A Date For Your Diary – Our Annual Meeting!

The Annual Parish Meeting will be held at 8.00 pm on Tuesday 14th April 2020 in Fentham Hall.   The annual meeting is an ideal opportunity to hear about the work of your Parish Council over the past year, to peruse the accounts, ask your Councillors questions and to make comments relating to the Parish. Complimentary wine and soft drinks will be available from 7.30pm.

HS2 News

There is still no news yet of the financial review into HS2 though a decision is expected shortly. Advance work is continuing around the proposed interchange station. However, this should not affect the Parish.

Following our unsuccessful application to the Community Fund for traffic calming, we are continuing to lobby Solihull MBC regarding the Road Safety Fund which is being managed by the local authority. The latest news is that SMBC have completed the first stage of their review process and are now inputting the various proposed schemes throughout the area. This process should be completed by the end of March 2020 when we should know if we have been successful in securing funding for our proposals.

Changes To Library Opening Times

From 1st April 2020, the opening hours of Hampton-in- Arden Library will be:

* Monday           Closed                                                  * Friday                                2:00pm – 5:00pm

*Tuesday            2:00pm – 5:00pm                             * Saturday          Closed

* Wednesday    Closed                                                  * Sunday                             Closed

* Thursday          2:00pm – 5:00pm

These hours will be run initially as a six-month trial.

The Church Clock

It’s wonderful to hear the Parish Church Clock back in action and chiming the hour. It’s a sound that adds to the special feel of the village. The clock was out of action for lengthy spells during 2019, and needed a major repair. The current clock dates from 1886, and replacement parts have to be specially manufactured. The current bells were installed in 1976, having been acquired from the church at Miles Platting in Manchester, replacing earlier bells (cast in1725) that were sold to the parish of Nether Whitacre. The Parish Council was delighted to have been able to make a contribution towards last year’s repair costs.

Airport News

The airport has created a Daytime Noise Limit Review Group with the purpose of discussing a proposed reduction in the daytime noise limit of 90 dBA and to agree a way forward. Currently aircraft recorded in excess of the limit are fined £500 with an additional charge of £150 for every decibel above the limit. Over the past five years only large Anatov cargo aircraft have been regularly fined. The noise limit is not to be regarded as a punishment for airlines but as an incentive to encourage them to operate the quietest aircraft. Perhaps surprisingly records show that Birmingham’s daytime noise limit is amongst the lowest of UK airports.

We are fortunate to have a Ward Councillor and two Parish Councillors as members of the Review Group to represent local residents.