Meriden Road recorded 36 vehicles in one hour exceeding 35 mph in a 30 mph zone, with 51 mph recorded for one vehicle. Many more were between 30 and 36 mph – still too fast for our village roads!  Offending vehicle details from these speed watch checks are passed on to the police and they will carry out their own checks and prosecutions can follow.

Remembrance Sunday

An early reminder to all residents and businesses that this year’s Remembrance Day is Sunday 8th November 2020. As with previous years the High Street will be closed to all vehicles between 10.30 am and 12.00 noon to allow the procession from the church to the war memorial to proceed safely.

Airport News

Parishioners may well have noticed the unprecedented changes in operation at Birmingham airport as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. Passenger traffic was virtually stopped with only very small number of ‘repatriation’ flights able to operate. In lieu of its normal operations the airport supported several RAF training flights and also helicopter movements for the Nightingale hospital. This has also helped to maintain the operating licenses of the Air Traffic Controllers. In addition, the airport supported the coroner with land and a temporary hanger for a mortuary. Although flights are slowly restarting, the airport now faces a very uncertain future with passenger numbers not expected to recover to pre-Covid levels until many months or even years in the future. As a result of the downturn the Airport announced in July plans to make up to 250 redundancies. As the airport goes through these changes the Parish Council will continue to maintain its good working relationship with the Airport through the Airport Consultative Committee and relevant sub-committees.

Playgrounds and Open Air Gym Equipment

The two playgrounds and the open air gym equipment in the Parish are now re-open and can be used. The playground has been repainted during lockdown, now looking very smart, ready to welcome back visitors to play! However, please remember to clean your hands before and after using the play and/or gym equipment. Where possible please clean down the equipment after use as well.