Solihull Local Plan Review

The consultation period on the revised Solihull Local Plan has been extended and now closes on 17th February.  It should be noted that the Plan includes a determination on prospective housing sites in the Borough up to 2033.  One site for approximately 100 homes is proposed in Hampton-in-Arden at Lapwing Drive/Meriden Road and includes the Arden Woodshavings site.

The Parish Council has had several meetings with Solihull MBC officers and the owners and prospective developers to try to ensure a coherent, integrated approach to development of the whole site in keeping with the ambience of the village and to include significant open space. The proposed Plan also includes up to 1,000 homes at Balsall Common and at Knowle, and up to 650 homes at Damson Lane/Lugtrout Lane on the western edge of Catherine de Barnes village. Both the Parish Council and Catherine-de-Barnes Residents Association have expressed concern at the scale of these development proposals.

If you wish to comment on the proposed plan visit the following website:  http://www.solihull.gov.uk/lpr.

Update on the Taxi Bus

As readers are likely to be aware, the Taxibus service has been replaced by the new 89 bus service and is no substitute for the original Taxibus service.  The Parish Council have been in discussions with Transport for West Midlands (TfWM) and have requested the extension of the Ring and Ride service enjoyed by the remainder of the Borough (to include Hampton-in-Arden). We believe this to be a suitable replacement for the Taxibus.

A representative for TfWM has advised us that a “form of words” is being put together explaining why this service cannot be extended to us but after a month or so of asking this letter has still not been received.  During the last meeting several alternatives have been introduced into the discussion, including a volunteer community transport scheme, which is being investigated.  The PC have a further meeting with TfWM arranged for the 26th January 2017 where we will continue to push for the Ring and Ride service.

M42 Junction 6 improvements

The Consultation process completed by Highways England has produced three ‘preferred options’ for the improvement of Junction 6 of the M42.  These three options typically traverse land from just north of Solihull Road (at the location of the proposed Motorway Service Area at Catherine-de-Barnes) and under Catherine de Barnes Lane to the Clock island.  One option is to the east of Bickenhill village.

Public consultation ended on the 27th January 2017.  However the Parish Council continues to meet with Highways England, Catherine de Barnes Residents Association and MP Dame Caroline Spelman to establish a preferred route.  For more information please visit  https://highwaysengland.citizenspace.com/he/m42-junction-6-improvement/.

A Fond Farewell Julie Richardson

The Parish Council has, with regret, accepted the resignation of Julie who has been the Clerk for the past six years.  Julie has kindly agreed to continue in her role until a successor is in post and will continue as Clerk to the Trustees of the George Fentham Trust.

The Council sincerely thanks Julie for her hard work, cheerful disposition and the support she has given to Councillors and residents during her time as Clerk.