Did you know that there is now a defibrillator located by the front entrance to the Sports Club at the Recreation Ground? The defibrillator was previously stored inside the Sports Club but the decision was taken to move it outside so that it can be accessed by members of the public at any time, should an emergency situation arise. This is in addition to the defibrillator located outside of the George Fentham Meeting Room (by the Beeches). Hopefully neither piece of equipment will ever need to be used but it is great to know that they are available should anyone ever be in need of one.
Our Street Lamps Have Been Brightened Up!
The eagle-eyed residents among you will have spotted that the street lamps located along the High Street, Meriden Road and Solihull Road (between Eastcote Lane and Diddington Lane) have been re-painted. Solihull MBC have been busy repainting them all a rather fetching shade of dark green!
Our Station Planters are Looking Blooming Lovely!
A big thank you to the Hampton in Arden Gardening Club that have purchased plants (paid for by the Parish Council) and worked hard planting up six of the baskets at the Station in June. Although there are fewer commuters at the moment, these flowers have certainly helped to brighten up the station platform!
As lockdown has eased some airlines have re-commenced flights with a limited service. At the time of writing (mid-June) it is understood that some airlines are also hoping to start holiday flights in July. This means our skies will likely be filled with more air traffic, and of course, the village will be subject to the noise that goes with it. Please rest assured that the Parish Council continues to work with the Airport to ensure that impacts on our village from planes are considered.
We continue to receive reports of dog fouling on the footpaths and grassed areas. Dog fouling bins are provided for your use (along with bags should you have run out of them on your walk or forgotten them at home). The Parish Council have arranged for these bins to be emptied twice weekly. Please make use of them. Thank you.
Playgrounds and Open Air Gym Equipment
Please remember that the two playgrounds in the Parish are currently closed and must not be used. Furthermore the open air gym equipment at the Recreation Ground should also not be used. This is in line with current Government guidance.
Speedwatch sessions have resumed in the village – with a target to complete one session a week, at different times and in different locations. At one of the recent sessions undertaken in June, a total of 36 erring motorists were recorded travelling above the speed limit in one hour. The results were sent to the police to take whatever action they deem necessary.
Tree Preservation Orders (TPOs)
The Parish Council has submitted tree preservation order application to Solihull MBC for a number of oak trees located along Old Station Road. The landscape of our village is dominated by trees (including broadleaved species oak, ash and sycamore) and it is hoped that this step will help to protect and preserve this important aspect of Hampton-in-Arden.