Recreation Ground Car Park Drainage

Work to replace the old brick culvert, into which the car park drainage was connected, with a new 30 cm drain began on 21st April and is now virtually complete.  The brick culvert, which should discharge into Shadow Brook, was constructed in the 1830`s during the construction of the railway to divert an existing watercourse away from the deep cutting which runs alongside the recreation ground.  The culvert has collapsed or become blocked in a number of places leaving no alternative but to construct a new drain (which incorporates an oil and sediment trap).  The work was awarded to local contractor Dawson Groundcare.  This replacement drain will also act as a land drain which should help the lower end of the Recreation Ground which has been a very wet area for many years.

Following completion of the drainage work the car park markings will be repainted and a disabled bay at the far end near to the Scout and Guide Hut will be provided.

Neighbourhood Watch

A significant number of residents have offered to become Neighbourhood Watch co-ordinators and their contact details had been passed to the Neighbourhood Policing Team. The police say that all volunteers have now been contacted and briefed on what is required of them. It is pleasing to know that more areas of the village are covered in an effort to provide the police with information and help fight crime. On behalf of the Neighbourhood Policing Team PCSO Aaron Murdoch has issued the following statement: “Your local police team are looking to recruit volunteers for our new Street Watch scheme. Street Watch is a community led initiative based on street patrols carried out by members of the public with no police powers. Volunteers for Street Watch must be 18 years or older. Groups are managed by a volunteer co-ordinator who keeps a list of members and provides advice, guidance and support in consultation with the local police. Volunteers patrol in pairs and register each patrol on a website. The neighbourhood policing team can look at the website before the patrols take place. If volunteers spot suspicious activity they should report it to the police but not get involved. Please contact aaron.murdoch@west-midlands.pnn. police.uk to get involved”

There is always a need for more volunteers to assist our police team and anyone willing to help should contact Aaron (email above) or Julie Barnes at the Parish Office.

Planning News

We are still awaiting news on the Motorway services but two major planning applications have recently been submitted:

*Land off Corbetts Close (the old cricket ground): Plans for 45 dwellings including 18 affordable units and associated landscaping. Concerns currently include the safeguarding of the existing footpath and control of access for construction vehicles via Lapwing Drive (more information provided later in Newsletter); and,

*Oak farm, Catherine de Barnes (land corner of Friday lane/Hampton Lane): Plans for a 182 bed Continuing Care Retirement Community with associated facilities.  Current concerns include the scale of the development with associated loss of green belt land fronting Friday Lane.  Plans include the provision of safer crossing points and installation of additional vehicle speed restrictions on Hampton Lane.

You can share your thoughts on each development through our webpage or direct with Solihull planning department (http://www.solihull.gov.uk/Resident/Planning/searchplanningapplications).

Village Tidy Up – We Need Your Help!

Please don’t forget that we are holding our annual Village Tidy Up on the 23rd June between 9.30am and 11.30am.  We would be grateful for any volunteers willing to come and lend a hand to help give the village a spring clean. Please meet at Fentham Hall (next to the Beeches).  All equipment will be provided and there will be refreshments and a prize draw for all those who help out.