Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

This year has certainly been an extraordinary one, full of unforeseen challenges and having to adapt to the ‘new normal’.  However, we have seen our community pull together in these difficult times and this has proven just what a fantastic place to live we in.  The Parish Council would like to wish all the residents a very merry Christmas and a happy new year!  We hope everyone stays safe and makes the most of the festivities.

Security Gate on Marsh Lane

Unfortunately, the secluded nature of this lane has attracted frequent problems of anti-social behaviour, fly-tipping and other forms of environmental crime.  In order to help address these issues, prevent its use by unsuitable vehicles and to preserve the character of the road and amenities in the area, Solihull MBC Highways are proposing to implement a Prohibition of Driving Order.  The proposed Order would be applicable daily with the times of the prohibition adjusted for seasonal variations: 1st April to 30th September 9pm – 7am and 1st October to 31st March 6pm – 8am.  This proposed intervention is considered to be the appropriate compromise to manage this section of the public highway to ensure people can still access the area and enjoy the local amenity, whilst minimising the risk and costs associated with responding to future incidents of environmental crime.

The prohibition will be introduced by gating the lane just beyond the entrance into the Hampton Court development.  The design of the gate would be such that it affords access for cyclists, pedestrians and horse riders at all times.  Council operatives will lock and unlock the gate on a daily basis.  Exemptions will be applicable to facilitate access for adjacent land owners; any land owner requiring access will be furnished with a key/code as applicable

Christmas Lights Switch On

Unfortunately, due to Covid-19 restrictions it will not be possible to hold the planned switch on ceremony on Friday 4th December.  We had planned to hold an event similar to last years with Santa and his sleigh in attendance.  Whilst it is disappointing not to be able to hold these festivities, the lights will still be switched on in December to bring a little Christmas cheer to the village.

Neighbourhood Plan (NP) Review

Although we are still receiving a few surveys back the first part of the NP review process is complete with some 300 questionnaires having been returned. The next stage is for the individual responses to be recorded on spreadsheets and then analysed. Based on the results the NP working group will start to formulate the revised plan. The current Covid-19 situation has made things quite difficult and slowed the process somewhat. In the meantime, the Government has launched a consultation on proposals to radically change not only the planning process but how Local Plans and future Neighbourhood Plans should be constructed. Members of the working group are reviewing these proposals to identify the implications for our review.

Hampton-in-Arden Community Speed Watch

Since the last update in the August Newsletter, it has been possible to continue holding regular speed watch sessions and with sufficient volunteers to monitor in both directions simultaneously. Vehicles are often “clocked” at speeds in the upper 30`s, occasionally above 40 and, rarely, above 50 mph. Offenders details are logged and sent to our Neighbourhood Policing Team who decide what action, if any, should be taken. Speed watch, which is always visible to motorists, is regarded as acting as a deterrent rather than to trap motorists and will continue always subject to Covid restrictions and weather conditions.

HS2’s works near Hampton-in-Arden

High Speed Two (HS2) is the new high speed railway for Britain. Early works for HS2 are carried out by a joint venture between Laing O’Rourke and J. Murphy & Sons known as LM, and main works are carried out by Balfour Beatty VINCI known as BBV.  For the remainder of 2020, LM’s works closest to Hampton-in-Arden are concentrated near the A452, A45 and M42, which surround the site of the future HS2 Interchange Station. BBV will be carrying out test piling off Diddington Lane and undertaking various types of surveys along the future railway routes, to prepare for construction works from 2021.

We advise subscribing to HS2 in Solihull at, www.hs2insolihull.co.uk, to receive news updates about all of HS2’s works in Solihull including traffic measures. You can get in touch with HS2 via their Helpdesk team all day, every day of the year on, 08081 434 434, and at, hs2enquiries@hs2.org.uk, if you have any enquiries. Find out more about HS2 at: www.hs2.org.uk