Parish Boundary Change Project

In order for Solihull MBC to undertake a Community Governance (Boundary) Review a petition of at least 187 signatures is required from residents of both the existing Parish and the new proposed area.  Many of you have signed the petition and in total 260 signatures were obtained (over 100 of which came from residents on the Parish electoral roll).  Representatives of the Parish Council and Catherine-de-Barnes Residents Association delivered the Petition to Solihull MBC on the 12th October and they are now in the process of drawing up Terms of Reference which will be presented to the Governance Committee, all being well on the 28th November. This will be followed by a series of Resident Consultations which will probably commence at the turn of the year. More information will be provided as and when we have it.

HS2 Drop In Surgeries

HS2 are holding some regular drop-in surgeries over the next few months. Anyone is welcome to come and meet the HS2 Phase One Engagement Team. You can ask questions about the plans for HS2 in our area, learn more about community investment and funding opportunities, view maps and plans of HS2 in our area and tell HS2 what more you’d like to know as HS2 develops.

Times and dates of the drop in surgeries are on our website:

Route and Timetable Changes to Bus Service 89

Bus service 89 changed in March 2017. Since then Network West Midlands have monitored the service and continued to listen to customer feedback.

The following changes have taken place from Monday 23 October 2017:

  • Bus service 89 will serve Solihull and Coventry Monday to Friday.
  • Heart of England School will continue to be served but the times will change. Please see timetable.
  • Cannon Park Shops will be served in both directions Mondays to Fridays.
  • Balsall Common Health Centre will be served.

The following parts of the service will remain the same:

  • Peel Close in Hampton in Arden will be served on request.
  • Passengers living in Meriden, Balsall Common and Peel Close will need to call to request the service.
  • A mini bus will be available for passengers that can’t be reached by service 89. See booking information for details.

For more details and a full timetable please visit our website:

New Dates for Police Surgeries at Sandwiches at No. 6

We are able to confirm that the monthly Police Surgery will be held on the following dates at Sandwiches at No.6 (6 High St, Hampton in Arden, Solihull B92 0AA) between 11.30am and 12.30pm:  30 November 2017, 20 December 2017, 16 January 2018, 21 February 2018, 28 March 2018, 25 April 2018, 30 May 2018, 27 June 2018, 24 July 2018, 28 August 2018, 25 September 2018, 30 October 2018, 27 November 2018.  Please feel free to drop in and talk to our local Neighbourhood Policing Team (who will be there providing no emergencies take place).

Security of Recreation Ground Car Park

In response to growing concerns about unauthorised access to the Recreation Ground car park located off Shadowbrook Lane, especially by travellers, the Parish Council is to have height restricting barriers installed.  The work, to be carried out in November, will also include bunds and posts along the footpath access from the railway bridge and minor rearrangement of parking spaces.  The barriers will prevent access by large vehicles and vans but will be capable of being opened when the need arises.

Broadband Update

There is good news to report on Superfast Broadband….  Many of you will have seen brand new green Cabinets being installed by Openreach within the Village.  These are our new Superfast Broadband cabinets which we hope will be live by the end of this year or early next year.  Even better news if you live in Old Station Road as there is now a fibre cable running along part of the Road (Openreach won’t tell us exactly where as it is commercially sensitive information!) but we do know that a number of properties as far as the turning for the Grove have already had fibre to their properties installed by BT.  As soon as we receive any further information we will share it with you all on our Parish Council website.

Traffic Calming – An Update

The Parish Council would like to thank all parishioners who responded to our Traffic Calming Plan. As part of our continued work towards safer speeds through the village, members of the Parish Council have met with members of the Solihull MBC Highways team.  Disappointingly we were told that Solihull has no money to put towards funding any traffic calming measures in the village, including being unable to provide any back-office support for average speed cameras on Meriden Road.  Without this back-office support, even if we funded the actual speed cameras, there is no way we could run them.  Therefore, Parish Councillor Ken Blanch is currently reworking the plan for Meriden Road.  If the new plan is approved by Solihull MBC Highways team, they will send us through the cost and we will have to start fundraising.  We believe the Meriden Road stretch of the village is the most urgent to work on and that the proposals may cost in the region of £30,000.  We will keep you up to date as things progress.

Call for Volunteers – Your Village Needs You!!

The Parish Council arranged a further meeting with the local policing team on 28th October when it was agreed to seek volunteers to extend the currently limited Neighbourhood Watch scheme in the village. Given the ongoing concerns about speeding vehicles it was also agreed to reintroduce Community Speed Watch (last check was in 2015) as a matter of urgency. To better protect our community, volunteers are required to carry out the duties involved – the more volunteers the lesser the burden! Full training for both Neighbourhood Watch and Community Speed Watch will be carried out by the police and if you wish to volunteer for either initiative please contact Julie Barnes at the Parish Office for more information and to register you interest.