Closure of the Solihull Road:
The Parish Council became aware of the intention to close the Solihull Road from the junction with Eastcote Lane to the roundabout at Catherine-de-Barnes (from 21st June 2021 to 11th December 2022) on the 10th June 2021. The Parish Council is aware of concerns being raised by residents and local businesses and at the time of writing (15th June 2021) are holding urgent discussions with Highways England, Solihull MBC Highways and SKANSKA.
Up to date information on this matter will be provided on our website and our Facebook page. Residents can also contact our Parish Clerk (Julie) for updates on this issue (see contact details below).
Pedestrian Safety and Traffic Calming Scheme:
The Parish Council has received confirmation that we will be awarded funding from the HS2 Road Safety Fund to meet the increased cost of the enhanced pedestrian safety and traffic calming scheme agreed for Hampton-in-Arden.
Solihull MBC Highways are now carrying out the necessary statutory process and are consulting bus operators, frontages, emergency services and stakeholders. Subject to this consultation the scheme will be delivered as soon as possible. We will keep you posted on progress through our website and our Facebook page – watch this space!
Motorway Service Area at Catherine de Barnes:
You may recall that the Solihull MBC Planning Committee refused this application. The applicant has launched an appeal to the Planning Inspectorate. The Public Inquiry has been set for October 2021 and will last for 16 days. The Parish Council will continue to support Solihull MBC with its opposition to this application.
Please can we remind residents to trim any hedgerows or vegetation that overhangs onto public rights of way or footpaths (particularly along the High Street where footpaths are particularly narrow). Of course, please ensure that you are able do this safely and can complete this in line with social distancing guidelines).
There continues to be a noticeable amount of dog fouling in many parts of the Parish. The law is very clear in this respect and it is the responsibility of dog owners to clear up after their pets and offenders can receive a substantial fine if convicted.
The Parish Council provides bag dispensers for those who forget their own as well as special disposal bins. In an effort to help to stop this very anti-social behaviour by a small number of dog owners’ additional bins have been provided and all bins will be emptied twice weekly rather than once a week. It should be noted that the cost of this clearing up has to be paid for from the Parish Council budget which is funded from resident’s Council tax.
Neighbourhood Policing Beat Surgery
Because of COVID-19 restrictions it has not been possible to hold the regular surgery at Sandwiches @ No.6 on High Street for some time now and it is impossible to forecast when they might begin again.
In the meantime, any resident who has an issue which could require police advice is asked to contact our Clerk who will take up matters with the police on their behalf.
With the country re-emerging from lockdown and traffic and footfall increasing, we would like to take the opportunity to remind residents to be courteous to fellow road users.
In particular please refrain from:
- Parking on the footways which may cause an obstruction to pedestrians and in particular mobility scouters and pushchairs;
- Parking on either double yellow lines or ‘keep clear’ signs and markings;
- Parking within 10 metres of a road junction; and/or,
- Parking in ‘disabled only’ spaces if you do not have a blue card.