Traffic Calming Plan

The Parish Council is very aware of the growing problem of traffic speeding through the village and concerns about road safety.  Many residents of the Parish will know that recently there was a serious accident near to the station.  Should HS2 go ahead, the Parish Council are mindful that road safety is an issue that will only become more prominent.

In order to address these potential future issues, at our meeting on the 9th November 2016, the Parish Council approved a number of traffic calming proposals which have been submitted to Solihull Council (SMBC) for consideration.  It is hoped that if SMBC will support some of the traffic calming proposals put forward, that an application for funding the necessary work can be made to the HS2 Community and Road Safety Funds.

The Parish Council is committed to pressing for positive action to make our roads safer and will consult with residents when, and if, any firm proposals emerge.

New Bus Service 89

At a further meeting with Transport for West Midlands (TfWM, formerly CENTRO) it was reported that the new bus service replacing the Taxibus had carried 580 passengers in one week (which included 180 school children) compared with an average of 400 per week using the Taxibus (which required two vehicles).

TFWM are looking into the possibility of extending the “roaming service” which currently operates in Meriden and Balsall Common to Hampton-in-Arden.  They are also considering the feasibility of introducing a weekly door to door service to Knowle and Solihull.  However, the Parish Council is pushing for the Ring and Ride service, which already operates in other parts of Solihull, to be extended to cover the rural villages which used to be served by the Taxibus.

Meriden, Balsall Common, Berkswell and Hampton Parish Councils together with Catney Residents Association are now co-operating closely together in an attempt to achieve a satisfactory outcome.

Airport

The headline news from recent meetings with Birmingham Airport is that:

  • passenger numbers continue to increase month on month;
  • noise complaints have reduced significantly compared with this time last year;
  • the re-designed flight path for aircraft turning to fly north is now fully operational; and,
  • a trial completed at Heathrow that increased the aircraft landing glide slope by 0.2 degrees suggests a modest decrease in noise levels. Further trials will be carried out here next summer.

CSW Broadband Consultation – Your Chance to Have Your Say

The Coventry, Solihull and Warwickshire (CSW) Broadband team is looking to extend superfast broadband coverage even further across the area during the Contract 3 phase of the Project.

To achieve this, Warwickshire County Council (as lead authority for the Project) intends to procure further coverage of NGA broadband infrastructure (capable of delivering download speeds of at least 30 Mbps) to areas in Coventry, Solihull and Warwickshire where such broadband is currently unavailable, by the end of 2017.

CSW have already asked suppliers where they plan to roll out their superfast broadband networks over the next three years and CSW have now opened the public consultation, which gives suppliers and residents an opportunity to comment on the areas that, it is claimed, will be covered during this time.

For more information and for your chance to have your say visit their public consultation webpage:  http://www.cswbroadband.org.uk/about-the-project/contract-3/public-consultation-autumn-2016/

Meriden Santa Sleigh

Thanks to Meriden Rotary Club, Santa will again be visiting Hampton-in-Arden in the run-up to Christmas this year.  His motorised sleigh will tour roads in the village on two evenings, December 14th and 15th.  The sleigh will be brightly lit and there will be plenty of cheery seasonal music to accompany its journey – so you can’t possibly miss it!

As the sleigh travels on its merry way, Santa’s little helpers will be knocking on doors asking for donations to charity.  Two Birmingham-based charities for the homeless, St Basil’s and Sifa Fireside, have been chosen to benefit this year.  The Rotarians are hoping to beat the total they raised in 2015, which was around £400, so please give generously for a good cause.